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D.C. Sports Bog: August 26, 2007 - September 1, 2007

Andray to John School

(By Dudley M. Brooks) Andray's trip to "John School" sounds like a good time, I guess. "The seminar features lectures by police officers and prosecutors on the laws regarding prostitution, safe sex and the dangers associated with soliciting prostitutes," our story today says. By the way, I can't believe...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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A Moment With Mike Wise

I took this photo, so I can re-use it. Since the blogger in question virtually begged for a link, here's a link to Scott Van Pelt Style.com's Q&A with Mike Wise, a rambling affair that runs to way over 3,000 words. Wise might have rattled the bloggers' cages, or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Media  
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The Hooker Likes Pastels

The Rugby World Cup begins next week. From now until the RWC's end, or at least until I run out of material, I will be attempting at least one rugby post per day. Let me know if you can guest-write a team preview, or if you can invite me to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Today's Top Five: Gilbert Gets Animated

1) The formidable Howie the Hype has answered my call for some mock-ups of Gilbert's cartoon series. Featuring a talking grill named El Hibachi. Tremendous. Now all we need is the t-shirt. 2) Deuce of Davenport has decided that since the Burgundies' starting safeties wear numbers 30 and 21,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Rugby Commercials: The World Awaits

The Rugby World Cup begins next week. From now until the RWC's end, or at least until I run out of material, I will be attempting at least one rugby post per day. Let me know if you can guest-write a team preview, or if you can invite me to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Brunell Trade: WUSA vs. The World

Don't go. Here's what WUSA says, which clearly isn't as strong as what they were saying, but is still pretty strong: "Shortly after the Redskins lost to the Jaguars, sources told 9SPORTS NOW that Quarterback Mark Brunell is expected to be traded to the Seattle Seahawks. The sources, who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Purple: Just For Women

Walk around a tailgate outside a Ravens game, and take note of the female fans. You'll see purple hair and purple wigs, purple boas and purple fringey tops, and of course purple mini-skirts stitched together from purple camouflage bandanas. These most fanatical of female Ravens fans have been treated...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  NFL  
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The All Blacks: A Report from a Kiwi Curler

The Rugby World Cup begins next week. My travel request to go cover this live in England and France was turned down. But from now until the RWC's end, or at least until I run out of material, I will be attempting at least one rugby post per day....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Rugby  
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The Jaguars' Fight Song and Scrunchies

With the Redskins heading to Jacksonville tonight, let's briefly review the Tony Kornheiser controversy. Remember that one? A) Tony smashes the city, like so: "Have you ever been to Tampa? It's heaven, if you like Waffle Houses. Jacksonville makes Tampa look like Paris! Jacksonville has this one great thing,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Archuleta's GF Gets Stalked

As someone who has gone out of his way to mention that Adam Archuleta was dating a former Playboy model, I feel legitimately bad about this stalker thing. I blame bloggers. Seriously. Like, read this one. And here I go again. As everyone has reported, a 20-year old dude named...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today's Top Five: Nats Fans in L.A.!!!!

Look! Ryan Church's uncle and cousins! (By John Cole) 1) I'm always complaining about the overabundance of visiting team fans at RFK, but today, thanks be, I have a report of Nats fans invading some other turf. Do I care that the fans happen to be related to one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Gilbert Cartoon Series

UPDATE: A Gilbert cartoon already exists! Thanks to The Basketball Jones. We've all heard about these Gilbert television projects that have been percolating during this longest of offseasons (preseason tickets for the Mavs game at Mason went on sale yesterday), but ESPN the Mag seems to suggest in this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gilbert Locked Out of Canada

Brace yourself, for I'm about to become the first journalist in world history (I think) to compare Gilbert Arenas to Rod Dyachenko. Why? Well, both have been officially Banned From Canada. Rod's travails were well documented by the Soccer Insider, but Gilbert's disaster happened just this week. After the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , Wizards  
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A Caps Wedding

They met on the message boards. He was Flipper. She was capscrazy. Soon they were introduced in person, as so many of us are, at a Caps message board happy hour. Their friendship was platonic for three years, but eventually it became something more, just as young hockey prospects change...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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What Rhymes With Groh?

