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The Future of the Bog

I have repeatedly tried to quit my assignment, and all my attempts have been rebuffed. However, we're having some big WaPo conference in the near future to discuss all our sports blogs, so the winds of change might yet blow.

Honestly, I have no idea what to do with myself once the Wiz season ends. I need to latch on to one team, so that I can have some semblance of an idea what to do when I wake up in the morning. This is your chance to vote. If you don't vote, you don't count. Or something.

These are the choices I can think of:

College lacrosse. D.C. United (hurt by the presence of a WaPo DCU blog, written by someone who actually covers soccer). The Nats (hurt by the presence of a WaPo Nats blog, written by someone who actually covers baseball). The Mystics. The Orioles. Minor league indoor football. Minor league baseball. Professional lacrosse. Boxing. Horse racing. Women's semi-pro football. The Wizards Summer League. Minor league basketball. Polo. Project Runway. AAU basketball. Amateur kickball. Other.

Also, since the Nats blog and DCU blog have discussed their standing in the world, I'll say that in general I've been ranked second among Post sports blogs, behind only the Redskins Insider. But that everyone else will probably fly past me once Wiz season ends, or possibly before.

Seriously, help me out here. What should I cover next?

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 18, 2007; 12:43 PM ET
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Comments

Forget covering DCU; leave that to Goff.

Cover the supporter's groups.

The New Sports Blog-ism; forget the sport, cover the support.

Posted by: bill urban | April 18, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Definately minor league baseball, it gives us the joy of baseball, the fun of minor league promos, and (hopefully) not the crappiness of the Nats

Posted by: Robert Lintott | April 18, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite bog items that you did was the "10 Things You Didn't Know About the GW Women's Basketball Team." Though this would not allow you to establish a routine, it would be grand if the bog did like a spotlight per week of some minorish sport.

Additionally, the reason your Bog survives in the competitive environment with the Wiz Insider is primarily due to the fact that you cover different things than the regular reporters. I have no doubt you could productively coexist with Svrluga on the Nats beat.

Those are my two thoughts. Good luck.

Posted by: Lindemann | April 18, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Project Runway

Posted by: John Taylor | April 18, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Write about a variety of things, keep it interesting. Keep tabs on the Wiz summer league and offeseason moves.

Posted by: Hugh | April 18, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I think D.C. United is a Bog gold mine. Goff's blog is great, but he doesn't do the stuff that you do here. He's not talking about five rookies living together, he's not talking about Ben Olsen's beard grooming habits, he's not talking about BobbyBoswell.com, etc.

I really think that Horse racing might be avenue that you might want to pursue as well. The Preakness is fast approaching (which just screams out for a live blog of the entire weekend) and it would be good to do a little background research before jumping into one of the biggest days of the year for the sport.

ps - Polo, Polo, Polo

pps - when are we going to see the stuff that you did at the barra brava tailgate on tv???

ppps - when does wizards summer league start?

Posted by: BOGTVfanNUMEROuno | April 18, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. minor league baseball is a good idea. Try doing the Nationals and Orioles, too. Here's a vote NOT for the Mystics.

Posted by: Ian | April 18, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Goff may be the "soccer insider" but you should cover DC United more like you have been doing, IE Four rookies living together...That stuff is Pulitzer priceless. I read your blog every few hours hoping your next post will be that kinda stuff about DC United.

Posted by: Dave | April 18, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Definitely the Nats, and expand to the Orioles. They seem to have some interesting things to comment on (i.e. Kevin Millar's opening day Ray Lewis dance)- seems right up your alley!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Go to St. Petersburg (the Russian one) and get us an update on Vladimir Veremeenko, the Swan of Belarus. Soon he and Pecherov will be wearing the blue and bronze, the wiCzards. (Get it? Czars, like Russia? Get it?)

