TWIT: The Week in Tweets, Sept. 21

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Sunday

If you’ve got time before the games, check out NY Times’ excerpt from my book on #NFL’s early years: http://goo.gl/x5Dt2  #Bears #Packers

#Redskins#Rams Burning Questions: 1. Will any Redskin end up playing most of the game with a broken arm? #NFL

2. Has an Australian ever had a punt blocked two weeks in a row in the #NFL#Redskins #Rams #Rocca

3. Does Jeff Fisher maintain his mustache all by himself, or does he have a lawn service? #Redskins #Rams #NFL

4. Do the #Rams realize that by beating the #Redskins, they’ll also make the Redskins’ 2013 No. 1 pick (owned by St. Louis) higher? #NFL

5. Is there anything lamer than the attention paid to #RG3 Logo Issue? #Redskins #Rams #NFL

Which is more likely to happen today? 1. The #Rams regret not drafting #RG3. 2. The #Redskins regret cutting Kellen Clemens. #NFL

Somebody should treat the #Redskins for Amendola Poisoning. The guy’s been a pass-catching machine so far. #NFL

These can’t be replacement refs working the #Redskins game. They’ve gotta be replacement ref interns. #Rams #NFL

Amendola already with 9 catches. The #NFL record, by the way, is 21 by Brandon Marshall in this game: http://bit.ly/SrETQ2 

In case you’re wondering, the winner of this #Redskins#Rams game plays the winner of the XFL for the championship. #NFL

The #Rams are just a yard away from another Official’s Review. #Redskins

2 seconds left in the half in St. Louis. Time enough for one more pushing-and-shoving scene in the end zone. #Redskins #Rams #NFL

#RG3 is officially in his first shootout. Bradford’s 34-yard TD pass Gibson makes it 23-21, #Rams#Redskins #NFL

That’s 2 1-yard TD passes for Bradford, folks. It’s the world we live in, the world of the 1-yard TD pass. #Redskins #Rams #NFL

#RG3 just threw it 62 yards in the air, by my count. #Redskins #Rams

Monday

Rookie QB Watch: Let the record show that in Week 2, Luck, Tannehill + Wilson won, + #RG3 + Weeden played well enough to. Wow. #Redskins #NFL

Rookie passer ratings: Weeden 114.9, Wilson 112.7, Luck 107.5, Tannehill 91, #RG3 86.3. Double wow. #NFL #Redskins

A replacement ref is a big #Saints fan? That’s nothing. In the ‘30s, George Halas’ brother Walter officiated a #Bears game. #NFL

My newspaper is running excerpts of my book on the early #NFL. Here’s the 1st, about a very long pass: http://bit.ly/Qv8vN2  #Redskins#Bears

Just realized this: The #Redskins‘ victory is over the only 0-2 team in the NFC. #Saints #NFL

Harbaugh says Alex Smith is “tough as a two-dollar steak.” To which I reply: Where is this greasy spoon he’s talking about? #49ers #NFL

If the #Redskins game told you nothing else, it told you that when Jeff Fisher moved over to the NFC, the conference got tougher. #Rams #NFL

Getting ready to leave the Show Me State (as in: Show Me the Way Out of Here). #Redskins

Tuesday

Latest excerpt from my book: The U.S. congressman in the ‘40s who was also an #NFL referee. http://bit.ly/RZdha0  #Redskins #Bears #Duquesne

First the #Patriots roll the dice with Albert Haynesworth, now they bring in Winslow Jr. When does Rae Carruth get out? #NFL #Redskins

#NFLFilms is the NFL’s best self. The league has Steve Sabol (and his dad Ed) to thank for that. Nobody loved the game more. RIP, Steve.

Little-known Steve Sabol fact: He played football at Colorado College (enrollment: 2,011). So did Dutch Clark, the HOF tailback. #NFL

Steve Sabol’s crowning achievement? Tough one. I’d say either “Dream Season” playoffs or “America’s Game” series on SB champs. #NFL

Of course, some would say Sabol’s crowning achievement was hiring John Facenda to be the #NFL‘s Voice of God. Inspired.

Among the players, Steve Sabol should have been the most popular guy in modern #NFL history. He made everybody look good.

Sav Rocca’s protection problems remind me of the game in ‘84 when Jeff Hayes had 3 punts at least partially blocked vs. #Lions#Redskins

One way of looking at it: Replacement refs are the zebra version of activated practice squadders. Nothing more, nothing less. #NFL

Wednesday

Latest excerpt from my book on the early #NFL: What pro football was like in the ‘20s in the rugged PA coal region. http://bit.ly/PEEKbH 

You’ve gotta love a pitcher who’s 9-9 on the season and 104-103 for his career (e.g. Aaron Harang). #Nats #Dodgers #MLB

Speaking of which … raise your hand if you knew Steve McCatty was a .500 career pitcher (63-63). #Nats #Dodgers #MLB

That Harper triple gives him 49 extra-base hits (22 2B, 8 3B, 19 HR) — most in a season by a teenager. #Nats #Dodgers #MLB

Getting back to Career .500 Pitchers, there are only 20 since 1901 that have won 50+ games. 3 are active: Dempster, Liriano, Chen. #Nats

The Career .500 Pitcher who won the most games? Charlie Hough (216). Most famous? Maybe Howard Ehmke (166) who K’d 13 in G1 of ‘29 WS. #Nats

FYI: Bryce Harper has 8 triples at the age of 19. Paul Konerko has 8 triples in his 16-year #MLB career (7,671 AB). #Nats #WhiteSox

Thursday

Today’s excerpt from my book on the #NFL’s early years: The story nobody ever told about #Browns HOFer Marion Motley. http://bit.ly/Pr68vE 

Never understood the “Sit Josh Morgan” chants. On this team, remember, Fred Davis is the franchise player and ‘11 offensive POY. #Redskins

Fred #Couples elected to World Golf HOF. And just think: It all started here — with his playoff win in the 1983 Kemper at Congressional.

The #Nats are in the playoffs. I’m tellin’ ya, I haven’t felt this good since 1933. #MLB

Friday

Mike Schur: “I think that before Fire Joe Morgan, the chances of Felix Hernandez winning Cy Young at 13-12 were nil.” http://gqm.ag/QHpVWQ 

The last of 5 excerpts from my book on the early #NFL: Breaking up the wedge in the brutal ‘50s. http://bit.ly/P3TlOE  #Lions #49ers #Giants

Last D.C. baseball team to make playoffs, ‘33 Senators, had a future AL president (Joe Cronin). Which of current #Nats will hold that job?

The ‘33 Senators also had a catcher, Moe Berg, who graduated from Princeton, could speak a bunch of languages and was a WW2 spy. #Nats

One of the ‘33 Senators’ coaches was Nick Altrock, a celebrated baseball clown. He actually got one AB that season at the age of 57. #Nats

In other words, the ‘33 Senators had a (briefly) active player who was three times older than Bryce Harper (57/19). #Nats

The ‘33 Senators, by the way, also had a 19-year-old player: 3B Cecil Travis. In his first game, he got 5 hits. http://bit.ly/SIefCl  #Nats

HOFers on the ‘33 Senators (4): Manager-SS Joe Cronin and OFs Goose Goslin, Heinie Manush and Sam Rice (then 43). #Nats

OK, that concludes our trip to 1933 in the Way-Back Machine. #Nats

 

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Dan Daly

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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