Places I went in 2012

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Leesburg, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
McLean, Va.
Purcellville, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Burnham, Pa.
Claysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Baltimore, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Welden, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Avalon, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tuckahoe, N.J.
Conway, S.C.
Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

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Redskins-Cowboys prediction and remembrances

Sunday night’s Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys game is big — the NFC East gets decided by the winner and the loser probably goes home. The Skins can still make the playoffs with a loss, but winning is much easier.

Here is look back at the rivalry over the years, as of about 2010:

NFL Films no longer thinks this is no longer a Top Ten rivalry which is kind of stupid. The second video on that link shows when they thought it was #1.

NFL Films also remembers a 1989 flag football game between alumni of the two teams. I’d love to see one of these regularly. I’ll expand upon that sometime, but wouldn’t it be great to see a bunch of old guys go after each other with Joe Gibbs and Jimmy Johnson on opposite sidelines?

Who Washington Nationals rookie of the year Bryce Harper is cheering for is one of the big questions for Sunday. He was wearing RGIII socks the other day. CONVERT BRYCE!

Darrell Green and Michael Irvin are friends (The Post).

Thomas Boswell is excited and cherry-picking stuff to predict a new golden era for D.C. in this rivalry (The Post).

By the way, if I was NBC, I’d start Sunday football with the NFL Films music from 0:25 of this video and show lots of clips of critical matchups over the year — “40 Men” speech, Sam Wyche’s “Die you dogs, die!” Kenny Houston tackling Walt Garrison, Clint Longley finding Drew Pearson, Roger Staubach finding Tony Hill in ’79, Dexter Manley KO’ing Danny White, Darrell Green catching Tony Dorsett, No Danny No, Troy Aikman to Rocket Ismail, Santana Moss comeback, Chris Cooley’s 3 TDs, etc.

Prediction — DC teams tend to let us down and I think the Cowboys will be smart enough to throw on Angelo Hall – because he’s got no D. At least, that’s why I’d do just keep throwing to Dez Bryant on Hall all night long. I expect Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris to play well, but I just have a feeling it won’t be enough. FedEx Field should be pretty loud though.

THEN THERE WAS THIS

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Nats new batting practice cap leaked

Washington Nationals Batting Practice caps
First look: new MLB batting practice capsUniWatch on ESPN
The latest MLB batting practice caps have been leaked to Paul Lukas of UniWatch. The Washington Nationals version is above, along with the previous version.

I guess we now know what the Opening Day giveaway is going to be. I don’t care for it – I never liked the contrasting (usually white) front panel on a cap. The back of the cap is blue. Of course, whether it looks good or not is fairly unimportant, since not even the Nats players like wearing their BP caps:

Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper

UPDATE 12.28.2012: In case you were wondering what players think about BP caps, Nats Enquirer noted what Ian Desmond had to say.

Batting practice caps exist to sell more merchandise, yet they are typically ugly. The only decent BP cap the Nats ever had was the original one with the interlocking DC on blue with a red brim. Otherwise, they are nothing I’d want to wear for anything other than yard work to keep the sun out of my eyes and my good cap from getting dirty.

By the way, the New York Yankees new BP caps (they have two) are really awful too.

New York Yankee home batting practice cap

New York Yankee road batting practice cap

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Model train displays in Washington D.C. this holiday season

If you have a young child and even if you don’t, there are a couple of model railroad displays in Washington, D.C. worth checking out this Christmas season.

Union Station traditionally has a display which was changed last year: D.C.’s Union Station changes holiday model train displays.

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After that, head on down to the U.S. Botanic Garden which has an outstanding model railroad.

The famous Garden Railway in the East Gallery will feature model trains running through an imaginative Enchanted Forest, with fanciful fairy dwellings along the rail line, all created with plant materials.

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Be sure to save the Botanic Garden for last, it is the best layout I’ve ever seen. Here is what I wrote about it last year: Looking back at the US Botanic Garden holiday model trains

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