UPDATED: League says NOPE no travel for Beal

UPDATE: Sam Dekker weighs in:

Here is a look at the play everybody’s been talking about:

 

I don’t care what the league says, there is literally no way in the world that wasn’t a travel. I love Brad, but you can’t possibly watch that play and think “nope, that is clean”.

Bryce unfollows multiple Caps players

Let’s take a look at Bryce’s twitter:

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Of the 24 follows for Bryce, only Mike Trout and Braden Holtby make the list. This is clearly a sign that he’s signing with Philly right? RIGHT?!

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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  • 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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  • 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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State of D.C. Sports

A quick look at what 2018 held for D.C. Sports

By J. Batka

Capitals

The Capitals were by far the best D.C. Sports story to come out of 2018.  After years of playoff disappointment, Alex Ovechkin and company finally broke through and ended the Washington D.C. championship drought. What ensued was one of the greatest parties D.C. has ever seen which included fountain swimming, Stanley Cup keg stands and one epic Nationals game that saw the team crush beers until the final out.

After an off season filled with partying, the Capitals could have been forgiven for a “championship hangover” going into the 2018-19 season. That’s the real kicker; the Caps are red hot and show no signs of slowing down. Truly, the Caps are the pride of D.C. sports…. Now for the other teams.

Redskins

For years the most popular team in the D.C./ tri- state area was by far the Redskins. But 2018 just may go down as the year that the fan base officially quit. TV ratings were down, ticket sales continued to decrease and the number of opposing team’s fans seem to double or even triple in the past 3 years climaxing in one terrible home field “advantage” in 2018.

What makes the Redskins 2018 season even more bitter to swallow is that this team was in first place. Sitting at 6-3, the Alex Smith led Skins seemed destined for at least a wild card spot in the playoffs. However, after Smith’s season ending injury, which eventually led to Mark Sanchez starting a MEANINGFUL game in December, it was clear this team would miss the playoffs for the 4th time in 5 years under Jay Gruden.

But probably the most jarring thing that Redskins fans should be worried about is the recent front office firings. Like a cold-hearted Montgomery Burns, Dan Snyder fired multiple business personal less than a year into their employment. Shows them for trying to fix the team! Unfortunately, between an arrogant front office and many quarterback issues leading into the offseason, 2019 is not looking bright for the Redskins.

Nationals

The highlight of the D.C. baseball summer was by far the successful hosting of the All-Star Week festivities which culminated in Bryce Harper wining the homerun derby in dramatic fashion. The winning of a meaningless contest being the highlight of your season tells you all you need to know about how the Nationals faired in the games that mattered. 2018 saw the rise of a young and talented Atlanta Braves team who eventually went on to win the NL East. The Phillies also looked like contenders for the majority of the season and have money to spend this offseason, how aggressively they spend that money has yet to be seen. The point is that the Nationals are no longer the perennial favorite to win the NL East and contend for a world series; other teams are catching up if they haven’t already.

Of course, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room, the free agency of one Bryce Harper. Harper may decide to leave D.C. and if that happens the Nationals are actually in a good position for life without Harper. One of the good stories that came out of 2018 was the emergence of young outfield star Juan Soto. Combined with Adam Eaton, Victor Robles, and Michael A. Taylor, Soto would lead a crowded outfield sans Harper. Adding Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez will go a long way in bolstering a starting rotation that frankly underperformed (unless your name is Max Scherzer) in 2018.

Wizards

What can you say about the year that was 2018 for the Wizards that you can’t say about 2017? Lets see if all these check out…

  1. John Wall is hurt
  2. The team plays no defense
  3. Ernie Grunfeld continues to make trades that seem like he is picking names out of a hat.
  4. Beal is reportedly unhappy
  5. They could play well enough to get close to the 8 seed in the East which will lead to no major changes in the offseason and another year of the “we are good on paper” argument.

Is that about right? The Wizards seem to be caught in mediocrity and for the first time in years, there is no Lebron James led team in the East that makes the finals every year. Unfortunately the Wizards are unable to bring in high quality talent. This past year Grunfeld went out and got Austin Rivers to help out the bench. Rivers was traded well before the All-Star break because, eh why not? The Wizards need to blow it up and start again, if they were smart, they would be doing everything in their power to tank for Zion Williamson but that would require them leaving mediocrity, a place their owner Ted Leonsis, seems to be happy with.

2019 should continue to be bright for the Caps. The Nats continue to reload and have a chance at a good 2019 if they can compete with the Braves. The Wizards and Redskins however…. well let’s check back in 2020 shall we?

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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  • 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)

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

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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)

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

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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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  • 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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Blow it all up, Wiz lose 107-95 to the Grizzlies

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Yikes.

Might as well just show Grizzlies highlights.

Oh here is a good one

Wall with 22 pts, 7 assists, 5 boards but NINE turnovers.

Beal shot 5 for 16 from the floor and 4-12 from three.

With Morris still sick Jeff Green got the start but went 2-6 from the field and 0-2 from downtown. Finished with 4 pts and 5 reb.

Oubre was the only one to get anything off the bench pretty much with 16 pts.

1-6 start to the season, please just blow it all up now and save us the misery.

Next Game:

Friday vs. Thunder at 8PM on ESPN

The Ringer: “The Wizards Are the NBA’s Must-See Soap Opera”

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https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/30/18040508/washington-wizards-john-wall-bradley-beal-chemistry

Link to article above

An accurate depiction of the last few years:

These Wizards—with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Porter together as the stars—are on their sixth season as the most maddening show in the NBA. The franchise reached the Eastern Conference semifinals just two seasons ago, but any hope that the script would feature a happy ending went up in flames shortly thereafter. The 2017-18 campaign came off like a bad soap opera with a host of miscast characters openly fighting in full view of the cameras, only to have it all end when they were shoved off the playoff stage in the first round. Even Showtime would have canceled them by now, but Grunfeld and the Wizards keep pushing variations of the same plot into production.

 

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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Good night for DC Sports, Caps and Wiz win on the West Coast

If you are like me then you are not an insane person and couldn’t stay up to watch some of these games last night on the west coast. But, if you are like me then you are also really sad that you didn’t get to stay up and watch these two teams pick up some nice wins.

