With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees have spent $465 million this offseason. The Orioles have spent zero. Here’s what that looks like in one chart:
Dan Duquette says Baltimore may spend as much as $17 million for the 2014 season, so there is that. How does Bronson Arroyo sound, you guys?
Fun column here from Chuck Culpepper, unless you’re a Skins fan:
“Make it 22 years of waiting for Redskins fans, a duration everyone but they hopes will extend into perpetuity, or until the owner sells the club.”
At this point, only seven NFL franchises (the Bengals, Dolphins, Vikings, Chiefs, Jets, Browns and Lions) have waited longer. I’m surprised it’s that many.
Jan Vesely was the sixth pick in the draft, you guys. Sixth! [FTW]
Five thoughts on the Caps’ loss in NY. They’ve lost five straight. [CI]
Nats may be interested in ex-A’s closer Grant Balfour. [Fox Sports]
1988 Donruss Jose Mesa is a stone classic. [O's Card O' the Day]
14 ways to improve the FedEx Field experience. [Hogs Haven]
Just Art Monk and London Fletcher, hanging...
Ian Desmond got two years, $17.5 million, and Jordan Zimmermann got two years, $24 million. Both are eligible for free agency in 2015, meaning they’re in line for big-money deals after next season.
Boz is optimistic:
2-yr deals w Desmond & Z'mann leave open possibility of extensions but also give 2-yr cost certainty which makes either/both more tradeable.
— Thomas Boswell...
Wizards doing a good bit here. pic.twitter.com/EeTZXDrzt8
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 16, 2014
The Wiz introduced the “bandwagon cam” to mock “Heat fans”. [Bog]
A puffy look at how Sean McVay became Skins OC at 27. [Insider]
Lots of info, but no conclusions, about Orakpo’s contract. [Insider]
Ovi scored a “stick, unbelievable” goal against Pitt. [Puck...
Here’s Cal, watching and talking about his 2,131 game and getting very emo. I can’t even tell you how much I love this video (via For The Win).
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Here’s D. Hall on Daniel Snyder changing the team name: “They probably should.” I love this as A) it’s the right thing to do, and B) it hurts his chances of getting a big-money deal from Mr. Snyder. Thanks, DeAngelo.
Two of our old friends, ex-Wizard/human meme Nick Young and ex-Terp/Ukrainian machine Alex Len, mixed it up last night. Len leveled NY on a dunk attempt, you see, and then NY lost his damn mind.
Click through for more video and GIFs, but know that Nick is actually averaging 20.9 points/game, which is what happens when you’re a volume shooter on the Kobe-less Lakers. Alex is averaging...
Redshirt sophomore Vad Lee is headed to Harrisonburg. [JMUSB]
Remember when James Franklin and Bill O’Brien were Terps? [Bog]
GW has a big game with VCU tonight, and new unis to boot. [Bog]
RGIII got kind of defensive in a Facebook screed to fans, and Bears TE Martellus Bennett slammed him for it. [FTW, FTW]
Now fans are sending Kirk Cousins wedding gifts too. [Bog]
Eight-year-old got to skate with the Caps and KO Tom Wilson. [RMNB]
For a look at Wilson’s true fight skills, see him vs. Toronto. [RMNB]
Caps lost in the shootout to Buffalo, which isn’t good. [Japers' Rink]
Ryan Miller made a ridiculous super-save in the process. [For The Win]
Skins personnel man Morocco Brown is up for the Bucs GM job. [TWT]
Kyle Shanahan interviewed for...
The one on a right, I’m pretty sure.
The good news is Jay Gruden was about as good of a coach as the Redskins were realistically going to get, according to our approval matrix. The bad news is “he could retain Jim Haslett.” Yeah, I don’t know how either.
Don’t really have any STRONG FEELINGS on this one. Mostly just bummed that Bruce Allen is the boss and the Redskins...
Since first posting the Redskins Head Coach Approval Matrix earlier this week, a few things have happened.
