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D.C. Sports Bog: June 24, 2007 - June 30, 2007

The Draft's Final Death Spiral

Here's what happens at the end of the NBA Draft. Basically, all the people in the suits leave at some point near the beginning of the second round. Then all the people with nice jerseys leave. Then all the people with moderately stained jerseys leave. Then everyone else pours into...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2007; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nick Young, His Mohawk, His Girlfriend, His Movie

With the 16th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, I just wanted the Washington Wizards to select someone with a smidgen of personality. They took Nick Young. Here's what I've found out about Nick Young. * He's dating Carol Rodriguez, Puerto Rico's 2006 Women's Athlete of the Year and one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scenes From the Draft

The draft crowd at Madison Square Garden consists of five main groups: Knicks fans, often wearing Knicks jerseys without any t-shirts underneath allowing them to showcase impressive amounts of chest hair; fans of the Chinese National Team; Florida Gators fans carrying boxes of Florida Wheaties or pieces of the Final...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some Early Fashion News

In the early fashion news department "Funky with a capital F" for Joakim Noah turns out to mean the hair down and the bowtie out, SLAM's Lang Whitaker is wearing his red and gold Nike Air Force II's that read "The Dirty" for just the second time in his life,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Mohawk Moment With Major Wingate

I have no idea what Major Wingate's draft prospects are, or whether he'll be invited to any training camps or summer league rosters or whatnot. I have no idea exactly what happened before the big man got booted from Tennessee; there was at least one failed drug test, and at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On Kevin Durant and the Bench Press

You know all those stories about how Kevin Durant couldn't bench press 185 pounds? Well, the other night, after he dramatically unveiled the cover photo of him grabbing a rebound for that EA Sports college hoops game, he noted the bulging biceps portrayed on the cover. Look at the guns....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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My Mock Draft, and Wizards Draft Trivia

Gracious there are a lot of mock drafts out there. All of them give someone else to the Wiz. D.C. Pro Sports Report gives you 11 choices for whom the Bullets will take tonight. The FreeDarko draft has several teams taking multiple players with the same pick. Plus, this same...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where to Watch the Draft, and Cricket, and Other Questions

I'm getting all these things in my e-mail box that demand responses, responses I often do not have, so I throw it open to anyone with inside information. From reader CK: Any idea where a group can go to watch the NBA draft tonight (bar with sound preferred)? I assume...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United , NBA  
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Joakim Noah Loves Vlade Divac

Before yesterday's media day event, WaPo NBA veteran Michael Lee made the astute observation that Joakim Noah was the most likely prospect to say something bizarre, which is why I decided I wouldn't miss a Jo word. But aside from his plaid shorts, it was sort of dull. He did...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2007; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On NBA Suits and Joakim Noah

Today was pre-NBA draft media day, which involved 12 NBA prospects sitting around tables while surrounded by dozens of non-prospects, such as me, plus a few thousand members of the Chinese media. People who have done this before told me that there were violently more media persons this year, making...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 27, 2007; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert vs. Durant (in video games)

(Update: Please read to the bottom for D.C. United-related Gilbert news.) So anyhow, after talking about how he would have no problem beating Gilbert in video games, Kevin Durant strolled to the back room of the barbeque joint last night to test his claim. His mom had already come back...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 27, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kevin Durant is on the Sonics

This is about video games. If you don't like video games, please move on. When I walked into Righteous Urban BBQ last night, Kevin Durant was playing a prototype of NBA Live 2008 against one of the game's producers. Durant was using the Sonics, featuring a young Kevin Durant. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 27, 2007; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Talks About Tahitian Islands and the Draft

Last night, Gilbert Arenas and Kevin Durant were available for an endless series of one-on-one interviews at Righteous Urban BBQ on 23rd Street in Manhattan. Since I was there, I queued up for a one-on-one interview with Gilbert. The place was thick with scruffy young white guys carrying notebooks and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert and Durant Ad

Since I'm just a few hours away from munching on deep-fried Oreos with Gilbert and Kevin Durant, or at least munching on deep-fried Oreos in the general vicinity of Gilbert and Kevin Durant, I suppose I should include one of the duo's new ads that are flying about the INterWebs....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Today's Top Five: More Breakfast Cereal!

1) Since this place has had all sorts of breakfast cereal posts in the past few weeks, might as well lead off with a whole bunch of athlete breakfast cereals you didn't know existed, courtesy of Deuce of Davenport. 2) When I heard the Cristian Guzman news, my first thought...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Chris Webber as Museum Curator

Courtesy of Mister Irrelevant comes word that today is the day for the press conference announcing The Chris Webber Collection of African American Artifacts and Documents Exhibit taking place at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit. The exhibit runs from June 28-Sept. 28. No word whether Webber will be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The DeShawn 'Hawk

Since someone asked for this below, here are genuine photos of the DeShawn 'Hawk. Sadly, the back view photo was "corrupted," and that's the only one that really lets you see that it's an actual mohawk, with a point at the bottom. For the record, while this hairstyle will be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caron's First Pitch

I didn't see Caron's first pitch at Sunday's Nats game. But others did. All that really needs to be said is, Caron throws like [someone who isn't very good at throwing a baseball], and if you want to substitute a particular noun in place of the bracket, be my guest....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gilbert and Deep Fried Oreos

So, for this monumental week, I'm going to Manhattan with my wife and daughter for the NBA Draft. (Note: Wife and daughter not currently planning on attending the NBA Draft.) But we all decided to go a day early. Why, you ask? Well, as Michael Lee reported in today's paper,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 26, 2007; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Wizards Are Back

Busy day on the Verizon Center practice court. Caron Butler was there, with his younger brother. His wife and daughter showed up between workouts; Caron scooped up young Mia and bombarded her with about 37 kisses as she attempted to wriggle away. "Can I get some more kisses?" he begged....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2007; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Jeff Green to Green Room

If I'm counting correctly, The Washington Post will have at least four persons covering the NBA draft on Thursday, including a blogger who's going to New York primarily in the hopes of finding some sort of Wizards fan holding a funny sign. Anyhow, we now have the list of players...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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WNBA Voting Scandal

Have you read about these "Punch Parties," where WNBA teams openly encourage their fans to stuff the ballot box, in complete disregard for all norms of democratic respect and decency? Kara Braxton, flashing some secret anti-democracy sign. Voting ended yesterday, so it's too late for my lament, but check this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2007; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mystics  
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Are Washington Sports Pitiful?

Because I was off counting daisies last week, I never managed to reply to this CBS SportsLine column claiming D.C. to be "the most pitiful sports town in the country." Now, there are three ways to measure something like this: results, fandom and enfo'tainment. 1) Our results have been undoubtedly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2007; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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