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D.C. Sports Bog: August 5, 2007 - August 11, 2007

Touching Greatness: Beckham Capers

Basking in the brilliant glint that still reflects from the sweaty Beckham torso, all while wearing my wristband from the BobbyBoswell.com afterparty, after a night D.C. soccer will never forget. At least for the next two weeks, until Jozy Altidore arrives and the local media go crazy again. Right? Rod...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2007; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Bobby Boswell on BSPN

The backlash against what Soccer Insider Steven Goff has termed "BSPN" is not going anywhere. The New York Times's soccer blog teed off on ESPN just this afternoon, noting how Wilbon et all couldn't stop talking about Becks last night: Meanwhile, on the pitch, where soccer is actually played, a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2007; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The WaPo Finds Beckham

Note: This was written by the Style section's Marissa N. Newhall. Some version of this will appear in tomorrow's paper, but we're being all forward-thinking now and sharing our most important news with you as soon as we have it. It's 11:34 p.m. in D.C. Do you know where David...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2007; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Tyrone Nesby's Album

A lot of people ask me what is the purpose of sports blogs. There are so many purposes it's hard to keep track. As True Hoop's Henry Abbott wrote on The Starting Five: Blog software is just a tool. Like the printing press before it, or the fax machine....It's ridiculous...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Last Night: Beckham, Vodka, Stat Boy, Etc

I'm ashamed to admit, I woke up this morning with a red BobbyBoswell.com rubber band around my wrist. Ashamed because such a development symbolizes my long slow decline from a marginally serious newspaper reporter to a no-talent celebrity-obsessed blogger who shows no hesitation in attending MLS after-parties at downtown clubs...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2007; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Beckham in D.C.

Still trying to figure out what was a bigger deal last night: Beckham at RFK, the BobbyBoswell.com after party, or Gilbert Arenas reportedly getting on stage at the Beyonce concert. Did that really happen? [UPDATED: I'm told it did not. Sad.] Beckham, getting ready to get greasy. (Jonathan Newton -...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2007; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riggo Raps for Ford Trucks

The YouTubes are veritably overflowing with old commercials featuring John Riggins acting foolish-like. Now if only any of the Redskins' current offensive stars would appear in so-bad-they're-amazingly-great automobile commercials featuring funny music. [Sly wink: FanHorse]...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2007; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jason Campbell and Miss DC

Yesterday was the last day fans and bystanders were allowed to watch the Redskins practice, so the place was filled with about 5,000 fans and dozens of team family members. Based on the level of delirium when various Redskins approached the mob of squirming fans with their footballs and jerseys...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2007; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Batting Music

Somewhat bizarrely, I had two different people e-mail me variations on the same question in recent days. From Reader Brian: I have a beer-league softball tournament in two weeks and need help picking my intro music. What do you think the best intro song would be? From Reader Laura: My...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2007; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Terps Do Yoga

I hesitate to even mention this, for fear that Washington Post corporate partner Slate will make fun of me for laziness. Two years ago, Slate published a piece about football players and their wacky workout habits that described reporters describing these wacky workout habits. A fresh, insider's guide to the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2007; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Fan Appreciation

It was Fan Appreciation Night in Ashburn, and you could barely move for fear of being appreciated. There were white paper Chick-fil-A chef hats, "for autographs!", because nothing screams out classy like a fast food chicken hat bearing Fred Smoot's signature. Next door was the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association booth, where...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today's Top Five: Bob Carpenter on His Call

1) Bob Carpenter, the man who once made fun of bloggers, is guest blogging over at Three Girls With Heart. He says he told Mike Bacsik yesterday "that America would be in love with him by this time tomorrow." 2) Pulp at The Gil Meche Experience (via Deadspin) went to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Fred Smoot's Political Career

Gregg Williams on Fred Smoot: "He's one of those people, he always wants everybody to know that he's around. We tease him all the time, that he'd be a good politician, because he goes up and down the hallways saying 'Vote for me, vote for me, vote for me.'" Media...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mr. Snyder's Parking Spot

