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D.C. Sports Bog: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

A Caron Butler Surprise

Anthony Fadel had met Caron Butler once before. The Centreville High sophomore had a friend whose cousin lives two doors down from the Butlers, and they stopped by once and rang the doorbell. Caron's wife came to the door. "We didn't know what to say," Anthony told me. "We were...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 25, 2007; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Esky Checks In

Because Alecko Eskandarian's trade from Toronto to Salt Lake created more questions than it answered, I had to confront him with some of these questions. In a perfect world, MLS fans might have wanted my questions to be about soccer, but remember: never allow let the perfect to become the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 25, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Dancing D.C. United

This is, as we say, the director's cut. You might have already seen it at BobbyBoswell.com, which is now scooping the heck out of me. Once again, the dancers are Nicholas Addlery and Stephen deRoux, professional MLS soccer players and dancing fiends. Once again, the music is Sean Paul and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 25, 2007; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Before the Peterson Fights

Anthony and Lamont Peterson are fighting at the Armory tomorrow night. Lamont is 20-0, with nine knockouts. Anthony is 22-0 with 16 knockouts. The first televised bout tomorrow starts at 9, on ESPN2. The RSVP's include the mayor, Steve Francis (who just rolled up for the weigh-in, driving a Mercedes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fighting Sports  
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Minor League Poo Toss

First I thought Office Space night was cool. Then I was into World Record Yo-Yo night. But the Bowie Baysox honestly can't touch the West Virginia Power. Backstory: the Class A affiliates of the Milwaukee Brewers had already had regular promotions for Tuesdays (Twofer Tuesdays), Thursdays (Buck Nights) and Fridays...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Minor League Baseball  
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Get Yer Christian Gomez Stickers

From a reader: The stickers in question. This particular one actually traveled to Toronto. Courtesy of an anonymous benefactor, a limited number of Christian Gomez Tiene un Posse stickers will be available to the public at no charge at this Saturday's Barra Brava tailgate, along with not one, not two,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Drew Rosenhaus Has Clinton Portis's Back

Plus: Sexy Vegetarian athletes! May isn't the greatest month to endorse dogfighting. Not much else going on locally right now. Plenty of time for more dogfighting updates. Sexy? Really? Wow. (Getty) 1) Clinton Portis's awesome agent Drew Rosenhaus is a dog lover! "I personally find dog fighting cruel, vicious and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins  
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D.C. United Dances

As first seen on Comcast SportsyNet's Washington Post Live, and later on The Dude Abides, here is the visual representation of those D.C. United dancing fiends, as promised. Personally, I think you'd also find it pleasing to watch just five minutes of unedited, uncut dancing. Maybe I'll find a way...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jesus Loves the Redskins

I can almost guarantee that you will never see a larger collection of Jesus-themed Redskins images than at this MySpace page. Entering that realm is sort of like going into the Louvre, or the Musée d'Orsay, or RFK Stadium; the majesty of what you see renders all comments moot. So...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ultimate Warrior vs. Rocky McIntosh

I guess there's no way to tell for sure whether this is actually the Ultimate Warrior lambasting someone who is actually the agent of Redskins LB Rocky McIntosh for rudely attempting to get his client preferential autograph treatment. In the video, you can see neither the supposed Rocky McIntosh nor...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Nats Are Hopelessly Mediocre

This series with the Reds is the final straw for me. All my hopes and dreams of a season to remember, a season of historical wretchedness...out the window. No chance. Statistically impossible. To get back on 121-loss pace, the Nats would have to lose between 24 and 25 consecutive games....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Morning in Bog

I seriously can't believe my TiVo chose last night to not work. I missed 75 percent of Idol, because I was in Fairfax covering a softball press conference. It will take me like a month to get over that. In the meantime.... Why isn't the Super Bowl coming to FedEx...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2007; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Meet Gloria

Today, we were all introduced to the Washington Glory, our new National Pro Fastpitch women's softball expansion team. We were introduced to a dozen players and their just-named head coach Carie Dever-Boaz, a former Virginia assistant, who said that "only in America can you get paid, as a female, to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 23, 2007; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Another Virginia Tech Defection

Josh Barr has already handled this in the Recruiting Insider, but it's interesting enough to mention in multiple places, I think. Earlier in the month, Barr reported that Va. Tech basketball recruit Augustus Gilchrist requested a release from his letter-of-intent because of the shootings. "I want to send my condolences...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 23, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Jay Nolly Takes the Field

Master Soccer blogger Steven "Steve" Goff has already mentioned that DCU backup keeper Jay Nolly saw the field as a forward when the United reserves were down to 10 men over the weekend. Here's some more details. Nolly last played the field with the U-23 Denver Kickers in regional playoffs...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 23, 2007; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jeff Green Goes, Roy Hibbert Stays

Official Georgetown beat writer Camille Powell reports that her story this AM was, not surprisingly, correct. She'll have an updated web story soon. Georgetown's Jeff Green goes to the NBA. Fellow rising senior Roy Hibbert comes back for another season. At the presser, Jeff Green was wearing purple shoes, matching...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 23, 2007; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Dallas Sartz: Hottest College Player?

