TWIT: The Week in Tweets, August 3

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Saturday

Haven’t been able to watch table tennis in the #Olympics since Forrest Gump hung up his paddle.

Most rushing yds by 25th birthday: 5. Jim Brown 5055, 4. Payton 5316, 3. Sanders 5674, 2. Emmitt Smith 5699, 1. Portis 5930. #Redskins #NFL

You won’t find a harder-hitting guy in no-tackling drills than Brandon Meriweather. #Redskins

As he constantly reminds you in these workouts, #RG3 is perfectly content to be a pocket passer, despite his great mobility. #Redskins

Once tried to interview a Redskin after he’d been sitting in an ice tub after practice. He gave me the cold shoulder. #Redskins #NFL

The winner of tonight’s game between the Grays (#Nats) and the Bears (#Brewers) will play Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars. #MLB

Sunday

NL ERA+ leaders, 2011-12 (minimum 275 IP): 1. Johnny Cueto 172, 2. Clayton Kershaw 144, 3. Jordan Zimmermann 141. #Nats #MLB

After the Atlanta Debacle, I tweeted: “The #Nats have to get better at playing 11-10 games.” It was the 2nd they’d lost this season. Well…

Still waiting for one of those “a Washington #MLB team hasn’t been 21 games over .500 since Moses parted the Red Sea” tweets. #Nats

Love to know what Morse told his #Nats teammates in the late innings today. Was probably something like: “We’re done when I say we’re done.”

Monday

Can’t imagine what the air conditioning bill is for the #Redskins‘ new practice bubble. Good thing it doesn’t count against the cap. #NFL

My gut feeling about #RG3 is that he’ll have the requisite “cardiovascular endurance” to run the two-minute drill. #Redskins

Whenever I think of Fred Davis representing himself in court, I picture Tim Matheson defending his fellow Deltas in “Animal House.” #Redskins

The latest video from the Olympic diving competition: http://bit.ly/OfzQ7n #RodneyDangerfield #TripleLindy

Tuesday

@Rich_Campbell says #Redskins OL Jordan Black is eating 7,000 calories a day to add weight. The number sounds familiar.  http://yhoo.it/R4hLvh

Another member of the 7,000 Calories A Day Club: Manny Pacquiao.  http://bit.ly/Oz4slw  #Redskins

And finally: “Basketball players on Team USA can consume 7,000 calories a day.” http://bit.ly/OzOxjl  #Redskins

One of the challenges of consuming 7,000 calories a day, of course, is that it requires you to stay awake for 24 hours. #Redskins

Famous Abbies: 1. Abby Wambach. 2. Abbey Bartlet. 3. Westminster Abbey. (OK, not necessarily in that order.) #Olympics

Just thought of one more famous Abby: Abby Normal from “Young Frankenstein.” #Olympics

Btw, during a news conference once, Joe Gibbs reenacted the Abby Normal scene in “Young Frankenstein.” Loves the film. #Redskins

I see Magic Johnson’s #Dodgers have acquired Shane Victorino after picking up Hanley Ramirez. Bob McAdoo is probably next. #Lakers #MLB

Now would be good time for the History Channel to contact the #Phillies. They’d be perfect for an episode of “American Pickers.” #MLB

#Nationals Park isn’t usually thought of as a homer haven, but 12 of the 16 HRs Strasburg has allowed in his career have come at home #MLB

Strasburg yanked after 4. Davey wisely decides: Why use up any more of his (limited) innings when we’re down 6-0? #Nats #Phillies

Read it and weep: Since the Hot Stuff Episode, Strasburg has a 3.96 ERA and has allowed 77 hits in 77 1/3 innings. #Nats #Phillies #MLB

Tommy John in his first full season after Tommy John surgery: 3.29 ERA in first half, 2.87 ERA in second half. #Nats #Phillies #Strasburg

Nuke (H-Rod) almost hit the Durham Bulls mascot there. #Nats #Phillies #MLB

In the ‘50s + ‘60s, Ryne Duren used to throw 1st warmup pitch off backstop just to get other team thinking. Maybe H-Rod should try it. #Nats

So THAT’S why Shanny drafted Kirk Cousins. He was casting the guy who’d play him in the rookie skit. Mystery solved. #Redskins #NFL

FYI: If anything makes me more nervous than typing the word “puck” in a tweet, it’s typing the word “skit.” #Redskins

Jered Weaver join a club this season that has only Verlander, Halladay, Mike Scott + Koufax as members. What are the qualifications? #Angels

Answer: Verlander (2011), Halladay (‘10), Scott (1986) + Koufax (‘65 + ‘63) threw a no-hitter + won the Cy Young in the same season. #Angels

Note: Halladay actually threw TWO no-hitters in 2010, a perfect game in the regular season and an “ordinary no-no” in the playoffs. #Angels

Wednesday

Top 5 Gabbys in sports history: Gabby Hartnett, Gabby Sabbatini, Gabby Boudreau, Gabby Union (D-Wade’s squeeze), Gabby Douglas. #Olympics

That last throw down to second by Jesus Flores was kind of … lacking. Next time, maybe he should hit the cutoff man. #Nats #Phillies

Thursday

Btw, it’s impossible to run into the goal post in the #Redskins‘ new practice bubble. Uprights/crossbars hang down from roof. No goal posts.

Hard not to notice rookie TE Beau Reliford on practice field, even when he’s just playing dummy defense. Guy is huge (6-6, 269). #Redskins

The Cleveland #Browns, 68-141 (and irrelevant) since their 1999 restart, just sold for more than $1 billion. #NFL franchises = gold.

The US men’s hoops team should have dedicated its 156-73 win over Nigeria to Paul Westhead. #PaulBall #LoyolaMarymount #Olympics

Just learned on “Pawn Stars” that Jimi Hendrix was a lefty. In other words, he was the Sandy Koufax of electric guitarists. #Dodgers

If #RG3 did a commercial with an AO, you’d figure it would be Alex Ovechkin, not Apolo Ohno. #Redskins #Caps #Shorttrack

If this week is any indication, I would LOVE to see a playoff series between the #Angels and #Rangers#MLB

Cedeno had 5 RBI for #Mets tonight w/o scoring a run. No #Nats player ever did that — but LaRoche did it as a D-back. http://bit.ly/OEJjCS

Obscure fact: The modern #MLB record for most RBI (7) in a game w/o scoring a run is shared by Joe Girardi. http://bit.ly/PGEYxC  #Yankees

Besides being in the HOF, what do Andre Dawson, Willie Stargell, Lou Brock, Earl Averill, Gabby Hartnett + Goose Goslin have in common? #MLB

Answer: They all hit .299 one season. #MLB

Friday

A round of applause, please, for the concept of bagging the tiebreaker in the final set and playing it out. #Federer #delPotro 

#Federer, you may recall, won a 16-14 5th set vs. Andy Roddick in the ‘09 Wimbledon final. I don’t remember looking at my watch. #Olympics

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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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