49ers at Redskins – Game Preview

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Stevie and Joe discuss what the Redskins need to do to win/dominate the 49ers on Sunday and what the issues will be if they lose. With Shannahan and Garcon returning to face their former team both will be hungry to get the 49ers into the win column for the first time in 2017. The Redskins are the better team, they should win, but this is DC after all and the city is still disoriented after another game five Nationals loss at home… a Redskins win would be the perfect chaser to get us all feeling just a little bit better. Two life-long 49ers fans join the show as well, but ultimately the general thought is the Redskins should win. Stevie like this to be a high scoring game, Joe thinks the opposite… time will tell! Hail to the Redskins! (…looking ahead, don’t miss FP and LP covering the game live from FedEx Field including a post-game fan call-in show to wrap up things on Sunday night.)

Be Encouraged Redskins Fans; 2-2 is O.K.

*side note; Marcus Peters should be immediately fined suspended by the NFL for kneeling sitting in protest during the National Anthem on Monday Night a day after the deadliest shooting in America took place in Las Vegas. What exactly are protesting you idiot? The police saved lives by running into harms way in Vegas, and Peters can’t be bothered to stand or at least kneel? The NFL is in trouble finished if they don’t stop this nonsense from continuing. Shame on YOU Marcus Peters, you sir, are a disgrace.

Now, the Redskins…

The Redskins fell to the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Monday Night Football but several Redskins fans found themselves asking a confusing question… what is a catch? The NFL for several years now has struggled to explain why a runner crossing the end zone line with the ball is deemed “in” for a touchdown regardless of what happens the split second after while a receiver who catches a ball and lands inbounds isn’t afford the same courtesy.

Last night, on a 3rd and 2 late in the game the Redskins opted to take a shot at the end zone. Josh Doctson ran an excellent route, turned to find the ball, caught it with two hands, twisted, landed, but was considered to not have completed the catch. But he caught it, with two hands, tucked it, had a knee and arm down BEFORE the ball came out? Doesn’t matter. The NFL has no idea why it isn’t a catch except for the refs say so. If the refs had called it a catch it probably wouldn’t have been overturned on account that the ground can’t cause a fumble, but in the end, the refs said no-catch, and that was it. Game decided by a referee enforcing a subjective rule that nobody understands.


Ultimately, the Redskins lost this game for more reasons than one, and for not making more plays than just this one. The defense couldn’t get off the field in the second half and eventually fatigue set in and the Chiefs were able to run effectively. The Redskins dominated the first 25 minutes of the game but were dominated and beat soundly the rest of the way.

The Redskins are clearly missing the production lost from offensive players that have moved on to different teams but this core group can still play and score and run an effective game plan as installed by the coaches. The defense played extremely well until the final frame but suffered at least six injuries including Josh Norman with a fractured rib. If Norman misses extended time, the secondary will struggle without an extra body to help out which means one less body to rush the opposing QB’s.

Most Redskins fans would have accepted an offer to guarantee the Skins would be 2-2 headed in to their bye week and that is exactly where the team is now. Before the season started several of us here at DTC and in DC feared this team wouldn’t be able to compete and would end up winning five games or less… today, after a tough loss, the playoffs are definitely within reach and the Redskins have proven they have the defense to slow down any offense and they will be in the mix to win EVERY game this season without exception. Be encouraged ‘skins fans!

Hail to the Redskins!

An American in England

In America, sports are life. Abroad sports are really expensive, and kinda weird too.

 

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Growing up in the United States, I was always surrounded by sports.  I grew up playing soccer from a very young age.  My dad was born and raised in Egypt which may have had a huge impact on him teaching both my brother and myself the skills and purpose of soccer while we were toddlers.  As we got older, he taught us not to use our hands to touch the soccer ball, he taught us to work as a team, he taught us how every player and position on a team is important no matter what.  These values were instilled in us since we were little and carried over into our youth, teenage, and adult sports lives.

 

It wasn’t just him though that taught us these values and lessons.  It was all the coaches, senior players, sports channels and competitions around us going on that pushed us to be better.  These skills we then took into our professional lives and incorporated into our jobs and friendships.  We learned how to help others that couldn’t help themselves.  We learned how to lead and take ownership when things didn’t go our way.  We learned never to give up because of how “big” or “tough” our opponent was.

