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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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Post-Curse D.C. Sports Thread

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The Curse is over, it's dead, it's irrelevant. Time to move on and have only good vibes.

 

We have one of the best pitchers ever on his way to a 3rd straight Cy Young, we have a dynamic duo in the back court who are trying their best despite Ernie Grunfeld's incompetence, the Redskins are still a mediocre franchise but we no longer go into seasons praying to get to 6 wins, and the city FINALLY HAS A CHAMPION!

 

June 7, 1978

 

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June 7, 2018

 

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I thought about making this thread late last night while the bubbly was flowing.  Good show, sir!

 

Anyhoo....ALEX SMITH WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL LIII MVP.

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Even a worm will turn.  And blind squirrels find acorns from time to time.  And a broken clock is right twice a day.  The early bird catches the worm.  A penny saved is a penny earned. 

 

I don't know what I'm saying, bottom line, the Redskins are due.

 

Point of clarification though, the Curse o' Les Boulez predates the DC Sports Curse and is still alive and well.

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Nats will win the pennant in October.

 

Skins and Wiz are hopeless unfortunately.

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15 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

I don't know what I'm saying, bottom line, the Redskins are due.


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Please, football gods.  I humbly kneel before you. 

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25 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

Point of clarification though, the Curse o' Les Boulez predates the DC Sports Curse and is still alive and well.

 

Yep. If there is truly a curse it resides with that team. What a pathetic franchise. 

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After last night, we can put the best D.C. athlete ever conversation to bed. It's Ovechkin. Nobody has been more dominant at a time when there was actually legitimate talent in their respective league (sorry Walter Johnson and Sammy Baugh).

 

With a championship and playoff MVP to go along with 3 season MVPs, 7 goal scoring titles, 3 most outdistancing player awards, get ready for a statue outside of MCI Center.

 

Also unlike other contemporary stars, Ovechkin has never threatened to leave or held that over the franchise, never thrown teammates under the bus to the media, and has taken the brunt of criticism and quite frankly xenophobia from the Canadian hockey media.

 

Last night just cemented his amazing legacy in this town.

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4 minutes ago, Sticksboi05 said:

After last night, we can put the best D.C. athlete ever conversation to bed. It's Ovechkin. Nobody has been more dominant at a time when there was actually legitimate talent in their respective league (sorry Walter Johnson and Sammy Baugh).

 

With a championship and playoff MVP to go along with 3 season MVPs, 7 goal scoring titles, 3 most outdistancing player awards, get ready for a statue outside of MCI Center.

 

Also unlike other contemporary stars, Ovechkin has never threatened to leave or held that over the franchise, never thrown teammates under the bus to the media, and has taken the brunt of criticism and quite frankly xenophobia from the Canadian hockey media.

 

Last night just cemented his amazing legacy in this town.

Are you Kevin Sheehan? lol I agree with you on Ovechkin's greatness and I'm not a big hockey fan.

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9 minutes ago, Sticksboi05 said:

After last night, we can put the best D.C. athlete ever conversation to bed. It's Ovechkin. Nobody has been more dominant at a time when there was actually legitimate talent in their respective league (sorry Walter Johnson and Sammy Baugh).

 

With a championship and playoff MVP to go along with 3 season MVPs, 7 goal scoring titles, 3 most outdistancing player awards, get ready for a statue outside of MCI Center.

 

Also unlike other contemporary stars, Ovechkin has never threatened to leave or held that over the franchise, never thrown teammates under the bus to the media, and has taken the brunt of criticism and quite frankly xenophobia from the Canadian hockey media.

 

Last night just cemented his amazing legacy in this town.

 

Well said. Henceforth, let the arena on F street be called "The House that Ovi Built."

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12 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

 

Well said. Henceforth, let the arena on F street be called "The House that Ovi Built."

 

Funny, they were never successful until they changed the name to Stupid Capital One Arena

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Nats have a team that could win it anytime they feel like getting over the hump. 

 

Redskins *should* have a squad capable of winning 10-11 games this year imo. Pending health, the defense should be stacked. Pending health and living up to potential, there are some weapons on offense. All I’m saying is I wouldn’t count them out this year, and that’s better than we’ve been able to say a lot of other years. 

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It's almost better that they won in Vegas.  It allowed our building to be 100 percent Caps FANS.  No Vegas fans.  No corporate d-bags.  Just fans.

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Maybe Ted will have an aha moment about EG now that he changed one long time GM and it led to a championship. 

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9 minutes ago, Kilmer17 said:

It's almost better that they won in Vegas.  It allowed our building to be 100 percent Caps FANS.  No Vegas fans.  No corporate d-bags.  Just fans.

Plus now we get to see what will be a LEGENDARY afterparty for Ovie.

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Maybe Ted will have an aha moment about EG now that he changed one long time GM and it led to a championship. 

What's worse is...McPhee is/was WAAAAAAY better than Grunfeld ever was. He built most of this team that won the Cup and just built up an expansion team that made the Finals in year one. I watched Joe B interview GMGM last night and he was really classy about it all, I actually kinda felt bad for him.

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12 minutes ago, Mournblade said:

Scr*w the Skins, Bullets and Gnats. I only care about the Caps!

 

 

 

Let's leave that kind of sentiment out of here. We need to be a city that supports all of our teams - that'w how the big boys do it. Doesn't mean each one is passionate for you, but it's the "Washington" that matters.

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5 minutes ago, Warhead36 said:

Plus now we get to see what will be a LEGENDARY afterparty for Ovie.

What's worse is...McPhee is/was WAAAAAAY better than Grunfeld ever was. He built most of this team that won the Cup and just built up an expansion team that made the Finals in year one. I watched Joe B interview GMGM last night and he was really classy about it all, I actually kinda felt bad for him.

 

He traded Forsberg for a bag of pucks. That's like writing the greatest book in the world, and forgetting to give it a title. Just not good enough. 

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10 minutes ago, Kilmer17 said:

It's almost better that they won in Vegas.  It allowed our building to be 100 percent Caps FANS.  No Vegas fans.  No corporate d-bags.  Just fans.

 

Eh, the reason they sold so many tickets was because non-fans just wanted to be a part of an event.  A lot of people I work with went, or were outside on F street and they couldn't name one player other than Ovechkin.  

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Just now, Sticksboi05 said:

 

Let's leave that kind of sentiment out of here. We need to be a city that supports all of our teams - that'w how the big boys do it. Doesn't mean each one is passionate for you, but it's the "Washington" that matters.

 

(Shrugs) Fine. But right now is the CAPS moment, not the other teams. They need to go out there and earn it. 

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Given that the Bullets and Caps both secured championship on June 7 (40 years apart), I propose that June 7th be designated as Champions Day in DC and everybody gets the day off.  :)  

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Just now, MarkB452 said:

Given that the Bullets and Caps both secured championship on June 7 (40 years apart), I propose that June 7th be designated as Champions Day in DC and everybody gets the day off.  :)  

Awesome idea!

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3 minutes ago, PleaseBlitz said:

 

Eh, the reason they sold so many tickets was because non-fans just wanted to be a part of an event.  A lot of people I work with went, or were outside on F street and they couldn't name one player other than Ovechkin.  

 

Does it matter? I'm new to hockey (basically watch the Caps in the playoffs over the past 4-5 years) and I'm enjoying it. I don't claim to "own" the championship like I would if the Redskins or Orioles won something, but I'm allowed to revel in it. You would think that fans would want the teams they love to gain popularity and reach that "pop culture" status that spans beyond the guys who watch hockey in November. 

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