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D.C. Sports Bog: January 14, 2007 - January 20, 2007

Maryland and Georgetown Play Basketball

Since I will be long dead by the time the Terps and Hoyas play a men's basketball, here's a look at their last [regular season] meeting, Nov. 26 1993, the game that has caused such controversy and rendered any future [regular season] meeting completely outside of the realm of reasonable...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Bobby Boswell Doing Crosswords

You know, I think I was supposed to provide Bobby Boswell updates from the U.S. National Team Camp, but I forgot, and I can't find his phone number right now. Regardless, the ussoccer.commers have compensated for my laziness with their own blog, which includes two D.C. United items of note....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Seth Greenberg on Being No. 1

So Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg called me back to comment on being No. 1 in this week's Local Poll. Maybe I abused my nominal association with The Washington Post in calling him. Maybe he'll never call me back again. I'm guessing it might have been a more cheerful interview...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gilbert in College: Two Pairs of Socks

Apologies for my absence. Was caught up reading old Gilbert Arenas stories from the Daily Wildcat. On his first game: "Loren [Woods] made me comfortable," Arenas said. "He told me to do what I do best, and that's score, rebound and play defense." (Only that? Nice photo.) A few days...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tough Juice Campaign Gets T-Shirts

Well, I guess yesterday's questions about the lack of a Tough Juice campaign have been answered by the following developments. 1) Our friends at the Washington Times chose today to launch their 1,500-word Caron Butler profile, the second Butler feature story in a week to mention that he chews straws....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Meet Your New Nats: Tony Womack

For whatever reason (possibly related to his career .317 OBP), the signing of Tony Womack did not bring joy to the land of Nats bloggers. Capitol Punishment uses 26 question marks to discuss the move. Federal Baseball notes that "while Womack is a pretty bad baseball player, at least he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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What You Need to Know

Tonight's Wiz game with the Magic actually has first-place implications and Brian Hill admits as much, Keyon Dooling says Gilbert can shoot from halfcourt, Tom Knott says Isiah Thomas screwed up by double-teaming Gilbert, the Wiz's home attendance this season has been the best in the post-M.J. era, Abe Pollin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Caron's Dunk

Since you asked, here's the video of Caron dunking the game-winner. A few points to note. 1) Before the play starts, is that little guy on the Knicks bench in the lower left-hand corner Nate Robinson? And, seriously, is he trying to pick a fight with someone else on the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Be back soon

To be updated Friday morning...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tough Juice in '07?

Truthfully all those Vitamin Water "Vote for Gilbert" signs are a little silly at this point. I mean, Gilbert's a lock. Someone needs to start a Caron Campaign. Mister Irrelevant made some noise about launching a Tough Juice '07 Web site, but I haven't heard anything. As far as I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Major Bog Public Service: Free Gilbert Hoodie Posters

[Edit: Posters all gone, sorry. Next time my standards will drop, and I'll pick up some of the beer-soaked posters as well, just to make everyone happy.] Ok, if you want a poster send me an e-mail with Gilbert Poster in the subject line, and include your mailing address. Unless...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Another Clutch, Clutch Wizards Shot

Lost in the excitement of Caron's almost-buzzer-beater last night was an earlier shot, one with potentially more meaningful consequences, but one that, in a weird and twisted way, may have foretold Caron's heroics. See, in the fourth quarter of Wiz games, the team brings down one lucky fan for a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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More on Caron's Shot

But first, here's the definitive word on the perpetual dissatisfaction of sports fans. I swear it's all true. After I finally left the VC last night, forsaking Mike Wise's offer to join the cool kids at Clyde's, I ran into a gent asking for spare change outside Chipotle. We started...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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George Washington: Best Team in the Area?

