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D.C. Sports Bog: September 10, 2006 - September 16, 2006

Portis Trivia

It's after 6 on a Friday. Go home. Stop looking at your computer. However, since the Washington Post needs a blog entry about something other than cheese to excerpt in tomorrow's paper, we present Clinton Portis Trivia. The moral of this trivia being, Portis's shoulder is not the only thing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2006; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes Are Silly  
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Your Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Tailgating Picks of the Week

In honor of Dallas Week, we have a local beer and a Texas cheese. I'll let "Hoppy" Jeff Wells go first this week. (Hoppy, you'll recall, is a native Washingtonian, 10-year veteran of the craft-beer industry and proprietor of the soon-to-be-open Wells Ales & Lagers restaurant in Brooklyn.) He writes:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2006; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Friday Afternoon

What's that? WVU scored again? CBS SportsLine's Gregg Doyel clobbers Friedgen, EDSBS says Sam Hollenbach "appeared to be scanning the walls of a Chinese optometrist," Rick Maese looks to 2007, Mountainlair is hung over and mad at Mike Wise, and ESPN's Ivan Maisel was impressed by the 'Eers. (Read more...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2006; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Gardent Speaks, in Translation

Gardent's latest, post-MNF blog thoughts, courtesy of Jonathan Tannenwald, one of our not-quite-resident staff of crack translators who enjoy practicing their French by tackling almost-actual Redskins' blogs in their spare time. The "Ed." in this case is him, not me.... ' The NFL season isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.'...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2006; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Redskins  
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An Announcement

Due to severe, soul-crunching, 24-hours-and-counting exhaustion, your regularly scheduled morning links will not appear until the afternoon. At that point, this week's cheese and beer suggestions will also be unveiled. We apologize for any inconvenience. In the meantime, check out these excellent blogs The Big Lead Off Wing Opinion Can't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2006; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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I Attempt to get Beaten Up by WVU Fans

My video camera is out of batteries, thanks to Mike Wise's epic interview session with The Mountaineer. So I headed out to the parking lots with just a notebook and an Official Tailgate Question, provided by Bog friend and Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese, who is cleverly trying to wipe...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Football  
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The Mountaineer Weighs in on Gunston

On our way into the stadium we ran into The Mountaineer, senior Brady Campbell, a wood science technology major (really) with a coonskin cap, a musket and a very impressive beard that he started growing last winter, in the run-up to Mountaineer tryouts. Naturally, this chance encounter made me think...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Football  
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Soriano and Jay-Z and Other Stuff

Not sure whether this is breaking news, because I'm riding shotgun in a Saturn while crusing through the outskirts of Morgantown right now, and my Internet connection isn't the world's fastest, so bear with me on this one. It involves Alfonso Soriano, Jay-Z and a high-end, upscale, NYC club. (Actually,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nats  
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More from Morgantown

1) Washington Post photographer Joel Richardson just arrived at the Post's Morgantown bureau, AKA Ruby Tuesday. We are making a spectacle of ourselves. 2) Mike Wise went after three young kids eating lunch while their mom stepped away. "How you doing over there Nicole?" he asked to the eldest, Nicole...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Football  
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Live from the Washington Post Morgantown Bureau

Also known as the Morgantown Ruby Tuesday. The Morgantown Outback was closed. Boss, open up the expense account, we're hitting the salad bar. Frankly, the ride up to Morgantown didn't have the sort of dramatics I was looking for. Maryland beat writer Marc Carig fell asleep. Provocative columnist Mike Wise...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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"Money" Mike Sawyer

As promised, your "Money" Mike Sawyer quotes, in advance of his Oct. 7 super-undercard bout: On being a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams: Damn right, two presidents. I'm as American as it gets, man, and not afraid to flaunt it....Make no apologies for it, being young, white...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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Washington Post Gang Tackles West Virginia

(Yes, I am literally listening to my favorite song as I type this.) I'm about to rush out the door to drive Washington Post columnist Mike Wise and Maryland beat writer Marc Carig to Morgantown in a rented red Saturn. We're truckin' through the BCS, together. Here's the plan: we'll...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Lange v. Wilt

As previously mentioned, I went to Wednesday's Jimmy Lange vs. Tommy Wilt press conference. It was my first boxing press conference. I hoped for mayhem, cursing and possibly a few folding chairs or haymakers being tossed around indiscriminately. Like this. There was none of that. (The event, btw, was held...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Thursday Morning

Please start getting in the mood for tonight's Burning Couch Bowl. Terps face biggest Thursday nighter in five years, SI likes the 'Eers, and Jerry Palm says they need to pound Maryland. More previews here, here, here and here. Sam Hollenbach is one of two ACC QB's without a touchdown...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2006; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Fancy Foods at a NASCAR Tailgate

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By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2006; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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Coup Against Gunston

The rebellion against Gunston has been officially launched, if you haven't been paying attention. CAA fans from far and wide are hammering the fuzzy fella in the comments section of my previous item. (Gunston is George Mason's amorphous green mascot, if you haven't been paying attention.) Sample words: "laughingstock," "embarassment,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2006; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Karl Hobbs Is Excited!

