Loudoun United – Segra Field Opener Fan Experience

Join us as we explored Loudoun United’s unveiling of the new Segra Field in Leesburg, VA. We reviewed the stadium experience rather than the play on the field. (Isn’t that what the people want?) Take a listen to the reviews and experience as we got some “field passes” somehow, and tried some local eats…

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Loudoun United “Segra Field” Opener

We will be doing food, stadium, seat reviews and more this FRIDAY 8/9 at 7:30pm at the new Segra Field, home of Loudoun United! Come out and join us as we check out the new digs of our newest local soccer team…Audio from our adventure will be posted next weekend! We want to thank Loudoun United and their staff for letting us be a part of their big opening weekend!

Field Address: 42095 LOUDOUN UNITED DRIVE, Leesburg, VA 20175

Team Website: https://www.loudoununitedfc.com/

Clip of the Week – (Nutter Butter/Canada Dry)

We went into another rendition of our Snack Review with the new Nabisco “Fudge Covered Nutter Butter” and Canada Dry’s new “Ginger Ale – Orangeade Soda.” Go ahead and take a listen…

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Episode 39 – (Trent Williams, Nationals, Snack Review)

Will Trent Williams be traded? Will the Nationals stay in the Wild Card hunt? Who knows at this point….One thing we do know, SNACKS! Check out this episode as we give our ratings on the two brand new snack items on the grocery shelves!

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  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Trent Williams Trade Possibilities – (10:00)
  • Nationals On The Road – (29:30)
  • Snack Review – (38:35)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 38 – (Redskins, Wizards, Nationals)

Getting back into the “swing” of things (Get it? Mike was on a Golf trip?) we dive into Bradley Beal trade talks, the Nats last couple weeks and more! Come out to Loudoun United’s unveiling of their new stadium in Leesburg, VA on August 9th! We will be there recording food reviews and much more!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Trent Williams Absent – (16:45)
  • Beal being in a Deal? – (32:20)
  • Nationals Lately/Baby Shark – (42:15)

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Clip of the Week – (Pretzel Pieces, Fudge Covered Oreos)

Our clip of the week contains Snyder Pretzel Pieces (Hot Buffalo Wing) and Fudge covered Oreo’s….A revelation came about, but for which snack? Check it out!

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Episode 37 – (Snack Review, Nationals)

This time of year there are not a ton of sports going on so instead of doing a short episode, we swan dive straight into snack reviews! We get into the Nationals after their series with the Phils, but first we review Snyder Pretzel Pieces (Hot Buffalo Wing) and Fudge covered Oreos! Take a listen….

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  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Snacks Review – (18:30)
  • Nationals/Phillies Series – (45:05)

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Episode 36 – (Wizards, Nationals, Grinds our Gears)

Back from a short hiatus, the boys dive into all the Tommy Shepard off-season moves for the Wiz and review the first half of the 2019 MLB season so far. Plus, Serone gets upset yet again over all the Ryan Zimmerman praise for ranking 289th in career RBI’s….

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  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Wizard Off-Season Moves – (17:15)
  • Nationals All-Star Break – (35:05)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (53:00)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Who wants to play Tea Party?

Let’s be clear here, I am going to try and keep this short and sweet because if my last article on this celebration crap wasn’t clear enough, then really why am I wasting my time typing instead of watching Season 3 of Stranger Things?

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If you have been living under a rock, the United States Women’s National Team has advanced to the FIFA World Cup Finals taking place this Sunday with a win over England. Alex Morgan ended up grabbing her 6th goal of the tournament and celebrated with a little pinky action sipping tea. If you don’t get the reference, there is a search engine called Google. Here is the video:

There was tons of backlash of her celebration. Calling it “distasteful” among other things, is so idiotic I literally cannot stand these people. I am not one to use the cliches like “you hate us because you ain’t us” or “if you don’t like it, stop us.” But the fact that all these foreign outlets are so quick to talk, vlog and share their opinions of the smallest actions the USWNT does is kind of embarrassing for all of them. You got beat. You got your a** kicked. YOU LOST! Get over it, take it across the chin and enjoy the coverage of what the world has to offer us in women’s soccer! Let’s not get caught up in what the world thinks of the USA. Let’s get jacked up for Sunday and rock out with one of the best AMERICAN rock bands of all time!  USA….USA….USA!

 

Wizards 2019 Draft/Off-Season – (Chase Hughes)

We are joined by NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes to talk about the Wizards 2019 Draft Picks, Salary Cap implications and more! Take a listen for some great content!

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Episode 35 – (Nationals)

A shortened episode focused on the Nationals as they just concluded the biggest week in their season with a (4-2) record with one game against the Phillies being postponed until September. Trevor Rosenthal has been released and the bullpen lost two of three against the Braves…

Go check out our interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Wizards Insider “Chase Hughes!” We discuss Wizards draft picks, salary cap numbers and even get into a bit of food discussion…

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Episode 34 – (Capitals, Wizards, Nationals)

The Capitals have made some moves and the Wizards are in a standstill whether or not Masai Ujiri will become the next President of Basketball Operations. Meanwhile, our Nationals have yet to make their run with the biggest home stand of their season this week! Plus, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) demolished Thailand last week as we get into the criticism of our ladies by the media. Take a listen!

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  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Capitals Off-Season Moves – (16:00)
  • Wizards Draft Talk – (31:15)
  • Nationals Huge Week Ahead – (53:20)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (1:07:25)

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Clip of the Week – (USWNT beats Thailand)

Check out the article by Serone on DCCrossover.com on his reaction to the United States Women’s National Team’s win over Thailand and the backlash thrown the teams way. We discuss everything about the score differential and celebrations in our “Clip of the Week!”

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Patriotism or Abashment

First off, I want to acknowledge the opinions of anyone reading this. You have every right to not like what transpired just a few days ago.

Did anyone know the Women’s World Cup was starting this week? I love sports and I wasn’t even aware that it was going on. Who do we blame? Media? No. The media only focuses on what “moves the needle” and not what the minority of people want to hear. But one thing that did move the needle this week, the United States Womens National Team (USWNT) absolutely punishing Thailand in the World Cup 13-0. Now, when this game was airing, I was at work and saw a 3-0 score at halftime. My first thought, “Okay, we got this game in the bag and that’s great!” Come to find out just a short hour later, our girls kicked them in the teeth and added another TEN…..TEN GOALS to make it 13-zippy. You would think the American public would be ecstatic because our Men’s team can’t even seem to beat the easy countries nowadays. And yet, the big defeat of the Thai women brought on more scrutiny than ever. Most were not upset about the score, but more so about the celebrations after each score. Here are my thoughts on the goal amount and celebrations.

Background of this video, that same panel (TSN in Canada) had a different, immediate reaction video following the game that said things such as:

  • “If you’re going to blow away a team, do it with humility. They did not.”
  • “…this was disgraceful from the United States. I would hope they could’ve won with humility and grace, but celebrating their 8th, 9th, 10th goals the way that they did was really unnecessary.”
  • “As a Canadian we would never, ever think of doing something like that.”
  • “For me, it’s disrespectful and disgraceful. Hats off to Thailand for holding their heads high. Their first time on a World Cup stage….I would love to be there to just hug them all.”

What a joke telecast. First off, they are comparing Canada to the United States which is completely unfair, especially to the American young women who scored their first goals in a World Cup. “I would love to be there to just hug them all” has to be the most idiotic thing ever said on television. What are you going to do? Hand them orange slices and Capri Sun’s for their effort? If you want respect, you earn it. The Thai women earned their respect by showing up against the USA and playing a full match. Yes, they got the doors blown off in an embarrassing fashion but that doesn’t mean they want you to send them well wishes as if a natural disaster just struck their country. This is the WORLD CUP. The tournament of all tournaments. Welcome to the best of the best Thailand. You got an unlucky draw and got the best team in the world in your first game, tough luck. You know who else in women’s sports got tough luck? (All American’s for the record.)

