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Varun Ram Is The Man

Read Dan Steinberg’s “5 things to know about Varun Ram, Maryland’s last-second hero”. I love them all.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Are We To Believe The Wizards Are Good Again?

Here with your semi-regular look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. Let’s recap the Wizards season so far. They were really good up until the end of January, going 31-15 through January 27. Then they were godawful and excruciating to watch not as good the next five weeks, falling to 35-28 in a brutal stretch that included losses to cellar-dwellers such...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Offseason Champs No More?

I hesitate to say the Redskins have reverse-engineered their approach to team building, learning from nightmares past, but that does seem to the case under new GM Scot McCloughlan. A recap of their moves through the opening days of free agency: *Depth D-lineman Ricky Jean-Francois for three years, $9 million ($4M guaranteed) *Pass-rushing D-lineman Stephen Paea for four years, $21...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Still, With The Strasburg Shutdown

In an otherwise excellent Grantland piece outlining the Nationals for what they’re projected to be — a 100-win team, which is an increasingly rare creature in MLB — Rany Jazayerli strikes a nerve: It is widely assumed within the industry that Boras was a driving force behind Rizzo’s worst decision as GM of the Nationals: shutting Strasburg down in September 2012 with the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

1989 Caps ‘Goalbusters’ Poster

I was 11 or 12 when this poster became a thing, but I didn’t see it ’til yesterday (via @japersrink): Based off of the goal totals/puck pyramids, this must’ve been during the offseason of ’89. Dino Ciccarelli, Geoff Courtnall and Mike Ridley would go on to score 106 goals the next season, one that ended with a run to the conference finals. Twenty-five years later, Ghostbusters...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Ex-Maryland Players Got In Three Separate Fights This Week

It’s been an eventful few days for basketball players formerly known as Terps. First, Terrell Stoglin, who led the ACC in scoring three years ago but is now playing in Lebanon, got the worst of this ugly brawl (watch at the 35-second mark): Yikes. Then, last night during the Heat-Suns game, Miami big man Hassan Whiteside and Phoenix big Alex Len, who’s doing pretty well in the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN’s ‘Great Analytics Ranking’ ***** All Over The Redskins

The Worldwide Leader unveiled a rather cool feature yesterday, The Great Analytics Rankings, sorting all 122 NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams by “the strength of each franchise’s analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.” I don’t know what biometric data is, but this is interesting...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

17 Reasons I’ve Had It With Randy Wittman

Here with your semi-regular look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. In my last post, I wrote the following sentence about the Wizards head coach: “Randy Wittman doesn’t necessarily deserve to keep his job, but firing him would be the wrong move, at least during the season.” Anybody who knows me personally knows I have never been a fan of Wittman...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Are The Wizards Slumping Or Just Not Very Good?

Here with your semi-regular look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. Having lost seven of their last 10 games, things are looking somewhat bleak for the 32-20 Wizards. Most of the losses came against quality teams, adding to the narrative that the Wizards simply can’t hang with top teams, but two losses to the sub-.500 Hornets in four days and a handful...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Making Sense Of The Max Scherzer Deal

When your team hands out the second largest contract for a pitcher in history, as they did when they signed Max Scherzer to $210 million deal today, it takes some time to wrap your head around it. Especially when your team already has the best rotation in baseball. And especially especially when what your team desperately needs is more offense. So, what to make of all this? After...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. Irrelevant’s Annual D.C. Pro Sports Team Power Rankings

I’m not sure if this is actually an *annual* ranking of the five major D.C. pro sports teams, but it is a nice time of year to do such a thing. 5. Washington Redskins As Tom Boswell so kindly points out, the past two Redskins seasons were the franchise’s worst since 1961. Incredible. But! Short of Dan Snyder selling the team, the best possible thing that could happen just...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wizards Have Four Healthy Small Forwards

Here with your weekly look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. For your first Wizards update of 2015, we’re going to focus on the rotation at small forward now that Martell Webster has rejoined the team. With four players that all primarily play the position and are deserving of significant minutes, Washington has to sort it out. Paul Pierce (The Starter...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

How Many Decent Players Do The Redskins Actually Have?