First, the Wiz:

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Kieff poured in 28 pts, including going 6 for 10 from deep. Oubre with 22 off the bench and a nice line from Brad Beal: 25 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast.

It took an OT effort, but that is a HUGE win to pick up on the road in Portland to start the road trip.

It’s funny, because Mike and I were just talking about how worried we were for this team headed into the next few games but the boys balled out. (Except Ian Mahinmi who played four minutes, picked up two fouls, 0 reb, and 0 pts)

Next, the Caps:

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Coming off the shootout loss to Florida, the Caps needed a nice bounce-back game. Ovie continues his rampage as he picks up four points.

Backstrom snagged his 600th NHL assist as well.

These types of nights don’t happen often for DC fans, so let’s definitely enjoy this one.

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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Game 1 Wizards Grades

Let’s go ahead and assign grades to the Wizards players on their loss last night. Why? Because we feel like it.

First up, the man himself, John Wall

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

Grade: A

Stats: 26 pts (9-16 FG, 2-7 3PT, 7-10 FT), 9 Ast, 3 Reb, 3 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 TO’s. 

Give this man a full season without injury, these are the kind of numbers you expect. Wall went hard all 36 minutes, but clearly was a little gassed at the end. The Wiz are a missed Wall three-pointer away from being 1-0. Bad shot decision when he could have driven and drawn contact? Possibly.

Bradley Beal

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

Grade: B-

Stats: 20 pts (7-16 FG, 2-7 3PT, 4-6 FT), 2 Ast, 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO)

Overall an okay night from Brad. Hit a couple three’s, but unfortunately not much else. The foul trouble plagued the ‘zards all night, Beal had 5 and only was able to play 27 min.

Otto Porter Jr. 

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

Grade: D+

Stats: 9 pts (3-7 FG, 0 3PT, 3-4 FT), 0 Ast, 11 Reb, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

I know, a little strange for a guy to get a D+ when he almost gets a double-double. Otto Porter needs to do…more. Multiple guys off the bench get more shots up than he did (Jeff Green put in a great case to try and earn the starting SF spot), he didn’t tally a single assist, didn’t shoot a single three, this was not a great game from OP. Both Heat forwards outplayed him.

Markieff Morris

Grade: C+

Stats: 11 pts (3-8 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT), 2 Ast, 5 Reb, 2 Blk, 3 TO’s

Kieff is always going to be a hit-or-miss player. Some nights he’ll be on, some he’ll be way off. Tonight he was pretty good. He is out there to be a bruiser, hit a few threes, but definitely needs to put up higher rebound numbers. The Wiz were DESTROYED on the boards last night (55 to 40). Including allowing 22 offensive rebounds to Miami. That can’t happen.

Ian Mahinmi

Grade: D

Stats: 3 pts (1-2 FG, 3-4 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk’s

Well, with Gortat gone, and Dwight hurt, here is a look at what Mahinmi does with a starting opportunity. Not good. Brooks only gave him 12 min as well. Mahinmi is definitely more fashioned to provide energy and physicality off the bench. He is not a starting center in this league.

 

The Bench

Jeff Green: 17 pts (6-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3FT), 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 STL, 2 Blk’s

Grade: A

Great Debut for Green, this bench is definitely better than last year.

Jason Smith: 4 pts (2-3 FG), 6 Reb

Grade: C

Foul trouble, another guy that couldn’t stay on the floor tonight.

Kelly Oubre Jr: 9 pts (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), 6 Reb, 1 Blk

Grade: B-

The mental side of the game still plagues Oubre. Picked up a stupid tech for taunting.

Austin Rivers: 9 pts (4-7 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Grade: B

Not a bad debut, would have liked to see those assist numbers be higher.

Tomas Satoransky: 4 pts (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Grade: B

Oh look, Tomas outrebounded the Wizard’s starting center.

Jordan McRae: Did not register a minute

Troy Brown Jr: DNP

Thomas Bryant: DNP

 

 

In case you missed it…Wiz lose heartbreaker to Heat 113-112

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What a crappy way to start the season. Getting outscored 28-23 in the 4th, including an absolute backbreaker by the anti-christ Kelly Olynyk

This looks very much like the Wizards of old, possibly helped by the fact that Dwight Howard didn’t play. Love to have your brand new Center be injured right off the bat.

Wall looked great, doing things like this

He was feisty John tonight, getting into a few scraps along the way. It seems that Wall is taking NO S*** this season

That’s cool and all, but you HAVE to close out games.

Wall finished with 26 pts and 9 assists (with 3 blocks as well)

Beal added 20 pts, and was 2-7 from deep.

Wiz fans seem to be over Otto at this point, okay night from him with 9 pts and 11 rebounds. But only took 7 shots all night in 33 minutes. There HAS to be more production from him.

Rivers with 9 pts in his Wiz debut, Jeff Green looked like a beast with 17 and 4.

That was a winnable game, and the Wiz blew it.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Toronto (1-0) 7PM ET

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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In case you missed it…Caps lose 0-6 to Devils

Another back-to-back, another loss. Worried yet? Nah.

This is the “highlights”

Copley got the start and did not fare well. Ovie only got 2 shots, Kuzy with only 1. Yikes.

On to hosting Toronto (4-1) Saturday at 7PM

 

Caps Smash Knights in Finals Rematch

This has been a pretty weird start to the season for the Caps. First they absolutely annihilate the Bruins to open up the season 7-0. The next day they fall to Pittsburgh 7-6 in OT. and then they get FIVE days off??

We were a little worried there was going to be some sort of a letdown after such a long break. Instead, this ended up being a SUPER entertaining game.

The first was back and forth until Kuzy snagged the first goal of the game late in the 1st on a PP

Ovie added his own tally in the 2nd, a wicked one-time as Kuzy fed him:

Vegas continued battling, everytime the Caps would put one in net VGK responded, keeping things close.

The Great 8 added another to his tally as things opened up a bit in the 3rd

Congrats to Ovie on passing Bobby Hull for 17th on the all-time goal-scoring list with 611.

A great game, solid win.

Caps move to 3-2 with 5 total pts.

