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D.C. Sports Bog: May 25, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Santana: "Off The Chain"

The Reliable Sourcers tracked down Santana Moss in advance of his birthday weekend, and got the following quotes: "The parties are all going to be off the chain," Moss told us. "The theme for the weekend is, 'Party till you drop.' " And also, Don't stress about presents: Moss said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Redskins  
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How Spelling Imitates the World Series

Matthew Evans, managing a post-interview smile. Is spelling a sport? I pondered that question while listening to the definition of "duroc" ("A breed of large, vigorous red lard-type hogs of American origin") and then, more seriously, when pre-Bee favorite Matthew Evans was a surprise casualty of the next-to-last semifinal...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Erin Andrews at the Bee

Erin Andrews interviews Matthew Evans after his surprise sixth-round exit. A few notes from ESPN/ABC Spelling Bee sideline correspondent Erin Andrews: 1) None of the kids, she said, have any idea who she is. "Two of the kids who work for the Spelling Bee asked to take my picture,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Media , Weirdness  
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Spellers at Play

There's a big bulletin board outside the ballroom on which spellers can send and receive messages. Many of the posted items are entreaties from news organizations for interviews with all spellers from Minnesota, for example, or with a specific speller from a specific city. Others are speller-to-speller missives. Many...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Kelli Johnson vs. an Eight-Year Old

Let me amend my previous entry to say that THIS, in fact, is the best Spelling Bee highlight you will ever see. It features Comcast SportsyNet going head to head against 8-year-old Sriram Jagadeesh Hathwar, the event's youngest competitor. It's unclear who got the better of the encounter. Please also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Media , Weirdness  
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Down Goes Canada

Previously defeated Canadians. When I just wandered back into the ballroom during a commercial break, the reporters were whispering about a Canadian bloodbath. "This must be what it was like when the Nordiques and Jets left," e-mailed Adam from Throwing Things, the very best source for Spelling Bee blogging....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Spelling Bee Semifinals Begin

A fallen So-Young Iris Chung, meeting with the press. Shortly after 11 this morning, the studio audience in the basement ballroom of the Grand Hyatt began clapping. And kept clapping. Lots of clapping. The clapping was for the benefit of the ESPN cameras, which is why it went on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Dave Feldman

Finally departing the world of talk radio and cable TV, we move to the networks, WTTG-TV and Dave Feldman. Feldy, as he's known in and out of press boxes, worked radio in the Bay Area and television in Sioux City, Iowa, before going back to California for jobs in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Best Spelling Bee Highlights in World History

The requisite caveats: Chris Miller and Michael Jenkins are easily two of my favorite local media personalities, I happily watch about two hours of Comcast SportsyNet news programs a day, I personally authored what was without a doubt the Snafueist segment that has ever aired on that network, they handled...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 30, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Look: Blogging Erin Andrews

There are two ways to view this photograph of me and Blog Show co-host Jamie Mottram considering ESPN's Erin Andrews and Blog Show producer Adam Littlefield. The first is as a carefully constructed commentary on the perilous foundation of sports blogging: the juvenile "hold-on-is-that????" wonderment, the detached near-spying by...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Media , Morning Look  
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D.C. United Sausage Fest

In this season of bad news and a failure to meat expectations, Tuesday's announcement that Johnsonville Sausage will be a D.C. United sponsor and RFK food-supplier for the rest of the 2008 season at least suggests that some things on East Capitol Street might be cured. You thought "cured"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Ovechkin's Clothing Launch Party

Fashion icon. As mentioned previously, you really know you've made it as a crossover entertainment star when you have a red-carpet launch party featuring some of Canada's most beautiful models showcasing your "Streetwear Clothing Line" at one of Toronto's hottest venues. Oh, and did I mention Toronto-based international award-winning...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Caps  
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Yesterlook: Kwame's Media Mob

Perusing the archive of WaPo Kwame Brown photos is a strange, depressing task. The early pictures show so much hope, so much promise, so many young and optimistic smiles. Michael Jordan looks happy, but more than that, Kwame Brown looks happy. He jumps rope. He shakes hands. He visits...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Wizards , Yester Look  
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Kornheiser on Style, The Post, Chad (and Me)

Tony Kornheiser mentioned on his radio show the other day that he had just done an interview with The Big Lead, which nearly caused me to choke on my apple. What's next, an interview with DCRTV? Anyhow, while the Blog Show crew is busy with post-mortems from our Erin Andrews...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: John Riggins

From television back to radio, and this time we're dipping lower on your AM dial to 730, home of Redskins Radio (which soon might eat WTEM), and home also to the John Riggins Show.The times have changed, but the current setup is 4-7 daily, running directly opposite WTEM's The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Ovechkin Video Overload

The big Ovechkin news of the day, which the world is awaiting with open credit cards, is the upcoming launch of Ovechkin's personal line of clothes, via Reebok. Without having seen the press release, I'd say expect lots of stylish v-cut t-shirts with inscrutable slogans. While we wait, a sampling...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Look: Sliding Dukes

