TWIT: The Week in Tweets, May 4

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Friday

Just bought 3 boxes of Wheaties — 1 with Ali, 1 with Jenner + 1 with M.L. Retton. Gonna see which one makes me feel most like a champion.

Let the record show I was badmouthing Brandon Meriweather from the moment he tweeted he was in D.C. to talk to the #Redskins#NFL  #Pats

With Bryce Harper getting called up, anybody want to guess the last hitter to debut for a Washington #MLB team at 19 or younger? #Nats  #MLB

Answer: Jeff Burroughs. He was 19 in 1970 when he played his first #MLB game for Ted Williams’ #Senators. The box: http://bit.ly/JG3HVj

Burroughs went 0 for 3 that day vs. #Brewers. Batted 6th, played RF. All 3 AB were vs. Al Downing, who later gave up Aaron’s 715th HR. #Nats

Interesting: There was a player named Harper who played in Burrough’s debut — Tommy Harper, the #Brewers‘ third baseman. #Nats

Interesting, Part 2: Burroughs’ manager, Ted Williams, hit 43 HR in 1949. Harper’s manager, Davey Johnson, hit 43 HR in 1973. #Nats

Saturday

The #Redskins draft a 2nd QB (Cousins)? In 1959 they drafted 3. The 3rd was Joe Kapp, who went to CFL and later led #Vikings to Super Bowl.

Of course, in 1959 the draft was 30 rounds. You could draft 3 of just about everything if you wanted to. #Redskins

With 3 OL picks already, the #Redskins have made it clear they’re never going be undermanned in that area again, especially w/ #RG3at QB.

Just came up with a solution to the #NFL’s concussion problem: Require all players to grow their hair out like Cher. http://bit.ly/Kj2wGm

Possible scenario: 2 years from now, #RG3 is a star, Kyle gets a head coaching job somewhere, Dad lets him take Cousins with him. #Redskins

By looking utterly hopeless at the plate, I think Espinosa is just trying to take the pressure off Bryce. There’s a teammate for you. #Nats

The way he’s swinging the bat tonight, Espinosa would have a hard time getting a hit off Barbara Billingsley. #Nats #LeaveItToBeaver

Sunday

#Redskins taking QBs in Rounds 1 + 4 is nothing like #Cowboys taking QBs in Round 1 (Aikman) + Round 1 of Supplemental (Walsh) in ‘89. #NFL

The Walsh pick cost DAL its 1st-rounder in ‘90, which would have been No. 1 overall. So they spent 2 No. 1 picks on QBs in ‘89. #Redskins

FYI: The #Rams turned the #Redskins‘ picks into DT Michael Brockers, CB Janoris Jenkins, RB Isaiah Pead + OG Rokevious Watkins. More to come.

Be interesting to see what final body count is in #RG3 deal. If #Ramstrade down the No. 1s in ‘13/‘14, could hit double figures. #Redskins

Something for Harper to shoot at: Mantle was 3rd in MVP voting at 20 — behind 2 pitchers. So he was best AL position player at 20. #Nats

Monday

Memo to #Redskins: Celebrating franchise anniversaries every 5 years gets really old. Try celebrating a championship sometime. #NFL

I keep waiting for the Birthers to descend on #BryceHarper, claiming he isn’t really 19 and may not even have been born in Vegas. #Nats

James Johnson didn’t even have time to go through a tube of toothpaste before leaving #Clemson and returning to #VirginiaTechhoops. #Hokies

Hopefully, Johnson will replace Seth Greenberg’s 9-8-7 offense. It was called that, I’m told, because the crowd … #Hokies

… was always counting down “9 … 8 … 7 …” before the #Hokies  did anything with the ball. #VirginiaTech

I’d say Game 2 is pretty darn important for the #Caps. These ain’t the ‘09/‘11 #Rangers. Don’t want to be down 2-love to these guys. #NFL

Is anybody really surprised the #NFLDraft got better ratings in DC than #Caps vs. #Bruins finale? The draft has become the Academy Awards.

