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D.C. Sports Bog: September 3, 2006 - September 9, 2006

Guest blogger

(This was composed a few days ago, apologies if some references are dated--editor.) OffTheMeter Speaks.... 1. I need Soriano back with the Yankees DC! He will be the first 50/50 player and he will be back in the Bronx one day. I want one real Dominican.... I will have a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2006; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weekend Vacation

Many of you have inquired about weekend guest blogging opportunities. As of now, whoever writes the longest and/or weirdest and/or funniest e-mail will be the unofficial weekend guest blogger. This week's winner is my friend OffTheMeter, whom I met at the D.C. NCAA regional last spring. His comments are below....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2006; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Late Afternoon Redskins Updates

1) I'm benching Clinton Portis this week. Unsilent Majority, you should too. 2) Redskins fan and FedEx driver Denny Hamlin plans to go to FedEx Field on Monday night. 3) A friendly reader points out that the timing of the President's Monday evening address once again shows that the District...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Best Croc Hunter Moment

Without a doubt, 'twas this. Made me laugh every time....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Playing with Monopoly Money

So I'm in a 30-person scrum of media people trying to talk to future U.S. Senator Jeff Burton. (He's ready for filibuster duty, btw; check this quote when he was asked if the current points system should be changed: You know I don't know, I mean, I honestly don't know....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NASCAR  
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Ryan Zimmerman's Facebook

Your typical facebook message is something like this: "Yo, great party last night," except with a dash of vulgarity and three or four misspelled words. Here's the sort of posts Ryan Zimmerman gets on his facebook page: is it really necessary to destoy my phillies like this!! lol..just kidding..awesome game...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Actual Wedding

The wedding party arrived in a massive red-yellow-and-green trolley-type vehicle that was tastefully decorated with black and white Gatorade Victory Lane-style streamers. The groom, 22-year old Mike Gray, a specialist in the Army with a background in jumping out of planes from great heights, was in full uniform. (Jumping out...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Gray-Pawlak Wedding, Live From Victory Lane

So I was the first guest to arrive at the Gray-Pawlak Gatorade Victory Lane wedding. It was scheduled for 2:30, and I was there at 2:30 sharp, but there was no wedding and no guests and no flowers and no champagne. There were, however, two 16-year-old girls taking photos of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Your Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Tailgating Picks of the Week

Well, I held it together for three days. I mostly wrote about sports, and never used the phrase "smells like dirty socks." But that's all over now, as we debut what's sure to become our most popular feature: the artisanal cheese and craft beer tailgating picks of the week. Each...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer than 200 Words, Friday Morning

Portis: "Don't chance it," all but out, "The Injured Man." Ladell Betts: "Well prepared." Craig Biggio: Massive Skins fan (scroll down). This headline: Awful. Jon Jansen backs away from his NFofL HGH estimate, while Congress gets involved. The Skins remember 9/11, the Vikings don't have a kick returner but do...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Pick Your Own George

Comparing Non-Conference Hoops Schedules, September 7 Edition: (Holla if you love the fact that college basketball is spelled incorrectly in the categories menu.) (And has there ever been a better time to like the Georges: one heading toward a top-10 season, one coming off a top-10 season, and the last...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2006; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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What You Need to Know, Thursday Afternoon

("Need" is not necessarily the operative word on this one; find this morning's What You Need to Know for actual news.) Deadspin introduces us to the heroes at StopShuler.com, and fellow blogger Todd Jacobson gives us more on the Nats fantasy football draft. (How does Cordero take LaMont Jordan in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2006; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Desperately seeking French translator

Looking for a Redskins blog with that certain je ne sais quoi? Hoping to read musings about football and Fourme d'Ambert from someone who knows more about both subjects than I? (I'm not a blue fan.) Didn't get enough Frenchiness from Project Runway's brief foray to Paris? (Later, Vincent; you're...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2006; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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M-M-M-Moss Man

Don't follow this link if you don't want to be humming a little hip-hop ditty about Santana Moss for the rest of your life, because I've got to say, it's sort of catchy. Like, a lot. Strikes me that every NFofL'er ought to have a little musical tribute on YouTube,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2006; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Next week: D.C. Sports Gloop

I thought I had a charming, mildly funny little anecdote about a college football coach and his relationship with the Internet. But former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger spits on my charming, mildly funny little anecdote. "'Bog,' he says, condescendingly. "'Bog' can't hold my matching handkerchiefs." Is [Larry] Coker a victim...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2006; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Football  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Thursday Morning

Jon Jansen says HGH use is increasing in the NFofL. Fred Smoot wants to give you a sour taste but his receivers are looking dodgy. Dan Daly takes a historical look at the QB-by-committee that has made a Vikings blogger jealous. USA Today thinks T.J. Duckett "could ruin" Portis's fantasy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What You Need to Know, Wednesday Evening Edition

