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D.C. Sports Bog: December 16, 2007 - December 22, 2007

Mark This Down

As of this writing, the University of Maryland has a worse RPI than Coppin State. Coppin State is 1-10 (against D-I opponents). That, friends, is not good. The Terps' RPI is also worse than Morgan State, worse than Mount St. Mary's and about 100 spots worse than UMBC. I was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2007; 9:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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NFC Playoff Calculator

Hey all ... Jon DeNunzio, sports editor at washingtonpost.com, here. The tech and design teams here just finished our NFC Playoff Calculator, which allows you to enter hypothetical results from the key games in Weeks 16 and 17 and see who would make the playoffs in each case. We'll update...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  December 21, 2007; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Santa Claus of Bikes

First it was Gilbert riding around downtown on his red mountain bike. Then yesterday, it was Alex Ovechkin on a Segway. And today? Why it was Caron Butler's Great Christmas Bike Giveaway of 2007, of course. This, friends, is the undisputed best source for all your two-wheeled local athlete...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Taylor Tributes

1) The Vikings quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends decide together to vote for Sean Taylor for the Pro Bowl. "It was the right thing to do, and not only because of the tragedy," Vikings backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 2) Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem told the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caps on Segways Video

Bear in mind that I was attempting to shoot this video while riding a Segway, so I certainly missed many good moments. But I think this gives the general idea. With thanks to video editor Jonathan Forsythe, who likely got motion sickness from watching the outtakes....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeShawn Stevenson's Father

Heavens knows I've posted plenty about DeShawn Stevenson in this space, usually about his hand gestures and his nicknames and his back tattoo (which now includes a huge numeral "2" in addition to his name, although it's not completely done yet) and other such trifles. But I have to say...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pecherov Gets His Drivers License

And we're not talking about Segways, son. Look out, downtown pedestrians. On the scary meter, Pecherov on 4 wheels >>> Ovechkin on 2 wheels. Also, Reader Will from Rockville e-mailed with his "Where Amazing Happens" tribute to the Wiz....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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61 Photos of Seth Greenberg's Daughter

In what surely must qualify as one of the odder sports Internet multimedia projects I've ever encountered, witness 61 photos of Seth Greenberg's daughter Paige agonizing over a Virginia Tech game in Alaska. In many of the photos, she is tossing her hair about. Plus, there's narration. In more Local...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smoot Week

The Spiking Viking. Pack away a few extra boxes of Smack and get ready for Smoot Week, which, if nothing else, ought to produce some creative signs in Minneapolis. At the very least, some sort of complicated reference to boats and Tom Cruise, I'd think. The AP starts the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Paul Lo Duca Misses Paul Lo Duca Camp

(Mark Avery - AP) Well, look, if I were implicated in a bad public relations story involving Congress, drugs, personal checks and the FBI, and I just happened to have a Youth Bloggers Camp scheduled at the same time, perhaps I would bail too. Perhaps I would leave my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2007; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ovechkin on a Segway

"Hey Segway guy," the Park Police officer was shouting at Alex Ovechkin. "You can't ride in there." Ovechkin, wearing his red Caps jersey and yes, riding a Segway, scooted out of the tourist-dotted maze that encircles the National Christmas tree, smiling his gap-toothed smile. "I'm sorry officer, he got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 19, 2007; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chris Cooley, His Fiancee and CP

ESPN got Clinton Portis and ex-Redskins cheerleader and current Chris Cooley fiancee Christy Ogilvie to answer questions about the tight end, in order to demonstrate who knew their man better. As you might expect, Portis refused to play along and instead gave only ridiculous answers. Sadly, he was not dressed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 19, 2007; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins Radio Backs the Redskins

No Joe Gibbs Show yesterday? Bogus. Jerry's Wheelhouse got a Bingo after Sunday night's game; I wanted to take a try on the radio show, but I was denied. Instead, I got to listen to my good friend Larry Michael describe his feelings about Joe Gibbs. Here are some of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 19, 2007; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Mike Wilks's Teammates

