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D.C. Sports Bog: June 3, 2007 - June 9, 2007

Watch Blog Show XII

Fulfilling my contractual obligations, I'd ask you to kindly tune in to Comcast SportsyNet around 6 p.m. tonight, or to its streaming cousin on this very Web site, to watch the glory that will be Blog Show XII, featuring contributions (read: stolen material) from such made-for-TV blogs as Digital Headbutt,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2007; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Baseball Players are Buck Commanders

By and large, the mainstream media does a tremendous job covering Major League Baseball, but one significant story slipped under the radar this week. Willie Robertson, the current leader of the famed Duck Commander clan of Louisiana waterfowl hunting icons, was in D.C. for three days, conducting business and also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2007; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Notes From the Nats Clubhouse: Dmitri = Pro Wrestler

Things you should know from yesterday's Nats' clubhouse. 1) The deeply superstitious Dmitri Young, who at the age of 33 has a .329 batting average (which would be the best of his career) is not talking about hitting right now, for obvious reasons. So I had to ask some teammates...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2007; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today's Top Five: Spell Zimmermann

1) The Natosphere is positively electric with draft recaps. Actually, the Natosphere seems to have fallen asleep. Capitol Punishment provides comprehensive linkage concerning the rest of the picks, including the fascinating case of the two Jordan Zimmermanns. The Nationals Enquirer assigns nicknames to the draft picks, with the top pick...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2007; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wizards' Chinese Workout

I skipped yesterday's Wiz workouts in favor of the Nats, so here's a summary of what I missed. The headliner was apparently Taurean Green, who spoke about Billy Donovan and called him "the best coach in college basketball." Colorado State's Jason Smith said he thinks he "can help the Wizards...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2007; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Talks About His Bike

See below for the item about Gilbert and his video gamers and their tournament this weekend. Here are the other nuggets from my brief chat with Gilbert yesterday. 1) He attended yesterday's pre-draft workouts for Wiz prospects. He said he stood in the corner and watched. I asked whether he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2007; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gilbert Among the Video Gamers

As you all know, MLG Meadowlands is this weekend, a Halo 2 event featuring top-seeded Final Boss in the four vs. four pro tournament. Final Boss, as you all know, is the gaming team sponsored by Gilbert Arenas, which is why he'll be heading to New Jersey after his Hoops...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 7, 2007; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weirdness , Wizards  
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Nats Pitcher Aspires to SportsTalk Career

I suppose I should have known this, but I didn't. Nats starter Mike Bacsik spent his offseason in 2005 as an intern with Dallas sports talk radio station 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. He would like this to be his career one day. He considers himself especially expert in, you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 7, 2007; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brian Billick Channels Grey's Anatomy?

When I interviewed Ravens CB Evan Oglseby about the recent paintball tournament, I was especially inspired by the following quote: It's like the chicken and the pig. The chicken lays an egg, that's all he sacrifices, but the pig lays out his whole life for the bacon. We was all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 7, 2007; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video of the Mystics Motown Bash

Events have forced me away from a computer for about five hours here, which was an awfully creepy feeling. I'm back now, but need some time to get going. In the meantime, here's video of the Mystics Motown Bash....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 7, 2007; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mystics: What's Going On

The Mystics are off to a rotten start. A player retirement, a major trade, a coaching change and an 0-6 record is not how you diagram the first month of the season. But yesterday was the First Annual Washington Mystics Foundation Gala, a fund-raising bash featuring Sheila Johnson, Cedric the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2007; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Renaldo Wynn: Actually Posting on Extreme Skins

Earlier this week, I mentioned how someone named Renaldo Wynn was posting on ExtremeSkins, the Redskins' official fan message board. I was sort of up in the air over whether it was actually him. You know, the way the Blazers Blog over at OregonLive wondered whether the Greg Oden blog...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2007; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Cedric the Entertainer Discusses the Mystics

I'm planning on writing about this later, but the Mystics had their Motown-themed gala last night. It was easily the best Motown-themed WNBA gala I've ever attended. Littles, aka The Dude Abides , and I went to the event at the Fairmont Hotel (motto: "Yes, we can tell you don't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2007; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today's Top Five: Meeting Muresan

1) Many congrats to Gheorghe: The Blog, for meeting Gheorghe: The Person. To me, it's the kind of thing you might want to wait for until you're 80, on your blogging deathbed, with just minutes to go, and then GM shows up and you snap the photo and upload it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2007; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Clinton Portis Files

If you haven't actually watched the full Clinton Portis interview, you really ought to. It's on the Redskins' Web site. As far as I'm concerned, this is all a perfect demonstration of the Big Sports Story circa 2007. During a light-hearted interview, player says something incredibly stupid, having absolutely nothing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2007; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who is Jeff Green?

