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D.C. Sports Bog: November 12, 2006 - November 18, 2006

Where to go on Sunday

As mentioned previously, Trinity College, all day, starting at 9:45 a.m. and continuing into mid-afternoon, a rugby extravaganza known as the Ambassador's Shield, filled with meat pies and Kiwis and high-level rugby, which has to be at least as cool as a game between two flailing NFL teams, right? It...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2006; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Mason Fans, Check out Fro-girri

Seriously, as if I wasn't already anxious enough to see what Mason will be like on Saturday, I just saw this photo (scroll down) of Wichita State's Sean Ogirri. Just awesome. Hey Mason people, are any Wichita State fans coming in for the game? Last year the Wichita State folks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2006; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Another Judging Controversy

Quite a night at the Improv on Tuesday. Although I left in a raging fury. It's taken me three days to get enough perspective to post a recap. I've been waiting for the D.C. DCRTV to follow up on its promised recap, but it never happened. FishbowlDC, disappointingly, gave us...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2006; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Weirdness  
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Misleading Our Children

I'm trying to think of how WaPo kids sports columnist Fred Bowen and his editors allowed this to get into today's paper: Secondly, the Wizards might finally be a team ready to play good defense. The Wizards lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs last season...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2006; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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What You Need to Know, Bloggy Style

(You can find your own bloody news. I'm sick of summarizing every Washington Times story in seven words. You know what, if you really want to read the Washington Times that badly this morning, go here. For today, no newspaper links.) George Michael feedback: Caps Nut finds a great old...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2006; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Not Quite La Barra Brava in Terpsland, But Close-ish

(Notice how I'm trying to string D.C. United fans along for as long as possible by continuing to include their names in my post titles?) So after having spent so much time with Barra Bravas and Screaming Eagles this fall, I figured I needed to spend a night with The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2006; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , Terps  
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Two Idiots Flailing Away At Each Other

That's how Cakes from the Junkies described his 45 seconds in the boxing ring with fellow Junky JP Flaim. That's about the extent of Cakes's boxing experience, if you don't count the times that he and JP would ball up their soccer shin guards in high school and punch each...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2006; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fighting Sports , Media  
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The Caps Make Beautiful Music

When I entered the Caps dressing room yesterday morning, 50 Cent's "Just a Little Bit" was on the Magic iPod. Designated team DJ Matt Pettinger immediately took control of the situation, putting "Somebody's Watching Me" on the stereo. And just like that, we were back in a hockey dressing room....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2006; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Morning Dose of Gil

While I have a love-hate relationship with my blogging cohort wizardsdotcom and have told him as much, I'll give him much credit for linking to Gil's Ahmad Rashad interview this week. (But please fix the spelling of Ahmad's last name when you have a sec.) To me, the most fascinating...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2006; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

Ah, Gilbert. And first things first: the Bayhawks arrive and will likely play at Georgetown, while the Nighthawks are hoping to get Gheorge Muresan, Manute Bol and 7-foot-9 Sun Ming Ming on the court together. How did last year's playoff matchup become this year's midseason dud? Dan Daly says JC...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2006; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Brent Johnson's New Helmet, Take II

(Btw, Ovie fired his agent.) Bog friend Reuven sent me the following message last week about Caps goalie Brent Johnson: Johnson has a new goalie mask (or at least it has new stuff on it) Several people were asking me about it, and I sure as heck don't know. Looked...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2006; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps  
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Brent Johnson's New Helmet

But first, the most exciting part of my trip to the phone booth this morning....three Caps employees riding around the building on Segways. They were in Official Segway Training. The team's new game day trick will be to send employees riding around the streets of D.C. on Segways promoting the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2006; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Mike O'Malley Weighs In on Boswellgate, and Jimmy Johnson Likes Beer

Two pieces of exciting news in the inbox today. First, Mike O'Malley, the TV superstar and ex-host of "Guts," responded to my query attempting to locate Bobby Boswell foil Robin Rexroat. Here's what Mike wrote (in two e-mails). The things you learn as a blogger.... No idea how to track...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2006; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United , NFL , Weirdness  
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What You Need to Know, in a Bunch of Words

Lots on Acta: the Times focuses on how he blew everyone away in his interview and the influence he can have in the Dominican, Svrluga focuses on his energy, the AP shows his sense of humor, MLB.com explains his emotions and potential roster moves while pointing out he's the third-youngest...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2006; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Wonder Twin Powers, Acta-vate

