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D.C. Sports Bog: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Atlantic 11 Goes TV

Well, the world really is ending. The Atlantic 11 has made it to regional cable, in the form of me reading pith on Comcast SportsyNet's air after the official Atlantic 11 logo (created by voter Ian Oland) flashes on the screen. And amazingly enough, I'm getting paid for using the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 29, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. United Is Tattooed, Hard

Quaranta's right arm. I mentioned below that D.C. United's "This is Our House!" video shoot led to no small amount of giggling from players who were supposed to be looking tough while proclaiming "RFK is our house!" But the toughness was nonetheless conveyed this afternoon via non-verbal means. Half...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. United: This is Our House

Jaime Moreno, protecting his house. United's new marketing campaign is half-2004 Terps, half NBA "Where Amazing Happens," without the 'fro. "RFK is where championships are won," goes the script that players were reading from during today's video shoot. "RFK is where legends are made. This is the stadium other...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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D.C. United: New Boots, New Names

New boots. What's new? Well, I didn't recognize anyone, for one thing. Plus there are these new kicks that were everywhere, although I'm told that's just sort of the standard model and who knows how many will make their way onto the field. As for the new guys, British...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Caps' New Goalie

Making a save. No, not the Frenchman. I'll go ask him about Saint Nectaire and Pont l'Eveque next week, but before there was Huet, there was Brett Leonhardt, a Caps Web producer for all of two months, who earned a one-day stint in goal during Tuesday's morning skate. Tarik...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. United's Well-Dressed Addition

Bobby who? I'm making my long-awaited return to Goff land, aka Estadio RFK, this morning. I don't have much to say in advance, seeing as how I couldn't pick 75 percent of the team out of a lineup at this point, but if this is indeed Quavas Kirk's MySpace...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Postseason Seedings: Clearing, Getting Muddled

Already on Feinstein's desktop. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) While I was listening to comedic songs about bodily fluids last night, the local hoops postseason picture was clearing up like Jessica Simpson's skin, post-Proactiv. Do sports bars show MAAC games? Listed in order of importance. 1) Navy takes control...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Funniest D.C. Sports Celebrity: Justice, Finally

It was either this or a photo of Mike Wise. What do Dexter Manley, Marc Burch, Dan Hellie, Lindsay Czarniak, Holly Fantaskey and yours truly have in common? Why, we were all judges for the Third Annual Funniest D.C. Sports Celebrity contest at the Improv last night, silly. A...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 28, 2008; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Badminton Star Comes to D.C.

"Let's get a quick raise of hands from those who've played competitive badminton indoors," Howard Bach said at the Bank of America health and insurance sales rally meeting this morning. A group of financial industry professionals, who a few minutes earlier had been dancing to the Black Eyed Peas,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hokie Wiper Fluid, and More Pith

Hokie shooting drill: Release, rotation, Splash. All your additional Week 15 pith comes after the jump, but first a few programming notes. 1) If the Hokies had reached 75 points last night, all the fans at Cassell would have gotten free window washer fluid? Washer fluid, really? That's their...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Bret Boone = The Boone

The Boone family, including The Boone. (AP Photo). Bret Boone has dropped some revealing details from his past in recent days, the most notable being his brush with alcohol problems. And that's obviously not all that funny, and good luck to him dealing with that. What is funny? The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Caps Trades: The Blogging Implications

Tara Reid, in Siberia or Sundance or something. (AP Photo). I hate to immediately rush to the gutter, but that's what the medium requires. And so what, from a prototypical blogging standpoint, was the most important development from yesterday's flurry of trades? Duh. From an old Sergei Fedorov profile:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wilbon Threatens to Beat Me Down

(If you're opposed to bloggers blogging about columnists talking about bloggers blogging about columnists talking about bloggers, stop reading right now. But it's not like you have that much better to do on a Wednesday morning.) I suppose it says something either about my e-mail traffic or the audience for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Vegas Ranks the Atlantic 11

Vegas also votes Georgetown No. 1 (Jonathan Newton - TWP). Throughout the college football season, I regularly published the football rankings of Las Vegas Sports Consultants, an outfit that offers consulting to a majority of Nevada sports books. The point of that exercise was that, in an imperfect sport...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 27, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bowden Segwaying: the Video

Dmitri Young singing the Toys R Us theme song + Ray King talking about his GM's flapping hair + Jim Bowden conducting interviews while on two wheels + John Patterson talking about SoulWays + Bowden swooping in majestic two-wheeled arcs = the definition of the good stuff. Washingtonpost.com's Jonathan Forsythe,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hoyas Costume Party

One of several Scooby Doo persons. Only a blogger strafed with the lifeblood of his city's sports franchises could be sure he'd receive an e-mail like this before deadline. "In case you haven't heard, tomorrow night is costume night at the Verizon Center for the Georgetown-St. John's game," reader...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Lllllllllloyd