In honor of Virginia's trip to Wyoming this weekend, a Pokes fan has composed a bit of anti-Cavs poetry, which probably deserves to be quoted in full, before it winds up in one of those poetry anthologies and you have to pay to excerpt it and it becomes "art"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Greg Costa at Caps Practice

Greg Costa grew up a Caps season ticket holder. His seats at the Cap Center were right in front of Abe Pollin's, directly across from the Caps' bench. He had plenty of Caps memorabilia; Don Beaupre sticks, for example. And like any hockey-crazy kid growing up in Silver Spring, he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Da Meat Hook's Da Vorce

Forced out at second despite being significantly lighter in the pocket.(Chris Carlson - AP) Via the Miami Herald comes this news about Dmitri Young's divorce agreement, which was signed before Dmitri's contract extension: Rebecca, 35, walks with nearly $3.2 million. That includes $1.6 million that Dmitri had given her...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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No Ice Girls

This is, apparently, not breaking news, but regardless, I'm here to tell you that there will be no ice-based cheer persons at Caps games this season. From PR guy Nate Ewell: "It's something that we've looked at and we're still looking at. Obviously it's something that creates strong feelings,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Today's Top Five: More on Virginia Tech

(Preston Keres - TWP) 1) At FanHouse, MJD feels roughly the same way that I do: this whole Virginia Tech healing-through-football thing just feels a bit unsettling somehow: I'm not one of the people that believe sports can heal a community. Sports can pleasantly and harmlessly distract a certain...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Eagles Vomit

(Courtesy USA Rugby.) The Rugby World Cup begins next week. My travel request to go cover this live in England and France was turned down. But from now until the RWC's end, or at least until I run out of material, I will be attempting at least one rugby...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Portis Plays Math Again

The CP Calibrator is clicking again, and here's what it spit out, according to The Times's David Elfin: (Greg Fiume - Getty Images) "I'm about 85 percent, maybe 95 percent tomorrow, probably 98 by game time," he said. "Hopefully [coach Joe Gibbs] will understand [that] I'm only 98 percent and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2007; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Baseball Failure in August

The Baltimore Sun had a long story today about how suckingly terrible the Orioles have been in Augusts and Septembers of recent vintage. Now, I've been known to spend hours and hours compiling mostly meaningless statistics (see: preseason NFL scoring trends), but when I do this I'm joking, and anyhow,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 28, 2007; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLB , Orioles  
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Join My Fantasy Rugby League

The Rugby World Cup begins in 10 days. My travel request to go cover this live in England and France was turned down. But from now until the RWC's end, or at least until I run out of material, I will be attempting at least one rugby post per day....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 28, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Legend of Dave Hopla

The Wizards' new assistant coach, Dave Hopla, has to be the most intriguingly bizarre assistant coach in the NBA. This is a man whose Web site brags that he is considered by many to be the top shooter in the world, regularly knocks down 495 out of 500 shots, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 28, 2007; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A WNBA Betting Nightmare

(AP Photo.) The last time I was in Vegas, I placed a legal, friendly, Ombudsman-taunting $10 wager on the Connecticut Sun to win the WNBA championship at 30-1 odds. I don't cover the WNBA, not really, and I figured getting a likely playoff team at 30-1 was sort of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 28, 2007; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mystics  
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New Cap Wears Fur

(CP Photo.) I knew I liked that Karl Alzner chap from every interview I've ever read. This photo, along with his award-winning chocolate-chip cookies, pretty much clinches it. Get him to D.C., right away, please....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What Virginia Tech's Playing For

The onslaught of Virginia Tech Redemption-Through-Football stories is well underway. On April 16, I was writing about basketball in the Verizon Center, while watching the same thing everyone else was watching. But I have no connection to Virginia Tech, and no connection to tragedy. If the Saints made people in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nats Raps

As we continue the most ruthlessly thrilling baseball campaign in recent memory, I bring you the Nats in Song, in three parts. Part I: In which a group of civilians head to RFK Stadium to perform a hip-hop number about That Fitted is Hot, Son Washington Nationals caps, complete with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Nats Make Concessions

Svrluga dropped an important word in his notes column today: Centerplate. As in, the new concessionaire at the Nats' new stadium. As in, the outfit responsible for the food at AT&T, which, as we all know, has finished first or second in the most-vegetarian friendly park standings three years in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Redskins Doomed: Offensive Misery a Certainty

Following last year's preseason, I proved without a shadow of a doubt that Washington's football team was doomed to failure, based on a variety of preseason statistical measures. As I worked on that item, Don Graham, the really really head boss of the newspaper, walked by my desk and asked...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Oddsmakers' Top 25 College Football Poll

If you've been religiously reading this space for the last year (hi dad!), you remember that I finagled untold numbers of easy posts by endlessly quoting the Oddsmakers Top 25 College Football Poll last fall. The Oddsmakers Poll is published by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which advises Nevada sports books...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Terps: Things Fall Apart

In the past two months, my car has been stolen and crashed into uselessness, my cell phone has dissolved into two pieces with little technological bits sticking out of each, my IKEA bed has exploded and, just today, one of my shoes split in half while walking to work. But...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2007; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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