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D.C. Sports Bog: September 24, 2006 - September 30, 2006

Your Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Tailgating Picks of the Week

See, you really want cooler weather before you break out the great beers and cheeses. We in the specialty foods industry used to always lick our proverbial chops as the weather cooled and we could break out the good stuff. Plus people just seem more willing to open their wallets...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2006; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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That's Nats

Before the season is over, here's your crucial "That's Nats" update. Honky Tonk Confidential (or HTC, as they call themselves) wrote the song midway through last season after hearing an uninspiring version of a Nats song on the radio. Three different songwriters contributed to the creative process. Some had visions...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2006; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Playing Scrabble is Harder Than Kicking Field Goals

Straight from one of the few people qualified to judge. Stefan Fatsis, whom I'll identify as a Bog Friend, D.C. resident, Wall Street Journal Writer, author of the sportswriting classic Word Freak, ESPN Scrabble analyst and former kicker for the Denver Broncos. ("I have the greatest resume," he acknowledged.) I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2006; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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On Frank's Departure

The thing I don't really understand about this whole Frank Robinson thing: why does he want a job? He's like 94 or something. Retire already. Play golf. Sample the world's cheeses. Join a rotisserie league. Better yet, join a fantay hockey league; you'll spend all your time trying to figure...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2006; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Friday Morning

Frank Robinson is near tears about his future and begins his farewells (possible replacements here), but Jose Vidro says the decision is "not right" and Thom Loverro says Frank should be kept on in some way. More player reactions, plus fans discuss. Meanwhile the Nats and Phils finish at 2:30...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2006; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rugby Rivalry After Report

Last week's much-touted rugby showdown between PAC and Washington Rugby? Yeah. Let's just say that PAC didn't have any problem covering the spread. Final was 52-5. I believe Al Golden was coaching WRFC. All the pre-game taunting worked out just fine, I suppose. PAC Prez Stefan Hankin: "It wasn't really...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Pilrahnas and Gil-Zeros

Hesitate to predict anything with Gilbert Arenas, but the plan is for him to be featured in three national Adidas campaigns over the next three months. First he's doing work for the Pilrahna, a shoe for which he's the lead endorser but which is not a signature shoe. Then in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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The Nats' Giant President Heads' Seasons Winds Down

So KidsPost has now joined in on the Nats' Giant President Head Reportage, with a Teddy Roosevelt pun ("Sneaks Softly, Carries a Big Schtick") guaranteed to go over the heads of any actual kids. Incidentally, last night Stan Kasten showed a few of us a photo of him posed with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fight Songs, Week Four

1) This Homage to Orgeron is indeed hilarious and will almost assuredly make you squeal with delite. (Thanks EDSBS.) 2) Is "Les Expos sont là" still the official song of the Nats? Do the Nats have an official song? Besides the "Frank Robinson Swan Song?" UPDATE: I foolishly forgot Honky...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kwame Handed Key to Success, Gets it Wet

So Phil Jackson gives Kwame a card on which is written "15-10," with the intention of spurring Kwame to average 15 points and 10 rebounds this year. A few more free throws, a few more rebounds, and he's there. Motivation, you see. Driving on to the next level. Etc. Q:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today's Redskins Hip Hop Clips

I love how a commenter wondered whether I asked the D.C. United guys about soccer at all yesterday. Answer: No. (Although I did hear Ben Olsen express his strong and continued concerns about MLS's salary structure and overall health. "In 10 years has it gotten better? I don't know," he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Thursday Morning

Byron Leftwich used to sneak into RFK (scroll down) and would cry when the Redskins lost. More on Leftwich. Mark Brunell misses practice, upsetting the order of succession; he also plans to retire in Jacksonville. Punter Derrick Frost tells his doubters what they can do (edited), the offense is still...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2006; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ovie's First Pitch

Pretty good, actually. The reviews: Brian Pothier: "Fastball. Perfect strike." Brian Sutherby: "I don't think he threw a baseball before in his life. He did well." Kris Beech: "Perfect. Right in there." Chris Clark: "I was very impressed. A lot of pressure out there and he threw it right over...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Ovechkin's in Trouble

Ovechkin's throwing the opening pitch at the Nats game in about two hours. (He throws lefty, btw). Here's what Jose Vidro said when Ovie started warming up. "You throw like a girl. [Bleep Bleep]. C'mon. You've got to be [bleeping] me." So there's that. "He's got a little work cut...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Fantasy Football

But first, here's what happens when Jaime Moreno scoots out of the building immediately after training ends. Some quotes are paraphrased for the sake of good taste: Ben Olsen: I think that you are lazy. [paraphrased] Jaime Moreno: Dentist appointment. Ben Olsen: I do not believe you. [paraphrased] Jaime Moreno:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, Wednesday Afternoon