Next Game:

Tonight @ (1-1) New Jersey Devils at 7PM

 

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)

 

3 Match-ups to Watch Against The Green Bay Packers

Let’s take a look at some of the key match-ups for Sunday’s game vs the Green Bay Packers:

Green Bay O-Line vs. Washington Pass Rush

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Green Bay’s O-line led by Bryan Lulaga and David Bakhtiari, have given up 4 sacks in each of the two games this year. Meanwhile, only Matt Ioannidis and Ryan Anderson are the only Redskins to record a sack thus far. Kerrigan and Preston Smith have remained quiet with 5 tackles between the two of them. One of these units is going to have to win this battle, and it could very well be the Skins’ pass rush. Kerrigan is only a year removed from back to back dougle digit sack and will be hoping to find a groove, as he usually starts the season off pretty fast. Add in the fact that Aaron Rodgers is playing on one leg (which takes him from God-like to slightly less God-like), and it looks like a game where Manusky’s unit can come out on top.

 

Green Bay WRs vs Washington CBs

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Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, and Randall Cobb all have over 100 yards and are averaged at least 10 yards per catch. They also have scored 5 TDs between the three. Adams is the biggest threat as Rodgers has targeted him 20 times and owns 5 of the teams 10 red zone targets. Since Adams primary plays on the left side, that means he will match up most of the game against the surprisingly impressive Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar has stood out on defense this season with 5 passes defended and 1 INT. The match up Green Bay would love to exploit is Randall Cobb in the slot vs Fabian Moreau, which is the most advantageous for them.

 

Green Bay Secondary vs. Alex Smith

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Alex Smith has been exactly what he’s been expected. He wasn’t to blame for the loss to Indy, but he hasn’t wow’d anyone. Green Bay gave up 425 yards and 4 TDs to Kirk Cousins at home last week. Davon House replaced injured starter Kevin King(groin) but is currently nursing a bicep injury, leaving Green Bay with Tramon Williams and two rookies at CB. Paul Richardson and Josh Doctson should win these battles, but they’ve been less than stellar. Green Bay plays a lot of Cover 1 with a single high safety, so Smith could exploit the young corners who play on the right side. This is a tough match up to call, but if Smith gets into a rhythm early, we may see a Doctson coming out party.

 

Redskins sign WRs Michael Floyd and Breshaud Perriman

Not exactly inspiring hope with that answer, Coach. But I will give him the benefit of the doubt here and say he was just being honest. Floyd has produced in the past but has short tenures with the Patriots, Vikings, and Saints since 2016. Perriman is only 25 but a series of knee injuries and setbacks have cost him time. There is no guarantee either player will fit in Gruden’s passing attack, but at this point, it couldn’t hurt to see if they can muster up any sort of spark in the air.

The first look at Washington’s new signing at practice.

I guess they were signed as insurance for Richardson’s sho-…. kn-…. whatever he’s dealing with.

Nats AAA to Fresno….what?

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Article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2018/09/18/the-nationals-class-aaa-affiliate-will-be-moving-to-less-than-convenient-fresno/?utm_term=.3b2b16303cc4

Syracuse to DC, not ideal but not too bad. Fresno to DC??? WTF?

The Nationals knew they would have to leave Syracuse when the New York Mets bought the Chiefs before this season, virtually guaranteeing they would sign a player development contract there when the Chiefs’ player development contract with the Nationals expired. Several other Class AAA affiliates were playing under expiring player development contracts, so the Nationals figured to have a chance at somewhere fairly close. Nashville, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Fresno, and Round Rock (Tex.) were available.

“[Fresno] was our second choice. Obviously, we made it clear Nashville was our primary choice and they chose someone else,” Rizzo said. “We ended up going to a place that wanted us and we’re happy with.”

Yep, this makes total sense.

 

What in the world did Bryce do to Laz Diaz? UPDATED

Update:

Yikes…

Ale To The Redskins! Devil’s Backbone Brewery Teams up with Redskins for Specialty Brew

Ale to the Redskins! Get it? These beers will be on sale at FedEx Field at all the Devil’s Backbone stands this season.

I need a gif of T.J. Oshie drinking one of these through his shirt while Tom Wilson cheers him on.

Mystics lose Game 3, Swept in WNBA Finals

The transition from the semi’s to the finals just turned the Mystics into an entirely different team. Shooting from beyond the arc was bad, sloppy turnovers, and poor defense, BUT hopefully this team will be back at this stage again next year.

Otto #42, Beal #27, Wall #24 in SI 50-11 List

SI revealed their top 50-11 NBA Players of 2019. The rest will be released later

You can see the article here: https://www.si.com/nba/2018/09/10/top-100-nba-players-2019-lebron-james-stephen-curry-dirk-nowitzki

Wizards within 50-11

Otto Porter

#42: Otto Porter

Porter (14.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG) isn’t one to amaze—only to steady his team with quiet capability. The vast majority of his shots are created for him, though Porter adds value the moment the ball touches his hands. If open on the perimeter, Porter (who finished third in three-point percentage last season) is a lights-out shooter with a high release point. Should the defense give his shot the respect it deserves, Porter can drive in response without veering out of control. Restraint is the through line of his game. One can always trust in Porter to play within himself, gifting his coaches and teammates a certain peace of mind. Porter is the player you never have to worry about.

These are virtues best appreciated in contrast. If a team were composed entirely of players with Porter’s disposition, the offense might seesaw into eternity one non-committal pick-and-roll at a time. Yet in any more typical ecosystem, Porter would be welcome for his range, his patience, and his defense. Two-way, low-maintenance players are championship mortar. What Porter needs are the right bricks.

If an opponent really wanted to scheme away Porter’s offense, they could. There’s nothing particularly intricate going on in how he gets his points. But attaching a defender to deny Porter shots will still serve his intended purpose, making life that much easier on the creators around him. Reducing the game to 4-on-4 will favor any competent offense. Porter, meanwhile, can still assume critical defensive responsibilities and facilitate his team’s best lineups by flexing between positions. Nothing is wasted with Porter, even when he assumes a background role. 

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#27: Bradley Beal

This was a stretch season for Beal (22.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.5 APG), who not only played all 82 games for the first time in his career but went half that time without John Wall. The experience was illuminating. We saw Beal run even more pick-and-roll than usual, approaching each with a new disposition. Taking over the responsibility for an offense can’t help but change a player. Even though Beal will always see the game as a scorer first, he was more patient when it came to reading the floor and letting his options develop. The lesson, contrary to the extreme reaction at the time, was not that the Wizards are better off without Wall. It was that the Wizards are better off without Wall dominating the offense, which Beal could do more to help orchestrate.

