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D.C. Sports Bog: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Today in Great Sportswriting

As The Greatest Generation of sportswriters continues to lament the advent of sports bloggers, those unschooled nihilists who care not a whit for the word-smithing craft, I've often wondered exactly which Hemingways and Dostoevskys these sports bloggers are up against. Thus, I introduce a feature that will be repeated...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 9, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Chris Cooley's Wedding Registry

Peppermint Stripe Platter. I can think of three reasons to link to Chris Cooley's two wedding registries (which I stumbled upon fairly randomly while buying a present for a friend), but none of them are super persuasive. 1) I'm supposed to be off today, and don't feel like spending...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 9, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Natasha Kai Should Join the Wizards

This is going to be my standard when deciding which athletes to follow during the Olympics this summer in Beijing: would they be able to fit in with the Wizards? Like, I went to the U.S. Women's National Team practice on Wednesday, since the team is in D.C. preparing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 8, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Ryan Zimmerman's Got a Blog

(AP Photo) Look, I gladly cash my Comcast SportsNet paychecks whenever they show up at the front door. I watch Sports Rise every morning. I keep meaning to get Buckhantz's "Dagger!" as my cell phone ring tone, and I nearly fell over myself sprinting to greet the great Michael...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 8, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nats  
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Bissinger's Blog Bashing: Under the Bottom, and Off Target

The night Buzz Bissinger's head exploded, I was busy with the TiVo, attempting to capture the best possible ripped-from-the-TV photographs of DeShawn Stevenson wearing a Mike Vick jersey. The resulting post, somewhat depressingly, turned into the one of the most-clicked items I've ever posted on this blog. And so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 8, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rabach's Butt Begets Campbell's Hammy

(Don Wright via Redskins.com.) From the very first day Jim Zorn was introduced as Redskins head coach, he has appeared singularly obsessed with Casey Rabach's posterior and, on the other side of the spoon, the squatting technique of Jason Campbell. One man needs to get higher, and one man...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 8, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gil Won't Return Without Jamison

(By Jesse D. Garrabrant - NBAE via Getty.) This was supposed to be Gilbert Arenas's last blog of all time, and I was anticipating another heart-felt manifesto on the meaning of life and NBA basketball. Instead, we get equivocation; "I'll give you all a hesitant no, this is not...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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For Sale: Mark Brunell

Yours for $29.97. For sale on NFL.com, Mark Brunell replica jersey. Was $74.99, now $29.97. Available in white or burgundy; add $4.99 for maroon or black. Doesn't compare to the discount on B-Lloyd or Adam Archuleta jerseys, for some reason. (And actually, those previously discounted B-Lloyds are now going...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Crybaby Shirts

(By Winslow Townson - AP) Remember the Papa John's Crybaby t-shirts on eBay, referenced in this space yesterday afternoon? Well, one loyal reader attempted to buy one, only to be told the item had been removed, which a quick eBay search confirms. "They're trying to make fun of me,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Santana Moss is Having a Birthday Party

If there's one thing the D.C. area needs right now, it's a high-end, red-carpet-employing, celebrity-courting, Biz-Markie-deejayed prominent athlete birthday party. I mean, this year is already four months old, and all we have to show for it is high-end, red-carpet-employing, celebrity-courting, Biz-Markie-deejayed parties for Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chris Cooley's Urine

Chris Cooley is about five days away from leaving pro football and becoming a full-time reporter. Well, he would be if full-time reporters landed groupies, eight-figure contracts, sports cars, cheerleaders, free sport performance beverages and as much job security as can-be-cut-at-any-moment pro football players. The point is, this is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wiz vs. Caps on TV

Still winning, but just barely. D.C. Sports are obviously one big happy family, as evidenced by the following logic ladder: Clyde Simms goes to Caps games, from where Alex Ovechkin goes to Wizards games, from where Roger Mason goes to Redskins games, from where Jason Campbell goes to Georgetown...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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Cooley Does Blog Show

If you haven't been reading Chris Cooley's blog, here's what you've missed: Concerning the draft, a punter? "I know really. A punter? Hopefully he can kick the [stuffing] out of the ball." If you haven't been reading Chris Cooley on Shutdown Corner, here's what you've missed: The NFL Combine is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Get Yer Crybaby T-Shirts

Well that didn't take TOO too long. Five LeBron James Papa John's Crybaby t-shirts available on the eBays, all priced between $11 and $18. Like I said, if Papa John's would just sell these shirts in D.C., and sell "We're Not Really Crybabies and In Fact the Term Highly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One Last Bit of VW Propaganda

V-dub in da haus! Free cars for everyone! If you don't think the scent of corporate dollars was wafting about RFK Stadium today like so many mildly reheated animal products, you better get your nostrils checked out. We're talking about a major multinational corporation ordering several large helpings of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Players Are Excited

If all's it takes to get goofy pictures of United's foreign stars is a new corporate sponsorship, I say we make this a weekly feature. This week VW (ding), which joins Adidas; next week Der Spiegel, and the following week Ritter Sport. Anything to get the word "Joghurt" on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Quavas Kirk is Black Thunder

Before we get back to the business at hand (providing free publicity for Volkswagen, making "V-dub in da haus" jokes), a brief interlude concerning United first-year midfielder Quavas Kirk, whose e-mail address prominently features the phrase "Black Thunder." You'll never figure out the full address, so don't bother guessing,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gil's Wardrobe and Gil's Summer Plans

(By Nick Wass - AP) Still clinging to the sweaty jerseys of D.C.'s most bloggable team, I present some of Gilbert's pre-Game-6 thoughts. I'll stop soon, I swear. On whether DeShawn crossed the line from funny character to villain this year: "No, he's still on the borderline. Like I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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On Pizzas and Crybabies

Lingering Wizardly depression and major Blog Show responsibilities prevented me from working yesterday, thus depriving me of a golden chance to make fun of Clevelanders. (Watch Blog Show, today between 5 and 6 on Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live, featuring a guest appearance from important blogger Chris Cooley. Yeah,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Heidi and VW and the Jersey

Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America: "Before I do my little speech here please understand, as a German if I use the word 'football' I mean 'soccer'. Please don't quote me wrong in your newspaper. I'm so much used to fussball, please understand this and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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VW Comes to RFK

Things impossible to miss at the Volkswagen-sponsors-D.C. United press event: * Men in dark-framed glasses. * The car, with microphone. Apparently, the car is named Max and is something of a TV personality, starring in commercials with Heidi Klum, commercials which led off the press conference. I don't watch...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Wizards Dipped in Chocolate

The wives of Darius Songaila and Antonio Daniels, covered in chocolate. How best to recover from the Wizards' untimely departure from the playoffs and the gaping three-month span until Redskins training camp? How 'bout at a high-end fundraiser featuring C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, social gadfly Oleksiy Pecherov, and the wives...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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