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D.C. Sports Bog: September 2, 2007 - September 8, 2007

Watching the Eagles

Since there were a few questions about where to watch the Rugby World Cup, I wanted to point people to Fritz Hahn's Going Out Gurus blog, which has a nice roundup of local viewing options. I'm trying to find the best place to watch the Eagles' game on Wednesday; anyone...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2007; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Nats Sold Out, Due to Dogs

Urgent phone call from Barry Svrluga in Atlanta. The Nats will play in front of a sold-out Turner Field on Sunday. Why? The club hosts the season's second "Bark in the Park." The event offers Braves fans a chance to bring their dog out to the game. WAG-A-LOT will help...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2007; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Nats  
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Mark Crick's Rugby Journey

Crick playing for New South Wales. The Rugby World Cup is here; the Eagles start tomorrow. 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 provide...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Bart Scott the Blogger

(AP Photo) As we hurtle toward the day when every professional athlete has a blog, I found out today that I've been horribly remiss in not reading the Yardbarker blogs of the Ravens' Mark Clayton and Bart Scott. Clayton keeps it real in his blog; like, check out this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL  
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Billick's Answer of the Day

Gold Q: "You guys starting to work on the Bengals now, and is the gameplan getting in there?" A: "That would probably be a good thing to do, given that we're playing them Monday." Silver Q: "How's Mr. Ogden?" A: "Good. Ask him. I didn't." Bronze Q: "Do you tell...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  NFL  
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Rugby World Cup in Major Trouble

Uh oh. Some blogger's gonna make a killing if everyone else goes away. Leading international news agencies on Thursday launched a boycott of the 2007 rugby World Cup, plunging the event into controversy on the eve of its opening game. Agence France-Presse, Reuters, the Associated Press, Getty Pictures and the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Chad Johnson Says: Bring Popcorn

This is the first time in my life I ever drove an hour just to listen to a conference call. And, somehow, it wound up being worth it, sort of. "¿Cómo está," 85 said, to start the proceedings, which was also a first for me. Someone immediately asked if...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ravens vs. Redskins

This looks sorta like Redskins Park, vaguely. Greetings from Owings Mills, where the ice cream refrigerator says "Ice Cream is For Media Only," the sodas are free, there are separate bathrooms for men and women, the chairs are plush, the desks are luxurious, the media room is vast, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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The Big House is Overrated, and Pirates Don't Say Arrgh

College football storylines were coursing through the Redskins locker room yesterday. Like this weekend's Va. Tech-LSU game, for which fellow safeties Pierson Prioleau and LaRon Landry have competing interests. Prioleau was asked whether he might place a wager with Landry. "I'll tell you what, man, he's got a lot...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football , Redskins  
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Brandon Lloyd: Truth or Fiction

There seems to be some confusion as to Brandon Lloyd's true character. From ESPN the Mag's Redskins preview: A Scout Says...Snyder's philosophy on building a team is backward. He trades draft picks for older guys. So what you get is a young quarterback throwing to older receivers who are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pecherov to Ukrainian Festival

The Syzokryli Dance Ensemble. This weekend's Washington Ukrainian Festival (that's a PDF link) sounds like an incredible event on its own. I mean, any time you've got the Syzokryli Dance Ensemble, virtuoso violinist Vasyl Popadiuk, the Bandurna Rozmova duo, the Fantazia Dance Ensemble, the band Lvivyany plus the Sisters...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Pat White Has Two Hearts

Now with an extra organ! Meanwhile, LenDale White is playing with two stomachs. (Getty Images) Everybody let's get one thing clear; '08, that's the year of the 'Eer, let's get it going. And with that, a new college football season is joined. I'm hopelessly late on this story, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 6, 2007; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Brunell on Being No. 3

Brunell on being the No. 3 QB: "Actually I was disappointed, but it's coach's decision and nothing changes for me. I still approach the game the same way. You know, 'Be prepared.' But that's obviously his call and that's what we're going to do....I mean, I wasn't surprised. I think...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Marcus Washington Still Plans to Play

(By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post) Before practice this afternoon, Marcus Washington said he's still taking reps and going about the week as if he will be playing on Sunday. He also said he thinks he could still contribute in a pass-rushing roll this weekend, but that such...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fred Smoot is Back

(By Katherine Frey -- The Washington Post) The great thing about having Fred Smoot in the locker room is that when all is quiet and players are filing out and you're staring at an metaphorically empty blog screen, you can go up to Smoot and ask, for example, whether...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today in Rugby: A U.S. Team Preview

The Rugby World Cup begins on Friday. 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 report, or if you can invite me to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Etan's Anti-War Speech

Etan Thomas's September 2005 speech at an anti-war rally in D.C. was roundly celebrated at the time, with left-winger sportswriter and Friend of Etan Dave Zirin being moved to compare Etan to Jesse Owens, Babe Didrikson, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Curt Flood, Muhammad Ali and others. Back then,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Portis's Birthday at the Kennedy Center

The Reliable Sourcers teased out some more details about Clinton Portis's 26th birthday weekend. In addition to the dinner at Zola on Friday night, the festivities indeed continued on Saturday. RS writes: And then, on Saturday (his actual b-day), it was on to the Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace Restaurant...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On Message Boards, Scott Van Pelt and Fandom

loudterp, Saturday, 9:09 pm Thread title: That's why Chris Turner will never play..God help us if Jordan gets hurt In the interest of full disclosure, let me first say that I read message boards constantly, that I'm a registered member of the Caps board, Extreme Skins, Terrapin Times and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 5, 2007; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Media  
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Watch Blog Show XXI

Blog Show, my modest contribution to the new and improved and slimmed down and all around much sexier Washington Post Live, will make its Tuesday debut later this afternoon. My blogging cohort, Mister Irrelevant, and I are much, much pithier on Tuesdays. Topics discussed are the demise of mgoblog,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Week's Oddsmakers' Top 25

While gambling is indeed evil, I just won $1 by betting a co-worker that Michigan would fall out of the Top 25 in both major polls today. The daughter gets diapers this week! But Michigan was ranked by the Las Vegas Oddsmakers. As always, the Oddsmakers' Right and True Top...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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Caps Get New Underwear

Color appropriate clocks! Don't say ownership isn't willing to spend money on this team. Spoke with Brock Myles the other day. Brock is the Capitals equipment manager, entering his first full season with the club. He started telling me all the things that needed to be changed to accomodate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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My Big Fat Caps Wedding, Illustrated

Love is aiming for the five hole. (By Steve Strawn) Last week I presented the story of Flipper and capscrazy, two, um, crazy young Caps fans who decided they'd augment the most solemn and holy moment of their lives with a little hockey, in the form of Caps photos,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CP's Birthday Bash

A real dearth on Portis 26th birthday weekend reportage, especially after the reporting monstrosity that was Gilbert Arenas's 25th. Here's the one thing I've been able to confirm: Portis and about 75 guests showed up at Cafe Zola's "Ultra Room," on the second floor of the Spy Museum, on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Antawn's Wife on Celebrity Pregnancies

Requesting some Gilbert baby talk on the Celebrity Baby Blog (Getty photo). As a certified new parent, I find myself with a strangely intense interest in the stories of other parents: their trials, their tribulations, their stroller purchases, their baby food preferences, the extent of their sleep-deprived derangements, etc....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Who Is Mitch Levine?

Boomer's successor is named Mitch Levine. After the great Maryland QB Exodus of '07, with two transfers and the mysterious academic-based loss of Josh Portis from what his mother described cheating on a pop quiz (there was no plagiarism or "premeditated cheating" because it was a pop quiz, she...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2007; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Football  
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