Posted by: neck of eackles | April 18, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what those guys said about covering DC United fans and players. You have a different relationship to the players than Goff has, and it results in sports coverage that I've never seen elsewhere and which is fun to read and rich with human interests.

Who else could have done (fomented?) the water warrior series?

I think minor league baseball is also a great idea (as long as I still get my fix of your stuff about DC United).

And you might start thinking ahead toward next season by dropping in on the Washington Freedom from time to time as they get ready to rejoin WUSA II. That's got to have some interesting stories...particularly given that they've got some locals who have to be apprehensive about making it as new players are brought in as the team gears up for the restart.

Apparently sponsor/owners have also committed in New York and Boston, so the league is scheduled to start with 8 teams. Why not be in before the start?

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 18, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's not like Carter doesn't cover the Wizards. You just shed light on a different angle of the team.

You have done that for United as well. Besides, we need to know the stories such as the roommate of Bobbyboswell.com, or why Bobby Boswell was covered in chocolate bits last night.

Posted by: Kim | April 18, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

DC United, minor league baseball, all that fun stuff that you do a much better job of writing about than anyone else

Posted by: Mickey | April 18, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

My U8 Boys soccer team in Woobridge could use a blog. ha ha...

Posted by: Erick | April 18, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Orioles. I imagine the majority of your readers are young, ie pre-Senators, so they forget they grew up on O's Magic. The team is full of characters. Bring back the love.

Posted by: Dan | April 18, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Nats. Why can't there be a serious blog and then your more featury-blog? People in this town are interested in baseball. There's capacity there. I mean, at some point Ivan Carter's gotta know that your readers and his intersect and we're people that couldn't get enough of the Wizards and you just helped get him more readers. (Damn, he's a good writer, isn't he?)

Minor League -- all KINDS of interesting, newsworthy stuff might happen here, this is intriguing.

Y'know, not even I am intersted in the Wizards summer league, frankly. Or the Mystics -- at least not for another 5 years. All of women's basketball is still in a building phase, can we all agree. Maybe somebody's interested in this stuff, but not enough to sustain a bog.

Orioles--BLECH! Nats have finally given us a reason to abandon Angelos and everything he stands for. Treated the Ripkin family poorly. Grim, grind-out baseball. Great park, bad vibes. Too far a commute with your young child. NOT the Orioles.

You're with a national newspaper and there are some national sports distributed through the internet and popular thereby, such as online poker and other games. Suppose I'm channelling Gilbert here, but the online gaming community is undercovered by the MSM.

Posted by: Nancy | April 18, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Dan is wrong. There is no love.

Posted by: Nancy | April 18, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I fully expect liveblogs from every Kenner League game this summer.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Dude Rugby of course. The RSL season is half way through, then 7's starts. Washington always has a very strong 7's side including national team players!

Posted by: chris | April 18, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you make the rounds of the area minor league circuit - Potomac, Frederick, Bowie, Salisbury, Hagerstown, etc. You can review the stadium, food, on-field promotions - heck, maybe they will let you race the mascot!

Posted by: Rich | April 18, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Here it is:

Season long quest to do one of the following:
1. Burn the Screech costume.
2. Throw the Screech costume (occupant free, of course) off of RFK and compare it to how other things bounce (various NBA and WNBA balls, a football, hockey puck, MLS ball, baseball, that baseball guy from The Examiner, etc).

Posted by: Kim | April 18, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Horse racing, there are plenty of colorful characters at the track. Plus you can post some pictures from the Preakness infield.

And don't forget about NASCAR.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 18, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Barra Brava tailgates are GOLD! Jerry....Comedy GOLD!!

Posted by: Chico | April 18, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

College lacrosse would definitely be good. So would college baseball. Maryland and UVA are both having good years in baseball and UVA is a national title contender in both lax and baseball. Don't shut the doors.

Posted by: Ryan | April 18, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Summer Curling Tournaments.

Actually, following the insights of minor league/semi-pro/am teams sounds interesting.

