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D.C. Sports Bog: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Hava Nagila and TK's Hatred

A few quick notes while watching my daughter.... 1) Someone asked to see the photo that accompanied my "Empty Nats Stadium" item in this morning's paper. Here it is, by The Post's John McDonnell. 2) Maybe I'm crazy, but I could almost swear that Wily Mo Pena's batting music...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2008; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Mike Wise

Mike Wise is a Washington Post columnist/multimedia junkie who has been with the paper since May 2004. He was previously at The New York Times for 10 years, where he covered the Knicks, the NBA, and, oh yeah, the Wizards. He's covered 13 NBA finals, two World Series, a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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More Redskins OTA Questions Answered

From energy bars to arts festivals? Turns out my entry on Stuart "DJ Sagnasty the Butcher" Schweigert was only Part I of II this week. Here are the remaining questions, and the remaining answers. Chris Cooley wrote on his blog that he read three books on his honeymoon, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Look: Ladies Night!

So last night was Ladies Night Out at Nats Park, a fascinating event featuring "live entertainment, happy hour drink specials, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, massages and manicures," right outside the Grand Staircase at the park. There were also demonstrations and product samples featuring more than 20 exhibitors, player...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 6, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Enjoying the Weather, Quiet at Nats Park

Steven Toole, by himself in Section 239. "Oh look!" said Christine Regan sometime during the fourth inning this afternoon. "A person!" I found Christine and Tim Galginaitis of Rockville perched in section 304 during this game that had been hastily rescheduled from Wednesday night. Section 304 was pretty crowded,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins: The Blog Search Continues

What's the biggest insidery story in sports blogdome today. Ok, it's probably that Will Leitch is leaving Deadspin for New York Magazine. What's the second-biggest insidery story in sports blogdome today? A second prominent sports blogger has been offered a job by the Redskins, and a second prominent sports blogger,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Ovechkin = Svyerkhchelovek

So what's better? A Russian-language gallery of Alex Ovechkin striking various poses while wearing a Superman jersey (aka Svyerkhchelovek, I think) and holding dress shoes bearing a Russian flag, or this quote from a Russian-language-in-translation Ovechkin interview, upon receiving said shoes: Oh, just my size, 44!" rejoices Ovechkin. "Perhaps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What the Heck is Mortines?

So I saw where there's these huge banners outside Nationals Park promoting all the exciting nightlife and entertainment and dining options that are sure to follow the ballpark to Half Street. I was particularly happy to see the pictured awning of Morton's The Steakhouse. Think of the warm and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Businessperson's Special

Jeez, is nobody working today?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The WTEM Purchase: Feedback Rolls In

One aspect of this Red Zebra WTEM purchase I hadn't previously considered: don't expect any more (paid) appearances by Washington Post personalities like Mike Wise, Michael Wilbon and possibly John Feinstein. (Not sure if he's free from those restrictions.) The powers-that-be will likely have a dim view of allowing Post...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Morning Look: Fans All Wet

While yesterday's D.C. United game was stuck in some sort of strange limbo for much of the night, delayed after 16 minutes of slop but not yet canceled, I couldn't help but hope that the waterlogged chaos would result in a delay of several hours, players helping squeegee the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 5, 2008; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. United , Morning Look , Nats  
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Redskins OTA Questions Answered

If Spring Practice is the Scott McClellan of the college football season (all optimistic speculation, to be followed a few months later by perplexed regret), then OTA's are the final days of the Clinton candidacy of the NFL (no one's sure why they exist, no one's sure why the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Red Zebra Nabs WTEM

As DCRTV has been bubbling about for days, with expanded information in Post articles and opposition columns, Daniel Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting finally nabbed WTEM today. From the official press release, which sent by the Redskins PR team: Red Zebra Broadcasting today announced that it has entered into an agreement...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Tornado Warning at Redskins Park

With a tornado warning, or watch, or something hovering around Redskins Park, everyone was ordered onto the lower level. Santana Moss yelled for the person driving his car to park and come inside. Minister of Information Karl Swanson emerged to tell the media to flee to safety downstairs. Figured he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Things in Better Shape Than the Terps

In the wake of the Tyree Evans mess, the only thing that could make Terps fans feel better was yesterday's news about Gus Gilchrist. At some point, the sharp pain fades into some sort of weirdly numb elation, when your innards are too pulverized to register anything more than...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Caps: "Double Trouble"

Back in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, when the Caps were the toast of D.C. and people were still reading sports news on our corner of the Internet, a couple readers asked me about tracking down some old, embarrassing, wonderful Caps music videos. I don't remember who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cooley on Fast Food, Dumb People, Roulette

Chris Cooley, having returned from his honeymoon, has launched a full-bore assault on the Internet this week, with three must-read blogs published within 16 hours. To summarize: 1) Interview with Bog reader BucktownSkinsFan on The Big Lead. Lots of football talk. Extreme disrespect to Gilbert Arenas, again repeating that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Brett Haber

As his official bio points out, Brett Haber's "unique writing style and witty approach have made him one of the most innovative sportscasters in the country." This can be seen in promos of him knitting with Gary Williams and clowning with Donald Brashear. Haber, who is the sports director...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Nats Go Green

