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      Good afternoon Redskins nation!  I’m in beautiful Landover, MD with Spaceman Spiff who has been pulled away from Instagram models and tailgating and sent down to the field to do what he does best (roll around in the mud).
       
      Let’s get down to business...  Can we block them?  There are other story lines entering into this game but worrying about them feels largely academic.  The Texans have two terrifying pass rushers and the Redskins intend to block them with optimism and underdog stories.  Alex Smith isn’t a statue but he does take time in making decisions and getting the ball out.  This combination looks disastrous.  The sort of thing that has us all after the game consoling each other with things like “well, it was just a bad matchup" and “we caught them at the worst possible time.” 
       
      Or... we could walk away wondering just how the heck this team managed to pull off another improbable win.  Last week the gave up something like twelve thousand yards of offense to the Bucs, I’ll have to check those numbers to be sure, but only three points.  That’s not supposed to happen.  Maybe we can enjoy an outrageously unlikely result again.  Not probably, not likely, but you know... maybe.  I’m saying there’s a chance.   
       
      I’m here for that chance.  (and you know... the free food and climate controlled free seats) 

      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins are running their bend and break defense, and I’m not sure a little over three quarters is enough time for the Redskins offense to close a 10-point gap.  I’m having flash backs of week nine, but having human emotions is considered “disruptive behavior.”  I'm fine.  Everything is fine. 
       
      That Quinn celebration, whatever that was, was the highlight of the 1st quarter. 
       
      2nd Quarter Update
      Is there a better way to start a quarter than by scoring a touchdown?  There is, if you follow that TD drive with a forced turnover on defense.  Things are looking good! 

      So much for that.  A great start was quickly ended up canceled out by the Redskins offense.  With a chance to take a lead Alex Smith throws a pick six in the red zone and takes the air out of the stadium.  He followed that up by throwing another interception on the very next drive.  Alex Smith almost made me forget about Vernon Davis dropping that pass.  Almost. 
       
      Texans missed a field goal attempt and the lead remains frozen at 10. 
       
      This quarter feels like a giant blown opportunity.  
       
      Halftime Update. 
      I should have stopped at one hotdog.  I deserve this.
       
      3rd Quarter Update
      You know the feeling where you say and think all these bad things about a player and then he breaks his leg and you immediately feel bad about it?  I live there now.
       
      Colt McCoy has freed me from that place of sadness! 
       
      As much as I love this defense, they have to start forcing teams to punt at some point.  Is there a stat for defense tha thas forced the fewest punts?  We have to be near the top of that list.  Texans have punted just once today.  Holding them to three was good, though.   
       
      The lead is down to six and Colt McCoy has arrived to save us.  (Please let that be true.) 
       
      Personal Note:  Someone just stomped, loudly, out of the press area like a while muttering at his phone.  Laughter and comparisons to toddlers followed him.  The media's laugh is an evil laugh!  Good times. 
       
      4th Quarter Update
      Colt has brought us back.  Welcome to the first lead change of the season, Redskins fans.  You like that?!  (Yeesh, was that always so lame?)  I guess you could say Adrian Peterson contributed by actually scoring the touchdown.  I bet Colt told him to score though, so you have to factor leadership into things.
       
      Once again, the defense cannot force a punt, hard to feel great about holding a team to a field goal when that field goal gives them the lead in the 4th quarter 
       
      Remember that whole "can we block them" thing?  The answer was absolutely not on the Redskins 2nd drive of the 4th quarter.  Watt and Clowney each sacked our man Colt, and ended that drive before it really had a chance to begin. 
       
      Horrible, no good, very bad holding called on Norman gifting Houston a first down at the worst possible time for it.
       
      Colt chooses to throw deep at an inopportune moment resulting in a 60+ yard attempt for an injured kicker.  Heartbreaking end to a game that cost this team entirely too much (via injury) yet still seemed to be within reach several times. 
       
      I'm off to the post game press conference and locker room, check back later for updates.
       
      Final Thoughts
      I’ve always found it preferable to watch my favorite team simply get destroyed, than to feel that they were the better team and still managed to lose.  The Redskins gave this game away with mistakes in the 2nd quarter.  Fred Davis makes a routine catch and Alex Smith doesn’t throw a pick six, and the scoreboard shows at least 7 fewer points for the Texans.  Even if the Redskins had settled for field goals, that’s a 13 point swing in 2 point game.   
       
      Losing the game wasn’t even the worst part.  Losing Alex Smith, for at least the remainder of the season, is likely enough to push the Redskins past the point where they can continue toughing their way through key injuries. 
       
