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The #Nats/Expos only other 20-game winner, Ross Grimsley (20-11, 1978), was just like Gio. It was his 1st year with the team, too.

Gio, of course, came over in the megatrade with the A’s. Grimsley jumped to Montreal from the #Orioles#Nats

Last 5 hurlers to win 20 games in 1st season after being acquired in trade: Gio ‘12, Halladay ‘10, Schilling ‘04, Ortiz ‘03, Kile ‘00. #Nats

The #Orioles and #RedSox go to the 12th. The O’s aren’t going to be done with the regular season in time for the playoffs. #MLB

If Gio can win 22, it would be as many as any pitcher in the last decade has had in a season — except for Verlander last year (24). #Nats

Is there anything more exciting than the Live Projected FedExCup Point Standings? OK, maybe the world curling championships. #PGATour

That’s 3 extra-inning wins in last 4 games for #Orioles (14 OT innings total). They’re like old-time boxers who fought to conclusion. #MLB

Spurrier’s QB at South Carolina, Connor Shaw, went 20 for 21 today. How come Ballcoach could never do that here? #Redskins


For you tech-y types, my book on the early #NFL, “The National Forgotten League,” is now available on Kindle. #Redskins

The only reason you should ever tweet about #Redskins‘ choice of attire is to say: “They’ve decided to go pantsless today. Just girdles.” #NFL

Wonder what the #NFL record is for longest TD pass on the first play of scrimmage by a player who isn’t a QB. #Bengals 7, #Redskins 0.

For the 2nd week in a row, the #Redskins D scores in the first few minutes of the game. Rob Jackson with an INT TD in the #Bengals EZ. 7-7.

So the #Bengals have scored a walk-in 73-yard TD and a walk-in 48-yard TD (the last one by WR Armon Binns). This is good defense? #Redskins

Let’s see … a WR pass (for a TD), a fake FG (failed) … You’d think there was some bad blood between Marvin Lewis and the #Redskins.

Nugent’s 47-yard FG makes it #Bengals 17, #Redskins offense 0, #Redskins defense 7. #NFL

Glad to see Williams back in #Redskins lineup after hurting knee because, well, Trent isn’t a guy you want to see w/ free time on his hands.

The hit we knew was coming one day has occurred. Carlos Dunlap levels #RG3 on option. Fumble. #Bengals ball. Griffin slow getting up. #Redskins

#RG3 just got knocked on his keister again on a flat pass. But I doubt he’d consider that hit “unprofessional.” #Redskins#Bengals

If you’re wondering when was the last time the #Redskins rallied from 14 down at the half to win — at home — the answer is 1987 (vs. NYG).

Here’s the box score from that #Redskins#Giants game in ‘87:  Giants were defending champs, Redskins champs to be.

In case you missed it, by the way, the #Bucs lead the #NFL in the all-important category of Kneel-Down Defense.

Repeat: When you have a mobile QB like #RG3, you’re never out of a game. 3-yard TD toss to Moss draws #Redskins even, 24-24. #Bengals #NFL

#Bengals in fake field goal territory again at the Washington 6. #Redskins

For the second time since 1955, the #Redskins have given up 30 points in each of the first 3 games. The other time: 2001 under Marty. #NFL

Love to know how many times the #Redskins have been burned in a game for 3 TD passes of 48+ yards (73, 48, 59). Get Elias on that, will ya?

If the #NFL had the 3 knockdown rule for QBs, #RG3 would have been KO’d 5 times already. #Redskins #Bengals

#Redskins have scored 99 points in their first 3 games. Only seasons in modern era they’ve scored more: 1991 and ‘99 (112), 1975 (100). #NFL


Norm Snead (1961) is the only other #Redskins QB since ‘60 to start the first 3 games as a rookie. (That is, a fresh-out-of-college one.)

Snead’s ‘61 stats thru 3 games: 37.9%, 488 yds, 3 TD, 5 INT, 44.6 rating. #RG3 thru 3: 67.4%, 747 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT, 103.5 rating. #Redskins

At his current pace, #RG3 will be sacked 48 times (3 games, 9 sacks). The #Redskins record is 49 (Trent Green, 1998). #NFL #Baylor

Also, #RG3 now has 209 rushing yards. At this pace, he’ll break #Redskins season mark for rushing yards by QB (314, Joe T., ‘84) in Week 5.

#RG3 has rushed for 82 and 85 yards the past two weeks. Those are the two highest totals for a QB in modern #Redskins history. #NFL #Baylor

The previous best rushing day by a #Redskins QB (since ‘60) was 65 yards by Ralph Guglielmi in this 1960 game:  #NFL

Sunday’s wasn’t even the longest first-play TD pass vs. #Redskins in the Shanahan era. #Eagles had 88-yarder (Vick/Jackson) in 2010. #NFL


Last time (before Sunday) #Redskins gave up 3 TD passes of 48+ yards in a game? 1986 vs. #Vikes. They won. Box: #NFL

Amazingly, #Redskins didn’t give up 3 48+-yd TD passes in 1962 game when Tittle threw for 505/7 TD. Scores measured 22, 5, 1, 53, 26, 63, 6.I

I ask you: How is this replacement ref business any different from Bring Your Child To Work Day? #NFL

Who knew the 2012 #NFL season was going to turn into a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial? #ReplacementRefs

#Giants LB Michael Boley has an INT in each of first 3 games. The season record for a LB is 8 (Last to do it: Stan White, ‘75 #Colts). #NFL

Three games into the #NFL season, 18 kickers have yet to miss a FG try (qualifiers only).

By the way, Matt Schaub set an #NFL record Sunday for Most TD Passes in a Game in Which the QB Also Lost Part of His Ear (4). #Texans

Which is more surprising, that Kyle Shanahan got fined $25K for unsportsmanlike conduct, or that he got penalized 20 yards for it? #Redskins


At start of spring training, who’d have guessed #Nats would have 4 20-HR men at this point, and none of ‘em would be Morse, Werth or Espi?

Harper 3 steals away from being youngest with 20 2B/20 HR/20 SB. Vada Pinson did it in ‘59 at 20/21, as did Mike Trout this year. #Nats #MLB

Of course, if Bryce doesn’t do it until next year, he’d still be the youngest. #Nats #MLB

FYI: With that dinger, Harper (19yo/20HR) joined Tony Conigliaro (19yo/24HR) as the only teens to hit more HR than their age. #Nats #MLB


Don’t forget, the #NFL’s deal with the refs is “tentative.” That’s means the rank-and-file could still say, “Upon further review, bite us.”


To review: Harper has put the #Nats ahead 3 times the past 2 nights. At the age of 19. With the team trying to nail down the division. #MLB

#NASCAR should have one event a year where the drivers have to drive the entire distance with their elbow sticking out the window.

It could be the car-racing version of the Stableford System in golf. (Or something like that.) #NASCAR

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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

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