 

So what is the point of all this?  It’s because I no longer live in America.  I no longer live in a country where sports are a massive part of my life.  I don’t work in a school that competes against other schools in several different sports like: basketball, American football, cross country, volleyball, baseball, and so many other sports.  Yes sports are played in schools and there are competitions, but they last only a few weeks and that is it.  The main sport is soccer, or football as it is called in the rest of the world including here in England.

 

This is the main sport that is really pushed for children to play.  There are other sports such as rugby, general athletics, tennis, cricket and netball that is played, but the attitude and competition is not as heavily focused on.  Hopefully this will give an understanding of why my worldview and opinion is what it is.

 

In America, I remember only having basic cable in one of my rooms from an old t.v.  But I also remember watching American Football games and basketball games in the evening before I went to bed.  On Sundays I remember watching hours of American Football after church with my friends at either someone’s house or at a sports bar.  I remember spending countless hours watching Baseball and American Football or Basketball, or overlaps of those sports come playoff time for some.  There was an endless selection to watch.

 

This was when we just had cable.  It started with ESPN, then ESPN2 then HTS, MASN, and so many other sports channels were added.  These were all included in our package.  I am aware that now there is NFL Pass and NBA and NHL passes to watch your favorite teams and more games.  But this is in addition to quite a few games already easily available and accessible.  At the time (about nine years ago now) the cost was about $60 a month just for cable without the additional passes.

 

Living in England now, it is completely opposite.  Yes there are sports and after the 2012 olympics there has been a push to get more clubs and different sports introduced to children, but it is not as televised.  In order to watch similar sports like in America, you have to purchase Sky Sports or BT Sports.  Depending on t.v. packages this can cost the equivalent to about $35 just for a few sports channels.  Understandable as well is that because of the five hour time difference between England and the East Coast of America, games start anywhere from 8pm here to midnight.  If a game lasts two hours, I would be awake until 2am and then have to wake up early for work.

 

For me the issue is the price paid for the amount of sports content provided.  If my t.v. package was £50 a month, and add another £25, I’m spending more money just for a few more sports.  There is an ESPN network here, but focused more on the British type sports as I mentioned above (with F1 and cycling included).

 

I guess I wanted more “free” sports to watch to push my children to be more competitive.  I want them to have more options and a variety of sports rather than be limited.  I want them to be pushed by coaches and teammates to better themselves.  I watch an EPL highlight show with them called Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2 with them.  This is just focused on football (soccer) and I watch and analyse what goes on with them.  These matches are aired on Sky Sports and BT Sports, and I am not paying the additional money just to watch matches on the weekend and occasionally during the week (unlike NBA, MLB and NFL games which are usually on daily from what I remember).

 

The push for sports is very different.  Where we have sports bars, they have pubs that televise soccer games (rugby as well is starting to grow in our area).  Where we have schools competing in numerous sports from a young age, they have the same, but on a smaller scale.  Where we had free sports daily, the only free sports we get are cup games (in soccer) or athletics.

 

It is not the fact that it is so different, it is just that it is not what I am used to.  I am not used to the sports that are aired, but it has taken me time to get into them and I will watch them, when they are aired for free at home.  I could go to the pubs to watch, but I’m used to watching sports from the comfort of my own home.

 

Overall I’m indifferent, now, to sports being aired here and which sports I consume.  I watch highlights on Match of the Day and Youtube channels for American sports.  What I miss is the constant sports news about what I am interested in.  If you’re just into soccer mainly and have the channels, great.  If you grew up in a culture where sports was so prevalent in almost every conversation from middle school to your professional career, then you will notice something is missing. And that something is very expensive if you want to have it back.

 

In short, my kids will view sports as a smaller part of their lives than I did. Sports outside of America just aren’t as important to the general public. Sports figures in America have real power because they are seen and heard my millions of people on a daily basis. I miss watching sports, I miss playing sports, but living abroad it just isn’t as important to me anymore and too expensive to keep up with. Don’t take your sports for granted America… and to the athletes that play them, you have a real platform and real power, be careful how you chose to use it.

Redskins Prepared with PERFECT Game Plan

On a day in the NFL marked by various forms of protest the Redskins pulled together and played a complete game. We typically don’t like to mix sports and politics but when the politicians comment on sports and the athletes comment on politics it is all in-bounds to some degree. For right now however, let’s focus on the Redskins on the field performance.

It has been a long long time since our Washington Redskins dominated a team from start to finish as they did last night in a prime time spot in the national spotlight. Well, it happened last year against the Packers but that was promptly followed by a stinker against the Panthers… so what will happen next week against Kansas City? The answer will define the rest of our season.

