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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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My earliest memories of the Bullets are Pervis, Eckles, Harvey Grant, Michael Adams, Rex Chapman, vague memories of Bernard King and I think Ralph Sampson was on a team somewhere in there. For like a year. I just remember my dad talking to me about him.

Anyways, good times. Clearly my expectations are always set too high when I grew up with beast teams like that.

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Anyways, good times. Clearly my expectations are always set too high when I grew up with beast teams like that.

Wow you have low expectations if you refer to those teams as "beast" teams.

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my memories of the wizards include those great teams that had michael ruffin, popeye jones and one of the best centers of all time jahidi white

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Wow you have low expectations if you refer to those teams as "beast" teams.

Sarcasm my friend.

You wanna know my true expectations? I'll probably be dead in 30 years. Max. I don't expect to see one Wizards championship before then.

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I thought I was the only one watching. I like games like this. Tons of exciting young players on both sides and the Wiz aren't horribly overmatched. They'll still lose by double digits but we'll at least see some good games out of some of the guys.

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Not a big fan of Crawford. Certainly worth a shot trading for him, but he looks like Gilbert Arenas super-light. Bad shot selection, high volume player with sub-par defense. When he's hot he gives the appearance of a good player, but I don't see it. I guess that's a problem with the majority of players on this team, though.

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Somebody please step out on Kaman's bald ass
Chris Kaman is the type of center (Brad Miller, Big Z, etc.) I always wished this team had when we were competing with Gil, Antawn and Caron. They desperately needed a center that could hit a jump shot and facilitate the offense.

It amuses me watching McGee have no idea where to begin when defending a player like Kaman.

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Chris Kaman is the type of center (Brad Miller, Big Z, etc.) I always wished this team had when we were competing with Gil, Antawn and Caron. They desperately needed a center that could hit a jump shot and facilitate the offense.

It amuses me watching McGee have no idea where to begin when defending a player like Kaman.

Oh yeah

Brad Miller is on the trading block every year

He woulda helped in all of those series versus the LeBrons

Plus he was a badass in the post

McGee cannot comprehend the concept that centers can move out of the post So he stays there the whole time waiting for a hi light block

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What do you all think about going after Marcus Thorton this offseason....he has been lightin' up since he got to Sac town and he will be a free agent this summer. Also, does anyone know why OJ Mayo was on the trade block this year? Does he have character issues? I'd be happy to trade Dray Blatche and the pick we got from the Hawks for Mayo. I doubt that would be enough to get it done for the former #3 overall....but who knows.

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Not a big fan of Crawford. Certainly worth a shot trading for him, but he looks like Gilbert Arenas super-light. Bad shot selection, high volume player with sub-par defense. When he's hot he gives the appearance of a good player, but I don't see it. I guess that's a problem with the majority of players on this team, though.

I hear you on the shot selection and lack of defense, but he is a rookie...and I can almost guarantee you Flip is just telling him to go out there and play. I definitely think Crawford has a future in this league as a 6th man (scoring off the bench)

Guy on ESPN compared crawford to Jason Terry, which I think would be a very good situation for us in the long run if he could develop into that type of player.

---------- Post added March-23rd-2011 at 11:50 PM ----------

Not a big fan of Crawford. Certainly worth a shot trading for him, but he looks like Gilbert Arenas super-light. Bad shot selection, high volume player with sub-par defense. When he's hot he gives the appearance of a good player, but I don't see it. I guess that's a problem with the majority of players on this team, though.

I hear you on the shot selection and lack of defense, but he is a rookie...and I can almost guarantee you Flip is just telling him to go out there and play. I definitely think Crawford has a future in this league as a 6th man (scoring off the bench)

Guy on ESPN compared crawford to Jason Terry, which I think would be a very good situation for us in the long run if he could develop into that type of player.

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Yeah it's character concerns GB. He decided to go complete retard this year. Plus he's slipped the last two years after a very strong rookie season. IIRC they were gonna give him straight up for Hansborough. Not sure they'd take Blatche though since they're talking long term extension with Randolph.

Plus Mayo is another undersized, tweener type of guy.

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Sarcasm my friend.

You wanna know my true expectations? I'll probably be dead in 30 years. Max. I don't expect to see one Wizards championship before then.

LOL I feel fortunate to have witnessed Redskins, Bullets, and Orioles championships in my lifetime :)

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I hear you on the shot selection and lack of defense, but he is a rookie...and I can almost guarantee you Flip is just telling him to go out there and play. I definitely think Crawford has a future in this league as a 6th man (scoring off the bench)

Guy on ESPN compared crawford to Jason Terry, which I think would be a very good situation for us in the long run if he could develop into that type of player.

No doubt, I'll give him credit for stepping in when he's so young and hardly got any run in ATL. I do think the Terry comparison is pretty good in terms of their ability to fill it up off the bench, but Terry is a fairly high IQ player. Just gotta hope Crawford develops that.

