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      We’re still doing this?  Absolutely!  Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option.  The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch.  Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game.   

      Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg).  The first team to 15 wins!  With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop.  Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury.   
       
      My, reasonable, goals for today’s game:  
      1- Score a touchdown 
      2- Score more than 17 points.   
      3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions  
      4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy.  
       
      Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss.  
       
      Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew.  If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly.  Great fans, great people. 
       
      The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: 
      Paul Richardson  
      Colt McCoy 
      Deshazor Everett 
      Chris Thompson  
      Ross Pierschbacher 
      Vernon Davis  
      Tim Settle  
       
      The Jets declared the following players as inactive  
      Nate Hairston  
      Darryl Roberts  
      Paul Worrilow 
      Matthias Farley  
      CJ Mosley  
      Jordan Willis  
      Leo Koloamatangi 
       
      1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets
      If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news.  There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person.
       
      Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points.  The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down.  
       
      Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else?
       
      2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.  All hope is lost.

      Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter?  Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line.  They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26.  It's perfect.  Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. 

      The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point.  Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins.  Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 
       
      3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. 
       
      I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me.  I'm off to get some more caffeine. 

      4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets
      The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown.  As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. 
       
      Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). 
       
      TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!  THE DROUGHT IT OVER!  Guice took a short pass from Haskins  all the way to the house.  2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. 
       
      The Redskins score another touchdown!  This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. 
       
      End of Game.
       
      Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier:
       
      1- Success.
      2- Close enough, I'm counting it
      3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 
      4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today.  He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy.  I'll take it.
       
      Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD.  The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout.  It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today.  I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
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Exactly, Sunstone. Not to mention since Wandy lost to Belfort he's been on an absolute tear. That fight was eight years ago, too. Since 1998, Wandy has gone 26 and 3, including losing a controversial decision to Mark Hunt in a fight everyone who saw thought he had won.

Since 1998 Belfort hasn't done anything close to what Wandy has done.

Point is, Wandy could knock out Liddell just as easy as Belfort knocked out Takahashi.

When is the last time you really saw Liddell take one on the chin? Don't get me wrong, Liddell is a great fighter, but he's only human. If anyone can touch him on the chin it would be Wandy. Guy is on another level.

Wandy also has a controversial win against Arona that everyone thinks he lost.

I think the lost tiome Chuck has been hit were his lost losses: Coutre and Rampage

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Recap article of the post ppv presser (really just Dana with some Chuck):

http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/5917002

Here is a couple highlights:

On why Liddell-Wanderlei Silva match isn't going to happen, at least not yet: "They talk a lot of s-- but never back it up. I'm here I'm ready, Chuck's here, he's ready. It's not that Wanderlei doesn't want the fight, he's a fighter. No disrespect to him. You know who I'm talking about. I've been trying to do this for five years. I sent (Liddell) over to Japan and he fought three or four times over there. They like to yap but they don't like to back it up.

On Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who was at UFC 62: I'd love to have him. We're talking to him. We always want to make the best fights happen with the best fighters. It's gonna happen, it's just a matter of time.

Liddell, on how he'd prepare for Ortiz: I don't give him a shot at beating me. Not in the slightest. I'm going to be in the best shape of my life.

White: Way to sell a fight, Chuck. Way to sell a fight. (Laughter busts out in the room).

Liddell: OK, I'm going to beat him for five rounds. I'm going to try to beat him for five rounds.

White: There you go, now you're talking.

Liddell: I'm serious. I want to punsh him. I want to shut him up for good. I'm going to punish him.

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I would love to see Rampage in the UFC. It is all about the money with Rampage. Dana will have to pony up big. I imagine he has a multi-fight deal with WFA. Hopefully he knocks those out quick and comes to the UFC.

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Recap article of the post ppv presser (really just Dana with some Chuck):

http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/5917002

Here is a couple highlights:

On why Liddell-Wanderlei Silva match isn't going to happen, at least not yet: "They talk a lot of s-- but never back it up. I'm here I'm ready, Chuck's here, he's ready. It's not that Wanderlei doesn't want the fight, he's a fighter. No disrespect to him. You know who I'm talking about. I've been trying to do this for five years. I sent (Liddell) over to Japan and he fought three or four times over there. They like to yap but they don't like to back it up.

On Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who was at UFC 62: I'd love to have him. We're talking to him. We always want to make the best fights happen with the best fighters. It's gonna happen, it's just a matter of time.

