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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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why dont they focus on fielding a better product instead of new kits every year..... guess they can look good while playing like crap

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why dont they focus on fielding a better product instead of new kits every year..... guess they can look good while playing like crap

Honestly it goes hand in hand. Building a better brand for US Soccer would help grow its popularity, which in turn brings in money, increased interest, etc. I'm not saying it's the chicken or the egg (we all know on-field success is the best brand booster), but I do think it's a component of success. Another component of that would be figuring out how to **** off CONCACAF's home team TV rights bull****.

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Yeah, I wish they all could be in the same vein, so at least when you're in a stadium or gathering at a bar, there's a sense of unity. Not sashes and stripes and colored sleeves etc.

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Take that RVP...

Luis Suarez now leads the EPL in goals after his hatty today vs Wigan. Couhtino is legit.

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Take that RVP...

Luis Suarez now leads the EPL in goals after his hatty today vs Wigan. Couhtino is legit.

I love it! Now they just need to work on their consistency!

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I love it! Now they just need to work on their consistency!

this is going to be one of those "if only" years. But I am confident for Europa for sure.

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For those of you who care, the US U20s lost to the 3rd world piece of **** refs and the Mexican Natl team in the U20 championship.

No matter how many times we see it, it never ceases to amaze me the lengths the rest of the world will go to screw us on the soccer pitch.

Great showing by our boys. And if the refs had called it on the level, we would have won. All without 5 regular starters vs the Mexican side that won the U17 World cup a few years ago.

A bitter lesson to learn though. You cant rely on a Suriname ref to be fair. It will NEVER EVER happen.

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Not good enough by the u-20s.... they'll fit right in with the senior side

Did you watch the game???

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Did you watch the game???

Yepp.... good teams overcome shoddy officiating. ... this is not a very good team

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Yepp.... good teams overcome shoddy officiating. ... this is not a very good team

you clearly didn't watch the game. We had better chances until extra time when Mexico started to push harder. The 2nd goal by Mexico was a fantastic bicycle kick. Nothing you could do about that. Fact is if the two PKs were given in the first 90 mins the game is ours. Even the announcers were saying those PKs. The stuff the Mexican players were pulling could have reds or second yellows. It's just a fact refs are too scare to call things in Mexico.

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Did anyone catch the Portland vs NY game on ESPN last night? Was a lot of fun to watch.

Portland was down 3-1 but came out of halftime with a vengeance and scored two goals to tie it up 3-3. Could have easily scored 2-3 more if they were more technically sound. They were winning every ball in the air and on the ground. Wish Caleb Porter could have imparted some of that energy and fight on the U-23's in Olympic Qualifying.

In other news, as far as ESPN is concerned NYRB are the only team in the MLS, and El Tri is our national team.

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Big win by my Spurs team yesterday. Moved into 3rd place and opened up 7 points on Arsenal. Bale remains hot.

Edited by pjfootballer

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you clearly didn't watch the game. We had better chances until extra time when Mexico started to push harder. The 2nd goal by Mexico was a fantastic bicycle kick. Nothing you could do about that. Fact is if the two PKs were given in the first 90 mins the game is ours. Even the announcers were saying those PKs. The stuff the Mexican players were pulling could have reds or second yellows. It's just a fact refs are too scare to call things in Mexico.

I agree

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Man U vs Real round 2 in about 3 hours!

Of course the soccer hipsters will be more excited about the track meet between Dortmund and Shakhtar.

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Two angles of the play Nani, got sent off on. IMO, did not warrant a red, but depending on the ref's view point I can see why he gave it.

Or straight up match fixing.

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Yeah nothing against Ronaldo for his goal. He'll always be a Manchester legend. Giving a red card in a game like that is too much. Especially when you can tell the player was going for the ball not the player.

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I didn't see the game and can't really tell from the photo - was the card for studs up?

I guess. He caught him around the lower stomach. He was going for the ball when he ran in. The picture doesn't really tell the story. Nani had the ball right in front of him in the air and then suddenly the RM player sprinted in and Nani's foot was already there.

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The player was focused on the ball and didn't see Arbeloa.

The EPL view would be inadvertent dangerous play and at worst a yellow card.

But there is the argument that if you play with your feet that high without regard for safety of others, you shouldn't stay on the field.

Edited by Corcaigh

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How is this even open to debate?

It's immaterial where Nani is looking. In today's climate, you run the risk when your off the ground with your feet that high and your studs showing. Letter of the law there's no question the official made the right decision. And they have to officiate to the law as the governing bodies have taken all semblance of discretion out of the referees hands. You guys won't of heard Roy Keane, who knew a thing or two about real nasty, ugly challenges whilst playing for United, on yesterdays broadcast over in England. He said the same. No debate. Serious dangerous play when you leave the ground like that. And as for not knowing where Arbeloa was ..... your on a football field. If you don't know where everything is at the least in a 20 yard radious at all times, you have no right being there. Keane's words.

Seriously, where is the controversy here? Nani took Arbeloa out (who went off more or less straight away); by virtue of his studs landing above Arbeloa's waist, whilst off the ground with both feet. And that no longer washes in soccer.

This isn't the 1970's any more.

*The less said about Utd complaining about a decision with all that's run in their favor the last two decades the better. Oh the irony .....

Hail.

Edited by Gibbs Hog Heaven

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Similar kick by De Jong on Alonso in WC final. Just a foul. No card, nothing.

GHH, good point BTW about the officiating climate. I'm 80% sure that Nani acted without malice. When I saw it live, he's going for the ball. The leg is legitimately out to try to settle that ball. But in today's climate, yeah, you run the risk if you leave a leg out there like that. But Arbeloa DID run into the picture.

Edited by Elessar78

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