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

Donald Brashear's NBA Contest

Wait, did something happen? Hello? Ok, in the spirit of full disclosure, my name is really Dan Steinberg, and in addition to doing a sports blog for the Washington Post, I do a sports blog for the Washington Post. (Waits to see if still employed.) Anyhow, I'm on vacation for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 18, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  NBA  
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Bizarre Olympic Dreams

If you hang around a large number of hopeful Olympians--say, at a U.S.Olympic media summit in Chicago--you're likely to hear about how long and hard many of them have dreamed Olympic dreams. Which is fine and all, but it turns out that their actual dreams often trend toward some...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Flyers Fans Say Bad Words

Bad word warning. And give this to Flyers fans; they're not subtle. Any fan base that can mobilize more than 10 supporters to chant profanities in unison can't be too bad, right?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Lisa Leslie Goes Obama

Don't accuse the U.S. women's basketball team of shying away from politics in the run-up to the Olympics. Lisa Leslie came to her media session yesterday wearing a jacket with an Obama for President button. She said she bought it for her mom, "because we're in Chicago, and they're on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics  
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I Got Biffed

I've spent most of my time at this U.S. Olympic media summit wandering around, hoping to find Olympic athletes away from their official round tables, in order to get them to say mildly funny things on video. Like, yesterday I found Misty May-Treanor, the undisputed world champion of professional women's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media , Olympics  
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Olympic Wrestlers Like Challenges

Rulon Gardner: Holds arms above head for four hours. I spent some time this week chatting with Brad Vering, a former and possible future Olympic wrestler who coaches at American University. He was talking about the culture of wrestlers, saying "We try to challenge each other in all kinds...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Wiz-Cavs III: More Trash Talk

Covering the Wiz-Cavs build-up from a Chicago hotel room.... LeBron James: "I wanted to play someone else, but if we have to play somebody, I'm glad it's Washington." Comment: I do not understand this. Gilbert Arenas "Last Blog of Season" Report: I think everybody wants Cleveland in that first...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Gilbert Calls Out Tom Knott, George Bush

Gilbert's new target. (Reuters) After promising he was done blogging this season, Gilbert struck again last night, lobbing another grenade at Tom Knott and also setting his sights on George W. Bush. Like the Wiz don't have enough trouble attracting fans in D.C. Plus, Gil revealed that he was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davey Johnson vs. Coach K

(John McDonnell - TWP) U.S. baseball skipper Davey Johnson and U.S. basketball coach Coach K both had Olympic press conferences today. A sampling of their answers, unfairly chosen to make one guy look way more entertaining than the other. Coach K, on improving: "Over the last two years we've...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Down Goes Jamison

Sometimes, Steve Buckhantz goes with "Dagger." Other times, he chooses "Bulls-eye." I much prefer "Dagger" to "Bulls-eye," in this context. Via Ballhype, and if there's a better duo in the NBA at discussing potentially debilitating and yet potentially amusing private part injuries, I've yet to meet 'em....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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An Olympic Faux-Hawk

Diver David Boudia and his faux-hawk. Is it killing me not to be at Caps-Flyers? Yeah. Am I compensating by hoping against hope that someone with a real, genuine mohawk will walk through that door? Yeah, I guess I am. This is diver David Boudia. He doesn't have a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2008; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics  
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The Gilbert Arenas of Paddling

The first time I saw Benn Fraker at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit, I was wandering through some hallway and he was encouraging an NBC makeup person to outfit him with black eyeliner. The second time I saw him, he was telling me that he listens to Elliott Smith...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Chris Miller is Hardheaded

After a rocky start to his D.C. tenure, treating Blog Show with all the respect LeBron has shown Deshawn Stevenson, Comcast SportsyNet's Chris Miller has grown on me immensely, to the point that I've laughed at his on-air jokes more regularly than with any CSN personality save Michael "Mohawk" Jenkins....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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The Fans Were Phenomenal

While I'm off talking to rowers and badminton players, and playoff invitations are being officially extended to Soulja Boy, the D.C. fans have been phenomenal. 1) These Ovechkin Rock the Red tees would seem to be the best hockey tee I've ever seen. Go buy them at the Concrete...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Wizards  
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Olympic Style Watch

Demetrius Andrade. If you've never sat in a room with, I don't know, 400 sports writers and journalists all hoping that Michael Phelps will take a political stand on something or other (he didn't) or tell a hilarious story of his life-building journey with coach Bob Bowman (Bowman once...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Olympics  
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DeShawn Is: Accessory Man

Accessory Man, as Jerry Stackhouse. The 2007-2008 DeShawn Stevenson style encyclopedia already has several odd chapters, from the '80s-themed costume party to the ZZ Top beard-growing contest to the customized bathrobe to the jersey-on-his-back tattoo. One notable absence, though, was the creation of an alter-ego named Accessory Man who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Women's Soccer Team Likes Dylan

How did new U.S. women's coach Pia Sundhage greet her new charges after she became the sixth coach in U.S. Women's National Team history this winter? She sang Dylan. "The Times They Are a-Changin'." Not just the chorus, either. "We're anxiously awaiting the first words to come out of her...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Soccer Players on Olympics and Politics

First press conference of the pre-Olympics summit involved the women's soccer team. First few questions were about, you know, Coach Pia Sundhage's experience with the Chinese national team, the changing of the guard, the new coaching philosophy, and so on. Then came the political questions. That's going to be a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Olympics  
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I'm in Chicago

Programming note: I'm in Chicago for this U.S. Olympics media summit thing. I understand there's some sort of mild excitement concerning D.C.-based pro sports teams this week, but these Olympic plans were hatched many months ago. Anyhow, it'll probably be pretty quiet around here this week, but next week I'll...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Olympics  
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