Scoring in front of an ex-teammate. (NBAE) New Wizards guard Mike Wilks is often described as a "journeyman." As in, eight NBA franchises in six years. Plus at least two NBDL franchises. Plus at least one more NBA franchise in a preseason. That's a lot of teams. More importantly,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 19, 2007; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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LaRon Landry's Suicide Mission

(Getty Images) As I was entering the corner of the Redskins locker room where the secondary guys hang out on Sunday night, LaRon Landry was walking toward the shower. I couldn't help but notice the words "Suicide Mission" written neatly in what looked like magic marker across his chest....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 19, 2007; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Bruce Boudreau and Inches

AP Photo. The Capitals were 6-14-1 when Bruce Boudreau was hired as their interim coach. They had the worst record in the NHL, and were off to their worst start in 26 years. Here's another way to put it: We're in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And we...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2007; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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DeShawn's I Can't Feel My Face Explanation

(Nick Wass - AP) So DeShawn, who named it the "I Can't Feel My Face?" "I named it, but Tony Yayo does it." Yeah yeah. But DeShawn, why is it called the "I Can't Feel My Face?" "Because you do it over your face. And I can't feel it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2007; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Paul Lo Duca Says "Get Over It"

(By Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- Associated Press) This extensive radio interview was conducted the day before the Mitchell Report dropped, and so, after lots and lots and lots of talk about the Mets, the hosts asked Lo Duca whether MLB players were nervous about what was to come in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2007; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Fred Smoot's Media Boycott

I've tried not to mix Sean Taylor with humor, and I hope this doesn't go down that path, but I wanted to mention that Fred Smoot told me and a few others last week that he would temporarily not be talking to the media because of his frustration over...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2007; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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I Can't Feel My Face Interpretations

Getty Images. With DeShawn Stevenson suddenly the biggest offensive star in D.C. (sorry Todd), the DeShawn "I Can't Feel My Face" waggle has earned some recent media attention. As in this AP photo caption, kindly provided by Reader Michael S., which describes DeShawn thus: "Washington Wizards' DeShawn Stevenson waves...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2007; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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LaVar (Still) Seeks Hot Waitresses

LaVar Arrington's big profile in the New York Times over the weekend reminded me to check in on the status of his soon-to-open P.G. County sports bar, The Sideline. As he told the Times, The restaurant will feature a luxury box, a suite for his celebrity friends that overlooks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2007; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Local Hoops Poll Today: Weak Sixters

Seriously, this is why people are drawn to Ron Paul. Sometimes you just want to throw out your ballot and find something different to vote for, something besides the media darlings, something other than Maryland, Virginia Tech, UMBC and the rest of our Local dregs. For some reason Georgetown...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2007; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Rick DempseyClaus

Note: This is a story about baseball that doesn't involve, except the kind that comes in a box with a straw. If that offends you, close your eyes for a minute. I got a lot of mileage last December out of Judah Claus, the strange creature created when former D.C....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2007; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Local Hoops: Where Bad Happens

Last year, the first of the Sports Bog Atlantic 11 Local Hoops Spectacular, was a good one for the locals, with seven NCAA tournament teams and a season full of thrills. This year is not. Three of our supposed standard-bearers--Maryland, Virginia Tech and George Washington--went a combined 0-3 last week,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Real Pocahontas

So, the conditions at the Meadowlands? Well, the Giants' practice bubble collapsed due to wind. I attempted to venture through the concourse to have a merry time with Giants fans, but the winds defeated me and I retreated to the land of satellite television and cranberry-apple cobbler. I appear...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Playoffs

Playoffs! I was gonna run down all the scenarios and the percentages--how the Redskins now have a 23.2 percent chance of continuing their Super Bowl Run, how they even have a five percent chance of getting the fifth seed and thus possibly earning home-field advantage in the NFC Championship...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2007; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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