Get to know them before they're big time pros... or watch them as they toil in obscurity (mostly the latter).

Posted by: James | April 18, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Comedy gold is actually DC United reserve matches. Enough people to make it worthwhile, but small enough and close enough to the field to ensure that every snarky comment about an opposing player can be heard.

Posted by: Paul | April 18, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I am a biased DC United fan, but I like what you've covered in the past, for all the local teams, regarding the players' off the field/court/rink lives.

Whether it's Benny Olsen's beard, Brashear's fight-etiquette, or James Lang's blog, that's the kind of stuff we don't get to hear/read about via "traditional" new sources.

I am a supporter of every Washington pro team, so I don't get bent out of shape if you spend too much time on one versus another, I just hope you'll continue to shine your spotlight on the culture of sport that surrounds the games.

Posted by: swwj | April 18, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Topics you should cover...

Summer League

Obama/Arenas '08

Gil's rehab

An-dray's bar mitzvah

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | April 18, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey I forgot, but you mentioned (half-jokingly I think) doing an MLB poll (akin to Local 11)... why dont you do that? 2 free posts every single week. And you also ought to look at Doyle (Chris Sne*ling of the Nats). Firstly, the whole Doyle thing is GREAT blog fodder (check out USSMariner for that story) and he is a great interview (from all the Seattle sports coverage I read of him), plus he is Australian. Nuff said.

Posted by: Robert Lintott | April 18, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

wow do you really have high access to AAU basketball? that'd be pretty interesting to learn about the future acc/big east/other major conference stars. plus your perspectives on DCU and the Nats are different and a lot of times more interesting than the other guys. wiz draft process and summer league would be cool too.

Posted by: poop | April 18, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I vote for covering kickball and any other league on the mall. Now thats comedy gold. you've got every major and minor sport covered. kickball, soccer, softball, frisbee, polo, flag football. AND there is massive amounts of drinking involved during and after most games.

Number 2 is Minor league baseball. You got the awesome Potomac Nats, Bowie, Aberdeen and Hagerstown.

Number 3. Washington Glory

Posted by: Marc | April 18, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Anything but kickball.

Posted by: MDT | April 18, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Dive into baseball. The Nats are obviously terrible now but will be a fun story to follow with all of their young player. The Orioles are better than they have been and have some real fun guys. They are a great team to follow.

Millar is baseball's version of Gilbert (in a very very different way). He's absolutely hilarious and would be a joy to cover. This isn't about Angelos... the team has some great characters. Jamie Walker has some amazing stories.

Summer is baseball time. Go back and forth between Wizards and baseball... the schedules mesh perfectly. O's and Nats all summer, Wizards all winter.

Already looking forward to your baseball coverage...

Posted by: Steve | April 18, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Cover everything all the time, Steinz. Nobody does it like you do!

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | April 18, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Where do the O's play again?

Posted by: WFY | April 18, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

keep up with the Wiz all summer, summer league as well as off season workouts

Posted by: David | April 18, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Rich. There are a whole bunch of minor-league baseball teams within a couple hours' drive of DC, and most of them are affiliated with either the Nats or O's. Each week you can visit one team for a game or two and give us a report. (I've been to most of them so I'd love to get your take too.)

A few years ago the Post's minor-league coverage was pretty good, box scores and short game stories every day. Now that the Nats are here it seems like we shouldn't see less than that.

Posted by: Cosmo | April 18, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'll forty-ninth it or whatever: keep doing that goofy weird DCU stuff that Goff doesn't do.

Posted by: Emily | April 18, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I think you should give Mixed Martial Arts a try. It is definitely gaining popularity all of the country. Now that UFC has just bought out its main competitor, Pride, it should be interesting to follow. Followed by Rugby, Cricket, and Tennis.

Posted by: DC United Fan | April 18, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

isn't the America's cup going on?
wouldn't it be in your best bog interests to check out European waters on the Post's tab and report all the crazy world of competitive sailing to us?

