TWIT: The Week in Tweets, Oct. 5

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Saturday

The voice of Joe Maddon welcomed me to Tampa tonight as I rode the shuttle to the main terminal. How great a job is this? #Redskins

Sunday

Only 3 times since 1960 has a #Redskins QB posted a higher passer rating in the first 3 games than #RG3 (103.5). Answer next. #NFL #Baylor

The top 3 are Theismann in ‘82 (116.5), Brad Johnson in ‘99 (114.2) and Sonny in ‘69 (106.7). (Minimum: 45 attempts). #Redskins #NFL #Baylor

What’s funny about Joe T’s ‘82 season is that Games 2 and 3 were two months apart because of the strike. #Redskins #NFL #Baylor

How long will it be today, #Redskins fans, before we hear the words “muscle cramps”? It’s hot here in Tampa. #NFL

The #Redskins had a two-car pileup in WARMUPS? Ask me if I’m surprised. Go ahead. #NFL

The Brandon Bolden who is 10-93 rushing for #Pats is same guy who was erroneously reported to have signed w/ #Redskins as undrafted FA. #NFL

The security at the media gate is pretty tight in Tampa. Must be worried about letting in a Barbary Pirate or two. #Redskins #Bucs #NFL

First, Meriweather got arrested for DUI before playing his 1st down for #Redskins. Now he’s gotten hurt in warmups before playing 1st down.

#Redskins had RB in ‘70s they called “The Legendary Jeff Jordan.” Was always hurt + hardly ever played. Meriweather is becoming “Legendary.”

#Patriots: 45 second-half points. The last #NFL team to have more was the 1950 #Giants (48) in this game: http://bit.ly/TXb6Wf 

Any punt that doesn’t wind up lodged in Sav Rocca’s facemask is a good punt. Agreed? #Redskins #Bucs #NFL

So, the way I understand it, #Gregg Williams is basically dealing with same kind of restrictions Will was on “The Good Wife.” #Rams #NFL

Wonder how many of these holding penalties should be filed under: Stuff We Used To Get Away With When We Had Replacement Refs. #Redskins

In the past 2 weeks, then, the #Redskins have had a 0-yard INT TD (Jackson) and a FUM at the 1 that was recovered in EZ for a TD (Garcon).

Garcon TD on fumble recovery kinda dispels the notion that the#Redskins are cursed today (after Meriweather/Robinson collision). #Bucs #NFL

FootballOutsiders.com  is running an excerpt from my book on early #NFL. It’s on the league’s link to prison football: http://bit.ly/SQPiu5 

Highest passer-rating by #Redskins starting QB thru 4 games (since ‘60): Johnson ‘99 119.9, Sonny ‘69 103.9, Joe T. ‘82 103.4, #RG3 103.2.

Monday

Until 1970, when Tom Dempsey boomed 63-yarder, longest FG in #NFL history was 56 yds. #Rams‘ Greg Zuerlein booted 2 that were longer Sunday.

The #Redskins are 2-0 vs. the NFC South (#Saints#Bucs, 0-2 vs. everybody else (#Rams#Bengals). #NFL

Most rushing yards by a #Redskins RB through Week 4 (since ‘60): Larry Brown ‘72, 445. Alfred Morris is 7th on the list with 376. #NFL

Most rush yds by #Redskins back thru Wk 4 of rookie year (since ‘60): Morris 376, Brooks ‘93 256, RG3 252, Taylor ‘64 245, Brown ‘69 239.

Brandon Lloyd has caught as many passes in 4 weeks with Tom Brady (25) as he did in 2 years with the #Redskins. More TDs, too (1). #Patriots

#Pats scored 45 points in the 2nd half Sunday. In the last decade, #Bucs + #Texans haven’t scored 45 in an entire regular-season game. #NFL

In the #Bucs‘ defense, they did score 48 in the Super Bowl vs. the #Raiders#NFL

Tuesday

Top 3 rushers in the NFC East: LeSean McCoy 384, Alfred Morris 376, #RG3 252. #Redskins #Eagles #NFL #Baylor

I love this Ruf guy. Why? Because he’s a trivia question even a dog can answer. Who’s batting .345 for the #Phillies? “Ruf! Ruf!” #Nats #MLB

Wednesday

Pierre took a HR away from DeRosa in the 1st. But on that 2B into the corner by Morse, he approached ball like it was a grenade. #Nats #MLB

Gio won 21 games in 199.1 IP. Cliff Lee has won 6 so far in 207. And it’s not like he’s pitched badly. Weird game. #Nats #Phillies #MLB

Teddy finally wins the Presidents Race — but only after his competition gets interfered with. Bull Moose, I say. #Nats #Phillies #MLB

If the #Nats have a big inning here after You Know Who’s victory, I nominate Teddy for a postgame shaving-cream pie in the face. #Phillies

It’s official. #Nationals 5, #Phillies 1. Stat of the Day: The #Nats are 1-0 when Teddy wins the Presidents Race. #MLB

Thursday

Davey Johnson’s victory totals in his 2nd year with the #Mets#Orioles and #Nats: 98, 98, 98. #MLB

Unitas’ 47-game TD streak vs. Brees’ 47-game TD streak. A tale of the tape. 1. Unitas 31-16 record, Brees 33-14. #Colts #Saints #NFL

2. Unitas 2 #NFL titles (1958-59), Brees 1 (2009). 3. Unitas 102 TD passes, Brees 114. #Colts #Saints

4. Unitas 7 different receivers, Brees 15. 5. Unitas 0 dome games, Brees 31. 6. Unitas 2 1-yard TD passes, Brees 10. #Colts #Saints #NFL

Also, Unitas threw 27 TD passes to Lenny Moore during his streak. Brees has thrown 20 to Lance Moore during his streak. #Colts#Saints #NFL

Unitas’ streak might bite the dust, but Van Brocklin’s record of 554 passing yards in a game, set in 1951, still stands. #Colts #Saints #NFL

An even longer-standing passing record: Luckman’s 7 TD passes in a game in 1943. Tied but never broken. #Colts #Saints #NFL

The rules in Unitas’ era were so different. You could grab a WR’s facemask in ‘50s if he didn’t have the ball. No flag. #NFL #Colts #Saints

Johnny Unitas vs. Drew Brees. Who ya got? My column on their 47-game TD streaks. http://bit.ly/T7f90Y  #Colts #Saints #NFL

Brees, by the way, has had three games during his streak in which he didn’t throw a TD pass until the final 4 minutes. #Colts #Saints #NFL

The games were 2011 vs. STL (6 seconds left) and ‘10 vs. DAL (1:55) and ATL (3:24). The last two TD passes won the game. #Colts #Saints #NFL

Unitas’ favorite targets during his streak: Raymond Berry 38 TDs, Lenny Moore 27, Jim Mutscheller 25. #Colts #Saints #NFL

Johnny U. also threw 2 TD passes during his streak to current #Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. #Colts #Saints #NFL

Brees’ favorite targets during his streak: Marques Colston 22 TDs, Lance Moore 20, Jimmy Graham 19, Robert Meachem 19. #Colts #Saints #NFL

When Burt Lancaster narrated “Big Game America” for #NFL Films in 1969, “he took the gig in return for a football signed by Unitas.” #Colts

The passage quoted in that last tweet comes from Rich Cohen’s fabulous piece about the Sabols in The Atlantic. http://bit.ly/Q03iOu  #Colts

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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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