Every year, Beal’s handle gets a little tighter. His crossovers these days aren’t quite so unruly, which allows him to work in straighter lines. The more direct Beal’s game is, the better; he’s so good at slamming on the brakes—only to pull-up for a jumper or pivot into one—that any momentum he generates works to his advantage. Beal’s touch is natural, but his moves are earned. You can see the patterns in his footwork that would only materialize through repetition, as he sorts out how to attack out of any situation and at any angle. Maybe the most underrated part of Beal’s game is the sheer accessibility of his scoring. No matter where he’s positioned, there’s always a way through.

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#24: John Wall

As always, Wall (19.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 9.6 APG) has paid careful attention to the perception of his standing relative to his peers, noting in an August interview with NBA Sports Washington that “a lot of guys don’t talk about me being a top-five point guard.” Although SI.com ranked Wall as the fifth-best point guard and 13th overall player at this time last year, it’s impossible to argue that he lived up to that billing. The five-time All-Star missed half the season due to injury, ranked outside the top 45 by PER, Win Shares, Real Plus-Minus and WARP, and was quickly bounced in the first round of the playoffs. At 28, Wall has never led a 50-win team, he’s led just one top-10 offense, and he’s won just three total playoff series during his eight-year career. That body of work doesn’t compare—at all—to the likes of Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

If Wall returns to full health and 20/10 production, he belongs in the mix for a top-five spot with the next tier of point guards: Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry. But regaining his footing in that conversation requires more than just flashing his incredible athleticism, maintaining his improved three-point percentage, and recommitting himself on the defensive end. Wall spent a good portion of last year sniping with Marcin Gortat, and his ball-dominant approach briefly led critics to wonder if Washington was better off without him when he was injured. If Wall can make meaningful strides as an inclusive and empowering leader both on and off the court, the Wizards are far more likely to reach their playoff ceiling. When that happens, he won’t need to waste his time and energy fighting for respect. He’ll get his due. 

Nobody is buying tickets to Sunday’s Game

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Article link here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/the-redskins-say-theyve-sold-out-every-game-since-1967-the-streak-may-end-sunday/2018/09/11/d86d29d0-b5d4-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html?utm_term=.5c4f30375676

Liz Clarke of The Washington Post reports that “thousands of tickets remain unsold at FedEx Field” for Sunday’s game vs. the Colts.

Redskins officials would not say how many seats were available at FedEx Field, which has been scaled back at least three times in recent years, from 91,704 to 82,000 seats, according to the team’s figures. But a review of available, previously unsold tickets on NFL Ticket Exchange showed that more than 3,650 were available Tuesday morning in all sections of the stadium, across all price points, for Sunday’s game.

The article also focuses on the “sellout” figure that the Skins media guide tends to promote about the stadium “sellouts for the past 50 years”.  Of course, we all know how crappy the FedEx Field experience is anyways.

For many fans, the game-day trek to FedEx Field, which ranks near the bottom of fan surveys of the best-and-worst NFL venues, is another disincentive to a $567.50 outing. That’s the average cost for two people to attend a Redskins game at FedEx, according to GoBankingRates.com, covering tickets, parking and a hot dog, beer and soda apiece. It ranks ninth most expensive in the NFL.

I guess the most surprising part of this story is the Redskins media people actually admitting that Sunday’s game may not sell out. Especially since that “sell-out” stat is complete bullshit.

 

Glory Days in Alexandria wouldn’t let Natasha Cloud’s family watch her in the WNBA Finals

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The article in the Washington Post can be read in its entirety here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2018/09/11/glory-days-apologizes-to-natasha-cloud-for-not-putting-mystics-game-on-tv/?utm_term=.a66c5c488f7b

Glory Days tend to have enough TV’s to support a multitude of events. Apparently not:

 “My family came to watch the game. They were super excited on Sunday afternoon before any football game really started. This place is really cool. They have a bunch of screens. They have at the table where you can turn on the volume for what specific TV you want. So my family literally asked for the smallest television to be turned on to a WNBA game, and the manager on spot basically laughed in their face.”-Natasha Cloud

I get it, its NFL Sunday, a lot of games were going down to the wire. But you are telling me not ONE television could have been tuned to the WNBA Finals for a player’s frigging FAMILY??

Yikes.

 

HAIL VICTORY! Redskins Clip Cardinals 24-6 in Arizona

Starting the season off right is correct. In a huge road win with a new quarterback, Jay Gruden won a season opening game for the first time. Every unit on this team seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Alex Smith went 21-30 for 255 yards and 2 TDs. He was boring, and that’s a good thing. Boring doesn’t throw a bad interception when the team is driving. Adrian Peterson racked up 166 yards and 1 rushing TD on 28 total touches while Chris Thompson had 128 yards and 1 receiving TD on just 11 touches. This duo is exciting, Peterson is the workhorse he wanted to be in New Orleans and Arizona while Thompson continues to be the change of pace back who can hit the home run at any time. If these two are healthy, the Skins will have a dangerous backfield. Jordan Reed scored a touchdown as well, he would finish with 4 rec and 48 yards.

*Ahem: Jesse James take notes.

Defensively, there was not much to complain about. The Cardinals only ran 49 plays netting 213 yards. David managed 37 yards on 9 carries with a touchdown on the goaline. Quinton Dunbar was the stand out performance to me. The Skins went out and signed FA CB Orlando Scandrick then subsequently cut him during training camp, effectively naming Dunbar the starter opposite Josh Norman. Dunbar finished the day with 5 tackles, 3 passes defended, and 1 int. Pretty impressive numbers for a guy who was playing wide receiver just three seasons ago.

All in all, Skins fan have good reason to feel optimistic. The run game is lethal, Alex Smith is leading the passing attack, the front seven on defense looks stout. Next week will be a big test for the secondary as they face Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Don’t Count On Dez

Still a no-go on Dez Bryant. I don’t hate that either. As much as I wanted a big name WR this offseason, I never wanted it to be Dez because I never thought he would fit in. I do hope Dez lands a gig somewhere. Maybe Cleveland.