Posted by: Zero | April 18, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse


pro rasslin' and/or MMA

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

1.) Intramural Sports Teams
2.) Fan(s)dom
3.) Project Runway

Posted by: smperk | April 18, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Do what you've been doing. Cover DCU and the Nats from your perspective. Dump pumpkins off RFK. Get them to pick the Oscar's. Stupid stuff like that, which always gets me to laugh. (Oh, and the O's would be fun, too. You can't get enough Angelos stories.)

Posted by: Wiz Fan | April 18, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Barra brava and the barra columbus roadtrips that live in imphany (sp?)

Posted by: captain | April 18, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what, as long as cheese is involved...

Posted by: Edward | April 18, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

More Matt Chico!

MORE MATT CHICO!

Posted by: tp | April 18, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

DCU and the Redskins. That's what most people are interested in: just cover the non-performance angles, i.e. personalities, off-the-field stuff, humor, etc...That will keep the Bog hits coming.

Posted by: Nick | April 18, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Stay away from the f#$%ing Baltimore baseball squadron.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it would be a good idea to cover the Barra Columbus trip. This IS a family bog, right?

Posted by: Chico | April 18, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Kick Boxing. Sport of the future.

Posted by: Lloyd Dobbler | April 18, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

My vote's for DCU :-)

Posted by: misschatter | April 18, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

beer pong

Posted by: littles | April 18, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Priority 1: "Outside the Lines" DCU material
Priority 2: Wizards summer league and European updates
Priority 3: Minor league baseball
Priority 4: Cheese

Posted by: Ghitza | April 18, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

A college lacrosse area top 11 poll would be good, especially since it will go a lot deeper than the college basketball top 11 poll, I mean there is more than one national contender in lacrosse as opposed to basketball this year, and probably next year as well. Plus, you can see if Hoya lacrosse fans are as prickly as Hoya basketball fans.

Posted by: Chris | April 18, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everyone who said to keep up the behind-the-scenes stuff. That's your niche and you do it well. It doesn't really matter what sport it is.

That being said, definitely more Nats. And how about a Bog Poll on how many losses the Nats will have this year? Weekly pithy comment potential...

Posted by: Reader Glenn | April 18, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Diary entries from Sexy Oleksiy.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | April 18, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"Forget the sport, cover the support" = pure brilliance. You can supplement this angle with behind the scenes coverage of offbeat sports. Basically, keep it real.

Posted by: bdubs | April 18, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Forget the Redskins. There's enough blogging about them already. Same for the Ravens and O's.

Lacrosse, both college and pro, men's and women's, absolutely. You might wanna think about going to the men's NCAA Championship Weekend on Memorial Day in Baltimore. Talk to the parents (who never played or watched the sport themselves growing up and still can't figure out which part of the stick you catch the ball with) who are taking their lacrosse-mad kids to the game.

Definitely minor league baseball. Nats too, given how much of a revolving door it's gonna be with them this summer.

DCU absolutely. College soccer too in the fall. Maybe the summer rec leagues?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 18, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

How about doing something the Post NEVER does, previewing and covering non major events in the DC area.

I'm talking about the pro fast-pitch softball team that's coming to town. The collegiate baseball summer leagues Clark Griffith, Cal Ripken, and the Valley League that go on during the summer months. How about catching some of the inline hockey and basketball tournaments that go on throughout the area. Some summer youth ice hockey tournaments. Hit the football team at Show Place Arena and the Virginia Kings. Take in a Royals soccer match at Forest Park High School--I think they still play there, but it's good soccer.

Cover the aspects of the other sports that their main reporters miss while at the same time keeping people informed as to what is going on. There are so many sports in the DC area that people ignore. Geez, I've given you so many sports, teams, tournaments and leagues to cover that you could probably devote a column each day to a different sport.

