Sandy Muddies the Water!

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Sandy Muddies the Water!

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By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac

Last week just about every boating and fishing outing was cancelled.

Water will be a lot cooler this weekend, muddier too! Also look out for debris in the water!

The river has really cooled off! Expect water to be around 50 for a high this week!  NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like daytime highs will be around 50 with overnight lows in the low 30s until Wednesday when a cold rain comes through bringing wind and rain into Thursday. Friday warms and a nice weekend is on the way with mild 60s and overnight lows in the mid 40s.”

The river will be muddy, except in water treatment discharge areas and backs of creeks. Look for fish to hold very tight to cover (logs, docks and riprap) in areas with less than 12 inches of visibility. Water should still be higher than normal. Get tight to shoreline cover and pitch black/blue 1/2-ounce Mann's Stone Jigs, with heavy soaking in garlic Jack's Juice spray. Punisher rattles are perfect for plastic chunks. For other plastics Mizmos 4-inch Swamp Monster creates a lot of disturbance. Rattles and Jacks Juice here too! Fish very slow, staying in one spot for a while. Fish will eat, but are not chasing. Tie both to GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon 14 or 16-pound test.

Try Gold or painted Silver Buddy lures tied to 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly in colder water. Gently "burp" the bait a few inches off the bottom. Let it sit and repeat, tight lining to the bottom. Fish areas with a steep drop, out of the current.
Also, slowly retrieved Lucky Craft Red LV-500 lipless cranks on fluorocarbon across creek mouth points as water warms later in the day and by the end of the week.

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Showalter says Jimenez is Orioles' best option to start

Showalter says Jimenez is Orioles' best option to start

WASHINGTON—Ubaldo Jimenez is Buck Showalter’s choice to start Thursday, and he’s not backing down from it. 

“He’s actually probably the most equipped. He’s pitched well here and against these guys, and two-fold, we’ve looked at our options and [he’s] the one most worthy of getting the opportunity,” Showalter said. 

“Actually, [it] makes our bullpen work a little bit better too the other four days. He’s a guy who is physically better suited to pitch, to start.” 

Vance Worley threw three innings on Tuesday night, and that eliminated him. 
“Here’s the part of that. If he doesn’t pitch that game last night, probably Zach [Britton] or [Brad] Brach or [Mychal] Givens or all three of them would have been in that ballgame. In order for us to be good tonight and the next night, we need somebody to do that job,” Showalter said, adding: “It’s not a given that Vance would do well as a starter.”

Jimenez has pitched well, and in 2010 had even a better year than Chris Tillman is having now.  

“Ubaldo’s got that type of pedigree. He’s pitched well in this situation before. He pitched well in Minnesota that day, all things considered. It’s going to be tough on him because he hasn’t started in a while, but he’s built up and he’s the most experienced option we have. I’m not going to get into critiquing what our other options are. I do know one thing. Everybody’s getting blocked and claimed this time of year. We think Ubaldo is our best option right now,” Showalter said. 

Showalter thinks that Wright will do better in this stint with the Orioles because he won’t be starting—for now.

“It’s a different role than he had before because he provided length and could fit the role that we needed because Parker [Bridwell] hadn’t pitched back-to-back much, so we have to be careful there. Parker comes in and pitches, two, three innings tonight we’d probably get somebody to replace him because we’re not going to go without arms to protect everybody. We’ll see when the smoke clears today what we’re going to do tomorrow,” Showalter said. 

Showalter said that T.J. McFarland, who’s currently rehabbing with Bowie was discussed as an option for the role Wright is going to fill, and could be added if Bridwell is swapped out. He did say that ideally, he’d prefer McFarland get one or two more outings before he’s brought back.

NOTES: Joey Rickard, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, will be reexamined on Sept. 2. … Brian Duensing (elbow) threw seven pitches in the Gulf Coast League in his first rehab appearance.  … LHP Ashur Tolliver (hamstring) is throwing batting practice for Norfolk. 

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VIDEO: T.J. Oshie's daughter, dog are true stars of push-up challenge

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VIDEO: T.J. Oshie's daughter, dog are true stars of push-up challenge

T.J. Oshie took up a noble cause on Wednesday, posting a video of himself doing the #22pushupchallenge, which aims to raise awareness about the issue of suicide among servicemen and servicewomen in the United States military. 

Just like the Ice Bucket Challenge before it, the hope is that each shared video of someone doing the challenge will help to spur donations to the cause. Oshie's video in particular might take off -- thanks to his daughter and dog.

As he began to do pushups in a video shared to his Twitter account, his daughter begins to partake in the challenge with some unique and adorable form. The real payoff comes just moments before the video's end when his dog does his best to help by coming into the frame and stretching.

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Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.

Now it is official.

The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.

Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.

In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.

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