SI’s Top 100-51 Players of 2019 List

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SI revealed their top 50-100 NBA Players of 2019. The rest will be released later

You can see the article here: https://www.si.com/nba/2018/09/10/top-100-nba-players-2019-lebron-james-stephen-curry-dirk-nowitzki

Only one Wizard falls within 100-50:

#69-Dwight Howard

Like a July 4th cookout or a family trip to the waterpark, a change of address for Howard (16.6 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.6 BPG) has become a rite of summer. The eight-time All-Star center has landed in Washington via Charlotte and Brooklyn, continuing a cycle of new GMs dumping him as quickly as possible and desperate GMs talking themselves into a gamble that will almost certainly backfire.

The 32-year-old Howard is far removed from his prime years and probably leads the league in worn-out welcomes, but his reputation shouldn’t completely eclipse his performance. Last season, he missed just one game, he made Charlotte better both offensively and defensively when he was on the court, and he was one of only five NBA players to average 12 points and 12 rebounds. While Howard’s defensive impact, mobility and effort have atrophied—thereby limiting his utility in the postseason—he still ranked among the league’s most productive rebounders and finished 70% of his shots in the basket area. It’s too late for the former No. 1 pick to become the player and teammate everyone has hoped for, but he remains a worthy option as a starting center. 

Gotta think Beal and Wall will be in the top 50 when that comes out.

 

The First Unofficial Redskins Depth Chart

One thing to note here: On the Redskins official website , Kelley is actually listed as the third RB, followed by Perine. Byron Marshall was placed on IR earlier this week, allowing the Skins to sign Josh Keyes who played for the Houston Texans this offseason.

Adrian Peterson of course gets the nod for RB1 with everyone else where they were expected to be except for one player. Danny Johnson will be returning kickoffs.

I’m excited for this team. Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson are officially off the injury report. Fingers crossed that it stays that way for the foreseeable future. That may be wishful thinking but the injuries last year were brutal – 22 players on IR, Trent Williams did not practice all year, Norman out multiple weeks with broken ribs. My optimism may be at an all time high for this squad. HTTR.

Game 140-In case you missed it…Nats lose 7-6

Roberto Clemente day at the park.

Oh look, there’s our old friend Matt Adams…

I don’t know why the first tweet phrased this as “revenge”…The guy didn’t even play here a complete season, was going to get a new contract somewhere else likely anyways even if the Nats hadn’t blown it up.

Another bad night for Roark: 5 innings, 10 hits, 6 ER, 0 BB’s, 4 K’s. I feel like the Nats fans sometimes try and make this guy something he is not…

Nats now 7.5 Games back in the NL EAST and 9 Games Back in the WC.

Oh hey, Football is back tonight!

Next Game:

Tonight at 7:05 ET vs. the Cubs

Hendricks (11-10, 3.77 ERA) vs. Strasburg (7-7, 4.09 ERA)

Mystics off to WNBA Finals!

Game 139-In case you missed it…Nats lose 11-8

Fedde gets the start after the call-up and starts things off with a K

Then in the 2nd…things get tricky…

Ozuna hits a bomb, and another one in the 6th

Paul DeJong and Patrick Wisdom also homer

Fedde’s final line: 5 innings, 4 Hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s

Austen Williams also gives up 3 ER.

One would think 8 runs scored by the Nats would be enough, but unfortunately not the case.

Next Game:

Today at 7:05PM ET vs. Cardinals

Mikolas (13-4, 2.96 ERA) vs. Roark (8-14, 4.03 ERA)

Robles+Soto=Nats Future

Can’t wait to see these guys together.

See Scouting Report on Robles from 2017 Here

Another guy who tracks the ball well in the box, plenty of speed, decent bat.

Meanwhile big league clubs are ALREADY staying away from Soto

Nats September Callups

It will be good to see Joe Ross again, as he will likely be in the starting rotation next season. Robles as well, had that early season injury and was out for a bit, a lot of excitement around his abilities.

 

Game 138-In case you missed it…Nats win 4-3 (in extras)

Crazy Labor Day game. Sure going to miss you when you leave Bryce…

Another stellar Max game

7 innings, 4 hits, 3 ER, 1 BB, 11 K’s

Trea got a bomb in the 1st

Bryce with the big bomb to force extras

Game winning sac fly in the 10th

Gonna miss ya Bryce.

Next game:

Tomorrow vs. Cardinals 7:05 PM ET

Mikolas (13-4, 2.96 ERA) vs. Fedde (1-3, 5.79 ERA)

Game 137-In case you missed it…Nats lose 9-4

A huge 5th inning collapse was all it took today

Austen Williams made his debut and collectes his first K

Jefry just doesn’t seem to have the right stuff…gives up 7 ER

Next Game:

Tomorrow vs Cardinals at 1:05PM ET

Flaherty (8-6, 2.87 ERA) vs. Scherzer (16-6, 2.22 ERA)

Game 136-In case you missed it…Nats win 5-4

Pre-game Gio honoring.

Strasburg pitched decent

Final line: 6 innings, 5 hits, 2ER, 2 walks, 7 K’s

A LENGTHY weather delay

Juan Soto comes up clutch

Next game:

Today vs. Brewers at 1:35PM ET

Guerra (6-9, 4.09ERA) vs. Rodriguez (2-1, 4.54 ERA)

Game 135-In case you missed it…Nats lose 4-1

Chad Dukes had some fun/

Gio is gone

Box score is sad

Next game:

Tomorrow at 7:05 ET

Anderson (9-7, 4.04 ERA) vs. Strasburg (7-7, 4.15 ERA)

Markieff Morris: Asset Or Liability?

This is my question for the Wizards. Is Markieff Morris producing more energy than he is taking? It seems as though sometimes he puts minimal effort out there on the floor. It’s in the little things. I have witnessed him drop or roll the ball to teammates rather than passing to  them. I have witnessed him avoid high fives. We need a good teammate.

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We need Markieff to produce like his twin brother Marcus is doing on the Celtics. I personally believe that Keef is capable of doing this. He just needs to get running more. Sometimes his athleticism seems lacking. This is obviously not the case considering he is in the NBA.

