TWIT: The Week in Tweets, Nov. 2

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Saturday

#RG3 is a magician with the football. But he still has a ways to go to match The Great Flydini. http://bit.ly/VNKDvo  #Redskins #NFL #Baylor

Maybe we should start referring to it as the FNHL — Former National Hockey League. #NHL #Caps

Sunday

At Heinz Field, where James Harrison will again demonstrate the difference between hurting somebody + injuring him. #Redskins #NFL #Steelers

If London Fletcher’s consecutive-games streak ended when Gregg Williams was coaching, would #Redskins D line up 10 players on the 1st play?

With Hurricane Sandy on the way, thought you’d want to know that the last #NFL player named Sandy was Justin Sandy for the 2005 #Titans.

Other Sandys in #NFL history: Sandy Osiecki, Sandy LaBeaux, Sandy Durko, Sandy Sandberg, Sandy Sanford and Sandy Hastings. #NFL #Titans

In their next CBA, #NFL players should lobby hard to get yea-or-nay power over throwback uniforms. Right, #Steelers#Redskins #NFL

#Steelers throwback unis are from 1934, when they went 2-10, scored 51 points, threw 4 TD passes w/ 23 INTs. Who’s nostalgic for that? #NFL

Favorite story about ‘34 #Steelers: Their season ended early, so they tried to “loan” best player to NYG, who had 3 games left. #NFL said no.

Easy pickings so far for the #Steelers offense. This is what happens when the #Redskins play softer. Nickel and dimed to death. #NFL

First punt by Sav Rocca, the thunder-footed Australian: 47.55 meters. #Redskins #NFL #Steelers

Did someone say “Leonard Clankerson?” I certainly didn’t. #Redskins #NFL #Steelers

Forbath has PAT blocked. I think he used his utility club when he should have gone with the wedge. 10-6 #Steelers#Redskins #NFL

Love to know how many times in #NFL history pass interference has been called on a quarterback. Griffin caught there. #Redskins #Steelers

#Redskins fired two bullets in that series — deep throwback to Paulsen, bomb to #RG3 — and didn’t draw blood with either. #NFL #Steelers

#Redskins D has already given up 3 plays of 25+ or more (2 pass, 1 run), even playing more conservatively. #Steelers #NFL

Whenever the #Steelers have the ball, maybe the #Redskins defense should try for a plea bargain. It’s ugly, folks. #NFL

I’m guessing from this defensive performance by the #Redskins that they’re allergic to bee stings. 27-9, #Steelers#ThrowbackUniforms #NFL

Monday

The answer is: Victor Cruz, A.J. Green and James Jones. What’s the question? #Redskins #NFL #Giants #Bengals #Packers

Who are the only #NFL WR with more TD catches than Santana Moss (5)? Cruz, Green and Jones all have 7. #Redskins #Giants #Bengals #Packers

Randy Moss: 155 TD catches. Still, it’s more amazing that only 7 receivers have more than Don Hutson (99), who retired in 1945. #Packers #NFL

Tuesday

Bryant McKinnie is being sued over a $375,000 strip-club tab? That’s way beyond making it rain. It’s more like Hurricane Sandy. #NFL #Ravens

Only 3 #Redskins QBs since ‘60 w/ higher rating than #RG3 (97.2) thru 8G (150+ PA): Joe T. ‘83 107.6, Johnson ‘99 101.1, Campbell ‘08 100.5.

#RG3 at midseason: 66.8%, 1,778 yds, 8 TD, 3 INT, 97.2 rating. Campbell, mid-‘08: 66.1%, 1,754 yds, 8 TD, 0 INT, 100.5 rating. #Redskins

The title of that last tweet should either be How Quickly We Forget or Twins Separated at Birth. #Redskins

Some folks in Twitterland seem to think I was saying that Campbell = #RG3. Hardly. I was just stunned at how close stats were. #Redskins

The #Redskins were .500 or better at the halfway point every year from 1982 to ‘92. In the 20 years since? Nine times (winning record: 6).