Posted by: Jarrod | April 18, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wizards summer league

Posted by: Nara | April 18, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

You are forgetting about NASCAR. The Post could use some better race coverage.

Posted by: Fred | April 18, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If you cover minor baseball, go some place they appreciate you like Frederick and Hagerstown. Talk about first class. Bowie is nice, but clicky. Never able to make it up to Aberdeen and but Delmarva was nice. Potomac, just don't go if it's hot, cold, during the day, late at night, rainy, sunny, or cloudy. You'd wind up sitting outside the cramped pressbox on some crappy seats. Head up to Harrisburg too, not too far for a day trip, but might be enough to stay over night. Go to Richmond too, word has it that stadium is destined for the wrecking ball soon.

Posted by: haraycaraylives | April 18, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

DC UNITED!!!

Posted by: Kinney | April 18, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The Nats, obviously.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | April 18, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Dan covering NASCAR would be a sure sign of the apocalypse.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | April 18, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Dan, why not become The DC Superblog. You can pick your item(s) of the day and focus on what might be missing from other blog highlights or you can enhance details from events of the day.

Posted by: tony | April 18, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

DC United.

Goff covers the technical aspects of the game, your stuff delves more into the personal side of the fans and players. Neither is competition for the other.

-dave

Posted by: gnat | April 18, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Devote a huge chunk of time to trying to convince the mystics to lose all of their games so they can draft Candace Parker so she can replace the departed Stacey Dales no longer Shuman.

Posted by: Dave B. | April 18, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"DC United.

Goff covers the technical aspects of the game, your stuff delves more into the personal side of the fans and players. Neither is competition for the other."


What he said. Your style of reporting is a breath of fresh air. It's been nice seeing the other side of players/teams the regular beat writers don't get into.

Posted by: DB | April 18, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

We need someone to cover the fan experience. I think you've done a great job of that in the past. So, for example, in covering the Nationals, Barry covers the team, but you cover the fans and the great things going on in the stands. You're the man! Do it!!

Posted by: Nats Fan | April 18, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree with John T: Project Runway.

Barring that, the Nats.

Posted by: Matt W. | April 18, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

See, I thought you'd already found your niche, as the US Weekly of DC sports. (Come to think of it, a photo feature of athletes who happen to be wearing the same outfits would be a good addition to the Bog.) But I still consider the ground-breaking Water Wars coverage to be an example of the best a blog can be, and as a DC United fan, I check both your blog and Goff's -- Goff's to find out what Kevin Payne is saying about the formation, and yours to find out who won the Barra Brava mini golf tournament and what's going on with Bobby Boswell's mom. Speaking of which, how come you let the Reliable Source scoop you on Bobby the chocolate tiger?

Posted by: MM | April 18, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

you should cover any dish you put in a microwave

Posted by: thigh master | April 18, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I would LOVE if you covered the Mystics. I'm a huge fan of them and they barely get anything written about them in the Washington Post. What you wrote about draft day w/ them made me think they are just as entertaining behind the scenes as the Wizards are, we just never get a chance to hear about it.

Speaking of the Wizards, I think you should also keep up w/ all the Wizards off-season happenings.

Posted by: Magdalen | April 18, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

forget kickball.... bocce! http://dcbocce.com

oh and follow the skins, portis can be like gilbert light

Posted by: kwamebrownsucks | April 18, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Your coverage has been up close and personal and totally different from straight sports reporting. I read about all the teams but appreciate the depth that you have given to DC United and I think Goff does a terriffic job. Listen to your readers, they have great ideas.

Posted by: opchuck | April 18, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

How about blogging that new "Pirate Master" reality competition show? Why? Er... because regular people (get this) become PIRATES!! Seriously, dude. PIRATES!!!!

Okay, I'll stop now. Just blog about the Bayhawks and Glory. Maybe you can set up one player from each team out on a date.

