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D.C. Sports Bog: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

GW Kid Declares for Draft

Sports Bog: So, uh, why are you entering the NBA draft? GW freshman Monty Singh Harika: "It's just kind of a thing to get publicity." Right. Well, as long as we're clear on that. Anyhow, GW freshman Monty Singh Harika, an 18-year-old, 6-foot-5, 180-pound basketball-playing fiend, has declared for the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2007; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  NBA  
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Gil: Bored

Gilbert's bored. Trust me, Gilbert, we're bored too. His latest blog is missing some of its usual vitality, although he does say that his daughter likes to play in the bidet. Naturally. I mean, who doesn't? He talks about his upcoming jersey/shoe giveaway, if by "giveaway" you mean "purchase," since...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2007; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Punching Bagginess Continues

Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese, throwing haymaker after haymaker in our direction this AM. I mean, at least our badness is now a topic of regional discussion. Like I've said many times, better to be truly wretched than merely mediocre. Truly wretched will yield national coverage. Mediocre will be quickly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2007; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Wizards  
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Seeking Korean Speakers, and Looking at the O's

Have you ever listened to a Jim Bowden sound bite and got the sense that he was saying something really important, but you just didn't understand what it was? Never have I had that sense more acutely than when viewing Distinguished Senators today. DS found Nats-related cartoons from his absolute...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free Weird T-Shirts

Can't believe I forgot to mention this. Bobby Boswell, the eponymous star of GiantSeveredFloatingRedHead.Com, who also plays professional soccer, will be on Washington Post Live this afternoon, discussing real soccer stuff and D.C. United's MLS home opener, which takes place this weekend. In a brazen effort to increase our ratings...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Quiz of Desperation

I mean, what am I supposed to say? Every team I could conceivably write about today is soul shreddingly terrible. So instead of some vain effort to be happy, I will present The Washington D.C. Quiz of Desperation. The first two people to respond correctly in the comments will get...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Wizards  
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John Feinstein: Blowhard?

I don't listen to the Tony Kornheiser show any more, because it gives rise to all sort of guilt issues and anger issues and floating-in-a-sea-of-meaninglessness issues, but a co-worker points out that the TK show today pointed out that Wikipedia points out certain things about John Feinstein. Here's the first...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ACC vs. ACC Lite

Some Local Poll voters this season took to calling the CAA "ACC Lite." And we all well remember the angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin debates those two conferences elicited this season. Was a middle-of-the-pack ACC team by definition stronger than a first-place CAA team? How many bad losses would be necessary to change that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Actual, Non-Ironically Cheerful Wizards News

Since both Michael Lee and I publicly wondered about this yesterday, I called the Elias Sports Bureau this morning with an important question: What is the longest losing streak an NBA team has ever taken into the playoffs? The Wiz, you'll recall, are working on a six-game shiner right now,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Um

Wizards, awesome. Nats, awesome. Everyone's awesome. Kids, start a blog about D.C. sports, right away. There will never be a better time. I'm trying to compose myself. Since this video was unearthed by the Wizznutzz during my hiatus, I'd urge you, in the meantime, to watch an animated college-aged Calvin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nats , Wizards  
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James Lang Blog Part II

Longtime readers of this Bog will recall that I attempted to start the James Lang Blog in order to compete with the clearly vulnerable Gilbert Arenas Blog. Well, in re-reading Part I of the James Lang Blog, I came to two belated revelations: 1) I could use an editor. 2)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU United Fan REALLY Plans to Eat Shoe

I'm pretty sure the guidebook on how to create a successful mainstream media sports blog does not include the following tip: Tip: Ignore writing about athletes and instead include lots of insider jokes about fans, items will appeal to a small group of readers who go by various anonymous monikers....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Just In Case: The Bulls

I'm not going to bore you with the permutations, but suffice it to say, there now appears a greater-than-remote chance the Wiz will, for the second time in three years, open the playoffs on the road against the Bulls. According to my expert calcuations, such a matchup would require the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Laettner in Turtleneck

Posting this displays horrible ethics, first of all because FanHaus and Mister Irrelevant have already had their fun with it, but more importantly, because any of you silly enough to click play will now have Naughty by Nature in your head for the rest of the day, which is just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , Wizards  
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Finding the Negative

Like I said, spin the wheel, Nats, Caps, Wiz, which dose of daily depression do you want? For now, we'll go Nats, a team which, somewhat improbably, has at once scored the fewest runs in the National League, and allowed the most runs in the National League. On the list...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Finding the Positive

