It's my 100th post, so I figured I'd have a nice, big and exciting headline. Unfortunately, my dog ate it. I don't actually have a dog, so I'll just say I left it at Subway. Whatever.
So to the news-you've probably heard this from 400 people by now, but the Redskins traded a 2nd rounder in the 2009 draft and a 6th rounder in the 2010 draft for DE Jason Taylor, who will replace the injured Phillip Daniels. Hog Heaven put it nicely in terms of what to expect: a contract extension, poor run defense and a bunch of sacks (click the link to read up in-depth). John Clayton of ESPN also had nice things to say from the Skins' standpoint. I'm pleased...a 2nd and 6th rounder isn't a whole lot to pay for a good DE, even if he's 34.
As the headline suggests, the Nats scored two touchdowns (one with an extra point and one with a two-point conversion) today. Or 5 field goals. Or 4 safeties and a field goal. Or one touchdown (with an extra point), two field goals and a safety. Or (insert another combination here). No matter how you put it, the Nats scored 15 runs today in their win against Atlanta. Flores led the way with 5 hits. Willie Harris (I'll start calling him Willie Mo, as he's 4th on the team in homers. That way when I said at the beginning of the year that Wily Mo would be a beast in the Nats lineup, I can still take credit. And wow, this is a long thought enclosed in parenthesis) had two hits (one of which was a homer), 3 walks and 5 RBI. AK-25 (Austin Kearns' new nickname, shorter thought enclosed in parenthesis) scored 5 runs and tallied 3 hits (and one homer) to go with a walk and 2 RBI. Even Fail-ipe had a nice day, going 3-4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI.
I think Austin's back. He's hitting the ball hard every at bat, whether he gets a hit or not (hitting .327/.414/.531 since his return on July 3). This is the kinda player I want on my team-good hitting, great defense and good hustle. Now if we can sign his best bud, Adam Dunn, in the offseason, we might be in business!
Another note-is anyone else intrigued by Milwaukee's trade for Ray Durham? It (theoretically) cuts Rickie Weeks' playing time. Weeks is young enough (only 25 years old) to take a chance on, and he has a ton of potential (still). With top SS prospect Alcides Escobar hitting .338/.367/.443 in AA this year, the Brew Crew could definitely afford to move Weeks (and scoot J.J. Hardy over to 2B in the process...or just scoot Escobar there). I still think it would be a longshot, but worth looking into if the Brewers were interested in a guy like Rauch. Heck, we'll even give them Fail-ipe to split time with Durham in case the Brewers want "tools" in return...Fail-ipe's got a few (speed and ____, plus he is a huge tool himself!). And since we're talking speed, I'll even throw in Johnny Estrada! Talk about legging out an infield single last night! A guy Estrada's size has to love beer and brats, so he must just be incredibly depressed to leave beer and brat world in Milwaukee. Just a thought. And just kidding about Lopez and Estrada, Brewers fans.
Last news-Virginia Tech has released their 2009 home jerseys I had talked about earlier.
One word description: Nikesucks. I like the numbers, but the "sleeves" look horrendous. The "old" jerseys were great. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.