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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 23 - 17 Panthers
       
      Will the real Washington Redskins please stand up?
       
      Hello friends, JimmiJo here, joined by the Spaceman Spiff. 
       
      Seriously, which team will we get to see today. The one solid in all quarters, playing fundamentally sound ball and making us believe that just maybe, this year they could be hanging around at playoff time? Or will it be the one who decides not all receivers should be covered? You know, the one that seems to believe no national embarrassment is too great to suffer.
       
      If I am on this team on this day, I am playing like I have been punked-out on national TV (because I was) and I have something to prove. I am playing with a degree of urgency yet to be seen this year. I am playing like the season is on the line today. Because it literally is as far as I am concerned.
       
      Speak amongst yourselves...
       
      inactives
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
      o   No. 30 S Troy Apke
      o   No. 39 CB Adonis Alexander
      o   No. 74 T Geron Christian Sr.
      o   No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao
      o   No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
      o   No. 99 DL Caleb Brantley
       
      Ok gang, showtime. Here's to a good game with no injuries. You can follow me live on Twitter @Skinscast. 
       
      See you at the half.
       
      Half
       
      Great start, poor ending. They need to produce in the 2nd half to win.
       
      JimmiJo
       
      This team is consistently inconsistent.
       
      I’m just glad I caught them on the good week. And if there was ever a time to go for two in a row, it’s this week.
       
      I was poised to ask the players how much last week had to do with this. I didn’t have to. Most of the guys I interviewed spoke about getting the bad taste of last week out of their mouth.
       
      To a man they wanted to put it behind them. No better way than to do so with a win against a 3-1 Carolina Panthers. The win preserves Washington’s first place position in the division.
       
      If we are looking for heroes we have to start with Adrian Peterson. Coming in with multiple injuries (shoulder, knee, ankle), all he did was run for 97-yards on 17-carries with a 5.7 yard per carry average. The man is ageless, looking more like a first-year back rather than a guy near the end of his career.
       
      On the other side of the ball was Josh Norman. It was clear in speaking to him following the game that the chatter in the media was starting to get to him. This game was important enough for him that he called a defensive backs meeting this week to get everybody on the same page.
       
      Norman payed like the all-star the Redskins signed in 2016. In fact, the interception was his first since week 16 of 2016. But he wasn’t done. Norman punched out the ball to force a fumble later on a critical drive, robbing the Panthers of an opportunity to score.
       
      Given the talk about Norman and the manner in which the New Orleans Saints bludgeoned Washington last week, it was fitting the game came down to a defensive stand that resulted in Carolina giving up the ball on downs.
       
      This was a total team effort for Washington, with all areas contributing.
       
      Alex Smith went 21-of-36 for 163-yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a passer-rating of 88.1.
       
      Jordan Reed had a relatively quiet five receptions for 36-yards to lead the receivers. Vernon Davis on the other hand, made some noise bringing in 3-receptions for 48-yards to include a beautiful touchdown grab on a seam route that left him largely uncovered.
       
      Smith did such a good job of looking off the safety that by the time he turned back to fire down field, Davis was running free and clear into the end zone.
       
      Another hero on the day was Dustin Hopkins. All he did was kick a 6-yard field goal, the longest of his career. I asked the coach if he had discussed the kick with Hopkins prior to making the decision. Gruden told me it was special teams coach Ben Kotwica who proclaimed Hopkins ready.
       
      “I thought it was a 53-yarder,” said Gruden. “When I heard it was a 56-yarder I thought about calling a timeout.
      He didn’t and Hopkins made him look smart.
       
      The Redskins fare best when they score first. They must be aware of this as they started red hot, jumping out to a 17-point lead before the Panthers got off the snide.
       
      A total of 9-unanswered points later, Washington scored early in the fourth quarter to bring the lead back to 11. That lasted officially 1-drive, as the Panthers marched down with relative ease to score a touchdown and bring the game within 3.
       
