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Box Seats: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Political Football: Dysfunction in D.C., Snyderville

Florida Sen. George LeMieux notes some similarities between the federal government and the Redskins. I've only been in Washington fifteen months, but in that brief time I've seen some pretty amazing things. Our government borrows money from China to pay...

By Sen. George LeMieux  | December 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wizards first quarter grades, part 2

Part one was a broad brush look at the team's performance. Now it's time for the parent-teacher conferences. Player grades in the order they came to mind: Andray Blatche: F+ I can hear Mrs. Blatche already. "An F?! He's averaging 17...

By Kevin Broom  | December 10, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The low point

In my mind, last night's Caps game was the low point of the season so far. I can look back and chalk up the twin 5-0 losses to the Devils and Thrashers as anomalies, or rather, games you can look...

By Ryan Cooper  | December 10, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Time to step up, Terrapin Nation

So you’re mad that Maryland got stiffed in the bowl selection process? You’re mad the third place team in the ACC was relegated to the bowl with the eighth selection among ACC teams? You have every right to be, and...

By Rick Nelligan  | December 10, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Five Friday thoughts

Tomas Vokoun - Last night's 3-0 loss to the Florida Vokouns Panthers was the best regular season goaltending I've seen from a Caps opponent since Dec. 20, 2008, when Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki stopped 25 first period shots on his...

By Kareem El-Alaily  | December 10, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wizards first quarter grades, part 1

With the first quarter of the Wizards schedule complete, it’s time for a two-part posting with some grades. No grading curve in this class — marks are assigned by simple criteria: how does the team measure up to the competition?...

By Kevin Broom  | December 10, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Curse of the Kardashians

I started working on this post on Wednesday evening. I figured I’d finish it on Thursday morning with some thoughts from the Kings game the night before. My theme would be the Wizards' moral victory against the Lakers, and a...

By Lee Friedman  | December 10, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baseball's winter meetings, 140 characters at a time

The proliferation of Twitter among sports beat writers across the United States is the direct reason I have spent 1000 percent more time this year following baseball’s winter meetings than last year. It’s amazing how each 140-character message after 140-character...

By Ryan Korby  | December 9, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Goodbye and good riddance, Fat Albert

When I started this blogging gig, I asked the WaPo overlords what they wanted us to do. They said two things: a) be a fan; and b) don’t identify yourself as a Washington Post reporter. Fair enough. So, here’s this...

By Jason Woodmansee  | December 8, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Is Johansson a viable option for second-line center?

First off I’d like to offer a mea culpa on my post last week. I misunderstood the salary cap numbers on CapGeek which consequently affected my conclusion, which was that the Caps would likely need to give up a top-nine...

By Kareem El-Alaily  | December 8, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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MLS re-entry draft - who should United take?

The re-entry draft is today. Not familiar with the re-entry draft? It's simple... First, certain players are set adrift on an ice flow by their current teams. These players send a homing pigeon to each team with a note that...

By Jeff Maurer  | December 8, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The legal side of the Haynesworth suspension

As a law professor, I find myself drawn naturally to the legal aspects of the dispute between Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins. The team has suspended Haynesworth for the remainder of the season. Presumably he will pursue a grievance. To...

By Stephen L. Carter  | December 7, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Shanahan done with Haynesworth's shenanigans

After twelve games and a disappointing 5-7 record, we’re right back where we started. Instead of focusing on football, we’re focusing on a player who didn’t even suit up last Sunday. It’s rarely a sign of rejoicing when the attention...

By Evan Bliss  | December 7, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Tis the season of change

By signing Jayson Werth, the Washington Nationals have proven that this offseason will be anything but boring for their fans. If the Nats had signed a first base replacement for Adam Dunn first or a starting pitcher to bolster the...

By Ryan Korby  | December 7, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Capitals top NHL in Movember

Movember is over, and I think the Caps may have found their calling as far as philanthropy is concerned. For some of the guys who tend to stay out of the public eye, it seems that a mustache was the...

By Nicole Weissman  | December 7, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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For what it's Werth

Now, I love Charlie Pierce. I really do. He’s one of my favorite writers, and I’ve never been able to read Bill Simmons in the same fashion since Charlie took on and destroyed The Big Book of Basketball. But as...

By Ryan Cooper  | December 6, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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On the Maple Leafs, Redskins and rebuilding

Tonight the Caps take on the Maple Leafs, and I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the parallels between the Leafs and our own local football team. Both squads have extremely rabid fanbases and huge media conglomerates that hang on...

By Ryan Cooper  | December 6, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Looking for the bright side

I've used the "Good, the bad and the ugly" bit a few times to recap Redskins games this year. I'd use it again, but I honestly can't think of anything to put into the "good" category. Let me start looking....

By Jason Woodmansee  | December 6, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Military Bowl it is

So the unexpectedly expected happened Sunday afternoon when it was announced that the Terps had accepted their invitation to the Military Bowl to face off against East Carolina. What an unfortunate ending to an exhilarating comeback season for the Terrapin...

By Rick Nelligan  | December 6, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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