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D.C. Sports Bog: August 12, 2007 - August 18, 2007

Competitive Pizza Eating Comes Back to Greenbelt

Bertoletti, after his win. (Courtesy Major League Eating) Somewhat amazingly, the news that Dmitri Young's son Damon "Damage" Young has sprouted a mohawk turns out only to be the second-most important D.C. sports mohawk news of the week. The most important, of course, is the pending arrival of Patrick...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Ted Leonsis vs. Steve Czaban, Part XVIIVIXVIX

I'm going to summarize this fight for those who haven't been paying attention. It's an awesome, awesome fight, a fight made for the Interwebnetebays, a fight that has left me feeling much more enlightened, and happy once again to make my living writing about sports. Ted Leonsis: I went to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media  
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Obama Balling

Everyone in America will have seen this within the next 48 hours, but here's Obama, in high school, with hair, playing ball. HT to Shoals at FanHaus, who found a way to post this in between arguing with me via e-mail on the cuteness factor of various small mammals....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Daniel Snyder and Parking

The Philly Inquirer reports today that parking is going up from $11 to $20 this season. $11, really? What a deal. The Inky says that this $20 is still significantly less than East Coast NFLers like the Ravens ($25), the Skins ($30) and the Patriots ($35). Why it should cost...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Mini Meat Hook's Mohawk

Damon Young and his mohawk, striking a pose. Dmitri Young's two sons were all over the field before gametime yesterday. That's nothing new. You often hear tales of young lads growing up in the clubhouse; these boys are proof that such a phrase is no mere rhetorical riff. What...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nats  
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The Washington Nationals' General Manager

(By John McDonnell - TWP) This is a picture of the Washington Nationals' general manager. He is excitedly pointing at the shoes of his new left-handed pitcher while telling the assembled crowd that they're Prada. This is a photo that makes me very very happy every time I look...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2007; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The National Wears Prada

You knew it was going to be a good press conference when Manny Acta walked in, sat down at the table, looked to his left, and noticed a door. "First time I've seen that door," he mused. "It probably goes to rats." Probably, but this was not a day for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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A Mascot Birthday

So much mascot news, it's hard to know where to begin. 1) The Frederick Keys's coyote-shaped mascot, Keyote (sounds like peyote?), is having a birthday party this Saturday night. Yes, there will be cupcakes, plus appearances from many of your favorite local mascots, all on the same ballfield. Here's a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Todd Collins vs. Mark Brunell

In today's paper, Jason LaCanfora wrote about the Todd Collins vs. Mark Brunell tilt for the backup QB slot. He wrote, as so many have, that Todd Collins has not started an NFL game since 1997, which is true. Todd Collins, still smarting from 1997. (By John McDonnell - TWP)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Adam Archuleta on Negative People

NFL writers are required to think positively in August (see also: London Fletcher profile I, London Fletcher profile II, and London Fletcher profile III), and so the Chicago-area AP writer is thinking positively about Adam Archuleta: (By John McDonnell - TWP) And he's in a scheme that will emphasize his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Redskins  
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The Beckham Goal, and the Reaction

Ok, I'm allowed to write about Beckham today, because he sort of did something. Having watched the goals from various cameras spread throughout the greater Carson Calif. metropolitan area, my general response is disappointment in the crowd's reaction. A nice big throaty roar, and then some milder cheering, and then...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Blog Things: Redskins are WikiVandalized

1) The Redskins' Wikipedia page was amended yesterday, adorned with a Cowboys star and the following text: "The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Deadskins suck. Go Cowboys." Creative, nay? Redskins fans responded in kind, with: ""Worst team ever!!!! HAMBURGERS...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2007; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Gilbert, the Gil Zero and the Mystics

The idea of Gilbert hovered over Mystics practice today. For one thing, there was Alana Beard's ridiculous fourth quarter Tuesday night; 18 points, all of her team's scoring, the second-best quarterly performance in league history, a truly Gilbertian outburst. Several of her teammates had no idea that she had done...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 15, 2007; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mystics , Wizards  
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Gilbert DID NOT Sell His House to Nick Young

Lots of the guys at Verizon today. Saw Gilbert. Heard Andray and James Lang and Caron Butler and Rodney White were also in the house. Asked Gilbert if he really sold his house to Nick Young. Apparently others have been asking this same question. (Getty Images) "Noooo, man, I didn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 15, 2007; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Today's GroupThink Redskins Story: Scarface

Yesterday, everyone wrote about the offensive line. Today, everyone wrote about Lorenzo "Scarface" Alexander, which Jamie "Non-Scarface" Mottram had already done two days ago. C'mon, people. When I saw the hit, I sort of wondered what would happen if a defensive lineman asked to go all Craig MacTavish and play...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 15, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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On Tree Rollins and Eyeballs

Tree Rollins for WNBA Coach of the Year. There, I said it. And how about we remove that interim tag one of these days, huh? To recap, after his first four games as Mystics coach, the team's record was 0-8 and the fan base, as judged by my blog comments...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 15, 2007; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mystics  
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Tim Redding Golfs 200 Times a Year

