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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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2018-19 NCAA Basketball Thread

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2 hours ago, AsburySkinsFan said:

That's a lot of words to say "Nike pays better."

Michael Avennatti confirms thus

24 minutes ago, TryTheBeal! said:

Welp...we’re all Spartans now.

You don't have to be. You can be Zionists.

10 hours ago, clietas said:

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Damn good game. My heart can't take much more tho. 

 

Yuge game by Tre Jones.

Tre developing is good for the program. He's not a lottery pick guy, so he will stay.

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2 hours ago, TryTheBeal! said:

Welp...we’re all Spartans now.

Plus would you rather have K put his arm around you or Izzo to berate you in a way that would make Bobby Knight blush?

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52 minutes ago, Elessar78 said:

Plus would you rather have K put his arm around you or Izzo to berate you in a way that would make Bobby Knight blush?

 

If you put it that way, I’d really prefer to go kill a couple cold ones with Bob Huggin.

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If you listen to both Izzo and Coach K in their post-game interviews, neither of them has a voice left.  I think over the years they've both spent so much time yelling at players that their voices are destroyed.

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He was out of bounds there. Gonzaga screwed out of a possession. If there was any time on the shot clock

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Trying to strip the ball before it was inbounded, proved to be a very bad decision.  

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4 minutes ago, abdcskins said:

I knew Gonzaga was going down.

 

Yeah, 3 of the top 8 teams going into this tournament are extremely hard to trust. Tennessee lost the other night, Gonzaga lost tonight, we will see if UVA can make it through soon enough. All of those teams have the talent to make the Final 4 and even win it all, but until they do it, it's hard to believe in any of them. 

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Gonzaga could have won it all, but this Texas Tech team is legit.  They've got the ingredients of a championship team.

 

So does Purdue, IMO.  That team plays beautiful offensive basketball and they have some size inside to play defense.  They're a little soft on the glass, but Edwards has been the player of the tourney so far.  He's locked in.

 

People have pointed out that UVA has looked shaky, but all of the one seeds have at multiple points this tourney.  Duke has been even less inspiring, and people still seem confident they'll win it all.  The fact that they made it to the elite eight is a testament to Zion's individual greatness, because they have not been good the last two rounds.  They're going to need three more huge games from him to win.  If they get past Michigan State, Texas Tech is going to strap those guards up and shut down their transition game.

Purdue runs an NBA caliber motion offense and they have NBA three point shooting range.  They've been a revelation to me this tournament.  I watched them two years ago when they had Caleb Swanigan, but not since.  And this team is way better than that one was.

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UVA settling for some junk.  Not setting good screens to get separation.

Bad fouls will haunt them in the second half too.

Well, they're bad shot making now.  Jerome is a dead eye.

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Edwards is incredible.  Shooting through a hula hoop.

 

The UVA guards are pressing like Hell.  Taking crap shots.  They know they can't keep pace with the Purdue guards.

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Cline is grabby.  Gets into foul trouble on lazy coverage through the screen.

Don't like that foul call on Hunter at all.

What a dumb foul!  Can't be doing that against a one seed.

Bailed UVA out of a god awful end of half possession.

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I can’t believe UVA is only down a point after Purdue’s early onslaught. Credit to them for making adjustments and battling back. Also, Purdue is incredibly streaky... curious to see what happens in the second half.

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8 threes in the half for Purdue.  

 

16 in a game?  That would be a huge number against UVA...and that’s what they might need.

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God almighty Edwards!

This is fun.

30 minutes ago, skinsfan_1215 said:

I can’t believe UVA is only down a point after Purdue’s early onslaught. Credit to them for making adjustments and battling back. Also, Purdue is incredibly streaky... curious to see what happens in the second half. 

 

UVA is one of the few defenses tough enough to get through these screens and hedge these pick and rolls hard enough to cut them off.  This is a fun match up of two strengths.

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Edwards cant miss.  Virginia’s offense is keeping them ahead, because no defense can stop Edwards right now.  

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Edwards has been must see since the start of the big 10 tournament. As much as I like Virginia I want to see more Carson Edwards. Great game so far.

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