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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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Disgusting. Schoop was way too anxious there, at least he seemed like it with that first swing.

 

Hate to see the bullpen get taxed like this the first game.

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Adam “Bomb” to win it.

 

I know I’m late. Was at work and then the gym. Recorded the game. Just got done watching. A few observations:

 

1. Great quality start from Bundy. Need more of that all season from the starters.

 

2. Roster is STILL top heavy. Not a lot of speed. 

 

3. Buck played small ball in ST, but is afraid to in the RS. Caleb played small ball twice and it was nice (triple in the gap and bunt)

 

4. WTF Brad? Seriously! First game and you can’t get it done. The first person to say “trade Zach” should get a foot up their ass. Good closers ARE valuable and not a dime a dozen.

 

5. Feel for Bundy. The win was his. Should’ve never gotten to extras.

 

6. Still enjoying the win on Opening Day.

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Great win.  Harder than it needed to be.

 

Really impressed with Bundy.  I know when he was coming up he was throwing high 90s but even if he's at 92-93 right now it doesn't matter if he can locate and spin his breaking stuff like he did today.  

 

He had some starts like this last year, he also had some starts where he got bombed.  Just needs to be more consistent and he can be a top of the rotation starter.

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36 minutes ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

He had some starts like this last year, he also had some starts where he got bombed.  Just needs to be more consistent and he can be a top of the rotation starter.

 

One thing to remember is this is the first time he’s allowed to pitch the way he wants and without restrictions. 

 

The team was 16-12 in his starts last year. I think he will have an even better number this year.

 

(Gaus 16-18, Miley 14-17, Ubaldo 13-18, Tillman 8-11, Hellickson 4-6, Asher 1-5, Ynoa 2-4. Woof.) 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, TheDoyler23 said:

 

One thing to remember is this is the first time he’s allowed to pitch the way he wants and without restrictions. 

 

The team was 16-12 in his starts last year. I think he will have an even better number this year.

 

(Gaus 16-18, Miley 14-17, Ubaldo 13-18, Tillman 8-11, Hellickson 4-6, Asher 1-5, Ynoa 2-4. Woof.) 

 

 

 

I hope so, but he was also the luckiest pitcher in the majors last year.

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8 hours ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

 

I hope so, but he was also the luckiest pitcher in the majors last year.

 

I know he had a lower than average Babip and pitched better than some of his numbers indicate. 

 

But Bundy’s “cutter” (slutter) is something to behold. Not because it zips across the zone like Scherzer, but because it’s indistinguishable from his fastball until the last few feet. It’s like they’ve put a hamster tunnel from his hand to 6 feet from the plate. That means more weak fly balls as guys can’t barrel it.

 

When that pitch isn’t working, he gets hit hard. That’s probably why he had so many 0,1,2 ER starts and several 6 and 7s on the board. 

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I understand the off day at the beginning of the season to account for early season bad weather, but why not put the off day in between series instead of interrupting a series? Takes the steam out of opening day with an immediate off day.

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1 hour ago, pjfootballer said:

I understand the off day at the beginning of the season to account for early season bad weather, but why not put the off day in between series instead of interrupting a series? Takes the steam out of opening day with an immediate off day.

 

How about a few years ago when the O's started in Tampa and they still had that damn off day?

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Ugh. Sano got a lucky call on what should have been strike three then pow, HR. Blah. 1-0 Twins. 

 

I like Sano though. He always looks like he’s going to hit one. 

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Well ****. Thought I had something to watch. Looks like we’re getting our ass kicked tonight. 

 

Our batters are infuriating swinging at balls in the dirt or over their head. 

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Batting Davis lead off is really one of Buck’s dumbest ideas.

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