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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 Baltimore Bayhawks. I'm voting for the Potomacostia RiverhAwKs, since we have two rivers but no bay, and since this town already has the Nighthawks and the Iraq War Hawks and we could soon be known as the Tri-Hawk Area. But now Nathan's is saying the event is at 4 p.m., which might be rough sledding on the PR side. Why?

2) Because, at 4 p.m., all of Washington will be at the Washington Square downtown, for the press conference announcing Manny Acta as the Nationals' new manager. You'll note the building is a Lerner property. Also, that it hosts a U.S. Post Office branch and a Victoria's Secret. And since this is capping off a process that was beset by unexpected delays and shrouded with coy cover-ups, I think it's a nice choice.

(So yeah, it's pretty bad for a fledgling lacrosse team to try to schedule a media event directly against the press conference announcing the MLB team's new manager, but how about the Nats delaying and delaying and delaying this managerial announcement, and then publicly bragging about how it increased their media coverage, and then finally unveiling the guy on the day after the Redskins changed their quarterback???!!!!! I mean, that's like trying to schedule an exciting new episode of "30 Rock" against the series final of "American Idol." That's like trying to honor the new Grayson (Ky.) County Coroner in a special ceremony timed to correspond with the start of the Presidential inauguration. The entire population of the District could be wiped out tonight, and tomorrow morning the headlines would read: "District Residents Eradicated; Suburbanites Abuzz Over Jason Campbell." So, nicely played, Nationals people.)

3) And then, post-Acta, all of Washington will head just a few doors up Connecticut Avenue to the Improv for the Second Annual Funniest Sports Celebrity in Washington contest, featuring me, Mike Wise, Caps forward-turned-defenseman-turned-forward Ben Clymer, and Chip, the mascot from California Tortilla as celebrity slightly-better-known-than-the-local-birdseed-wholesaler judges, and sports talk radio person Scott Jackson, sports talk radio person Bram Weinstein, sports talk radio person Marc Sterne, defending comedy champion and D.C. Divas fullback Monica Livingston, NBC4 anchor Lindsay Czarniak and some guy I've never heard of named Peter Rosenberg as contestants. I know, unbelievable lineup. Plus it raises money for charity.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 11:41 AM ET
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Comments

The "Washington Bayhawks?" What is this -- yet another attempt at tapping into the supposedly more lucrative DC market? I'm amazed they left Baltimore.

At the same time, this budding lacrosse fan is happy there's a pro team in his home town.

Where would they play? RFK? Or have they hammered out some sort of deal with FedEx Field, the way the Colorado team did with Mile High Stadium?

Posted by: Juan-John | November 14, 2006 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I have two tickets to the Improv show tonight that I can't use. Email me at smperk@gmail.com if you're interested.

Posted by: smperk | November 14, 2006 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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