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D.C. Sports Bog: March 11, 2007 - March 17, 2007

Virginia Wins, Pete Gillen Interviews, The NCAA Screws Up

Adam Kilgore again from Columbus, where I just got out of the UVA media scrum and Tennessee is housing Long Beach. Crank up the Sean Singletary vs. Chris Lofton stroies. That's actually a worthy storyline to spill ink and kill trees for; should be tremendous. Virginia got there thanks to...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 16, 2007; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Perhaps a Costly Error

So regular readers of the weekly college hoops chats know about Prisbell's unhealthy fascination with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. So with the Islanders off to a surprising 15-point lead over Wisconsin, I called his cell to make sure he knew. I leave a voicemail. He calls back. I tell him the...

By Matthew Rennie  |  March 16, 2007; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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James Richard Getting Loose

Adam Kilgore checking in from Columbus, where J.R. Reynolds is playing like a combination of Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer and Eric Maynor. He said "See ya tomorrow" to that 9-for-44 slump he carried into the game when he made his first seven shots -- four of them beautiful, high-arcing 3s...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 16, 2007; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What Rocks, Booing Duke, and Dr. Chvotkin

My three favorite moments, in chronological order, from the 15 hours I spent inside the LJVMC, subsisting on popcorn and Dove Bars, on Thursday: [ONE] With 8 minutes 22 seconds remaining in Georgetown's win over Belmont, the Hoyas led, 58-33, and their fans started chanting, "Where is Belmont?" (It's in...

By Camille Powell  |  March 16, 2007; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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VCU and the Locals

Dan Steinberg here. First off, apologies to the Local Voters for being so slow in posting additional pithy comments. Later today, with any luck. And now, my Local Notes from Day One: 1) In all five of my pools I selected every Local team to win in the first round,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2007; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Lackluster Day One?

The first day lacked something the tournament always offers: unpredictability. The VCU-Duke game was thrilling, but can you really call it an upset? The best part about that game was the contingent of VCU fans that sat right behind me. They never stopped yelling throughout the entire game. Even one...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 16, 2007; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Off to a good start...

The PA announcer just called Cheyenne Moore to the starting lineup. Of course, this is not the case, Anyway, this sent a scare toward the GW bench. Mismarking the scorebook and starters is a technical foul. But it looks like it was just an honest screw up by the PA...

By  |  March 15, 2007; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Wizards Chime In

Dan Steinberg here. Huge rush of late entries into the celeb pool, including Rep. Heath Shuler, Rep. Robert Wexler, the mayor of Fairfax, the executive editor of The Post, Skipper from "Sex and the City," Ryan Zimmerman, Brian Schneider, Morgan Wootten and The Big Lead. Man this is a weird...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2007; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why I'm risking my credibility by picking GW to upset Vanderbilt...

Marc Carig here. I'm pressed for time, so none of my usual links: (is that better Cindy Boren?) - OK, I'm going on the record at the risk of looking like a complete homer and repeat what I've said in two other venues today: George Washington is going to upset...

By  |  March 15, 2007; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tip Off Town tips off

I'm sitting here in the nearly empty media room inside the LJVMC, getting ready for my upcoming online chat with Marc Carig. Only about eight other reporters are in here right now, but the work tables are covered with piles and piles of books. At these multi-team events, we sportswriters...

By Camille Powell  |  March 15, 2007; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What happens in Buffalo...

Well, not much happens in Buffalo when it snows, fogs and rains. Woke up expecting 3-6 inches of snow. Looks like we just got slush, though. Hopefully Chippewa street starts to fill up soon. Had a good, late steak dinner, with lots of salt and pepper, with some folks and...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 15, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An NCAA Tournament Bet

Dan Steinberg here. I gave Jamie Mottram aka Mister Irrelevant the four No. 1 seeds. I took the field. Prisbell, Kilgore, Powell, what say you? I think that's a pretty even bet. Mottram thinks there are only three or four non-No. 1 seeds with any kind of shot to win...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 14, 2007; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Duke and Maryland share a hotel

Okay, I'm squeezed for time here a little bit, but here's what I thought about today. All the talking up Davidson has sounded great, but I got to see them on the court for practice. They can shoot and run. But they looked awfully small. I wonder if Maryland will...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 14, 2007; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Georgetown and upsets

I am posting this in part to combat Steinberg's anti-Hoya bias, but also because I said I'd report in following Georgetown's press conference and practice. But I don't have many exciting things to relate, other than I saw Roy Hibbert make at least two three-pointers while they were doing shooting...

