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D.C. Sports Bog: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

The Wizards Disappear, With Smiles

(By Preston Keres - TWP) "No, he's crazier than me. I'm already broken. I learned early. He's not filtered. I think about stuff. Mine goes through the filter first." - Gilbert Arenas, on whether DeShawn Stevenson is as crazy as he is. "I'm a man, he's a man, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 2, 2008; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Pro'Verb's Got a New Wiz Anthem

The frothy extracurriculars in this Wiz-Cavs series have been banished to the sidelines, and we're (mostly) back to talking about basketball. That goes for the series's hip-hop participants as well, which is why Pro'Verb--the local rapper who famously responded to Jay-Z's DeShawn Stevenson diss track with a defense of D.C.--has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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The Best Wiz Practice Quotes

(By Nathaniel S. Butler - NBAE via Getty) "I don't golf." --Caron Butler, responding to Charles Barkley's taunt that the Wizards should get ready to break out their golf clubs. "I've said it before, I'll say it again: we're a better team with him out on the court....I'm the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A Nationals Musical Interlude

Tunes to hum while waiting for Pro'Verb's new hit to drop.... Listen to "Nuts About the Nats," Charlie Brotman's more-than-fantastic ode to Washington Nationals Baseball. (why.i.hate.d.c. via Deadspin) Help the Nats choose their Seventh Inning Stretch singer. Watch Screech's Best Friend Jeff from Nats 320 as he auditions! (MLB.com via...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gilbert On the End of His Blog and His New Tats

(By Gregory ShamusGetty) Gilbert pre-game transcript courtesy Michael Lee. Gilbert: "I think I got one more blog in me, then no more blogging. I'm going to retire from blogging." Media: Why? Too much controversy? Too much fun? Gilbert: "A little bit of both. But media is different than when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Gilbert Says Wiz Are Better Without Him

Cheerleader, Ukrainian. (By David Liam Kyle - NBAE via Getty) Like everyone else in the world, I've said less-than-complimentary things about Gilbert at various points this season. But last night was just classic Gil. When the locker room opened before the game, he was lounging around and laughing and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Wiz Win: The Video

Let me set the scene: media members often get trapped in their concourse seats right after games like this. Mike Wise and I had gone down to the media room to avoid that, but then we sprinted back through one of the tunnels with 11 seconds left so we could...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeShawn: Still Popular

So, the Vick jersey and its deep meaning? "Uh, actually, nothing, I just put it on," DeShawn Stevenson said yesterday, and I actually believed him. "Michael Vick is--WAS--my favorite football player. I had his jersey, I felt like wearing a jersey, so I put that one on." (Of course,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tough Juice Gets Tuff

As an impartial journalist blogger, I don't root for teams. But I don't think there's a rule against rooting for inanimate objects like a playoff series, and dang was I rooting for this most-ridiculous-of-all-time first-round series to continue. So when I saw some frowny faces at Tuesday's practice--Oleksiy Pecherov...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2008; 10:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert Shuts It Down

Any surprises left from the Wizards? Sure, why not one more. Gilbert Arenas will not play in Game 5 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, and said his injured left knee will not permit him to play again this season. "I'm done," he said. "My...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I Love This Series: the Video

No, really, I do. I I love Brendan Haywood for having a sense of humor and perspective, DeShawn Stevenson for his sense of theater, LeBron James for never breaking character, Jay-Z and Pro'Verb and Soulja Boy for the absurdity, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels for refusing to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cleveland Fans Appear Confident

Do I think the Cavs will almost certainly win this series? Of course I do. You'd say that about any team up 3-1 at home, much less a team that has so completely owned its opponent for three postseasons in a row. Do I think it's 100 percent stone-cold...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeShawn Appears to be Popular in Cleveland

Why do I continue to mildly defend the indefensible tomfoolery that has threatened to torpedo yet another Wizards season while turning the entire country against this team? I'm not really sure. I still find them likable, somehow, and anyways, everyone else has already piled on, with reporters even looking...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeShawn Goes Vick

Hmm, this month has worked out pretty well. I've gone from being a fairly obscure shooting guard--perhaps best-known for my back tattoo featuring my name and uniform number adorned with dollar signs and bullet holes--to a national sports figure with a sizzling beef against one of the NBA's best...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Georgetown vs. Maryland?