To get his prostate checked! As excited as anyone has ever been to get his prostate checked! Check the video! I believe that assistant coaches Roland Houston and Darrell Brooks (those would be the guys high-fiving Hobbs as he rushes out of his office in order to get his prostate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2006; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Wednesday Morning

Think Dallas week couldn't get any bigger? No NFL team has started 0-2 and made the playoffs the last two seasons. Gibbs backs Carlos Rogers and John Hall, and Pierson Prioleau is done for the year. Reporters worry about the secondary and the kicker. Cowboys: 17-7 against Skins on national...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2006; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freddy Adu and Sidney Crosby Lead Leagues

Who's the best player in MLS this season? Christian Gomez, right? The leading scorers? Jeff Cunningham and Ante Razov. The player with the best last name? Preston Burpo, in a runaway. (Although he still doesn't compare to the best-named athlete in the U.S.: American volleyball's Cynnamon Burns. Would you believe...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2006; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Monday Night Football Final Thoughts

See, I promised my boss this wouldn't be all Redskins, but I have to finish up some stuff. 1) The Redskins serve cheese to media members. And lots of it. A writer reports: Literally the biggest cheese selection in the world. Honestly, I would really guess that they have 25...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins  
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What You Need to Know, Tuesday Afternoon

SI has RFK last among MLB parks. (Camden is 13th). Tony Mejia says Antawn Jamison is the NBA's ninth best power forward. Steve Slaton No. 4 in this Heisman watch. DCenters flip out over Bobby Boswell. (Cold water, fellas.) Skins are 20th in ESPN's power rankings, and they sign another...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Etan Thomas and Iraq

Etan Thomas has never been shy about his politics, writing and speaking out against the Iraq war, sometimes quite publicly, and criticizing the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. Now, he's in an open spat with the Washington Times's Tom Knott. First, Thomas told The Nation that he was uncomfortable with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Reasons to Go About Your Business Today, Sans Weaponry

1) In last year's season opener, the Redskins scored zero touchdowns and nine points, managing just one field goal out of two trips inside the 10. Here's what the experts said: --A touchdown usually isn't too much to ask of a professional offensive unit. Teams score touchdowns every week, sometimes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Differences between Vikings Fans, 'Bama Fans, and Redskins Fans

So the bar I went to last night, Stars and Stripes, is also a 'Bama bar on Saturdays (in the Tide sense, not the "fashion misfit" sense). (Auburn hearts Bama, in The Auburner, btw.) (Off topic, but what's with the Georgia Tech stormtroopers?) So the difference between Vikings fans and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Tuesday Morning

Your week one Redskins verbs: faltered, sputtered, faltered, spoiled, flop (used as a verb), stifled, subdued, nickled and dimed, hampered. Plus some nouns: a serious setback, and a general sense of concern. In Minnesota, the win is termed decidedly uncharacteristic and "a solid performance that featured no devastating mistakes." And...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I Choose Wisely (My Night With Vikings Fans)

Saturday night, I had a special spot in Kevin Harvick's pits during the NASCAR race. But I was tired from passing out cheese and craft beer in the sun for hours Saturday afternoon, and the noise hurt my 'Eers, and I was worried about traffic, and so I left early....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Final Score Predictions

For what it's worth, I just took a survey of all the jerseys. There are 16, including a Warren Moon who's actually a Chiefs fan but is just here offering moral support to the greater Midwest. Fourteen of the 16 jerseys have the Vikings winning, mostly in a close, low-scoring...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vikings Blog

So I was gonna go hang out with Redskins tailgaters at FedEx Field, but we're having some credentialing issues, and the boss warned me to stay away for this week. So I figured the next best thing would be to hang out at a Vikings bar. So here I am,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On mass-marketed ice cream, "Herotica" novels, coach-speak and lazy writers

Note to my boss: Don't let any of our writers use the term "vanilla" in reference to the Redskins tonight. Just don't. Here's why. The sporting world has absolutely lost its mind over the use of the word "vanilla," in headlines and in quotes, in analysis and in conjunction with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gunston Lives!

In early June, some idiot Washington Post reporter reported that George Mason's furry green mascot Gunston would be replaced as the school's primary mascot. Sports Illustrated picked up the item (as did its Web site). So did NPR. So did The Realests and Deadspin. (Note seldom-seen Gunston pics here.) Well,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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NASCAR Notes

Yummy American artisanal cheese and yummy American craft beer tasting notes from the NASCAR tailgate will follow; we're currently soliciting suggestions for week two cheese and beer selections. In the meantime, some NASCAR notes from Richmond: Best tailgating sign: "No Man Boobs!" Food for a champion: The 4 p.m. spread...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NASCAR  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Monday Morning

Forget two percent: Jon Jansen says Skins have shown 0.5 percent of their offense. Previews emphasize Washington's stinky preseason, Joe Gibbs's odd insistence that this is one of the most important games of his life, or the emotions of 9/11 commemorations. In Minnesota, the focus is on Brad Childress's debut,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2006; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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