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D.C. Sports Bog: September 17, 2006 - September 23, 2006

What to Watch Locally This Weekend

Sadly I can't make it, but if you have free time on Saturday afternoon this is what you should do: go watch PAC Rugby play Washington Rugby. These are Washington's rugby big boys, the Brutes of the Four Quadrants, the Animals of the Anacostia, the Powerhouses of the Potomac, etc....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Etan Thomas Responds

The Etan Thomas saga continues. If you missed our last trip down this path, Etan Thomas spoke out to The Nation about the use of wounded vets as inspiration for Team USA, and Tom Knott laid into him in the Washington Times. Etan called me last night and told me...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Your Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Tailgating Picks of the Week

We tried to make this an homage to Maryland in honor of the greater Baltimore-Washington region's most successful pro football franchise, but I accidentally ran into a Steelers-loving cheesemaker who just happens to live and work in Maryland. Anyhow, the cheese is Buche Noir, a soft-ripening goat cheese from FireFly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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Fantasy Football: The Movie

Not to obsess over the Mighty MJD and link to the same blog item twice, but he had it exactly right when he discussed Tony K's fantasy football team: To the veteran fantasy football players of the world, there is nothing more interesting than their own fantasy team, and nothing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gambling  
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Luthers and Hamdogs and Cavs Writers

So the Cavs' ghastly trip to Atlanta wasn't a total waste, at least not for two deranged beat writers. WaPo scribe Adam Kilgore and Bog Friend Darryl Slater stopped in at suburban Atlanta's Mulligan's, whose American Death sandwiches have already attracted plenty of media attention. Before the game, these ambitious...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Pro Golfer Imitates Bogger, Shoots 16 Over on One Hole

The first and potentially only time I went to Renditions golf course was on a hot and muggy August afternoon, when I was supposed to be working, and everyone else in the world was supposed to be working, too. Thus, the course was empty. Thus, we decided when we got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes Are Silly  
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Keep 85 Alive

I thought yesterday's stirring protest movement would be my last brush with American revolt this week, but nay, the people will not be silenced. The rabblerousers-slash-advertising executives behind Keep85Alive are raising much-needed funds to help Woozy Chad Johnson pay for his endzone celebration fines. Rise up, sports fans, and make...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes Are Silly  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Friday Morning

Gregg Williams is aggressive, although not as aggressive as Zach Randolph. Joe Buges, a la Timbalake, is bringing SwaggerBack (like this?) Wilbon thinks Houston...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Live from the O's Protest, Postscript

Like every great American protest movement, the FreeBirds have a strong social element. After a hard day of marching, singing songs and carrying signs, they retire to local watering holes called Pickles Pub and Sliders to down American lite beers, and sometimes shots of Jagermeister or bottles of Twisted Tea....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Live From the O's Protest, Part III

The nostalgia train rolls on, with an extended "Sell to Rip-ken" chant, an "El-rod Hen-dricks" chant, a "Da-vey John-son" chant, a "Jo-on Mil-ler" chant, a "Pa-at Gil-lick" chant, an "Ea-rl Wea-ver" chant and several more rousing renditions of "Ed-die, "Ed-die." (I don't believe I've ever heard a chant to a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Live from the O's Protest, Part II

Inside the park now. Section 384. Cheapest ticket I could find. I guess the cheapest ticket all the FreeBirds could find, too, since there are thousands of them up here. And nearly as many cameramen. And the FreeBirds are loud. "Pete Must Go!" they're now chanting. "Edi-die, Ed-die," they're chanting....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from the O's Protest, Part I

I'm outside Camden with a huge mob of fans in black "Free the Birds" t-shirts. We just walked here from the Hard Rock Cafe. "Hey Hey Ho Ho Greedy Petey's Got to Go," they shouted. "Yankees Suck!" they shouted. "Pull Peter Out!" they shouted. '"Sell the Team!" they shouted. "Bring...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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6'6 240 Speaks

Remember 6'6 240, Hip Hop's "Next 'BIG'' Thing,' "West Virginia's 'Trailer Park Hustla'" and our favorite BCS WVU rapper? (Author of the lyrics, "Them other teams aren't ready for that 3-3-5," and "Don't forget Owen Schmitt, he eats hits for dinner.") Well, I just chatted with him. His real name...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Thursday Morning

Brawl alert, at a party involving Diddy, Carlos Rogers and Gilbert Arenas. Portis is back, Springs is not, the O-line is struggling and Mike Sellers says the offense is as intricate as you think. Brunell either gets testy or takes it in stride while saying he could be better, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Ovechkin's 21st birthday party

Here's how Alex Ovechkin's 21st birthday party started: with Miss District of Columbia Kate Michael holding court in the lobby of RNR Bar & Lounge, a woman named Hottie Milinda passing out fliers for a weekly modeling contest-slash-"America's Next Top Model" viewing party, and an enormous cake in the shape...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2006; 1:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps  
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Fight On! And Stuff Like That (including some WVU hiphop all the way at the bottom)

The exciting news about the Vikings' raunchy-sounding and utterly bizarre new fight song got me in a peppy kind of mood. (Read racially charged responses here.) I've felt fondly about the Vikings and their many fight songs since my night watching MNF with Vikings fans and listening to them sing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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What You Need to Know, Wednesday Afternoon

Check out LaVar's shot at Joe Gibbs. Lots of 0-2 NFL stats, with Len Pasquerelli calling the Skins offense a disaster. Peter Schrager works over Tom Cruise and ranks the Skins 25th in the NFL, Dr. Z says 23rd, and so does CBSSportline, while Brunell is the 26th most awesomely...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On the Orioles Protest

And I thought my posts were too long. The people behind tomorrow's "Take Back the Birds" campaign have a mission statement that clocks in just south of 3,500 words. "Angelos" appears 23 times. "Bad" appears 11 times. Prominent descriptions include disgruntled, disgusted, disenfranchised, suppressed, betrayed, ignored, abused, depressed, fragmented, unprecedented,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Sports Betting Advice

So yesterday, via reader Andrew, Techcrunch turned me onto PicksPal, which will hopefully allow me to waste more time at work while pretending to do crucial blog research. If you don't know, it's a free betting site in which you spend real time and fake money amassing a fake fortune,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gambling  
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Must Groh Go?

