The Washington Times - March 16, 2012, 12:54PM

Friday

If Peyton does wind up with the #Cardinals, I’m sure Charles Barkley can recommend some great courses to lose golf balls at. #NFL#Suns #NBA

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I miss the ‘60s, when an offer from the #Chiefs (and late owner Lamar Hunt) to somebody like Peyton would have included an oil well. #NFL

Players getting axed left and right in Indy. About the only thing the #Colts haven’t done is trade Johnny Unitas again. #NFL

If the reports are accurate — the #Redskins gave up 3 No. 1s and a No. 2 for the 2nd pick (and RG3) — the deal is George Allenesque. #NFL

#Redskins gave up a bundle, but remember: They haven’t drafted a QB who was a long-term, high-quality answer for them since Baugh.

Baugh was drafted in 1937, the franchise’s first year in Washington. Every 75 years, the #Redskins should probably do something like this.

Allen was never very fond of draft choices. Considered them “pieces of paper,” Charley Casserly once said. Currency. #Redskins#NFL

Don’t forget, George traded 2 No. 1s and a No. 2 for Dave Butz. Butz was a fine DT, but a QB can make much more of an impact. #Redskins #NFL

The #Redskins also gave up a No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 for Brad Johnson in 1999, after Trent Green left in free agency. #NFL

And the #Redskins sent a No. 1 to the Dolphins for Joe Theismann, who had gone to the CFL to play. Joe was originally a 4th-rounder. #NFL

With no first-rounders for a while, the #Redskins will have that much more money to burn in free agency. #NFL

One of the great things about this deal is that the #Redskins and #Rams will meet this season in St. Louis (again). Should be fun. #NFL

From the #Redskins‘ standpoint, I believe this is known as paying the piper. Never should have gotten themselves in this mess, but …

since they did, they have to suck it up and meet the #Rams‘ price. Did the #Redskins give up too much? We won’t know for a few years. #NFL

These megatrades tend to look more one-sided on paper than they really are. A handful of first-round picks is nice, but … #Redskins#NFL

… what do you do with them? A GM once told me: “a third of all first-rounders turn out to be really good, … #Redskins #NFL

… a third are average and a third are busts.” Be interesting to see how well the #Rams draft. #Redskins #NFL

Saturday

Who’s the #Redskins‘ starting QB in Week 1 this season? I’m being deadly serious here. #NFL #RG3 #Rams

Some will rip the #Redskins for overpaying for RG3. But you can’t blame any franchise for reaching for greatness. #NFL #Rams

Whatever happens with #RG3 next season, at least he won’t have to spend the first few months in Hagerstown or Harrisburg. #Redskins#Nats

For those wondering about the highest price ever paid for a QB, here’s a blog I wrote in October. http://bit.ly/pax02M #Redskins#NFL #Rams

#RG3 is the light at the end of a very long tunnel for #Redskins fans. Think the tunnel that runs underneath the English Channel. #NFL#Rams

Lots of people seem to think the #Rams made out like bandits. But what if #RG3 turns out to be better than Sam Bradford? #Redskins#NFL

For too long, #Redskins fans have been on a treadmill to nowhere. Trading for the 2nd pick is like a ticket to the moon. #NFL #Rams

An arm like RG3’s often costs an arm and a leg — as I said in a blog last week. His comparables: http://bit.ly/zMnQ8M #Redskins #NFL#Rams

Yes, #RG3 cost a lot. It’s the second pick. He’s a QB. These things are by definition inflationary. #Redskins #NFL #Rams

#Rams gave up even more for QB Jim Everett (3rd pick) in ‘86. Cost them 2 No. 1s, 2 Pro Bowlers (William Fuller, Kent Hill). #Redskins#NFL

The $7.2 million we paid for Alaska in 1867 seemed like a lot at the time, too. Seward’s Folly, they called it. #Redskins #RG3 #NFL#Rams

What folks have to realize is: The #Redskins weren’t in much position to haggle. Other teams interested in pick. Gotta go for the gold. #NFL

Hey, maybe the #Redskins can get the #NFL to sell them the draft picks the league is going to take away from the #Saints#RG3#Rams