Apologies for being woefully late to this story, but it would appear the Redskins drafted a real hottie with linebacker Dallas Sartz. Not to be one of those people, but if anyone out there has experience judging football-player hotness and wouldn't mind offering some commentary on this issue, I'd appreciate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 23, 2007; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Lectures on Portis, Perlozzo and the Mystics

What a day. For sports sections, the arrival of late May is supposed to be like putting Brendan Haywood into a basketball game: nothing happens. But not yesterday. Yesterday, we were lectured. Ranking the lectures: 1) Everyone lectures Clinton Portis, starting with the Humane Society. The team issues a statement:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 23, 2007; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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DCU Does Idol

So, this video of Luciano Emilio singing James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", which led to the DCist post on DCU karaoke? That wasn't a one-off thing. He does it daily. "The only line that he actually knows is 'You're beautiful,' and then after that it's just terrible English, just made-up words,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Troy Perkins's Olde English Bulldogge

1) The Troy Perkins puppy pictured in the Luciano Emilio video? It's an Olde English Bulldogge, a breed Perkins said dates from the '70s and is a combination of English Bulldog, Mastiff and Pit Bull. He got it from his in-laws. Its name? "Magnus," Perkins told me. "Magnus Ver Magnussun?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Humane Society Responds to Clinton Portis

Look, I have no [blank] in this fight, but I'll say it again, Clinton Portis's "statement" from yesterday was just ludicrous. If you don't think dogfighting is a big deal, you don't think it's a big deal. But don't do a television interview saying you don't think it's a big...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Top Five Breakfast Cereals

About two months ago I mentioned that Bobby Boswell has done some Top Five Breakfast Cereal research. At the time, he wasn't ready to talk about his list. I asked again today, and he was still reserved. From Bobby Boswell's Top Five. Tell me you don't crave some Smacks, a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Stewardesses Beneath Baseball Blankets

This counts as a D.C. story because Denny McLain spent one year with the Washington Senators. You remember that, right? Anyhow, McLain is now an author and a blogger for the Brittanica blog. Today, he's writing on alcohol and baseball: When I was a rookie on the Tigers, we were...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  MLB  
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Redskins vs. Ravens, Maybe

In paintball. Maybe. Ravens TE Daniel Wilcox, in addition to being a huge Washington Mystics fan and an enthusiastic blogger, is apparently a big paintball guy. Also, his foundation supports two youth camps, the Paul Robeson Academic International School of Excellence (PRAISE) Academy in Baltimore and the Summer Bridge Leadership...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NFL  
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Wise Preakness Race Fans

I swear, this'll be the last Preakness post until next May, but this is the video evidence that (close your eyes) a few beverages other than Vitamin Water and Fresca may have been consumed during Saturday's Preakness. Or maybe they were all just in really, really, really good moods because...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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This Morning in Bog: Clinton Takes it All Back

Clinton Portis actually doesn't like dogfighting. My bad. I misunderstood the part where he said "if that's what he wants to do, do it." The statement: In the recent interview I gave concerning dogfighting, I want to make it clear I do not take part in dogfighting or condone dogfighting...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2007; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Baysox Go After Another Record

The Bowie Baysox have a reputation for fearlessness in the pursuit of world records. In 2002, remember, the franchise attempted to set a record for simultaneous tooth-brushing. Then, from 2003-2005, came the annual assaults on the Guinness mark for simultaneous Whoopee Cushion release. This quest for historical significance took a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Minor League Baseball  
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The Caps on the Preakness

I was at the Preakness Saturday, so I didn't suffer the hockey fan's indignity of seeing an overtime game in the Eastern Conference finals be preempted in favor of a horse-racing pre-game show. Hockey bloggers will be able to make their living off this for several years. From Off Wing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Race Fans Honor Barbaro

Just so everyone's clear on the fact that Clinton Portis doesn't have an exclusive on animal insensitivity, I bring you Drew Fluegel, Eric Berens and a group of their friends, several of whom came to Pimlico on Saturday wearing the t-shirt pictured here. Touching, really. On the other hand, they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Blair Thomas Rocks a Sun Hat

The Preakness actually has two infields: the one where drunk guys take off their shirts and sprint over port-a-potties while their friends pelt them with beer, and the one where ladies in sun dresses and men in suits drink cocktails and listen to big band music while noshing on hors...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nicklas Backstrom Likes Swedish Meatballs

Nicklas Backstrom was introduced to the Washington media today, as part of his three-sports-in-three-days tour. Saturday was the Mystics game. Sunday was the Nats game, where he threw out the first pitch--"a strike on the outside corner, split-fingered slider, very fine pitch," Ted Leonsis said. Today was hockey, I guess,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Luciano Emilio Would Crush Jordin and Blake

Simon Cowell says this year's Final is too close to call, but his comments on Blake Lewis are particularly telling: "he's a brilliant entertainer," Simon says, "but the negative is he's not a fantastic singer." I think the same description would be apt in describing the entire D.C. United roster,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Clinton Portis Endorses Dog Fighting

Last week, you might recall, I included Robert Fick's response to the allegations of Michael Vick being involved in this dog-fighting stuff. "Who cares?" Fick said. "Leave him alone." Portis: The legal system is broken. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) The whole tone of our conversation was not super serious,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Port-a-Racin' at the Preakness

Comcast SportsyNet's Adam Littlefield and I spent some quality time in the Preakness infield on Saturday. First off, let me say that if you're not a 21-year-old college kid whose idea of heaven involves Milwaukee's Best, tasteless t-shirts and rolling around in the dirt, this event will invariably make you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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This Morning in Bog

Tom Boswell makes a legitimately great point in his column today: for the Nats to regain a record-setting 120-loss pace, they'd have to lose 20 straight. It's only May, and that quest is finished. In the early moments of this season, I had great fun pretending the Nats would smash...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2007; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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