  • Lindsey Vonn. One of the favorites in multiple skiing events and was injured or banged up for the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.
  • Kerri Strug. Vaulted her way to a Gold Medal in the team event after busting her ankle in the 1996 Olympics.
  • Mary Decker. One of the best track runners in US Women’s history. She was too young for the 1972 Olympics. Got hurt before the 1976 Olympics. Couldn’t compete because of the United States boycott from Moscow in 1980. And finally collided with another runner in the 1984 games and was unable to finish the race.

Kerri Strug

I am not one of the Thai women that participated in the game. So honestly, I do not know if they want sympathy or not. But competing on the World Cup stage is a huge accomplishment. (Again, ask the USA Men’s team how their last World Cup on their couches felt.) For the people who say “why didn’t you let up?” The United States was not going to let Thailand receive a beat down then let up in the last 20 minutes. Why let the Thai women wallow in their defeat during the game while you pass back and forth? That would be the most disrespectful thing ever. Those takes from media members are absurd. Everyone is there to compete and win the tournament. This isn’t a recreational game you see down at the local sportsplex. You’re not going to let up whatsoever to make sure the feelings of your opponent are suffice. Did the Seahawks start taking a knee to run the clock in the 2014 Superbowl up 36-0? No. Because that is the cream of the crop, and to win a Superbowl is the ultimate achievement in the worlds most popular sport. So if your argument is to “lighten up” or “pull back on the reigns,” you are as soft as a My Pillow from Mike Lindell.

My Pillow

Now on to the last point which is where the most outrage was brought up: The Celebrations. I did not agree with some of the women’s celebrations. Let’s get that out of the way right now. Head Coach Jill Ellis needed to tell her players to not let up but be respectful after scoring. Ripping her for “losing control of her team” is out of line in my opinion. If you put yourself in her shoes, do you tell the young women to tone it down after scoring the goal of their life? Absolutely not. But Megan Rapinoe? Come on. What the hell was that leg kick thing? I don’t like how you are 33 years old, have scored many goals on this stage and have to rub it in the faces of your opponent with a choreographed celebration. Mallory Pugh is 21, Rose Lavelle is 25. You are 33 and scored the 9th goal of the game. Go ahead and do your airplane thing and head back to your position.

I disapprove of “excessive celebrations” when up by a huge margin. That is something that I agree with most people on. If you are the Monmouth basketball team of a couple years ago or the Iceland National team who are having fun during the game after a good bucket or nice goal, cool. But those celebrations were not during blowouts. If you want to use the term “act like you been there before” go ahead. But some of these ladies haven’t been there before so I won’t go to the full extent and call these women “classless” or a “disgrace” like the Canadian women did on that telecast.

In conclusion, we all have to come to the understanding that this tournament is not like March Madness or a major sports playoff hunt. This tournament comes once every four years. These men and women have waited their whole lives to wear that American shield with the stars and stripes draped across their chest. If you want to celebrate like you just won the Superbowl, World Series or any other championship you can think of, go ahead! Veterans can act as role models as well. Rapinoe should have celebrated but in a different fashion being one of the veteran captains of this years squad.  I think I can speak for everyone, even non-sport fans, that we have an increased interest in the sports that have our nations flag involved. All eyes are focused in on you and that includes the youth in that respective sport. You can not know what the f*** is happening on the field and still go crazy when a goal is scored. It’s about our patriotism in the end and that is all their is to it. So let’s all put that game aside and root for our ladies representing our nation over in France. I’ll leave you all with a little song by the one and only Toby Keith…

Episode 33 – (Redskins, Capitals, Nationals)

Behind the mics once more, we discuss McDonalds touch screens, Lunchables and the Trent Williams saga for the Redskins! Take a listen…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Trent Williams – (15:00)
  • One-Year Anniversary from the 2018 Stanley Cup – (30:10)
  • Nationals Lately – (41:00)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (59:15)

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Clip of the Week – “Lunchables”

What is your favorite Lunchable? We are working to attain a sponsor for our podcast and hope that a flavorful snack product can be just that! Direct Message us on Twitter if interested: @Serone16 and @TheDCCrossover…We are happy to do business with any of you!

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Clip of the Week – (My 600lb. Life)

No sports on the tube? Turn on TLC. There is bound to be an episode of “My 600 lb. Life” on the television. Today, we get sidetracked watching “Holly’s Story”…

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Episode 32 – (Redskins, Nationals, “Two-Point Conversion”)

Back from the Memorial Day weekend, we jump back in to Redskins OTA’s, Kuznetsov in the news and what the Nationals have been up to the last two weeks. Plus, we get a tad bit distracted by the show “My 600 lb. Life”….Take a listen!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins OTA’s – (18:15)
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov in the News – (36:10)
  • Nationals Lately – (45:00)
  • “Two-Point Conversion” – (1:14:20)

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Episode 31 – (Redskins, Wizards, Nationals, Pine Pony)

We had to reschedule our interview with Rashad Mobley, but it did not stop us from touching on all D.C. sports of the week! We discuss another 20 minutes of food and randomness (our specialty) to start and get into Dwayne Haskins audio, Wizards Lottery let down and more…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Dwayne Haskins Audio – (23:35)
  • Wizards Lottery Let Down – (41:20)
  • Nationals Lately – (58:35)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:29:00)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 30 – (Wizards, Nationals, Food Game)

If you want “old school” Serone & Simpson, this is the episode for you. With the Nats and Wizards being the only ones with real importance at this time, we got into MAJOR discussions of many foods that we wish were part of our daily diets. Even though this is a sports podcast, we still enjoy the food conversations almost as much as we like eating the food itself…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Wizards Draft Lottery – (25:00)
  • Ryan Zimmerman Comments/Nats Talk – (38:50)
  • “This or That” Food Game/Food Tangents – (1:04:00)

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The Art of “Small Ball”

If you are a Nationals fan, you have to notice something different about this years team. Yes, Bryce Harper is not here. But if you look at this club more in depth, you can see it is not “just a new cast in this 2019 play.”

SportingCharts.com defines “Small Ball” as: An offensive baseball strategy that favors situational hitting and base running tactics over pure hitting in an effort to make efficient use of scoring opportunities in any given situation.

Personally, this is my favorite strategy in all of sports. I am a more strategic type of coach rather than a “set the lineup and release the hounds” type. As a Nationals fan, this is the first glimpse since the start of the Bryce era that we have had to follow the “small ball” model over the model of “get some guys on and let Harp crush a 450 foot mammoth shot to the upper deck.” In 2019, our lineup is focused more on batting average hitting rather than home run hitters.  Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Howie Kendrick, Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Adam Eaton and company aren’t going to go out there and be the new Ken Griffey Jr. hitting over .300 with 30-40 homers every year. My gripe is more so with Davey Martinez than the players, but I do acknowledge that it isn’t all him and that the players have to execute as well.

With that in mind, “small ball” has to be executed with precision and accuracy. This is one reason, of the many, why I think Davey Martinez is getting criticized every day. To master this art, you have to set the tone in the clubhouse first and foremost. While Ben and I were coaching some rising High School players, everyday I emphasized two words: Responsibility and Accountability.

  • Be RESPONSIBLE for your job and what you need to do on the field.
  • Be ACCOUNTABLE for your mistakes.

Those two things are, what I think, most important in not only baseball, but any team game that deals with multiple pieces on the field at once (i.e. Football, Basketball, Soccer etc.). My biggest critique is the lack of energy and passion that has been set in the Nationals locker room thus far. There isn’t any fire on the bench to get guys amped up. We see errors, bad at-bats, and countless mistakes being made that you learn in Babe Ruth leagues. Not being able to lay a bunt down, striking out when you need to put the ball in play,  and bobbling routine grounders happens to professionals, but it seems like it happens more often than not with this ball club. We are 26th in Major League Baseball with 27 errors on the season. We have 12 in our last 10 games. There just isn’t any energy getting this team right or rejuvenating the passion on a nightly basis. We always have to understand that it’s a game and games are supposed to be fun, yet this team looks to be miserable at this point. The culture starts from the top and Martinez’ best friend type approach is starting to wear thin with each loss.