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On the DTC podcast most of the praise was heaped upon the coaching staff which hasn’t happened in as long as I can remember and which they completely deserved. Coach Gruden had an absolutely perfect game plan installed for the Raiders that was tailored to the Redskins strength and not to the perceived weakness of the the opponent. It worked. It worked really really well. The Redskins ran the ball often and ran it well and as fans is there anything more exciting than watching a parade of elephants, called the offensive line, 35 yards down the field blocking defensive backs at will. The offensive and defensive lines dominated the line of scrimmage from the first play to the last one.

If the Redskins play defense at 75% of the level they did last night they would beat the majority of teams [~80%] the majority of the time [80%] in the league. They didn’t beat the Rams twice, they beat the Rams once, and then silenced a very very good offense holding Crabtree and Cooper to a total of 2 catches for 13 yards! Yes! The defense also pressured Carr all night and sacked him on back to back plays for the first time in several seasons. But improvements are needed on the offensive side of the ball, primarily at the wide receiver position because can the running game be any better than it is right now? Pryor and company must find a way to generate more options for Kirk in addition to the TE’s and RB’s on the roster. Even with limited options, Kirk managed 350 yards and three touchdowns and outplayed the equally paid Carr soundly.

For now, let’s enjoy the win and get ready to face another good test on Monday night in another prime time spot against the equally dangerous KC Chiefs. Hail to the Redskins!

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The Money Fight; What’s Next?

I am Conor f-ing McGregor! I just made more money than thousands of people [combined] will see in their lifetimes. I am young, strong, healthy, and tremendously confident. I had my first professional boxing fight with one of the greatest boxers of all-time and almost put him down on a couple of occasions. Now, the million-dollar question, or rather 100 million dollar question, what do I do next?

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The answer: whatever you want. The UFC, the boxing world, and now even the WWE, all want a piece of Conor, and who would blame them? With the amount of money McGregor generates, he is going to have plenty of suitors. All this means, that Conor, can go where he wants and do what he wants. It doesn’t matter what he does, he will produce revenue, A LOT of it. Unfortunately, for those suitors, his price tag just increased tremendously too. While his fight with Mayweather produced a significant amount of press for the UFC and the sport of MMA, the ramifications, are not going to hit (no pun intended) them in pocketbook. McGregor is now worth considerably more, deserves more, and is no doubt, going to ask for more.

When you think about it, McGregor looked very good against an experienced all-time great. He won 4 out of the 10 rounds, connected with one hell of an upper cut in the first round (which was a sign that this was going to be a real fight), and almost knocked Mayweather out in the beginning of the of the 8th round. Conor for the most part held his own well until he faded in the later rounds. Some boxing purist would tell you that the fight was not a true boxing bout. True to a degree, but who cares? For the casual boxing fan, you couldn’t have asked for a better fight.

Now the flip…

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I am Floyd MONEY Mayweather! I am about to join the billion dollar club with the likes of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. I have a perfect boxing record that’s now better than Rocky Marciano’s record. I don’t have anything left to prove. I have my promotion company that’s going to ensure I stay rich. What do I do next?

The answer: retire. And stay retired! put the gloves up for good. What we witnessed on Saturday night was an old vet, who is finished. He looked old, he was slower, and he made a first time professional boxer look like he belonged in the ring with TBE (The Best Ever). At times, Floyd looked like he didn’t really want to be there or even cared about this fight. He let McGregor hit him with illegal hammer-fists and even grab him from the back. Where was the finesse? Where was the passion?

Truth is, it doesn’t matter. As a fan, we’re happy you saw a good fight and that your money was not wasted on a Mayweather vs Pacquiao type of bout. If you were Mayweather you were happy to make a whole lot of money and get to 50-0. If you were McGregor you were happy you made more money in one night than all your peers in the UFC will ever make, and you looked decent doing it.

From the beginning, this fight was about one thing, MONEY. It did not disappoint as the great spectacle that most thought it would be. That’s the thing though, it was just that, a spectacle. A lot of money was made for these fighters and the gap between boxing and MMA got a lot closer, that’s true. MMA likely has more eyes on it today than it did back in June, before the fight was announced, and so does boxing for that matter. What does it all mean in the end? It means two very smart businessmen just cashed in on millions of dollars made of off trash talking and hype. Now both men can do whatever they please… so did anyone really lose? If $100 million in the bank is losing… I hope I lose too, at everything… while laughing all the way to the bank!

Written by DTC Special Guest/Contributor: Mina “20”