Baseball should give an award to the pitcher who leads the majors in WHIP. They could call it the Marquis de Sade Trophy. #MLB

Only Arian Foster (9) has rushed for more TDs than #RG3 (6). And Robert, of course, also has been targeted with one pass. #Redskins #Texans

More #RG3: He has the 2nd-longest completion (88, to Garcon) and the 4th-longest run (76 vs. #Vikes). Try THAT sometime. #Redskins #NFL

At the midpoint of the #NFL season, nobody’s doing anything statistically spectacular. Big difference from last year. Lockout skewed things?

About the only thing that jumps out at you is 4 guys averaging 30+ yards on KO returns. Last time there were that many: 1965. #NFL

Kai Forbath: 6 for 6 on FGs, 7 for 8 on PATs. Like Moseley during ‘82 MVP year. Mark made first 20 FGA but missed 3 PATs along way. #Redskins

Speaking of Forbath, he’s one of 6 #NFL kickers — 6! — who haven’t missed a FG try this season. 13 others have missed only one. #Redskins

Biggest statistical surprise of 2012: Calvin Johnson, who caught 16 TD passes last season, has caught one thus far. #NFL #Lions

Aaron Rodgers, meanwhile, is on pace for 42 TD passes, 56 sackings. Most TD passes by a QB sacked 50+ times: 36, Steve Beuerlein, 1999. #NFL

What do B.J. Raji, Jess Atkinson and Bulldog Turner have in common? Answer next. #Packers #Redskins #Terps #Bears #NFL

Answer: They scored a touchdown on the only rushing attempt of their #NFL careers. http://bit.ly/ScAxO1  #Packers #Redskins #Terps #Bears

What is Bill Donckers’ claim to #NFL fame? Answer next.

Answer: He completed all 6 passes he threw in his career, a record (#Cardinals, 1976-77). What’s a guy gotta do? http://bit.ly/dia5nG #NFL

Wednesday

More on the Harper ROY debate: In 112 PA last year, his NON-rookie year, Todd Frazier hit .232 with a 94 OPS+… . #Nats #MLB #Reds

In his first 112 PA this year, his ONLY rookie year, Harper hit .278 with a 119 OPS+… . #Nats #MLB #Reds

Wade Miley won 16 games as a “rookie” this year. Not bad. Of course, so did Yu Darvish over in the AL, and Ivan Nova last year. #Nats

My point is simply: Frazier and Miley had nice seasons. Harper had one that, given his age, was historic in every way. #Nats #MLB

WAR at age 19: Bryce Harper 5.0, Mel Ott 3.7, Ken Griffey Jr. 2.9, Ty Cobb 2.3, Tony Conigliaro 1.4, Mickey Mantle 1.3. #Nats #MLB

Runs produced, NL ROY candidates: Harper 135, Aoki 121, Rosario 110, Frazier 103, Alonso 100. #Nats #MLB

Thursday

Number of players in #MLB history who, in 1st season, qualified for batting title + had WAR of 5 or higher: 15. Harper is the latest. #Nats

Some of the other 1st-year guys with WARs of 5 or better: Ichiro, Ted Williams, Albert Pujols, Frank Robinson, Paul Waner. #MLB #Nats

I agree with Spurrier: #Alabama could beat an #NFL team. But only if the NFL team was coached by Spurrier. #Redskins

New York City deciding to hold its marathon this weekend is like Rocky, his eyes swollen shut, telling his corner man, “Cut me, Mick.”

The #NFL/NFLPA is donating $1M to Sandy relief efforts. Maybe James Harrison will feel better about paying all those fines now. #Steelers

Randy Moss, Albert Haynesworth and now Aqib Talib. Bill Belichick is the new Al Davis. #NFL #Patriots #Raiders

That said, here’s hoping Belichick doesn’t have to trade his hoodie for a hazmat suit. #NFL #Patriots #Raiders

Wouldn’t be surprised if the draft pick the #Patriots traded the #Bucs is dependent on how many times Talib gets arrested. #NFL

Friday

This weekend’s #BreedersCup reminds me of Steve McQueen’s line: “When a horse learns to buy martinis, I’ll learn to like horses.”

 

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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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