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

David Beckham Arrives

Live blogging the biggest event in the history of the world. --Well, Beckham is still doing TV interviews. He was with CNN a minute ago. Pat O'Brien was a feet away, saying "Welcome to David Beckham's America" into another camera. There are empty water bottles everywhere. Since I left, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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My Russian Dinner with Opec and Harvey Grant

Oleksiy Pecherov's father, Vladimir, is about 6-feet-2-inches tall. His mother, Olga, is maybe 5-8. His younger brother is about 6-3 or 6-4. Pecherov, of course, is the Wizards' 7-foot-tall former first-round draft pick, who will start his first NBA season next fall. Why, you might wonder, is he so much...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2007; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Wizards  
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A Shirtless Dmitri Young Greets Caron

Apologies for being late to the game on this one, but the Wizards' always brilliant multimedia team put together a video of Caron's trip to RFK, a video that contains highlights almost too numerous to mention here. First and foremost, there is the image of Caron greeting a shirtless Dmitri...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2007; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nats , Wizards  
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Nick Young and His Mom

Probably bad form to go back to this well so quickly, but there was more from Nick Young's mom last night that I wanted to get off my chest, or out of my notebook, or whatever. Bear in mind that most of this is tongue in cheek. At least, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Greg Oden on Daniel Artest

Ok, the subject really should have been "Greg Oden on the girl he got freak nasty with," but that was too long. This FanHaus video of Oden discussing all manner of important topics has been widely circulated, but since a fellow blogger is asking Oden about, among other things, Gilbert's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2007; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NBA  
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The Lakers' New GM

I was hoping to talk to Awvee Storey last night for any number of reasons. To begin with, there was his jersey, which mistakenly read "Story" on the back. My old "Matt's News" softball jersey read "Steinburg" on the back, but I figured the NBA employed better proofreaders than a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2007; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  NBA  
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George Karl Wears Gil Zeros

One thing I learned yesterday: there's really no way to look like a cool and collected journalist while trying to take photos of an NBA coaching legend's sneakers in an arena hallway. George Karl, modeling the Gil Zeros. (By Sports Bog) But I spotted George Karl wearing Gil-Zeros, and I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2007; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Today's Top Five: O's Fans Strike Back

1) I've lamented the large visiting crowds at RFK baseball games, and Orioles fans are likewise stricken by this malady. Their response: let's go to an O's-Red Sox game en masse and taunt those invasive New Englanders. From The Loss Column, which is leading this movement: Andy MacPhail, scouring the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 12, 2007; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Nick Young's Enthusiastic Parents

After the small showing by Wizards fans at Tuesday's Summer League opener, there were plenty of Wiz logos in the crowd tonight. I figured I'd take a census, but the first group I approached turned out to be Nick Young's parents and niece. As it turns out, I would have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  NBA  
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Our Local Teams' Odds of Winning it All

I gave myself a window of 45 minutes this morning to accomplish a non-NBA diversion. When the 45 minutes were up, I was the proud owner of an ICAST Classics 50th anniversary calendar, a "Keep'n It Reel" ICAST convention bag, 29 print-outs from the Las Vegas Hilton Sports Book, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Basketball , College Football , Golf , MLB , NASCAR , NBA , NFL , NHL , Rugby  
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Lonny Baxter: Not Doing Well

I would so have liked this to be a happy day of joyous tales of ex-Terps, but then this one came down the old pike. From reporter Ernesto Londoño: Lonny Baxter, a former University of Maryland basketball star who last year was sentenced to two months in jail for firing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Today's Top Five: Etan Thomas Works For Obama?

