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Last Week's Five Stars

Having quit the Internet for much of what turned into the most exciting D.C. sports blogging week of calendar year 2008, figured I'd say hello to the five stars of the last week. Yeah, blogging is supposed to combat the ills of recycling mild news that's six days old, but I'm sitting in an empty arena waiting for Megadeth security to show up. Sue me.

1) Fred Smoot. Not one, but TWO birthday parties, including one with the ubiquitous appearances by Biz Markie, Big Tigger and Brendan Haywood. First came a mid-week celebration at Josephine, with appearances from LaVar, Roger Mason and Michael Beasley. Then came the weekend bash at Pose, with appearances from all manner of Redskins, some of whom seemed to be quite happy. Looks like somebody had one too many Smoot Smack bars.

2) Manny Acta. Dude, ever heard of Samson? Asking Dmitri Young to cut his hair threatens to sever the power that has powered this team to, what, five wins? According to, "Acta said he requested the haircut in the interest of team "structure" with the Nationals. Young, on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back sprain, declined comment." Has a pro athlete ever declined comment on a haircut before? Does baseball abide by the reverse playoff beard superstition? Is Don Sutton next? And could Donald Brashear's playoff beard possibly look more sinister?

3) Mike Wise. Sure, the fans were in full swoon over his column. But what did the cooler-headed locals think?

Perhaps the must repugnant Wise commentary was his attack on the Flyers fans, at one point saying the "women and children" in attendance at Game 3, "looked as if they could work security for Megadeath." [sic]

Uh, never lost for a sense of humor ... the Flyers didn't like reading such drivel. So, they decided to print 20,000 copies of Wise's column to hand out to each fan walking through the doors of the Wachovia Center for Game 4.

Unfortunately, not one of the copies was handed out, thanks to a lawyer for the Post who contacted the Flyers a couple hours before the game and politely asked them to cease and desist ... or else.

4) Soulja Boy. As expected, he joins the Wiz rolling float of obscure musicians, saying he was offended by LeBron James's metaphors and seeming to accept DeShawn Stevenson's offer of a courtside seat in D.C., although I'm told nothing has yet been finalized.

"I'm all for it," [S. Boy] said. "He invited me out, and I don't have a problem coming . . . I'm [cheering] for whoever backs me. I can't go for whoever's going against me."

5) Christmas Ape. Not sure there's much more to say, other than I'll miss our bi-monthly use of the Post's internal messaging system to discuss highly controversial subjects such as the Chicago Marathon, and that "getting rid of popular if highly inappropriate Internet writers" doesn't likely appear on many new media business plans. Also, there are probably more subtle ways of conveying the consumption of alcohol in a blog than this particular way.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 21, 2008; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins , Wizards  
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