"ASHBURN, VA - The Washington Redskins announce today that they have released wide receiver Brandon Lloyd." Ouch....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Today's Top 5: D.C. Fans are Soft

Soft? Seriously? 1) Jerry's Wheelhouse, in a passionate, occasionally profanity-dotted rant, argues persuasively that D.C. is an embarrassingly soft sports town. The lede sort of sums it up: When compared to cities that are generally of similar size, location and population (Boston, Philly and to a lesser extent New...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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The Atlantic 11 March Challenge

Ok, here is this year's Atlantic 11 March Challenge, fiendishly devised by voter Jamie Paquette. This game is open to all; just send in your entry to this address. Yeah, this is probably asking for trouble, but I've seen my readership numbers, so I think we'll be ok. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Greivis Does the Caracas Shuffle

The Caracas Clap. No, not that kind. (Toni Sandys - TWP) Had Maryland won against Virginia Tech last week instead of allowing a bunch of macaroni-puking upstarts to punk them on their home floor, I would have asked Greivis Vasquez about two celebrations he did during the game: once,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Gambles with $5 Bills

(Jonathan Newton - TWP) Last night kept open, in my mind at least, the possibility that this Wiz season might be saved from a won-loss standpoint, and now ESPN the Mag's Alejandro de los Rios has rekindled my hopes that this Wiz season can be saved from a blogging...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nats Park: $309,445 Tix and Eight Facades

Can't quite see the facades. (AP Photo) There has been such a rush of Nats Park stories in recent weeks that I have trouble remembering any more which details are new and which details are old, but the Washingtonian throws all of 'em into its massive profile of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kornheiser Names His Blogging Enemy

Washington Post Radio, 3WT, same difference. So after yesterday's publication of the Tony Kornheiser anti-blogging screed was picked up by several blogs, Tony called me. I was in the Blog Show conference call at the time, allowing uber blogger Jamie Mottram, Comcast SportsyNet producer Andy Siegel and lowlife intern...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Wiz Win, Buckhantz Screams

Before watching this classic Buckhantz offering, bear in mind that on Washington Post Live yesterday evening, I made the following two claims: 1) The Wiz were cooked, at least for this week's road games. 2) As solid as he's been, the Wiz don't want DeShawn Stevenson taking the last shot,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Local Poll Week 15: MAAC Daddies

Before we get to the Atlantic 11's new addition, here's the real headline: Maryland remains ahead of Virginia Tech, despite the same ACC record, a worse RPI and two head-to-head losses. That's a bit odd. Seriously, someone explain to me why the Terps should be ahead of the Hokies,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Today's Top 5: Name of the Year is Back

Pansy Ho, a six seed under pressure. 1) The Name of the Year bracket is out, and it's a doozy. There are no longer any easy outs in the NOTY first round, but I think Pansy Ho against Xtra Malibu Moore is a particular bloodbath. 2) This is the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ben's at the Ballpark

(Bill O'Leary - TWP) The most important news of the month has finally arrived, with the Nats announcing the complete list of their local food vendors a few minutes ago. Here they are: Ben's Chili Bowl, Boardwalk Fries, Cantina Marina, Gifford's Ice Cream, Krazee Ice, Kosher Sports, Hard Times...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Elijah Dukes Tees Off

Around 7 p.m. on Friday night, Washingtonpost.com master videographer Jon Forsythe, in Viera for Spring Training, went to a local driving range to blow off some steam, or whatever one does at a driving range. And who should he spot in a nearby stall, taking some of the more massive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Nats Flush: The Video

Still no Nats Flush t-shirts on the eBays, but the videographic evidence of Saturday's great toilet testing is now all over the YouTubes. Some noble flusher named MikeHill33 posted at least 12 toilet-related videos from Nats Park, including this one, in which the person in charge (no, not Jim Bowden,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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BracketRusted

Trust me, it was a lot more exciting than this makes it seem. I think the BracketBuster is great. It leads to exciting dunks, late-game heroics from Booker Woodfox, Kent State claiming the biggest regular season win in its history, Kyle Whelliston on the TV tubes, and a Southern...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Local Basketball Questions Answered

Is Maryland in, out or confused? (AP Photo) Another late-season weekend yields some crucial answers to five crucial questions. 1) Are Virginia Tech and Maryland competing for the same NCAA tournament spot? The NCAA poobahs would of course say that's not how it works, and I'm willing to believe...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Tony Kornheiser Appears to Like Bloggers

A naked mole rat. (National Zoo photo.) Having thought long and hard about how best to attack the advancing scourge of bloggers, Tony Kornheiser apparently settled on this novel approach: he could make a joke about how they do nothing but sit in their collective mothers' collective basements and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Nats Have Toilets and Half-Dressed Women

Flush with optimism. (By Bill O'leary -- TWP) The message I got Saturday afternoon--"please tell me you're at the toilet flushing"--was highly distressing. Not only was I not at the Nats' giant toilet-flushing event--I was instead at a Cal Davis-Loyola basketball game, and more on that later--I hadn't even...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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