Liddell, on how he'd prepare for Ortiz: I don't give him a shot at beating me. Not in the slightest. I'm going to be in the best shape of my life.

White: Way to sell a fight, Chuck. Way to sell a fight. (Laughter busts out in the room).

Liddell: OK, I'm going to beat him for five rounds. I'm going to try to beat him for five rounds.

White: There you go, now you're talking.

Liddell: I'm serious. I want to punsh him. I want to shut him up for good. I'm going to punish him.

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I would love to see Rampage in the UFC. It is all about the money with Rampage. Dana will have to pony up big. I imagine he has a multi-fight deal with WFA. Hopefully he knocks those out quick and comes to the UFC.

Dana White is a moron. Why the hell would Pride pay their own fighters if they are fighting in the UFC? If Pride fighters fight in the UFC, they should be paid by the UFC. Just like when UFC fighters fought in Pride in 2003, they were paid by Pride.

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http://www.sherdog.com/news/interviews.asp?n_id=5528

Silva on the Liddell fight:

Sherdog.com: Chuck Liddell (Pictures), after beating Renato Sobral (Pictures), said that a fight between you and him would be a one round fight.

Silva: For sure. He can’t survive the first round! When I get this guy … I actually don’t know what is happening. There are some people saying this fight will not happen but I would like to make myself clear: I want to fight him. I want it known, I don’t care if I get hurt, I will be healed by November. I want this fight. I want him. I don’t want people saying: “he goes to UFC to take a free promotion.” I don’t know what’s happening. The promoters are taking care of it. I want to shut him up by hitting his mouth. When I spoke in the microphone he was looking at me with a butt face and gave me a little smile because he knows who I am. He had his ass kicked by Quinton Jackson (Pictures) in PRIDE, and if he thinks he will be waiting just to hit me back he will pay for it. I am a Muay Thai fighter. I’m a heavy hitter. If I hit the chin, the guy is down.

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Who you guys got in the Pride GP?

Silva - Nog

Nog

Nog and Barnett are my 2 favorite fighters, so I will probably be rooting for Barnett since Nog has already fought Fedor twice. Silva - Nog would be a great final though.

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If Quentin Jackson and Silva every came to the UFC, they would easily be the kings of the Octagon. Those two are bonified BADASSES.

Silva is a scary mofo, and I'd like to see him avenge his loss to Tito Ortiz, from very early in his MMA career.

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In a developing news story that broke on Wednesday's edition of MMAWeekly Radio, MMAWeekly has learned that Stephan Bonnar tested positive for an anabolic steroid after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62 on August 26th.

The specific banned substance that was found in Bonnar's post-fight urine sample after his unanimous decision loss to Griffin was Boldenone Metabolite, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's drug testing results.

Boldenone is an anabolic steroid that is intended for use only by veterinarians, specifically to help rehabilitate injured horses. It has several brand names for veterinary use, including Equigan, Equipoise, Ultragan, and Ganabol. It is on the banned substances list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=2589&zoneid=13

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Now I got that bum out the way. The OWGP is going to happen this weekend. There is absolutely no way that is going to dissapoint. I hope Josh Barnett wins it.

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If Quentin Jackson and Silva every came to the UFC, they would easily be the kings of the Octagon. Those two are bonified BADASSES.

Silva is a scary mofo, and I'd like to see him avenge his loss to Tito Ortiz, from very early in his MMA career.

Ever since Quentin lost to Silva in their second fight, he has been on a downfall. He looked nothing like his his old self against Ninja in which he won on a split decision. His distruction against Shogun further proved that he has fallen from the top ranks. Sure, he won against Lindland on a split decision, but taking winless Dong Sik Yoon to a decision?

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Ever since Quentin lost to Silva in their second fight, he has been on a downfall. He looked nothing like his his old self against Ninja in which he won on a split decision. His distruction against Shogun further proved that he has fallen from the top ranks. Sure, he won against Lindland on a split decision, but taking winless Dong Sik Yoon to a decision?

Did you see the Dong Sik Yoon fight? Sure, he didn't finish him, but he punded on him the entire time. Yoon would not stay down.

I think a big reason Pride ppvs don't dissapoint as much as UFC cards is the type of lower-end fighters Pride has. All the Japanese "cans" they throw in the ring with their superstars are tough as nails. They never stay down or tap when they should. Heads like rocks.

