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Trade Harper for a young arm?  Ridiculous.  The Nats need offense, not more pitching.  A lot of the ill will directed towards Harper this season seems to be based on his underwhelming production.  If he gets back to where he was in April of last season before he crashed into the scoreboard in LA, a lot of the garbage talk against him will quiet down.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner

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Oh, so we're not supposed to be suspicious when your CEO, man or woman, fires two of the best underground journalists in the business with no good explanation?  Bull.  I'm just waiting for her to fire The War Nerd at some "defense" contractor's request so I can cancel my subscription and bail on this site completely.

2 months ago on Today in are you kidding me?: Quora question asks how Marissa Mayer was “allowed” to oversleep

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@Todd Dunning  I suspect you wouldn't know a real leftist if Eugene Debs himself was reincarnated and standing right in front of you.  Corporate whores like those employed by Newsweek are hardly any sort of leftists except in the eyes of Fox News watching morons.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Newsweek EIC tells Pando “We’ve hired security to protect our reporter.” Social media head: “We won!”

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Great relaunch there, Newsweek.  You've officially gone from "dead tree" to "toilet paper."  

Looking forward to the second obituary.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Newsweak: Once-great news magazine hypes relaunch by putting a man’s life at risk

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@akhavr  So what does Russia's latest action towards Ukraine have to do with the facts as laid out by this article? 

Sounds like YOU are the troll here.

6 months ago on Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Washington Nationals are disintegrating before our very eyes

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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.


1 year, 2 months ago on Nats Unable To Build Momentum In Blowout By Mets

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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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Why I'm Not Rooting For the Rays Anymore

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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.

1 year, 2 months ago on Nationals make three roster moves, panic setting in?

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on CSN Houston Illustrate Fragile Nature Of Growing Sports Regional Bubble

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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.

1 year, 5 months ago on Nationals Earn Win No. 2 With The Help Of Gio Gonzalez's Arm and Bat

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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,

1 year, 5 months ago on Is Bryce Harper Ready to Be an MVP for the Nationals? | April | 2013 Articles

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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.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Bill Simmons Twitter suspension hides ESPN's real issues | March | 2013

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C'mon Italy!  Knock the U.S. team out already so these guys can go back to their Spring Training camps where they belong.

1 year, 5 months ago on Adrian Gonzalez, Yovani Gallardo, and Mexico shock USA with 5-2 win | March | 2013 Articles

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 @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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Mark May's tweets are the ESPN echo chamber at its worst | February | 2013

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Mark May's tweets are the ESPN echo chamber at its worst | February | 2013

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"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." 

 

1 year, 6 months ago on Alex Rodriguez's foundation gave 1% of funds to charities in 2006 | February | 2010 Articles

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on X-Factor: Washington Nationals | February | 2013 Articles

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Seriously, What the Hell Is Going on With Shia LaBeouf? – Flavorwire

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Are the Houston Astros an embarrassment? | February | 2013 Articles

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 @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. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Why do PEDs get so little attention in football? | February | 2013

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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.

1 year, 7 months ago on Michael Oher is tired of answering questions about The Blind Side | January | 2013

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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. 

1 year, 7 months ago on A Duke fan did not enjoy her experience at last week's Miami game | January | 2013

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Wait a minute...ESPN hires journalists and not just opinionated, know-nothing blowhards?  That's news to me.  

1 year, 7 months ago on Kevin Blackistone thinks ESPN shouldn't hire Ray Lewis | January | 2013

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The headlines including Gio with the other proven PED users connected to that clinic are a disgrace.  Now his name will be forever tainted even if it is confirmed that he did nothing wrong.  Yellow journalism at its worst.

 

1 year, 7 months ago on Gio Gonzalez named in PED report

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"I hit u n a week without knowing ya name" 

 

Seems to me that McCoy has bigger problems than just being an idiot on Twitter.  In fact, "idiot" seems to be his default mode.