Continuing another new feature to help me survive the summer: Morning Look, featuring a photograph that may or may not speak to the previous day's D.C. sports news, and also featuring virtually no text. I know, give a guy a blog that advocates his firing and he suddenly thinks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Look , Nats  
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Yesterlook: A D.C. United Championship

Introducing yet another new feature to help me survive the summer: Yester Look, featuring a photograph from The Post's archives that may or may not speak to the issues of the day in D.C. Sports. To be honest, this one might not last indefinitely; only as long as the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United , Yester Look  
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Spelling Bee Time

A year later, and another Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Grand Hyatt is upon us. Last year's coverage can be read here and here and here and here; it also resulted in one of America's most famous spellers visiting the Bog to post a comment. Things to watch...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Devon McTavish Slips and Falls

Ok, it wasn't quite on the level of the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury's slidetastics, but Devon McTavish's slip-and-slide act last week in Toronto was good enough to make Goff's game story: McTavish suffered another embarrassing moment midway through the opening half when, after chasing a clearance 40 yards to midfield, he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moss Man Party Weekend: Wear White

Previous white-tinged D.C. birthday party pics. With Santana Moss's Birthday Extravaganza weekend rapidly approaching (and nicely timed with the National Spelling Bee to allow for easy cross-promotion among the social set), some details are emerging. Like the color scheme. It's white. How white is it? It's so white that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wizards Golfing: The Video

Two video versions of Wizards playing golf at Congressional. The first comes courtesy of my handheld camera, and features occasional smudges in the frame. I know that's poor form for a professional Web site, but please consider that the smudges represent leftover flung beer from the Preakness Infield and give...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Erasmus James and the Galactic Zapp Machine

Key facts about new Redskins defensive lineman Erasmus James, rushed into print to guard against these facts being rendered useless by James becoming an ex-new Redskins defensive lineman.... 1) In college, at least, he owned an eight-foot long boa named "Cujo." According to the Capital Times, when he was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Chick Hernandez

Perhaps you've seen this feature on Deadspin. Perhaps you're familiar with it from further back, at the always-excellent Boston Sports Media. Perhaps you've noticed that hot D.C. sports blogging topics are fairly non-existent from May through August. Which is why I'm now presenting the D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Bram Gets All Famous

Having previously reported, sort of, on Bram Weinstein's departure from Covering the Redskins to ESPN anchoring duties, figure it might be time to check in and see how Bram's doing. If you watch ESPN News regularly, for hours at a time, you probably saw Bram deliver about 700 reports on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Look: Tiger's Presser

Introducing another new feature to help me survive the summer: Morning Look, featuring a photograph that may or may not speak to the previous day's D.C. sports news, and also featuring virtually no text. I know, give a guy a blog that advocates his firing and he suddenly thinks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Golf , Morning Look  
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Caron Butler's First Golf Outing

The backswing. "So what's the objective of this one now?" Caron Butler asked when our multi-golf-cart party arrived at Congressional's 10th tee this morning. "Hit it over the water," someone said. After Darrell Green and Rock Cartwright and Chick Hernandez had teed off, Butler's Wizard teammate Roger Mason Jr....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Golf , Wizards  
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Gilbert's Magnets

So Gilbert is selling magnets featuring quotes from his own blog? And not only that, but Gilbert is selling magnets featuring slightly altered quotes, changing "just give me season tickets to any arena and let me sit there with 20,000 other 'crazy' AND 'quirky' people" to 'crazy' OR 'quirky'...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Caron Butler's Movie Debut

Caron's new teammate. Things learned while clinging to the back of Caron Butler's golf cart for about nine holes at Congressional Country Club. (It's Tiger Woods media day out here, if you didn't know.) 1) Within the next few weeks, Caron will film his Hollywood debut, a bit part...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Steve Czaban

Perhaps you've seen this feature on Deadspin. Perhaps you're familiar with it from further back, at the always-excellent Boston Sports Media. Perhaps you've noticed that hot D.C. sports blogging topics are fairly non-existent from May through August. Which is why I'm now presenting the D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (198)
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Dmitri Young and the Running Bear

I was trying to find an excuse for linking to the four-day-old Antwaan Randle El vs. a bear segment from ESPN. Then I saw Dmitri Young legging out a would-be triple yesterday afternoon, and I felt like that was justification enough. Never will you see a pro athlete whose running...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nats , Redskins  
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Fire Debbie Yow? Really?

Yow and Brenda Frese. (By Preston Keres - 2006 TWP photo) In my book, the FireThisSportsPerson.com cliche has gone from amusing to overused-but-still-notable to tedious to still-funny-but-only-in-the-right circumstance. Like, FireTimDonaghy.com? Potentially funny. FireDebbieYow.com? What's the point? Especially when the arguments in the affirmative go like this: because of a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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