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Making A Case For Case

8 March 2019 Views From The Booth Sports

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Greetings from The Booth!

Here is your obligatory reminder to spring those clocks forward this weekend, lest you miss your Sunday tee time. Yes, 60-degree temps are predicted, so lots of us will take our very first hacks of the golf season. Fairways will probably be a soupy mess, so remember to keep the carts on the path…

I can feel the lower back pain on Monday already.

Good Luck to Shenandoah University all-ODAC track star Shamyra Wilkerson this weekend in the NCAA Division-3 Indoor Championships in Boston, as she competes in the 200 & 60 meter dashes. We’ve mentioned her quite a bit in recent weeks, and for good reason. The SU senior hopes to become the first track All-American in Hornet history, and can do that by qualifying for the finals in either event on Friday (today). We wish her luck…and speed!

It’s been a light sports week, as college basketball teams play their regular-season finales and get ready for conference tournaments next week. Virginia Tech missed out on the chance at a double-bye in the ACC tournament by losing to Florida State. Still, the Hokies should be safely in the Big Dance.

Obviously the same goes for the Cavaliers, who look like a team on a mission as they try to erase the memory of last season, when they became the first number-one seed to lose to a 16-seed in the NCAA tournament. With any kind of showing in the ACC tournament, the Cavs should be a number-one seed again.

And, unless WVU finds some magic and wins the Big-12 Tournament next week, they will be sitting it out this year. On the upside, the beleaguered Mounties have played better recently as their young roster gains more experience. Expect an entirely different looking West Virginia squad next year.

Finally, the Redskins made news today by signing journeyman QB Case Keenum, giving up a draft choice in the process. Certainly the ‘Skins had to do something. It’s unclear, and doubtful, whether Alex Smith will be able to play this season (or ever) after his gruesome leg fracture last year. And the Redskins didn’t want to go into the upcoming season with Colt McCoy and/or Josh Johnson at the helm.

Keenum will be playing with his fourth team in as many years, but did lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship in 2017 by throwing for over 3500 yards, along with 22 TD passes in 14 starts, so he does have playoff experience. He finished with almost 3900 yards with the Broncos this past season, but was inconsistent, throwing 18 touchdowns and 15 picks.

The issue with Keenum is two-fold: Like Smith, he will need a healthy offensive line, which was anything but the case with the ‘Skins in 2018. The bigger problem is that he doesn’t have a reliable receiving corps. Josh Doctson has shown very little, Jordan Reed can’t stay on the field for an entire season, Jamison Crowder may be playing somewhere else in 2019, and Washington will not be getting Antonio Brown. It doesn’t matter who QB’s the Redskins if there’s no one to throw the ball to.

Washington could have done a lot worse than getting Case Keenum. This feels like a short-term move, however. It will certainly be interesting to see what the ‘Skins do in the upcoming draft to address the long-term. With a diminishing and disinterested fan base, and all-too-rare playoff appearances, that is the bigger issue.

I rest my “Case”.

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