Redskins; Twitter; Sporcle

Washington Redskins

There hasn’t been much noise about the Redskins’ nickname since the Washington Post took its survey on the name in 2016. However, the name has been an issue to some degree for at least forty years, so controversy will return at some point.

Alternatives have been proposed when the name controversy raged louder, but I’ve never found them to be satisfactory. Perhaps the two most circulated have been Warriors and Red Tails. Both seem forced.

I lot of my ideas were even worse: the Washington 33ers (after star QB Sammy Baugh), the Washington Joes (after Coach Gibbs), or the Washington Valley Forgers. That last one might actually be cool if Valley Forge hadn’t been an unmitigated disaster for George Washington’s army. The Washington Federals might work if the USFL team hadn’t been an unmitigated disaster.

I did finally come up with something that I like, and I tweeted it out the other day. Please check out the concept and see what you think. If there’s demand, I can elaborate on why I like this name in a future post, but for now, I leave it at that.

Twitter Handles

Here’s one where I’m interested in your experiences. If this subject turns out to be something you’ve thought about, I’d like to hear from you.

First off, as you might have guessed, “hscer” is not my real name.

My question is, do you use a pseudonym or your real name on Twitter? Did you originally have a pseudonym and then reveal or start going by your full name? If you did make a switch, what went into that decision–specifically, I guess, was it for professional reasons or different ones?

This last question might be the key because I see my account as a personal one where I tweet about personal interests. If I ever create a more professional account, that one would use my real name.

And then I would think I’d wanted to have kept my current account private, no?

A few of my followers do know me from real life, but it’s not nearly a majority. What might be a majority is my Facebook friends who know what I go by on Twitter and/or the blog here. I think there’s also evidence of at least my first name on this blog somewhere.

Anyway, my Twitter name/handle is something that’s been on my mind for a while and I’d greatly appreciate any feedback you might have to offer.


I really do want at least three sections in each of my posts, to maximize the chances that readers can find something they care about. I don’t think a third topic is always going to happen, but when none comes to me, I do have a plan for getting around it.

As the header implies, that’s Sporcle.

At the moment, I have over 700 quizzes (in all 15 categories Sporcle features), so when I don’t have enough ideas for a blog post, I’m just going to link to one or two of my quizzes. They are usually going to be ones that I like but that have fewer than 100 plays.

I also won’t post a quiz here that is in the same field as a prior section. In other words, using today for an example, I won’t post a quiz about the NFL or about Twitter right now. (I don’t actually have any quizzes about Twitter. It’s just an example!)

Today I’m going to go with a musical choice: Cities in Songs but not the Title. You get the song, artist, and a lyric containing the name of a city which is not in the title of the song. (So nothing like “New York, New York” or “Walking in Memphis.”) The goal is basically to fill in a blank with the name the city.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!


Blog Plan and Link Dump

TL;DR – Come to the blog every Monday and Friday for concise posts about multiple topics, at least one of which will hopefully interest you.

Like I said at an absurd hour on Monday morning, I am going to be posting to this blog biweekly now.

A couple days later, I even have a plan.

In the past, I’ve written about a broad, almost-random array of subjects, but only one at a time. In other words, I might talk about presidents one day and quarterbacks the next.

However, that becomes somewhat of a crapshoot for you, the reader. What if presidential history interests you, but sports bore you? Or you like football, but not basketball? It could take months before I write something you’d want to read.

My plan for the blog attempts to rectify that. I plan to make each entry to consist of 3-5 vignettes of no more than 250 words each. (They may be much shorter.) You can scour for the headlines and read the interesting parts.

The topic of each vignette will still vary, but chances are–I hope–that you will find one or two items that interest you.

This plan begins Monday. Well, actually Tuesday this coming week, seeing as it’s Memorial Day weekend. But most weeks the first post will come Monday.

What I’m doing instead today is linking to some of my older blog posts. They are longer than 250 words, but the idea is to give you a sense of what I’ve written about before. Some of you may already have a notion, but others may not. I may even have some new readers just for this post.

Again, these posts are longer than I am now planning for, but they will tell you the kinds of things I write about.

By no means am I going to limit the blog to these topics. Anything that strikes my fancy could become part of a post. I hope you come back.

Getting Back to Regularity

It is almost 2 AM eastern time. I meant to go to sleep hours ago. Weird things happen to me under these circumstances. Like short, lazily-written sentence fragments. And reading through seven years of old posts.

But maybe good things will happen too. I’ve decided I should update regularly. Daily is hard, but perhaps Mondays and Fridays to start. Like, something for the week and something for the weekend.

What will I write about? Pretty much anything. In the early going, whatever subject comes to mind may be all I can come up with in a week, forcing me to go with it. But sports, history, music, and television will be among the potential topics. Wait, that sounds familiar. *Looks up at blog header.*

Unfortunately, this post will have to suffice as the first product of my newfound motivation. But, as Washington Nationals television play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter says on his home run call, “See. You. Later.”