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      Good afternoon Redskins fans!  I have once again been invited to sit in the relative comfort of the press box and shout my thoughts into the void via this blog.  As you watch the game today and see the rain  pour relentlessly from the heavens, know that I am safe and dry.  Know also that @Spaceman Spiff is out there somewhere, cold and unappreciated, rolling around in the muck trying to capture that perfect picture.  Maybe say a little prayer for his health (or laugh, whatever, I’m not judging you).  Also, be sure not to miss the pictures he posts on this site after each game.     
       
      Before we get into today's Redskins game, I want give some thanks for more positive occurrences in DC sports.  Congrats to the Washington Mystics for winning their first championship.  Congrats go out to the Washington Nationals as well for reaching the world series.  These two teams (along with the Caps) are working hard to change the sports related mood around this town, and we're all happier for it. 
       
      Lets move now into less cheerful topics, namely your Washington Redskins!  Yow know things are going bad, and I mean really dang bad, when your team has gone through three quarterbacks and two coaches and your not even half way through the season.  Today's fresh hell comes in the form of a specter of the our recent past coming to smirk at our misfortune.  Im talking of course of Kyle.  Kyle's spent the week assuring everyone that he isn’t holding a grudge, while very obviously holding a grudge.  “Everything else.”  You know what I’m talking about. 
       
      If all he brought to town were his hurt feelings we wouldn’t have a problem.  Sadly, he’s arrived with an undefeated football team that the NFL says we have to play this week.  This feels entirely unfair. 
       
      My generic key to the game:  Run the ball and stop the run.  The team (spoiler alert: 49ers) that does this today will win.   
       
      Redskins Inactives  
      QB Colt McCoy  
      S Deshazor Everett  
      CB Josh Norman  
      RB Chris THompson  
      LB Josh Harvey-Clemons 
      G Wes Martin  
      TE Vernon Davis  
       
      49ers inactives  
      QB CJ Beathard 
      WR Deebo Samuel  
      CB Ahkello Witherspoon  
      FB Kyle Juszczyk 
      T Mike McGLinchey 
      T Joe Staley 
      DL DJ Jones 
       
      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers
       
      Callahan wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to run the ball.  That first drive was all runs, and looked great... right up until they tried to pass the ball.  Hopkins missed the relatively short fied goal, because of course he did.     

      Maybe Quinn isn’t a good choice to be returning punts?  Consider it.    
       
      That second Redskins drive looked more like what we’ve come to expect from this offense.  Run for negative yards, pass dropped, and an unsuccessful screen pass.  A quintessential Redskins three and out. 

      Passing yards this quarter:  Redskins 3. 49ers 9.  Are you not entertained?! 
       
      Half Time Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers 
       
      How happy are you to spend your Sunday afternoon watching this game?  Consider that some people paid money, to sit in a poncho, in the rain, to watch this game. 
       
      It’s now time for those half time adjustments that our beloved skins do so well.  It’s unlikely the second half mirrors the first. 
       
      3rd Quarter Update 
      Redskins 0 – 3 49ers  
       
      Good news, this game will not end in a 0-0 tie.  Those half time adjustments have kicked in as expected and the 49ers have found a way onto the scoreboard in this messy throwback game.  The Redskins have decided to spend the second half collecting holding penalties and sadness.  Mercifully, only one quarter remains. 
       
      End of Game Update 
      Redskins 0 – 9 49ers 
       
      Callahan hasn’t spent much time as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he’s already proven that his team can waste 2nd half timeouts like a veteran.  It makes little sense to adopt a strategy that shortens the game when your team is losing, and it makes even less sense when your team is short on time outs.  I’m not really sure what the thinking as late in this game.    
       
      Next week Kirk Cousins!   
       
       
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Roger Gracie signed with the UFC, supposed to be training with Blackhouse now.

He should do good until they match him with someone that won't let him take it to the ground.

He's pretty lanky, if he could either get his boxing together or learn to use takedowns he'd be a much more dangerous fighter.

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Dana announced that Kosheck vs. Hendricks is going on the next FOX card.

I'm kind of surprised they put that one on FOX, it has the chance to be a real stinker. Hendricks has the better wrestling credentials, but he's a small WW.

