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D.C. Sports Bog: November 5, 2006 - November 11, 2006

More Adu News

The Post's Steven Goff reports that Fro Adu, Freddy's younger brother, has committed to George Mason. It'll be in tomorrow's paper. Fro is a senior defender at Georgetown Prep. He'll enter college next fall at the age of 16. His other finalists were ACC schools. Nice pick-up for GMU and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2006; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Maryland Field Hockey: The Year After

(Before I go on, has anyone noticed that this is becoming the home for local athletes' moms? First D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell's mom Susan posted a comment on yesterday's GUTS item. Then former Maryland all-American field hockey player Emily Beach's mom Carol posted a comment on Tuesday's Mike Lonergan/Maryland...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2006; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Terps  
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Ravens Fans vs. Redskins Fans

As seen through the eyes of recent musical performances on YouTube. On the one hand, we have a clearly insane Ravens fan preaching about the Ravens to the tune of Amazing Grace, and also spittin' some extremely profane rhymes, in front of a rapt audience of bobbleheads and action figures,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2006; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Hot Local Sporting Events

Two not-to-be missed upcoming events on the local sports calendar. 1) Next Tuesday night at the D.C. Improv, the Second Annual Funniest Sports Celebrity in Washington contest. I was asked to compete, but I said no way, so I'm a judge. Post columnist Mike Wise was asked to compete, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2006; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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What You Need to Know, in a Bunch of Words

Former teammates talk about Congressman Shuler, who talks about his electoral triumph, while others discuss his presidential prospects. Portis says his off-the-field life is "marvelous" and he's "at peace," although the offensive philosophy "gets frustrating." Randle El says he's nearly broken six punt returns for TDs, David Patten keeps a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2006; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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New Bog Fave: Boom Osby

After the past few years, Maryland hoops fans need someone to love. Nothing against the John Gilchrists and Travis Garrisons of the world, but they didn't always seem lovable. Bambale Osby is lovable. The fans already chant for him. His teammates seem quite fond of him. At one point last...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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My Final Love Letter to DCU Fans

From left to right, Jennifer, Robin and Bobby "Lightning" Boswell, the competitors in a 1994 episode of "GUTS." (Family Photo) (And where have all you DCU fans gone? Srdan, some guy named Vlad, Duffman, SEKim, Bryan76? All vanished into the offseason ether. Sad. Only Chico and Kim remain. Will...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Crazed Fan Attempts to See 337 Games in 107 Days

So Miguel Rodriguez has always been a little obsessive about his passions. That's why, for example, he owns approximately 1,600 pairs of sneakers. That's why he posts on message boards and blogs near and far under the moniker "OffTheMeter." And that's why OTM is currently planning a college basketball pilgrimage...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Fred Mania

Because nothing involving Freddy Adu can ever be simple, in the last 24 hours we've had all sorts of mayhem involving our young lad and his future plans. Thus, a brief timeline follows. Yesterday, early afternoon: I get a random e-mail from someone I've never met warning me that Freddy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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On Gil's Robe, and Other Stuff

Well I've been meaning to ask Gil about the origins of his robe, but now he's gone ahead and blogged about it. If I had been forced to speculate on the origins of the robe, I would have guessed that it probably had something to do with Gil playing parlor...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins , Wizards  
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What You Need to Know, in a Bunch of Words

On the question of Miami-Maryland postponement: David Steele says someone should have overruled the Miami players who want to play, Mike Wise agrees, saying football people "truly can't see beyond their own myopic coachspeak," Omar Kelly says Pata would have wanted his teammates to "keep swinging," Greg Stoda says don't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freddy Ready to go Overseas?

In what promises to be the slowest developing inevitable story since the Frank Robinson firing, Freddy Adu is training with Man-U for two weeks starting later this month, Steven Goff is reporting. It's not a tryout, he couldn't sign an EPL contract until June, etc. etc. But still, it might...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Another Massive Arenas Profile

Which, let's be honest, is the one thing the world needs most this fall. Can't remember the last time I read a massive Arenas profile. Seems like it's been at least a week or two. This latest one comes courtesy of the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes in Washingtonian, which ought...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Large Strawberry Correction

Bad day for blogging accuracy. My post below about Darryl Strawberry mistakenly said that the person who posted the original blog item about Strawberry on Monday was connected to a theater troupe. He was not. The author of the blog item was the brother of an Upright Citizens Brigade employee....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball , Corrections , MLB , Terps  
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Should the Maryland-Miami Game Be Postponed?

