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Box Seats: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

When I went to Vegas, I was thinking of you

By Jason Woodmansee I want you to know that I take this blogging gig seriously. Even if we are just glorified commenters, I feel that I owe our loyal reader(s) my best. This is why I took some time out...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  | Tags:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  
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When winning isn't enough - Week 3

By Evan Bliss A new week, a new test. Week 1: Dallas had the NFL’s 2nd ranked offense in 2009. Week 2: Houston had the 4th ranked offense in 2009. Week 3: St. Louis boasts one of the best managers...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  | Tags:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  
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DC United vs. Houston match preview

By Jeff Maurer Hey, what are you doing Saturday night? Going out with friends? Reigniting the spark in your marriage? Spending quality time with your family? Dude, that's all stupid and lame. If you're up for a really crazy night -- I...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Jeff Maurer, United  | Tags:  D.C. United-Houston  
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Maryland-FIU preview: They're better than you think...

By Rick Nelligan My initial intention for this post was to recap the season so far. After doing my obligatory research on Florida International, though, I knew I had to write a preview/warning for all Terps. From what I can...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rick Nelligan, Terps  | Tags:  Maryland-Florida International  
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Should O'Brien play vs. FIU?

By Ryan Broadwater If recent history gives us any information on whether or not to play Danny O’Brien against Florida International this weekend, then I’d have to say keep him on sideline. In two of the three games this season,...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ryan Broadwater, Terps  | Tags:  Maryland-Florida International  
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Kast away - Nats president throws it back

By Evan Bliss Stan Kasten resigned as President of the Washington Nationals. I’d be elated or depressed if I had any clue what that meant. It’s tough to tell who deserves more credit or blame for where the Nationals sit...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Nationals  | Tags:  Evan Bliss, Nationals  
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Kasten's grade: Incomplete

By Ryan Korby Stan Kasten’s greatest skill is what is keeping me from deciding whether his resignation as Washington Nationals President is ultimately good or bad for the team. Kasten is a master at playing things close to the vest....

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nationals, Ryan Korby  | Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby  
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Santa Cruz: is he for real? Should I believe in him?

By Jeff Maurer In case you missed it, Goff is reporting that DC United are kicking the tires on Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz. Here’s the upshot: “Although numerous names are sure to surface in the coming months, an...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 23, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jeff Maurer, United  | Tags:  Roque Santa Cruz, United  
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Shot Differential: How one team dominated the 2009-10 NHL season

By Kareem El-Alaily Last spring, one team went into the postseason after such a dominating regular season that, on paper, they might as well have been awarded the Cup in mid-April. Making it even more special was that they did...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 23, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Capitals, Kareem El-Alaily  | Tags:  2009-10 NHL season, Capitals  
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Political Football: Bad memories of Rigginomics in St. Louis

Former St. Louis Rep. Richard A. Gephardt was majority leader of the House from 1989-94. He is now president and chief executive officer of Gephardt Government Affairs. This Sunday presents us all with an opportunity to shift our focus outside...

By Richard A. Gephardt  | September 23, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Political Football, Redskins  | Tags:  Political Football, Redskins  
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Why can't I watch Caps preseason games on TV?

By Ryan Cooper So last night, instead of showing the Capitals/Blue Jackets preseason game, CSN DC is showing a Chelsea/MSK Zilina UEFA Champions League match.  One part of me says, “Ok, Chelsea’s pretty good, I can understand that.” Then I...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 23, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper  | Tags:  Capitals  
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Caps players whose jerseys your kids should wear - Part 1

By Nicole Weissman I’m a big believer that, when it comes to sports, the equivalent of  “you are what you eat,”  is “you are who you wear.” So when you’re picking a jersey for your kids (or yourself), you want...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 22, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman  | Tags:  Capitals  
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DC United vs. LA Galaxy game diary and player rankings

By Jeff Maurer It was first place vs. last place in MLS last Saturday night. Ben Olsen took on his mentor, Bruce Arena. David Beckham continued his return from injury. Bloggers searched for angles on what threatened to be...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 22, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Jeff Maurer, United  | Tags:  United-Galaxy  
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Random hockey musings

By Kareem El-Alaily Caps Bandwagon: I read with interest fellow fan blogger Nicole Weissman’s piece on Bandwagon Cap Fans. I know this has been a talking point among DMVers in the past year and I thought I’d throw my two...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 21, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Capitals, Kareem El-Alaily  | Tags:  Capitals  
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Is McGee the next Tree Rollins?

By Kevin Broom  My pals at Bullets Forever look at JaVale McGee today in their ongoing 20 Days, 20 Questions series leading up to training camp. I’m also crystal balling McGee, albeit in a different sector of the psychic ether....

By Box Seats blogger  | September 21, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Kevin Broom, Wizards  | Tags:  JaVale McGee, Washington Wizards  
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Nationals progress, predicting success

By Ryan Korby The good news is that the Washington Nationals have already topped their 2009 win total. The bad news is that some are claiming that as a sign of progress. Following two straight 59-win seasons, being on the...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 21, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nationals, Ryan Korby  | Tags:  Washington Nationals  
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Blind optimism: Growing up a Wizards fan

Lee Friedman I feel lucky to have been selected by the Post to be one of the Wizards fan bloggers. Hopefully I won’t say anything that would cause them to regret giving this soapbox to the fans (insert “Journolist” joke here…wait,...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lee Friedman, Wizards  | Tags:  Wizards  
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Do Sideline Timeouts Improve the Game?

By Stephen L. Carter So now everybody in Washington thinks the rule that allows the sideline to call a timeout just before the ball is snapped on a field goal is a stupid rule. Let's go over some history: the...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 20, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins, Stephen L. Carter  | Tags:  Redskins, Stephen L. Carter  
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Redskins-Texans recap: Refusing to play the blame game

By Evan Bliss I can’t fault Reed Doughty for not breaking up Andre Johnson’s fourth down fourth quarter touchdown catch. I can’t fault second-year kicker Graham Gano for not making a 52-yard overtime field goal twice in a row. I can’t fault...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  | Tags:  Redskins-Texans  
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Don't worry, there's a silver lining

Jason Woodmansee I’m going to ignore, for a minute, that the Redskins blew a 17-point lead at home. I’m also going to ignore that they made several key mistakes that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I’m even going...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 20, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Jason Woodmansee, Redskins  | Tags:  Redskins-Texans  
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Maryland-West Virginia recap: Shell-shocked

By Rick Nelligan I wasn’t aware that I needed to put ‘snap the ball on time and have at least one guy within 15 yards of their best receiver’ in my keys to the game. But I guess you live...

By Box Seats blogger  | September 19, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Rick Nelligan, Terps  | Tags:  Maryland-West Virginia  
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