Posted by: Everett W. | April 18, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Keep on keeping on - I love getting both your's and Goff's take on United. I'm a soccer guy, so of course I like the Freedom & DCU Reserves suggestions, but I'd enjoy minor-league-team-of-the-week posts the way you'd do them! Keep up with the Wizards, too -- I get the dead tree version of the Post, but your coverage is all I read.

Posted by: Coach.Doug | April 18, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ohboyohboy | April 18, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

teh chesapeake tide! they looked so good at their first game a few weeks back! why not show the minor arena league some love???

Posted by: rising tide | April 18, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

If St. Barry says cover the Nats, then cover them you shall. Nothing beats "Stories from the Clubhouse . . . " and "Tailgating: Lot 8 Style" entries.

Mix in a trip to each minor league stop for a series(note to Post accountants: only Columbus and Vermont require airfare) and it will be NBA, NHL and DCU playoff season before you know it.

BTW: the Lloyd Dobbler reference above was money.

Posted by: WebberDC | April 18, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

College Lacrosse coverage might have me stopping by sporadically again.

Posted by: FS | April 18, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Pro Lacrosse might be interesting - I think we have the Stealth here in San Jose. You obviously wouldn't be writing about them though.

Or how about Golf? There's that snazzy new tournament coming to DC.

Posted by: Patty | April 18, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you know my answer to this is boxing. Especially with like 6 local cards coming up.

But probably a good mix...DCU, some Orioles, some Nats, etc., would be good. I can't find out weird things about the guys by reading a story or a blog by Goff or Svrluga.

Posted by: Josh | April 18, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Orioles! Is there any blog like this on the O's? if not then do it. If there is then please tell me so I can read it.

Posted by: BiGpimpin | April 18, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

keep giving us the personal stories, please, since that's what makes you so popular! i like the variety too; how about the nats, dc united, and minor league baseball?

Posted by: kelly | April 18, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Just cover DC. If you look for interesting stories, they will come.

There's plenty of interesting or crazy or inspiring or remarkable people in this city with some connection to sports for you to keep writing all summer.

Posted by: indy | April 18, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with all the Minor League Baseball people. It would be great to have that aspect here. You could cover some Nats and O's stuff too when you find a fun story. I just think you'd bring us great news that we wouldn't hear anywhere else from Frederick, Bowie or Potomac.

Posted by: John | April 18, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Everett W.
"How about blogging that new "Pirate Master" reality competition show? Why? Er... because regular people (get this) become PIRATES!! Seriously, dude. PIRATES!!!!"

Silly Everett, Everybody knows that a Ninja would kice a pirates rear end. Pff.

*rolls eyes*

Posted by: DB | April 18, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Gotta stay with the United. Goff won't be covering the Real World: United angle.

Posted by: Emp | April 18, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Dog Shows!

Posted by: WGDC- | April 18, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Dan, what you are doing is great. It might not seem like the summer has as much going on as far as top-level sports (United and the Nats), but you have a ton of people that enjoy your work no matter what it was about. I read your stuff regardless of what team or fan group you're talking about.

You'll still have a United squad packed with idiosyncrasies, a Nats squad that would be like blogging a real-life "Major League" (but without the sappy ending), and the fans of both. Not only that, but Redskins preseason is coming, so you could probably write some items on the side of those guys we never see (though knowing the NFL, it will be discouraged because football is no longer allowed to have anything fun attached to it). There are plenty of lower-tier sports and colleges to cover as well.

Despite what you think, people like the Bog itself. We like your writing and the angle you take on stories. You might not get the same number of views once one of the three pro teams you focus on ends its season, but you're also not going to lose your entire readership.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 18, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

To DB, when a network comes up with a reality show called "Ninja Master" then we can talk. Otherwise, I'm sticking with the pirates.

Posted by: Everett W. | April 18, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Women's professional gridiron preseason?

Posted by: B.A. | April 18, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Hockey World Championships in Moscow. I'm not going.

