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D.C. Sports Bog: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

Jason Campbell: Fake Fake Fake Fake Fake

The great question in the media room the past several days--aside from whether Sean Taylor will ever speak with us--is whether Jason Campbell's NFL.com fantasy football commercial (above) is real or computer-assisted. From the beginning, I said fake fake fake fake fake fake. A team spokesman, however, has been...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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The Fred Smoot Interview

Since I stole portions of Brian Murphy's Fred Smoot interview the other day, it's only fair for me to link to the full transcript, now that it's up. For my money, here's the highlight: How early did you start playing football and how many other positions did you play when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Redskins Naming Rights

Before I get into any trouble, let me first note that my wife and I received a certain type of look whenever we told people we were thinking of naming our daughter "Ida." The sort of look you might get if you told people your favorite food was fried duck...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Top-Notch Oriole Commentary

Honestly, the last time I spent this much time looking at a yellow rubber ducky it was during my daughter's bath time. The ducky-related bathtub conversation we had was like The Algonquin Round Table compared to what you'll find below. My daughter, I should note, is five months old. D.C.'s...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gilbert's a Plagiarist

As all those commenters noted, Gilbert's shark routine on his blog is completely, and I mean completely, ripped off from the Bad Boys of Comedy's Ian Edwards. The video is profane, so I'm probably better off linking to it than embedding it, but let's compare the texts. Edwards: Ain't no...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gilbert in Barry Farms Vid, With Interviews

But no interviews with Gilbert. Apologies. Thanks to Littles for the editing magic....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Wizards: Ready to Rule, in Gold

The bloggers figured this out long ago--c.f. Bullets Forever--but in the past offseason, a team spokesman confirms, the Wizards official official colors officially changed from blue black and bronze to blue black and gold. The change was hinted at last year, of course, with the shockingly gold alternate jerseys, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Gilbert on Sharks, and Playing in Southeast

[UPDATE: As the world now knows, the Gilbert shark stuff is straight plagiarism, playa. Sorry, world.] Below please find the grainy YouTube bootleg version of Gilbert playing at Barry Farms, courtesy of the inimitable Adam Littlefield from Comcast SportsNet. The fancy edited version will be on Washington Post Live tonight...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Coach L's World Ball

Briefly leaving the world of Redskins and Ashburn for the world of Patriots and Fairfax, I arrived at George Mason just in time for the post-camp geography quiz this afternoon. "What's the biggest state in the United States??!!?" Mason Coach Jim Larranaga was asking 267 youth basketball campers. "California, ehrrrr,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Jason Campbell Throws Eloquently

Via Mister Irrelevant (see Jamie, I'm reading!) via Hogs Haven comes this ad, which everyone hopes very much to be an accurate representation of truth, but, you know, no. It's not. I'll ask him later, but it can't be. Seriously, in fantasy terms, Campbell is a great 3rd QB sleeper...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Marcus Washington Bit LaVar's Arm

Braces come, braces go. After almost two years, linebacker and possible defensive end Marcus Washington finally got rid of his braces during the offseason. "I'm getting ready for Hollywood," he said, after showing his teeth to some fans. Luckily, the braces gap will be ably filled by newcomer Corey Bradford,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gary Clark Guarantees a Winning Record (Sorry Joe)

Gary Clark was at practice last night, signing autographs, talking about mortgage rates (he's a mortgage broker now) and generally amusing the crowd with a series of one-liners. The inevitable question when the former Super Bowl winning star shows up at training camp is, what the heck happened last year?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jason Campbell's Enunciation

During that Eastern Motors shoot in June (see above), Antwaan Randle El and Santana Moss kept ribbing Jason Campbell about his country accent, and about how no one could understand him coming out of the huddle. I figured they were largely joking. "His words, oh my goodness," Randle El...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Cone

Well, wouldn't you know, the kid with the autographed traffic cone has a blog. I mean, who doesn't, right? So even as I was penning my tribute, the kid with cone had already blogged about his experience, complete with pictures. I fear I can't mention the name of his blog...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Which Lineman Puked?

Because I hate leaving mysteries unsolved, I talked to Mark Philippi, seven-time World's Strongest Man competitor and offseason trainer of Redskins, attempting to wrap up yesterday's loose ends. He told me that the heaviness of the weights guys like Renaldo Wynn and Joe Salave'a are hauling during the infamous "Drag"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Skins Go 'Stache

I was drawn to the autograph line after practice last night by some kids hoisting a giant orange traffic cone over their heads and demanding autographs. On the cone. "I've never signed a traffic cone before," Shawn Springs said shortly after he signed it, and he wasn't the only one....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 1, 2007; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Renaldo, Salave'a and the World's (Almost) Strongest Man

So in the offseason, Renaldo Wynn and Joe Salave'a went to do some training with Mark Philippi and his Philippi Sports Institute in Las Vegas, where Wynn has family. Philippi, of course, is a seven-time participant in the World's Strongest Man competition, so I had exciting visions of Wynn and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2007; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins Still Think They Can Dance