In lieu of a What You Need to Know today, and to satisfy the insatiable JMU lust of John Taylor, lemme dump all my college hoops links here. And truly, it was one of the most embarrassing days in the admittedly brief history of the Local Poll. No. 1 Virginia...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Gilbert Changes Shoes at Halftime, Says He's Unguardable

[Edit: Ok, ok, they were green. You can see them here. I'm sorry I don't have more on this story. There were all these people trying to ask about basketball, I did what I could. Frankly, I think I'm the only one that asked about shoes at all, so give...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Media Superstars: Mike Wise vs. Scoop Jackson

The Wizards' press room was thick with important media people last night, leaving bloggers without chairs to sit in. New York has a lot of media people, I guess. In addition to all the usual suspects, we were graced by the presences of Mike Wise and Scoop Jackson, who, I'd...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Wizards Beat Buzzers, Buzzers Don't Beat Back

The foreshadowing was almost too much. Gilbert hits a buzzer-beater on Monday. I write a brief homage to the buzzer-beater. Tuesday, we talk to the rest of Team Wiz about double-teaming Gilbert at the end of games, about getting ready to take the last shot, about buzzer-beaters in general. Caron...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Posters Edition

Because I'm a mad marketing genius, I spent another night slumming through an emtpy arena with the Verizon Center clean-up crew, trying to judge how much french-fry grease was enough to render a Gilbert Arenas poster unworthy for my readers. Yes, that's right, I have 25 more Arenas posters, in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2007; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Wonder Kwame Had Those Stomach-Aches

I'll let everyone else use the "Where's the Cake?" headlines. As you've no doubt heard, Kwame Brown was accused of grabbing a two-foot-by-two-foot chocolate cake and throwing it at its owner, who then confronted Lamar Odom about the incident. He threw the cake horizontally? Still can't throw it down, huh...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meet Your New D.C. United Draft Picks: Jay Needham

If you're like me, you've always thought the one thing the D.C. professional sporting world really needed was a greater connection with Chris Mihm. Well, I'm here to tell you, we're all in luck! D.C. United's other third-round pick, in addition to Georgetown's Ricky Schramm, was SMU defender/midfielder Jay Needham,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local Hoops Poll Week Seven: Additional Pithy Comments

Because all my voters have been pouring out their unrequited pithiness for several weeks, here are the honorable mention pithy comments from this week's poll. I guess all the shots at UVA aren't super applicable after last night, so I'll leave those out. And to justify this usage of Bog...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bog Poll: Adam Kilgore's Top 10 Local Players

Courtesy of WaPo college basketball staffer Adam Kilgore, who has just provided me with a free post. Odds are he's seen most of these guys in person, since he seems to do nothing but work. Correct me if I'm wrong, Kilgore. Anyhow, additional votes are welcome. Just for the hell...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Andy Rooney: What's a Hokie? Where are my Teeth?

So nearly three full months ago, Notre Dame blogger The House That Rock Built submitted a fake Andy Rooney commentary on college football. The entire thing was quite funny, and it included the following line: Some teams have nicknames. Some are Lions, some are Bears. Some are Nittanies or Bruins,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alex Ovechkin Drinks Five Beers Before Games

So says Alex Ovechkin in this interview with former Miss Florida contestant Tiffany Simons, who hopes to "peak your curiosity" by linking to Poll Voter Clay Travis's SEC Ladies Rankings in her blog. Sigh. But you will recall that I gave you all a sneak pique at Clay's rankings last...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gilbert's Game Winner, From the Stands

Since I completely agreed with SLAMOnline's Sam Rubenstein, when he wrote that YouTubes from the stands are preferable to ESPN highlights, I feel compelled to bring you this shot of Gilbert's game-winner on Monday. Yeah, the screen goes black for a minute, and yeah, you can't really make out A.D.'s...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Raven Hearts Wizard

Sorta sounds like something a middle-school girl with dyed black hair might write in her notebook, no? Anyhow, this is about Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox, whom I met at yesterday's WNBA all-star game press conference. Wilcox said he was there because he's close friends with Mystics President Sheila Johnson,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia Kids Call Maryland Fans Thugs

Nathan Fowler over at AOL's FanHouse got his hands on a Wahoo student cheer sheet from last night, and it's not purty. Apparently, the sheet included the following line, which I sort of have trouble believing, but if it's on a blog I guess it must be true: As we...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know