Sometimes, when no one's looking, I just like to stand in this space. Dance around, even. Occupy the empty patch of asphalt greatness. Next door is the spot reserved for Mr. Snyder's father. I don't mess around with that one. But I feel a little bit stronger, a little bit...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Skins Staches

But first, an update. Sorry for the delayed announcement, but as you might have heard, Keith Hernandez was declared the proud owner of the Top Sports Mustache of All Time by the American Mustache Institute. He got 31 percent of nearly 20,000 votes, edging Rollie Fingers (24 percent) and Al...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fantasy Advice From Chris Cooley

No, not that kind of fantasy. Cooley's fondness for fantasy football is well-documented (see, for example, LaCanfora's lengthy story last summer), and as previously noted, he became an owner in an NFL Players Association league this summer: The series has several episodes including one in which, Champ Bailey (Denver Broncos),...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Was Mike Bacsik Showboating?

As Mike Bacsik became a nationally known name, at least for an hour or two this morning--Svrluga: "I have to tell you at this point that Mike Bacsik is about to become a national media darling"--many people (read: me) seemed to overlook the fact that Bacsik perhaps foretold the fateful...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Redskins Music

Jason LaCanfora, who proudly notes that he never reads my blog, noted yesterday (through a tipster) that Darnerien McCants was scheduled to have a performance at Blues Alley in Georgetown August 9th. It was canceled after he wound up with the Tiger-Cats in the CFL; here's what McCants--whose jersey is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charley Casserly Lands at George Mason

Fresh off a visit to Dallas Cowboys camp, former Redskins GM Charley Casserly has landed, of all places, at George Mason as "executive-in-residence and instructor of sport management." "Executive-in-residence" sounds like an excellent title for Vinny Cerrato, but that's another story. "In addition to teaching courses and helping coordinate the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gibbs's New Addition

No, not new running back Dee Brown, whose full name is "Dadrian LaBreece Brown" and who is no better than the third-best-known Dee Brown in the world of pro sports, which has to smart. (By Rusty Jarrett -- Getty Images For Nascar) I'm talking about Kyle Busch, who is described...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NASCAR , Redskins  
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Chris Cooley and the Strippers

This clearly should have been the lede of Mike Wise's column today. I mean, if Mike Wise were a blogger, there'd be no question about the matter. Going to an adult entertainment parlor called Vixens Gentlemen's Club with his fiance--a former Redskins cheerleader--and her family, at which point the owner...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2007; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chris Cooley News

Mike Wise has a Chris Cooley column for tomorrow that contains some incredible stuff. I'm sworn to a non-blogging agreement in advance of his column, but trust me, you'll want to read this one as soon as it comes up. In other Chris Cooley news, I was e-mailed a press...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Local Man Aims to Win Millions

Ok, he's from Roanoke, which isn't really local, except in the sense that Virginia Tech plays in Blacksburg and is "local," so whatever. Anyhow, this guy has to go to Vegas and try to make a 40-foot putt for $one million$. His argument is that any 30-handicapper will get lucky...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Golf  
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Santana's Car

The orange-colored Dodge Magnum SRT8 with the license plate honoring The U could have theoretically belonged to Clinton Portis or Sean Taylor, but once you look under the hood you can figure it out. Those "89" icons kind of give it away. Under the hood of the Mossmobile. "Simple stuff,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Greg Blache Likes Fergilicious

As reported in the Free-Lance Star, Phillip Daniels is the Redskins' Dr. iPod, coming to the rescue of teammates with less comprehensive musical collections and/or less compulsive tendencies. See, Daniels now has about 44,000 songs in his various digital storage spaces--including six 80-gig iPods--and for nearly every song, he also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Practice Shortened

This morning's practice was supposed to be 90 minutes, but was cut-off at least 10 minutes early. This afternoon's practice was supposed to run from 4-6, but is instead 4-5. Fine by me--my sweat output has already been prodigious, and I foolishly left my wickaway gear at home. Jason LaCanfora...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Buy Your Ironic Jerseys