The Atlanta Hawks official team blog is running a series of mini-profiles on possible Hawks draft picks, with contributions coming from various bloggers. For instance, here's one by Dan Shanoff. Who am I? (Jonathan Newton - TWP) Since a cousin of mine whom I've never met, works for the Hawks,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  College Basketball , NBA  
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The Nats Pick Up Trash, Part II

So let me set the scene at Anacostia Park this morning. Across the river, the new ballpark rises artfully as a backdrop, complete with authentic, if muted, construction noise. From out of the river, interesting odors waft over our party. A smattering of trash flits about on the surface of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Nats Pick Up Trash, Part I

When I got to the Nats Great Trash Pick-Up by the Anacostia River, two things were immediately evident. 1) It smelled like the Anacostia River. ("Pretty intense right here; it's downwind," joked Nats Principal Owner Mark Lerner.) 2) There were no Nats. Lots of kids, mind you. The kiddies of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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R.I.P. Charles Johnson

Via David Steele's BaltSun blog, I learned that Charles Johnson, he of the championship-winning 1978 Bullets, died early Friday. "Quiet" seems to be the theme in discussing Johnson. In this San Fran Chronicle story, Phil Chenier says that "C.J. was nicknamed "Mysterious" because he would just disappear for periods of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Paintball Pics

If you missed yesterday's extensive Redskins and Ravens paintball coverage, you can read about it here. I keep waiting for the Baltimore Sun's bloggers to do some follow-up, or at least link to my item, but jeez, they're all private-like. Just to extend the olive linking branch, here's Roch's Sun...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gilbert and his Bicycle

This story line will have to entertain us all summer, so I'm going to draw it out slowly, with the hopes that the end result is Gilbert, G-Man, the cast from "Three's Company" and I going for a bike ride along the Towpath. But anyhow, if you didn't pay attention...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Manny Acta Gets Mad

Ok, ok, it's not exactly Joe Mikulik last year, when the Asheville Tourists skipper engaged in a real freak-out freak-out. Nor is it Phillip Wellman, who I really thought was on hallucinogens or something when he started crawling along the ground. It's not even Lou Piniella, not close. Still, it's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today's Top Five: Rating the Hershey Hawks

But first, a programming note. Having entered the first eBay auction of my life, I find myself the proud winner of the Michael Vick "ha-ha-joking-innocent-until-proven-otherwise" dogfighting t-shirt found by Winning the Turnover Battle. The winning bid was $9.95, which seems fairly appropriate for a t-shirt that I will wear once...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2007; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins vs. Ravens, in Paintball

These athlete charity eventss are supposed to be laid-back affairs, full of good-natured ribbing and jocular banter and perhaps some casual competition. Now listen to a few NFL players describe their mindset during Saturday's Baltimore vs. D.C. Celebrity Paintball Tournament. "It was every man for himself at times, definitely full...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Renaldo Wynn Posting on Fan Message Boards?

In the past, I've sort of mock-celebrated as family members of Bobby Boswell, Devon McTavish, Felipe Lopez and so on have posted comments on the Bog. Still, that's nothing next to Redskins, or at least purported Redskins, posting comments under their own name on the official Redskins message board. This...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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New Wizards Videos

Yeah, even in June. Item Number One: The Wizards released a new video of Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas at the All-Star game. If you watch carefully, you can spot embedded NBA reporter Elie Seckbach, grinning like he's in heaven, as Gilbert prompts Butler to break into song. Also, in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Today's Top Five: Richard Simmons Loves the Nats

1) This wasn't immediately obvious to me, but evidently the banning of junk food in the Nats' clubhouse signals some sort of Richard Simmons connection. D.C. Pro Sports Report made the connection right away, as did The Nationals Enquirer, which noted the following: "Manny Acta announces mandatory Sweatin' to the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Veremeenko's Tattoo

Thanks to an e-mail from a reader whose name I forgot, I just took at former Wiz draft pick and possibly future Wiz big man Vladimir Veremeenko's arm tattoo. It is baffling, to say the least. What in the world is the best basketball player in Belarus doing with a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Anthony Grant: The World Awaits

Billy Donovan? I could care less. Either he goes to the NBA, is mediocre for a while, beats the Wizards a lot in Orlando (b/c everyone beats the Wizards in Orlando) and then eventually quits or gets fired and takes some other BCS school to the Final Four, or he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The News From Hershey

For my money, the best part of Official Caps Beat Writer Tarik El-Bashir's story on the Hershey Bears this morning was the fact that Ted Leonsis takes his private jet to Hershey for AHL games. That's 130 miles from D.C. I've gotta start taking a helicopter downtown when I go...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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John Riggins Gets His Start

Obviously we all know that Riggo's a great actor, what with his star turn on "Guiding Light" and all. What you might not remember, though, is that before he got all Hollywood, he was a celebrity pitchman for Field & Stream magazine, a pitchman who figured his pitch would be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2007; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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