Missed this yesterday, but the Steelers are America's most popular team? And the Redskins are 16th, behind the Titans? And a paper says LaVar Arrington is not fitting in with the Giants D? There's a shock. The Smoking Gun has the T.O. police report, the Cowboys Web site is skeptical,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Notes From RFK While Waiting for Ovechkin

1) Something the Redskins probably don't have to deal with: at this morning's D.C. United training session, an unruly gent wandered out onto the playing field. "Any of you white [bleeps] got a cigarette?" he asked. "[Bleep] you, you white [bleeps]," he said. "Any of you white boys want to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Byron Leftwich and H.D. Woodson

We called Byron Leftwich around 6:30 last night. Well, I didn't call him. H.D. Woodson assistant Wayne Johnson did. "Byron can't come to the phone right now," Leftwich said, "but you know what to do." "B, just wanted to call and say what's up man, give love to you, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Did T.O. Attempt to Hurt Himself?

Joining the Saints and Chris Simms in the "non-funny NFL news" category, a Dallas news station says the T.O. police report indicates he might have been attempting suicide. The Fort Worth paper has now picked up on the story. You will, perhaps, hear more about this as the day goes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Wednesday Morning

Update: Did T.O. attempt suicide? Redskins rankings: 18th, 19th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 23rd. The O-line is good again, Warrick Holdman has been a bright spot, and Brunell's not looking for revenge. The Wizards will introduce an alternate road jersey (black and gold?). But the lede is conference finals, conference...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2006; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, Tuesday Afternoon

Svrluga gives us the latest on the Nats train derailment. Tony Kornheiser's week three reviews: negative (mightymjd), positive (awfulannouncing), profane (can'tstopthebleeding). A Native American says watching the Skins at FedEx was a trip through hell. ESPN looks at George Mason's schedule, and in women's hoops recruiting, "Maryland is all the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2006; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On the Wizards' Hopes and Dreams

Today's Wizards media session raised oh so many compelling questions. Who will start at center, Etan Thomas or Brendan Haywood? Will a healthy Jarvis Hayes and a muscle-shirt wearing DeShawn Stevenson be able to replace Jared Jeffries? Is Caron Butler an all-star-in-waiting? Is Gilbert Arenas among the elite of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2006; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Abe, George Washington, Eddie Jordan, Ernie Grunfeld

1) I was late for the preseason media sessions with Eddie Jordan and Ernie Grunfeld because I saw impersonators of Abe, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe and someone else (maybe Andy Warhol) outside the Portrait Gallery. I thought there was a chance Abe and GW would bust out in one of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2006; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Tuesday Morning

Charter train carrying the Nats derails in Delaware. (More here.) The sun's still shining in Ashburn, even though penalty flags are still flying towards the league's most penalized team. After his "performance for the ages," the Skins clean Brunell's laceration; Shawn Springs remains out, while Gibbs expects Joe Salave'a to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2006; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Falcons Fans Root Against Heartwarming Tales

Trying to think of what was the weirdest part of the last two hours of my life. 1) The fact that the Falcons' official team Web site lists the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of fans from across the country. 2) The fact that I decided to call a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What You Need to Know, Monday Afternoon

GrohsGottaGo.net creator declines to be interviewed. In slightly different news, two top Hokies are arrested. Slaton is third in this Heisman Watch, possibly turning my t-shirt into a collectible. New power rankings have Virginia Tech 13th, Maryland 50th, Navy 62nd, Virginia 76th. In this one its 6th, 45th, 49th, 74th....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Orioles Protest, to be continued...

If you were here at all last week, you'll recall endless postings on the FreeBirds, the disaffected O's fans who descended on Camden Yards for a Thursday afternoon game, sang and chanted for a solid hour and then walked out, en masse. I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The ABA Season Approaches

The ABA has long been the most entertaining pro sports enterprise in the country, but this offseason was especially promising. Allen Iverson's mom bought in. So did a heavyweight group including AJ Discala (Tony Soprano's son-in-law), Nick Lachey, "7th Heaven's" Geoff Stults, celebrity dance person Stacy Keibler, John Salley, Brian...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Minor League Basketball  
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Recruiting Rankings

Obviously the experts don't really know anything when it comes to forecasting athletic achievement. (If they did, these professional experts would not have gone 20-46-12 against the NFL spreads this week, these six professional experts would not have unanimously agreed the Pats would beat the Broncos, and Peter King (5-6-2)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Football  
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Christmas in Dallas

Ok, the Cowboys didn't play yesterday. They're not the buzz this morning. The buzz this morning is Reche Caldwell's bizarrely wide open eyes that made it appear as if he were freebasing Red Bull on the sidelines, and Chris Simms's spleen. (You can rotate a virtual spleen here.) But this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Monday Morning

Rejoice, Skins people. Your victory was "thorough;" your offense was shredding the Texans; your receivers were involved; your running back doesn't know who's calling the plays; your opponent...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2006; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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