TWIT: The Week in Tweets, August 10

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Sunday

At #Nats Park for the game vs. the #Marlins. Maybe I should race Teddy in a prelim to the Presidents Race. Might boost his confidence.

Adam LaRoche has hit 20+ homers in 7 of the last 8 seasons. The only #MLB players who are 8 for 8: Pujols, Ortiz, Teixeira, M.Cabrera. #Nats

Yes, Bryce Harper (10) is now tied with Ed Kranepool for 5th place on the Most HR By A 19-Year-Old list.  http://bit.ly/NuBddT  #Nats #Mets

Still ahead of Harper are Mickey Mantle (13, ‘51), Ken Griffey Jr. (16, ‘89), Mel Ott (19, ‘28) and Tony Conigliaro (24, ‘64). #Nats #MLB

Speaking of Bryce, to get to sleep the past few months, he’s probably counted left-handers instead of sheep. Seen a bunch. #Nats

Zimmerman just reached on a chopper that bounced over Ricky Nolasco’s head. Josh Johnson would have fielded it at knee level. #Nats #Marlins

Strasburg singles home two runs. Wonder who last pitcher was who received IBB with first base open (as it was for Stephen)? #Nats #Marlins

In the last 40 years, btw, no pitcher has had more than 17 RBI in a season (Rick Sutcliffe, #Dodgers, ‘79). Strasburg now has 7. #Nats #MLB

Harper breaks bat on plate after striking out in the 4th. Hey, at least he isn’t taking it out on his face now. Kid’s learning. #Nats

I’m beginning to think I’m at a huge disadvantage professionally because I don’t have a dog as my avatar or tweet about one regularly.

Dan Snyder: “We feel good about the future.” To which Kurt Vonnegut might add: “It’s the past that scares the bejesus out of me.” #Redskins

Oh, and don’t forget: @dandalyonsports isn’t available on Dish, either. #CableCraziness

Monday

Once this deal between T.O. and the #Seahawks is completed, how long do you figure it’ll be before he parks in Pete Carroll’s space? #NFL

T.O, btw, is tied for 2nd all time with 153 TD catches. But get this: Don Hutson last played in 1945, and he’s still 8th (99). #NFL #Packers

T.O. turns 39 in Dec. The year Jerry Rice turned 39 (2001), he had 83 catches for 1,139 yds + 9 TD + went to the Pro Bowl. #NFL #Seahawks

And Rice did all that, I’ll just point out, without once parking in Jon Gruden’s space. #NFL #Seahawks

No #MLB reliever has pitched 2+ innings more times this season than Stammen (21), who did it again tonight to pick up the W for the #Nats.

In those 21 appearances, Stammen is 3-1 with a 1.55 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Just having a huge season out of the pen. #Nats.

Tuesday

Yes, that’s former #Redskins LB Terry Crews who plays Will McAvoy’s bodyguard in “The Newsroom.” Crews played here in ‘95. #NFL

Crews has had a nice film career since leaving the #NFL. In fact, he’s got a chance to be the Carl Weathers of his generation. #Redskins

My only comment on the #Nats‘ acquisition of SS Cesar Izturis: It Iz what it Iz. #Brewers #MLB

#NFL Note: Shannon Eastin officiating a game this week comes 25 years (!) after Gayle Sierens became the only woman to do TV play-by-play.

Sierens, now a news co-anchor at WFLA in Tampa, called ‘87 season finale between #Chiefs and #Seahawks for NBC. http://bit.ly/P2TMvI  #NFL

Here’s the game Sierens called: http://bit.ly/NyK8LD . It featured a 92-yard KOR TD by Paul Palmer, who went to Churchill HS in Potomac. #NFL

Jered Weaver (15-1) stands to be the 13th modern pitcher to win 10+ games and finish above .500 in each of his 1st 7 seasons. #MLB #Angels

Some others who’ve done it: Tom Seaver, Carl Hubbell, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Addie Joss, Eddie Plank. Also: CC Sabathia. #MLB #Angels

Barry Sanders’ last 5 seasons: 106 rushing yds PG, 5.2-yd average, 186 receptions. Jim Brown’s last 5: 103.7, 5.2, 187. #NFL #Lions #Browns

Now that Rex has laid down the law, I’m guessing the next story about the Battlin’ #Jets will be about a food fight in the cafeteria. #NFL

30 years later, John Riggins still holds #NFL record for most rushing yds in a postseason (610, 4 games, ‘82). Who’s 10th w/ 342? #Redskins

