Local things to check out.
1) CapsNut is making the valid point that NHL all-star game ballot-box stuffing continues to mount. If you check the latest tallies, you'll note that Ovechkin is now eighth overall in the East, and fourth among forwards, behind Crosby, Malkin and Briere. Of the top seven vote-getters, three are from Pittsburgh, three are from Buffalo and one is from Toronto. I guess this is because people in Western New York and Western Pennsylvania are already snowed in for the winter and have nothing else to do besides submit vote after all-star vote, but CapsNut would like to make sure Ovie--who is tied for third in the East in goals-per-game--cracks the starting lineup. I'm down with that.
2) Another campaigner seeking my support, and since I don't think I've yet linked to Gheorghe: The Blog, here goes. GTB would like to rid local airwaves of "It's Christmas Eve in Washington." My own advice would be to leave FM entirely and spend all your time listening to SportsTalk 980 and sending e-mails trying to suck up to the various anchors, but this seems like a worthy enough quest. Go to GTB for the details.
Of course, the quote continues, "and be playing meaningful games at the end of the season," but still, TNE is not impressed. "Nats shooting to be the next Cleveland Spiders," TNE says.
4) TadCranky, noting the words "Rock Bottom" in the subhed of this morning's Wilbon column, wonders just how many times the Redskins have hit Rock Bottom in the post-Gibbs I era. He counts at least 11 media uses of the term in the past 12 years. My favorite comes on Nov. 15, 2004, after a loss to the Bengals. The lede? "It took 10 weeks for Joe Gibbs' comeback to hit rock bottom." If only.
5) The rogue Wizznutzz intern has finally posted his take on the Gil-Zero launch at the NBA Store. Apparently we remembered certain details differently. Here's what he remembered:
We are all hungry after the trip so Steinz says he heard a rumor at the paper that because new york just announced ban on Trans Fats that Outback Steakhouse flagship store in NYC has to go thorugh 3 years supply of cooking oils by next spring and so bloomin onions are going 5 for a buck! and not only that but now everything on the menu is "bloomin" now they even have Bloomin Pumpkins! But this turns out not true, so I say to guys, followe me to an old friend! and i take them to 51st and West 9th where Tyrone Nesby is still running his popular hot dog cart!
Etc. Note to literalists: the preceding paragraph was made up. The rogue intern also suggested future questions I could ask Gil:
"Have you ever wrestled Susan OMalley?" or
"If Clark Kent works at Daily Planet, and Peter parker works at Daily Bugle, does Agent 0's alter ego work at the City Paper?" or
"Is a dogs soul really shaped like a sausage?"
Note: I will not be asking those particular questions.
December 7, 2006; 4:04 PM ET
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