It is the height of hipster irony to wear an athletic uniform featuring a player who was a total disaster. Redskins-loving hipsters, for example, could do no greater deed than to proudly wear an Adam Archuleta uniform to some indie rock show. T.J. Duckett and John Hall would also qualify....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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A B. Lloyd Correction

I previously quoted some Brandon Lloyd lyrics incorrectly: [Bleep] me? Nah [bleep], [bleep] you; I got a black car, gray car, blue car too. No, stupid, Lloyd told me today. This is the correct lyric: [Bleep] me? Nah [bleep], [bleep] you; I got a black card, gray card, blue card...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2007; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Rock Cartwright's Movie

The NFL's new rules limiting online news organizations to 45-second video clips have meant that the Redskins' practice field isn't littered with bloggers sporting handheld video cameras. Filling the void is Rock Cartwright, the veteran running back who recently taped his teammates as they filed off the team bus and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cowboys Fans at Training Camp

Today was apparently "take your kooky friends and neighbors to camp" day. Everywhere I looked, there was blue and white, starting at the front gate, where 18-year-old Dallas fan Chase Hicks cautiously entered camp wearing a backwards Cowboys hat, a Troy Aikman jersey and a Cowboys watch. In summers past,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Sean Taylor Press Conference: "Never"

The most enjoyable part of Skins training camp thus far--or one of them, anyhow--has been the scheduling of the Sean Taylor press conference by the happy-faced PR person, closely followed by the canceling of the Sean Taylor press conference by the sad-faced PR person. The AP's Joseph White counts four...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Virginia Tech Closes Practices

For the last two decades, Virginia Tech football practices were open to the media. The Hokies seemed to be pretty good. So when Maryland officials freaked out about letting the media in, I would always snicker and say, "Well, the media spies haven't seemed to hurt Virginia Tech too much,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Phillip Daniels: King of the iPod

Key numbers as we count down the days until I'm allowed to stop driving to Ashburn every day (3): 40,000: The number of songs Phillip Daniels has downloaded. This according to the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star's Adam Himmelsomething, who reports that Daniels fixes up the iPods of all his messy teammates....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The DirtBags on Ron Mexico

Never let it be said that a band of men wearing Redskins jerseys and jamming on guitars while wailing the mostly on-pitch blues about Ron Mexico put a YouTube of themselves on the intertubes without me gladly providing them a public forum. You can, as always, read more about the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Reason B.Lloyd is So Big

While people will wonder about the new and enlarged Brandon Lloyd, he already posted one explanation for his size on his Training Camp Journal, which really ought to be called a blog. Here Lloyd is describing the main part of his training regimen, which was eating: * My breakfast would...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Joe Bugel's Training Camp

* From today's Philly Inquirer: "I think right now the team realizes we're nobodies," assistant head coach Joe Bugel said. "Nobody respects us. Who in the heck are we? And that's a big tradition we're backing up. There's no panic; there's angriness. Because we didn't like what happened to us...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Dmitri Young: Whoop-dee-whoo?

This week suddenly shapes up as a magical one for the Nats. Six straight wins, and now a trip to San Fran for an audience before national television viewers and bored national baseball writers. Barry Svrluga quoted Dmitri Young's reaction in today's paper as "Whoop-dee-doo," but watching the clip below,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gilbert Explains His Plagiarism

Perhaps I was too harsh in calling Gilbert a plagiarist last week, and by now, after I skipped work to go to a wedding on Friday, this story is retreating faster than the Wizards on defense. But I owe it to the man to post his explanation, which appeared on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jon Jansen's RV

Well, the runaway most important Redskins storyline as of this moment is the private parts of Casey Rabach. Ah, the Internets. Jon Jansen has a huge RV stationed in front of Redskins Park, back away from the fancy cars; he and the offensive linemen congregate there after practice. I was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2007; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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