Returning to #Hokies‘ new hoops coach, it’s a shame James Johnson is taking the over program at a time when Dell Curry has run out of sons.

My message to the #Caps going into the 3rd period is: It’s not about winning four games, it’s about NOT LOSING four. Ya folla? #Rangers #NHL

5 minutes left in a 1-goal playoff game (#Caps 3, #Rangers 2). If this isn’t a reason for living, I don’t know what is. #NHL

After the game, I want somebody to time Mike Knuble’s mad sprint to avoid that icing call a bit ago. The Ol’ Man can still motor. #Caps #NHL

So tough in these playoffs to hold serve on your home ice in Games 1-2. The teams are just so close in ability. #Caps 3, #Rangers 2. #NHL

With reduced ice time for Ovechkin, it’s almost like Hunter is DH-ing him. It certainly paid off tonight — with the game-winning goal. #Caps

Hey, this is the first time in Ovechkin Era the #Caps have been up a break in 2nd round. (Led #Pens 2-0 in ‘09, but both wins at home.) #NHL

That’s 8 one-goal games in 9 playoff games for #Caps (Won 5, Lost 3). In ‘98 run to Finals, had 11 in 21 games (Won 5, Lost 6). #Rangers  #NHL

Tuesday

The #Redskins have reportedly gotten rid of another member of their 2011 “playoff-caliber offense” (in the words of Shanny): Jabar Gaffney.

Does anybody else think Yards After Catch is an overrated stat (e.g. Gaffney’s 2.7 in ‘11)? … #Redskins

Only 16 WRs with 60+ catches last season had a higher yards-per-catch average (13.9) than Gaffney. It’s about advancing the ball. #Redskins

Axing Gaffney not necessarily bad move, but YAC can be inflated by running a lot of underneath routes (that don’t gain 13.9 yds). #Redskins

And please, spare me the glorification of Shanahan’s “scheme” as an explanation for Gaffney’s stats. He had Rex + Becks as QBs. #Redskins

At any rate, the bar has been set. Will either Garcon or Morgan catch 68 balls next season for 947 yards and 5 TD? #Redskins

You have to understand, genius coaches see most WRs as very replaceable. It’s all about the profundity of their X’s and O’s. #Redskins

Here’s where Gaffney ranked in 2011 in the yards-per-catch department, btw, among WR with 60+ receptions: http://goo.gl/neijd  #Redskins

Most catches by #NFL WR, last 3 seasons: 21. Gaffney 187 (2,554 yds., 13.66 avg., 9 TD), 22. Garcon 184 (2,496/13.57/16). #Redskins

Here are those rankings — of the most catches by an #NFL WR in the last 3 seasons: http://bit.ly/ID5D1Q #Redskins

Would love to see a Farmers Insurance commercial in which J.K. Simmons says, “Fire extinguishers? We don’t cover those.” #Stoudemire #NBA

It’s great to be able to watch #BryceHarper hit tonight without a naked butt in the background. #Nats #Dodgers #MLB

Does #RG3 need a nickname (aside from RG3, I mean)? I suppose the Waco Kid is taken. http://bit.ly/IDwQ4r #Redskins #NFL #Baylor

Wednesday

Warren Sapp a TV judge? The HOF committee better vote him in on the 1st ballot, otherwise he’ll send them to the electric chair. #Bucs  #NFL

Here at Verizon Center, anxiously waiting for Alex Ovechkin to land the first quadruple Axel in #NHL playoff competition. #Caps #Rangers

1-1 score, 26-26 in shots. Close enough for ya? #Caps #Bruins #NHL

It was only a matter of time before the #Caps had another overtime game. I mean, they hadn’t had one in 7 whole days. #Bruins  #NHL

To the second OT we go. I went to a #Caps playoff game and the D.C. Marathon broke out. #Rangers #NHL

The chanting late in the 1st OT for Braden Holtby reminded me that this is becoming a BH town — him and Bryce Harper. #Caps #Nats  #NHL #MLB