Strasburg speaking about the Nationals struggles

Next up, you have to manage each game with more strategy than just analytics. The “eye test” is so underrated in sports. You have a high baseball intelligence? Use it. For instance, you see Jeremy Hellickson out there with nine strikeouts in the 5th inning and a low pitch count, don’t take him out for a “lefty/lefty match up.” You have Brian Dozier get on base with Wilmer Difo batting (.232) up next, you bunt Dozier over getting him in scoring position allowing him to have a higher chance of scoring on a base hit. Most fans and on lookers would prefer you make a baseball decision rather than look at a booklet that says Difo has hit changeup’s well lately. We all want the same thing and that is to score runs. With a depleted lineup, you need to score a few runs and let your horses in the rotation bring it home. Putting excess pressure on Scherzer, Strasburg, and Corbin to always “great” and not just “solid,” is something you never want.

Davey Martinez

Lastly, you have to move runners “station to station” by singles and doubles, not home runs. You may get a long ball here and there, but when runners get on, you have to get base hits to move them around. Washington is in the bottom third of teams in the stats LOB (Left on Base) and Team RISP Average (Runners in Scoring Position). We are currently leaving over seven runners on base per game, while only hitting .246 with RISP. With that, you have to look at how you’re setting your lineup. Two guys that are performing horribly with runners in scoring position are Ryan Zimmerman (2 for 21 – .095) & Brian Dozier (2 for 17 – . 118). Notably, both of them are more known for power numbers instead of hitting for average and on-base percentage. Dozier has hit an average of 29.6 Home Runs per season dating back to 2014 with a career .323 OBP. Zimmerman has had five seasons with 25+ Home Runs and career .343 OBP. They are not made for small ball. Let’s look at their replacements stats.

First, Matt Adams is Zim’s replacement. Though his OBP isn’t that impressive, Adams proves himself with RISP (5 for 18 – . 278 – 11 RBI’s). For Dozier, Howie Kendrick is first man up. He is the prototypical small ball player. Kendrick is hitting (12 for 33 – .364 – 13 RBI’s) with runners on any base and (6 for 16 – .375 – .419 OBP) with RISP. Not to mention he gets on base at a .382 overall OBP which is top two on our team. Those numbers are considerably better and should show Martinez and coaches that to execute this strategy every night, you need to play the guys that fit the system more than ones that are getting paid more or have name recognition.

Howie Kendrick 2

To recap, this is what I believe Washington needs to do in order to succeed with this new squad:

  1. Set the tone in the clubhouse.
  2. Have a good balance of “eye test” and analytics.
  3. Produce a lineup that is more built for the type of baseball you play.

I was all for the Davey hire before the 2018 season. But the failure in the win column and lack of strategy almost every night has put my panic meter at a steep incline.

Episode 29 – (Redskins Draft, Capitals, Nationals)

After being under the weather last week, it is good to be back behind the mics yet again to recap the Redskins Draft, the Capitals disappointing 1st Round Exit, and what is the Washington Nationals debacle. Plus we get into some movie theater talk and pizza….

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Washington Redskins Draft Rundown – (21:00)
  • Washington Capitals Exit Reactions – (45:30)
  • Washington Nationals Debacle  – (1:07:00)
  • Grinds My Gears – (1:33:40)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Ranking the Top 10 Most Important Nationals

In certain sports there are players more important than others for the success of the franchise. Take Quarterback for example. You have the ball each and every down on offense to which you are more important than say the second tight end or the slot receiver. In baseball, you have superstars but role players will sometimes make or break your team when those superstars aren’t on their game. When it comes to this specific “Harper-less” Nationals club, it is something we have yet to see in over seven years of having that star on our team. These are my Top 10 rankings of importance of this 2019 Washington Nationals Active Roster.

  1. Max Scherzer – (Starting Pitcher)

    Multiple Cy Young awards (at least one in each league), leadership, durability, endurance, and most of all the confidence we all have with him on the bump is why this guy is my number one. He is a beast on the mound and no matter if he has a few bad outings or not, he is still the best pitcher in baseball. We are witnessing greatness, be thankful. MaxScherzer1

  2. Anthony Rendon – (3rd Base)

    The next great one is in our midst. Yes, we know he does not have that flair or flash that someone like Harper has, but he may have the most all-around game in this organization. Batting .371 this season and having an on-base percentage of over .450, he is in the Top 10 for each category. Dating back to the start of the 2017 season, he has a combined .309 batting average and a .409 on-base percentage. Can you ask for anything more? Oh wait, he is also one of the best fielding 3rd basemen in ALL of baseball. Three words: PAY THE MAN!anthony-rendon-usat-nationals

  3. Juan Soto/Victor Robles – (LF/CF)

    Combined at the third spot are our young guns in the outfield. These two were the main reason we let Harper go eat cheese steaks with all of those boo birds in Philly. Juan Soto came on the scene last year with little warning. He was on fire from the start and did not let up one bit coming up one spot short of Rookie of the Year. Robles on the other hand got hurt in the minors so we saw a lot less of him last year. Yet, we have heard his name around the majors and the Nationals organization for multiple years. The sight of having these two in the outfield for the foreseeable future gave Mike Rizzo and the organization confidence in not paying for the service of one Bryce Harper. They have had some struggles this year but think about it this way. When we were their age, we were in some bar somewhere not thinking of the exam we had coming up the following Friday. They are in the Major Leagues being leaned on by thousands. Give ’em some time!

    Soto Robles

  4. Stephen Strasburg  –  (Starting Pitcher)

    This rank may differ for some people but to me it is a no brainer. I am a Strasburg homer. I was at his debut and get pumped for each and every one of his starts. He is a monster on the mound and watching him buckle professionals at the knees or paint the black on a consistent basis is astounding to watch. Now yes, he does have injury concerns but if he was replaceable or not a big deal, why would we concern so much on his injury history? He may not be the prodigy we all thought he was but I will take starts like we just saw on Easter Sunday over any regular journeyman starter. Strasburg

  5. Yan Gomes/Kurt Suzuki  – (Catcher Platoon)

    This may come as a shock but do you know how important a catcher is to a baseball team? Just like the center position in football, the catcher touches the ball in 95% of the ballgame. Catching foul tips, people stealing, calling pitches, framing borderline pitches etc. The things a catcher does on a daily basis is a running list. I ranked these two additions to the squad this high because of the level of difficulty in the position and the performance they give. Our struggles over the years with Wieters was known. The Buffalo you say? Try having him run down the first baseline without pulling a hamstring or laboring to even get to the bag. I will take this platoon over anything we have had in the last five years. Suzuki has been one of my favorites for years. He always has a smile on and frames pitches with the best of them. Plus, with his limited time playing, he is leading the team hitting with runners on base going (6 for 15) with a .400 batting average and .444 on-base percentage. With Gomes primarily in the American League this is my first good look at his game and I am liking the presence he brings behind the dish. Nationals Baseball

  6. Patrick Corbin/Sean Doolittle  – (Starting Pitcher/Closer)

    Combining these two is kind of a cop-out but they equal the same importance. Having a third starter is pretty much on point with having a quality closer. 90% of your season series’ are three games. The playoffs, if you get there, is made for 3-4 man rotations. If you have a Max Scherzer you can throw him on short rest so that means you can go with a three-man rotation come playoff time. At this time in the season with a handful of starts from our main guys, Patrick Corbin has been most impressive. With opposing batters hitting less than .200 on him and a below 2.36 ERA, you CANNOT ask of anything more of your newest pitching acquisition. Of qualified pitchers, Corbin ranks in the Top 11 in the MLB of WHIP (Walks + Hits / IP) and ERA. Doolittle on the other hand has been needed A LOT more than he should be at this point. Yet, even with his over usage, he has a 0.90 ERA. Imagine if the Nats could get to the 9th inning only using him for save situations. Wouldn’t that be a site! Patrick Corbin

  7. Adam Eaton  –  (RF)

    Adam Eaton was a great addition for this squad a few years ago. Even though injuries have somewhat plagued him since he has been here, he has produced when he has played. Since the start of the 2017 season, he has a combined .302 batting average and a .407 on-base percentage. He has helped the young core in the outfield with leading by example and showing how a class act should be in the Major Leagues. Eaton provides a good bat at the top of the lineup and a good clubhouse presence for one of the youngest rosters in the league. Adam Eaton