(Getty) Let's just quote the headline from the lead story on the Old Spice Classic's Web site: G-TOWN, MD, MICHIGAN STATE HEADLINE '08 DREAM FIELD Hmmm. G-TOWN and MD in the same field. But that means.... Wash Times blogger: "OK, there's no deal in place to get Maryland and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wizards Hold Their Form

Nick Young's gumby hairstyle, courtesy Gilbert. This afternoon, Antawn Jamison addressed the flowery ornamental treats that have made this series more icing than cake. He sounded let down rather than angry. It was like your boss coming over to check on a deadline project and finding you busy creating...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colt Brennan Costs Himself Seven Figures

(Getty). Colt Brennan promises to be among the more bloggable of the Redskins draft picks, from his time spear fishing to his celebrated graduation to his dreadlocks to his Samoan skills to his island hairstyle to the two two">distinct Web sites created in his honor to his wonderfully named...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins Punter is Fox Hunter

Redskins.com photo. Of all the paths punters have taken to the NFL, I'd have to imagine "mom selling Irish sport horse to NFL punting legend's daughter" and "son building leg strength by riding fox-hunting horses" has to be among the more unusual. Brooks Durant--the Redskins' sixth-round draft pick and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Damon Jones Faux-Slashes His Throat

So DeShawn Stevenson was fined $25k for his "Roc-a-fella dynasty" hand signal-throat slash maneuver early in Game 4. The NBA described it as a "menacing gesture." Fair enough. Except just last month Damon Jones made a three-pointer late in a Wiz win over loss to the Cavs, which he followed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Malcolm Kelly Has a Beautiful Voice

Redskins.com photo. The last of the three Redskins receivers introduced today was perhaps the best known on the Interwebs, thanks to his much-embedded year-and-a-half old freestyling stint. Leading off our Malcolm Kelly highlights, I asked him about the freestyling. * "Which one?" he said. Ha! Turns out he also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Capital Disses Back

Closed fist? (By Jim Young - Reuters) LeBron gets Jay-Z to diss DeShawn; now Pro'Verb has stepped up to diss back. More than that, Proverb name-checks a certain newspaper: Who would have thought that I'd have to step into this territory; The Washington Post couldn't write a better story....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Fred Davis Is Bone Crusher

Highlights from USC tight end Fred Davis's media availability.... * Nicknames? Yeah, the man has nicknames. Mom Margo Davis says he was once known as "Bone Crusher," because he he broke a kid's arm in youth football. "We used to take him to practice and they didn't want to play,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Devin Thomas Speaks

Things learned from Devin Thomas's introductory press conference? * Washington D.C. has a new No. 85. Huuuuuuge shoes to fill. * That nickname "Showtime?" Yeah, he has "Show" tattooed on the back of his left arm, and "Time" tattooed on the back of his right arm. "Sometimes it's 'Show' for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Devin Thomas is Showtime

(Rucker/MCT) What can one learn about new Redskins WR Devin Thomas from the Web? Bad quote: "I always knew I had the ability," Thomas said this week between stops working out for NFL teams. "I just needed the opportunity....It keeps that chip on my shoulder. A lot of guys...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. United is the New Wiz

Gonzalo Martinez and the number 23. The Wiz could still be the new Wiz, if they would win, but losing makes them the old Wiz, and one more loss will make them the ex-Wiz, and so it's time to find the new Wiz. That would appear to be D.C....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Why Gil Didn't Throw His Jersey

Jeff Green, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley. Brief rays of light on a gloomy morning.... * Gilbert did his post-game interviews in the locker room while wearing his Wiz jersey. A jersey that, in normal circumstances, would be in the grubby mitts of some happy kid in the crowd. This...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Malcolm Kelly Freestyles

Had enough rap moguls dissing D.C. sports stars? How about future D.C. sports stars attempting to be rap moguls? Here's new Redskins WR Malcolm Kelly, with his much-discussed freestyling after his Oklahoma Sooners won the 2006 Big 12 championship. Has Kelly faced some expectations over the years? Check this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Here's Jay Z's DeShawn Song

Possibly the last DeShawn-LeBron non-rivalry post. Possibly. Anyhow, by popular demand, here's that Jay Z freestyle about DeShawn Stevenson that was played at Love on Friday night. Thanks to intern Boris and YouBeenBlinded for the link, which is now also all over YouTube. Language alert, I suppose. A rundown...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2008; 1:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Wiz are Now Climbing the Mountain

Down three games to one? Heading back to Cleveland? To face a team that's ended your season two years in a row? In a building where you just lost by 30? That's, you might say, is a tough mountain to climb. Don't like the metaphor? Too bad, because it's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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LeBron-DeShawn: Pre-Game IV

Further updates on the rivalry that isn't.... * Before the game, DeShawn Stevenson, on Jay Z: "He's worth about $500 million, and he's writing songs about me? What does that say about DeShawn Stevenson? Balllllllllllllling!" * Before the game, LeBron James on Jay Z: Essentially, no comment. * Before...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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