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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 of the Nats? No, I really don't. Longtime Bog reader John A. Cole, Southern California's answer to the Nats 320 blog, has filed this 1,500-word report. From an e-mail:

There were some very boisterous Nats fans two sections over from me at the game yesterday - actually, I think they made more noise than any of the Dodgers fans here! I walked over to them and found out that they were all relatives of right fielder Ryan Church. Since Ryan's a local guy - he's from Santa Barbara originally - I wasn't too surprised to see him with some family and friends here... It was funny later in the game, every time Ryan came to the plate, some of the Dodgers fans tried to get into it with them and they also tried as hard as they could to give Ryan some boos... The Church family managed to keep their composure for the most part though... Ryan certainly was inspired with his 4-for-5 with a walk performance... doing a little research, it was his first four hit game since June 8, 2005 and only the second of his career... it was also the first time in his career he's reached base safely five times in a game.

Although Clinton Portis's mother expressed displeasure that they kept their composure.

2) Home Run Derby's MLB Mascot Brackets finally have local import. Huzzah! Today's matchup is Bernie Brewer vs The Racing Presidents. Let's make it clear enough that the Supremes don't have to step in and decide who won. I plan to vote at least several hundred times.

3) The gents at 100 Percent Injury Rate have already entered Gil's contest to win a free basketball court. Here's part of their essay:

Dear Agent Zero,

I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to have great basketball courts because, uh, some, uh... people out there in our nation don't have basketball courts, and, uh, I believe that our basketball courts like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq everywhere like, such as and....

4) So you already know this, but the Caps are leaving 980 for what was formerly Washington Post Radio. Japers' uses this as an excuse to call Steve Czaban evil. OFB is also pleased. OWO calls it "great news." Andy Pollin asks "we had Caps games?"

5) My favorite politics-and-Redskins blogger, Oliver Willis, has a message for Joe Gibbs: No Campbell or Portis tonight, please:

You're a very religious man Coach Gibbs, so you can't have thought it was a coincidence that last Saturday's game versus the Ravens was interrupted by a thunderstorm by accident? That was a sign: The Lord Hateth The Preseason.

Either that, or the Lord Hadeth the Under, but either way, I agree with Big O.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2007; 1:01 PM ET
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Your Racing Presidents/Bernie Brewer link goes to the wrong page. Just figured you might want to fix that so more people can easily vote.

Posted by: Shawn | August 30, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

What were the odds of Clinton's mother not approving of the Church family keeping it together??? I think it was around 93.9%!

Posted by: John C | August 30, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure how the "local" sports talk stations stay in business while completely ignoring the existence of the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS teams in the region.

The Redskins propaganda machine at TriplexESPNRedskinsRadio I understand, but not 980. They're supposed to be the "local" station. All they have is local hosts babbling about the same tired national news - and golf.

I always lost reception on Caps games somewhere around Springfield on the drive home. 1500 and 107.7 come in loud and clear. Sounds like a real step up for the Caps.

Posted by: Prophet | August 30, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

If Jesus loved the Skins so much, why would He let Snyder continue to dump forbidden fruit in the form of washed up free agents onto the team?

Posted by: | August 30, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Normally you only see people in LA wearing nats stuff because they like to think the curly "w" stands for west side

Posted by: Neighborhood Dave | September 20, 2007 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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