TWIT: The Week in Tweets, Jan. 27

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Friday 

Let me just say that, by any name, Fausto Carmona had a lousy year last year. And this year isn’t starting out any better. #Indians #MLB

I just hope we don’t find out someday that “Manny Acta” was an alias — and that his real name was Cornelius McGillicuddy or something.#Nats

The #Rams will play in London the next three seasons. The Brits must think their quarterback is the Earl of Bradford. #NFL #Patriots

Sunday

On your list of Crimes Against Humanity, be sure to leave room for Gillette Stadium traffic. An abomination. #Ravens #Pats

Just pulled into press box at Gillette Stadium for #Ravens#Patriotsclash. Warmer than for ‘07 AFC title game (which had wind chill of 9).

85 eighty-sixed. Ochocinco inactive for the AFC title game. #Patriots #Ravens #NFL

That was Steven Tyler on the national anthem here in Foxborough. No relation to Wendell. #Rams #Patriots #Ravens

Ray Rice just gained 83 fewer yards than he did on his first carry vs. the #Patriots in the ‘09 playoffs. #Ravens.

“Tom Brady doesn’t have a favorite receiver,” Ed Reed said last Sunday. We’re seeing that today. #Ravens #Patriots #NFL

Harbaugh showing an awful lot of faith in his defense by settling for 3 at the #Patriots 3. Must be expecting low-scoring game. #Ravens #NFL

This game has the feel of the ‘07 AFC title game, when #Chargers hung around and hung around vs. #Patriots. (14-12 entering 4th.) #Ravens

Joe Flacco is outplaying Tom Brady. (Clip and save.) 18 1/2 minutes to go. #Ravens 17, #Patriots 16 on 29-yard TD pass to Smith. #NFL

Just realized something: Eli Manning has never won an NFC title game in regulation. #Giants #49ers

Monday

Just like to point out that I correctly predicted final score of #Pats#Ravens game in Friday’s column. Had #Giants by 5 (27-22), not 3.

Tom Brady now 5-1 in conference title games (w/ help from Bledsoe on 1st one). Same as Elway. Touch better than Kelly (4-1). #Patriots #NFL

Vernon Davis had 292 receiving yds, 4 TDs in 2 playoff games for #49ers. Only 3 receivers have had that many yds/TDs in 1 postseason. #Terps

The company Davis keeps: Larry Fitzgerald ‘08, Jerry Rice ‘88 and ‘89, Fred Biletnikoff ‘68. All HOFers — or headed there. #49ers #Terps 

Was just reminded of this looking at the stats: Donte Stallworth caught 3 passes for 34 yds in last #Patriots#Giants Super Bowl. #Redskins

All things are possible. I know this because Devin Thomas is in the Super Bowl. #Redskins

The #Pats and #Giants are the teams of the 2000s in the #NFL. Pats: 5 Super Bowl berths. Giants: 3. (No other NFC club has more than one.)

3 of last 5 NFC title games have gone to OT. AFC title game hasn’t gone to OT since ‘86 (#Broncos#Browns). Only 1 in Super Bowl era. #NFL

You know what would be a great Super Bowl Week story? If Gisele dumped Tom Brady for The Most Interesting Man in the World. #Pats #NFL

Watching a rerun of “30 Rock” in which Jack Donaghy defines the Fabian Strategy as “retreating and retreating … #NFL

… until your opponent gets tired and makes a mistake.” In other words, the bend-but-don’t-break defense. #NFL

Good to know Shanahan is down at the Senior Bowl, looking for the next John Beck. #Redskins

Navy will join the Big East in 2015? Heck, by that time, Hawaii-Hilo will probably be a member. #Mids #RealignmentMadness

Re: Those 58 passes Eli Manning threw vs. #49ers Sunday. Peyton has never thrown more than 57 in an #NFL game (2010 vs. Texans). #Giants 

The #Giants snapped the #Broncos‘ 18-game winning streak in ‘98 and the #Pats‘ 18-gamer in ‘07. Now the Pats have a 10-gamer going. #NFL

I can just picture headline if #Ravens‘ Torrey Smith ever feels like he isn’t getting ball enough: Torrey Pines for More Action at Wideout.