The #Redskins passing up #RG3 would have been like Meg Ryan passing up the role of Clarice in “Silence of the Lambs.” #NFL#Rams

How high will the #Redskins‘ No. 1s be in 2013, ‘14? Love to see Vegas post odds on that. #RG3 #NFL #Rams

A trio of first-round picks for #RG3. Now we know what the “3” really stands for. #Redskins #NFL #Rams

How long will it be before we’re saying: #RG3 is the most marketed athlete in Washington history? That’s Snyder’s specialty. #NFL #Rams

Most Washingtonians who oppose the #RG3 trade, I’m convinced, are merely victims of Battered Fan Syndrome. #Redskins #NFL #Rams

Nobody’s talking about how the #RG3 trade impacts Brandon Banks. I don’t think he’ll be throwing too many more passes. #NFL#Rams

Just to review, the #Redskins gave up 2 No. 1s and a No. 2 for FA DT Dave Butz in 1975, and 2 No. 1s for FA LB Wilber Marshall in ‘88. #NFL

The #Redskins also GOT 2 No. 1s from Carolina as compensation for DT Sean Gilbert, their franchise player, in ‘98. #NFL

One of the No. 1s from Carolina was used to make the Ricky Williams deal. Brought 2 No. 2s (including LaVar) in return. #Redskins #NFL

So Charley Casserly essentially turned Sean Gilbert into 3 No. 1s (plus other #Saints picks). How sweet is that? #Redskins #NFL

Another instance of the #Redskins trading 2 No. 1s for a guy: Dealt 6th and 28th picks to move up to 4 and take Desmond Howard in ‘92. #NFL

FYI: RB Gerald Riggs did NOT cost the #Redskins 2 No. 1s in ‘89. “Only” a No. 1 and a No. 2. #NFL

On the plus side, the #Redskins‘ deal for #RG3 didn’t include the Washington Monument or unlimited free rides in Snyder’s helicopter. #NFL

Sunday

#Harvard is in the #NCAA tournament and #MIT is in the D-3 Final Four. All we need now is the Sorbonne in the #NIT.

Was just reminded of an email I got back on Oct. 1: “As of 3rd quarter, #RG3 had 17 TD passes this year and 16 incompletions.” #Redskins

I still say St. Bonaventure would have won the 1970 #NCAAtournament if Bob Lanier hadn’t missed the Final Four with an injury. #Bonnies

How’d you end up taking a 12 on third hole, #Sergio? Arnie would have said, “I missed a 35-footer for 11.” #PGATour #WGC

Speaking of that 12 on No. 3 by #Sergio, I wonder how many times someone told him on that hole, “You’re still away.” #PGATour #WGC

Always happy when a coach struggles in the pros, takes a college job and reminds everybody he knows what he’s doing. #LeonardHamilton #FSU

Monday

To those who think the #RG3 trade is risky business, my reply is: Sometimes you just gotta say, “What the %$#!, make your move.” #Redskins

When the Cowboys traded for the 2nd pick in ‘77 to get Dorsett, it cost them a No. 1 (14th) and 3 No. 2s — all in that draft. #Redskins#NFL

Remember, though: The first of those 3 No. 2s the Cowboys sent to the Seahawks would have been a first-rounder today (30th). #Redskins #NFL

My problem with the whole the-#Redskins-were-colluded-against argument is this: The #NFL was built on collusion… .

… The draft and rookie wage scale are collusion. The TV contract requires an antitrust exemption… . #Redskins #NFL

… Collusion helped make the #NFL great. In this instance, though, it worked against the #Redskins. They played with fire and got burned.

This is kind of how the #NFL has always operated. In the early days, when teams signed players before they had graduated … #Redskins

… from college, the league didn’t nix the signings (which weren’t allowed at the time), it just fined the teams later. #NFL #Redskins

What’s almost impossible to believe is that this was a bolt from the blue for the #Redskins. Yet that’s how they’re acting. #NFL

Here’s what I don’t want to hear: “But the #Redskins do so much for the league (economically).” The biggest favor … #NFL

… the #Redskins do for the league economically is not appear very often on national television. #NFL

Understand, folks, I’ve got no horse in this race. If Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones wanted to break off and start … #Redskins #NFL

… their own league, more power to them. This is America. But either you belong to the #NFL or you don’t. #Redskins

… Besides, the #Redskins benefit much more from the league than the league benefits from the Redskins. #NFL

Clemenza just emailed me to say: “It looks like the #Redskins and the #NFL might go to the mattresses.”

