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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!
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Vaya Con Dios, Manny! The plight of the 2018 Orioles

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Looks like Sisco made the roster as backup catcher. I like that. I wouldn't even mind if he started. I am of the opinion that players develop better in the majors. No need to coddle. He's 23 years old, let him play he's a grown man. I don't like "wasting" prime years.

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1 hour ago, abdcskins said:

Looks like Sisco made the roster as backup catcher. I like that. I wouldn't even mind if he started. I am of the opinion that players develop better in the majors. No need to coddle. He's 23 years old, let him play he's a grown man. I don't like "wasting" prime years.

 

With Trumbo out, they may have him DH and try and get his bat going. 

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Thanks for the thread.  I'm excited for the season; there's nothing better than sitting at Camden Yards with a cold beer on a perfect summer night, watching the Birds with one eye, and the slutty-yet-sometimes-cute Dundalk/Towson/Canton girls with the other.  If it's a weeknight game against a random team, I'm able to turn my $15 nosebleed ticket into a lower level seat behind the dugout by the 3rd inning.

I started following the O's back in 2005, and followed them through some very dark years.  So I've never expected much from them.  Maybe that's why I like them so much; I'm really happy when they win, but when they lose it doesn't sting like it does with the Skins or Caps.  A lot of you look at the 2018 club and see a team that's not going to keep up with the Yankees and Sox.  I look at them and say, hey, these guys are an upgrade over Freddie Bynum, Felix Pie, and Cesar Izturis.  At the All-Star game, we'll probably send someone better than Ty Wigginton.  Concerns about the rotation?  At least we're not counting down every 5 days until the next Jeremy Guthrie start to give us a reprieve from the likes of Daniel Cabrera, Kevin Millwood, and Jason Berken.

I like the Cobb signing, I'm going to take the glass-half-full approach and appreciate one more year of Manny, I like the pen, I do believe that Crush can have a bounce back season (he's done it before), and more times than not I believe in Buck.  This team can be competitive and play meaningful games into late-Summer.  And based on what I was used to with these guys 10 years ago, I'll take it.

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On 3/23/2018 at 5:37 PM, TheDoyler23 said:

 

With Trumbo out, they may have him DH and try and get his bat going. 

 

DH'ing the backup catcher is asking for trouble though.

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23 hours ago, capcrunch98 said:

I look at them and say, hey, these guys are an upgrade over Freddie Bynum, Felix Pie, and Cesar Izturis. 

 

Funny you mention that name. I see Freddie Bynum a few times a year. He is playing competitive slow-pitch softball. We play in the the same tournament as his team once or twice a year. But then when they are not playing, he will pickup with a team in SC or NC and we will play against him. 

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I did an in person fantasy draft this year for the first time.  I've played fantasy baseball a couple times before on an online league with randoms.  Usually lose interest after about 6 weeks in.

 

This is an AL only league, (100 dollar buy in) and I wound up with 4 Orioles.  Davis (bench) Givens, Santander (bench) and Cisco (bench).

 

Last year I told my friend who was in the league and invited me this year to pick Mancini.  Hoping to get similar luck this year with Cisco.  

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18 hours ago, Redskin4ever said:

 

Funny you mention that name. I see Freddie Bynum a few times a year. He is playing competitive slow-pitch softball.

 

He seemed like a good dude. 

 

I like the name terrible Orioles game, btw. 

 

Karim Garcia

 

Mike DeJean

 

Todd Williams 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

Steve Kline

 

He and Steve Reed were the dynamic duo of ruining the 7th/8th inning of a game that year. 

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How about Ryan Minor and Calvin Pickering. And a pitching bonus of Rocky Coppinger from I believe the same era.

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17 hours ago, Redskin4ever said:

How about Ryan Minor and Calvin Pickering. And a pitching bonus of Rocky Coppinger from I believe the same era.

 

 

Rocky Coppinger also had a clone in Brad Pennington. Pennington was in a national commercial! For Nike. Because Ken Griffey Jr hit a ball that just missed the warehouse and poor Brad just looked at it dumbstruck. 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Redskin4ever said:

How about Ryan Minor and Calvin Pickering. And a pitching bonus of Rocky Coppinger from I believe the same era.

 

Those names just took me back.

 

Mike Devereaux is the one name that always pops up in my head. Sidney Ponson. Randy Milligan. Bob Milacki. Ah man right now I'm trying to think of the first Oriole to get a hit at Camden Yards. He was a good player but only played for us for a short while.

 

I broke down and Googled it. Glenn Davis.

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1 hour ago, TheDoyler23 said:

 

Calvin Pickering. RIP. 

 

Rocky Coppinger also had a clone in Brad Pennington. Pennington was in a national commercial! For Nike. Because Ken Griffey Jr hit a ball that just missed the warehouse and poor Brad just looked at it dumbstruck. 

 

 

 

 

 

That was such a vicious swing.  I don't think I've ever seen a ball hit better.  Griffey Jr was just entering the peak of his powers at that time and it was incredible.

 

I can't find a video of it.  

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14 hours ago, abdcskins said:

 

Those names just took me back.

 

Mike Devereaux is the one name that always pops up in my head. Sidney Ponson. Randy Milligan. Bob Milacki. Ah man right now I'm trying to think of the first Oriole to get a hit at Camden Yards. He was a good player but only played for us for a short while.

 

I broke down and Googled it. Glenn Davis.

 

I remember Devereaux was top 10 in the MVP one year.  

 

But another name would be Sam Horn.

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5 hours ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

 

That was such a vicious swing.  I don't think I've ever seen a ball hit better.  Griffey Jr was just entering the peak of his powers at that time and it was incredible.

 

I can't find a video of it.  

 

His swing was perfection. 

 

(I edited my previous post as I confused Pickering with Walter Young)

 

 

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14 hours ago, abdcskins said:

 

Those names just took me back.

 

Mike Devereaux is the one name that always pops up in my head. Sidney Ponson. Randy Milligan. Bob Milacki. Ah man right now I'm trying to think of the first Oriole to get a hit at Camden Yards. He was a good player but only played for us for a short while.

 

I broke down and Googled it. Glenn Davis.

 

Oh boy... better not mention that name around here again.  

 

http://eutawstreetreport.com/looking-back-on-the-glenn-davis-trade-baseballs-worst-ever/

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Yeah, I remember that.  If they just stayed pat, they coulda rolled out a rotation of Mussina, Schilling, Harnisch, and Ben McDonald.  All 25 or younger.  

 

And then added Raffy Palmeiro a few years later in '94 to a lineup with Hoiles, Brady, Finley, Cal, Baines.

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Speaking of ex-Orioles, it looks like locker room cancer and all-around asshole Albert Belle is really aging gracefully.  Arrested for indecent exposure 

 

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Court records obtained by the Republic show that a man complained to police that his 15-year-old daughter had seen Belle urinating beside the driver’s side door of his car in the parking lot. The man yelled at Belle, who allegedly responded by shaking his genitals at the father and daughter.

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, justice98 said:

Yeah, I remember that.  If they just stayed pat, they coulda rolled out a rotation of Mussina, Schilling, Harnisch, and Ben McDonald.  All 25 or younger.  

 

And then added Raffy Palmeiro a few years later in '94 to a lineup with Hoiles, Brady, Finley, Cal, Baines.

 

You'd have an outfield of Devo, Finley, Brady.  They'd catch everything.

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