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D.C. Sports Bog: September 9, 2007 - September 15, 2007

Pettinger's Beach Workouts

A few weeks ago, I talked to ex-Redskins D-linemen Renaldo Wynn and Joe Salave'a about their offseason strongman workouts in Las Vegas. And while that story turned into a bit of a dud after both players were released, it turns out a couple Caps also engaged in some alternative training...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greetings From Esky and Rimando

(This is an edited version; the full take appears here.) Just got off the phone with Alecko Eskandarian. He's in his hotel room, killing time until tonight, when Real Salt Lake faces D.C. United. He's already done the USA Today crossword puzzle. Now he's watching "ATL" and messing around on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Censorship in Charlottesville

Via Groh Must Go. What's going on in the C-wealth? First Va. Tech bans harmless chants, and then UVA bans harmless signs? C-wealth people, lighten up. We're talking about football here. Check out this column in the Cavalier Daily, which details the plight of engineering student David Becker, whose...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Football  
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Reche Caldwell's Eyes

Via Slack LaLane via FanHouse. A sampling of the most creative lines concerning new Redskin WR Reche Caldwell's peepers: Gene Frenette, Florida Times-Union: "Speaking of Caldwell, those freaky bug eyes that resemble runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks ought to be worthy of a commercial endorsement. Maybe Geico can poke fun...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today in USA Eagles (Spoiler Alert)

(The above is the Sipi Tau, the Tongans' take on the pre-match war dance. It took me by surprise this morning. Very nice.) Raise your hand if you were in line outside Fado before 8 am today to get ready for USA-Tonga in the Rugby World Cup. Yeah, that's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Rugby  
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Cheering Censorship at Va. Tech

Finally, Maryland fans and Hokies fans can sympathize with each other. After all the pounding Maryland fans have taken over "Rock and Roll, Part II" nonsense, they'll surely side with the Va. Tech kids who are now being told they cannot chant "Stick It In" at football games, due...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  College Football  
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Watch Blog Show

After 22 episodes of Blog Show, I finally worked up the courage to watch an episode beginning to end. Yes, that's right, this is the first time I've ever watched this groundbreaking television series myself. Why? Well, because Jamie Mottram and I cut a rug or two in the episode,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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On Soccer Players and Marathons

Josh Gros, running. (Toni L. Sandys - TWP) While waiting for the media to finish up at training today, Bryan Namoff was muttering to himself about Gros's fitness, calling him "the fittest man alive" and "the energizer bunny" and so on. I asked for clarification. "It's unfair, the genetics...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gomito Goes Posh

I'd advise you all to rush out and buy ESPN Deportes the Magazine's Septembre issue, which has both a massive Christian Gomez spread and "5 Minutos Con Luciano Emilio." My intellectual deficiencies prevented me from understanding a word of either story, so first off I need you to translate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Awful Redskins Images

1) This was all over the Interwebs yesterday, but I just saw it. The Wash Times photo of Jon Jansen's ankle deciding to face the wrong direction. Yuck. 2) Enough X's and O'x on Post-Game Heroes to make your brain leak. An extended look at the Cover 3, an offensive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Prostate News and Joey T

Prostate health is very important, and I don't ever want to joke about it for fear that karma would then decide to smite my prostate. That being said, the D.C. area appears to lead the league in sports-celebrity-prostate warnings. If you recall, Karl Hobbs and the GW men's basketball coaching...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media  
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Craig Laughlin Coaches the Caps

Here are some things I would like to see before I die: 1) Phil Chenier and Steve Buckhantz coaching the Wizards, with Buck feeling a strange compulsion to yell "Daggggerrrrrr!" four or five hundred times during layup lines while Chenier dispenses folksy advice to the equipment managers. 2) Sam and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Calvin Booth Era Ends

There are many reasons I will miss Calvin Booth on the Wizards. Ivan Carter would be much better positioned to write this appreciation, but he is off somewhere sunning himself and cashing fat Comcast SportsNet checks, so I'll temporarily fill in. 1) He had an unequaled knowledge of basketball...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How B-Lloyd is Like Gilbert

While the serious reporters must continue to point out that Brandon Lloyd's on-field production is maybe less than it might be in the best of all possible worlds (JLC: "I'd go with Thrash as my No. 3 WR against the Eagles") I still say he's positive blog fodder for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From the FedEx Lots: Parts VI and VII

The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Scott Van Pelt on Blogs

When I spoke with Scott Van Pelt last week and mentioned that there was a blog named after him, he seemed unaware of Scott Van Pelt Style, despite the fact that its proprietor seems to have commented on every sports blog post authored within the past 60 days. Well, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Caveman, and the Eagles' Lineup

Funny, that could easily be a Redskins headline, right? But it isn't. Eagles boss Peter Thorburn has set his lineup for Wednesday's match in Montpellier. Pending the disciplinary hearing for Paul Emerick, it'll be the same bunch as took the field against England. Why not, right? Here it is....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Rugby  
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From the FedEx Lots, Part V

The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Today in Rugby: Reports From France

The Rugby World Cup is underway. As mentioned, I watched the Eagles play Saturday, and could not have more impressed by their level of play and the overall enjoyment of watching a game. Put it this way, a lot fewer TV timeouts than in that other popular sport I've...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On the Jansen Injury

Some notes from offensive linemen about the Jansen injury that didn't make it in my story about Heyer and the offensive line: Randy Thomas on the injury: "It's just like, 'Ok, we've got to keep going.' Then you're thinking in the back of your head, 'This is my boy Jansen,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From the FedEx Lots, Part IV

The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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From the FedEx Lots, Part III

The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gilbert Sleeps at the VC

One of the better blog posts of all time. Just unbelievable. He must have known everyone was about to obsess about football, and he's trying to bring them back. Oh, and he mentions Ovechkin's new blog: As far as his blog goes, anybody can have a blog -- monkeys can...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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From the FedEx Field Lots, Part II

The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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This Week's Vegas Oddsmakers' Top 25

Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which helps advise sports books on initial betting lines, ranks the nation's top 30 college football teams. Some notes from this week's new poll. Biggest frauds, according to Vegas: Clemson is ranked at least five spots too high by the AP. Rutgers is ranked six spots...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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From the FedEx Field Lots, Part I

The weather was fine, the grills were hot, the shots were cold, the pink jerseys were, um, pink, and the diehards were abundantly optimistic. And so, I bring you Scenes From the Tailgate: Attempting to argue, in seven parts, that NFL fans are, in many cases, clinically insane. In a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Portis Drops 30 G's

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) People were buzzing about Clinton Portis's post-game press conference yesterday. Did you see it? Thoughts? He was calm, measured, deliberate; took about five shots at the media without smiling. Some folks inside and outside the press box thought he appeared combative, almost vindictive. "Why...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2007; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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