The First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship, and also, with luck, the ability to notice minute rules infractions during televised golf broadcasts and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nats  
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Analyzing the O-Line

It's days like these when I sometimes wonder why every local paper has to have its own Redskins coverage team; why we couldn't just pool resources, and use the extra man power to play golf. Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Bugel found offensive line to be offensive" Washington Times: "Line's showing upsets Bugel"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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SportsTalk Throwdown

You know that old, now-useless adage about never picking fights with people who buy ink by the barrel? Well, change it to never pick fights with people whose parents' employers buy wattage by the....watt, I guess. After Mike Wilbon crushed the Ball State folks this AM over the Ronny Thompson...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Basketball , Media  
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Richmond's Inter-Atlantic 11 Poll Schedule

With help from (I think) Washington Times scribe and Local Hoops Poll voter Patrick Stevens, we learn that Richmond has released its full 2007-08 schedule, with an obvious eye toward earning bonus points from intra-poll obsessed voters. In the non-conference, Richmond will play VCU, Old Dominion, UMBC, Norfolk State, VMI...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Gil Sells House to Nick Young

An old story, but one I wouldn't feel good about ignoring. As Gilbertology noted last week, the LA Daily News's Matthew Kredell reported that Gilbert sold his Northern Virginia house to Nick Young: I guess Nick Young now lives near Great Falls Park (By Rebecca Kahlenberg For TWP) "Gil passed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Opinions on Michael Vick Vary

There seems to be a surplus of just awesome Michael Vick opinionating in recent days, so I'd like to puncture that bloated pus-filled surplus and post the foul and yellowy drainage here. Tom Knott in today's Wash Times: Mexico, in being black, certainly has curried support among a number of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NFL  
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Todd Pinkston: Alligator Body

Redskins Insider raised the idea of Todd Pinkston and his alligator arms yesterday, but it's worth further expanding, by quoting from that famous Dec. 2004 Sunday Night Football broadcast, Eagles v. Redskins: Mike Patrick: "Plenty of time, [McNabb] throwing down the middle, and Pinkston....." [Group]: "Ohhhhh, unbelievable, uhhhhhh!!!!" Mike...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Who Is Beckham?

Much of this clip is the exclusive result of Adam Littlefield's camera work, but it's especially worth watching for the shots of shirtless Barra Brava fan DB aka Dave Brother. Sadly, Littles did not include the part where DB says I'm his favorite journalist in the world, ranking specifically ahead...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Joe Gibbs And His Fans

I distinctly remember last year's season finale, since I was stuck in the press box writing a sidebar about the amazing resilience of Jason Campbell, or something like that. I distinctly remember looking up and seeing lots of chairs whose bodies had gone missing. It was the last game, it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Bloody Everyone Has a Posse

At the Beckham game on Thursday, someone (K!) stuck a "Christian Gomez Tiene un Posse" sticker on my chest, which I transferred to my notebook, where it remains. I was still thinking that's a pretty fun campaign for a supporters group to mount, and I'm not willing to say I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLB  
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Red Sox Park at Camden Yards

Estimates of the percentage of Red Sox fans in Camden Yards over the weekend range from, I don't know, 68 percent to 94 percent. It was an attendance record for a three-game series at Camden. Terry Francona: "It's like Boston in the south." Kevin Youkilis: It's definitely almost like playing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Sneaking Into the Nats' Stadium

(Photo by Arjewtino) My wife and I drove past the Nats' new stadium a few weeks back, and I noticed that the gates were open and no security were to be seen, unless they were hiding behind dirt-moving machines. I remarked upon this fact to several people, that if...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Marcus Mason the All-Met

I wanted to make a joke in The Starting Lineup this morning about how a 2002 All-Met from Georgetown Prep and a 2002 All-Met from DeMatha scored the only two touchdowns for the Redskins over the weekend, and about how even if the Skins couldn't really hang with the Titans...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Here We Go Again

Q: Remember last year, when the Redskins went 0-for-the-preseason and everyone panicked and there were extended debates about whether preseason futility meant anything and all of that? Well, how many yards did they gain in their first preseason game last year? A: 263. Q: And what about in their first...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Brandon Lloyd: Yeah and Nay

B. Lloyd sat out the preseason game with shin splints, which surely was the reason the offense malfunctioned over the weekend. But I'm noticing a strange disconnect on this B.Lloyd issue: some like him a lot, and some don't. Yeah: Post USA Magazine: For some reason, the most annoying players...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ted Leonsis Takes On SportsTalk 980

I've previously noted how Ted Leonsis has come to the defense of his fellow put-upon local sports team owners, but this one is better, because now he's taking on Andy Pollin and Steve Czaban, scourges to fans of all things non-Redskins or -Wizards. Hey, I listen to 980 as much...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2007; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media  
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