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D.C. Sports Bog: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008

This Weekend: Erik Estrada and Pat Sajak

Eleven summers ago, Erik Estrada spent several weeks hosting a Branson, Mo. live onstage version of "Wheel of Fortune." No, seriously. And that, near as I can tell, was the closest link between the former "CHiPs" star and Pat Sajak. Until this weekend in our fair metropolis, that is....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Minor League Baseball  
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Softball Girls: The Video

As Chico Harlan reported last week and as Lastings Milledge said again this week, the extent of the much-discussed "softball girls" cheers went something like this: "Let's go Austin, Let's Go" [Clap Clap]. I heard an extensive discussion on SportsTalk 980 that was operating under the theory that the Nats...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nats  
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Win a Date With Zim

Win a date with Miss DC Chelsey Rodgers, although not sure if she can lip sync. Tonight's the night for A Night Among the Stars, the fundraiser for Nats VP of Communications (and vegetarian!) Chartese Burnett's "Woman of the Year" campaign. While raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2008; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Etan Thomas's NBA Letter

ESPN's "Outside the Lines First Report" did a piece on NBA players and political activism on Tuesday, pegged to the Olympics and Darfur and whether Kobe and LeBron will get active. Kobe has done a Darfur-related PSA (but refused to talk to ESPN for this piece) and LeBron, who once...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 22, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Jim Bowden Passes on Gas

General Bismol. (Haraz N. Ghanbari - AP) Seven hundred and thirty-two times out of 733, I won't steal material from another Post sports blog, because it seems kind of pointless to have identical information spread in multiple places on one Web site. The exception would be for something truly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nats  
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Portis: Tight Jeans and Pickup Trucks

Taylor Swift, moving good. Clinton Portis could tell by looking at their faces. Some of the VIPs he was sitting next to at the Academy of Country Music awards show were in over their heads, like a table-full of NFL punters dropped into the BET Awards. "Some of them...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Feinstein on Milledge

This is dangerously close to hot-dogging. (By Drew Hallowell - Getty) Since I haven't yet tried to sell any copies of John Feinstein's new book "Living on the Black," here goes.... With Feinstein spending lots of time around the Mets last year, the topic of young Lastings came up...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Dmitri Young Eats Sea Urchin

The highlight of Ryan Zimmerman's Monday appearance on Washington Post Live was supposed to be the revelation that he's named his new English Bulldog "Miley," after Cyrus. But then he went ahead and told us that Dmitri Young is a sushi-eating machine, that he has personally "witnessed the demolition before,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Cooley's Wedding Approaches

And thankfully, with the wedding still two days away, he's already blogging about the seating arrangement. Personally, I'd keep Smoot away from the gravy boat, but that's just me. From Cooley's latest at Shutdown Corner, in which he gets all mushy about his bride-to-be: From the moment Christy said "yes"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Redskins  
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The Redskins Are Hiring a Blogger

WARNING * * SELF-REFERENTIAL MEDIA TALK * * A couple weeks ago I got a call from Redskins Minister of Information Karl Swanson. He wanted to talk about the team's idea to create a blog on Redskins.com. In theory, he wasn't talking about a collection of press releases and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Mystics Go Vegan Hard-Core Punk

Non-veg (Swin Cash) and Veg (Nakia Sanford). (Richard Lipski - TWP) If ignorant people like Norman Chad weren't trying to chase you all away from WNBA fandom, I'd spend most of the summer doing nothing but writing about this team. They got rid of a few of my favorites...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 21, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mystics  
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Lastings Milledge Can't Feel His Face

(Getty) About 16 hours after the Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs, I got the following e-mail from Reader Mark: I am pretty sure I just saw Lastings Milledge do the "I can't feel my face" after an RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd inning (Saturday afternoon...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 20, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nats , Wizards  
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L-Millz and Riggo

(Ricky Carioti - TWP) Actual Dialogue from today's Fan Q&A with Lastings Milledge at the ESPNZone. Fan, approximately: "I wanted you to know that I'm pledging $5 to some Nationals Charity Foundation every time you steal a base, and I'm going to up to $10 every time you steal...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 20, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nats , Redskins  
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Devin Thomas Seems to Enjoy the NFL

(Jesse Grant - Getty Images via NFL Players) New Redskins WR Devin "Showtime" Thomas, as you might have heard, won the 2008 Rookie Madden Bowl over the weekend, which he appropriately called "the greatest moment of my NFL career." ESPN the Mag's Bruce Feldman was focused on his "thickness,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 20, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Demetric Evans at the Car Dealership

(By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post) These Redskins defensive linemen have kept themselves busy in the offseason. Phillip Daniels, of course, entered power-lifting competitions. Kedric Golston has pursued NASCAR fandom; look for him at Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. And Demetric Evans? Why, he's in Week Two of his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2008; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Dexter Manley: Blog Icon

(WaPo file photo) Having lived elsewhere during the Dexter Manley years, I was only marginally familiar with the guy's athletic prime. But then I read this sentence in George Solomon's Sunday column this week: Over the past 10 years, Larry Sabato has been quoted 150 times in The Post,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Sky Was Filled With Beer

My last Preakness Infield post of the year, and first, a few notes: 1) Why write a blog post about Beer-Can Volleyball when you can post the video? And yeah, this is what journalism has come to in May of 2008: finding the center of the beer-throwing mob at the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Dmitri's Carry-Out Cafe

(By Preston Keres - TWP) Dmitri Young may only have spent three days in Harrisburg, but they were three joyous days in the Senators' clubhouse, as Dmitri's Carry-Out Cafe quickly went fully operational. Three days, three takeout orders from three different restaurants, and, according to Nationals.com, a $3,000 bill....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Preakness Infield: The Blood Photos

So I was discussing with some Preakness Infielders what would make a good photo, something that truly captured the moment. Then this chap walked by. Unsteadily, I should add. Everyone was taking his photo, although his head kept bobbing back and forth, which made things more difficult. I thought...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Preakness Infield: The Professional Photos

(Matt Rourke - AP) My PowerShot proved inadequate to truly capture the flavor of the Preakness infield ("Lite Beer Chocolate Chip Mudslide" was the flavor, for the record). Luckily, the pros were there, leading to one of the better photo captions I've ever seen, from Reuters's Jonathan Ernst: "A...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2008; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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