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TSC Newsletter: We're going to talk about the champs, not Sunday
BY TODD DYBAS | SEPT. 18, 2018
Brian was on with our pal Erin Hawksworth over at ABC7 Monday night. The duo handled Toyota Sports Talk duties on WJLA 24/7 News. We’re on there every Monday, and sometimes we take calls from the adoring masses, or those who wish to speak to Erin and wonder what the hell we’re doing there. They took calls Monday. About the Redskins. The day after that thing they did Sunday at FedEx Field.
Erin thought, “Let’s ask these callers to describe the situation in a word.” One of those words? “Tragic.” Oof. That’s why we present to you the Stanley Cup champions.
That’s right. We’re not real worried about Defeat Monday this week. We’ll get back to the Redskins later, though you can listen to Jay Gruden’s Monday press conference here. The Redskins are reportedly signing wide receiver Breshad Perriman and Michael Floyd. It also sounds like Rob Kelley could be heading to IR because of toe surgery. Other than that, the Redskins need to watch the film, execute better, be less tragic.
Not the Caps. They are pondering a new issue: How to stay great. They won, they boozed, they took the Cup around. Last Friday dinged them with reality via the dreaded Skate Test. They also began to think about what it will take to defend the Cup.
“I was thinking to myself a couple weeks ago that we’ve got to realize that everything is going to be tougher to start and all the games are going to be tougher against us,” center Nicklas Backstrom said. “We better play our best hockey to start. That’s reality.”
The Nationals have bullpen problems. You presumably first read this sentence four years ago, maybe longer, then read it the following year, the year after that, the start of last year, midseason, then again today. Way to hang in.
Down in Miami, the young Nationals’ relievers took their lumps Monday from the NL’s worst offensive team. Jimmy Cordero allowed three runs in ⅓ of an inning. Koda Glover gave up two in his inning. Even Austen Williams threw in a run allowed in the 8-5 loss. Anthony Rendon homered again. Victor Robles hit his first big league homer of the season. The Nationals are 76-75 and one step closer to the season ending.
Our guy Tim Murray is back with Episode 2 of his podcast. While trying to grasp two inexplicable losses on the gridiron, the Redskins/Maryland weekend reminded Tim of an old MTV show. Meanwhile, FedEx Field’s lackluster attendance has been a long time in the making and the Redskins signing two former first-round picks equals zero excitement — and uncertain help at wide receiver. Listen here. Check below for how you will feel at its conclusion.
Tuesday, the Caps work preseason action at home. People will be chanting on the Art Gallery steps postgame. The drunk ones, anyway. It’s warm out. Don’t let us stop you. We’ll also pop into Capital One to see what’s doing. Off day at Redskins Park. However, we have non-tragic Redskins stories coming. Stephen Strasburg is on the mound Tuesday in Miami. We swear. He’s pitching against Sandy Alcantara, whom you may not know, but should check out. He was the key to the Marcell Ozuna trade.
Thanks for listening, reading and being members.
Ben, Brian and Todd