Since the Nationals currently have some on-the-field problems (all their good players are hurt, they can't score runs, they can't get hits and they're in last place), this might be a good time to focus on off-the-field excitement. Like tonight's "Get Your Green On" promotion, which will feature added...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Look: Blog Show 51

Finally, at long last, resolution to this saga. Here's the Blog Show interview with ESPN's Erin Andrews, which will likely go down as one of the 51 best episodes of Blog Show. I haven't watched it, and probably won't, but I hear Mike Wise savaged us on-air after the episode....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2008; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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D.C. United: June 2008 Answers

Rod Dyachenko's mohawk. With D.C. United sort of muddling along, results-wise, this seemed like as good a time as any to demand some answers. Here they are. When Fred scored at New England and went sprinting toward the sideline while pounding his left hand into the crook of his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Life Without (Bobby) Boswell

Color him orange nowadays. (By Kevin Fujii - AP) Despite his months of absence from this city, Bobby "the Cereal Whisperer" Boswell likely remains the most-blogged about soccer player in D.C. United history. To commemorate his return to D.C. for tomorrow night's throwdown with the Houston Dynamo, we were...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Roger Mason on Gil Staying: "100 Percent"

Gilbert before Game 3. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Sally Jenkins's Gilbert column this morning attempted to measure Gilbert's impending free-agency value in both basketball and non-basketball terms, bearing in mind not only wins and losses but also buzz and marketability and ticket sales and charm and all the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top 5 Goals in D.C. United History

As part of Comcast SportsyNet's United Championship Week, which includes a full five days of DCU-related programming, the Network ran the Top 5 Goals in D.C. United History last night and this morning. Highly entertaining stuff, set to a highly bizarre soundtrack. Having followed the team intermittently in the years...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Best of Greg Blache

(TWP file photo by John McDonnell) The bad thing about the Greg Blache's previous self-imposed media blackout was that he had been pretty much guaranteed to provide at least one memorable quote per media availability. The good thing about his promotion to defensive coordinator and subsequent return to on-the-record...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moss's Birthday: The Red Carpet Report

Dan Steinberg hits the red carpet at the Pose Ultra Lounge, site of Santana Moss's birthday extravaganza....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  June 3, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins , Weirdness  
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Larry Michael

(2004 photo by John McDonnell - TWP) Larry Michael is in many ways the face of the Redskins new media efforts, from hosting Redskins.com TV segments on the team's Web site (and other over-the-air Redskins TV projects) to spearheading a daily TV show (weekday afternoons on Comcast SportsyNet) to,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alex Ovechkin's Having a (nother) Party

(By Fank Gunn - AP/The Canadian Press) Just so you know, the six or so weeks from mid May till late June have evidently been dubbed the "D.C. Athletic World Social Circuit Extravaganza Tour." Someone should start an official D.C. sports party blog or something. In that vague time...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Look: Watch Blog Show 51

Yeah, I know. I can't believe I'm posting this either. Observe the look on my face. I look entirely comfortable with this whole process, right? But find me another local sporting event with a compelling image that takes place on or around June 3, 2008, and I'll find you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2008; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mo' Moss Photos

The birthday boy, in white! (Photo courtesy David Han ) Courtesy of a partygoer who made it into the VIP room at Ibiza's White Party on Friday night....Said partygoer was David Han, who won tickets to the party, was mistakenly given a level-one VIP pass, and somehow talked his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stuart Schweigert Has a Blog

The Butcher with Apollo Creed. Yeah, new Redskins safety Stuart Schweigert--he of the thoroughly mystifying "1,000-pound bear off my chest" quotation--was previously employed as a blogger and sometime-safety with the Oakland Raiders. Of more interest to us here was his career as a blogger. The last Redskin with a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Moss Man Birthday Party Part II

Sometime around 12:30 am--about 36 hours before a certain wide receiver would be excused from the opening day of OTAs--the Santana Moss birthday bus arrived, carrying what we were told was a 40-person strong contingent of inner circle guests. We had asked for light on the red carpet, to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Moss Man Birthday Party Part I

Got to the Santana Moss Birthday Extravaganza around 9:30 on Saturday night. It was at the Gaylord National hotel at the National Harbor. Hank Stuever's excellent profile of the hotel described it thus: "It is glorious and mesmerizing and bright white, a specific heaven meant to attract a specific...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: TK

What's that? Tony Kornheiser took the buyout? He's no longer my co-worker, exactly? Ok then. There's probably a better-than 50-50 chance you know who Tony Kornheiser is, if you're reading this, but just for the record, here are the things you're allowed to judge: Tony the 3WT radio host,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chaaahm City Blues (and Reds)

Go ahead, find the home fans. I'll wait. (Greg Fiume - Getty) I've arbitrarily decided that the Orioles don't count for the D.C. Sports Bog, except in the case of rants against use of National Anthem "O" chants. But this Manny Ramirez thing on Saturday is worth an exception,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Look: Sliding Millz

Just a few short days ago, Morning Look was utilized in the following snarky manner: "here's the state of the Nats outfield, circa May 2008," with a photo of a Nats outfielder enthusiastically sliding and enthusiastically failing to catch a fly ball. Of course, it was a total cheap...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 2, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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