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Box Seats: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Political Football: Time to call Shuler, a Dem who won this year

If this is New York Rep. Anthony Weiner restraining himself, don't get him angry: I'm sure The Washington Post asked me to write this column this week because of my wildly overstated penchant for trash talk. I'll do my best,...

By Rep. Anthony Weiner  | December 4, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Skate with the Caps this Sunday for Community Day

This Sunday, Caps players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson, as well as assistant coach Dean Evason and, of course, Slapshot, will be on hand at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. The event...

By Nicole Weissman  | December 3, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eli Manning: overrated QB, or the most overrated QB?

I have extra bias against Eli Manning. Not only am I a Redskins fan, but I live in San Diego, and people in San Diego HATE Eli Manning. This is significant because people in San Diego don't really hate...

By Jason Woodmansee  | December 3, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Champs Sports Bowl debate

At the end of my post on Wednesday, I teased a preview of Maryland’s bowl options. But Eric Prisbell beat me to the punch (and did a pretty good job, too). So I will instead focus my attention (or anger)...

By Rick Nelligan  | December 3, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Reading Mike Shanahan's mind

“So, let’s see. I took this job promising to turn the franchise around. How’s my first year been so far? I’m 5-6. The guys were 4-12 last year, so this is obviously progress. The Redskins fans hate the Cowboys, and...

By Stephen L. Carter  | December 3, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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World Cup bid voting patterns make no sense

Congratulations to Qatar's one million people: I hope you enjoy hosting the world's largest sporting event. You have 12 years to build stadiums and a soccer tradition. You will burn an ungodly amount of fossil fuels air conditioning 12 stadiums,...

By Jeff Maurer  | December 3, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Hannan trade and its impact on 2C

If you’ve read my blog since the start of the season you know that I’ve been clamoring for upgrades to the center position and to the defense. So let me start by stating the obvious: I love the Hannan-for-Fleischmann trade!...

By Kareem El-Alaily  | December 2, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Heading to the hardware store

Sixteen games into the season and much of the talk has been about the Rookie of the Year (ROY) race between John Wall (18 ppg, 9 apg, 2.8 spg) and Blake Griffin (20 ppg, 11 rpg). By all measurements Griffin...

By Lee Friedman  | December 1, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Things to be thankful for as World Cup decision day nears

The second most pivotal day in U.S. soccer history is two days away. The U.S. bid for World Cup 2022 is strong: we've got big stadiums (which produce lots of money), a diverse population (with money), a vibrant soccer culture...

By Jeff Maurer  | December 1, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Halak and roll

Looking at tonight’s game against St. Louis, there isn’t much to be really “excited” about. Part of that is the NHL’s fault, which, because of its wacky scheduling policies, has the Caps playing Western Conference foes about as often...

By Ryan Cooper  | December 1, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Tis the season

‘Tis the season, boys and girls, and no I’m not talking about the holidays, or the time when you usually start giving up on the Redskins’ playoff hopes. I’m talking about the time of year when college football honors start...

By Rick Nelligan  | December 1, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Optimism: a history

So, okay, what everybody says is true. We’re a work in progress. It’s a rebuilding year. Choose your cliché. The point is, the future isn’t now. Cast blame where you will. The Redskins are not a very good football team,...

By Stephen L. Carter  | December 1, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leonsis and fans evaluate "101 Signs of Visible Change"

Is there a sports franchise owner in the whole world as accessible and responsive as Ted Leonsis? In early October, Leonsis posted on his blog, “Ted’s Take,” outlining 101 to-do list items from the first 100 days following the formation...

By Nicole Weissman  | November 30, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Smash or trash: The Tomas Fleischmann deal

Since it just went down an hour or two ago, here's my quick assessment of the Tomas Fleischmann/Scott Hannan deal. I like it. Flash was never really able to "fit" into a role here. He was never good enough offensively...

By Ryan Cooper  | November 30, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A parable about Ben Olsen

In 1996, an earthquake hit the Great Bridge High dating scene: I, Jeff Maurer, was back on the market. Freed from the shackles of a grueling four month relationship, I was ready to start having fun again. And who wouldn't...

By Jeff Maurer  | November 30, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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And many miles before I sleep...

Blegh. Finding a hair in your food, cable going in and out, your CD skipping on your favorite song, all pretty much sum up this season. It hasn’t been terrible, but it’s been far from good. Anything should be better...

By Evan Bliss  | November 29, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Smith's record day tames Wolfpack

The Terps saved their best for the last game of the season at Byrd Stadium. On Senior Day it was the Terrapins' highly touted junior receiver Torrey Smith who stepped up and forced his way into Maryland’s record books. Not...

By Rick Nelligan  | November 29, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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