  8. Howie Kendrick  –  (Utility IF/OF)

    If you think Howie Kendrick is replaceable, you’re sadly mistaken. People overlook Howie because he does not play everyday. You need to understand the importance of Mr. Kendrick as some people probably call him. He doesn’t hit moon shots like Harper or hit as consistent as Rendon, but my god having a career .291 hitter coming off the bench that has experience playing both infield and outfield is a rare commodity. Grabbing him back in 2017 is a move I will always applaud Rizzo for completing. He has constantly come up clutch for us in big spots. Focus in on this year for instance. He is getting on base 46% of the time, hitting .387 overall, and has a .467 batting average in the teams 10 wins. Along with that .467 average, he has four extra-base hits including all of his homers this season. Tell me some reasons he isn’t valuable to our team, I’ll wait….Kendrick

  9. Trea Turner  –  (Starting Shortstop)

    He is a tad low on my list because we have yet to see enough of him to evaluate his true potential. He has had less than 100 games in two of his first three seasons, and last year was really his breakout year in what was a down year for the organization as a whole. We’ve heard the potential on the base paths, the cannon from shortstop, and the above average hitting potential he has, but we won’t get the full taste of his potential until a larger sample size is commenced. Once he comes back from the finger injury, we will get to see what Trea Turner has in store. Trea Turner

  10. Matt Adams  –  (1B/OF)

    Big City! I have been favoring Matt Adams to start over Ryan Zimmerman for two seasons now. He has a far bigger impact, in my opinion, than Zimmerman. Since the start of the 2018 season, Adams has a batting average of .275 with runners on base and .351 with runners in scoring position. Comparing his stats to Zimmerman, he is 41 points higher with runners on and 128 points higher with runners in scoring position. He won’t be a clean-up type hitter but can come through in some bigger spots that Zimmerman has failed to do in recent years. But I think the biggest thing is the bat off the bench. It is very difficult to find someone to come off the bench with Home Run potential. With Kendrick taking the cake with the “hit in a pinch” bat off the bench, Adams is your big bopper. He is not the best overall baseball player but comes through when you need him. Matt Adams

Washington Redskins 2019 Draft Preview (Guest: Steve Johnson)

Steve Johnson from “Let’s Talk Redskins” on the Full Press Coverage Network joins the show to help preview the Washington Redskins 2019 Draft! We discuss Josh Rosen, Position Needs, and more!

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Episode 28 – (Capitals, Nationals)

What will Ben’s “Native American” name be? Is there a better way to eat Hot Dogs that isn’t all bread? We answer those and more with the Capitals up one game on the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Nationals failing to take control of the National League East….Take a listen!

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  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • More “Dances with Wolves” Talk – (22:00)
  • Capitals Up 3-2 on Carolina – (24:10)
  • Nationals .500 on the Season – (40:15)

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“Mr. National” – Ryan Zimmerman

I know, I know. “Another rant from Mike about Ryan Zimmerman.” If no one will care to talk about the issue then I will speak my peace until someone besides Ben and I starts to take notice.

Zim is in the last year of his contract and it could not come any sooner. Television crews and some broadcasters out there put out some of these egregious stats such as; “When it is over 60 degrees with the Colorado Rockies in town, Ian Desmond strikes out over two times per game.” Now they have never said that specific thing, but this is very similar.

Around Opening Day, MASN put out this graphic that really “irked” me to say the least. It had the title “Mr. National” for the one guy people lean on every year to take us to the promise land….RYAN ZIMMERMAN? It had a very dumb stat that included his season averages for seasons he had over 500 at-bats (7 Total Seasons – Only 1 since 2013). Of course, they are all inflated. Problem is, if you discount this season and his rookie season, it totals 13 seasons. That leaves out six total seasons of baseball. This is a ploy to show everyone that he is so important to our organization rather than being a COMPLETE liability.

With that, I decided to do a little information seeking on my own. Below will be two stats on each line. First will be the last five seasons combined, and second will be four of the last five discounting his career year in 2017. Here are some stats of the last five seasons he has been a National (incl. 2015-2019).

Ryan Zimmerman Season Averages (2015 – 2019)

  • Batting Average:  .248   –   (.234)
  • On Base Percentage:  .319  –   (.309)
  • Home Runs:  16.2   –   (11.25)
  • Runs Batted In:  57.2   –   (44.5)
  • Extra Base Hits:   36.6   –   (28.5)
  • Runners in Scoring Position:  (122 for 471) = .234   –   (75 for 320 = .214)
  • Runners On Base:  (210 for 799) = .263   –   (126 for 544 = .227)

I always look at the positives for my team. But when there is a legit GLARING hole in our lineup or in our teams outlook, I am not going to stand around acting like it is “no big deal.”

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Mike Rizzo has assembled this team to be a World Series contender for the last 7+ years and we have nothing to show for it whatsoever. I know Ryan Zimmerman was a bright spot for us when he was drafted back in 2005 (our first season). But you have to look at the recency effect and how he has produced for this team in big spots. Everyone looks at his 11 walk-off homers, his two Silver-Slugger Awards (2009,2010), one Gold-Glove (2009), and his career 2017 season. But what they don’t see are the season’s he did most of those in, where we didn’t even crack 70 wins. You have to produce when your team needs you. Plain and Simple. With this team making the playoffs four of the last seven seasons, poised to make it this year, changes have to be made. Legacy only goes so far when your play is mediocre at best. I just wish people would start to look towards our future rather than our lackluster past.

 

GO NATS!

The Roar of the Crowd

Tiger Woods Wins the 2019 Masters Tournament at Augusta National!

Who would have thought those words would have been said ever again? I am a HUGE Tiger fan. I remember sitting on my best friends couch as we grew up dozing off from holes 5-8, and then waking up for the late Sunday charge of Tiger in his victory red polo. It was something remarkable to watch. Professional golfers choking left and right. Plunking trees, dunking cannonballs into the water, three putting late, or even having to pull a Kevin Na and take forever hitting your golf ball just trying to compose yourself with the presence of greatness in your midst.

Everyone knows the whole saga that started back in November of 2009. We won’t enter into that realm because it was a decade ago. But, the one thing I will address is the sole fact that even though he was a “god” so to speak, to many people, that does not excuse him for his actions. I told my mom the other day, who is a above average sports fan, that “no one has forgotten what he had done in his personal life, but they have most likely forgiven him for his struggles.”

A man on top of the world with money, fame, stardom etc., comes tumbling down a never ending hill. When have we EVER seen someone of his caliber crash and burn in that magnitude? I think most of us can agree after his downfall, we saw the pain he went through to try and come back to golf. This includes, four total back surgeries, recording his worst ever score as a professional (85) in 2015, pain medication problems with an arrest on an alleged DUI etc. Too many things to count in a 10 year span. But this is going to be a positive outlook on what just transpired in Georgia this past weekend.

Seeing Tiger in contention is one thing. But seeing him in the final pairing on a Sunday in Golf’s “Super Bowl” was a completely different viewpoint. Making a charge on any other day than Sunday is fun to watch. But making a charge on Sunday, the final round, counting down the holes, is nerve racking. You can compare Sunday golf at a major championship to Game 7’s in almost any playoff of the four major sports. You have one single day, one game (or round) to make your move and claim the hardware.

Fast forward to his back nine holes. He started off the back nine scoring bogey and moving two back of Francesco Molinari of Italy. Meanwhile, no one really understands that at that point, there were seven golfers within three shots of the lead. With Molinari’s consistency, I was a bit worried at this point. On 11, Tiger found his shot in the trees but got a break with a nice angle to the green and made par. Still two back of Molinari.

Then this is where it got interesting. Molinari started to falter when he splashed his tee shot at the Par 3. At this point in the tournament with a two shot lead and seven holes to play, you can’t open the door for others. Everyone else has to make the move, so seeing Molinari go for the pin instead of playing it safe for the par, was baffling to me. Woods saw this, made par and tied for the lead. (Check out Francesco’s shot below)

Xander Schauffele made his move in the middle of the back nine tying Tiger and Francesco through 13 & 14. Then the Italian started to sink once more at the 15th hitting a tree branch, dunking the ball again losing more ground. Tiger birdied the Par 5 taking the outright lead with three holes to play. With Schauffele not going away, Tiger needed that inner focus we were used to seeing crossing into the millennium. And on the 16th tee box, we got re-introduced to the “old” Tiger Woods.

