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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 have many reasons, but The Editor said my posts are too long, so you'll have to wait. For now, two reasons:

This quote about the LSU rugby team:

All I know about the rugby guys is that they're hot and they throw awesome parties.

And this paragraph, from a recent Irish Independent column arguing that rugby is better than soccer:

Irish rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan says quirky things like "ducks in-a-row", "in the hopper" and "full bag of chips". Brian O'Driscoll says things like "B of the bang". Soccer's Steve Staunton says "whatever" a lot while his striker Robbie Keane says "obviously" all the time.

Can anyone define "full bag of chips" or "B of the bang" for me?)

Anyhow, I met these rugby guys and told 'em about the Bog. They were from a rugby team called CRABSS: Chesapeake Rugby and Beer Select Side. This name, you'll note, leads to all sorts of hilarity; various team members are said to have scored 1600 on their STDs, for example. The Skins game was about to start, but they stood there giving me impassioned speeches about rugby and insisting I had to go to their tailgate at Saturday's Navy-ECU game for a special ceremony. When large men drinking Peachtree schnapps and wearing sunglasses at 8 p.m. on a cloudy day tell you to do something, you generally do it. So I went. Report will follow in another post, because my posts are too long.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2006; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  Rugby  
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You think rugby players are hot?

Posted by: Mag Daddy | September 6, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

And wait until you meet the refs!

Posted by: uaimh | September 6, 2006 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Rugby needs more coverage in DC. Please do make it a focus of your blog.

Posted by: Ben | September 6, 2006 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Lost in the expressed camaraderie of the game of rugby is the unfortunate desire of the knuckleheads in the DC government to completely eliminate any and all space to play the game.
As president of one of the two premier teams in the area and a 17 year veteran of the game, I am seasonally beaten down by the dwindling spaces to play the game.

Without too much of a diatribe, our club (Washington Rugby), the nationally touted all black high school program (Hyde RFC), and our youth club, (The Washington Warriors) find ourselves without a patch of dirt to play our games. As grown men, we can find a way to play our games, but the real issue is the young, underprivileged kids that have chosen to take up the game and have benefited from doing so.
Eight or so years ago, a selfless member of our club, Mr. Tal Bayer, started a rugby program at Hyde Charter School. Since then he has changed the course of countless young men by introducing them not only to the social aspect of the game, but the discipline and the aforementioned brotherhood. There are multiple testimonials by these young men and their families about there certain drift into the local "trade" and subsequent incarceration or worse that were completely reversed by their involvement in our wonderful sport. as a matter of fact, every graduating member of the Hyde Rugby Team has gone on to college.

Bottom line: McKinly Tech has opened and ripped the field from the youngsters, they have no field and it is frankly a travesty.

Something needs to be done to provide for not only these youngsters but also to address the attitude in government that land is better suited for either a monument to war or an opportunity for narrow minded beaurocrats to wield their power, as opposed to the establishment of parks and fields upon which to PLAY.

Posted by: Kevin Tifft | September 6, 2006 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Go to a rugby game this Saturday!

There are literally dozens of matches being played around the DC area this weekend. Most games start at 1pm. I'll be at NOVA Rugby's Blue-Gray Classic all day (10am to 5pm) at Signal Hill Park in Manassas, which features "Northern" versus "Southern" teams.

Check out for links to all the local clubs and their match schedules.


Posted by: Ken | September 7, 2006 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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