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D.C. Sports Bog: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008

Phil Bender at AU

The Czech hockey fans, and friends. (Courtesy American University) A season-high 3,994 fans came to Bender Arena yesterday to watch American face its Purple Whale. The Eagles had lost seven straight to arch rival Holy Cross, 13 of 16 overall. The particularly tortured fans still remember 2002-2003, when the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Caps and Gluttony

The champion, afterwards. (By Toni Sandys -- The Washington Post) Tim McDermott had his first hot dog for lunch this afternoon. "Like a pre-game meal," the Caps; chief marketing officer said. Kevin Kenney had his first dog about an hour before the Caps and Maple Leafs dropped the puck;...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 24, 2008; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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A.D. Bog Bio

Reports indicate Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Andray Blatche and Oleksiy Pecherov are currently playing HORSE at the Verizon Center. I'm not there, so please imagine several hundred words of hilarity and droll quotations. Thanks. In the meantime, you can console yourself with this BogBio of Antonio Daniels, in which he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 24, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Telepranksters Hit the Big East

For once, Georgetown fans can stand in solidarity with Jim Calhoun. (AP Photo) Already this week, we were forced to read this shocking headline and others like it: Prank callers join SEC coaches' teleconference POSING AS REPORTERS, THEY ASK VULGAR QUESTIONS !!!!!!!!! "The questions were graphic in nature and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 24, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nats Introduce the Dinger

This will all come together at some point. I love Barry Svrluga as much as the next stark raving mad Barry Svrluga fan, but how could he write an 814-word blog post today without mentioning the "Dinger"? I know you all are well acquainted with the "Dinger," but just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 24, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire Fassel Sites Up and Running

Fans already making strides, without their leader. (By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post) Well, the man hasn't been hired yet, but he's already being fired. I don't care if this is entirely 2000; FireSnyderandFassell.com happens to be a pretty funny domain name, based on the circumstances. The prose...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 24, 2008; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Pecherov's Brozer From Anozer Mozer

The White Hole, Ernie Grunfeld and some unidentified smiling person. (By Preston Keres - TWP) I received a superb e-mail yesterday about my previous Wizards style notes, which read, in part, "I was looking for something of socially redeeming value that might explain the Post's publishing a half-page of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Thuc Phan, and More Atlantic 11 Pith

Image stolen from da Mason blog. All hail George Mason student manager Thuc Phan, TV and Internet sensation for sitting out in the rain with his computer in an effort to get loggable Hofstra footage for the Mason coaching staff. All hail also UMBC's defense, which held Boston U....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Duke and Flopping

The above video purports to show 10 cases of Duke Blue Devils taking dives in a recent game with Clemson. Now, in theory, I'm all for making fun of Duke, but this video rubs me the wrong way. For one thing, several of these don't seem like flagrant dives...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Brooks Laich = Ladies Man

I'd heard about this video, which appeared on the big screen in the last week or two during a Caps game. Now, I watched it. Various members of the Washington hockey club are asked to identify the biggest ladies man in their midst. Almost unanimously, they seize upon Brooks Laich....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Redskins.com Delivers the Truth

New executive VP news >>> new coach news. (John McDonnell) Remember Mr. Snyder's interview with George Michael this fall? Remember this highlight? Michael: "GM: So you're saying that you give the fans MORE through your Internet and everything?" DS: We give them unfiltered. GM: What does that mean? DS:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Today's Top Five: The Ghetto and Norman Chad

(Programming note: I might be light on content the next few days as I prepare to spend more than a week in Arizona. Yes, this is the D.C. Sports Bog. No, there aren't any natural D.C. connections at the Super Bowl, with the possible exception of Giants DB Geoff...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Local Hoops Poll Week 10: Suspended Animation

Remember what Gary Williams said about how the Terps were going to have a lot of new friends after that win over UNC? Well, he might as well have been talking about our voters. A week ago the Terps were ranked eighth, behind such powerhouses as Maryland-Baltimore County; now...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Hoya Costumes: A Banana and Scooby

I'm not even counting this as a costume. This is a true story. I was walking out of some Verizon Center tunnel on Saturday afternoon, minding my own business, when some Hoya types recognized me and shouted out that I needed to take pictures of them at Monday's Syracuse...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ovechkin-Green Price is Right

So everything that went wrong with this segment was entirely my fault. I spent upwards of $35 on various household supplies, intent on pitting Alex Ovechkin against 12-year-old Marshall Cartwright in a Price is Right battle hosted by Mike Green. The filming process lasted, near as I can remember, about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gary Williams Loves Misery

Gary Williams, emoting. (Toni Sandys - TWP) Quick thoughts on a remarkable weekend of local basketball. * Local No. 8 Maryland wins, Carolina fans cry. As much as I love seeing Carolina fans cry, I have staked too much on the premise that Maryland is mediocre to reverse ground...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Georgetown Fans Kissing

I TiVo'd the Hoyas game last night, so I could watch it quickly to try to answer my most important question: were any Georgetown fans captured on TV wearing costumes. Sadly, I did not see any, although I certainly saw lots of shirtless folks. But happily, there are other things...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dave Hopla's Legend Grows

Hop with Ed Tapscott. (Courtesy DaveHopla.com.) I meant to link to this extremely well-done Dave Hopla profile by the AP's Howard Fendrich when it came out two weeks ago, but I never did. But you must read it, if for no other reason than this section: Arenas also remembers...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wiz Win, With Style

Not pictured: Gil's borrowed shoes. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Six style notes from Verizon Center, as the put-together Wizards continue cutting the NBA's best down to size in a most attractive fashion. This might not be the hottest team in the NBA, but it might be the haute-est....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 21, 2008; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Etan Speaks to the Media

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP). Etan Thomas pre-empted his media availability this morning by speaking to Dave Zirin in SLAM Online and then going on the John Thompson Show last week, but he talked with the rest of the media for about 30 minutes before today's game. Many of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 21, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hoo Wants Chicken?

Ummm, chicken. It's a holiday, so I'll be scarce today, but just to hold you over....here's an e-mail I got from a Loyal Reader Laura, concerning Local No. 2 Virginia's big home win over Boston College: At most home games, Raising Canes holds a promotion: if UVA makes nine...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 21, 2008; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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