      We'll all feel better after a win against the Cowboys next week. 
       
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Vaya Con Dios, Manny! The plight of the 2018 Orioles

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I'd need to know who the prospect is.  Montgomery doesnt move me.

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...and 7-0 after two.  Trying to return the favor for getting smoked last night.

 

The two teams with the worst records in the MLB.  Would be appropriate to split the four game series.

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O's have batted around twice through 2 innings. 

 

I don't know how the Cubs offer compares to any others that have come in, but it's not a very good trade. 

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Its not the return we had hoped for but since we didnt move manny last year, its always been a steadily diminishing return since Manny is now a half year rental.

 

Perhaps this creates urgency for other teams to make an offer or increase what they are offering. 

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Good grief why not trade Manny for a few Bazooka Joe comics and a pair of socks.

 

If we get enough comics we can send off for a cool ID bracelet.

 

~Bang

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This is a really ugly game between two bad teams.  We give up 3 runs on a HBP a passed third strike that would have been the third out of the inning and then a homerun.  And the White Sox look worse.

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Looking at todays box score. 

 

Jones and manny are 3 for 5. Keep upping your value fellas, we appreciate it. 

 

Davis has the lowest slugging % in the lineup with a .250 for the season to go with his .240 BA. That basically means 95% of his hits are singles, right? Wow. that damage to contact ratio buck loves crediting Davis for is just ..... this is abysmal. 

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23 minutes ago, Why am I Mr. Pink? said:

Looking at todays box score. 

 

Jones and manny are 3 for 5. Keep upping your value fellas, we appreciate it. 

 

Davis has the lowest slugging % in the lineup with a .250 for the season to go with his .240 BA. That basically means 95% of his hits are singles, right? Wow. that damage to contact ratio buck loves crediting Davis for is just ..... this is abysmal. 

 

Davis with a .240 BA?  In his dreams.  He’s batting .152 as of now.

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17 minutes ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

Ugh, nevermind.

 

Mullins is batting .319 after going 4-5 with his 4th triple and 12th double of the season. 

 

Akin today went 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 10 Ks and now has an ERA of 2.97.  

 

McKenna (at Frederick) is batting .356 after a 3-4 day

 

Bauman, in his first two starts since being promoted to Frederick, has a 1.42 ERA with a 7 inning complete game. 

 

Harvey's last start: 5 innings, 1 Run, 7Ks as he starts building innings. 

 

Just to make you feel better. 

 

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1 minute ago, Hersh said:

 

Mullins is batting .319 after going 4-5 with his 4th triple and 12th double of the season. 

 

Akin today went 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 10 Ks and now has an ERA of 2.97.  

 

McKenna (at Frederick) is batting .356 after a 3-4 day

 

Bauman, in his first two starts since being promoted to Frederick, has a 1.42 ERA with a 7 inning complete game. 

 

Harvey's last start: 5 innings, 1 Run, 7Ks as he starts building innings. 

 

Just to make you feel better. 

 

 

I'd like to see those guys in Baltimore soon.  Specifically Mullins and Harvey.  If some of the kids don't come up and get some seasoning this year, it's truly a waste of a season.

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14 minutes ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

 

I'd like to see those guys in Baltimore soon.  Specifically Mullins and Harvey.  If some of the kids don't come up and get some seasoning this year, it's truly a waste of a season.

 

I'd like to see Mullins in center, Stewart in LF and Jones in right in the near future. (unless ownership and Jones both want a trade to a contender) Mancini, while he gives his best effort, sucks in the OF. He needs to be at 1st or DH every game. 

 

Harvey may come up in September for either a couple starts or to pitch out of the pen a few times. 

 

I'm happy the O's have Hess, Scott and Sisco up. If another 3-4 rookies in the system get a shot this season, that will make for a good transition year. 

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I'll say now what I always say when the Orioles square off against the Nationals...

 

Sure, there are some Nats fans that weren't baseball fans when the Expos moved to town and that's understandable.  There's a generation of kids now that grew up with the Nats being the primary DC team.

 

But if you're one of the people that switched allegiances when the Nats came to town, you've got no loyalty.  None. I commend everyone who's stayed true to this terrible franchise with terrible ownership and leadership.  One of the primary war cries from the Nats turncoats is "ANGELOS SUCKS! I'd have stayed a fan if it wasn't for Angelos!"  Well, congrats.  You took the easy way out.  

 

I suppose we can all unite under the fact that our favorite football team is run by a poor owner, but if you're a Nats/Skins fan who once rooted for the Orioles I suspect you'd drop your Skins allegiance at the drop of a hat for another team if you had the chance.  

