McLean, VA,-Just Outside Washington DC

Many offices in McLean VA have pictures showing what the city looked like 50 years ago.   It was completely rural leaving the impression that it had not changed much since colonial days.  That is the story all across America and further details  would only be redundant.

Washington, DC has one big advantage.  Few cities have the Light Rail system found in the Washington Metropolitan Area; or, if seen elsewhere,  the rail map is far less extended.  Washington gradually moved into the suburban areas of Maryland and Virginia. 

Having looked at this movement of cities to the suburbs, it’s to look upon the next stage somewhat better defined-the movement of the suburbs to the suburban suburbs.  This is of course is just part of urbanization of our country which has ongoing since 1776.  This is shown from the television coverage of news, weather, sports, and traffic.  To illustrate:

Back in the 70s,  Washington television stations covered the news from the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis triangle to all immediate areas.  By the 80s television stations carried news and weather from as far as west as Roanoke VA, northwest to Somerset, PA,  north to Harrisburg, PA, northeast to Philadelphia, PA, and south to Norfolk, VA. 

The Washington area was growing.  But one small shop remained until 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Man From Laramie-Horse

A wealthy old cattle baron is facing blindness. He and his foreman are climbing a small hill on horseback and getting close to where rifles are hidden. The foreman is real scum and has been selling his items on a piecemeal basis to the Red Men.  He knows he cannot sell them all at once. The foreman is trying to dissuade his boss from going up there. He pushes his boss over the small cliff and rides away quick and fast. 

An itinerant cowboy finds the unconscious old man and brings him back to the ranch. The doctor said the old man will be okay but he has gone blind.  It is no surprise. His eyesight had been failing for years.  The fall merely hastened the inevitable.  In the living room, the cowboy says “I would like to know who pushed the old man”. Doctor: The baron with his failing sight has no business riding on a horse over that terrain.  Cowboy: “There is nothing wrong with the horses’ eyes.

 

 

 

Quarterbacks and Reserves

There is still some hope that the Eagles can keep Carson Wentz and Nick Foles on their roster.  Teams need two tried and tested quarterbacks.  The coaches can switch players if the starter either is not having  a good game or gets injured.  Experience is the key here; quarterbacks should not enter the game cold from no previous playing time.   This is the only area where fans can fault Doug Pederson in 2017.

There were at least five lopsided wins during the Super Bowl season and, if memory serves, two this past year.   To keep things basic,  let’s look at the NFC Championship Game in 2017.  The 38 to 7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings was a genuine masterpiece.  Fans no doubt have watched this game in the condensed format many times.  The one regret- Philadelphia missed an opportunity to give reserves some much needed experience.

Notice I said reserves.  Neither Eagles nor any other team should run up the score with starters intact.  Why risk injury? The losing team might use this unnecessary scoring as a rallying point when the two teams meet again.  Put simply, a team making an opponent look foolish for no good reason is bad sportsmanship.

Having said this what Philadelphia did in the late stages of the 2017 NFC Championship Game was not good  either.  Moving like molasses, our guys ran the clock down to the two minute warning.   Enter Nate Sudfeld who performed the degrading task of taking  snaps from center and kneeling to end the game.  Pederson should have called a few pass and run plays to see how the team might move the ball with Sudfeld at Quarterback.

At any moment, a first stringer might go down for a few plays or maybe the entire season.   A team suddenly has to depend on second or third string players.  Experience will play a big part on how well he performs.