He has a pretty decent shot, but we need him to be multi-faceted. We need rebounds from the 28-year-old. The 6’10 forward only averages 5.6 rebounds in his career. This is the same amount of rebounds that he averaged last season. We need double-digit rebound games if he is going to be a starting forward in the NBA.

I like Keef, but his attitude and effort on the floor make it hard to do so. We need Keef to be chippy. We need him to fire up other players. If we wanna make the playoffs then we need more. The way he has been playing is just not cutting it. Hopefully he has been working this offseason and will come out next season ready to actually play like a winner. The Wizards are slowly putting the pieces together. My expectations are that Markieff can give us what we need. If this does not happen then he is wasting the Wizards’ time and money.

Dwight Howard Is Gearing Up For Playing In DC By Going To…. China?

Basketball Society Online – Currently, in China, Howard took to Instagram live and made a trip to a shopping mall. While there, he went to a faux ski wintery mix element where he put on a winter coat and walked around before sitting on a ride that had the eight-time all-star suspended from the air.

Sounds like summer fun while also preparing for the East Coast elements in the Washington, D.C. area. Howard, a native of Atlanta Georgia has never played NBA basketball in a cold city with stops with the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets.

Dwight Howard is continuing to live his best life while making round in the Southeast Division – the division with arguable the best weather in the NBA. You can maybe make a case for the Pacific in the West with 4 out of 5 teams being in California, but the weather in Phoenix is set to rise above 100 degrees the next three days. 100 degrees is a 100 degrees no matter what, even if it is a dry heat.

Regardless, we all could only ever hope to live a life as unbothered as Dwight does.

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Redskins Preseason Week 4 vs. Ravens – Battle of the Beltway

The final week of the preseason takes the Redskins north to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. RGIII will face his former team for the first time looking to win the backup role to Joe Flacco. But RGIII isn’t the only one competing for a spot.

LB Zach Vigil vs. LB Martrell Spaight – Both players were on the roster at some point last year but only one will start the 2018 on it. Vigil did an okay enough job filing in for the injured Mason Foster and Will Compton last year, but Spaight has special teams upside.

WR Brian Quick vs. WR Cam Sims vs. WR Trey Quinn – In a perfect world, Gruden would keep all three guys. Gruden has been pretty coy about his plans for WR, which may be the deepest position on the team. It’s more likely that one will make the team and the rest will be cut or placed on the practice squad if eligible.

RB Rob Kelley vs. RB Samaje Perine – Both backs will see a lot of action tonight to determine who is the primary backup to Adrian Peterson. Between lack of production and fumbles for each respectively, neither player is a lock to make this team.

Fun Fact: Kevin Hogan and Connor Jessop will get the nods behind center tonight. Both grew up in Northern Virginia.

Kickoff is 7:30 pm ET.

Game 134-In case you missed it…Nats lose 8-6

Nats love to lose these types of games.

Turner and Soto initially gave the fans hope with a big 3rd inning.

Gio continues to disappoint

Nats were able to tie things back up but then some questionable Davey decisions…

Phillies grab runs in the 7th and 8th and snap the Nats winning streak.

Next Game:

Friday 7:05PM ET vs. Brewers

TBD vs. Roark (8-13, 3.95 ERA)

It’s DARON Payne And You’d Better Get Used To It

Sam Darnold is sacked by Da'Ron Payne during the Jets' 15-13 preseason loss Thursday night.
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ESPN – He’s not here to give snappy quotes or provide witty comments. Someone other than Washington Redskins rookie nose tackle Daron Payne can provide that entertainment. That is a good thing, because that’s not what Payne wants to do anyway.

Look at his first preseason action two weeks ago against the New York Jets. He took on double teams without losing ground; he won a one-on-one battle for a sack; he strung out runs, allowing linebackers to make plays.

“It’s the quiet ones you’ve got to worry about,” teammate and defensive end Ziggy Hood said.

….

Payne is quiet enough that he didn’t want to speak up at Alabama when an apostrophe was inserted into his first name, turning him into Da’Ron. He was listed that way from his freshman season through this past year.

“Just overnight one day it ended up with an apostrophe,” he said. “I never said nothing for a minute and then I finally said something. … I didn’t think too much about it. My agent called me and was like, ‘Do you want it or not?’ And I said no.”

 

Great article by ESPN’s John Keim on Daron Payne. I’ve always been high on Payne as a player, but as someone who has had their last name mispronounced for 25 years without bothering to correct anyone, Payne becomes much more relatable as a person. You’ve got to love a guy who does not worry about something trivial as a spelling error. 

On the field, He’s earned praise from the veteran leader of the Washington defense, Josh Norman, comparing Payne and Jon Allen to Kawaan Short and Star Lotulelei from his days playing in Carolina.

“Young, sprout and just ready to go,” Norman said. “When they played, it was a difference. They moved men. They’d get to a quarterback and he was able to throw it blind sometimes and get it out of their hands faster than they wanted to. That’s when DBs make plays on the ball. Those two guys remind me of them. They’re shorter impact tanks. I look at that and I love it.

Daron, Da’Ron, doesn’t matter. Names aside, Payne is only concerned more important things like sacking quarterbacks and becoming a dominating lineman. 

 

 

106.7’s Chad Dukes to ride Bullpen Cart on Friday

After Dukes was burned by the Nats for scheduling his first pitch to coincide with Kate Ledecky’s (we wrote about that here, the olive branch was extended).

This Friday Dukes will ride the Cart after the 2nd inning as the Nats take on Milwaukee at 7:05PM.

 

Mystics Fall in Game 2, Delle Donne Helped Off the Court

Heartbreaker in Game 2, PLUS this:

Game 3 is this Friday at 8PM ET

Game 133-In case you missed it…Nats win 5-4

Scherzer vs. Nola again.

Milestone Max

Phils strike first with Odubel

Alfaro with a bomb as well

Wild play in the 7th

Mark Reynolds thrown out…twice?

Rendon with the go-ahead in the 9th!

Final line for:

Nola: 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1ER, 2BB’s, 8 K’s

Scherzer: 5 innings, 3 ER, 5 K’s

Wild way to lose for Phillies

Next Game:

Tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET

Gio (7-11, 4.35 ERA) vs. Arrieta (9-9, 3.37 ERA)

Game 132-In case you missed it…Nats win 5-3

Strasburg’s second start after coming back from injury.