 

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Sounds like a lot of Nats fans in Baltimore today.

 

If the stiff known as Hellickson beats Bundy tomorrow, I might just break something.

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2 hours ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

But if you're one of the people that switched allegiances when the Nats came to town, you've got no loyalty.  None. 

 

I don't know if that's fair.  I believe if you did that, you deserve a pass, here's why:

 

You're essentially saying that if someone grew up and lives in DC when the Nats showed up and they were an O's fan, they are more loyal sticking with an out of area team then rooting for the local one?  I don't hold it against anyone that lived in Bmore when the Ravens showed up and switched over, nor would I hold it again anyone in Charlotte from switching over when the Panthers showed up.  In reality, both of those franchises would struggle mightily if NFL fans refused to switch over, the whole point was to give them their own team.

 

My dad won't switch over from the Yankees because he grew up in DC when there was no baseball team and lived in NYC for a while, actually went to Yankee games.  He wasn't happy when I switched from Yankees to Nats, but he understood that I was a DC sports fan first.  I'm not from Baltimore, I'm not from New York, I'm from Fairfax.

 

 

 

And for the record, I don't like coming in here because my distaste for your owner is so obvious, I don't want ya'll following me into the Nats thread.  I just came to say that I'm actually upset for ya'll seeing what looked like a pretty good team on the brink of breaking through all the sudden becoming irrelevant.  Winning in Baseball looks hard as ****. Beating ya'll has always been a challenge, one I enjoyed, I didn't enjoy that beatdown as much as I though I would.

 

Edit:  I don't think this is common, but I don't believe the Nats were brought to DC for the people that were already in the city, but that's a different conversation entirely.

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3 minutes ago, Renegade7 said:

 

I don't know if that's fair.  I believe if you did that, you deserve a pass, here's why:

 

You're essentially saying that if someone grew up and lives in DC when the Nats showed up and they were an O's fan, they are more loyal sticking with an out of area team then rooting for the local one?  I don't hold it against anyone that lived in Bmore when the Ravens showed up and switched over, nor would I hold it again anyone in Charlotte from switching over when the Panthers showed up.  In reality, both of those franchises would struggle mightily if NFL fans refused to switch over, the whole point was to give them their own team.

 

My dad won't switch over from the Yankees because he grew up in DC when there was no baseball team and lived in NYC for a while, actually went to Yankee games.  He wasn't happy when I switched from Yankees to Nats, but he understood that I was a DC sports fan first.  I'm not from Baltimore, I'm not from New York, I'm from Fairfax.

 

And for the record, I don't like coming in here because my distaste for your owner is so obvious, I don't want ya'll following me into the Nats thread.  I just came to say that I'm actually upset for ya'll seeing what looked like a pretty good team on the brink of breaking through all the sudden becoming irrelevant.  Winning in Baseball looks hard as ****. Beating ya'll has always been a challenge, one I enjoyed, I didn't enjoy that beatdown as much as I though I would.

 

Ehhh, I dunno man.  In regards to your last point, no one likes Angelos, just like no one likes Snyder.  And here we are :) 

 

I get not wanting to root for the Orioles anymore, I think about it every damn day.  But that's the team I grew up with, that's the team I've invested thousands of hours in over the years.  I can't imagine NOT rooting for them because a team moved closer.  If I had to move to somewhere else like...San Diego with an offbeat team that no one cares about like the Padres, I'd still be pulling for the O's from the west coast.  

 

I do agree with your initial point about the NFL giving those areas franchises because of interest, but I just remember when the Nats showed up and it was just an all out bash-fest on Angelos (which is understandable, of course) and blaming him for the reason they're all of a sudden Nats fans.  I dunno though man, even though Angelos has ****ed this team seven ways from Sunday, he still doesn't ruin my love for the days of going to games in Memorial Stadium, being there for Cal breaking the Streak and all of the other memories I've got.  I just can't believe people would trade that up cause of a ****ty owner and a team moved closer.  

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1 minute ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

I just can't believe people would trade that up cause of a ****ty owner and a team moved closer.  

 

Understood, just want to point out that not every O's fan had the same memories as you.  : )

 

I've never been to a Nats game (though I plan to change that this year), I've met diehard redskins fans that have never been to a game either.  I didn't skip a beat moving to Hampton Roads, wouldn't if you put me on another continent because the DC teams remind me of home (or at least the concept of it).  Another reason why I switched was because I felt like Angelos was doing everything he could to stop DC from getting a team once we got serious about getting the Expos.  I took that to heart, I know others that did as well.

 

If you're diehard, I can see where you're coming from, otherwise, not shocked at all.  

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