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Lucky ****. At least I got the Skins SB though.

I honestly think that outside the Caps, of the three other DC teams, the one with who's gonna get the next championship is the Nats. I've given up on the Skins and the Wizards are the Wizards. I'll always follow them though.

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Yeah it's character concerns GB. He decided to go complete retard this year. Plus he's slipped the last two years after a very strong rookie season. IIRC they were gonna give him straight up for Hansborough. Not sure they'd take Blatche though since they're talking long term extension with Randolph.

Plus Mayo is another undersized, tweener type of guy.

scratch that on Mayo then....we need to get rid of our character issues as it is. I think we definitely need to get rid Flip and/or Blatche this offseason....if both of those guys are back next year I'm going to be furious...it obviously isn't going to work out.

I'm definitely on the Marcus Thorton bandwagon though.

and count me in for Harrison Barnes in the draft

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Yeah it's character concerns GB. He decided to go complete retard this year. Plus he's slipped the last two years after a very strong rookie season. IIRC they were gonna give him straight up for Hansborough. Not sure they'd take Blatche though since they're talking long term extension with Randolph.

Plus Mayo is another undersized, tweener type of guy.

scratch that on Mayo then....we need to get rid of our character issues as it is. I think we definitely need to get rid Flip and/or Blatche this offseason....if both of those guys are back next year I'm going to be furious...it obviously isn't going to work out.

I'm definitely on the Marcus Thorton bandwagon though.

and count me in for Harrison Barnes in the draft

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damn double posts

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Lucky ****. At least I got the Skins SB though.

I honestly think that outside the Caps, of the three other DC teams, the one with who's gonna get the next championship is the Nats. I've given up on the Skins and the Wizards are the Wizards. I'll always follow them though.

I think the Wizards actually have the second best chance.....you can completely rebuild a team in just a few years in the NBA and we already have one major super star on the roster.....if we can get lucky and draft a second this year in the draft (although it looks weak) we could surround those two guys with role players the next couple years and be a contender in 3 or 4.

I'm convinced the skins will never change while Danny is still the owner and I don't know enough about baseball to comment on the nats.

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Lucky ****. At least I got the Skins SB though.

I honestly think that outside the Caps, of the three other DC teams, the one with who's gonna get the next championship is the Nats. I've given up on the Skins and the Wizards are the Wizards. I'll always follow them though.

Of all the major sports, I think the NBA then the NHL are the toughest.

Hopefully the Caps bring it home.

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Wizards are +10 tonight with Booker in the game.....Ernie really hit the jackpot this year with the draft picks and trades.

I might actually stay up to watch the end of this game to see if John can get to 30-10

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I think the Wizards actually have the second best chance.....you can completely rebuild a team in just a few years in the NBA and we already have one major super star on the roster.....if we can get lucky and draft a second this year in the draft (although it looks weak) we could surround those two guys with role players the next couple years and be a contender in 3 or 4.

I'm convinced the skins will never change while Danny is still the owner and I don't know enough about baseball to comment on the nats.

In the NBA you need one of the top 5 players in the league. I think the wizards have the least chance of every team.

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In the NBA you need one of the top 5 players in the league. I think the wizards have the least chance of every team.

I disagree that you need a top 5 player in the league.....the Pistons proved you can win a championship with a strong defensive team. But....besides that it has pretty much been two super starts on championship teams.

I guess you don't think Wall will be a top 5 player in the league in 3 or 4 years.....I have no doubt that he will be a top 5 player and actually think he could be the best. He has the physical tools, speed, and basketball IQ to be unstoppable.....and he is having a great rookie year considering the players and coaches he has had to work with. You give Wall a legit scoring threat on the wing and down low and I think he could be a 20-15 guy.

Look at all the great point guards in the league.....Wall has had a better rookie year than all of them. None of the elite PGs in the league could shoot worth a **** their first year (and that is John's main criticism). He is averaging almost 9 assists per game playing with guys like Dray Blatche, Nick Young, and Javale McGee....if we can actually get some high character, consistent, good players around him....he will pick everyone apart.

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Of all the major sports, I think the NBA then the NHL are the toughest.

Hopefully the Caps bring it home.

I'm not a hockey fan at all. But I swear to God about two weeks ago I had a dream they won the Cup. And a week before that some way, somehow (I have no idea), a Caps wallpaper ended up on my phone. Then they went on their winning streak. I'm taking those as signs. I think they got it this year. And while I refuse to jump on a bandwagon, it would be beautiful to see a DC team get a championship. Finally.

Wizards are +10 tonight with Booker in the game.....Ernie really hit the jackpot this year with the draft picks and trades.

I might actually stay up to watch the end of this game to see if John can get to 30-10

Yup. I love all three 1sts.

In the NBA you need one of the top 5 players in the league. I think the wizards have the least chance of every team.

I think Wall is gonna be the best PG in the league. Does that mean top 5 player? I don't know.

And that's not necessarily true either. See the Pistons.

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