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3 days, 14 hours ago on Erik Prince: Blackwater Founder, Free Market Condottiero
It has been obvious by the their uninspired play this year that there was something wrong with the chemistry of this team. Clippard, who has been one of the few players who hasn't been a disappointment this year, publicly sniping at management is merely the first time any of the players have openly admitted it.
Too bad he is wrong about Storen. The guy is getting paid over $2 million this year to get batters out. It doesn't matter whether that happens in the 9th inning or the 7th or 8th, he is supposed to be a professional. It's time he sucked it up and started acting like one--starting with telling his father to keep his comments off of Twitter.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Washington Nationals are disintegrating before our very eyes
And what exactly is going to knock a team back into a winning rhythm that has 1). a banged up rotation with now two reliable starters, 2). a suspect bullpen in which even the vetrean stalwarts blow games with distressing regularity, 3). one of the least productive lineups in the game, 4). an absolutely horrible bench, 5). no MLB-ready organizational depth whatsoever, 6). the second highest error total in the NL, and 7). its two biggest stars one the DL likely for up to another month? Even Starsburg and Harper coming back fully healthy (a big if) can't overcome all of that.
I hate to say it as much as anyone, but the Nats are not only not a good team right now but are in fact terrible. An above .500 season finish even seems to be in jeopardy.
6 months ago on Nats Unable To Build Momentum In Blowout By Mets
On the other hand, the Rays did my team, The Nats, a big favor by dumping off Elijah Dukes off on them. The Nats learned from that debacle and for the most part (other than Rob Dibble's brief reign or error in the broadcast booth) have been relatively jerk-free since then.
6 months ago on Why I'm Not Rooting For the Rays Anymore
Panic? Oh, hell no. This action was not only long overdue, but it didn't go far enough. The Nats still have major dead wood in Tyler Moore and Chad Tracy occupying bench spots--and the only reason to keep Roger Bernadina around for much longer is his excellent defense. By waiting so long to pull the trigger, especially on Espinosa, the Nats may well have blown their chances to go the playoffs this year.
6 months ago on Nationals make three roster moves, panic setting in?
There is another group who is getting screwed here: non-sports fans who wouldn't watch even if the teams were good. Why should they be forced ti subsidize this crap? And I say that as a sports fan.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on CSN Houston Illustrate Fragile Nature Of Growing Sports Regional Bubble
While it was indeed pretty clear that Gio didn't have his best stuff and it is true that the Marlins' roster stinks, he got better as the game went along AND he tied Giancarlo Stanton up in knots rather than just pitching around him. If this is how Gio pitches when he isn't feeling well and the conditions are awful, he's going to be just fine.
8 months ago on Nationals Earn Win No. 2 With The Help Of Gio Gonzalez's Arm and Bat
As a Nats fan from the beginning, one thing I will note is that Ryan Zimmerman never really seemed comfortable as "the face of the franchise." He just isn't that kind of personality. One thing you didn't mention is that Harper is now batting third in the order, which had been Zimmerman's spot almost since he first came up. The torch has already been passed, and Harper is primed for a monster season.
As fo Zim, I imagine he'll just keep doing what he's always done--lead by example in his quiet manner, and I'm sure he won't mind most of the attention going to Harper as long as it puts him in position to win a championship,
8 months ago on Is Bryce Harper Ready to Be an MVP for the Nationals? | April | 2013 Articles
It isn't just ESPN that is going all out in trolling for the "lowest common denominator," it is nearly every channel. It started with MTV years ago and has spread everywhere from CNN to the History Channel to Discovery to lately even The Weather Channel and its incredible overhype every time a snowflake hits the pavement somewhere.
This is the modern era of idiot-driven American television, and it is just going to get worse.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The Bill Simmons Twitter suspension hides ESPN's real issues | March | 2013
C'mon Italy! Knock the U.S. team out already so these guys can go back to their Spring Training camps where they belong.
9 months ago on Adrian Gonzalez, Yovani Gallardo, and Mexico shock USA with 5-2 win | March | 2013 Articles
@JW920 I'm what you would call a "lefty" and my perception is that, gay or not, Te'o is way overrated and will wash out within three years, unlike many Tebow fans who think he should play regardless of the fact that he sucks.
9 months, 1 week ago on Mark May's tweets are the ESPN echo chamber at its worst | February | 2013
The truth here (as it often does) lies somewhere in the middle. While it is stupid to advocate that a GM who drafts Te'o in the first round should be fired, Te'o himself showed in the championship game that he is overrated and not worthy of being picked that high. That said, enough already with a player who has already become as annoying as Tebow in terms of the imbalance of talent versus ESPN blabbering about him.
"I'm not damning Rodriguez for this personally"
Why not? If this were the only negative thing he had ever been involved with in his career, I'd be willing to give him a pass. But he seems to be EXACTLY the kind of guy who would set up a bogus charity to make himself look like he "cares."
9 months, 1 week ago on Alex Rodriguez's foundation gave 1% of funds to charities in 2006 | February | 2010 Articles
Danny's injured rotator cuff is the biggest concern heading into this season. Of course, if he takes a Desmond-like jump in his performance and becomes an All Start, the Nats will have the best young middle infield in baseball.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on X-Factor: Washington Nationals | February | 2013 Articles
Maybe the problem is that he has subconsciously come to the realization that he is just as horrible an actor as the crappy movies he makes indicates that he is.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Seriously, What the Hell Is Going on With Shia LaBeouf? – Flavorwire
The Washington Nationals did the same thing in 2007 & 2008 (though the '07 team played much better than expected). The result was two worst in the MLB finishes in '08 and '09 that turned into top draft picks named Strasburg and Harper. Last year, of course, the strategy paid off big time.
10 months ago on Are the Houston Astros an embarrassment? | February | 2013 Articles
@UnitedWhofans Not only that, but the PED users managed to completely blow up some of baseball's most cherished records. Maris and Aaron, for example, were both replaced by Bonds, who in addition to being a PED user was one of the most dislikable players of his generation. Baseball fans can easily see how PEDs hurt their game. With football, the negative effects are not nearly so obvious.
10 months ago on Why do PEDs get so little attention in football? | February | 2013
Had Oher instead been adopted by a black stepmother, the movie never would have been made at all. Good for him for distancing himself from such a wretched example of Hollywood's overly sentimental, "white savior" garbage.
10 months, 1 week ago on Michael Oher is tired of answering questions about The Blind Side | January | 2013
She's a med student--egads with her lack of common sense I hope I never get treated by her. What a sniveling little crybaby.
10 months, 1 week ago on A Duke fan did not enjoy her experience at last week's Miami game | January | 2013
Wait a minute...ESPN hires journalists and not just opinionated, know-nothing blowhards? That's news to me.
10 months, 1 week ago on Kevin Blackistone thinks ESPN shouldn't hire Ray Lewis | January | 2013