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D.C. Sports Bog: October 29, 2006 - November 4, 2006

Special Barra Beer of the Week, for Tailgating, and All That

Some people have asked me how I'll decide among the weekend's bounty of blogable events: from this evening's Miss Dallas Week pageant to tonight's Caps game to tomorrow's Wizards home opener to Sunday's United and Redskins games. The sad/happy truth is, various family obligations will probably make this a non-blog...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 3, 2006; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese , D.C. United  
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The Caps' Most Hated Rival

That's what I was curious about, anyhow. I guess the Penguins are supposed to be the Most Hated Rival, after all that playoff heartbreak, but the teams only play each other four times, and not until Dec. 11, and they're not in the same division, so it's all kind of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 3, 2006; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Ovechkin's iPod

The Wizards, Thrashers and Caps are all downtown as we type, and never let it be said that NBA and NHL guys don't have much in common. Brooks Laich, for instance, watched "Scarface" last night. Seriously. Ben Clymer, on the other hand, watched "Grey's Anatomy" and "The O.C." Despite the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 3, 2006; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Fight Night

Here's how you know you've spent the previous night at a boxing event: when, the next morning, your notebook still smells so strongly of cigar smoke that you're somewhat worried it might spontaneously burst into flames and blow its smoke into your face and then talk about some [bleepin] business...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 3, 2006; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

In honor of this morning's morning skate trip....Chris Clark says the Caps are 100 percent better this year, Brian Pothier raves about the Caps while calling D.C. a Southern city, the Caps could be scouting someone in Phoenix, Thrashers G Kari Lehtonen might get the night off, hockey bloggers call...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 3, 2006; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Catholic Rugby Goes for Perfection

(An introductory note for the rugby folks complaining about the lack of coverage: You're absolutely right. Mea culpa. I've been caught up in other pursuits. For the record, I did go watch PAC Rugby beat the snuffleupagas out of Life University of Atlanta, 28-7. The outcome was never in doubt,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 2, 2006; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Rugby  
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From Faith, to Killer Kegs of Death

Not to switch gears too dramatically from Joe Gibbs and the Book of Job and faith and all that, but here's your Screaming Eagles tailgate update for this weekend, courtesy of an SE song leader and organizer-type. The Screaming Eagles are proud to announce that our tailgate for the Eastern...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 2, 2006; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Joe Gibbs Turns to Job

And, in my opinion, it's never a good sign when your football coach starts quoting Job in his weekely spiritual gameplan. But actually, Gibbs looked a lot better this week than he did last week. The subtitle for today's episode was "How to walk boldly forward through tough times in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 2, 2006; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Redskins  
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A Washington Capitals Poem

Not quite sure how I forgot to post this yesterday. And, D.C. Sports Chick, many apologies if you've already posted this on your blog. Anyhow, here's the text of a Caps practice facility promotional poster that stands sentry next to a Ballston Common elevator: Don't be blue, The rumors are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 2, 2006; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps  
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Wizards Questions Posed

So one day last week, I watched Antawn Jamison shoot dozens and dozens of three-pointers after practice. Hundreds, maybe. His teammates were long gone, and Wes Unseld Jr. just stood there, feeding Antawn the ball at the top of the key, and he just kept draining three-pointers. Probably made 90...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 2, 2006; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Wizards  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

Suppose the lead story must be rumors that Clinton Portis is "cozying up" with former Flavor Flav squeeze Deelishis. Check out Unsilent Majority's extremely profane, borderline unsafe-for-work take on the matter. Also of note: NHL fans take over "Prison Break." The Cavs ruin the Wiz, again, and Mike Wise worries...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 2, 2006; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Irrational Exuberance, Live from Panera

(Svrluga, have you noticed that I'm totally ripping off your schtick? But it's true, I've been blogging from Panera all afternoon. It seemed fated, somehow. For those who don't know what I'm talking about...ah, let's be honest, anyone who's reading my blog already knows about Barry Svrluga and Panera, with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Your Caps Questions Answered

1) In case anyone besides Kim was wondering why "Kettler Capitals Iceplex," Kettler is Robert C. Kettler, Chairman and CEO of what was formerly known as KSI, a massive real estate development company that specializes in mixed-use projects, such as plopping ice rinks on top of parking garages in the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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More From the Caps Facility