And we have lift-off. After months, nay, years of waiting, GrohMustGo pops up, promising bake sales to buy out Coach Wahoo's contract. GrohsGottaGo chimes in, linking to Coaching Football for Dummies promising Groh-isms. (Site slogan: "Doing Nothing for Virginia Football Since 2001.") The fine folks (and Hokie fans) behind PleaseDon'tFireAlGroh...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Football  
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Dance Team Roster Set

More on this later, but the Maryland NightHawks of the ABA announced that they've chosen their dance team roster. Finally. I believe this is the updated roster, complete with "athletes, educators, businesswomen, mothers and full-time students." Other updates that didn't fit in my 200 word limit: 1) Bog fave "Money"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Minor League Basketball  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Wednesday Morning

Week 3 questions: Where are Lloyd and Duckett? Where are Lloyd and Cooley? Are the Redskins really worse than the Saints? Are they really as finished as Mark Brunell's left arm? What's up on third downs? How will Texans fans react if their team beats Washington? Do the Ravens enjoy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2006; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Yet More on the Caps, and Their Smoothies, and Al Saunders' Hair Salon

With the Caps having inhabited Ashburn Ice House for three of the past four days, I thought I'd check into whether the rising tide of NHL hockey has raised all Cameron Chase Village Center boats. Coming from right-to-left across your strip mall dial: Goodyear Gemini Automotive Care and Fast Lube:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Expensive Metal Parking Lot

Olie Kolzig made a promise this afternoon. "I'll tell you what," he brashly said. "We'll definitely be the most improved parking lot in the league." Last year the Caps' lot included some pickups, some Ford Explorers, and "even a Volkswagen Cabriolet that was on its last legs," Kolzig said. (Read...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McPhee Speaks

I ran into GMGM on his way out of the Ashburn Ice House. He had a plane to catch, but I had to ask him about the highlight reel of his fights going around the Web, pictured below. He hadn't seen the clip, but his response was subdued, almost regretful....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Caps, pizza and video games

Welcome to Washington Capitals preseason practice, live from the Ashburn Ice House, where the parking lot is filled with European luxury cars, the lobby is filled with video games and killer-claw-of-death stuffed animal temptresses, the upper level is filled with reposing European figure skaters and the stands are filled with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Caps Camp

In honor of my first trip to Caps Camp, a tremendous video of Caps GM George McPhee beating people up, courtesy of Japers Rink via someone else. This will slightly change my line of questioning the next time I see GMGM. For example, I will no longer ask the question,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Week Two Tasting Notes

So the Redskins were watery and flavorless, but how about our cheese and beer picks? Well, some technical difficulties prevented the cheese and beer from being sampled at actual tailgates, so I figured I'd bring the samples in to The Post for some pre-Monday Night Football refreshment, but I was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Tuesday Morning

Gibbs says Brunell has been "inconsistent" but he'll stick by him, a decision described as a "vote of confidence," the right move and "stubborn and astigmatic." Boswell, meantime, says there are "no plausible alternatives" to Brunell. (Fans and bloggers disagree.) Texans game is dubbed a "must win," although three teams...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2006; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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What You Need to Know, Monday Afternoon

Ken Rosenthal has at least nine teams as possible Soriano suitors, including the Orioles. Stan McNeal thinks Soriano won't see 40/40 again. Melvin Mora's "losing mentality" comments hit the blogs, and Cris Carter has the Ravens winning the Super Bowl. Pete Prisco says the Redskins season "is in big trouble."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2006; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pink: The New Silver and Black

So reading D.C. Sports Chick's angry rant about pink Caps gear got me thinking yet again about pink sports merchandise, which has been much in the news as an official actual newspaper-certified trend (repeatedly certified), with NFL teams seeing "a lot of pink in the stands" and Reebok execs wanting...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2006; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What Would Steve Do? Spurrier, I mean.

The Croc hunter's death has led to an alarming number of Internet hits for the phrase "What Would Steve Do?" Like this one: Just always remember when doing anything for the rest of time, to always think, "What would Steve do". It sounds crazy but it will help, because the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2006; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Athletes Are Silly  
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What to do when the Redskins are stinky

Rapidly moving toward the day when the Bog abandons the Redskins and goes for saturation Caps/United coverage, but some quick notes in the meantime. 1) Counting the preseason, which at this point I'm bloody well counting, Mark Brunell has one touchdown in his last 166 pass attempts. That stat is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2006; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Monday Morning

Your week two Redskins descriptors (and if you're real bummed out, pump the volume and listen to Mr. I'm Baaack while you read): overwhelmed, debacle, horrific offensively, inept, continued to struggle, consistent incompetence. Also, the Dallas defense had "a dominating performance" (registration), and "Brunell is just dreadful." Also, Skins are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2006; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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