Same Ol’, Same Ol’

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Greetings from The Booth

When will I learn? I’ve just spent another wasted Sunday afternoon, hoping against hope that somehow the Washington Commanders will have found a way to win a close football games. What is that old saying about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? I truly must be insane. I drank the Kool-Aid when the team started 2-0, and basked in the waters of optimism under a new ownership. Things were surely going to be different in 2023: an elite defense was going to keep us in games while we developed a new quarterback. OC Eric Bieniemy was coming from the Chiefs to spruce up the offense. Former Owner Dan Snyder was gone. All was right with the world.

Fast forward to late October. Since the 2-0 start, the Commanders have sputtered to 1-5 in their last six games, finding a varfiety of ways to lose. A heartbreaking overtime loss to Philadelphia was followed by embarrasing defeats to NFL bottom feeders Chicago (on National TV) and the New York Giants. While not embarrasing themselves yesterday in a 38-31 loss to the Eagles, the end result was all too familiar.

Vince Lombardi once said “winning is a habit.” So is losing, which has become habitual with the once proud Washington franchise. When the Commanders jumped out to a 14-3 lead over Philadelphia yesterday, I tried not to get too excited. In fact, my high school football broadcast partner, Ryan Rutherford, texted that basically the Eagles had us right where they wanted us. We’ve seen the movie before. Washington sprints to early lead, Washington loses lead, Washington makes a comeback to make things interesting in the 4th quarter, only to find a way to lose at the end. And that’s exactly what happened yesterday. It was predictable.

So what now for the Washington Commanders? At 3-5 with the trade deadline approaching (Oct. 31), some hard decisions will have to be made. Is there a playoff run for the club or do they sell some valuable players for future draft capital? Chase Young and Montez Sweat are being mentioned as players who may have played their last game as Commanders. There’s also the question of what role Head Coach Ron Rivera will play in these decisions. Yesterday’s loss to the Eagles may have sealed his fate in Washington. Traditionally, a new owner likes to bring in his own people, and it’s no big secret that this has been an evaluation year for Rivera (and just about everyone else).

Speaking of evaluation, I don’t think any more is needed for Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, who has worn out his welcome in DC. The Commaners’ defense is hot garbage. There is no pass rush from a supposed elite D-Line, the linebackers are slow, and the secondary is getting torched week after week. Don’t look now, but the Washington defense has given up 30 or more points in 5 of the last 7 games. In a results-based profession, the numbers don’t lie.

Meanwhile, another Sunday I can’t get back is in the books…and sadly it’s the same ol’, same ol’.

Until the next visit from The Booth…Happy Halloween!

RW

 

 

 

Sports: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Nats Stop Mets Again, O’s Take Series From BoSox, NFL Draft Begins Tonight

Gore gets his 10th strikeout in a solid outing against the Mets. The call courtesy of the Nationals Radio Network…

Jeimer Candelario goes deep for the Nats. Courtesy of the Nationals Radio Network

 

 

Sports: Friday, August 13, 2021

Mets Sweep Nats In Twinbill, O’s Lose Game And Davis, WFT Drops Opener

Pete Alonso’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 7th gave the New York Mets a 5-4 win and a a doubleheader sweep over the Washington Nationals yesterday. In the opener, Brandon Nimmo drove in all 4 Mets’ runs in a 4-1 win over the Nats. The Nationals, who have now lost 9 of their last 10, will host the Atlanta Braves in a weekend series starting tonight at 7:05 on Sports Radio 1450.

The Baltimore Orioles dropped a 6-4 decision to Detroit ysterday, as the Tigers completed a 3-game sweep. The Orioles also lost first baseman Chris Davis, who announced his retirement, citing injuries and his recent hip surgery. The announcement comes as Davis still has one year remaining on his franchise-record 7-year, $161 million contract. Davis led the majors in home runs twice, including 53 in 2013.

And the New England subs scored 13 points in the 4th quarter to top the Washington Football Team 22-13 in the NFL Preseason opener for both teams. Washington starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was solid in his brief time on the field, completing 5 of 8 passes for 58 yards. WFT defensive standout Chase Young added a sack in his limited action. Washington will now host Cincinnati next Friday at 8.

Sports: Monday, February 8, 2021

Brady And Bucs Win SB 55, Young & Smith Garner NFL Awards, Caps Drop Third Straight

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 yesterday in dominating fashion by a score of 31-9over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdown passes, including 2 to familiar target Rob Gronkowski, and the Tampa Bay defense kept Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense out of the end zone for the entire contest. Brady picked up his record fifth Super Bowl MVP award and becomes just the second quarterback to win a Super Bowl with 2 different teams.

Over the weekend, the league handed out it’s NFL Honors awards and Washington’s Chase Young was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, while WFT quarterback Alex Smith was named Comeback Player of the Year. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers earned his third MVP award.

Peyton Manning leads the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021, which was also named this weekend. Also joining Manning among the 8 inductees are Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson.

To the NHL, where the Washington Capitals lost their third straight game yesterday, a 7-4 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly broke 4-4 tie with a 3-goal third period, as the Caps fell to 6-3-3 on the season. Alex Ovechkin had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Capitals, who return to the ice tomorrow at 6 against the Flyers.

On the Shenandoah University docket, Men’s Basketball will play at Hampden-Sydney tonight at 7, while the Hornet Women entertain Ferrum this evening at 7 at the Wilkins Center.

Super Wild Card Weekend

In this week’s Sports Dogs Podcast, I’m joined by Honorary Dog Scott Bradley as we break down some of the games on NFL Super Wild Card Weekend, specifically the Washington Football Team’s matchup against Tom Brady and the Bucs. We’ll also talk about the feel-good stories of Ron Rivera and Alex Smith, as well as our predictions for Saturday night.