1 year, 7 months ago on LeSean McCoy apologizes for Twitter meltdown | January | 2013

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It was the horrific collision Nick had with Austin Kearns near the end of the 2006 season, which knocked him out for all of 2007 and much of 2008 that really derailed his career.  His power never really returned after that.  

1 year, 7 months ago on Nick Johnson retires, never reached his potential | January | 2013 Articles

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The last Expo to leave the Nats was Livan Hernandez at the end of the 2011 season, though Livan left the team for three seasons before returning in late 2009.  Ian Desmond and Roger Bernandina are the last former Expos farm hands still with the organization in DC.

 

Also of note, as of last season 17 former Expos appeared in at least one MLB game.  

1 year, 7 months ago on The Longest-Tenured Players In Baseball

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If the American public really wanted this story to go away, they wouldn't watch the interviews.  Reminds me of the old P.T. Barnum saying that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

 

Te'o clearly seems to be setting himself up to become a reality teevee star when his NFL career inevitably crashes and burns.  The more publicity for him and everyone else involved, the more money they stand to make in the future off of the suckers.

1 year, 7 months ago on Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's first televised interview will be with Dr. Phil | January | 2013

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How many times need it be said: ESPN is to sports what MTV is to music.

1 year, 7 months ago on Today in ridiculous FIrst Take debate topics all about Tim Tebow... | January | 2013

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It's going to be really interesting to hear what Tuiasosopo has to say about all of this.  Somehow, I suspect he isn't going to be willing to just take the fall for his buddy.

1 year, 7 months ago on Manti Te'o's admits to lying in interview with Katie Couric | January | 2013

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I agree that a multiyear deal for Lohse makes no sense, but I am intrigued by the possibility of bringing in Vazquez for a year, especially if he can pitch close to how he pitched in 2011.  What this would really be about for the Nats is insurance in case one of the front line starters goes down for awhile.  As it stands, if Haren or Zimmermann were out for a month or two, they would be trotting out the likes of Zach Duke or Yunesky Maya.  Vazquez in the rotation and Detwiler in the bullpen gives them a ready made solution in case the worst happens.

1 year, 7 months ago on Should the Nationals trade a reliever? | January | 2013 Articles

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A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry ought to be on this list.

1 year, 7 months ago on Essential WWI Novels for 'Downton Abbey' Fans

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 @andrewdaviscmu Hey, I've got $25 million in a Nigerian bank account I need help getting out of the country.  Just send me your personal banking information for the wire transfer and I promise I'll give you half the money.

1 year, 7 months ago on Manti Te'o talked about his girlfriend's passing at the Heisman Trophy presentation after finding out it was a hoax

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Nice summation.  Armstrong has just committed far too many evil acts to be able to win forgiveness with a mere, "my bad."

1 year, 7 months ago on 5 Takeaways from Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey

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"maybe it was that trust and naiveity that was the media's stumbling block all along."

 

It's the pack mentality.  No one in the corporate media wanted to be out on a limb calling Te'o's integrity into question.  Had they tried, there is a decent chance their editors would have shot them down anyway.  That's why it had to fall to a unconventional source like Deadspin to do it.

1 year, 7 months ago on South Bend Tribune writer speaks out about his trust of Manti Te'o

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"Why would Manti Te'o repeatedly talk about losing his girlfriend after finding out it wasn't true?"

 

Obviously, because he knew it wasn't true all along and by that point was so wrapped up in the lie that he couldn't help himself.

1 year, 7 months ago on Manti Te'o talked about his girlfriend's passing at the Heisman Trophy presentation after finding out it was a hoax

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Proving once again that it's not news, it's CNN.  I read BR for awhile until I caught on to the fact that I often knew more about a particular subject than the person writing about it for the site. Imagine the outrage had CNN announced that its sports content would now be provided by random bloggers with no credentials--but that is essentially what they are doing.

