Category Archives: Wagers

Video: 7000 series Metro train car

Here is a preview of the new 7000 series Metro train car that will run on the Silver Line as well as replace the oldest cars in the fleet.

The cars are being made by Kawaski in Japan.

The interior is sleeker and has dynamic maps like the newer New York subway cars. More poles to hang onto as well which will be needed because there will be fewer seats. The pixelated graphic imagery already looks dated though.

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Nats win season series over Phillies, cheesesteak for me

I did not see this coming. The Washington Nationals just swept the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park to win the season series 10-8. The entered the series needing two win 4 games in 3 days against the NL East champions and did it with 2 rookie pitchers, another prospect and John Lannan. They won 9 of the last 11 games against the Phillies this year. Unbelievable!

Since 2006, the Ombudsman and I have been having a “mayor’s bet” the Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge. I won the first year, but as the Phillies dominated the Nats, I owed him a lot of half-smokes. So, I am really excited to be on the right side of the wager for a change, plus the universal currency of basking in the reflective glory of the winning team, while he basks in the reflective humiliation of his losing team, because right now that’s totally what he’s doing and not wondering who the Phillies will face in the NLDS.

Oh and Davey Johnson pulling Doug Slaten with 2 outs and a 6-0 lead in the ninth for the CSX Move of the Game– masterful trolling Davey (and Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler for choosing that as the move of the game). Would have been even better if Todd Coffey didn’t give up a run after coming in, but details, details.

The Nats are now 76-79 with 6 games to play since one was cancelled due to rain. The Atlanta Braves come to town for a 3 game series needing every win they can get as they try to hold on for the NL Wild Card. After that, the Nats make their final trip to play the Florida Marlins who are leaving whatever the Dolphins stadium is called this week. Given the stakes for the Braves and the Marlins inexplicable dominance over the Nats makes me certain that the goal of a winning season is simply unattainable.

I’ll have more tomorrow, good night!

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Nats take season series from Pirates, so I WIN A BET

Lannan looks better than ever as Nats top Pirates, 9-2The Post
One of these years, I am going to finally get to PNC Park to see the Washington Nationals. I have a lot of incentive next year, because The Maryland Bureau Chief owes me Primanti Bros. with the Nats winning the season series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Now watch, the series will be scheduled in the middle of the week next year. I think it has been a weekend series all six seasons the Nats have been in the league.

Great to see John Lannan pitching so well too, I was worried he was done after the way he pitched early this season. He might still get his customary 9 wins. Good too see him get 9 runs of support too.

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Badger perspective

Since 2005, Masdison, Wisc. native dl004d has been providing a preview of his beloved Badgers for WWN prior to playing my beloved Nittany Lions. He was kind enough to provide this preview::

We started the season strong. Our win at then-Top 25 Fresno State was seen as a big sign that the team was ready to compete for a top-notch bowl game. Losing at Michigan after blowing a 19-0 lead hurt. We followed that up, as you all know, by blowing a 4th-quarter lead at home against Ohio State last week. Losing two in a row, duh, disappointed people and it’s hard to say if the crowd will be as energized this week.

Also, there remains a good chance that the marching band will remain suspended, meaning the stadium is left to pump in noise, which really isn’t the same.

Editor’s note: The band has been reinstated. I can only imagine that Guido D’Elia is trying to figure out how the Blue Band can get suspended

STRENGTHS

Running backs: Most Wisconsin fans hope freshman John Clay, averaging 6.7 yards per carry, finally can stop being the “change of pace” back and become the featured runner in this offense.

Tight ends: Travis Beckam and also Garrett Graham have been our favorite targets. Beckam is a likely 1st-round NFL draft pick. Both have been hurt and missed significant time, though.

Offensive line: Left tackle Dave Carimi was hurt against Ohio State. I don’t know if he’s playing this week, but it would be a blow to the Badgers if he’s out.

Punter/kicker: It hasn’t mattered yet this year, but we’ve got a good kicking game.

WEAKNESSES

Quarterback. Senior Alan Evridge is a first-year senior who has struggled to find success. He angers me by taking a three-step drop, leaving him too close to opposing lines (which close in on him wayyyy too quickly) and leaving him not enough time to ever throw to a deep receiver. As a result, he throws crossing patterns to the TEs and quick outs to the WRs and that’s it. But in his defense, drops by his WRs have made him look even worse than he really is.

Wide receivers: Nothing special in this year’s crop of WRs. Way too many drops. I’m not pleased with this facet of the game.