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Did you see the Dong Sik Yoon fight? Sure, he didn't finish him, but he punded on him the entire time. Yoon would not stay down.

But, c'mon it's Dong Sik Yoon! A veteran of three MMA fights.

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Anyone seen the OGWP? So far I've only seen the CroCop-Wand and Barnett-Big Nog fight. SPOILERS is coming

Damn I didn't think CC could handle Wand so easily. Everyone knew someone was getting KOed in that fight. I blame Wand's early actions for his lost. And the doctors probably wanted to stop that fight but you could see Wand really wanted to finish.

And I'm so happy Barnett took it. I'm really rooting for the guy. Might have been a boring technical match to some but I was really exited at the outcome. I haven't watched the finals yet but I really hope Barnett takes it.

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Wow! Now that was a pppv. Pride right now is killing the UFC in putting cards together.

Arona-Overeem and Kharitonov-Aleksander on the under card was great!

I was rooting for Barnett too. He was clearly the worse for wear after a war with Big Nog. Cro-Cop came in rested and unscathed after taking care of Silva in 5 minutes (with a 5 minute break in action for the cut).

I would love to see Barnett get the winner of Cro-Cop v. Fedor, or even just another shot at Mirko when he is healthy. I don't kno wthat they will grant him his 4th shot at Mirko though. too bad he wasn't healthy for either 3 fights.

Taking nothing away from Cro-Cop though. He took care of Silva with ease. Cracked the guys skull, then took out Barnett.

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Wow! Now that was a pppv. Pride right now is killing the UFC in putting cards together.

Arona-Overeem and Kharitonov-Aleksander on the under card was great!

I was rooting for Barnett too. He was clearly the worse for wear after a war with Big Nog. Cro-Cop came in rested and unscathed after taking care of Silva in 5 minutes (with a 5 minute break in action for the cut).

I would love to see Barnett get the winner of Cro-Cop v. Fedor, or even just another shot at Mirko when he is healthy. I don't kno wthat they will grant him his 4th shot at Mirko though. too bad he wasn't healthy for either 3 fights.

Taking nothing away from Cro-Cop though. He took care of Silva with ease. Cracked the guys skull, then took out Barnett.

Overeem needs to stop fighting so many times. He keeps giving up too early.

Why invite Aleksander to punch you in the face 2 times? I always thought he was pretty scary with the big executioner holding a baby tattoo on his back. Now I found out he was in the Russian Mafia and went to prison for 5 years he's even more scary.

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Cro Cop is on a roll right now - first Silva, then Barnett. As of right now it seems that Cro Cop has all the momentum coming in to his fight with Fedor in NYE. Fedor hasn't fought in almost 9 months (although he will be fighting Coleman in October) and ring rust could be a factor.

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It would be funny to see Coleman win in October. What happens if that happens?

It would be funny. If that happens, it would mess up the whole heavyweight division in Pride because it is a non-title fight.

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Rampage put Chuck down.

You are right on about Tito. He can do it if he is patient. Problem is that I don't know another fighter that is more paitient than Chuck. He never seems to stray from his game plan.

Yes, and Rampage is a badass in his own right. I'm talking about the new and improved chuck liddell. Two different guys;). Not that Chuck would kick his ass or anything but I think chuck would be favored if they fought in the UFC.

I really do hope Tito learns patience and takes chuck out. It's a longshot, though, and Tito would have to fight better than he ever has before. Patient, set chuck up with some strikes, and get him on the ground for some elbow treatment. There aren't too many fighters in the world who can withstand a heavy dose of Tito's ground and pound.

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Hughes-Penn on Saturday! Only one other good fight on the card though, Swick-Crow.

Another 2-fight show. That is getting old.

Here are the current odds (they change frequently):

Matt Hughes -206

BJ Penn +186

Mike Swick -133

David Loiseau +123

Rashad Evans -197

Jason Lambert +182

Jens Pulver -672

Joe Lauzon +612

Melvin Guillard -154

Gabe Reudiger +144

Roger Huerta -575

Jason Dent +525

Jorge Gurgel -620

Danny Abbadi +560

Tyson Griffin -586

David Lee +526

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I'm kinda watching a stream. So far the fights have been good. (only seen first 3 fights )

What the hell at Jens taking a quick L?

Somebody made a lot of loot by betting against Jens...

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