So … who’s gonna get tired first? Isn’t that what it’s pretty much come down to between the #Caps and #Rangers#NHL

The #Caps and #Rangers have met so often in the playoffs that I don’t even have to think anymore about how to spell Lundqvist. #NHL

It seems like John Carlson’s equalizer was scored at about 10 this morning. Know what I mean? #Caps #Rangers #NHL

Can this game please be won by a great play? Don’t hand me happenstance after fabulous hockey like this. #Caps #Rangers #NHL

If this game goes on much longer, the #Caps are going to start selling 2013-14 season tickets. #Rangers #NHL

Not only should the refs put their whistles away, all speed cameras in DC should be deactivated for the rest of the night. #Caps #Rangers

Triple OT. A doubleheader! The #Caps should offer free blood-pressure screening between periods. #Rangers #NHL

I’m gonna check my retirement to see how much it’s gone up during this hockey game. Maybe I don’t have to stick around till the end. #Caps

By the time this game is over, Ovie is going to be able to speak English fluently. #Caps #Rangers #NHL

Wonder how many fans at Verizon have reached drinking age since this game began. #Caps #Rangers #NHL

I honestly think the goalie’s mask was invented during this game. I don’t recall Holtby wearing one at the start. #Caps #Rangers #NHL

Not to worry, #Caps fans. I’ve just been informed that Nicklas Backstrom is still under contract. #Rangers #NHL

I’m told that if the game had gone to a seventh period, Roman Hamrlik could have become a naturalized citizen. #Caps #Rangers #NHL

Thursday

What’s the deal with Jose Bautista? Has he basically turned from Buddy Love back into Sherman Klump? #Jays #MLB

There’s plenty of blame to go around in the #Bountygate scandal, but Just Following Orders is the lamest excuse in human history.#NFL  #NFLPA

If #NFL owners are undecided about activating guys from IR, it might just be a hypersensitivity to anything having to do w/ injured players.

“The next best thing to a lie is a true story nobody will believe.” — Joe Palmer, famed N.Y. Herald Tribune sportswriter #KentuckyDerby

Jim Murray called them “blobs.” They abound in the Twitterverse, the great sportswriter would have discovered… .

And what are “blobs”? Murray: “People [who] don’t really want to know. They prefer their certitudes, no matter how shakily based.”

Worse, Murray once wrote, “blobs … have a life of their own. They grow even if you try to cut off their heads. They’re ineradicable.”

If you are a “blob,” or even thinking of becoming a “blob,” please take your blobness somewhere else. This is a No Blob Zone. Thank you.

Bryce Harper, 19, is batting 3rd tonight for the #Nats. Most 19-year-olds would be thrilled to be 3rd in their Rotisserie League draft.

Who am I? In my 1st playoff game, I threw a 1-hitter. I’ve led the NL in WHIP and the AL in ERA. I’m 8-22 since 2010. #MLB

Answer: Kevin Millwood. Threw 1-hitter for #Braves vs. Astros in ‘99 playoffs. Had 0.996 WHIP that year, 2.86 ERA for #Indians in ‘05. #MLB

19-yr-old Bryce Harper vs. 19-yr-old Mickey Mantle: Bryce has 4 2B in 5 games. Mick didn’t get his 4th extra-base hit until Game 15. #Nats

308 of Mantle’s 386 PA as rookie were as 1 or 2 hitter. Had just 36 PA in 3 spot, where Harper is tonight. Of course, ‘51 Yanks won WS. #Nats

The big thing with Mantle was that he had 13 HR at 19. But then, Yankee Stadium was made for LH hitters (296 down RF line) … #Nats

… and Mickey had more ups from the left side than the right. #Nats

If the #Caps can come back on the #Rangers, there might not be a team in the Final Four above a 4th seed. How’s that for incentive? #NHL

Came across a great quote once uttered by Willie Davis, the #PackersHall of Famer: “I try to play so that I can live with myself.” #NFL

 

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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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