Return game: Blech. Wisconsin seemingly never started drives outside its own 20 last week.

Notice that I didn’t mention the defense. I don’t know what to say about them. But for the first and last drives of the game against Ohio State, they kept the Buckeyes in check. But on those two drives — especially the last one, which was the game-winner — OSU went right down the field and scored… meaning it’s hard to know how much confidence to have in this defense.

Prediction
Penn State 26
Wisconsin 17

Since 2006, we’ve been having a “mayor’s bet” (the absolute best form of gambling) on the game as well — I put a box of Grilled Stickies on the the line while he offers up some Wisconsin cheese. So far, we’ve split the series. Oh and there is the universal currency of respect/humiliation at stake.

This is the last hurrah for a while as Wisconsin rotates off the schedule until 2011, so the winner has three years of gloating ahead of him. Why can’t we just play Indiana or Purdue less frequently and keep Wisconsin on as often as Michigan? Another “why?” is why didn’t we find a way to see Penn State in Madison in 2006 when
a friend of ours was living there. She moved back to Delaware and just passed the bar. Congratulations Tortcaesar.

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Nats lose 100th, I lose bet


Last night’s 8-4 loss in Philadelphia set extended a new record for futility for the Naitonals and brought Washington its first 100-loss season in about 40 years. It also clinched, for the second season in a row, the Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge for my opponent — Cliff. Congratulations to him. When are you going to come and redeem your half-smoke, Cliff?

Nationals Get Lost In All the ExcitementThe Post
Nats secure history with 100th lossThe Wash. Times

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Nats come back, win me bourbon

Victory is mine! The Nats comeback from a 4-1 deficit clinched the season series with the Pirates. The Nats did it the hard/fun way too — coming back with five home runs! Ronnie Belliard hit two of them while Dmitri Young, Jesus Flores and Lastings Milledge each hit one. Milledge’s was a two-run shot in the ninth that won the game for Washington.

The Nats clinched the best-of-seven season series with Pittsburgh with tonight’s victory. The Maryland Bureau Chief, a Pittsburgh-area native now owes me a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Years Old. Last year, he won a bottle of Gentleman Jack. Hopefully, next year, we’ll be able to do a food bet — Half-Smoke vs. Primanti sammich.

ESPN Boxscore

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Oh, it’s on

Don’t let the lack of logo (I’m nearly finished) fool you, the 3rd Annual Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge is on! Cliff and I are continuing our annual “mayors bet” on the Nationals vs. Phillies series this season. Since his Fleas won last year, the foodstuff he is defending gets top billing.

Right now, the series is tied 1-1. My 2006 victory was acquired in dramatic late-night fashion. It was a tasty cheesesteak.

We are trying to come up with a tie-breaker. Something like total runs or overall record will not do either.

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Phillies fandom finally pays off for Cliff

WASHINGTON D.C. — Everybody knows that it isn’t easy being a Phillies fan, especially my friend Cliff who is loyal to that team. The Phillies have more losses than any other franchise, over 10,000 in fact. They only won it all once, back in 1980. The feat was so rare that someone I knew said it was the happiest day of her life. She was 10 at the time, so draw your own conclusions about what has happened to her since.

Cliff probably doesn’t remember that ’80 victory too well, given how young he was at the time. What I’m trying to say is being a Phillies fan rarely pays off; just ask Joe Queenan. This year it finally did off for Cliff. Not only did his team win the division, he won our annual Half-smoke/Cheesesteak Challenge which is determined by head-to-head records between the two clubs. Last year, I won a cheesesteak.

Cliff was in town last week, so I finally got to make good on our bet. This was his first trip to Ben’s, so I wondered how he would enjoy a chili half smoke.
Cliff tastes victory

It turns out I didn’t need to wonder much, he even bought himself another. We had cheese fries too.

Next year, a cheesesteak will be won again, I assure you.

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Cheesy victory

Cheesy victory 1

Not that Penn State football needs anything else to make it interesting, but the occasional friendly wager sure is fun. Recently, for the second year in a row, dl004d and I bet foodstuffs on the outcome of the game. Last year he won a box of grilled stickies, but this year I got my revenge and was rewarded mild cheddar cheese shaped like the state of Wisconsin.

Thank you dl004d and Grand Mariner (his wife, who actually bought the cheese in Wisconsin and brought it back), we enjoyed it during the first half of Penn State’s victory over Indiana.

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