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D.C. Sports Bog: October 8, 2006 - October 14, 2006

The Hoyas' Most Eligible Bachelor

First we had D.C. United's Matt Nickell in People as a hot bachelor. Then D.C. United's Bobby Boswell showed up in Cosmo for the same thing. And somehow, I missed the fact that Georgetown's director of basketball ops, Matt Henry, was in Washingtonian over the summer as one of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Gil's Video Game Sponsorship Becomes Official

First, let me repeat a comment I made in an earlier thread; I may have overstated Gil's comments about his missed free throws against the Cavs. He said the incident reminded him of a movie in which a kid controlled shots from the stands, not that he actually thought someone...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Mason Basketball Scoop, live from Wal-Mart

Ok, for people asking about the probable GMU starting lineup, I don't necessarily know more than you, but Will Thomas, Folarin "Shaq" Campbell, Gabe Norwood and John Vaughan are pretty much sure bets as starters. (For non-Mason fans, Thomas and Campbell started last year, Norwood got healthy minutes off the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Larranaga Loves Geography

If you think this whole feel-good thing out in Fairfax is too good to be true, let me tell you something: it's not. I just sat in Jim Larranaga's office for like an hour while we discussed college basketball scheduling, state capitals, grandchildren and geography bees. Before that, Larranaga and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Hey Mason People

I'm heading out to the Pat Center now to set the mood. Mike Wise hangs out with Jim Larranaga, but I hang out with assistant coach Chris Caputo. Gimme a couple hours. In the meantime, for all you sick of Orioles coverage, you can read this blog post comparing Nats...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Orioles Fans Unionize

So, like everyone else in the world, I've been waiting and waiting to see what would happen next with the FreeBirds, those angry, chanting, beer-loving Orioles fans who walked out of a game last month in a moment of goose-bump inspiring solidarity. Unlike everyone else in the world, I've been...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words

Ah, October. The Chicago Tribune calls Jeff Green perhaps the best unknown player in the country, and also calls him Jerry. Mason adds a 6-foot-11 recruit, and will have a local all-star team worth of prospects at Midnight Madness. Maryland (which "remains the kingpin of local basketball," in one man's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2006; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Agent Zero Stories Galore!!!!!

Er. Please read this crazy Esquire story which will make you feel crazy. Thing is, when you're talking to Gil and he says "I'm just normal," you sort of see what he means. He's normal because everything he does feels very normal to him; he was flabbergasted by the uproar...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Jonathan Wallace on His Bigs, and Other Stuff

Jeez, I hesitate to post anything now, lest angry Georgetown fans again pick on me for being 6 feet tall and a tad over 170. (Note to Hoya fans; not too many fat vegetarians. Some, I suppose, but not too many.) Let me think, basketball, basketball, basketball.....how's this? Jonathan Wallace...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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JTIII Talks to Us

(Hoya Fans are already calling me fat and lazy for joking about the food and parking. Wowzers. Tough world out there. Frankly, this is the first time in my life I've been called fat, and after my marathon hole-to-hole coverage of the D.C. United mini-golf event, I'm not too sure...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Prisbell Checks in From Maryland's Media Day

Here's what Maryland beat writer Eric Prisbell had to say in a brief phone conversation.... "Well, Gary's openly lobbying for seven ACC teams to make the NCAA tournament. He says the ACC has to do more to promote itself after last year, with what the Missouri Valley did, and when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Is this America's Most Nicknamed Team?

Vernon Macklin is "The Big Ticket," which is solid. Roy Hibbert is "The Franchise," which is fine, and "Big Roy," which isn't. Jeff Green is "Gangrene," "Super Jeff," "Beast," "Green Lantern" and "The Predator," which is his preferred nickname, although he doesn't have that crazy hair any more. Jonathan Wallace...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Georgetown Fans, Don't Hate Me, But...

This is what I've found so far.... 1) Parking will cost me about $15. Possibly $20. That's lame. 2) The student center food court is not as good as Maryland's, although neither is as good as GW's. GW's food court rules. 3) Many media members seem to have chosen Maryland....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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I'm Going To.....

I hate to even mention anything after all that vitriol. Comments are cool, but hatred kinda freaks me out a little, especially when the subject is sports. Anyhow, largely because of the time (later) and the fact that I have a meeting in downtown D.C. to pick up some really...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Should Vegas Take Over the BCS?

If you're a careful reader of this blog, you'll recall that earlier this week I suggested oddsmakers might be best-positioned to provide impartial and accurate top 25 polls for college football. Well, today I figured I should call Vegas and see if they'd be willing to play along. Turns out...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  College Football , Gambling  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words

Must be college hoops season: USAToday revisits George Mason, Mike Wise revisits Jim Larranaga, so does the WashTimes, the Examiner calls Mason an international sensation, Gary Williams gets defensive and critiques TK on MNF, and JTIII says he'll play any local school. To football: The Hokies have never lost an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Georgetown or Maryland???