While some look back on last year's 5-11 Redskins campaign as a failure, I think it had its moments. For example, all those in-stadium pauses during which Carlos Rogers, Marcus Washington et al Walked it Out during TV timeouts, "Walking it Out" being the popular club dance to the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2007; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Ballin in Southeast

There were 10 seconds left last night at Barry Farms. Gilbert Arenas's team, Alldaz, was down, 114-112, but had the ball. Maybe 800 people stood crammed around the court, waiting to see what would happen. Gil was inbounding it in the frontcourt, from the left. I was convinced--convinced--that he would...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2007; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nick Young's Shoes

Courtesy J.E. Skeets, check out the new kicks worn by Nick Young and some other NBA rookies....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2007; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Arenas = Daniel Snyder

One thing that I learned this week: Gilbert Arenas and Daniel Snyder both drive Maybachs. I'm not enough of a car person to tell you any more than that. Gilbert's car, parked inside a playground in Southeast. But I can tell you that I took a photo of Gilbert's two-toned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2007; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Updates: John Lannan Must Die

These are old things I've been meaning to get around to noting. 1) Remember when John Lannan accidentally hit Chase Utley and broke his body and got thrown out of the game? Well, Phillies fans remember. They've formed a Facebook group called "John Lannan Must Die." The group has 117...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 31, 2007; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smoot Doesn't Like Your Grandmama

A few minutes after we talked soccer, I found Smoot bragging about his athletic prowess to another blogger. "I shoot the jumper, I play a lot of good defense, evidently," he said of his basketball skills. "I'm one of those guys, I'm versatile like that. Just put me somewhere. I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Portis Does Not Give 110 Percent

There's been all this talk about how many pair of sneakers Clinton Portis owns. So I asked him. The answer: none, apparently. "I just gave all of 'em away," he told me. "I'm reloading. I gave my whole closet away: sneakers, clothes, drawers, t-shirts and all. Just to re-up, so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jordan Palmer the Biologist

This was some interesting stuff from Al Saunders the other day, as he explained his playbook to a bunch of reporters. As previously mentioned, he was explaining that his so-called "700-page-playbook" was actually a textbook for understanding many concepts of offensive football. "I told [the team] the other night, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins Tattoo Guy Photos

Because I never got the full assortment of Kevin J. McCarthy Jr. photos up with the blog the other day, here ya go. To recap, Kevin J. McCarthy is a very big Redskins fan with a football card-like list of all the Redskins in the Hall of Fame tattooed all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wash Times vs. The Wash Post

Here's columnist and forever-Bog-friend Mike Wise, writing in Saturday's Washington Post: And if Gibbs is honest with himself, he knows he contributed to the complacency by essentially proclaiming "Super Bowl or bust" during an offseason team meeting more than a year ago. Here's Wash Times beat guy Ryan O'Halloran, writing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The B. Lloyd Freestyle

Not to write too much about B. Lloyd in Week Pre-One, but when speaking of "freestyle," isn't the general idea that the lyrics flow naturally out of thin air, one turn-of-phrase felicitously giving birth to another? And yet, unless my eyes deceive, B. Lloyd appears to be glancing down, as...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Gym Teacher Speaks

Concerning rookie linebackers H.B. Blades and Dallas Sartz, who have missed practices with various types of strains and cramps, defensive coach person and frustrated gym teacher Gregg Williams--already hoarse of voice--was not amused. If you can see this, you need to do some up-downs. (By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Smoot and Rogers Channel Ronaldinho

Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers were both wearing burgundy soccer cleats the other day. On the front, was some sort of logo. "10D," Carlos thought it said. I didn't know any differently. But some research revealed that the shoes were actually a burgundy version of the Ronaldinho Nike Tiempo 10R...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Danny Smith Performs

Danny Smith is the Redskins special teams coach. He is also funny, as evidenced by this performance from over the weekend. Some of this dialogue appeared first in an ExtremeSkins blog, but I recreate it anyhow, because it was funny. Making three. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Al Saunders Playbook

This item appeared in Sunday's paper. Due to an odd quirk, however, it never appeared anywhere on my blog. Go figure. Here it is, in slightly elongated form. One of the enduring punch lines of last year's 5-1 Redskins campaign centered on Al Saunders and his fabled 700-page playbook, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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B. Lloyd Raps

As mentioned previously, B. Lloyd's MySpace is a treasure-trove of B. Lloyd's music, but I still can't get past "I Get That Chedda." It's a remix of Fabolous's "Make Me Better," which B. Lloyd recorded along with local artists Chaotic and Vital, who also have MySpace pages. Chaotic's says he's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 29, 2007; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Mike Sellers Beard

Note: This item will appear in tomorrow's paper.... On Day III of training camp, we bring you the New Hair Report. (Hey, it's a long preseason. Pacing is important.) The most dramatic follicular development likely concerns fullback Mike Sellers, who showed up to camp with a two-toned beard, dyed blond...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 29, 2007; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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