With a birdie at 16, that all but put the nail in the coffin for Tigers return to greatness. You have to believe that this will probably not be the Tiger of old, where he runs away with tournaments. But, golf just became relevant again with him in the mix. Watch out sports fans…..He’s Back!

Episode 27 – (Capitals, Nationals, Tiger)

The Capitals are up by two on the Carolina Hurricanes, the Nationals bullpen continues to struggle, Ryan Zimmerman is more of a liability than a car with no steering wheel, Serone’s boy Tiger Woods wins “The Masters,” and we once again get carried away talking about food and the good things in life…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Capitals Up 2-0 on Carolina – (19:00)
  • Nationals .500 on the Season – (43:15)
  • Tiger Woods Wins “The Masters” – (1:29:15)
  • Food is the Best – (1:35:45)

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Episode 26 – (Skins, Wiz, Caps, Nats)

As we forget to start the show and reminisce on our shows history, we eventually get into some thoughts on Josh Rosen possibly to the Redskins, the Wizards draft position, Capitals series vs. Carolina, and the “Pig Pen” Nationals Bullpen that has stunk up the joint for most of the eight games so far…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Josh Rosen to Redskins? – (17:00)
  • Wizards Draft Positioning – (26:50)
  • Capitals Playoff Series vs. Carolina – (32:15)
  • Nationals Bullpen Woes – (51:30)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (1:18:40)

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Episode 25 – (Caps, Wiz, Redskins, Nats)

With no special episode for the first time in weeks, Serone & Simpson are back to the status quo going over the Capitals clinching their playoff spot, the Wizards hopefully losing more to get better draft stock, the Redskins front office woes, and the Nationals opening series loss to the rival Mets. Plus, the fun stuff which includes: Pine Pony Express, Ben’s love for American Idol, and Mike’s hatred of Ryan Zimmerman continues…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Capitals Clinch Playoff Birth – (18:30)
  • Wizards Draft Position Update – (30:25)
  • “What If” Redskins Front Office – (45:15)
  • Nationals Series Opening Loss – (58:50)
  • Mike’s Zimmerman Rant – (1:15:45)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:38:40)
  • Ben’s Thoughts On Serone’s Groomed Dog – (1:52:52)

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Washington Nationals Season Preview – 2019

You have to love technology right? Due to the technical difficulties, our Season and Outfield Previews are one week old, yet still good listens. Check them out here!

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“Diehard” Fans Are Disappearing

You want to know what “Grinds My Gears” in the world of sports nowadays? You don’t? Then click off this page because I am going to tell you anyway.

The typical “diehard” fan is fading away. You have people jumping on bandwagon’s left and right in every sport, to where there are close to ZERO true fanbases. You can say places like Philly, Chicago, or even Seattle have the closest thing to “real fans,” yet the numbers still have dwindled. I mention those places because either there is nothing else to do in their town but go to games, they have held on to legacies like “Wrigley Field,” “Michael Jordan,” “We love Rocky! (even though he’s a fictional character),” and/or they want a team so bad they pack Seattle Sounder games with fans to show they’re interest. But sports are now used first and foremost as a social event rather than a rooting interest.

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You see people go to games only to post how “cool” they are going to the game! As you can tell by the example above, no one cares about the game. No one cares about Juan Soto’s triple down the line, or Strasburg’s knee-buckling filth. They only care about eating their churro and Cold Stone waffle cone. Now I love me some ballpark food, but I won’t be posing with a footlong in my picture or doing the “duck face” to post on Instagram.

Now don’t get me wrong. Not everyone has to be sitting down with their lunch pail the following day talking about the box score from last night’s win. But it seems to me that when you look at the spectrum from “diehard” fans who know the players, the game, the rules and enjoy the atmosphere of the event compared to people who show up in business suits to meet with potential clients, or the people who have enough money to sit court side but spend all night texting their friends “am I on TV!?” is favoring the latter.

It irks me a bit because I have never really experienced the days in the ’90s or early 2000’s when technology wasn’t readily available as it is today. I was born in 1991 and went to many Oriole and Redskin games but at that time I wasn’t old enough to get the full affects of the atmosphere itself. I go to too many games where the chatter is about some random bullsh** and not the ENTERTAINMENT that is right in front of you. The closest game, I attended, where the atmosphere was buzzing mostly about the game was Stephen Strasburg’s debut in 2010. You could just hear the sounds of the crowd from the first inning to his last pitch. (Check the Video Below) Now I may be a lunatic with all of these words but the ballpark to me is a safe haven and I want to go to games with people that are invested or at least want to learn the art of the sport, not to get a slushie and corndog to take pictures with.

 

2019 MLB Pre-Season Award Predictions

As of a few days ago, professional sites started putting out their 2019 MLB Pre-Season Awards in loo of Opening Day. This gripe will have to be saved for another day but honestly, I understand the Phillies made some good moves this off-season. But the Nationals have arguably the best starting rotation, the favorite for 2019 Rookie of the Year (spoiler), two candidates in the Top 10 of MVP considerations and made improvements themselves with depth and their bullpen. I don’t understand how the NL East is so split. I could see it being close and favoring the Nationals more often than not, but some that I have seen have been way too heavily on the Phillies. They have a great starter in Nola, backed by a great lineup but I still don’t believe the Phillies did enough to surpass Washington’s complete team.

Below are predictions from three major sites in the sporting world. Though all three sites have similar data, ESPN has the best interactive article so let’s pinpoint on that. They have a panel of 31 experts, that will vote, that range from former players to baseball insiders. Because we focus in on the Washington Nationals, let’s stick to the National League.

ESPN.com Predictions

MLB.com Predictions

NBCSports.com Predictions

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NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP

Listed for the National League MVP are nine players who are viable candidates. Two of those nine are Nationals (Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon). Soto was second in Rookie of the Year voting last year but as a 20 year old, he will have to prove he won’t hit a “sophomore slump.” Rendon is one of the best all around ball players in the Majors. He’s quite but handles himself with class and shows his work ethic out on the diamond. Though, I do not think either will win the award outright, they both should be proud to be recognized in this magnitude. Out of the 31 experts, two have selected Rendon or Soto to be the NL MVP. Might not seem like a lot, but in comparison, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant only received two each. After 34,000 fan votes, the two Nationals players combined for 4% of the votes.

Serone’s Prediction: Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)

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NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG

National League Cy Young voting has six viable candidates for the award, led by Jacob deGrom of the Mets & Max Scherzer of the Nationals. Scherzer has been in the Top 5 of voting dating back to 2013. He won it with the Detroit Tigers back in 2013 and since being traded to the Nationals he was 5th, 1st, 1st, and 2nd in voting. deGrom, though winning it last year, has yet to be in the top six in voting. I understand Scherzer’s age is increasing, yet he has not shown any signs of slowing down. Out of the 31 experts of ESPN, Scherzer had 18 of the votes while deGrom was tied with Aaron Nola of the Phillies with five each. After 30,000 fan votes, the 3-Time Cy Young winner only received 28% of the votes. Even with his pedigree he only manages that small number?

Serone’s Prediction: “Mad Max” Scherzer (Nationals)

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NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

National League Rookie of the Year voting was almost as similar to the Cy Young as they come. I think all Nationals fans have heard of Victor Robles. He has been our prized possession for years now, developing from a teenager in the minors to now our everyday center fielder. This may be Mike Rizzo’s favorite player on the Nats because of the sole fact that he was coveted by so many teams being a Top 4 prospect in all of the Majors. Out of the 31 ESPN experts, almost half (15), voted for the youngster to take home the award. Coming in second, tied with five each were Pete Alonso (#51 MLB Prospect) of the Mets and Nick Senzel (#6 MLB Prospect) of the Reds. And with that, after 23,000 fan votes, Robles received 23% while Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres got almost 30%. I wasn’t even aware that the Padres had that many fans.

