Videos: Abe Lincoln returns to his cheating ways, and Taft takes notes

Abe Lincoln tackles Teddy Roosevelt Nationals Presidents Race 7-5-13William Howard Taft and the Rally Cicada throw water coolerWilliam Howard Taft and the Rally Cicada throw water cooler
A week of non-stop presidents race cheating continued this weekend at Nationals Park, with William Howard Taft taking a few lessons from long-time cheater Abe Lincoln.

On Friday night, “Honest” Abe returned to old form, emerging from the bullpen to plow into Teddy Roosevelt mid-race. As Teddy tried to recover, Taft and Jefferson each piled on, pushing the Rough Rider back to the warning track as Abe preened and pranced across the finish line.

For Saturday’s game, it was Taft who positioned himself along the first base line, enlisting the return of this summer’s unlikely new foil, the Rally Cicada.

In the blistering afternoon heat, the cicada offered Taft a drink of water, but Taft took the entire water cooler and tossed it at his oncoming competitors, knocking them all to the ground and leaving him a clear path to victory.

Once again, no disqualifications were issued.

Here’s the video of Friday night’s victory by Abe:

And here’s is Saturday’s victory by Taft:

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Videos: Taft competes with Teddy for Twitter followers, Abe slams him with a folding chair, and more

The cheating is getting out of hand in the Nationals presidents race, and if that sounds like nothing new, the difference vs. previous years is that now even Teddy isn’t getting disqualified.

Nationals Tweetup Taft vs TeddyTaft tackles Teddy at Nats tweetupAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairAbe Lincoln hits William Howard Taft with a Folding ChairOn Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Nationals Park, Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft escalated their 100 year-old war, taking each other out as race judge Screech looked the other way.

The Nationals sponsored a #VoteNats Tweetup on Wednesday evening, and the team’s longtime face of Twitter Teddy Roosevelt paced the field, holding up a sign as he approached the finish line reading “#voteNATS Tweetup ’13 Follow me @Teddy26Nats.”

But Taft was trailing close behind with his own sign, and slammed the Rough Rider to the ground, taking the victory and holding up his own sign saying “No Teddy, they should follow ME @NatsBigChief27.”

Taft’s antics were simply revenge for the previous night, when Teddy had enlisted the help of longtime nemesis Abraham Lincoln to take Taft out of the competition.

On Tuesday, “Honest” Abe sat out the race — literally. When the race began, Lincoln parked himself on a folding chair on the warning track by the Nationals bullpen.

Teddy Roosevelt tore out of the starting gate and slapped hands with the Great Emancipator as he race by the bullpen.

Lincoln then stood up, folded up the chair, and swung it right into the oncoming Taft.

With the Chief Justice flattened to the ground, Abe unfolded the chair, stood on it, and taunted his victim. No disqualifications were issued.

Here’s Teddy’s victory from Tuesday night:

And Taft’s take down of Teddy on Wednesday:

I was not around for the race on the 27th, but here is the video, in which Lincoln apparently celebrated the anniversary of the decommissioning of Route 66:

Video: Jefferson diverts the other presidents as Washington waltzes to victory

George Washington Nationals Presidents RaceAfter dominating the first month of the season, Nats racing presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have watched rivals Abe, Bill, and Teddy pick up some recent late-May momentum.

But on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, they decided they’d had enough.

Jefferson set up a diversion at the starting gate, sending Abe, Bill, and Teddy towards the wrong side of the field. George Washington, waiting in the bullpen, jumped out and well ahead of Jefferson to waltz his way to a shady presidents race victory, his fourteenth of the young season.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Taft notches his first-ever presidents race victory, beating Teddy at the wire

Racing Presidents Abe Attacks JeffersonRacing Presidents Teddy Attacks GeorgeNationals Racing Presidents William Howard Taft First VictoryThe recent spate of violence and cheating in the Nationals’ presidents race escalated Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and George Washington all got into the act.

Thomas Jefferson took an early lead, but Abe Lincoln put a quick end to that by head butting the Sage of Monticello on the warning track.

Standings leader George Washington quickly got back at “Honest” Abe, slamming him into the right field wall and knocking him out of the race.

Season-long losers Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft were hot on Washington’s trail, and as they reached the home stretch, Teddy grabbed Washington from behind and knocked him out, ensuring that one winless president would notch his first victory of the season.

In the second photo finish in as many days, it was newcomer William Howard Taft who leaned forward to break the tape and win his first-ever presidents race at Nationals Park.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Abe Lincoln brings back the dirty tricks, George wins photo finish

Racing Presidents Abe AttacksRacing Presidents Photo Finish
“Honest” Abe Lincoln returned to familiar territory Friday night at Nationals Park, disrupting and otherwise clean race with dirty tricks directed at the winless Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Lincoln sat out the race, but emerged from the bullpen to put a body slam on Teddy and Bill to knock them out of contention.

In the first photo finish of the season, George Washington leaned across the tape to edge out Thomas Jefferson at the wire.

With his eighth consecutive win, the father of our country is threatening to turn the season into a laugher.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Racing presidents recall “The Hangover,” George Washington assaults Taft with a cinnamon shaker

With the Detroit Tigers visiting Nationals Park for the first time Wednesday night, the racing presidents chose to trot out one of the most obscure cultural reference in their seven year history of obscure cultural references.

Nationals Racing President George Washington hits Bill TaftIn the fourth inning, the presidents attempted to throw off the Tigers by running a relay race in which batons were replaced by cinnamon shakers. The cinnamon reference recalled the movie “The Hangover,” when the Zack Galifianakis character Alan Garner declares “Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.”

Nationals Racing President George Washington hits William Howard TaftSince a fifth racing president was added this year, the relay race concept was unbalanced, with Teddy Roosevelt running on his own against two teams. After Abe handed off to anchor Bill, and Tom handed off to George, Teddy tripped and fell, leaving Taft with only George to beat, but it was Washington who did the beating, taking down Taft with a single swing of the cinnamon shaker.

Inexplicably, the Nationals awarded a victory to the cheating George, but not to his relay partner Thomas Jefferson. As expected to start this homestand, the race resumed its normal direction toward the first base line.



Race video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Video: Jefferson trips then jumps the gun in backwards presidents race

Washington Nationals presidents race backwardsNationals Presidents race backwardsAfter Thursday night, when the Nats tossed a 1-hitter after the racing presidents ran backwards, the Nationals Park mascot team decided it was best not to mess with a good thing.

On Friday night, with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on his way to a complete game 1-hitter, the racing presidents set up once again in first base foul territory to run the fourth inning race backwards.

All of them, that is, except Thomas Jefferson. As caught on video by reader Jeramy Compton, the sage of Monticello tripped in the tunnel and struggled to get up, then dashed onto the field in front of the other presidents, before the introductions were finished.

George, Abe, Teddy, and Bill waited for the starting gun, then went after the cheating Jefferson, with George Washington catching him on the warning track to take back the lead in the presidents race standings.


Race video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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