This is an inexact tally, but if you care to see what new Redskins GM/recovering alcoholic/personnel guru/light beer drinker Scot McCloughlan has to work with, carry on. What we’re trying to determine is how many current members of the Redskins rosters are legitimate NFL starters. In this case, that means they are in the top half of starters in the league at their position. Meaning...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Reasons To Be Excited About The Top 10 Terps

Hello there. While we’ve been away, Maryland basketball shockingly ascended to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. We’re surprised and delighted by this, so here to explain why are Mr. Irrelevant Maryland sports correspondents JP Finlay, Brad Parker and Andy Peden. 1. Melo! Ah yes, freshman sensation Melo Trimble. We’ll let Grantland take this one: “He’s the best player on the...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Skins Postmortem: ‘We Are The Team Everybody Loves To Hate’

Here with his guest post for predicting the Redskins’ loss at Arizona is frequent guest contributor Michael McElroy (@Mikeyvanili on Twitter). Hello fans of the Washington Football Team. According to Dictionary.com, the word postmortem has two primary definitions: 1. of, relating to, or occurring in the time following death. 2. occurring after the end of something; after the...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins-Cowboys Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 44-17 season-ending loss to Dallas. Season summary. pic.twitter.com/2We8rRZArx — Danny (@recordsANDradio) December 28, 2014 Winners DeSean Jackson — He made yet another big play, this time a 69-yard touchdown, to cap off a season full of them. He’s just about the only winner, today and all season, along with Ryan Kerrigan...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins-Cowboys Open Thread

Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ETLine: Cowboys -6 (O/U 47)Our prediction: Cowboys, 26-23
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins-Cowboys Predictions

Cheers to … well, no one. No one picked the Redskins to beat the Eagles last week, so now know one gets to make a guest post! What a perfect way to end this season. Thank you for spending it with us. Now, here are our crackerjack staff’s scientific predictions for this week’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest becomes a published author on this...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tickets To The Winter Classic At Nats Park Are Absurd

Here with a look at the ticket market for Caps-Blackhawks on New Year’s Day is Mr. Irrelevant Tickets partner TiqIQ. The average price for tickets to the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day is $487, which makes it the third-most expensive Winter Classic since TiqIQ started tracking the market five years ago. The only Winter Classic with more expensive tickets...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

This Year’s Top Five Bowl Games, According To A Guy Who Loves College Football

Here with a guest post for absolutely nailing his Redskins-Giants prediction is RunsLikeDeer (AKA @JGrat21). Greetings all, I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. A Redskins win sure does help the Christmas week get that much sweeter, and I look forward to a potential season sweep of Dallas this weekend. I will say I did not see that Eagles win coming at all and I commend...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins-Eagles Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 27-24 win over Philly. DeSean Jackson making fun of the Eagles https://t.co/qQqAdLtIzQ — Ben Celestino (@bencelestino) December 21, 2014 Winners DeSean Jackson — Four catches for 126 yards, including two for 50-plus. Even put a little something extra on it for Philly, which he’s now torn up twice since they cut him this...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins-Eagles Open Thread

Cheers to RunsLikeDeer for perfectly nailing last weeks loss to the Giants. Now he gets to guest post! Here are our crackerjack staff’s scientific predictions for this week’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest becomes a published author on this here weblog. Matt Terl: Eagles, 38-12 I would not be surprised if I forget the game is on Saturday and miss...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Why RGIII-Russell Wilson Comparisons Are Stupid

Here with a guest post is the man SiPhi, who’s becoming a regular. After watching yet another Redskins loss on Sunday, coupled with another Seahawks win, I started hearing and seeing Russell Wilson-RGIII comparisons. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, as it has been a constant since both mobile QBs entered the league in 2012. Their rookie years were arguably the best and second...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wizards Are Really Good At Shooting Threes And Should Probably Shoot More Of Them

Here with your weekly look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. Trevor Ariza led the Wizards in three-point attempts and makes last season by knocking down 180 of 442. Second in both categories was Martell Webster (146 of 372), followed by Bradley Beal (138 of 343) and John Wall (108 of 308). Wall’s jumper improved dramatically last year, so Wizards fans...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Announcing the Big Winner of the Best-Worst Redskins Jerseys Contest

Our first-ever Best-Worst Redskins Jerseys Contest is over, and the winner is … That’s a rather impressive collection of suck. The Ramsey one’s my fave, but I want the Frerotte fr’real. Here’s what the proud owner had to say: From my Skins closet of shame. Stopped buying jerseys after McNabb… That was probably a good choice. And now he/she is the proud owner of one Offseason...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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