Serone’s Prediction: Victor Robles (Nationals)

 

 

Bryce Harper/Philadelphia: Special Edition (Guest: Jessica Towne)

Take a look into the Philadelphia Phillies acquisition of Bryce Harper, and inside their locker room as Jessica Towne (@RunThisTowne13) joins the show to break down everything about our arch rival in the National League East!

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Co-Host of “The Madness Podcast”

 

Episode 24 – (Capitals, Wizards, Redskins)

The Capitals are starting their playoff preparations and the Wizards are finally starting to tank. Plus the Redskins apparently don’t draft players to fit their scheme’s according to Doug Williams. Makes total sense! Check out all of our special edition episodes on the Washington Nationals as well!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Capitals Poised For Playoffs – (02:15)
  • Ben’s Food Dilemma – (11:00)
  • Wizards Lose Four Straight – (12:45)
  • Doug Williams Comments – (21:20)

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Jonathon Warriner (@Bracketologist3) OFFICIAL Bracket

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Notable Upsets:

  • #11 Belmont over #6 Maryland & #3 LSU
  • #12 Murray State over #5 Marquette
  • #7 Wofford over #2 Kentucky
  • #6 Iowa State over #3 Houston, #7 Wofford, & #5 Auburn
  • #12 Oregon over #5 Wisconsin

Final Four:

  • #1 Duke – #1 Gonzaga – #1 UVA – #6 Iowa State
    • Championship: #1 Duke vs. #1 UVA
    • National Champion: #1 University of Virginia
      • Tiebreaker Score: 72-68

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March Madness 2019 Special Edition

Jonathon Warriner (@Bracketologist3) of “www.MakingtheMadness.com” joins the program to give us insight and analysis to all things March Madness! Questions about your bracket? Who will get upset? Check the timestamps below for all your bracket information.

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Jonathon Warriner (@Bracketologist3) – (2:50)
  • Snubs and Surprises – (6:50)
  • Intriguing 1st Round Games – (10:15)
  • Cinderella Potentials? – (18:45)
  • What is your “game binging” setup? – (25:51)
  • Warriner Official Bracket Reveal/Game Breakdowns – (27:29)
  • Show Closing – (1:11:15)

Nationals Infield Preview – 2019

Second special edition episode of our Washington Nationals Spring Training Preview! Check out how the infield spots check out in our minds. Plus, will Anthony Rendon become the new “Face of the Franchise?” Take a listen…

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Episode 23 – (Capitals, Wizards, Redskins, DC United)

Is walking needed in life? We are getting close to floating chairs like in the Pixar movie “Wall-E.” Landon Collins is a Redskin, the Caps staying the course and the Wizards aren’t doing anything exciting once again. Check out the latest episode and stay tuned for our Nationals infield preview to come!

Lastly, we have Jonathon Warriner of http://www.MakingTheMadness.com coming on the special edition episode talking everything March Madness! He will give some insight and information for some teams you may not know about in this years tournament!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Talk – (0:00)
  • Capitals Staying True – (13:15)
  • Wizards still trying to win? – (24:25)
  • Redskins New Additions – (39:50)
  • DC United Discussion– (57:30)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (1:04:25)

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On Deck: Big Week of Audio Content

On tap this coming week we will have Jessica Towne (@RunThisTowne13) from Philadelphia’s “Wildfire Sports” on the program to discuss all things Bryce Harper and National League East. Plus, we will have College Basketball writer Jonathon Warriner (@Bracketologist3) joining the show to give us his breakdown of the NCAA March Madness bracket after “Selection Sunday!” We will also have our Washington Nationals Infield Preview and our good friend Danny Nokes (@DannyNokes) of FOX Sports 910 Richmond giving us a breakdown of Virginia Tech’s first round matchup and his takeaways from the Atlantic-10 Tournament in Brooklyn!

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Virginia Tech/ACC Tournament Preview 2019

Danny Nokes of FOX Sports 910 in Richmond joins the program for this special episode focusing on Virginia Tech Basketball and the ACC Conference Tournament as a whole. Plus we dabble into the Atlantic-10 Tournament focused on Virginia Commonwealth University & George Mason University.

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DC: Pitchers & Catchers Preview – 2019

The first special edition episode of our Washington Nationals Spring Training previews. Up to bat first are the Pitchers and Catchers. We discuss the additions of Corbin, Sanchez, Gomes, and Suzuki to the club. Take a listen and come back next week as we breakdown the infield for our Washington Nationals.

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Episode 22 – (Capitals, Wizards, “Grinds Our Gears”)

What is it with Alaska? What about Gas Attendants? Where did they all go? Take a listen to this condensed version of the podcast. Check out our Washington Nationals position preview special editions!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Shenanigans – (0:00)
  • Capitals Surging – (11:55)
  • Signs of Grunfeld Downfall? – (21:55)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (38:52)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (50:00)

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BREAKING: Bryce Harper signs with Philadelphia Phillies

And there it is. Bryce Harper signs with the Phillies. Now let me start by saying this whole article may be an overreaction to what has just transcribed a few hours ago, so I apologize if some of my thoughts are irrational.

I have loved baseball my entire life. The sound of the lawn mower cutting those last few blades of grass in the outfield. The smell of the freshly manicured ball field dousing your senses. The subtle noise of the crowd chatter in the background. Honestly, there is nothing like going to a baseball game. You can like whatever sport you want. But baseball is in a class of its own.

Fast forward to 2009. In comes Stephen Strasburg throwing lightning and hearing the thunder of the crowd. I was there against the Pirates when he threw for 14 K’s and electrified this city. Then it happened. The following year, we drafted BRYCE HARPER. The golden boy had landed in D.C.

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The anticipation of Harper grew and grew. Strasburg was one thing, but the hype for him was not compared to the intrigue an everyday player who was labeled “the chosen one” brought to the table. After a couple of years, the Nationals surprised us all and headed to the post-season. Then this happened:

Every year since 2012, we have been one of the favorites to win the World Series. Yet, we have been one of the most disappointing teams year in and year out since that year. Missing the playoffs multiple years, and not making it passed the National League Division Series in four tries, even though having one of the best “on paper” rosters in the league was heart wrenching. Yet, one thing remained, Bryce Harper.

With Bryce Harper, anything was possible. Eyes were always on Washington D.C., because we had the rights to arguably one of the Top 5 players in all of baseball. Other cities didn’t get that type of recognition because Harper was an icon at his young age. The hair, the Sports Illustrated Body Issue (see below), the sound bites, and above all else, the monster bombs he hit over countless fences. You never knew what could happen because ANYTHING was possible with this guy.

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So here we stand as a franchise, poised to make a deep run this year and for multiple years to come. The average age of the core group for this team is only 22.25 years old (Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Carter Kieboom). That takes into account over half your outfield and infield with only those five guys. Mike Rizzo has built this team for the future and it has started to come to light. The only question, where was the face of our franchise going to end up?

The Nationals offered a “fair” offer at first. (Nationals Initial Offer For Bryce) The Lerners, Rizzo, and the city wanted Bryce back, at first. Then, rumors swelled and the debates began as time passed. “Where will he go?” – “Does he want to stay in D.C.?” – “Is he only in it for the money?” – “Doesn’t he want to win?” These were just some questions that arose in the beginning portion of this Free-Agency period.

But, the vitriol start to arise with the fan base after Bryce turned down Washington’s initial offer. People’s rationale started to decline. Everyone did not understand that if they were in his situation, with his talent, upside and prowess, we would want to get fair market value as well. Now I am not going to say I was happy Bryce was shopping with other teams, because I honestly wasn’t thrilled about the idea. Yet, I saw the bigger picture about how our team was constructed and decided to let the whole Harper thing fizzle out.

After over four months of discussions, four months of back and forth’s, four months of almost pure torture, Bryce Harper has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Did we expect him moving on? Yes. Did we expect other teams in this sweepstakes? (i.e. Yankees, Cubs, etc.) Yes. Would we have rather him go to any other team besides one within our division? YES.

