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D.C. Sports Bog: January 7, 2007 - January 13, 2007

Beckham Odds

Courtesy this gambling Web site, which sent out a mass press release today. WHAT WILL DAVID BECKHAM DO IN 2007? - Gets a DUI: 10 to 1 - Stars in a movie with Tom Cruise: 100 to 1 - Attempts a field goal in an NFL game: 500 to 1...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2007; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Shoots From 79 Feet

Gilbert's range doesn't extend to 79 feet. He told us so after the game Wednesday night. But that didn't stop him from making "a shooting motion" 79 feet from the basket at the end of the first quarter against the Bulls, earning three free throws. I know the game stories...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2007; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meet Your New D.C. United Draft Picks: Ricky Schramm

(And thanks to Reader Dan for the e-mail.) So in the third round of today's MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Ricky Schramm, forward, Georgetown. Ricky Schramm, forward, Georgetown, didn't even apply to Georgetown until a week before the deadline, when the coaching staff invited him to come visit the campus...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2007; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Manny Acta, Meet Brian Davis

I noted this above, but I thought it needed special emphasis. There's a very nice Baseball America interview with Manny Acta and Fredi Gonazlez in which they talk about being first-time MLB managers. Acta has obviously already shown that he doesn't mince words about very serious stuff, and this isn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2007; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , Nats  
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What You Need to Know

Here's a massive Gilbert profile that credits the Wizznutzz for Agent Zero ("a moniker that was created and popularized by an internet sports blog site"). The Hornets haven't won when allowing 100 points, Brendan Haywood isn't looking over his shoulder at Etan (and Brendan continues to be part of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2007; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Esky Weighs In on Becks

Just got off the phone with Alecko Eskandarian, former United forward, who is actually in Southern California at the same time Beckham mania is breaking out. (If you're from Holland or Finland or whatever and are just trying to see what the crazy Yanks think about Becks, Esky was a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Fans the Wiz Deserve: No. 3

Actually, these were the guys that started me thinking about The Fans the Wiz Deserve. See, if was halftime last night. Gilbert had, I believe, 13 points. And I saw these two kids in the second row wearing towels around their necks. One had sunglasses on, despite a notable lack...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beckham: Good for MLS? For Humanity?

Early Becks reactions: Grant Wahl at SI says it's instant credibility for MLS, Americans immediately start naming their children Cruz, USA Today's Beau Dure gives incredible piles of links, and this guy at NBCSports is asking whether Beckham can save American soccer, which I guess is the question of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fans the Wiz Deserve: No. 2

Meet Matt Wright. Matt is a senior at North Stafford High. He's only been to a handful of Wiz games in his life. But before going to last night's game, he figured he ought to get a nice outfit. Something that would have him looking fine. Respectable. Something, like, a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fans the Wiz Deserve: No. 1

This Wizards team, it would appear, is generating some excitement. 20,173 last night, on a Wednesday. MVP chants. Lots of signs. "Agent Zero MVP," for one. "Agent Zero is My Hero," for another. "Gilbert Arenas, Throw Me Your Jersey," and several variations, everywhere around the arena. And maybe I'm seeing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Assistant GM of, um, Something

[Note: I probably wouldn't look at the assistant GM's web page if I were at work, unless your job is professional blogger.] Despite residing on the notoriously tasteless Internet, I try to avoid notorious Internet tastelessness. Like, I probably wouldn't do the sort of story that Local Poll voter Clay...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Major Bog Public Service: Free Gilbert Donut Posters

So after last night's game, Caron Butler stuck around to give autographed Caron photos to the first 150 fans who brought coats to his coat drive. More than 1,000 coats turned up, incidentally. One of the people running the autograph event kept telling the fans "no personal items, no photos,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know

In a rare mid-week sellout, the Wiz pull away from the Bulls in the fourth. Gil praises his "supporting cast, earning laughter as Antonio Daniels calls himself Wonder Woman, the Bulls had chances to win and were unhappy with the officiating, and Hinrich calls Gil "a jokester." Screech is being...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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You the Man: Someone Call the Academy

I think someone I work with once expressed the opinion that there might not be enough weirdness to support a local sports Bog. Well, in the last, say, 18 hours, the following things have happened. 1) The Wizznutzz have turned up photos of world championship video gamers, sponsored by an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Weirdness , Wizards  
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Brash Talks, Rimando Watches

Last month the Donald Brashear news was five fights in five games. This month, he's a goal-scoring phenom. I mean, if my math is right, after last night he's averaging a goal every three games in 2007. Plus he was the second star last night. Plus, fans love him. In...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Vote for Gil

If you thought Ray (from the Wiz Insider) was the most powerful person leading the Vote-for-Gil charge, I'm here to change your mind. For the first time last night, I saw the Vitamin Water posters touting Gil's all-star campaign. "Vote for Gilbert," the signs say. "It's your patriotic duty." I'll...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fade to Balls on ESPN Classic

New D.C. United lead investors Christian Laettner and Brian Davis currently facing Georgia Tech on ESPN Classic.... Edit: Try spending two hours blogging while listening to Dick Vitale. It's awesome....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A New Pre-Game Diversion

If I were an NBA player, this is what I'd do pre-game, this being shooting green laser beams out of a floating, scowling Sam Cassell head, while accompanied by other little green Sam Cassells, and attempting to blow up floating Yao Ming heads. Well, that, plus playing online poker. YAYsports!...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NBA , Weirdness  
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Paper Bag Head at Caps Game