Tuesday

Just getting to study stats of #Giants#49ers tilt closely. SF’s wideouts only had 3 receiving yards (in OT game!)? Gotta be a record. #NFL

My favorite Super Bowl subplot this year might be the Battle of the Hyphens: Jason Pierre-Paul vs. BenJarvus Green-Ellis. #Pats #Giants #NFL

When Tiger passes up Torrey Pines, a track he owns, to play in Dubai, you know he’s trying to refill the coffers after his divorce. #PGATour

Totally impossible trivia question (now that Rooney Mara has been nominated for Best Actress): The wife of one legendary #NFL owner 

… wrote a book that was made into a movie, and the movie produced the Oscar winner for Best Song. Any guesses? #NFL

Corinne Griffith, wife of #Redskins founder George Preston Marshall, wrote “Papa’s Delicate Condition,” about a tippling father … #NFL

… who buys his daughter a circus. Became a Jackie Gleason movie in 1963. The song was “Call Me Irresponsible.” #NFL

A few years later, Gleason did a film with young Tim Matheson (“How to Commit Marriage”). So there were only … #NFL

… two degrees of separation between George Preston Marshall and “Animal House.” #NFL

Some would say Flip Saunders has been fired. I say he’s been freed. It’s an important distinction. #Wizards #NBA

Re: Randy Wittman, #Wizards interim coach. Wish these knuckleheads could be coached by the guy he played under in college, Bob Knight. #NBA

Worst 3-year stretches by #Redskins in last 50 years: 1. ‘93-95 (13-35, .271), 2. ‘09-11 (15-33, .313), 3. ‘62-64 (14-26-2, .357). #NFL

In other words, it really is as bad as it feels. #Redskins #NFL

Wonder if Prince Fielder’s $214 million deal with the #Tigers will require “eye contact,” like Jenna’s on “30 Rock.” #MLB #Brewers

Fielder’s $214 million contract might sound like a lot, but when you consider the acreage … . #Tigers #Brewers #MLB

Coming to #Caps game, all I saw were 8, 19 + 52 jerseys — the 3 guys who are out vs. B’s. It was like Invasion of the Puckhead Snatchers.

One of the best things about the word “concussed” is that it rhymes with “disgust.” #Caps #Bruins #NHL

Headline: “#Tigers land Fielder.” I wasn’t aware he could get off the ground. #MLB #Nats

When 6-9 Zdeno Chara gets in a scuffle, as he did there with Jason Chimera, he looks like Primo Carnera on skates. #Caps #Bruins #NHL

Matt Hendricks: “I can’t hear you. I’ve got a puck in my ear.” #Caps #Bruins #NHL

Highly entertaining hockey game here at Verizon Center. #Caps 3, #Bruins 3 after 2. Reminds me of the days when teams used to score goals.

As Perreault showed, you need a really high stick to make Chara bleed. Matthieu practically had to stand on an orange crate. #Caps #Bruins

How often do you see a third-year #NHL forward increase his career goal total by 20% in one game? Perreault has tonight (15 to 18). #Caps

Tough few days for Ovie. His squeeze, Ms. Kirilenko, pulled out of Aussie Open with injury + Ovie pulled out of ASG with hurt feelings.#Caps

Wednesday 

And even fewer meals. RT @pgammo Prince missed 13 games in last 6 years with Brewers

Totally agree with #Colts‘ thinking: With Manning or Luck as your QB, you want your coach to be strong on the other side of the ball. #NFL

That’s one of the reasons the #Rams, with Bradford already in place, hired Fisher as their HC. Gives team a chance to be balanced. #NFL

That’s certainly what I’d do if I were a GM: Decide what your team’s strength is, then hire a HC who can address your weakness. #NFL #Colts

You want history? The #Giants are the first Super Bowl team since the merger to have a losing conference record (5-7). #Pats #NFL

In fact, #Giants are the only SB team since the merger that hasn’t had a WINNING conference record. Everybody else 7-5 or better. #Pats #NFL

Only 4 teams in NFC had worse conference records than #Giants. The #Redskins (5-7) weren’t one of them. (Rams, Vikes, Bucs, Panthers) #NFL

Thursday

Such a comfort to know that in addition to guarding the #Bruins goal, Tim Thomas is guarding our “rights, liberties and property.” #NHL

My advice to Thomas would have been: “Just leave your mask on when you go to the White House. No one will know you’re there.” #Bruins #NHL

I just hope that while the #Bruins were in the Rose Garden, Thomas wasn’t hanging out in a hot tub with Mark Chmura. #NHL

Friday

Sorry, but I can’t read the dateline “Abu Dhabi” (where #Tiger’s at) without thinking: Yabba Dabba Do! It’s a generational thing. #PGATour

Before every #Patriots Super Bowl, it seems, one of their stars winds up in a walking boot. In ‘07: Brady. This year: Gronkowski, #NFL #Pats

Before Peyton Manning gets too ticked off at Jim Irsay, he should remember how charmed his career has been compared to his dad’s.#Colts #NFL

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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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