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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 is recovering from a small fracture in his pelvis, and here's your promised Washington Times Caron Butler profile and your official Tough Juice in '07 thread. Meanwhile, Team Wiz launches a campaign to get its dance team members onto the all-star dance team. (Ok, all NBA teams are doing it.)

Seth Greenberg says Local No. 1 Virginia Tech's loss at Florida State didn't hurt, off a quick turnaround Local No. 3 Georgetown gets ready for Seton Hall, which has its 6-9 center back and reasonably healthy, but which still sees Georgetown as a matchup nightmare (and here's a Georgetown headline someone would like back, and don't forget that "Pirates are typically known for their seafaring ways.") Tomorrow's Local No. 5 vs. Local No. 6 tilt is sold out, Dave Leitao says the No. 7 Cavaliers aren't "playing with a full deck" and Jamil Tucker has been the team's top freshman. Among the unranked masses, Towson continues to sink in the CAA as Gary Neal misses a potential game-tying three against Hofstra, UMBC gets a win, the Mount continues to roll in the NEC, VMI scores 125 points and wins despite giving up 73 percent shooting!, Radford loses, and JMU's upset of ODU could transform the Dukes' season. And the GW women might never lose again, while the Maryland women try to rebound from their first loss by playing better defense against Virginia, as Shay Doron pities the Cavs. Also, a paper claims Virginia's football coaches are competing with one hand tied behind their backs.

The Caps get some much-needed confidence in a win over Carolina and Olie Kolzig is fabulous late, leading to a Peter Laviolette meltdown. Also, Ovie extends his scoring streak to eight games.

The Nationals sign like 732 new players, including journeyman first baseman Travis Lee, setting the stage for a wide-open camp and confusing their bloggers, including one intrepid soul who was nearly blinded by this Travis Lee photo. Blech. And this Winter Caravan thing sounds bloggable. Oh, and Sage Steele will leave Comcast for ESPN.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2007; 9:41 AM ET
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Good piece in the Times.

My proposed sign/t-shirt logo: "If you have a conscience, you'll vote for Butler"

The ushers at the game say they like Butler, too.

As who said -- was it you? -- the great thing about our team nowadays is the relative absence of knuckleheads!

Posted by: Nancy | January 19, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Sage Steele leaving? Maybe CSN can get a cardboard cut-out of George Michael's horse to sit in the seat and add nothing to that broadcast.

While a nice person, she never really added anything to the local (except stalking the Baltimore Ravens) sports scene.

Posted by: Kim | January 19, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Just looked at the Nats caravan site. Too bad they're not doing any autograph sessions or meet and greets in Northern Virginia.

They've only got three stops in NoVA.
1. A blood drive in Fairfax (what? I've got to bleed for a lousy baseball team?)
2. A baseball clinic in Manassas.
3. They apparently learn to read in Fredericksburg.

Meanwhile they're all over the place in the District and MD for meet and greets and autograph sessions.

At least Screech won't be around.

Posted by: Kim | January 19, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Sage Steele can't possibly be a real name.

And yes, I realize the irony of a person named Chest Rockwell questioning the legitimacy of others' names.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 19, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

What a must win win for the Capitals. If they can beat florida and sweep the next two against Carolina, playoff talk can continue.

twenty sevin goal, semin.

Posted by: CapCrazy | January 19, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

turn around the Royal Dukes' season?

wow! that's some serious talk, but considering it came out of the DNR, I'm not all that surprised.
They have more optimism than realism in the valley, must be the mennonite/poultry combination.
I know it messed with my brain while I was there, or was that the Milwaukee's Best Ice?
hard to say.

I'm so down for some Playoff Cap Time!

Posted by: Sway... | January 19, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

To the person, Chest Rockwell, who said that Sage Steele can't possibly be a real name... I've known her parents since college and she and my daughter have been friends since they were two years old - yes, that is her real name.

Posted by: Joan Wallace | March 3, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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