A selection of my 140-character musings on Twitter (@dandalyonsports) the past seven days – for those of you who don’t follow me (yet).
What Joe Gibbs was in December, Frank Beamer is in November. What a closer. #Hokies
Meanwhile, in College Park, the 2010 Military Bowl is looking like the BCS championship game. #Terps
What’s going on at Maryland – in football and in athletics in general – is mostly about overreaching. #Terps
Sometimes you need to go 2-10 just to understand how wrong you were about so many things. But hopefully not too often. #Terps
And let’s not forget, the #Terps didn’t just go 2-10, they went 2-10 in the ACC. Not exactly Murderer’s Row.
There’s no limit to how much adults can mess up kids’ games. Exhibit A: Maryland football. #Terps
Only in this day and age could a league stage a lengthy lockout, start the season on Christmas, put a bow on it and call it a present. #NBA
Anxious to see tonight if the #Caps remember there’s a defensive end of the ice. You’d think it was populated with sharks and piranha
Giving Semin a diving penalty on a play where there’s actually a tripping call is like punishing a child for tattling on his brother. #Caps
Is it just me, or do the #Caps lead the league, year after year, in “going back to basics”?
The 7 guys who have caught passes for #Stanford tonight are named Ty, Coby, Levine, Tyler, Griff, Zach and Ryan. Saving Biff for later.
Rex Grossman giveth, and Rex Grossman taketh away. (Rinse and repeat.) #Redskins
The only thing in Washington that’s blocked more than Graham Gano’s kicks is legislation. #Redskins
Maurice Hurt. They should call his dressing area the Hurt Locker. #Redskins
If the #Redskins hang on to win this one, they should petition to play in the NFC West. Would accelerate their rebuilding project.
Mora also just told us “third-and-13 is a low-percentage conversion down.” Yikes. How does this guy not have a head coaching job? #Redskins
Intentional grounding is not a reviewable offense, officials tell Shanny. Wish this game wasn’t reviewable. #Redskins
Sure glad D-Hall came up with a pick today. Now maybe he won’t cut himself again. #Redskins
Tonight’s stumper: Since 2009, this back ranks second in the #NFL in rushing yards per game. Answer in next tweet.
Dale Hunter Replacing Bruce Boudreau as the Capitals’ Coach
People talk about Dale Hunter’s humility. I have a story about that. During the ’98 playoffs, Hunter and Calle Johansson rode to … #Caps
… the arena in Ottawa with Dave Fay, the late great Washington Timesman, and me. I suggested that Hunts ride up front … #Caps
… “I’m not the one who has to play a game tonight,” I said. “Nah,” he said. “I’m OK.” And he slid into the back with Calle … #Caps
… This was no limo Fay was piloting, either. I seem to remember it being a Corolla, maybe even a Tercel. Not much legroom. #Caps
This would have been one of the happiest days of Fay’s life, the day Dale returned to coach the #Caps. He loved Hunts – another Man’s Man.
2 games for Suh. It could have been worse but, fortunately, he had the presence of mind not to put the guy in an Airplane Spin. #Lions
#NFL players with the most rushing yards after their 35th birthday: Marcus Allen 2,225, John Riggins 1,916 and … who’s 3rd? Answer next.
Another: Only 5 #NFL RBs have rushed for 100 yds in a game after turning 35. Riggins (8 times) and Allen (twice) are 2. Who are the other 3?
Answer to previous tweet: Emmitt Smth (twice), Bill Brown (the old Viking) and MacArthur Lane (one of the great names in #NFL history).
Hunter’s Coaching Debut with the Caps
Will be tweeting tonite from Verizon Center, where Dale Hunter will become the 1st man with 3,565 penalty minutes to coach an NHL team. #Caps
I jest about Dale, but the guy had skill. In 91-92 he scored a career-high 28 goals on just 110 shots (25.5 shot pct.). Heck, … #Caps
… 110 shots used to be Ovie’s weekly quota. #Caps
Be interesting to see how crowded it gets in Hunter’s doghouse in the weeks ahead – and whether he might have to build an addition. #Caps
… Problem is, now he can’t use the butt-end of a stick. #Caps
Tebow detractors should be reminded how historically awful Terry Bradshaw was early on: 6 TDs, 24 INTs, 30.4 rating as a rookie. #Broncos
Bruce Boudreau going to Anaheim
Bruce Boudreau has always been kind of a Disney character, so it’s great he’s been hired to coach the former Mighty Ducks. #Caps
By taking new job, Bruce has to forfeit 1 of biggest perks in his #Caps contract: free photocopying for life by The Triplets at Ameritel.
… And would the #Caps be amenable to moving a few players, at the deadline or before, to reshape the roster more to Hunter’s liking?
Beninati just asked viewers if they’d “like to play blackjack with” Ovie at #Caps’ casino night. Heck, I’d just like him to score 21 goals.
If the #Redskins do trade for Peyton Manning, it’ll be the first time they’ve ever dealt for a QB whose neck had reached “a firm fixation.”
Best of luck to Ovie in his romance with tennis star Maria Kirilenko. Certainly hope it winds up better than Fedorov-Kournikova … #Caps
… Sergei and Anna secretly got married at one point. It was almost Kardashian-like. His famous quote about it was: … #Caps
… “We were married, albeit briefly, and we are now divorced.” How can you not love an athlete who uses a word like “albeit”? #Caps
There was reportedly a third party in the whole Fedorov-Kournikova Thing: Pavel Bure. Can you imagine? … #Caps
… So what I’m wishing for Ovie as much as anything is: No third parties. (Especially if it’s Sean Avery.) #CapsView Entire Story