SERONE’S TAKE:

Okay, here is my view on what this whole process has boiled down too. I wavered so much during these last four months debating in my head the pros and cons to having or losing the face of our franchise. But then it happened. It actually happened. The Phillies were the last team in the running to swoon over “our guy.” Now I could honestly care less about how much money yada yada yada. I am more so hurt by the fact he decided to take the job in Philadelphia, the city in which dreams are shattered because of their fan base. Take a look at some examples of what I am talking about.

NHL PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

(Fans throw TRIBUTE BRACELET OF LONG TIME OWNER on ice and at players)

NFL PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

(Fans pelt opposing fans with countless snowballs for many minutes)

MLB PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

(Fans throw Duracell Batteries and Trash at JD Drew)

Who would ever want to play in front of these fans? I literally hate when Philly fans try to say things like: “Oh we are just passionate people!” or “We love our teams!” No, no you don’t. I am a diehard Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and Wizards fan and you don’t see me throwing beer on a Houston Astros fan or a Miami Dolphins fan. You don’t see other fan bases doing these things year in and year out. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some good fans out there but the majority ruins it for everyone. Would you ever wear a rival jersey in one of their stadiums? Would you ever jump in a pool with piranhas? They are classless and literally will scold you until you break down. I am not sure if Bryce was only in it for the money or not but wanting to play for these fans and that city over ANYONE OR ANYWHERE else is a gut-wrenching blow.

It is free-agency, I get it. But you have to think of your legacy at some point, right? I loved watching Bryce. Every at-bat was something to get excited for. But now, it is over. He has pulled an Anakin Skywalker and turned over to the Dark Side. We are Obi-Wan Kenobi and he is Darth Vader.

The D.C. hero has now become possibly one of the most hated sports figures for all of our nations capital. He went from Washington D.C’s sports “Mount Rushmore,” to our evil Thanos. The rivalry has been ignited once more, now with even more despise and more hatred. I loved Bryce as a baseball icon, but now he is gone and we have to deal with it. Enjoy your next 13 years Bryce. My last thought comes from one of the best movies of all time. There is only one thing left to do now. (Clip Rated: R for Strong Language)

 

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Episode 21 – (Capitals, Wizards, Nationals)

The duo is back on the mics from the brief hiatus of the holiday weekend. Spring Training has begun and the boys are ginned up. Join in on the action as Ben talks about the “Lovers Kit” from his hotel during Valentines Day. Also, we discuss a Frenchmen getting 4-Months in prison for a brilliant theft attempt, and answer a few Spring Training questions for the Nationals!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Capitals Trade Deadline Acquisitions – (19:10)
  • Wizards Terrible Defense – (38:45)
  • Spring Training for Nationals – (1:00:00)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (1:33:00)
  • Long-Time Guest “Ian Hollerin” – (1:43:30)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:45:50)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 20 – (Super Bowl, Capitals, Wizards, “Smoothie Review”)

Have you ever ordered something off of a Facebook Ad or similar then regretted it immediately upon receiving that said thing? Take a listen and find out what Ben’s “Fast Blast” smoothies have turned out to be. In addition, Super Bowl recap, Wizards trade deadline and more…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Recapping Super Bowl LIII – (22:40)
  • Capitals Improving Play – (43:20)
  • Wizards Trades and New Faces  – (1:00:00)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears” – (1:26:16)
  • Ben’s “Fast Blast” Smoothie Review – (1:48:15)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 19 – (Bruce Allen, “KFC Food Review”)

Breaking down the first Bruce Allen presser in over 588 days took us a bit but we took down each question asked by reporters down in Mobile, Alabama. For our next food review we went with the KFC Limited Time “Famous Spicy Chicken Bowl” for only $3. You cannot beat a deal like that, plus the fact it was one of the best fast food items we have every had in our over 27 years of existence on planet earth. Take a listen…

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Bruce Allen Presser Breakdown – (28:20)
  • Capitals Half-Way Point – (1:34:33)
  • Wizards Coming Around?  – (1:43:26)
  • Food Review “KFC Famous Spicy Bowl” – (1:54:03)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears/Pine-Pony Express” – (2:05:31)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 18 – (NFL, Nationals, Capitals, Wizards)

Back together again with football, beer and a whole new food review for the masses, check out the duo as they converse about food, old PC games, and wedding gaffes from friends hired as DJ’s. With more plans to come for the near future, that include but are not limited too, video elements, more guests etc., check back each and every week for all the new things we have in store!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Food Review (“The Habit Burger Grill”) – (19:30)
  • Redskins Update/NFL Championships – (37:12)
  • Nationals/Kris Bryant Discussion  – (53:32)
  • Capitals Struggles – (1:09:00)
  • Wizards Current Outlook – (1:23:13)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears/Pine-Pony Express” – (1:36:10)

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Episode 17 – (Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, Nationals)

The snow has put a damper on traveling to do our in-person show but the show must go on. Through the technology of cellular phones, we brought you a show that includes Kentucky natives throwing ham at one another, what we do on “snow-days” and much more to do with the actual product, D.C. Sports. Check it out!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Coaching/NFL Divisional – (13:50)
  • “New Look” Wizards – (31:30)
  • Capitals Resiliency  – (1:00:05)
  • Nationals Depth Moves – (1:26:06)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (1:40:45)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:45:45)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 16 – (Skins, Nats, Caps, Wiz)

It is 2019 and the boys are back! Check out this fun filled episode to ring in the New Year as Serone & Simpson talk Pixar movies, fast food condiments, and what 2% of our audience come to hear, DC Sports. Check out the timestamps below to fast forward to your favorite parts and/or just listen to the entire episode because you should. Case & Point.

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Overview – (23:15)
  • Nationals Off-Season Update – (55:31)
  • Capitals Near All-Star Break – (1:17:10)
  • Wizards Turmoil – (1:29:54)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (1:39:55)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:49:49)

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Episode 15 – (Redskins, Nats, Wiz, Caps)

Join the famous duo as they discuss the Redskins getting back in the win column, Mike Rizzo (Nationals GM) making yet another move to bolster the roster, the Caps winning 5 Straight and the Wizards not shocking us at all with their lack of intelligence. The “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine-Pony Express” are included as always and you can skip ahead to your favorite parts of the show in the timestamps below.

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Win – (13:39)
  • Nationals Moves – (36:36)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (56:23)
  • Wizards Shame – (1:10:55)
  • Capitals Hot Streak – (1:20:50)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:26:50)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

Episode 14 – (Redskins, Nationals, Pine Pony)

The Boys are Back and talking about the terrible Redskins loss, the new Nationals news of Bryce Harper doubtful to return, and of course the fan favorite “Pine-Pony Express & 2-Point Conversion.”

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Vacation Starting Early – (11:48)
  • Nationals Lerner Interview News – (33:30)
  • Wizards Update – (47:55)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (53:20)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:01:52)

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Episode 13 – (Skins, Nats, Caps, Wiz)

Join the boys as they discuss the Redskins collapse, Nationals movement, Caps hot streak and more! Plus you get two very intriguing Pine Pony Express news stories and Ben’s “Fan Fest” experience with the infamous Kevin Long!

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter: (0:00)
  • Redskins Collapse: (16:00)
  • Nationals Movement: (54:13)
  • “2-Point Conversion”: (1:06:30)
  • Capitals Hot Streak: (1:15:00)
  • Wizards Discussion: (1:26:18)
  • “Pine Pony Express”: (1:33:45)

Episode 12 – (Redskins, Capitals, Thanksgiving Ratings)

Serone & Simpson have such busy lives they have to connect through technology that is obsolete in today’s age; Cellular Telephone. Join them as they discuss the Redskins loss to the dreadful Dallas Cowboys, the Capitals resurgence upon Tommy Wilson’s return to the lineup, Over/Underrated Thanksgiving dishes and more!

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Loss to Cowboys – (2:39)
  • “Two-Point Conversion” – (37:30)
  • Capitals Resurgence – (53:17)
  • Wizards Update – (1:03:03)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:10:27)

Episode 11 – (Redskins, Wizards, Capitals)

Join Serone & Simpson as they journey through the depths of pizza decision making! Plus, there is some sports talk with the Redskins getting screwed out of a win, the Wizards playing horribly, and of course the “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine-Pony Express.”