1 year, 7 months ago on CNN-SI fallout may lead to domino effect across industry

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Whoever wrote that Sun Times passage ought to be fired.  Not only is it fiction, it's bad fiction at that.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Manti Te'o mystery only produces questions, not answers

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It will be really interesting to see how badly his draft status gets hit by this, especially after he whiffed so badly in the championship game.  I'm guessing he drops out of the first round at the very least.  He won't go to jail because he didn't break any laws, but this is likely going to cost him millions.

1 year, 7 months ago on Real Tweets from Real (?) People - The Manti Te'o Hoax

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"Need help with a new twitter handle...Any suggestions???" 

 

Yeah, how about "TPlushPlayingIndyLeaugueBall"  Or is that too long?

1 year, 7 months ago on Nyjer Morgan's Twitter account may have been hacked by a girlfriend he cheated on

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You forgot a particularly notorious example: when Gilbert Gottfried lost his cushy gig as the voice of the AFLAC duck after making horrifically tasteless tweet jokes about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

 

The signal to noise ratio on Twitter is about a million to one.  Yeah, it has it's uses for real reporters breaking news, although even THAT can be dangerous given the number of hoaxes that have reported as real news recently and had to subsequently be retracted.  Fact is as has been shown time and time again, many people would be better served to keep their spur-of-the-moment inner thoughts from becoming a manner of permanent public record.

 

1 year, 7 months ago on Is Steve Czaban right that Twitter is "too damn dangerous"?

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My guess is that Storen is now trade bait along with Morse (and maybe even a prospect or two), perhaps for another starting pitcher.  That would result in Ross Detwiler moving back to the pen, where he fills the need for a lefty while providing insurance in case a rotation member goes down.

1 year, 7 months ago on Rafael Soriano signs with Nationals | January | 2013 Articles

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Glad to see Desmond getting some love.  He also dramatically improved his fielding to the point where he was a Gold Glove finalist last year.

1 year, 7 months ago on TOC Top Ten: Shortstops | January | 2013 Articles

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I've made the point on several of the Nats' comment boards that the team's depth has been at least as important to its success this year as the rotation.  Organizationally, they are loaded at nearly every position, which is amazing given where they were even three years ago.  When you add up Strasburg, Harper, Zimmerman, Zimmermann, Werth, Gonzalez, Desmond, Espinosa, Ramos, Detwiler, Storen, Clippard, Lombardozzi, Moore, Rendon, Meyer & Goodwin, that is an incredible core of 17 players who are either young and/or under team control for three or more years.  Even if several of them succumb to injury or ineffectiveness, there is no reason to believe that as a group they will not be among the best teams in baseball for years to come.   

2 years ago on The Nats Haven't Been 100% All Year, With Or Without Strasburg | August

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It was a statement game in that it woke up the baseball world to the fact that the Nats had outscored every team in the NL since the All Star break even before last night and their reputation as a light hitting team is no longer deserved.

2 years ago on Nats Dominate In San Francisco, Expand Division Lead To 5.5 Games | August

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"while also giving away starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez"

 

I am SO glad to see that guy go.  He just absolutely KILLED the Nats and was a big reason why Florida had dominated them so completely prior to this year.  If Florida had SMART management, which they don't, they would have given Sanchez a contract extension him just for that reason alone now that the Nats will likely be the team to beat in the NL East for years to come.

2 years ago on The Race For The NL East Pennant With Eight Weeks Left | August

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The pitching has been great, and let's give a shout out to the defense as well.  The team has been laying down some leather behind their pitchers, especially in the infield.  One of the reasons I'm sure J-Zimm is usually content to pitch to contact rather than try to blow batters away is he knows most of those ground balls will be scooped up and thrown to first.  Yes, their offense is merely average at best, but that's all it has to be.

2 years ago on Nats Sweep Series With Astros Behind More Great Pitching | August

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The true pessimists can focus on the NL Wild Card race, where the Nats are currently up by 8 games, but play St. Louis, the number three team in the race, seven times yet this season.

2 years ago on The Two-Team NL East | August

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