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D.C. Sports Bog: October 1, 2006 - October 7, 2006

Your Artisanal Cheese and Craft Beer Tailgating Picks of the Week

And I'm still trying to figure out whether these should be tasted during tomorrow's Caps pub crawl or during D.C. United tailgating at RFK. Maybe both. Anyhow, these are certainly not rare finds, but I think you'd be happy spending your weekend with some Grafton cheddar and Brooklyn Brown Ale,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2006; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese  
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D.C. United Forward Looks Forward to Shield, Knighthood

We all know what the Supporters Shield is: the award given to the MLS team that finishes the regular season with the best record. But do you know what the actual Shield looks like? "Oh no, no no no, I really don't, I don't know," Freddy Adu said. "Boris, help...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2006; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Budweiser: Watered-Down Trophies

Yes, that's right, Budweiser has been parading around a "replica" of the World Cup trophy to ardent fans who think it's the real thing. (As an aside, I held the actual MLS Supporters Shield in my hands yesterday afternoon, and I promise to blog about it at some point, after...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2006; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Etan Thomas on the black athlete in America

Etan Thomas says painting all current black athletes with the same brush is just wrong. What follows is an essay by Etan Thomas, who previously sparked much interest with his comments on the war in Iraq. Etan clearly writes better than many sportswriters, and he's seeking a larger platform...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2006; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Wizards  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 233 Words, Friday Morning

Forget Dolemite Jenkins; it's Lavar Week, cont. He says he spent the last two years getting over the Redskins. He says Shawn Springs's comments were "stupid." He says he broke the rules by giving the Giants a copy of the Skins playbook. Dale Lindsey says, if so, it's a copy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2006; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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ABA Owner Says "Ribbet"

Recent ABA highlights, as the season openers might or might not approach, for teams that might or might not exist: 1) Olympian, the team based in China, has this to say on its Web site: Block on Melo was good. Sun Yue: "Should gave one to James" When talking about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2006; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Minor League Basketball  
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D.C. United Tattoos and Baltimore Ravens Quotes

I was gonna go to Ravens practice today, but instead I went to D.C. United practice. Here are the two most important things I missed from Ravens practice, with thanks to Ravens beat writer Camille Powell. 1) Brian Billick on B.J. Sams: "I'll go back to the Chris Rock example....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2006; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Brian Mitchell on Baseball

Things I learned about the MLB playoffs from Brian Mitchell. 1) On the Dodgers' base running adventures: "[Lo Duca] just tagged one guy, what in hell makes them think the second guy is gonna sneak in? Is he invisible or something?" 2) B-Mitch pointed out that the over-under on today's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2006; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media  
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An Interview with the World's Most Powerful Caps Fan

The experts are agreed: the Caps are hopeless. ESPN's John Buccigross has them 14th in the East. So does ESPN.com. So does SI. Fox Sports says 15th. So does USA Today. So does TSN. My feeling: are these people crazy? Which part of "star player gets hole-in-one during first trip...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2006; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Caps  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 280 Words, Thursday Morning

Trying to decide what the biggest news today is: Borat's cheese video or tonight's Un-Capping. Regardless, this Caps preview focuses on penalty minutes and special teams, Tarik explains why one superstar like Ovie can't carry a franchise, a previewer says "this is not the year," CapsNut says the team is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2006; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gil Endorses Red White and Blue

I was going to blog about the fact that several GW coaches (Karl Hobbs and two assistants) were at today's Wizards practice (Karl is close with Caron Butler, in addition to Mike Hall); and about the fact that we were allowed to watch the team scrimmage, and what happened therein;...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2006; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Gil Chooses His Nickname

Well, I asked him to choose, anyhow, between "Agent Zero," the blogosphere's preferred nickname, and "The Puzzler," a name I thought I had thought of myself but one that I possibly subconsciously borrowed from Fat Lever over at TheWizznutzz, who are getting more ink this week than DeShawn Stevenson and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2006; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Gilbert Takes Off His Shirt for the Press

So the media was in full tattoo mode today, with the Washington Times and Comcast asking The Puzzler about the tiger on his chest, which he then modeled for several cameras, including my own. (He also repeated the line about the tiger being the king of the jungle, despite my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2006; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Andray Blatche's Trip to Best Buy

Yes, that's right, the Wiz don't only spend their preseason going to Morton's for steaks. They also go to Best Buy. Well, at least the second-year-youngsters-who-are-still-considered-rookies do. The vets get to send Blatche on fun little missions--buying food or socks, for example--and last night his mission was to retrieve six...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2006; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Red Meat for Wiz Fans

Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter, Dripping-With-Cynicism Photographer Jonathan Newton and I were eating dinner on the back patio of some nondescript Irish bar in downtown Richmond last night when the parade began. First Roger Mason Jr. and Brendan Haywood. Then a gang of five (sorry, it was dark outside)....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2006; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, In Fewer Than 200 Words, Wednesday Morning

The Moss Man used to do back flips off his roof, the penalty problem is getting better, Portis is tied for the lead league in rushing TDs, a Yahoo! person is bullish on the offense and the cheerleaders have questionable taste in television programming. (Also, B.J. Sams is charged with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2006; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbertology, Day One

Gilbert on his high-altitude tent: "I had it put in my house, slept in it about two weeks and it actually helped me out there a little bit." Gilbert on how he keeps himself busy inside the tent: "I have actually a couch in there so I do a puzzle....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Hall Report No. 1

Your First Day Mike Hall quotes, thus ensuring that I'll be linked on gwhoops.com by this evening. Mike Hall is the former GW forward and outlandishly ironic rookie who is trying to make the Wiz roster as an undrafted free agent. I say outlandishly ironic, because he, more than any...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preseason Practice No. 1

Practice this morning was mostly defense. Eddie Jordan said they only spent the last 10 minutes on offense. (You know, if you want actual basketball news, you could also go here. Official Wizards Beat Writer and Disappointed Twins Fan Ivan Carter has been sitting in this hotel room with me...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Offseason Tat Report

The big offseason tat news, not surprisingly, comes from Gil. Here's the report. 1) A large tiger on his chest was filled in with color. He got the tiger when he first entered the NBA and felt snubbed by his second-round slot, "and I just felt I got snubbed a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Richmond, Wizards, Twins, Sports Bars

The key issue of the day, according to Official Wizards beat writer Ivan Carter, is that the college sports bar revolution appears to have passed VCU by. And so I'm driving around Richmond, a city that has embraced middle-of-the-street-middle-of-the-afternoon road work, with a crazed Minnesota Twins supporter whose team is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Young, Rich, Famous Hockey Star Gets Lucky

When Ovechkin took batting practice last week, he jumped into the cage with all the anguished self-consciousness of a caffeinated Stuart Scott and, as cameras rolled and actual professional baseball players watched and laughed, began flailing away with his horrific two-handed forehand. Same thing with his warm-up throws; while professional...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words, Tuesday Morning

Today's Wizards questions: Will Tractor Traylor show up? Will Blatche crack the rotation? Is Gilbert really over the World Games blow-up? Has his D.C. house really been converted into a high-altitude hideout? Did he really get a tiger tattooed on his chest? That Redskins win came in OT, right? A...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2006; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, In Way Fewer Than 200 Words, Monday Morning

The Bog will take a one-day break due to religious obligations, during which the Bog's author will repent for, among other things, all the Bog entries that have failed to amuse you. Many apologies. 'Till tomorrow, when we'll come to you live from Wizards training camp.......

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2006; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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