Tuesday

Randy Moss could line up wide in a tank top and a pair of flip-flops and you’d still have to cover him. #49ers #NFL

If I were Trent Williams, after the way last season ended, I’d go to the Redskins and say, “What can I do contractually to help out?” …

… I’m just talking about restructuring, not giving up $. Seems like the least Trent could do. The #Redskins shouldn’t even have to ask.

NFLPA: “We will continue to fight for a fair, clean and safe game.” Yet it continues to drag its feet on blood testing for HGH. #NFL

The #Dolphins just traded Brandon Marshall to the #Bears for 2 No. 3s. Remember who else cost 2 No. 3s, #Redskins fans? Answer next. #NFL

Answer: As compensation for Marty Schottenheimer, the #Redskins had to give the #Chiefs their No. 3s in ‘01 and ‘02… . #NFL

The #Chiefs drafted WR Marvin Minnis in ‘01 and sent the ‘02 No. 3 to the #Rams as compensation for coach Dick Vermeil. #Redskins

So the 84th pick in the ‘02 draft was actually used as compensation for TWO coaches. The guy taken in that spot: RB Lamar Gordon. #Redskins

“Garcon, coffee!” Who uttered that line in what famous movie? I was just reminded of it when I saw the #Redskins had signed Pierre Garcon.

Answer: Tim Roth said it in the diner in “Pulp Fiction.” #Redskins

By signing Garcon away from the #Colts, is Shanahan just trying to make sure #RG3 has a better rookie year than Andrew Luck? #Redskins #NFL

Obama’s at the Mississippi Valley State play-in game. Must be part of his Southern strategy. #NCAATournament

Interesting that after dumping Keenan McCardell, the #Redskinscouldn’t wait to get rid of the receivers he coached. #MakeUpYourMind

Wednesday

The #Bucs must be ecstatic. Not only did they sign Vincent Jackson, nobody accused them of Tampa-ring. #NFL #Chargers

The #Patriots are eyeing LaRon Landry? They must still be looking for somebody to replace Shawn Springs on the inactive list. #Redskins

If #Pats did sign LaRon, this is what Belichick would tell him: “Don’t even bother to cover anybody. Just hit anything that moves.” #Redskins

Brandon Meriweather “just landed [i]n Washington”? I may have to start drinking again. #Redskins #Patriots #NFL

With the #Patriots, Brandon specialized in holding receivers to 17-yard gains on third-and-16. #Redskins #NFL

Memo to the #Redskins: Do not sign this Meriweather fellow — unless you want your heart broken into a million little pieces. #NFL#Pats

I’m hoping Meriweather signs with the #Chiefs so he can play with Kendrick Lewis. Just think: a Meriweather-Lewis safety tandem! #NFL #Pats

Laurent Robinson had 11 TD catches in ‘11 despite starting only 4 games. Who was last WR with that many TDs/that few starts? #NFL#Redskins

Answer (according to http://pro-football-reference.com): Ricky Sanders in ‘88. Sanders had 12 TD catches/4 starts that year. #NFL#Redskins

What a story Robinson is, by the way. Early last season he was on the street. Now the #Jaguars are handing him $14 million guaranteed. #NFL

I’ve gotta believe Chris Berman’s favorite college basketball player is #Cal’s Bak Bak. #NCAATournament #ESPN #GoldenBears

Thursday

Let’s play: Guess the Major League Pitcher Who Once Had the Same Record as One of This Year’s #NIT Teams. #NCAATournament

St. Joe’s: 20-13 going into the #NIT. Who was the last #MLB pitcher to post that record and in what year? #NCAATournament

Answer: Oakland’s Dave Stewart in 1987. #NIT #MLB#NCAATournament

LSU: 18-14 going into the #NIT. Who was the last #MLB pitcher to post that record and in what year? #NCAATournament

Answer: Cleveland’s Greg Swindell in 1988. #NIT #MLB#NCAATournament

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