Posted by: Tarik | April 18, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Judging by the number of entries, perhaps the subject of the bog should be the future of the bog.

Posted by: Nancy | April 18, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

could you please do college lacrosse? kthx bye.

Posted by: emart | April 18, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are my vote.

Posted by: miestersean | April 19, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

As someone who played Lacrosse in high school and went to a lacrosse power for college, let me tell you right now that lacrosse fans are a very small but passionate group. If you blogged about lacrosse people, and the lacrosse people found out, they would read this blog. I think a good way to introduce yourself to the lacrosse world, and especially the internet crowd, would be to wander over to laxpower.com, find out who Doc Barrister is, and blog about him. Trust me, everyone in the lacrosse internet world, and seemingly everyone in the lacrosse family knows about Doc Barrister. Still as much as I love the sport, and my hoos, Lacrosse is not a worthy topic of being the center of the bog universe.


I think you should blog more about local high school sports. People love high school sports, and I think the nature of high school sports makes it very blogable. Every year the stories involve a new cast of interesting, colorful characters. Sticking with the lacrosse theme, the Georgetown Prep Landon lacrosse game from last week would have been very bloggable (blogable?). Too bad you missed it. Of course this idea really doesn't help you too much because the high school sports off season happens to coincide perfectly with the Wizard's off season.

Clearly the obvious thing to do is to adopt the Nats or the Redskins. Its obvious to me that the existence of a Nats blog and a Redskins blog is not whats holding you back from adopting one of those two teams. You're not going to cover those teams from the same angle that their beat writer is going to do. You focus is not on the field. Your bog complimented Ivan's blog very well and you could certainly compliment Jason's very well.

It seems to me that what your really saying is that you don't think the Nats and Redskins are interesting enough to be the focus of the bog universe. And that very well may be true. You can only write about President races so many times (but Dan Snyder's pretty interesting. So are football players who went to the U. You should blog more about that).


In any event I hope you keep the blog and find a focus. I love reading your writing and the blog keeps me coming back to my news site of choice more times a day than the news does. I took the time to type out a lengthy response to this post because I know your actually going to take the time to read it. And I really appreciate that.

So please, Dan, stick around.


And for the record I'm still going to be interested in what Gil and DeShawn are up to in July. When Gilbert's playing at Barry Farms in July you need to be there.

Posted by: David | April 19, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Now I'm also throwing in a vote for the Phillies.


And to get this to 100 comments.

Posted by: Kim | April 19, 2007 7:30 AM | Report abuse

1. DC United
2. Summer Beer & Cheese Pairing Series
3. Steinberg's weekend Poker trips to Atlantic City to squander his just born daughter's inheritance series
4. The Gilbert Arenas knee rehab/get girls to help me with my crutches poolside tour
5. The Fred & Emilio discover America tour

I see each one of these as an award-winning, career defining series of blog entries which will make you a giant, nay, a GIANT, in Washington literary circles and quite possibly garner you a cultural attache position in Brazil. Or broke and crying into your cheese at a Barra Brava tailgate. Either way, it's good reading!!!

Posted by: grotus | April 19, 2007 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Yeah...how come we haven't seen a baby picture yet on the Bog? It's like the baby doesn't even exist and was just an excuse to get the Bog and the Checkout some time off.

Posted by: Lindemann | April 19, 2007 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The personal DCU stuff: players/tailgating/social stuff. Hilarious, and such a different perspective.