Wieters with a bomb

Eaton adds more in the 6th

Overall Strasburg pitched well

Miller with the save in the 9th and that’s all she wrote for Game 1.

Next Game:

Today at 7:05 PM ET

Scherzer (16-6, 2.13 ERA) vs. Nola (15-3, 2.13 ERA)

Redskins’ 53 Man Roster Projection 1.0

Offense


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Quarterbacks: Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

No surprises here. Smith was always going to be the starter and McCoy is a backup who can get you through 5-6 games without ruining your season should QB1 go down. As much as Kevin Hogan would be a nice addition to this team, he is the odd man out as the Skins’ usually only carry 2 QB’s on the roster.


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Running Backs: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley, Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine

No surprises here either. Byron Marshall will be the odd man out. Injuries will likely mean the coaching staff elects to keep 5 backs.

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md. After five seasons in Dallas, Claiborne is getting a fresh start with the New York Jets and focused on staying healthy and being a No. 1 cornerback for his new team. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Wide Receivers: Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Cam Sims

Doctson is the incumbent WR1, with Richardson opposite him and Crowder holding down the slot. Harris has impressed throughout training camp and will earn a spot. Sims has performed well in preseason action edging out Brian Quick. Mr. Irrelevant, Trey Quinn, hasn’t done much to separate him self from the pack.


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Tight Ends: Josh Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

Reed, when healthy, is an elite tight end. Davis is also a reliable target who can fill in as a starter should Reed go down (Reed has never played 16 games in his professional career). Sprinkle has been solid this offseason and no one else has done much to challenge him for the third TE spot.

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Offensive Line: Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Geron Christian Sr., Tyler Catalina, Ty Nseke, Kyle Kalis  

When healthy, this is a top line in the league. It will be interesting to see whether the coaching staff elects to keep 8 linemen like last year or add another for depth purposes. The latter seems more likely.

Defense

Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne
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Defensive line: Jon Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Tim Settle, Anthony Lanier II, Ziggy Hood

This defensive line will be young and hungry. With the exception of Hood, everyone on this line will be 25 years old or younger.

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Inside Linebackers: Zach Brown, Mason Foster, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Martrell Spaight, Shaun Dion Hamilton

Zach Vigil looks to be the odd man out here. Spaight has shown improvement this preseason and can play on special teams, while Hamilton is a raw prospect that can develop into a starter. These four guys will see plenty of action this week against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Outside Linebackers: Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, Ryan Anderson, Pernell McPhee

Not much to say here, this is likely to be the strongest unit on defense with Kerrigan and Smith returning. McPhee was added this offseason to boost depth.


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Cornerbacks: Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, Adonis Alexander, Danny Johnson, Greg Stroman

A young group led by Norman. Dunbar and Moreau are no surprises. Alexander has the size and speed to play safety as well. Johnson has made the most of his opportunities in preseason action. Greg Stroman will look to immediately contribute as a return man on special teams.

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Safeties: D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson, Deshazor Everrett, Troy Apke, Quin Blanding

Washington would be best suited to keep 5 safeties as Apke may need more time to develop as a backup and a little competition from Blanding might help speed things along.

Special Teams

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Special Teams: Dustin Hopkins (K), Tress Way (P), Nick Sundberg (LS)

Again, no surprises here. This unit returns from last year.

MLB.com has Tanner Roark as the Nats “Most Overlooked Player”

Really? Tanner Roark? He of the terrible June and July? Don’t get me wrong, Roark has had a SICK August, but most overlooked? How about most forgettable/boring?

Roark is…fine. He’s a solid 4/5 guy in the rotation who will give you between 4.50-5.00 ERA and 10-12 wins a season.

I still think a guy like Rendon gets overlooked on a yearly basis for the production/glove he brings.

THIS is Tanner at his very best:

 

Barry Svrluga Writes Piece on Re-signing Bryce

Here is a link to the piece

As we try and do, if you have run out of free views on Washington Post articles here are some of the highlights:

On Scott Boras (Bryce’s agent): 

Only one team can talk to Harper about his 2019 destination, and that’s Washington. Yes, we know Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, typically prefers to take his clients all the way to free agency so he can engage 30 potential bidders, not just one. But two quick reminders: Boras works for Harper, not the other way around. And the Nationals already did a prior-to-free agency extension with one Boras client, right-hander Stephen Strasburg, so they have navigated territory that’s uncharted by most front offices and ownership groups.

On the possibility of forgoing the re-signing:

To be clear, this isn’t a no-brainer from the team’s perspective. There are front office executives and scouts for other clubs who believe the Nationals could roll out a 2019 outfield of Juan Soto in left, Victor Robles in center and Adam Eaton in right — with Michael A. Taylor around should uber-prospect Robles stumble — and compete for a division title. It’s a viable — and incredibly cheap — outfield, and that would allow the Nationals flexibility to pursue their other obvious 2019 needs: a catcher, a second baseman, starting pitching and bullpen help.

On Harper’s Body of Work:

Look, too, not just at this season, but at the body of work. Since 2012, when Harper came up as a 19-year-old, he has a .900 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, a figure that encompasses an MVP season and some swoons. But as a whole, here are the active players in that time with at least 2,000 plate appearances who outpace him: Mike Trout (.998), Joey Votto (.961), Miguel Cabrera (.940), Paul Goldschmidt (.938), Giancarlo Stanton (.923) and Kris Bryant (.906). Every single one of those players is older than Harper.

The fan’s pitch to Bryce:

There’s a way to appeal to Harper right now, and it’s this: We need you and we want you, Bryce. We’re going to win a World Series right here. Here’s a 10-year deal worth $280 million. That trails only Stanton in total sum, but it trumps him in average annual value. We’ll include a no-trade clause so you know you can raise your family here, but we’ll also throw in opt-outs — after, say, years four and five — so you could reenter free agency if money continues to flow into the sport and you perform as we believe you will. And that’s MVP-caliber, Bryce. We think you’re a Hall of Famer, and you’ll go in wearing that Curly W.

This will definitely be discussed pretty much every day until we find out what Bryce is going to do.