Added: Salon's King Kaufman has the Skins second in the NFC East, saying they're "one injury away from disaster at almost every position." And a Detroit Lions assistant was reportedly arrested for nude drinking and driving. Portis questionable, Springs doubtful. There is nothing better than having a fantasy RB who's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Why Cardinals Fans Are Baseball's Best, in 20 Words or Less

After Boz's disposition (cited below) on the merits of baseball in St. Louis, and how we all miss the story because we live on the East Coast, I figured I'd go ask the fans (cited below). Except, in the interest of blog brevity (cited way below) I was gonna ask...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nats win, Nats win

This, ladies and gents, is why we have blogs. If theoretically the whole D.C. sports world were checking my Bog constantly, or better yet, subscribing to the RSS feed, they would now know that the Nats have only just recently won, 7-6, in dramatic fashion over the St. Louis Cardinals....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Down Goes George, Down Goes George

Just when it seemed like all was right for George Washington (see below) comes today's Giant President Head race. (Btw, how much do I have to write about George Washington before I get a link on gwhoops.com? Anyone? Anyone? Do you need weekly SirValiant Brown updates? Where-are-they-now sessions with Nimbo...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The sun shines on Foggy Bottom

Not only is Mike Hall going to Wizards training camp, but Mike O'Connor is out here at RFK spinning a gem, as they say. One hit through three innings. I'm gonna credit it to the sudoku puzzles he was working on in the clubhouse a few hours ago. (Reliever Ryan...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Austin Kearns Took Peyton No. 2?

Fantasy football notes from a Nats day game.... In the Nationals recent 10-owner fantasy football draft, Austin Kearns threw a huge curve ball by taking Peyton Manning No. 2 overall. This is way out of protocol; Gene Wang would be furious. Ryan Church, who won the league two years ago,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gambling  
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On Rugby, Peachtree Schnapps, Navy Football and Sparky, Cont.

So on Saturday, I went to Annapolis for Navy-ECU. (Programming note: hoping to line up future tailgates with rugby players. Any rugby players out there going to local college football tailgates? Lemme know. I promise not to eat all of your pretzels.) Team Beer was set up directly next to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Rugby  
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On Rugby, Peachtree Schnapps, Navy Football and Sparky

Just before the Skins kicked off against the Ravens last Thursday, I met some rugby players walking to the game. They were drinking Peachtree schnapps. (I had long ago decided that rugby would be a major focus of the Bog. Rugby players, fans, bloggers, start passing around the link. I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Wednesday's What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words

Skins go Super Bowl or Bust and get some Cali love (registration), while three out of 12 ESPN experts pick them as division winners and an Eagles blogger fumes. (Dude, chill out, look at last year's ESPN picks. Gak.) (Skins 14th in the power rankings, btw.) (Oh look, Skins fans...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know

Check back early Wednesday. In the meantime, read about Clinton Portis....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another Clinton Working Magic in D.C.

The story is old, and the bloggers have already pretty well picked through it (check out The Big Lead, Mister Irrelevant and The Mighty MJD), but if you haven't seen it yet, please read the tremendous Esquire story on Clinton Portis. First of all, Chris Jones can write. Second of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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More On Phil Collins

This is what other college football bloggers are blogging about today, right? Phil Collins? (Actually, they're blogging about hilarious family-friendly tailgates, hilarious Chuck Norris videos and this week's shocking blog poll ballot, in which West Virginia was a shocking 13th. Tennessee is No. 1.) Anyhow, for those bloggers who are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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On West Virginia and Statues Made of Coal

ESPN.com's TMQ here rips West Virginia for its schedule. ESPN's Colin Cowherd does the same. We're coming to West Virginia's defense. (In general. Not regarding the schedule. The schedule is smelly.) Our reasons for defending WVU are manifold, and not just because the 'Eers are sixth in the AP and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Terps Rock Out

If you're like me, nothing gets you in the mood for full-contact athletics like slow pop songs about doomed relationships. Luckily for us, we have a football team to support: the University of Maryland Terrapins. Yes, that's right, when the school's athletics Web site offered up to the world its...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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On the Meaning of the Preseason, in Six Parts

The endless preseason statistics I was hoping to pound you with are slightly less compelling now that the preseason seems to be over. Still, with Our Heroes at 0-4 and people continuing to wonder "What Does It All Mean?" I'll drop six nuggets. (As will often be mentioned, the LaCa...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terry Bradshaw Ate My Labor Day

(Historians, take note: three days after the first college football Saturday, and two days before the NFL opener, I'm beginning my Bog with an item about Terry Bradshaw's acting career.) While the rest of America watched Florida State edge Miami last night, I figured blogging duties required me to take...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Athletes Are Silly  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words

So Jason Campbell and Todd Collins are both the No. 2 QB, depending on when Mark Brunell gets hurt. (The much duller Ravens will only keep two QBs. How dull.) Reporters call the Skins' move "highly unusual in the annals of NFL depth charts" and "unconventional," comparing the situation to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2006; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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