Answer: Timmy Smith had 342 in 3 games in 1987, including a record 206 in the Super Bowl vs. the Broncos. #Redskins #NFL

Tyler Thigpen, Drew Brees, Brad Johnson, John Elway and Jim McMahon are the last 5 #NFL QBs to do … what? #Chiefs #Bolts #Vikes #Broncos

Answer: Throw a TD pass and catch a TD pass in the same game. http://bit.ly/Qd4JpG  #NFL #Chiefs #Bolts #Vikes #Broncos #Bears

McMahon, btw, threw and caught a TD pass in this 1985 game vs. then. #Redskins. The pass was from Walter Payton. http://bit.ly/QBQqPL  #Bears

Janet Evans at 40: “I swim 4 hrs a day + I do a dry-land workout for an hour a day—it’s about 5 hours a day.” http://bit.ly/Nzvkfu  #Olympics

Now available: An excerpt from my upcoming book on the #NFL‘s first 50 years, “The National Forgotten League”: http://bit.ly/ONuzSo  #Bears

Had a dream that Curiosity was met when it landed by Otis Sistrunk, who’s now the AD at the University of Mars. #NFL #Raiders

Wednesday

If there’s anything worse than big~leaguers fiddling and diddling outside the batter’s box it’s Little Leaguers imitating them. #MLB #LLWS

3 kids on Great Falls LL team named Bryce Harper as their favorite player. One went w/ Adam LaRoche, another w/ Ian Desmond. #Nats #ESPN2

Just realized: Bryce is only 6 yrs older than some of the Little Leaguers. I, meanwhile, am only 6 years older than 52-yr-old Scotch. #Nats

Here’s hoping Trent Richardson isn’t the new Ki-Jana Carter. #NFL #Browns #Bengals

How big a deal is it that 3 #Nats pitchers have hit a HR this year (Stras, Jordan, Gio)? Well, the 1905 Senators had 5 who homered. #MLB

FYI: #Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty never hit HR in #MLB career. But then, he never batted. Spent 9 yrs in AL before interleague play.

Davey Johnson played on a 1968 #Orioles team that had 4 pitchers hit homers: Dave McNally, Tom Phoebus, Bruce Howard + Gene Brabender. #Nats

Speaking of pitchers hitting HRs, only 3 guys who have pitched in the 2000s have hit 10 or more: CZambrano 24, Hampton 16 + Livo 10. #Nats

#Mets getting mercy-ruled by the #Marlins 11-0. Imagine how much worse they’d be losing if they weren’t “the best team in baseball.” #Nats

Angel Hernandez is giving Bryce the Cole Hamels treatment tonight. That’s home plate umpires for ya. A license to kill. #Nats #MLB

You run into umps like Hernandez all the time in youth baseball. They’re the clowns who are always talking about “my field.” #Nats #MLB

Thursday

I don’t care who officiates the #Redskins preseason opener, as long as it isn’t Angel Hernandez. #Nats #NFL #MLB

No Kory Lichtensteiger, no Chris Chester, no Jammal Brown. Maybe the #Redskins should just dig a moat around #RG3#Bills #NFL

Just passed 9,000 tweets. When you hit 10,000 you get a prize — laryngitis or something. #Twitteritis

Almost missed the kickoff of the #Redskins game, btw. Went to War Memorial Stadium by mistake. #Bills #NFL #GoldenWheelsDubenion

Two series into his career, #RG3 has two pass attempts and one tackle attempt (that proved unnecessary). Gotta work on that ratio. #Redskins

You’ve heard of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch? http://bit.ly/NmsJIf  Well, that last TD was “The Screen” by #RG3#Redskins #Bills #NFL

#RG3 calls it a night after 14 snaps. Why push it? The kid looked comfortable, read the field well, showed nice touch. A solid A. #Redskins

One thing’s clear: #RG3 is light years ahead of where other #Redskins first-round QBs were at this stage. The proof: http://bit.ly/Tlfo5I

With the Shanahans’ offense, as with all good systems, it’s about making the plays that are there to be made. #RG3 did that. #Redskins#NFL

I’m pretty sure I saw one of these replacement officials doing a game on “Friday Night Lights.” #Redskins #Bills #NFL

You can’t say the #Redskins aren’t giving Brandon Banks a chance to make the team as a WR. Been targeted 6 times so far. Zero catches. #NFL

Riddle me this: Is it more important to look good in the first preseason game or to not look bad? #Redskins #Bills #NFL

The biggest relief tonight is that, behind a patched-up O-line, #RG3didn’t get hit like Betty White in that Snickers commercial. #Redskins

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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