So I was peacefully watching last night's Caps game with former DCU goalkeep Nick Rimando and wife Jacqui, who were there with United MF Clyde Simms and friend, when I noticed a guy in a Flyers jersey sitting directly behind one goal, with a paper bag directly over his head....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Gil is No. 8

As noted in Gil's embargo-busting blog yesterday, his jersey is now the NBA's eighth-best seller, approximately. Takeover, baby. Hard to argue with the top six being ahead of him. Very easy to argue against No. 7. But as noted by the NBA in its release, "The rankings are based on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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What You Need to Know

Yeah yeah, we missed you too. With the defensive-minded but slumping Bulls (and dysfunctional Hinrich) coming to town, Caron isn't throwing ketchup or honey onto...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Our Final Word on Gil's Party

Although don't hold me to that. Also, Gil has updated his blog, in which he talks about the party almost as an act of civic goodwill: I know a lot of entertainers, especially rappers, and I wanted this to be special. I wanted to remember [my] 25th birthday. I wanted...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2007; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ovie a First-Team All-Star

So this all-star news was tightly embargoed, but I sort of guessed this afternoon, when Ovie asked Caps PR guy Nate Ewell (who I hope gets paid every time his name is in the Bog) if he had any good news, and Ewell refused to talk to Ovie in front...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jason Campbell

So while the Sports section reports on the injured shoulders of used-up QB's, Style gets the good stuff about the fresh-faced young starting QB and his beauty pageant GF: Dating: Jason Campbell and Mercedes Lindsay. The Redskins quarterback and the newly crowned Miss District of Columbia USA 2007 were one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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This Gilbert Party Will Never End

Well, I don't want it to anyhow. Some people here in Wizland feel differently. Official Wizards Beat Writer Ivan Carter was altogether outraged that I still wanted to talk about the birthday party today. Several team employees rolled their eyes at me. Can you imagine? Personally, I've only seen a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Caps Have No Rookies

(Matt Bradley says he's ready to go tonight. He said he was "on fire" this morning. "Feels good," he said of his broken finger. I asked if it had been tough sitting out. "Obviously," he said. "It'd be like...I don't know, do you like your job?" "It's ok," I said,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wiseacre Kid Takes Video Camera Into NBA Locker Rooms, Asks Silly Questions

So if you haven't heard, this kid Elie Seckbach is becoming an Internet celebrity of sorts by taking his video camera up to NBA players and asking them silly questions. The above link describes him thus: His style is unique, asking original questions other[s] never pose, dealing with much more...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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DCU News: Name an Owner

My efforts to name D.C. new United owner Victor MacFarlane "Victor MacFarpost" might or might not succeed. Frankly, despite it obviously being the best of all possible nicknames, the response thus far has been a bit tepid. But the more important point is that the new owner most in need...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2007; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Local Hoops Poll Week Six: Voters' Motors

1) After some lackluster holiday performances, the local hoopsters stopped playing around last week. Virginia conks Gonzaga! Georgetown gets revenge on Notre Dame, on behalf of Maryland! Va. Tech wins at Duke! William & Mary slays a Final Four team on the road! GW wins two! UMBC wins two! Loyola...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Eleven More Things From This Morning's United Event

1) After the event was over, new owner Will Chang began playing soccer with 5-year-old Brian Davis, the son of new owner Brian Davis. Lil' Brian booted the ball into a cocktail table. "Can you head? Show me a header?" Chang asked Lil' Brian. Then Chang kicked the ball way...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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On the Barra and the Eagles and the Caps

I guess another key question for D.C.'s owners was how they feel about the Barra Brava and the Screaming Eagles and the team's fan culture. Of course, they all paid lip service to DCU's fans being the best in the league during the formal part of this morning's events, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Marion Barry on Gilbert's Party

Well, since Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry was at this morning's D.C. United ownership press conference, where he was lavishly praised, I figured I might as well start asking him about Gil's birthday bash. No one else was. "I had a ball," the former mayor said. "I had a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Breaking News to End All Breaking News

A Bog exclusive!!!!!! So I'm sitting around chatting with Brian Davis post-presser. Asking him the usual questions, which I'll get to later. We get to talking about the D.C. sports scene, since, as has often been mentioned, Davis lives on Mass Ave. in NW. He mentions he's been to a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Whoa. The Mayor has balls.

Brian Davis just said Adrian Fenty has balls. Can I say that? Heck, D.C. United's new owner just said it in front of a 200-person press conference, so I can say it. "We call it 'balls' in sports," he said. "Adrian has balls." An DCU ownership group staffer cringed. Then...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Early D.C. United Quotes

Nothing yet from star No. 1, Christian Laettner. Nothing yet from star No. 2, Marion Barry. Lots from Eleanor Holmes Norton. "We can't be a world-class city without major sports teams and here, heavens, we not only have a major team, we have a winning one at that," she said....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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New D.C. United Ownership Comes to D.C.

So we're all at the Willard, waiting for D.C. United to introduce its new ownership group. Maybe you've heard. We're estimating the crowd at about 5,000. Ok, 200. Still, it's a lot. Tom Sherwood is here. Marc Fisher is here. Joseph "the Omnipresent Beret" White is here. Bog friend Dave...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gilbert's Birthday Party

Key party links: WaPo gamer AP Video Unsilent Majority Q&A w/ Beth. Shoals More Shoals SLAMOnline DCStyleMag Wizznutzz Yeah, so, I didn't go. Didn't even try to go. I had a better party to go to. My dad's surprise birthday party. It was insane; Doug E. Fresh was there, Diddy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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What You Need to Know

This feature hasn't been updated much lately, huh?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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