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D.C. Sports Bog: November 19, 2006 - November 25, 2006

Please Call This Guy up to the Nats

I guess the day will come when every player in the Nats minor league organization doesn't have his own myspace page, but thankfully, that day isn't here yet. By far the myspace MVP is major pitching prospect Collin Balester, who by one measure is the team's second-rated prospect (well, top...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 22, 2006; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nats  
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Wiz-Sponsored Video Gamers Can't Win on the Road

One more thing about Gil's blog this week: he praises his sponsored video gamers in a graf full of optimism, after Final Boss failed to win a huge tourney in Vegas last weekend: I just want to give a shout out to my Halo team, "Final Boss." They came in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 22, 2006; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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A Caps Thanksgiving, Sans Chitlins

First of all, I realize you all know this, but Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Have every year since 1931, except in 1935, with its great Oct. 24 controversy. The pulse of the Caps' dressing room indicated that hockey-playing Canadians don't feel particularly passionate about either...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 22, 2006; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps  
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Curious How Many Caps Eat Chitlins for Thanksgiving?

I am, anyhow. The team has just five American-born players, including Donald Brashear, who was raised Canadian and doesn't really count. As of this writing, they have a practice scheduled for tomorrow, and no lavish team meal plans. So it would appear there might not be a whole lot of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 22, 2006; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Caps  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 200 Words

The Mavs have their best game of the season in a "spanking" of the Wiz, who suffered their worst defeat of the season after disappearing in the second half. It's been a while since...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 22, 2006; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Wizards Give Thanks, Eat Chitlins

So the real reason I went to Wizards practice yesterday was because I wanted to ask Gil about eating hamburgers for Thanksgiving. But the media availability, which so angered Dump and Chase, turned into a Thanksgiving fest, so I didn't even have to ask all the questions. As wizardsdotcom blogged...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 21, 2006; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Wizards  
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How to Pronounce Etan Thomas

Since I raised the question, I might as well answer it. I finally asked E-tan/e-Tan how to pronounce his first name, and he told me that it is, in fact, the latter ("e-Tan"), and has been throughout his entire career. I pointed out that I'd heard several teammates go with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 21, 2006; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

Appearances aside, JC didn't really bring much offensive change, although Randy Thomas says he didn't look like "a first-year starter guy." Gibbs (who has a tough time finding the positives) says JC reminds him of Doug Williams (no comment). He also says Rocky McIntosh (nine tackles) has already had a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 21, 2006; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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What's Changed at George Mason, Part II (Inside)

So I enter the Patriot Center, and sprint down the stairs, and when I get to court level George Mason is raising its Final Four banner. That was something new. There were other changes. Like, 9,800 people screaming. Like, some of them screaming "Final Four" during the National Anthem. Like,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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What's Changed at George Mason, Part I (Outside)

Tailgating, for one thing. When I showed up at George Mason on Saturday afternoon, the parking lot was filled with people and cars and grills and empty containers of alcohol. There was no mistaking what was going on. Sure, this had previously happened in Fairfax, before big conference showdowns, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Kwame Brown Copies Actual NBA Players

That Kwame. Can't leave well enough alone. Sure, he's off to a nice enough start, averaging 5.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, but now he's stealing actual NBA maneuvers from his former teammates. See, Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels had some sort of complex hand-slapping ritual they devised themselves....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25

Thanks to an e-mail from a BYU fan in Plantation, Florida of all places, I've realized I'm way late posting this week's Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25 poll. And this, of all weeks, is when we actually need Vegas to start breaking some ties and telling us who the best two...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Football  
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Updates on Boswell's Foil, Agent Zero, Funniest Sports Celebrities

1) In case anyone missed this comment from the Bobby Boswell "Guts" thread, we're one step closer to the goal. Here's the comment about "Guts" champion and Young Bobby foil Robin Rexroat: Ive known Robin for about 15 years now. Yes she is from orlando and she graduated from Boone...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. United , Weirdness  
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UFC Madness at the WaPo

So yesterday Jason Campbell debuts, the Redskins' freefall continues, a top 10 local hoops team is upset at home, the most important BCS rankings of the year are released and the Nats' best player signs with the Cubs. Sorta busy sports day 'round here. And what's the most-read sports story...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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Disgruntled Skins Fan on Route 123

I heard this guy on the radio last night claiming he was going to head out to Route 123 today, with a sign urging Mister Snyder to sell the Skins. While this guy seemed to have excellent potential in the self-promotion department, he failed to identify the exact location of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Redskins  
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What You Need to Know, in Fewer Than 300 Words

The Jason Campbell reviews: "poised and calm" (his dad). "He's cool, man" (B-Lloyd). "Very calm, very calm" (TB safety Jermaine Phillips). "Incredibly cool" (BaltSun). He "proved the change from Brunell was long overdue" (Rick Snider). "Brunell wasn't missed at all" (Dan Daly). The Brunell era's short passing game was noticeably...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2006; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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