The Post Office is closed. So is the Atrium Cafe. Jim Bowden and Zim and Manny Acta and Stan Kasten are making the rounds to all of the TV cameras and shaking hands. Manny Acta is still wearing his white Nats jersey and red Nats cap over his dark suit....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nats  
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On the Acta Process

Stan Kasten: "We didn't make a final decision until mid- or late-last week, because we're always sifting through lots of information, but I will tell you that...I knew in the first 30 minutes that this was someone that could be our manager. I mean, I knew right away from his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Acta Quotes

Quickly.... Stan Kasten: "I could not be happier and I could not be more proud." Jim Bowden: "The manager of the Washington Nationals, Manny Acta. Time to activate, baby." Manny Acta: "God bless America. Only here....We're gonna stick with it, and we're going to make Washington one of the most...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nationals Hire Manny Acta

I know, crazy, right? The official release. After a thorough search, the Washington Nationals today tabbed one of baseball's finest young minds as manager. The Nationals today hired Manny Acta as their new manager, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with two club options. Nationals President Stan Kasten and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Avoid the Post Office at Connecticut and L!!!!

As the title says, Avoid the Post Office at Connecticut and L!!!! I guess it's still open, but you'll have to wade through velvet ropes and TV cameras and multiple bloggers and complimentary cookies and bottles of water and possibly Jim Bowden, who just peaked his head out of an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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ACC Margin of Victory, and OSU Ticket Prices

(DCU defender and "Guts" runner-up Bobby Boswell has been added to the list of celebrity judges for tonight's Funniest Sports Celebrity event. The tally, I believe, is now five judges to six contestants. Give us a few minutes, we'll find a few more judges.) (The Baltimore/Washington Bayhawks pro lacrosse folks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Football , Terps  
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Trying to Find Bobby Boswell's Foil

Since my boss has a particularly enthusiastic type of personality, he's decided that we need to launch an all-hands-on-deck quest to find the young lady who crushed D.C. United defender and MLS all-star Bobby Boswell in that episode of "GUTS" more than a decade ago. Thanks to some cracker-jack work...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Top Three D.C. Sports Media Events of the Day

1) All of Washington was planning on heading to Nathan's in Georgetown in a few minutes to welcome the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, who are moving to D.C. Not sure on the team name; MLL is calling them the Washington Bayhawks, but the team Web site still says...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media  
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Redskins vs. Ravens Fans, Part II

In last week's episode, we used YouTube to compare the artistic and musical stylings of the Redskins and Ravens fan bases. The chosen Ravens fan preached and rapped to an audience of action figures, while the musical Redskins fans serenaded little kids concerning urine and the Cowboys. In my belief,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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What You Need to Know, Non-Redskins Edition

Skins stuff below, after I steel myself to read 973 stories about Jason Campbell and Mark Brunell when I have time. The young Nats will have MLB's youngest skipper, who started really young. Zim loses out on ROY (but shrugs off the result), leaving assistant GM Bob Boone at a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gibbs in Mourning, Having Made a Change

So the executive has a close personal relationship with one favored employee, a junior manager with some leadership responsibilities and a track record of mild success. But the junior manager's unit isn't performing, and the company seems to be suffering as a result. Outside observers are convinced that, for the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25 Poll

My own singular quest to anoint the Las Vegas Sports Counsultants the official anointers of college football's best teams is running into a few stumbling blocks. These guys just don't care whether a team wins or loses, which means the poll doesn't change that much from week to week. Which...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Football  
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Stan Kasten Reads Blogs

Not necessarily this blog, but still, our confirmed list of blog readers now includes Bobby Boswell's mother, the google-conscious Ted Leonsis and the Nats' well-coiffed team Prez. This was from his online chat this AM (and good work to our Live Online producers for getting this one lined up.) Crystal...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Redskins Fan, Circa November 2006

Yup, this about sums it up...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sean Taylor Doesn't Get Flustered

So I was actually at the Redskins game on Sunday, writing a story about their continuing penalty issues, and I wanted to ask Sean Taylor a question, since he was flagged for two 30 (my bad) 15-yarders in addition to a few less-than-ideal results in pass coverage. He was dressing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Brunell Gets Flustered

The Brunell questions will come in waves this week, out of boredom if nothing else. There were plenty of them in the locker room after yesterday's game. Randy Thomas, for example, was asked whether a QB change would cause a spark. "What does that got to do with anything?" he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know, in a Bunch of Words

For the Redskins, it was a "slide into oblivion," as Gibbs was a minus-one on a scale of 1-10. Brunell has a season-low passer rating, which is saying something. Archuleta is now getting paid to play special teams. The third-quarter damage is now 53-0 over the past five games. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2006; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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