By Camille Powell  |  March 14, 2007; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bobby Boswell Goes Gilbert

So as if it's not enough for Bobby Boswell to have his own Web-site-slash-blog....yup, that's right, he's now having a Web-site-slash-blog launch party at a hippish downtown club. No word yet on whether Diddy and Lil' Wayne are coming, but I wouldn't be surprised. Plus, word has it Bobby will...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 14, 2007; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Duke Is, Um, "No Good"

Dan Steinberg here. My only previous experience with Peter Rosenberg was at the Funniest D.C. Sports Celebrity Extravaganza, where he was thrashed by every contestant in sight, but where he wore nice skate shoes. But he's funny, as it turns out. One need only watch his latest explanation on why...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 14, 2007; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bobby Knight holds court

Well, Bob Knight certainly set the standard that all the other coaches will have to live up to today. (Aside from his sweater choice - diamond pattern, in varying shades of brown -- which was questionable at best.) He touched on a range of issues, from tournament size to the...

By Camille Powell  |  March 14, 2007; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greetings from Tip-Off Town! (Otherwise known as Winston-Salem)

Greetings from Winston-Salem, or as all the signs around town say, "Welcome to Tip Off Town!" Jackson Auto Worx, just down the road from Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (hereafter referred to as "LJVMC", or "LVJMC" or "LJMVC", depending on the quality of my typing), has gotten into the spirit...

By Camille Powell  |  March 14, 2007; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Practice day in the B-Lo

Arrived in Buffalo after 10 p.m. last night and the town was lifeless. I didn't bring a coat because I refuse to wear one in mid-March, regardless of where I am. It wasn't too cold, and the people were nice enough. I'll give Buffalo time because fans haven't come yet...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 14, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some Tape-Delayed Tourney Thoughts

Adam Kilgore here, and you know what that means: more pandering to that sinister young male demographic, which may be the only thing that can save newspapers at this point (Only kidding, Rennie). Sorry for the lack of posts of the past couple days; it's been a busy time for...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 13, 2007; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rooming with Steinberg

Imagine, just imagine, sharing a room with Mr. Steinberg for not one night, but two. He's a different type of guy, cool, but different. I'm sure I was no joy either, but Dan's memories from last year reminds me: If you love the bracket too much, you'll get into trouble....

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 13, 2007; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS Players Pick the NCAA Bracket

And much, much more. Go check out the Sports Bog's celebrity bracket insanity challenge right now. It's so much gosh darn fun I can barely stand it. I don't know who all the names are, but I can give you some highlights: 1) Alecko Eskandarian, forever an honorary Local athlete,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 13, 2007; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One Shining Moment

Dan Steinberg here. Did I ever write about how at the Final Four last year, I had to room with Eric Prisbell for two nights because The Post ran out of hotel rooms? And how our hotel (the downtown Indy Marriott) had every single "One Shining Moment" playing on a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 13, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davidson scouting report

So I got a decent scouting report on Davidson from talking to a handful of Southern Conference coaches and analysts yesterday for my Stephen Curry story. First off, I'm really looking forward to seeing Curry play in person because it sounds like he has every shot in the book. He's...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 13, 2007; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local Hoops Poll Week 15: The Committee Weighs In

Enough with RPI, AP rankings, coaches' blatherings, and "Also Receiving Votes" for MEAC track teams. It's tourney week. Now we get to see what the committee thinks about our Local Poll, or at least, about the seven teams that matter. As mentioned yesterday, MD/VA/DC produced a staggering seven tourney teams,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 12, 2007; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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As a great man once said...

"I'm going going, back back, to Cali Cali..." So the last 48 hours have been insane, but here's what we know: 1. Indeed, I'm going back to Cali. GW lands the 11 against a Vandy team that the Colonials would have had no chance of beating a month ago. But...

By  |  March 12, 2007; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Georgetown, the new favorites?

So Steinberg and Prisbell have joined the army of others who have Georgetown in the Final Four: Kornheiser, Wilbon, SI.com's Stewart Mandel... I'm going to refrain from making a prediction, since I'll be spending the whole week with the Georgetown guys. (Yes, I'm taking the easy way out. But I...

By Camille Powell  |  March 12, 2007; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bracket etiquette

I believe in bracket etiquette. I believe in one bracket for one person. And there is no need to go all Patrick Stevens when filling out your bracket and sift through piles of stats and trends. Go with your gut and your first instinct. Don't second-guess a decision because usually...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 12, 2007; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Committee Loves the Local Poll

Dan Steinberg here. Is there any doubt we have fans inside the Committee? At this point, you gotta figure the Committee members were spending half of their sequestered time reading the Bog and trying to figure out how best to please the Local voters. And please us they did. Check...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 11, 2007; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Final Four Will Be....

(NEW: First off, these picks are hanging in there. Although, unless you had Wisconsin in the Final Four, or, like a co-worker, Illinois, your picks probably are too. Also, please submit copious questions for my Live Online chat with Russ Thaler Monday at noon. Possible topics: The greatest NCAA pool...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 11, 2007; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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