Since my editor has asked me to pose this question to my readers, I'm hereby posing it. (I know who signs the checks around here.) The issue is whether a Miami team that has just had a player killed in an apparent homicide should be expected to play a football...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Darryl Strawberry Comes to Comcast

Large correction: the original version of this post hinted that an employee of the Upright Citizens Brigade posted a blog item about Darryl Strawberry. That was false. A brother of a UCB employee, with no formal connection to the troupe, posted a blog item. You can read my correction here....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball , Corrections , Media , Terps  
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The New Republic: Your New Source for Sportswriting Excellence

I guess all I'd say to ex-student-radical and grumpy old person John B. Judis is this: if you want to write a mean-spirited and comically trivial critique of The Post's sports section that indicts us for, among other things, sloppy grammar, these are a few things you might not want...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media  
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Lonergan Update

Since everybody else is doing it, here's a Mike Lonergan update. I ran into Mike, easily the most manic man I've ever interviewed, while he was conducting a phone interview in a Comcast Center foyer after Vermont's win over New Orleans last night. He was chugging a can of orange...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps , Weirdness  
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Tonight's Hoops Homecomings, Featuring Jason Green

So the TV people tonight will all be talking about Mike Lonergan's homecoming, Lonergan being the former Catholic head coach and Maryland assistant who now heads up Vermont, which faces Maryland tonight. If they have extra time, the TV people will also mention former Terps walk-on Matt Hahn, now a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps , Weirdness  
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What You Need to Know, in a Bunch of Words

Lead story: Heath Shuler returns to D.C., while Stop Shuler hangs 'em up and other athletes mostly lose their races. Also, major Bog friend OffTheMeter launches his visit-all-337-Division I-Arenas challenge in Comcast tonight. Etan gives a play-by-play of his fight with Brendan while Eddie Jordan says such fights happen "all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 8, 2006; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sam Hollenbach = Frank Reich

That was the buzz today, in advance of the meeting with Miami, the team that made Frank Reich famous. Reich, who is now the senior pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian in Charlotte, performed the devotional for the Terps before their win over Florida State, which apparently kicked off the Sam and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Terps  
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Mixed Messages on Most Popular Turtles

My sense, not having any sort of objective criteria, was that men's basketball would be the number one sport on Maryland's campus, followed by football, women's basketball, men's soccer, and then everything else. But I got several different opinions on the matter from the football players I surveyed. "Probably still...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Terps  
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Smells Like Terps Spirit

So Maryland WR Isaiah Williams was asked (not by me) whether the Terps were reaching celebrity status on campus after four straight wins. "I would say that, I would say it's probably rock star status right now," Williams said. Then he was asked (not by me) which rock star he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebrating Terps Love

That's how one of the Maryland scribes described what could be a momentously busy, if not necessarily momentous, day in College Park. The 7-2 first-place football team is currently discussing its bizarre 7-2 record. In a few hours both the defending national champion women's basketball team (which starts its season...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caps By the Numbers

Seriously, if you could have gotten a prop bet in August that, at any point in the coming seasons, of the local pro teams, only the Caps would be above .500, what do you think the odds would have been? At least 15-1, I'd think. Aside from the 1-0 Maryland...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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You, Too, Can Get Toasted in the Secondary (for only $24.95)

As has been said many times, if Jason Witten holds a block on that field goal, the focus of every true D.C. sports fan this week is on throwing rotten vegetables at Adam Archuleta, who seemed to have lost Witten by a step or 17 on the previous pass play....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

We've got Major League Lacrosse in D.C.! We're a Major League city! (And in honor of the election, listen to this, easily the best coverage I've heard thus far.) Wait, Brendan bodyslammed Etan? Our lil' Brendan? Anyhow, the Wiz continue to lose in Orlando, where DeShawn Stevenson misses his old...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2006; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sewer Ball

So a commenter earlier suggested that all pro hockey teams warm up with a soccer ball, but I'm here to tell you it's not so. In the past, for instance, the Caps' most famous warm-up was conducted with a good old American football, provided by the Redskins, which Brian Muir,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 6, 2006; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Ovie Makes a Splash

So about a half-dozen members of the Ottawa media were gathered around Olie Kolzig this morning when Ovechkin entered the dressing room. The media didn't move. Ovie poked his head over the crowd to stare at Kolzig, and then slid over to Donald Brashear's locker and started whispering in Brashear's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 6, 2006; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Soccer-Hockey Karma

While my much-hoped-for DCU team visit to a Caps game didn't exactly happen, hawk-eyed reader Todd spotted DCU midfielder Clyde Simms and a female companion at Friday's Thrashers game. "They stayed for the entire time and appeared to enjoy themselves," Todd writes. "And my wife and I are pretty sure...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 6, 2006; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United  
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This Week's Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25

While the BCS wrestles with several doomsday scenarios (undefeated Louisville vs. one-loss Florida, or undefeated Rutgers, or one-loss everybody), my much-touted Vegas Top 25 has problems of its own. LSU keeps rising the ranks despite the two losses, and I might be left with an Ohio State-LSU proposed national championship...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 6, 2006; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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What You Need to Know, in 300 Words or Fewer

The FG-Fest Finish is dubbed "thrilling," "wild," "exceptional" (by Joe Gibbs), "a heartbreaker" (Bill Parcells), "as crazy as they come," and "insanity." Cowboys fans are distraught, Troy Vincent didn't know he was on the field-goal block team until Saturday night, and one reporter blames the weird result on T.O. Here's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 6, 2006; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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