He's pretty lanky, if he could either get his boxing together or learn to use takedowns he'd be a much more dangerous fighter.

I'm hoping he goes back to jiu-jitsu. I want to see him vs. Rodolfo Viera in the world championships. Rodolfo's the only guy in recent memory I can think of that might actually be able to beat him.

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Looks like Paul Harris is getting another leg to take home:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/27394/alan-belcher-vs-rousimar-palhares-added-to-ufc-on-fox-3.mma

Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares added to UFC on FOX 3

A major middleweight bout between two of the division's most entertaining fighters has been added to the UFC on FOX 3 card.

UFC president Dana White today announced that well-rounded Alan Belcher (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) meets submission specialist Rousimar Palhares (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at the upcoming event.

UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.

Belcher vs. Palhares is likely to be part of the FOX-televised main card.

Belcher recently returned from a 16-month layoff due to an initially career-threatening eye surgery/recovery and picked up a vicious first-round submission win (due to punches) over Jason MacDonald. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and explosive striker is now 5-1 over his past six fights, and the lone loss came to Yoshihiro Akiyama via close split decision in a "Fight of the Night" performance.

Like Belcher, Palhares also carries a three-fight win streak. Most recently, he used a trademark heel hook to submit Mike Massenzio at UFC 142 in Brazil. Aside from a brief mental lapse that prompted a loss to Nate Marquardt in 2010, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in undefeated in his past seven fights. In fact, his only other career loss came via decision to notable Dan Henderson in Palhares' second UFC fight.

The latest UFC on FOX 3 card now includes:

Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller

Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck

Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares

Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson

John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss

John Dodson vs. Darren Uyenoyama

Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish

Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola

Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker

Assuming everyone stays healthy, this is going to be a very good free card.

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Belcher's underrated, I think he beats Paul Harris.

Belcher is underrated, but I think that is a tough fight for him. I don't know who I would pick at this point. Honestly, I am surprised that Paul Harris is being put on Fox, given his tendency for random episodes of lunacy.

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Palhares' wrestling is pretty wicked for a Jiu Jitsu guy. He has a fast shot and he eats various trees and rocks throughout the day. Belcher doesn't have a bad ground game, in fact it's relatively good in MMA, but it isn't hard to imagine Palhares ripping anyone's leg off.

If he can't secure Belcher on the ground for some sub attempts, he could get tired defending the constant flow of strikes Belcher likes to deal to people. All that muscle while taking accurate shots and working for takedowns will be too much. Palhares always has a submitter's chance, but Belcher has the tools to wear him down as the fight goes on.

Belcher's calves are blimps, imagine Harris tearing one of those in half. Would sound like a close lighting strike.

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Rousey via scissoring.

We can only hope so.

the first Fuel TV card tonight:

Ellenberger over Sanchez by (T)KO, Round 2

Herman over Struve by (T)KO, Round 2

An Ellenberger win (especially a stoppage) would really charge up the ww division even more than it already is.

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wow Brookins actually knocked someone out.

How bad must that guy be? :ols:

Not really an Ellenberger fan, but hope he beats the breaks off Diego tonight. Diego annoys the hell out of me, this is like the 16th "New Diego Sanchez" we've seen.

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Not really an Ellenberger fan, but hope he beats the breaks off Diego tonight. Diego annoys the hell out of me, this is like the 16th "New Diego Sanchez" we've seen.

My sentiments exactly on both counts.

I am so sick of Diego Sanchez' schtick. I didn't like him on TUF, I haven't liked him or any of his incarnations since. The Kampmann fight ticked me off. I'm not sure he can be knocked out.

BTW- Ellenberger is real good, but I wouldn't go measuring how good by the KO of Jake Shields. Shields wasn't even in the cage, mentally. He was still at his father's funeral.

---------- Post added February-15th-2012 at 08:18 PM ----------

Amazing round. Kudos to both fighters there.

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Good fight but what was Albert doing pulling guard then just sat there letting Menjivar take his back. I don't think he gassed in the first round like Anik mentioned.

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Watson's plan off his back seem to involve just wildly throw his legs around.

Dilleshaw up 20-16 after 2 rounds. Might be wiser for him to just go with ground n pound since he hasn't finished any of the 50 rnc's he's attempted.

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