      Washington then mounted another drive to register another field goal to take the lead back to 6.
       
      Then a defensive stand was needed.
       
      Carolina was able to move the back to the midfield with relative ease. Washington tightened up and it all came down to a 4th-and-5 at the Redskins 16 with 38-seconds remaining.
       
      That was as far as they would go as Cam Newton skimmed the ball off of the field for a harmless incomplete.
       
      It was a much need win. It keeps the Redskins in 1st place in the division at 3-2 with Dallas coming to town next Sunday.
       
      What’s not to like?  
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WMATA/Public Transportation Thread

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With the will they-won't they story line around Qatar kicking in $100,000 to keep Metro open as the latest in a long stream of facepalm moments for the area's main public transportation provider. I don't use Metro regularly - only when visiting family and that's usually on the weekend - but God knows I hear about it every time I have a chat with them about it. From what I've gathered, Maryland, the Commonwealth, and Maryland struck a historic deal in March for consistent funding but as my father likes to say

"Metro's trifling, son." 

 

 

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It’s a ****ing shame.  I will only use metro if there is no other option and I HATE driving in the city.

 

Metro didn’t always suck.  It seemed decent in the 90’s.  What the hell happened?

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1 minute ago, Springfield said:

It’s a ****ing shame.  I will only use metro if there is no other option and I HATE driving in the city.

 

Metro didn’t always suck.  It seemed decent in the 90’s.  What the hell happened?

 

It has been crumbling badly since 2012. IMO that’s when we started getting consistent track fires and weekly delays during peak hours. Which ultimately led to the “safetrack” project in 2016.

 

Also, WMATA is planning on shutting down multiple blue line stations next year during the summer for more track work. 

 

Years and years of neglect to the public transportation infrastructure in the area has finally caught up. Yet there are ridiculous proposals like the gondola from Georgetown to Rosslyn that may cost upwards of $100 million.

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Are buses the money loser?  I feel like I read that in an article once, but I could be totally wrong on that.  

 

Metro subways were decent when I used it back in '03.  Then again, I switched to driving after a year, so maybe not so much?  Although, with all the mobile entertainment available now, I probably would've stuck it out now.

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3 minutes ago, No Excuses said:

 

Years and years of neglect to the public transportation infrastructure in the area has finally caught up. Yet there are ridiculous proposals like the gondola from Georgetown to Rosslyn that may cost upwards of $100 million.

Oh, man! That's a funny joke.

[Looks it up]

[It's legit]

http://www.georgetownrosslyngondola.com

...what the actual ****, Georgetown? 

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Also: found this article from GGWash on Metro's consistent maintenance woes. They say it isn't because it's a two-track system (which apparently is a common critique of Metro).

 

https://ggwash.org/view/41711/metro-doesnt-have-four-tracks-thats-not-why-maintenance-is-a-problem

 

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Lines with more tracks aren’t that way for redundancy, but rather capacity: they make it possible to fit twice the trains along the same avenue. In only the densest places in the world, like New York, is that sensible, and even so, most cities don’t do it.

Instead of making 4-track lines, what world cities with better transit systems than Washington enjoy is just more lines, period. You can shut down a line much more easily when there’s another one nearby. Back to New York, for instance, the tunnels between Manhattan and other boroughs are 2-track, but there are many parallel ones.

If the A train is under repair, the trains could travel on the F line instead. When the L tunnel has to be shut down for Sandy-related repairs, it’ll be horrible for residents of Williamsburg and Bushwick, but at least they can transfer to the G train to go around to another East River crossing.

When Chicago shut down its Red Line for months, it was able to set up bus service to get people to the parallel Green. Fewer parts of the DC Metro have alternate lines nearby.

 

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Metro, if it had the funding to keep up with maintenance, could be an awesome system.  It,unfortunately, is not.  

 

My biggest gripe about not staying open for Caps playoff games is it just makes the city look bush league.  This should be a no brainer.  

