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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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Sonnen is claiming he made $8 million to fight Silva and says he could make $10 million fighting Jon Jones. I call BS, but is there any truth to this?

Chael Sonnen never let's the truth stand in the way of a good story.

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Jones vs. Serra picks....

Because seriously, this is a lot like it in retrospect. Lower weight class guy moving up with seemingly no chance. What in the hell avenue does Sonnen take? Sounds like his plan is to go out there and throw caution to the wind. I like it. Answer this question: If Chael worked on that H-bomb religiously this camp, and tags Jones just the right way, TKO'ing him in Serra fashion...would it overtake that as the biggest upset in MMA history?

Nelson vs. Kongo: My favorite technique is the 1 punch knockout. Having a signature punch is so entertaining to me. Suddenly Nelson has one. It's like that overhand windmill Chuck nailed Overeem with. Swings way up there. I think Kongo gets KOd by it.

Belcher vs. Bisping: Bisping tends to get tagged in pretty much every fight now. You know Belcher is pissed that his winning streak was stopped by Okami muscling him around. Bisping wil kickbox with him and get brutally TKO'd in the second round.

Jones vs. Chael: Jones will tame the aggressive Sonnen with slick punches and elbows in the clinch. Chael will be bloody fast, as Jones capitalizes on his momentum and has Chael turtling up at the end of round 1.

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Bisping over Belcher by Unanimous Decision: Belcher winning wouldn't surprise me at all, but I think Bisping will mix in some takedowns at the right moments to ensure that he wins the rounds necessary to get a decision. If he doesn't use any wrestling, Belcher could tag and drop him.

Nelson over Kongo by (T)KO, Round 2: Kongo would be wise to use his reach and keep Nelson on the outside. Nelson will attempt to close the distance behind his iron chin and will look to land that overhand right. Kongo's never had the best fight IQ, and I think it hurts him here.

Jones over Sonnen by Submission, Round 2: The only question is whether Jones finishes him with sub or strikes. I say Jones catches a front choke after sprawling on one of Sonnen's takedown attempts.

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I've never seen a ref instantly end a fight after an eye poke. I thought a doctor made that decision.

That eye poke was nasty on the replay. Thumb went under the eyelid.

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Did the guy who got poked in the eye lose the fight? What just happened?

I'm in a loud bar and really didn't get what happened.

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Did the guy who got poked in the eye lose the fight? What just happened?

I'm in a loud bar and really didn't get what happened.

It was called accidental and he told the ref he couldn't see, thinking he'd get time to recover, but the ref ended he fight immediately. T that point it went to score cards.

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Thanks for the explanation. It was a nasty eye poke, but I think it should have kept going if the guy was up to it.

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Kinda serves the UFC right that this card is underperforming in terms of action.

---------- Post added April-28th-2013 at 12:17 AM ----------

the UFC put on a bull**** fight and got a bull**** card

---------- Post added April-28th-2013 at 12:19 AM ----------

and Bones has a broken foot on top of it all, this card was cursed

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Hopefully the UFC will stop giving this undeserving cheater (and criminal) title fights he doesn't deserve. He had no business being in the cage with Bones Jones and he got dominated badly.

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Hopefully the UFC will stop giving this undeserving cheater (and criminal) title fights he doesn't deserve. He had no business being in the cage with Bones Jones and he got dominated badly.

The broken toe kills any chance of Jones having a quick turnaround like he wanted.

You never know when an injury will strike, thats why stupid fights like this make no sense whatsoever.

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Jones breaks his foot and still pounds out Chael Sonnen. Personally, I've only seen Chael win 2 fights. He's so mediocre (at that level) it's ridiculous. Please no more Sonnen except as a commentator for MMA shows where he rules.

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I think the way that Chael sounded after the fight that he is done. He wanted a shot at a belt and I think this was his last shot. And he mentioned that in the postfight chat with Rogan.

I am not necessarily a Sonnen fan, but I wonder what would have happened if his fight with Paulo Filho in the WEC in 2008 would have gone differently. I will never forget the lead up to that fight. That was a different Sonnen back then. He promised his father that he would be a world champion on his deathbed. Then he gets a rematch against Filho in the WEC for the belt after a controversial stoppage in their first fight.

But Filho has gone off the deep end at this point and misses weight badly, making the fight a non-title bout. Chael is devastated. Sonnen beats him as Filho is apparently fighting multiple people in the cage in addition to Chael. Long story short, he does not officially win the belt and the WEC folds. Filho says he would send him the belt as a sign of respect, but I don't believe he ever did. Does not really matter, he would not have won it in the cage, so Sonnen probably would not have counted that as winning it.

I think ever since then, he has been chasing a belt, any belt, to make that promise to his father come true. he has said before that he would compete in any weight class, even 170. He has gone to great lengths of self promotion and rulebreaking to get in a position to win a belt.

In a twisted way, I kind of feel bad for him. If Filho would not have gone off the deep end five years ago, the Sonnen we know now probably would have never existed. He would have won his belt and been another middle of the road fighter. Instead, everybody knows him, for better or worse, he has made a lot of money, but he never won that belt.

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30 more seconds and Chael would've been LHW champion after being dominated by a guy with a broken toe in the first round.

Thats the kind of card it was tonight.

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30 more seconds and Chael would've been LHW champion after being dominated by a guy with a broken toe in the first round.

Thats the kind of card it was tonight.

Yeah, no kidding. What a weird night.

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