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      ES Coverage: Giants vs Redskins 
      Giants 40 - Redskins 16
      Greetings friends, JimmiJo here, and I am joined by my shivering partner, Spaceman Spiff. Together we will bring you this all important NFC East divisional matchup between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
      When I was last with you the Redskins had command of the division and there was optimism to spare. Since, devastating injuries to quarterbacks, linemen, and cornerbacks has left this team losers in 4-of-5 contests.
      But there is still everything to play for, and if they can manage a victory today and the Eagles to the same Washington will once again have a share of the lead.
      I can dream can't I?
      On paper, the future looks grim. A continued collapse will start the questions about the future of personnel and perhaps leadership. Yes, we can certainly point to injuries as the primary reason the team is struggling. But the record earlier in the year was masking some issues with the squad. No real arial threat. An inconsistent running game. And a defense that has been anything but consistent.
      But these are questions for another time. Today, it is just two teams looking for a win.
      See you at the half.
      Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast 
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 12 QB Colt McCoy
      o   No. 32 RB Samaje Perine
      o   No. 46 RB Kapri Bibbs
      o   No. 52 LB Ryan Anderson
      o   No. 63 C Demetrius Rhaney
      o   No. 66 G Tony Bergstrom
      o   No. 99 DL Caleb Brantley
      I was happy to see players like Josh Johnson and Byron Marshall in the game. The marquee guys did not earn the right to play following the disastrous first half. It was historically bad.
      Never before had the Washington Redskins trailed by as much as the 34-0 deficit they entertained today at the half.
      I remarked to one of the writers that in 13-seasons I had never seen this team so outplayed as today. The offense led by Mark Sanchez was throw-up in mouth bad. At no point did you feel like they would or could score.
      I tweeted before the game that it is time for Daniel Snyder to replaced head coach Jay Gruden. Yes injuries are the headline. But the offense was poor before the injuries.
      No aerial threat and an inconsistent rushing. They only seemed to score 20-points per game.
      What they did do well was hold on to the ball. And the defense was a takeover machine the first half of the year.
      But turnovers tend to even out.
      So I was more than glad to see those ‘backups’ play. All they did was show they should have been playing in the first half.
      Especially Johnson. Take a look at your Redskins’ starter the rest of the way. From his first snap the offense looked different. There was energy. There was life.
      And there was threat.
      Johnson played with more command, accuracy and imagination than Mark Sanchez. He looked much more the accomplished quarterback.
      A word on Josh Doctson. You are an idiot. Without the stupid penalty you are not letting the safety out-position you to make the pick with 5-minutes left.
      Following this game, staring at the standings and considering possible scenarios for getting in the playoffs is fools’ gold. It is all about assessing who it worth keeping for next year.
      I don’t believe head coach Jay Gruden is going to make the list. Nor should he. He has had nore than enough time to do something here. He had Kirk Cousins’ starting over 3-full seasons.
      He had his chance.
      I tweeted before the game team owner Daniel Snyder should let Gruden go and bring in Mike McCarthy. Washington Post writer (and friend) Rick Snider made a great counterpoint to that idea:
      “Why would McCarthy want to come here? He has better options,” he said.
      That sure feels like the truth. And if so, it may explain why Gruden is fast becoming one of the most tenured coaches in the league.
      This was my last game for this season. I would like to thank Extremeskins and the team for the opportunity this year. I will see you guys next year.
      Let me go on the record now and say I do not think Jay Gruden's position here is secure. Not with the likes of Mike McCarthy available.

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The last time L'pool played Madrid in the European Cup Final, back in 1981, I watched the first half the telly then me Ma, unbelievably, sent us to bed for the second! (School night or not, had Childline been around back then I'd of been straight on the 'phone! Shocking case of child abuse that! Haha.). So I listened to the second half, under the duvet, with Clive Tyldesley and the Radio City commentary as L'pool beat Real Madrid to win their 3rd European Cup in 5 seasons.



That was, incidentally, the last time Real Madrid lost on the biggest occasion the sport has to offer. Winning all 6 finals since to now be playing for a magnificent 3 in a row. 

Now, 37 years later, I get to see L'pool take on Real Madrid again for the biggest of all prizes. This time live along with 40 odd thousand other Scousers in what will be a rocking, 2/3rds red Olimpiyskiy Stadium. Ala the Ataturk on that greatest of all nights 13 years ago Friday. Something rather poetic that 
a L'pool win will bookend Madrid's last 2 defeats in the European Cup. 

Mad how this narrative is forming that Madrid has to have a bad game for L'pool to win. Has nobody been watching these brilliant Reds set records as they've rampaged through Europe this season? Just make winning #6 Sat'day all the sweeter! 

1 more sleep and the last European adventure of the season can begin in earnest!

'When the Reds, Go up, To lift the European Cup, We'll be there, We'll be there! ..... '



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You’ll have to understand why I can’t support Pool in the final (I’ll be out in Ronaldo United jersey for this game haha.). But I will say good luck. 

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Liverpool creating more so far.




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10 minutes ago, Fergasun said:

No card for Ramos pulling down Salah...

It's Real, Ramos is a prick he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Real is FIFA's darling.

C'mon Jurgen kick their asses !

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Dumb Fox commentator.  Sure he had no intent to injure, but he did intend to yank him down by the arm...

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2 minutes ago, SkinssRvA said:

Yea that’s a dirty tackle, knew exactly what he was doing.

Morote seoi nage


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Not that it'd ever happen but if you could trust a ref's judgement on this maybe give them the power to issue a red card for yellow card fouls of that nature, i.e intentional fouls that are not blatant dangerous play but end up in the fouled player not being able to continue? You can get a red card going into a challenge with 100% intentions of winning the ball. 

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