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26 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

Metro, if it had the funding to keep up with maintenance, could be an awesome system.  It,unfortunately, is not.  

 

My biggest gripe about not staying open for Caps playoff games is it just makes the city look bush league.  This should be a no brainer.  

Well, maybe that's changing somewhat now that Virginia, Maryland, and the District signed bills dedicating funding to WAMTA a couple months ago

http://www.thehoya.com/historic-agreement-guarantees-dedicated-funding-wmata/

 

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Maryland lawmakers joined the governments of Washington, D.C., and Virginia yesterday in a final approval to jointly provide up to $500 million annually to fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in a historic funding decision that could boost the floundering system’s recovery efforts.

The Virginia general assembly pledged $154 million per year to Metro funding on March 7 on the condition that Maryland and D.C. also increase their contributions. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) pledged $178 million per year in her State of the District address on March 15.

The decision was part of a negotiation between Virginia, Maryland and D.C.’s whereby each party would provide the $500 million that Metro’s leadership argued is necessary to make Metrorail a world-class system.

The funding will be used to combat longstanding failures within the Metro system by improving rail cars and buses, replacing older equipment and catching up on delayed repairs across the 50-year old system.

The joint provision marks the first time Metro has had a stable source of funding since it was established in 1967. In the absence of a dedicated funding source, Metro has relied on the D.C. local government and seven other local and state jurisdictions for funding. Each government calculates its funding contribution based on population density, average weekday ridership and the number of stations operating in each region.

 

Hopefully they don't screw that up, too. 

 

Completely agree on not staying open for the Caps playoff game, though. D.C. Metro Area is one of the largest in the U.S. and yet we're depending on PepCo. and Qatar to stay open for a few hours after a major playoff game. Everyone's having a laugh at Metro - and D.C. as a sports town - over this and rightfully so. As I've said earlier: we're not a little town between Richmond and Baltimore anymore. We shouldn't be doing this. 

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40 minutes ago, thebluefood said:

Well, maybe that's changing somewhat now that Virginia, Maryland, and the District signed bills dedicating funding to WAMTA a couple months ago

http://www.thehoya.com/historic-agreement-guarantees-dedicated-funding-wmata/

 

 

Hopefully they don't screw that up, too. 

 

 

Unfortunately, because Rest-of-Virginia state delegates hate NoVa, the state legislature rejected a plan to raise taxes in order to raise new funds for Metro.  Instead, Virginia is sending funds to Metro that were already earmarked for other Metro improvements in Virginia.  So they are basically robbing Peter to pay Paul.  

 

https://wtop.com/virginia/2018/04/va-house-gop-rejects-tax-increases-metro-voting-take-money-northern-va-transportation-projects/

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Anyone ready to change their vote now?

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No excuse for a public transportation system in a major area like this to shutdown at 12 during the week and 1 during the weekends. The system has turned into a total embarrassment. 

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20 hours ago, No Excuses said:

It has been crumbling badly since 2012. IMO that’s when we started getting consistent track fires and weekly delays during peak hours. Which ultimately led to the “safetrack” project in 2016.

It was in bad shape throughout the aughts but the Fort Totten disaster is what exposed it.

 

They built the system and did minimal maintenance for 30 years

9 hours ago, spjunkies said:

No excuse for a public transportation system in a major area like this to shutdown at 12 during the week and 1 during the weekends. The system has turned into a total embarrassment. 

Metro's problem is that its beholden to 3 different jurisdictions, with two of them having their capitols being nowhere near the place that needs the system.

 

I have no idea how they can alleviate at that other than Fed government intervention.

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Bumping this because I had a chance to use Baltimore's light rail for the first time a few days ago. It was a weekday afternoon, heading to and from Camden Yards, and I liked it. Really hope the Purple Line in MoCo/PG County works out. A light rail into the District from Suburban Maryland would be pretty sweet, too, especially if Metro can't get its **** together. 

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