I swear, my brave mission to cheer up Wizards fans grows more treacherous by the second. Next week, you can expect me to be pointing out that the hot dogs at the VC are, by all accounts, fully cooked. Anyhow, I figured I'd talk to a few mild celebrity types...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wiz Soar Gloriously Into the Playoffs, and Bosh Blogs

Yeah. The immediately striking thing last night was after the Wizards lost, when the PA guy announced that they were in the playoffs, and there was literally no reaction whatsoever from the crowd. Nothing. The poor PA guy tried again: "The Wizards have advanced to the playoffs!!!!" he said. Nothing....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kiki Willis vs. LeBron

In the category of "moderately interesting things that you almost certainly didn't know and almost certainly didn't really need to know but might be satisfied knowing," I bring you this bit of breaking D.C. United trivia: United rookie midfielder Kiki Willis once played against LeBron James in a high school...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 11, 2007; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , NBA  
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Real World: Fort Washington

The best thing I learned upon going to today's D.C. United kickoff luncheon, aside from the fact that the Capital Hilton has cool Capitol Dome-shaped butters, was that five DCU rookies are sharing a house out in Fort Washington: Bryan Arguez, Kasali Yinka Casal, Shawn Crowe, Guy-Roland Kpene and Kiki...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 10, 2007; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. United to go Mobile and Take Over the World

D.C. United had its kickoff luncheon this afternoon, which brought out flawless emcee Dave Johnson, the entire team, and lead investors Victor MacFarlane and Will Chang. During his luncheon remarks, Chang talked about how aggressive the team will be with its online content, and I asked him about this afterward....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 10, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Etan Takes on Imus

Etan Thomas's latest SLAM column takes on Imus. I'll give you three guesses as to what he thinks about the issue. This is the synopsis: Yesterday it was announced that Imus would be suspended for two weeks, but I have a problem with that as well. Would they have suspended...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 10, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Shots at the Wizards

Just lining up the doubters, so their weak-kneed soul-crunching doubt can be packaged up neatly in one blog for Jim Gray come NBA Finals time. Here's Paul Ladewski from the Daily Southtown: In the event they advance to Round 2, the Bulls would meet the winner of the series between...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 10, 2007; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Ron Darling Finally Gets Animated

I continue to be interested in Ron Darling's New York resurgence, which follows on the heels of his D.C. desurgence. The fans here, it would seem, didn't like him all that much. Not much at all. Really. But now he's a NY Emmy winner and a cartoon superstar. When do...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 10, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Nats Bad Blog

See, I knew there was a blog for everything, and while I probably should have known this, I did not know there was an official "Nats Bad" blog. Here's the Subhed: "Potential to be the worst team in the history of baseball. Let's follow their ineptitude together!" Here here. [Other...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wiz Respond to Juan Dixon

Really, there's no lower form of journalistic hackery than taking a quote from an out-of-town player delivered to out-of-town media members and throwing it in the face of the local team in an attempt to elicit something juicy in return. Which is why I went to Wizards' practice today with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vince vs. Raptor

Not sure if this is appropriate because the Wiz are getting ready to face Vince Carter, or because the Wiz are getting ready to face the Raptors. Either way, the dino dunk strikes me as a bit odd. And yes, I'm doing nothing but read Raptors message boards all day....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Juan Dixon Calls Out the Wiz

Did you see these quotes from the formerly loved Juan Dixon, who is now calling out his former team? Notice, he doesn't want the third seed because of home court, which would be fine; he wants it so that he can spit on the injured body parts of his former...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wiz Playoff Possibilities

[Edit: I'm an idiot, there is a long proud history of Beatles-inspired basketball shirts, many apologies to all the fine makers out there. Raptors fans are now free to make whatever shirts they like and I'll stay quiet. Note especially this post, and this post, and this post, and thanks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Cal Backs Out of Imus Appearance

Since Thom Loverro is allowed to appear on Washington Post Live despite working for the Washington Times, I'm not going to feel guilty about using what appears to be a Washington Times exclusive in a Washington Post blog: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken canceled an appearance on Don Imus' radio...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NAAATS: Solid Weekend

Those of us with immortality on the brain have to be moderately pleased with the weekend that was. [I have this biting fear that the Nats will turn things around, go on a late spring bonanza, contend briefly for the wild card, and make it a point to dog all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blog Show, Take Three, Now With Less Face Time!

The wise people at WPL have figured out that the less they show Jamie and me talking, the better the final product will likely be. At least, that's what I've surmised from accidentally seeing a few seconds of this YouTube clip when I just tried to grab the link. I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 9, 2007; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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