First, Bruce Allen assumed control of the franchise, which is troubling, because he’s more politician than GM, and politicians generally do whatever they can to remain in office. That usually means appeasing the electorate, and in this case the electorate is Danny Snyder....
The Skins have reportedly requested an interview with Vanderbilt HC/rising star James Franklin, who also interviewed with the Texans. [Keim, Insider]
Rich Bisaccia, who the Skins interviewed, isn’t really HC material. [Keim]
Redskins interviewed Jim Caldwell yesterday, Perry Fewell today. [Keim]
Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden, Hue Jackson now available to talk. [Insider]
John Wall's Red Bottom Louboutins. They run about $1200 & have spikes. JW said don't try him in the club with these pic.twitter.com/iI0vm7pZs2
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 2, 2014
Stumping for John Wall to be the first Wiz all-star in six years. [Wise]
Stats explain why the Wizards are so very average. [Bullets Forever]
Caps lose to Canes in overtime with...
The Skins interviewed Seattle OC Darrell Bevell on Tuesday. [Insider]
The Skins are also interviewing Panthers DC Sean McDermott. [Keim]
Skins asked permission to interview Giants DC Perry Fewell too. [Insider]
Oh, and the Skins are interviewing former Indy HC Jim Caldwell. [Keim]
Note: Bevell and McDermott graded out not great on our Redskins head coach approval matrix. Fewell and...
Michael McElroy (@mikeyvanilli) won our Predictions contest yet again, so he gets another guest post. We don’t endorse this whatsoever!
This post may be the most un-Mr.Irrelevant post ever submitted. Actually, scratch that, some dude was just writing about how much he loved the Cowboys, so I think I’m safe.
Either way, the Skins should hire Danny Smith, and this is why: The...
Warning: Here lies a highly scientific survey of four national NFL media-types on the Redskins head coaching situation, now that Mike Shanahan and staff have been told to PSGO. Also, there’s a chart:
As you can see above and below, I asked said media types to rate the 19 candidates I could come up with from one to five both in terms of A) how likely it is that the Redskins could...
Handing out labels after Skins games. This one a 20-6 miseryfest against the Giants.
Sav Rocca – Recovered from a terrible first punt to hit a couple of good ones, then recovered from certain disaster on a mishandled snap in his own endzone to get the ball away.
Keith Burns – Made it through the entire season, which seemed unlikely at times. (Look, this was the end...
Today, Red Zone Channel gets the big screen while the Skins are relegated to iPad. We never do that.
Line: Redskins +3.5
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
My prediction: Giants, 24-20
Here with a different point of view is Mr. Irrelevant Caps and Terps correspondent Brad Parker, who — *gasp* — doubles as a Cowboys fan.
I’m not that guy you hate. You know, the one that can’t find Dallas on a map but still roots for the Cowboys. You’ll probably still hate me but at least I was born in Fort Worth and have been to many a Thanksgiving game in person. So...
Handing out labels after Skins games. This one a 24-23 loss to Dallas.
Pierre Garcon — Monster game (11 catches, 144 yards) to break Art Monk’s 29-year-old record for catches in a season. Cousins was looking to him first over and over again. The catch while laying down was particularly inspired.
London Fletcher — Picked up six more tackles in his last home game, and...
Remember how fun this game was a year ago? Yeah, well, this is sort of the opposite of that. Could still be fun, though.
Line: Redskins +3
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Our prediction: Cowboys, 27-23
Here are our staff’s completely scientific predictions. Make yours in the comments. Whoever is closest to the actual outcome wins a guest post on this here weblog.
Andy Peden: Cowboys, 31-29
I really think the Skins win, but for this to play out correctly Dallas has to play a week 17 game that matters so they can **** it up for the third year in a row.
Matt Terl: Cowboys, 27-24...
On Sunday, the Redskins lost to the 3-10 Falcons to fall to 3-11. Before that, though, Jason La Canfora published an anonymously-sourced evisceration of Kyle Shanahan and his staff. The son of Shan was asked about that, and he came back with a strong defense (emphasis added):
“When I hear people talking about them and they’re not good and they’re inept, that really offends...