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D.C. Sports Bog: January 13, 2008 - January 19, 2008

New Jack City

New Jack, with an admirer. Week Two of the New Jack Era tipped off around 11 a.m. today, when Georgetown's fresh-faced bulldog mascot -- teeth bared, eyes crossed, gray fur gleaming -- emerged from the Verizon Center tunnel to commune with a fan base still warming up to his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Pecherov's New Nickname

Nickname list: Agent Zero, the Black President, Hibachi, Tough Juice, the Locksmith, Mister 50, Big Oily, the Poet, the City....this Wizards team was already pretty well-stocked in the nickname department. But there's always room for another racially-tinted moniker for a shoot-first Ukrainian. Eternal thanks to Awful Announcing, and to Nick...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2008; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill Belichick Hates HTTR

Hail baby, hail. Do you like the Redskins? Are you an American? Do you consider yourself generally opposed to evil? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you likely already find yourself predisposed to be leery of Bill Belichick. But just in case you need another...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 18, 2008; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Etan Speaks

Dan asked that we put this up for him today -- Etan Thomas talks to Dave Zirin of SlamOnline about his recovery from open heart surgery. Among the highlights, he talks about how soon he could return to the Wizards: I anticipate being fully cleared to practice shortly. I know...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  January 18, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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How to Become a Wiz Ballboy Without Really Trying

Gilbert, Drew Cleary and Garrett. (Mitchell Layton/NBAE via Getty) The first time Gilbert Arenas called Garrett Scanlon, he was at school. "Let me call you back," Scanlon said. "Who was that?" his friends asked. "Uhhhh, Gilbert," Scanlon said. (This story, I should point out, is brought to you by...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Kanye, the Pink Helmet and Barbeque

The pink helmet. For more, keep reading. Caps answers no one will remember to Caps questions no one really asked.... What song have the Caps been playing after just about every win of the Boudreau era? Kanye West's "The Good Life," off of Shaone Morrisonn's iPod. No particular reason....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2008; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Caps  
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Chvotkin's Calls Against U-Conn.

Man, I meant to post these earlier in the week, my bad. Nicely coordinated videos of the final two plays of Georgetown's win over U-Conn., accompanied by the somber, dreary and emotionless calls of play-by-play man Rich Chvotkin. First Hibbert's game-winner: And then U-Conn. throwing the ball away. Apparently, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Ovechkin, His Hair and Floor Hockey

$124 million contract, $14 haircut. Note the shirt, featuring the dollar sign. So say you just signed a nine-figure contract to play professional hockey, and then you decided that maybe you wanted to get a trim up top, you know, clean up a little. Where would you go for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Welch Ruggers Sign French Ex-Redskin Bobsledder

Best French linebacker-turned-rugger ever. In a move that seems designed primarily to appeal to obscure Washington D.C.-based bloggers, Welsh rugby club Celtic Crusaders are, as one newspaper put it, "hoping an American footballer-cum-bobsleigh international can help them." The man in question is Philippe Gardent, the ex-Redskins linebacker and ex...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Tonight's UVA Cheer Sheet

The cheer sheet suggests this guy looks like Seth Greenberg, or vice versa. With Local No. 2 Virginia set to face Local No. 5 Virginia Tech tonight, the Hoo Crew has already sent out its cheer sheet (sorry, its "Hype Sheet"), which was forwarded on by a tipster. Almost...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Gil: I Plan on Coming Back

Imagine DeShawn here. Poor Gilbert. You have to feel for him, reading his latest blog, which just went up this afternoon. He wants to be out there so bad he's texting teammates with what plays to run (in the middle of games), texting players with advice on how to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Hampton Double Golden Pirates

In an effort to increase athletic event spirit, some Hampton students formed the Blue Lightning last spring. Hampton is in the news right now, of course, due to their No. 11 ranking in the Atlantic 11, and also their stirring win over Florida A&M last night. S anyhow, Hampton...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Today's Top Five: D.C. Sports Converge

(Photo by Matt Brown; more here.) 1) The Verizon Center on Saturday was indeed Ground Zero for D.C. Sports. Ted Leonsis and Chris Clark and John Thompson Jr. at the Georgetown game, followed by Jason Campbell and Carlos Rogers and Alex Ovechkin at the Wizards game. Luckily, Bugs and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Joe Gibbs: Happy

Man, look how happy the guy is in this video. Amazing. He's so happy the cliches are gone, and he's being all honest-like. * The Old Joe Gibbs thought his team was always hopelessly out-manned. The Happy Joe Gibbs admits his team was hot hot hot. "I was so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mackerel Jordan at Va. Tech

Mackerel Jordan. See, I wish I had known this when I decided to go to U-Conn.-Georgetown instead of Maryland-Va. Tech. Had I known Mackerel Jordan was going to Blacksburg, I might have followed. Who's Mackerel Jordan, you ask? Here's the beginning of Aaron McFarling's MD-VT column from the Roanoke...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Media and the Rooney Rule

Jim Caldwell. (Getty) Is it possible for the media to mention Jim Caldwell or Ron Meeks and not mention the Rooney Rule? Apparently not. For the past week, every time we hear about one of these guys and the Redskins, we hear that interviewing them would allow the Skins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Wiz Win Streak

Six small facts about the Wizards' win streak, which happens to include two straight against the NBA's best team, and which was certainly spurred by the photo-shopped Locksmith. 1) Washington's record before Oleksiy Pecherov made his season debut was a pedestrian 17-16. Washington's record since Oleksiy Pecherov made his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Local Hoops Poll Week Nine: .520 = Hot

As has often been noted, it's been a tough few months for our locals, what with those losses to Binghamton (GW) and Ohio (Maryland), Georgia State (George Mason) and Xavier (Virginia, by 38, no less). But things seemed to turn a metaphorical corner while only briefly going up on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Nolan Smith: "That Guy Fell"

There are two parts to this narration of Nolan Smith's hard fall yesterday, while Duke was busy pummeling Local No. 2 Virginia. The first part is here, the second, more exciting part appears below. The background comes from the Winston-Salem Journal The night took a scary turn with 14:53 left...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Crowd at Pitt: More Gorillas?

The Oakland Zoo. I'm going to do a book of photo essays on people in gorilla suits at sporting events. Really. Anyhow, Georgetown fans brought the Pikachu, the Zoot Suit Army, the Fred From Scooby and so on, but Pitt fans are known for their gorillas. And now they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colin Cowherd: Still Dumb

Another great radio show for Colin on Friday!!!!! And before you ask me, "Why, Dan, were you possibly listening to this drivel that you're obviously predisposed to loathe?" let me state for the record that I was driving my young daughter around in the car and Colin's melodious ranting...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert's (26th) Birthday Bash

Well, at least he's doing something to celebrate his birthday. Theoretically. Open vodka bar for the ladies till midnight! Somebody who lives in NYC, please, go and report back on whether there were ice sculptures. (Thanks to intern Boris of the fine blog that I don't understand, Metal Lungies.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeShawn, Pech, Donjulio and Capri Sun

Capri Sun!!!!!! (Joel Richardson - For TWP) Two more Wizards notes I forgot to include last week. 1) Oleksiy Pecherov likes to talk on the practice court. A lot. He jabbers constantly. He says Eddie Jordan told him that he's a big man, and big men need to talk....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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52 Hours at Verizon

It's very easy to make historical claims about the greatness of recent events, because people have poor memories, and everyone likes to get caught up in the moment, and no one cares enough to go to the facts or the history. That being the case, I'm going to make a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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