Posted by: ... | April 19, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

THE MYSTICS...of course

1) You're a Dad with a daughter, need I say more? OK, I will:
2) It's INDOORS. Washington summers...outdoors? Why would you do that to yourself?
3) They score more than once or twice a game. (It helps you stay awake...I won't mention any other sports by name that has a hard time managing to do that...but you're smart enough to figure it out.)
4) Some of the players are quite attractive. You can either watch fit athletic women in newly-styled shorts and singlets play a fast-paced, high-scoring contest or you can watch a bunch of hairy guys standing around spitting and grabbing their crotches (am I allowed to say that on your blog? if not, you have my permission to insert a euphemism) It's your call.
5) And getting back to the Dads and Daughters theme...Just think how cool it'll be when your daughter mentions Shay Doron for the first time and you get to say "oh, I've known Shay since her rookie season with the Liberty...I blogged about the WNBA that whole summer"
6) Oh, and did I mention it's INDOORS?

Posted by: BasketCase Eileen | April 19, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Lloyd Dobbler, Kick Boxing, cause I don't want to buy anything processed or sold, sell anything bought or processed, or process anything bought or sold. Yeah

Dude, I'll give you a pen!

Hey, we can drive around sniping various DC area (NOT B'MORE) athletes and lure them in to Water Wars!!!!!
Yeah I got a job, but my flex hours start after Memorial Day!!!!

Stay with DCU, stay with Wiz men as the summer brings interesting off-season activities. You have to keep this around until they blow up RFK, cause let's face it, it's coming.

What would Water Wars Fall 07 be without coverage in the Post!!!

I'm telling you, if you bring back the fedora, all will be better.

Sway out!

Posted by: Sway | April 19, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to get into Horse Racing as it's a much cheaper way to slowly feed my very serious gambling addiction/problem.

So do that.

Posted by: Skin Patrol | April 19, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Cover the Wizards summer league. Its a great chance to follow the lesser-known 'zards that will have an impact next season, mainly Andray and Petrovic (perhaps Juan Carlos Navarro?). Its really hard to find coverage of those games, a few you can get play-by-play over the net, but you never really really know whats going on with the guys. Also, wouldn't you get to travel to Vegas to cover them? Not a bad place to be?

Thanks, love the blog

Posted by: Cole | April 19, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Glory, cover the Glory. Fairfax has had nothing to really call its own professionally since the lone season of the Washington Commandoes at the GMU Octagon. The baseball team down south is too hard to get to during the week, but the Glory should be easy for all the Fairfax County folks out there. Does anyone know where they're going to play? My neighbor's daughter plays softball and said they are going to play in Fairfax so I'm ready.

Posted by: Summer Sports | April 19, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

No official announcement yet (may be one this week) but all the hints left have pointed to the Glory playing home games at George Mason.

Posted by: Everett W. | April 19, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Do minor league baseball. I have always thought there was not enough coverage of the minors even before the Nats were here.

Posted by: KDub | April 19, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

What Chest Rockwell said. Basically, there are no bad ideas here. Personally, I'm partial to the idea of expanding the minor league baseball angle, but I'm not going to kvetch either way.

Posted by: SSFSCoWA | April 19, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Ultimate frisbee
http://www.wafc.org/

Posted by: S | April 19, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Go for the summer basketball...AAU. I think people forget that we have alot of talented kids in this area. And we have a great summer league...Kenner. Where else can I fight the urge to tell Gary Williams he should quit while he's ahead. He has no recruiting skills and he should stop daydreaming about getting any of these kids.

Posted by: Bball Queen | April 20, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Baton Twirling!

Posted by: WGDC- | April 20, 2007 1:17 AM | Report abuse

DC United & the behind the scenes angle! Also the Mystics, and the Freedom!

Posted by: m | April 20, 2007 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Bowie State Football! And craps games.....and maybe Mark Thomas and Josh Barr's famous "who's the worst athlete" decathalon in which they compete at 10 everyday events, including but not limited to who can say "Derrick Williams is my hero" the most in 10 seconds; who can take their socks off the quickest and who can name 22 football recruits from Howard County (sorry Jon Gallo). Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Jon | April 20, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

PS: Arena football--there is a team at Show Place Arena. And the minor league stuff would be cool...and the Kenner league/Summer leagues in the area.

Posted by: Jon | April 20, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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