1) D-Wil Michael "Mizzo" Tillery from the Starting Five published his Q&A with Etan Thomas, which makes Etan look much, much better than his op-ed pieces. He just seems much less strident, and much more like a real (if a bit ardently political) guy, which is an improvement. He has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Nik Caner-Medley Checks In

That was quite the Sports Bog Spectacular College Hoops Poll Summer League game yesterday, with reps from Va. Tech, Georgetown, GW and Maryland all on one court at the same time. Nik Caner-Medley, playing for the Kings, didn't get much of a run; his stats through two games are unremarkable....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Basketball , NBA  
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Pops Mensah-Bonsu's NBA Chances

Not that former GW star Pops Mensah-Bonsu needs my advice, but this is what I'd tell him: if you're trying to make an NBA roster, don't run full speed into the child of your potential future coach, leaving him crumpled on the floor. That's what Pops did yesterday, chasing after...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NBA  
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Nick Young's Shoes

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking I'm going to write about how Nick Young was wearing some sort of Gil Zeros yesterday, and that I'm then going to explore his shoe deal possibilities. That's what he thought, too, when I asked if I could take a photo of his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Wizards  
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The NBA's Second Artest

As previously mentioned, the first thing I saw when I entered the gym for the Wizards' first Summer League game was Daniel Artest, the younger brother of Ron, soaring through the air for a dunk during layup lines, to the extent that a 300-pound man can soar through the air....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2007; 4:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NBA  
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Wizards Lose

Wiz lose, 75-64. Ron Artest's brother is a DNP, although I did talk to both Daniel and Ron Artest about Daniel's pro prospects, which was fun. Nik Caner-Medley finished with just those three points. For the Wiz, Mike Hall had 12, J.R. Pinnock had 5 but looked erratic with the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 10, 2007; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Halftime Summer League Reflections

It's halftime and the excitement is building. The sound system is playing "YMCA," and the Durango Hills YMCA day campers are going nuts. On the court, Pecherov and second rounder Dominic McGuire were the first-half standouts. Pecherov had seven points, four rebounds, and a bizarre floating right-handed tear drop jump...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 10, 2007; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Summer League Madness

When you walk into the gym here at UNLV's Cox Pavilion for the Las Vegas Summer League, the first thing you see is 200 day campers in matching t-shirts from the Durango Hills YMCA. Many of them have mohawks. These Vegas kids. The next thing you see, or at least...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 10, 2007; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Harrison the Breath Sniffer

Because I hate leaving loose ends untied, yesterday I chatted with Harrison, the famed Bowie Baysox intern and proprietor of Harrison's Halitosis Hut, where the raunchiest breath was to be determined during last Friday's Baysox Bad Breath Night. Harrison is a sophomore sports management major from West Virginia University (but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 10, 2007; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Minor League Baseball  
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Wizards Get Ready For Vegas

When I saw John Feinstein at the Tiger Tourney last week, he wondered why I was at a sporting event not featuring the Wizards or the Mystics. Hater. I'll just ignore that and move on to this: The Wizards finalized their Summer League roster today, releasing Shagari Alleyne, Leon Rodgers...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2007; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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At Eastern Motors Part XII

Hogs Haven has helpfully located the newest Eastern Motors ad blogged about so extensively in these parts. Here you go. Here's hoping Jason Campbell can read the blitz better than he can dance....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2007; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Ronnie Belliard Sends a Man to Prison

Continuing with the "tremendous D.C.-oriented weekend stories," we have Ronnie Belliard's glorious court victory, although apparently the judge did not see the whole thing as glorious. If you've forgotten, some dude claimed his daughter was pregnant with Belliard's child, and there were various demands for money or offers to pay...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2007; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nats  
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Today's Top Five: Duping the Junkies

Introductory note: Like mad blogger Ivan Carter, I'm going to Vegas for a few days of Summer League and WSOP. If I can only get Chris "Jesus" Ferguson to go to that Russian restaurant with me and Oleksiy Pecherov and Harvey Grant and Kyle Visser and Norman Chad, I'll be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2007; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Cliff Kresge: The Aftermath

I never made it back to Congressional after Cliff Kresge's round on Friday. If you recall, when we left our hero, he was one-under for the tournament, tied with Tiger Woods. Then I went to Philadelphia for a wedding, where my hotel got the Golf Channel, which I watched obsessively,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2007; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Golf  
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