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter (Pizza, Pasta, Grievances) – (0:00)
  • Redskins Loss to Texans – (15:35)
  • Wizards Discussion with Guest *Alex Harasty* – (50:12)
  • Capitals Update – (1:25:09)
  • “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine Pony Express” – (1:31:53)

Episode 10 – (Redskins, Wizards, VA Tech)

Join Serone & Simpson as they are joined by multiple guests and entertain the masses with their love of pizza, random nice people at adult beverage establishments, and the best news stories you probably have yet to hear about on your local news channel! Subscribe, Download Episodes, Rate and Review!

Timestamps:

  • Danny Nokes (@Danny Nokes) – Virginia Tech Football & Basketball ~ (7:00)
  • Redskins BIG WIN over Tampa Bay ~ (37:11)
  • Marcellus Bowie (@TheLegitCEO) – Wizards Debacle ~ (1:17:25)
  • “2 Point Conversion” ~ (1:31:20)
  • “Pine Pony Express” ~ (1:38:26)

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Episode 9 – (VA Tech, Redskins, “Pine-Pony Express”)

Join Serone as he holds down the fort speaking with Danny Nokes of FOX Sports 910 of Richmond about the struggles and roads to come for Virginia Tech Football. Plus, Jennifer Neal joins the show to chat during our “2-Point Conversion” and “Pine Pony Express” segment.

Timestamps:

  • “Notes with Nokes w/ @DannyNokes:” (1:00)
  • Redskins/Capitals/Wizards: (37:55)
  • “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine Pony Express w/ Jennifer Neal:” (1:18:05)

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Episode 8 – (Redskins, Capitals, Wizards)

Serone & Simpson take back the mic’s as they discuss the Redskins big victory over the New York Football Giants, moving them to (5-2) and (2-0) in the division. Ryan Kerrigan stopped wearing a mask and became “Ryan Kerrigan” again, the Defensive Line proved yet again they are one to be reckoned with, and DJ Swearinger was masterful once again. Capitals, Wizards, “2-Point Conversion” and more…Subscribe, Download Episodes, Rate and Review!

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Episode 7 – (Va Tech, Redskins, Caps, Wiz)

The Redskins beat the Cowboys 20-17 at FedEx Field this past Sunday which propelled them to sole possession of 1st Place in the NFC East! We’ll have our thoughts on that along with our “Notes with Nokes” segment previewing the Hokies game this Thursday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Capitals & Wizards have gotten underway as we also discuss their starts.

Timestamps:

  • “Notes with Nokes” Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech – (1:40)
  • Redskins vs. Cowboys Reaction – (26:35)
  • Washington Capitals Talk – (42:40)
  • Washington Wizards Talk – (55:00)
  • “2 Point Conversion” – (1:07:40)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:20:00)

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LIVE Episode at Parrandos Tex-Mex Grill

The first live broadcast was set at the beautiful Parrandos Tex-Mex Grill in Ashburn, VA and was a huge success! They were great to us and have a fantastic venue with an amazing atmosphere. Visit http://www.ParrandosTexMex.com for menu’s, reservations and more!

Serone & Simpson discuss the Redskins win, Capitals season so far, a brief recap of the Nationals season, order food live on air, figure out Ben’s running capabilities and many more topics! Visit the “DC Crossover Podcast” on Facebook for the live video of our experience.

Timestamps:

  • Redskins Rapid Reactions – (1:00)
  • Nationals Season Recap – (34:45)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (43:40)
  • Food Order – (1:01:30)
  • Capitals Season – (1:03:20)
  • Food Delivered – (1:13:26)
  • “Notes with Nokes (VT Football)” @DannyNokes – (1:30:35)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:45:10)

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Monday Night Football – (Redskins Reaction)

Serone & Simpson react to the debacle of Washington’s football performance on Monday Night against the New Orleans Saints. The ginormous margin shows that the Redskins have much to work on for the rest of the season. The boys, especially Serone, have lots to dwell on. Tune in as the two discuss the disgraceful performance on yet another Monday Night…

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“Notes with Nokes” – (Virginia Tech Football)

Check out our weekly segment with @DannyNokes about Virginia Tech’s loss to Notre Dame. We preview this week’s game against UNC and more!

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Episode 5 – (Redskins & Virginia Tech Football)

With Ben out of town, Serone holds down the fort with three phone guests: Dan Nampha of http://www.DCCrossover.com, Danny Nokes of FOX Sports 910 Richmond and of course it would not be a full episode if we did not hear from Ben out on a boat somewhere.

Timestamps:

Dan Nampha – (1:55) Washington Redskins Discussion

Ben Simpson – (45:25) “Two-Point Conversion” & “Pine Pony Express”

Danny Nokes – (1:15:20) Virginia Tech Football

 

Episode 4 – (Redskins)

Washington Redskins Week 3

Washington Redskins 31Green Bay Packers 17

Timestamps:

  • Redskins Recap / Stock Up & Down Players – (5:00)
  • (New Segment) “Two-Point Conversion” – (30:00)
    • Two things going on in our lives that have nothing to do with sports.
  • Redskins Bye Week Adjustments – (45:55)

 

Adrian Peterson (Work Horse or Pine Pony)

Adrian Peterson. Anyone and everyone who has watched professional football over the last decade has heard that name. You could say he is still one of the most gifted players playing in the league today. Or, you could say he was possibly one of the most wasted talents by one team in the millennium. Peterson ran for 11,600 yards (97.5 p/game) in 2,360 carries from 2007-2013, 2015. (Remove 2014 ACL Season) That equates to 4.92 yards per attempt in those 8 seasons. That ranks 5th in NFL history among running backs with at least 1,000 carries at the end of the 2015 season. Going along with that stat line, AP had 95 touchdowns (1.25 p/game) in that span.

So far, his career has been a human highlight film. Since moving on from the Vikings in 2016, AP has been a shell of himself rushing for only 529 yards in 156 attempts (3.4 YPC & 52.9 YPG). Dysfunction arose in New Orleans when he was given a shot as a secondary option to Mark Ingram etc. After a brief stint down in the big easy, he moved to Arizona to see if that could be his new home. Let’s just say those last six games were hardly any better. We saw a couple flashes of brilliance with two games over 130+ yards, and three of those six with an above 4.0 yards per carry average. Problem was, the other three games he averaged under 2.0 yards per attempt. With that, it concluded his time as a Cardinal.

So here we stand in the third week of the 2018 preseason and one of the most exciting and transcendent players of the millennium has landed on his third team in the last 11 months. The Washington Redskins had a plan, draft Guice and all is well. It was well, for a handful of carries until he tore his ACL. Then it was the “next man up mentality.” Oh wait, Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall go down in preseason game two. What is more “Redskins Front Office” than signing a former star past their prime? Nothing. Why not? It worked with Shaun Alexander! NOPE. Well it did with Willie Parker! Not quite. What is there to say about this signing? Let me give you my two cents.

Adrian Peterson has to realize that this is most likely his last shot to continue padding those Hall of Fame numbers. You were given a shot to become a Redskin because of injury and having little options for a power back in our system under Gruden. Take it and literally run with it! You will be playing behind multiple pro-bowl caliber linemen, a veteran quarterback who knows how to win games and a defense that is much improved from the last three seasons.

Peterson will be a better option than Rob Kelley. He is bigger, faster and stronger than “Fat Rob.” Yes, he is much older but with some of the best pass catchers for third down situations, you won’t need AP to run between the tackles 25-30 times a game like he did in Minnesota. If he wants to maximize his production in D.C., he has to understand that this role is to make the most impact with those 15-20 carries he will get during the game. The offense will hum quite nicely if they can somehow sustain a between the tackles running attack this season.

Some of what I am saying is opinion based, I get it. But, you have to think “what are we supposed to say about the move?” Nothing has happened yet. It’s all speculation. It is all opinion based until he shows us some of that magic that electrified the NFL some time ago.

Adrian Peterson