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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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***2019-2020 NBA Season Thread***

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Just now, PeterMP said:

It would be interesting to know what other options they had.

 

They didn't have to rush to deal him.  There was no real advantage for them to doing so.  They didn't even let his market develop, and this is because they essentially let Westbrook pick his destination.

 

There are so many teams with a bunch of young assets piling up that are trying to make the jump to playoff relevance with their young stars, and almost all of them need a point guard.  Plus you've got the Spurs, who have a ticking clock for other reasons.

 

Anyway, Steven Adams will be the next one to go.  He's an ideal fit for Boston.  Maybe they can get some young assets back that are actually worth the trouble.

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6 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

 

Its worth it just to to see Beal's explode when Westbrook passes up Harden, going for glory, then proceeds to throw up a Roaring '20s brick

 

Hardens beard will start talking to him, "you have to do something", " no, he's my friend"

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So Chris Paul complained that Harden didn't move without the ball and so the Rockets banished him to Siberia in exchange for the other superstar guard that refuses to move without the ball.  The universe is cruel. 

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18 minutes ago, Renegade7 said:

 

Hardens beard will start talking to him, "you have to do something", " no, he's my friend"

 

Then he just blacks out, pulls some nunchuks out of it and starts swinging wildly.

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27 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

 

Then he just blacks out, pulls some nunchuks out of it and starts swinging wildly.

I'm already disappointed because I'll likely be asleep when it happens.

 

This may sound crazy, but NBA has to recognize what's going on out west and resist the temptation to just let all those marquee games start at 10.  Start the Saturday night and Sunday afternoon games ASAP. I can't be the only person that'd rather watch basketball if my favorite football team isn't playing, typically no interest in TNF or MNF anymore.

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3 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

Hi, I see you must be a new around here 

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I think people are sleeping on that Rockets team. They have Harden, Westbrook, and Gordon... With Tucker and Capela. That's a tough-ass starting five to play against. If we can see that 2017 Harden, I think they can do some damage. They're a dangerous team...

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2 minutes ago, Fergasun said:

Insane butterfly effect of Durant's achilles and Klay'd knee.
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I think if the Warriors win, Kawhi would have went to the Lakers to try and get a ring...

Or maybe he does still in up with the Clippers because he REALLY doesn't like LeBron.

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4 hours ago, CrypticVillain said:

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I think people are sleeping on that Rockets team. They have Harden, Westbrook, and Gordon... With Tucker and Capela. That's a tough-ass starting five to play against. If we can see that 2017 Harden, I think they can do some damage. They're a dangerous team...

Dantoni is still the coach 

 

He sucks 

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I'd forgotten about Grayson Allen's existence until yesterday.  What a dirty ass player.  How has he not started a brawl that's gotten his ass kicked by now?

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8 hours ago, PeterMP said:

Maybe in a vacuum Westbrook is better than somebody like Beal, but I think Beal actually would have more demand so actually gets you more.

 

I think you're right.  But to me, that is a much bigger indictment of the irrationality of NBA markets than Westbrook's real value.  It shows how bad recency bias and groupthink are in NBA circles, mainly in the fan and media observers, but also with front offices as well.

 

I love Beal and will generally defend him, but Westbrook is so much better than him.  Beal's never made an All NBA team nor come close to winning an MVP.  Westbrook has made like 8 straight All NBA teams and won an MVP two years ago.  Even in a significant down year, Westbrook had a 5.6 VORP season.  Beal just had his best season as a pro and it was 3.7 VORPs.  5+ VORPs is a career season for the vast majority of the league.  For Westbrook, it was a crap season that tanked his Q Rating.

 

Westbrook is a true workhorse superstar who can get you to the postseason, if not carry you once you're there.  That is extremely valuable, as teams like Chicago, Minny, Phoenix, Sacramento, etc. should know.

 

Beal is a very good player who is a lot better than most of the highly touted trash perimeter players that have come into the NBA since 2012.  But he's no Westbrook.

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1 hour ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

Westbrook is a true workhorse superstar who can get you to the postseason, if not carry you once you're there.  That is extremely valuable, as teams like Chicago, Minny, Phoenix, Sacramento, etc. should know.

 

I'll argue the other side.

 

I'll even through Detroit and Miami into the list.  That's great, but if you are them does this trade actually even open a path to a championship.

 

Great now your a 4 seed and maybe you win a playoff round.  That's nice, but most NBA teams now are taking the attitude of they want a path to a championship, and I don't think for any of them this trade opens that up.

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6 hours ago, CrypticVillain said:

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I think people are sleeping on that Rockets team. They have Harden, Westbrook, and Gordon... With Tucker and Capela. That's a tough-ass starting five to play against. If we can see that 2017 Harden, I think they can do some damage. They're a dangerous team...

 

The starting 5 better be dangerous because that bench is pure garbage. 

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6 hours ago, CrypticVillain said:

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I think people are sleeping on that Rockets team. They have Harden, Westbrook, and Gordon... With Tucker and Capela. That's a tough-ass starting five to play against. If we can see that 2017 Harden, I think they can do some damage. They're a dangerous team doing the regular season before Harden pulls a playoff Harden 


 

Fixed it for you 

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28 minutes ago, PeterMP said:

Great now your a 4 seed and maybe you win a playoff round.  That's nice, but most NBA teams now are taking the attitude of they want a path to a championship, and I don't think for any of them this trade opens that up. 

 

It's kind of a crawl, walk, run method to make it from cellar-dweller to champion.  Some teams get stuck walking.  But that's better than getting stuck crawling and the failing and then starting over again, as has happened to Sacramento, Washington, Charlotte, New York, and Minnesota multiple times, and as is happening to Phoenix and Chicago now.

 

You've got to change culture somehow, and a guy like Westbrook is a legit culture changer.

 

And it's not like these bad teams who are perpetually stuck in the lottery churn hold on to their cap space and assets.  What they end up doing is spending their money on horrible contracts like ones for Joakim Noah, Nic Batum, Ian Mahinmi, Harrison Barnes, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, etc.  Westbrook at any dollar amount is infinitely more valuable to these teams than the guys they actually end up signing.

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3 hours ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

I'd forgotten about Grayson Allen's existence until yesterday.  What a dirty ass player.  How has he not started a brawl that's gotten his ass kicked by now?

 

Give it some time.  He'll **** with the wrong person someday and catch an ass-kicking.

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1 hour ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

 

And it's not like these bad teams who are perpetually stuck in the lottery churn hold on to their cap space and assets.  What they end up doing is spending their money on horrible contracts like ones for Joakim Noah, Nic Batum, Ian Mahinmi, Harrison Barnes, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, etc.  Westbrook at any dollar amount is infinitely more valuable to these teams than the guys they actually end up signing.

 

Core argument against tanking is having those lottery picks don't matter if you don't surround them with the talent to get over the top, or even hit on those picks in the first place.  Tanking is easy, building a championship team is very hard.

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2 minutes ago, Spaceman Spiff said:

 

Give it some time.  He'll **** with the wrong person someday and catch an ass-kicking.

 

Its tough to rev up “full-Grayson” when you only play 38 games at 10 minutes per.

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No matter how many times I'm reminded that these guys all played together on one team, I still have a hard time remembering that they did.  Unbelievable that they didn't win and it's crazy to see them all wearing the same uniform.  Last night when the trade news broke about Westbrook to Houston I forgot that they'd played together in OKC for some reason.  And for whatever reason, it seems like a long ass time ago and it really wasn't.  

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