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Box Seats: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

The implications of Semin's short-term deal

This week Alex Semin signed a one-year, $6.7 million contract to stay with the Caps through next season. On a Capitals Insider poll, 50 percent of readers are saying they’re happy with the deal because Semin’s offensive skills are an...

By Nicole Weissman  | January 28, 2011; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Wearing my All-Star briefs

Just a few notes on the weekend’s proceedings and Alexander Semin... -- I’m a huge fan of the NHL’s new all-star game format. As much as I dislike all-star games (or rather, the practice of evaluating a player’s “worth” by...

By Ryan Cooper  | January 28, 2011; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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And the Whoopi goes to....

It’s that time of year again. The NBA Mid-Season Awards season is in full swing, but who wants to hear another debate about whether Amare or LeBron should be MVP (my vote goes to Amare), or whether Blake Griffin or...

By Lee Friedman  | January 27, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. vs. Chile match diary and player ratings

The following was written during the US-Chile friendly this past Saturday. A lot of people don't like these off-brand friendlies, but I do; it gives us a chance to look at the guys who might end up being major players...

By Jeff Maurer  | January 26, 2011; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Shaking things up offensively: part two

Yesterday in part one of my post on how to shake up the Terps offense, I laid out the changes I’d like to see in Maryland’s offensive philosophy. If you missed it, the Cliff (Tucker) Notes version is to get...

By Rick Nelligan  | January 26, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wanted in D.C.: a centrist mindset

Want to know how to spark a hearty debate among old-school Cap fans? Ask him/her the last time the Caps had two highly-skilled, impact centers on the roster. Some may go back to 2002-03, when the Caps had Robert Lang...

By Kareem El-Alaily  | January 26, 2011; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Home-grown talent will pay off for Caps

One of the noteworthy things about this year’s two Super Bowl participants, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is that both feature a great deal of home-grown talent. According to ESPN, the teams are two of the four...

By Nicole Weissman  | January 26, 2011; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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What to make of Nick Young

Nick Young is the Wizards’ Official Feel Good story of the season. He’s scoring points. He’s shooting well. His defense has been not bad. That’s the storyline, and while I’ve spent the past couple weeks trying to talk myself into...

By Kevin Broom  | January 25, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Shaking things up offensively: part one

Welcome to part one of a two-part series on my solution for Maryland's offensive struggles. It’s been no secret this year that the Terps have been about as frustrating as it gets against quality opponents. There are as many reasons...

By Rick Nelligan  | January 25, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NL East position rankings: second base

Our look at how the Nationals measure up against the rest of the NL East at each position brings us to second base. Once again, I’m only looking at what can be expected of each player in 2011, not the...

By Ryan Korby  | January 25, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The best of the best

If Mike Shanahan's plans to return this once storied and illustrious franchise to the Himalayan peaks of greatness then perhaps we should make sure they understand the history they are attempting to recreate. Now that the Packers and Steelers are...

By Evan Bliss  | January 24, 2011; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The assassination of the coward Jay Cutler by everyone

On Sunday, I watched live as Jay Cutler got HAMMERED on Twitter during the second half of the NFC Championship game. Just killed. The general consensus was that Cutler was soft, heartless, gutless and any number of other unpleasant things....

By Jason Woodmansee  | January 24, 2011; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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