Monday Morning DC Sports Roundup 8/27/18

Time to go back to work, hopefully we can help distract you for a bit before you start on those emails.

Redskins

Adrian Peterson’s debut went well.

Twitter Reactions to AP

As for the Skins as a whole, preseason is preseason. Some good, some bad.

Broncos Beat Redskins in Preseason Week 3-recap

Nationals

Highs and lows last week, this weekend started off terrible with back-to-back shutout losses

Game 129

Game 130

But FINALLY, after 32 consecutive innings, the Nats pulled off not only scoring a run but also demolished the Mets.

Game 131

Still not looking great playoff-wise.

Wizards

Nothing super eventful. We dropped a few Wall blogs.

John Wall Summer of Separation Vid

John Wall-Supernova

Capitals

Just waiting to kick off the hunt for back-to-back Cups.

Other Notes

Shout-out to the Mystics!!

Be sure to check out the debut of our podcast (should already be on iTunes, or will be soon)

Episode 1

Happy Monday Party People.

Game 131-In case you missed it…Nats win 15-0

What in the world just happened….

Jefry gave the Nats a great start.

The Nats scoreless streak ended at 32 innings.

Herrera pitched in the 9th and left early due to injury running to first after fielding a ground ball.

Didn’t need all 15, but a win is a win. It would be nice to string a few more of these together…

Next Game:

Tomorrow 7:05PM ET

Strasburg (6-7, 4.23 ERA) vs. Eflin (9-4, 3.93 ERA)

John Wall: Supernova

This is exactly what we need from the 27 year old; a supernova. We need the star to explode. Let’s not forget who we are dealing with. This is the same player who shocked the world in his one year spent at the University of Kentucky. With dazzling performances he pretty much left people’s jaws on the floor.

So why exactly is John Wall not still shocking the world? I believe it is due to being too comfortable. John Wall has been in the league for 8 seasons. His numbers over the years have been pretty consistent.

Why can John Wall not cross the threshold into superstardom? He is an all-star, which should not go unnoticed. But John Wall has shown glimpses into the depth of his skill level. Here is a taste of said glimpses:

I believe John Wall to be in the top 3 point guards  in the league. However, going to and watching Wizards games it seems as though John Wall just is not trying hard on a consistent basis. Sometimes he just does not make an impact out there. It is pretty impressive that he can be as good as he is without looking like he is trying his hardest. (The T-Mac effect)

John Wall needs the mentality of Kobe Bryant. Now, maybe John Wall is not going to have the legacy of Kobe Bryant. He is clearly one in a million. But my question is, why not? Why can’t John Wall leave a legacy behind him. John Wall needs to go his hardest at all times.

If this happens, I believe we are in for something special. If it does not, I believe John Wall will fade into the NBA as just another “good” player who’s star eventually burnt out…

Quick Hits: Broncos Beat Redskins 29-17 in Preseason Game 3

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Game 3 of the preseason is always the most interesting from a fan’s standpoint because this is the game where starters play more than they normally would. Rather than a long boring recap, I wanted to touch on a few points to watch out for as the season continues.

Offense

Alex Smith – 3/8 passing, 33 yards. Not exactly what you want from your starting QB, albeit against a very good Broncos secondary. It looks like the Smith is still working on finding a rhythm with his new corp of receivers – Vernon Davis had 4 targets out of Smith’s 8 passes. We’ll see what happens when Coach Gruden finally opens up the playbook for Smith week 1.

Adrian Peterson – The player everyone had eyes on and there have been no less than 100 articles on him in the last 48 hours. I’ll keep it brief – 11 carries, 56 yards and in less than a half of actions is good. All Day still has a quick step, great vision, and is big enough to fight for extra yards after the contact. He’s played his way into a starting role.

Offensive Line – The good news is that everyone is healthy and if it stays that way, this line will continue to be one of the best in the league.

Simmie Cobbs Jr. – 1 rec, 18 yards, 1 TD. Simmie has gotten more reps with Maurice Harris and Cam Sims out. He is competing for a roster spot with Brian Quick(DNP) and Trey Quinn(1 rec, 2 yards, 4 targets).

Defense

Da’Ron Payne – Payne was Washington’s first round pick and he is playing like it. Payne is big, athletic, and strong. Right now, he’s the run stuffer in the middle of the Skins’ defense but don’t sleep on his pass rushing skills. He’s back playing next to Jon Allen. One of these guys will have to be double teamed and the other is going to be a handful for the poor lineman who has to take him 1-on-1.

Tim Settle – A fellow Hokie, Settle has a special place in my heart. After a great training camp where he forced his way into the defensive line rotation, Settle was the star of the week 1 preseason game against New England. He had a quieter game this week, but did show good push up front and had a pass knockdown.

Side note: One of the picks acquired from Denver in the Su’a Cravens trade was used on Settle.

Quinton Dunbar – Listed as the number 2 corner on this roster, Dunbar beat out Orlando Scandrick for the job. He’s shown some flashes of potential and it will be interesting to see how he develops in his first season starting full time.

Montae Nicholson – I’m not sure what to make of Nicholson. He has the size and speed to be a starting safety (and he will start at FS to begin the season), but he will be tested in coverage often.

Fabian Moreau – I have high hopes for Moreau (see future number 1 corner). With Kendall Fuller shipped away to Kansas City (I’ll bite my tongue on that topic), Moreau is looking to fill into the role nickel cornerback. He has good length and explosive closing speed, as evidenced on the pass break up again Emmanuel Sanders below. Moreau has a ton of potential and should be very exciting to watch grow.

Troy Apke – Apke projects to be a special teamer. He has great straight line speed but is questionable in coverage. Apke is a player on the bubble, he will get a lot of snaps next week.

Special Teams

Tress Way – Still one of the best punters in the league. Full stop.

In conclusion, there is no need to overreact to this overall ugly game by the Burgundy and Gold. There were bright spots, there were bad spots, but that is what the preseason is for. Many key players were out: Zach Brown, Chris Thompson, Jordan Reed, etc. The d-line and pass rush will be great this year and hopefully mask any shortcoming in the secondary. The offense still needs to find it’s identity but Smith has yet to see live action with all his weapons available (Crowder and Doctson sat out). This team has a few kinks to work out.