Sunday, July 20, 2008

Skins trade for Taylor, Nats celebrate with football-like score

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.


  1. Couldn't agree more about the jerseys. Of course, a lot of that is driven by my visceral loathing of the swoosh and the Third World sweatshops it evokes. But it and they are not going away any time soon, so I guess I'll just have to putter along in auto-loathe.

  2. Sean: I think I'm going to have to become a Redskins fan this season because of Jason Taylor. He's one fine lookin' man! OK, sometimes I DO pick my faves based on lame-o dance contests, but what's not to LOVE when it comes to JT? Quick Question: Did you ever get your Pop'rs? What did you think of them? I'd really appreciate it if you blogged about the experience, especially if you liked them! Not that I'm trying to get a free plug for my brother-in-law, but...

  3. At least VT is getting paid handsomely to wear the ugly jerseys.

    Veggie Mom-I got them last week and haven't been home a whole lot to try them yet (other than the cocoa on ice cream, which was pretty darn good). I'll post something about them once I try the Taco flavor...probably by the end of the week.


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