Poll madness. After dropping six straight to their cross-state rivals, Local No. 7 Virginia takes control in the second half to down Local No. 2 Maryland, which continues its baffling inconsistency. Also, Dave Leitao calls the Terps "a force to be reckoned with," local kid Mamadi Diane...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local Hoops Poll Week Seven: A New Regime

[Note: If you're reading this between 7 and 8 pm, I recently deleted everything and had to start over, so I'm publishing a first take without the pithy comments. They'll be coming soon. Also, when I deleted it all, I hit myself really hard in the head and might be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who's Watching American Idol Tonight?

The checklist: Me: Absolutely. I will duck out early from the Capitals' Bloggers' Happy Hour in order to watch Idol in its entirety. Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox: "Absolutely. Absolutely. I haven't seen it every year, but every time I get a chance. I'm horrible with sitting and making sure...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert For MVP? Gilbert vs. Nikki Teasley?

We're going to hear more and more of this, especially with all these game-winners. Comcast newcomer Andy Siegel was asking a bunch of Wiz persons today how many buzzer-beaters they have in their career. "I can probably count 'em on one hand," Antawn Jamison said. "About as many as [Gilbert]...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert: "We Ain't Going to Overtime"

Here's one more thing that didn't make it out of yesterday's game, or, at least, that I didn't read. [Edit: I missed it at the bottom of Michael Lee's fine game story. My bad. Well, so maybe this is old to the world.] Caron Butler, rehashing Gilbert's final moments before...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caron Touches Gilbert All the Time

Gilbert doesn't talk to the media on practice days if he can at all avoid it, and usually he can. He sat on the sidelines at practice today, heckling the starters for being outscored 19-0 by the reserves, but then he disappeared. And so we were left asking his teammates...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Antonio Daniels Explains His Bow

Go ahead and watch this again, paying special attention to Antonio Daniels on the lower left side of the screen. He's bowing. He's unmistakably bowing. Bog friend Lauren from ESPN Triple X Radio suggested that perhaps this was in the same vein as Gilbert's post-60-point bow in L.A. Here was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Washington Post: The CAA Does Not Exist

One e-mailer and caller after another is complaining that the Official Washington Post NCAA Men's Tournament Bracket that appeared in Saturday's (?) newspaper forecast zero teams from the CAA. I realize there's probably a chance that the CAA won't send a team to the Final Four this year, but I'd...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mystics: Red White and Blue in 2008? Caps Too?

Big day for local press conferences: Wizards press availability this morning (in which I got the explanation for A.D.'s sensei bow, which I'll reveal in a minute), then the Mystics 2007 All-Star game press conference (featuring, among others, Swin Cash of the Detroit Shock, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Mystics Prez Sheila...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Searching for Big Gheorghe Apparel

Not sure whether this question is in jest or not, and if it's not in jest not sure why it was addressed to me and not The Wizznutzz, but here it is, from a Bog reader apparently in need: I haven't even been able to find any Gheorghe Muresan apparel...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Vegas College Basketball Top 25

To prime the pump of excitement leading up to this afternoon's announcement of the one-day-late Local Top 11, here's the Las Vegas Sports Consultants' National Top 25. Three Local teams in the mix: Georgetown, on the strength of two narrow losses, goes from 28th to 15th (gotta love Vegas, you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Makes a Big Shot. Weird.

I watched yesterday's heroics from home. Big mistake. When Gilbert got the ball off the inbounds, I briefly considered jumping in my car and speeding downtown. As soon as the ball went through and I finished grabbing at my head in anguish and he started strutting and all that, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know

The MVP chants are getting louder for Arenas, who calls his shot and then calls his latest game-winner "glorious." Mike Wise and the VC security guards are on the MVP train, Jerry Sloan says the Jazz probably should have double-teamed the cold-blooded assassin who had already scored 48, Caron Butler...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What You Need to Know

Be back Tuesday morning, apologies.......

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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