These Caps guys are shocking the world as is. Who knows to what heights they can ascend once they play in a practice facility that boasts majestic views of downtown Washington, all the modern bells and whistles and incredibly easy access to Panera and Dalton Books? No good news comes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from the Caps new practice rink

Which, we've just been told, is further above street level than any hockey rink in the U.S. I'm pretty sure that's what we've just been told, anyhow. The sound system sounds something like this: "Sscheeeew schwee shcwewe schsewe." Anyhow, we're here for the announcement of the naming of the Caps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps  
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Wiz Preview from Robin Ficker, aka The Heckler

Longtime readers of this blog (i.e. Kim and my father) will recall that on the day of the Caps' season opener, I published a Caps season preview, courtesy of longtime Caps fan and soon-to-be Maryland state senator Rich Madaleno. So, in honor of tonight's Wizards opener, I figured I needed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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On Song Leaders, and Pasta Salad, and Dogs Named Earnie

(Editor's note: Since I bailed on work yesterday to recover from a grievous illness, I'm gonna go ahead and post my leftover entry from Sunday's D.C. United game. I swear, I'll stop focusing on this team and their fans at some point. Maybe 2009.) The thing I really wanted to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

This, friends, is what good announcing sounds like. NBA people talk about Gil's place among the league's superstars and the Cleveland paper says Gil is fixated on LeBron, Tommy Knott says the Wiz could be third-best in the East and Wilbon says there's no way they should miss the playoffs,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 1, 2006; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

Here's how you want to start your NBA season: with a disgruntled agent popping off about his disgruntled player (Brendan Haywood), and your coach admitting his reserve center (Haywood) had just outplayed his new starter (Etan Thomas). Anyhow, DeShawn Stevenson says defense is how he feeds his family, Wilbon knocks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 31, 2006; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Q&A, Featuring the Sports Bog and Marc Stein

Well, a fake Q&A. Marc Stein asks: Isn't Captain Quirk a better nickname for Arenas than Agent Zero? Sports Bog Answers: No. (Thanks to Prolix Prone.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Joe Gibbs Needs a Pep Talk

A few weeks back I wrote about some of the spiritual guidance Joe Gibbs has been offering on his Web site each week of this NFL season. Well, times are getting tough, and the strain is showing. He looks terrible. He sounds depressed. He admits to being down. The message...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Wizards predictions

Well, the Wiz roster is set. Etan Thomas is the starting center. Mike Hall is gone. Foggy Bottom's finest was cut today, meaning James Lang and Roger Mason made the team. A sampling of predictions, starting with my favorite: The Minneapolis paper says sixth in the East, but their prediction...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pittsburgh: First on Our Backs

Remember when I pointed out that Sidney Crosby was No. 1 in NHL uniform sales last year, and that the Steelers had three of the top seven players in NFL uniform sales, and that Pittsburghers clearly must have excessive amounts of disposable income? And when Pittsburghers wrote in to say...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NHL  
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The Elders of Barra

The Elders of Barra are a select group of D.C. United superfans who lead the leadership-averse Barra Brava, one of the team's supporters groups, which particularly favors stinkbombs, alcohol, flag-waving, the color black, skull-and-crossbones imagery, bass drums, charred meat and bellowing at the moon. Currently, as best as I can...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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On MLS Pumpkins

Before I get to the United game, lemme say this about the play in today's Sports section. Now I don't even read the paper copy of the paper much any more, but early this morning I received a phone call from a friend, wondering why in the world a non-monetary,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Dear Leader Revolutionizes Basketball

Via True Hoop, via Detroit Bad Boys, comes a story involving Kim Jong Il, which automatically qualifies it as among the day's weirdest. The story focuses on Kim's love of NBA basketball, saying the dictator is ...an avid basketball fan, experts on North Korea say, so much so that he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NBA  
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BCS Chaos, Anarchy, Destruction, Plus the Vegas Top 25

Why did I watch the fourth quarter of that Oregon State game, praying for the B's to cease with their bizarre implosion and hold on for the win? Because I wanted to see some BCS chaos, naturally. I used to scoff at those people who went on and on about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football , Gambling  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

Link of the day: Heath Shuler talks to his biggest critic, ShopShuler.com, and promises to reverse the Skins curse. Other link of the day: Gil driving himself to play in the Barry Farms league. (Video of the action here.) (Part I of Mike Wise's Gilbert opus, which deals with Gil's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2006; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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