UPDATE: In case there's any confusion, the Washington Post is covering both media days with staff writers. I'm a blogger, with a slightly different mandate. But we'll definitely have people at both events. Also, I suppose it's too late for this, but I'd appreciate it if we'd lay off the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2006; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
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Money Mike Sawyer on the Fight That Wasn't

Remember Money Mike Sawyer? The Northern Virginia middleweight with lots of enthusiastic talk about his boxing career and other stuff? Well, the fight that we had been plugging was scheduled for last Saturday night, and it never happened. The card at the Patriot Center was running late, and due to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 11, 2006; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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Baseball Player Dead in Plane Crash

If you haven't been watching this on TV, ESPN.com and others are reporting that the Yankees' Cory Lidle died after piloting that plane that crashed into the 50-story condominium in Manhattan. UPDATED: Listen to Lidle's recent interview with Mike and the Mad Dog here. It involves Mike and the Mad...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 11, 2006; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Professional Soccer Player Plays Fast and Loose With Mini Golf Rules

Here's the thing about covering a mini-golf tournament: you get a workout. Especially when the tournament is at Top Golf's Mountain Course, and you're trekking around the hilly terrain trying to keep track of the leaderboard without much help at all from tournament officials. If there's one thing I learned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 11, 2006; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Bosmopolitan

That's what the Barra Brava fans were screaming during last night's D.C. United mini-golf tournament when defender and Cosmo hot bachelor Bobby Boswell showed up. (Yeah, mini-golf tournament. I'll get to that later. Suffice it to say, the event involved 11 professional soccer players, many fans with tattoos, at least...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 11, 2006; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, In Fewer Than 200 Words

Al Groh makes pointed comments about know-it-all fans, the Maryland-UVA football game might not be on TV, Ralph Friedgen's not happy with his QB and a Hampton RB is set to break the MEAC rushing record. A local PG commits to Georgetown, Va. Tech lands a SG, Lonny Baxter is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 11, 2006; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ovechkin Takes BP

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By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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My Attempt to Get Linked in Texas Blogs

Actually, this was supposed to be about the Raptors' Euro-heavy lineup. Lithuania, Italy, Spain, Spain, Slovenia, Poland. But I went in the locker room, and they all speak perfect English, even newcomer Andrea Bargnani. ("There are, for sure, some differences [between NBA and Europa], but it's too early to understand...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Breaking Nick Novak News

Attempting to enter the breaking news racket, the Bog is now reporting, via Washington Post staff writer Howard Bryant, that the Redskins appear to have picked Nick Novak as the replacement for injured kicker John Hall, and also that former New York Giants punter Sean Landeta appeared to be working...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Blog Feud Escalates! Drama!

Give me one second as I try to escalate the budding Shanoff-Steinberg Blog War. Although I'm not getting a lot of help on the other end here. Shanoff, if we're feuding, you can't gush all over me. Think "enmity." (Also, the check's in the mail.) Anyhow, he responded to my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Are the Wiz All In Or Not?!?!

So in the fourth quarter of last night's heartbreaking Wiz loss I was chatting with a Wiz PR type about the team's new slogan--"Go All In"--which was discussed in this space yesterday. The new slogan, of course, replaced "One Team, One Goal," which the team had used for the past...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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World's Best Hockey Player Eats Skittles at Wiz Game

So I'm sitting in my behind-the-backboard media seats at the Wiz exhibition game last night, and naturally I'm sort of not paying attention to the game. (I mean, if NBA regular season games don't really mean anything, what exactly do preseason games mean? Can a game mean less than nothing?)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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A Tour of The Stealth's Tats

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By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Language Fun, Part I

While Caps fans debate what to call Ovechkin and Semin (A-Plus, Alex Squared, A1 and A2, Alexanders the Great, the A-Team, Sevechkin, etc.), and Ted trots out his suggestion (Alex 2.0), I was more interested in their different post-game interviewing styles. Ovechkin, who has spent one season in the U.S.,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What You Need to Know, In Fewer Than 260 Words, Tuesday Morning

Jarvis Hayes excels but the Wiz's new-look defense does not, and the expectations for Blatche (0 for 5, five turnovers) may have been premature. Hayes, meantime, says he hasn't felt this good since college, while The Stealth wanted to play 46 minutes but only got 30. The Wash Times says...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 10, 2006; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Beer-Loving Hockey Fans, Lindsay Czarniak and the Park View H.S. Football Team Sample Our Cheese of the Week

Admit it, that's a great headline. This will be a long entry but, in my humble, cheese-centric opinion, worth the investment, especially if you're at work. If you're at home, go outside and enjoy the weather. Ok, so Saturday, I loaded the car with two blocks of Grafton two-year Classic...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 9, 2006; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On Treacherous AP Voters

Ex-ESPN'er Dan Shanoff is a good local boy, and I'm happy to plug his blog, but I think his post on the individual AP ballots from last week got the issue exactly wrong. At least, his conclusion was different from mine. His conclusion was that Reporters and columnists are entitled...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 9, 2006; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arenas Goes All In

This "Go All In" sloga of the Wizards is kind of confusing. It's a poker reference, I guess, so maybe it's a nod to Agent Zero's purported half-time activities, but I'm not sure if this is the right year to go all in. There are several scenarios that would make...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 9, 2006; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hat Trick, On Ice

When Alexander Semin scored his third goal for the Caps on Saturday night, I was sitting next to a non-hockey fan, who had one important question: What happens to all of those hats? At the time, great quantities of baseball hats were streaming onto the ice, only to be scooped...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 9, 2006; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 250 Words, Monday Morning

Forget the result; the Giants accuse the Skins of being "a dirty football team" and hitting between the legs. Yow. Anyhow, we're back to teeth gnashing: Boz says the Skins "barely showed a pulse," Chris Cooley says their backs are against the wall (at 2-3?), ARE says they "didn't have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 9, 2006; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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