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D.C. Sports Bog: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Cooley's Easterns Nickname

Some months back, Eastern Motors CEO and hero-to-bloggers Robert Bassam asked me to host a poll on this site, allowing readers to choose Chris Cooley's Eastern Motors nickname, after he was added to the Easterns fold this year, becoming the lone current whitey on staff. For some reason--inaction, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 20, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Morning Look: Fire Jim Bowden?

We enter Day Four of the Fire Jim Bowden blog, and the accompanying petition has already garnered, let's see, NINE signatures. And to be blunt, these Nats aren't exactly slaying the National League right now. I'd say the nine signatures, and the fact that it look this long for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 20, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Nats  
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Kedric Golston's Daughter May Be More Famous Than He

Child model Tori Golston. (Photo courtesy Generation Model Management) From whom did Kedric Golston's daughter get her striking looks? "I would say from me," Golston's wife, Christal, said politely. "You know, my wife's real good looking, but I ain't half bad myself," Kedric dissented. "I've been known to turn...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Athletes and Obama: An Update

(AP Photo by Jae C. Hong) It's been almost six months since I compiled very incomplete lists of which presidential candidates a bunch of athletes, owners and sports officials were supporting. Now that we've got nominees, figure I should update. Since then, the "famous athletes supporting Obama" trend has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Media  
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: The Junkies

Although I've met at least one of these guys in person, I still struggle to tell them apart on-air, so we're just doing one entry for all four Junkies here: Cakes, EB, Lurch and JP, whose real names are probably beside the point. As their official bio will tell...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Media  
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WaPo Sports Blog Commenters Unite

Best photo ever. Eternal praise to Lindsay Applebaum for executing a flawless interview with Redskins Insider commenter CHrIs LaRry, who turns out to be about as interesting as you might expect from someone who makes such indiscriminate use of the shift key. Eternal praise also to anyone who helped...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Media  
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Shirtless Nats Fan Speaks

(2002 Cubs-based Reuters photo.) Remember Monday's item about the shirtless Nats fan who was asked to put his shirt back on? Which prompted Wednesday's Style section essay about the meaning of public male shirtlessness in 21st century America? (Slow time in Style, too, I guess.) A highlight: Let's start...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Look: Cooley, Junior and Czarniak

The Redskins are fast becoming a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Appreciation Society. First Kedric Golston outs himself as a major Junior fan--despite that fact that Junior is not, technically, a Gibbs driver--and then longtime Earnhardt fan Chris Cooley does an extended TNT sit-down with Lindsay Czarniak and everyone's favorite soda-pusher,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2008; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Morning Look , NASCAR , Redskins  
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How Justin Gimelstob = Gilbert Arenas

(AP Photo) "People with a platform, they have a responsibility--and this doesn't mean you always have to write puff pieces--but you have a responsibility to at least do your homework," Justin Gimelstob said one afternoon this week outside a U Street pub. "That's why it kills me, some people...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tennis  
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The Vinny Cerrato Rule

(2005 TWP photo by John McDonnell) Googling "Vinny Cerrato Rule" yields exactly one return, an eight-year old Washingtonian article about the Redskins that included this passage about Cerrato joining the team: Cerrato's résumé included a stint as chief recruiter for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, where he'd gained notoriety...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Andy Pollin

Andy Polley! Sorry. Instinct. Indeed, even if SportsTalk 980's Andy Pollin never again serves as the lovably named radio sidekick to Tony Kornheiser, "Andy Polley" will never go away. Pollin/Polley remains the inspiration behind Andy Polley's Happy Fun Time Message Board Extravaganza! and it's hard to hear his given...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New D.C. Athlete Has a Kournikova Feud

D.C.'s new sporting enemy. (Peter Kramer - Getty Images) As you obviously know, Justin Gimelstob is one of the cornerstones of our new and oddly named World Team Tennis franchise--the Washington Kastles--and he's be on a whirlwind D.C. media tour this week. Each appearance would seem to be closely...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tennis  
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Gil's Going to Manila

Different itinerary than last offseason. (Jonathan Newton file photo) Seriously, the Washington Post Sports section must have at least one reader in the Philippines, right? Might that one reader be interested in going to Manila for the Adidas Agent Zero Tour 2008, which, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Morning Look: The Miggy Move

You remember The Miggy, right? A celebration to unite young and old, rich and poor, freedom-loving and freedom-hating? Well, it's sort of from the early days of sports blogging, so let's refresh, from the Balto Sun via The Orioles Warehouse: Shortstop Miguel Tejada and second baseman Brian Roberts meet....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning Look , Orioles  
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United Haircut-Off Marred by Flying Hair

During. (WJLA video of the event can be seen here. Internal rules currently prohibit me from embedding that very moist, choice video clip.) "What the hell is going on out here?" asked Ben Olsen, when he emerged from an RFK tunnel this afternoon to find a half-dozen or so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United Catches Lightning

Before we get to the results of the D.C. United Haircut-Off '08, a word about the after-festivities. After all the dignitaries and TV stations had left, and just two hair stylists and two clients and a few random teammates and employees remained, Jeremy Barlow and Quavas Kirk began discussing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Beltway Dwellers Love Their NFL Mascots

(2005 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP) Maybe you've seen this Spin tournament on the fiercest mascots in the NFL. Maybe you've noticed one of the overwhelming trends from the first two rounds: D.C. and Baltimore beltway-dwelling mascots faring far better than their seeding would suggest. The thoroughly non-threatening...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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D.C. United Makes Cuts

Within the last 12 months, I've filmed Caps defenseman Mike Green as he got his mohawk shaved, talked with Caron Butler about his own head-shaving designs, stopped Marcus Pollard in a back hallway to take photos of his logo head, helped land Alex Ovechkin a sponsorship deal with the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Steve Buckhantz

No matter what happens throughout the rest of his career, Steve Buckhantz's broadcasting resume will forever feature two highlights: breaking the news of Joe Gibbs's first retirement, and "Daggggggggger!!!!!!" Anyhow, Buckhantz has been a fixture in local broadcasting for several decades, earning more than 150 mentions in The Washington...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Capitals Anniversary

Kevin Blain and Phil Abruzzese queue up for Stanley Cup tix. (TWP file photo by James A. Parcell) After a week of Washington Capitals craziness--clothing line launches, awards show victories, post-awards parties, keys to city handoffs, famous girlfriend appearances and other stuff--you take a look at the calendar and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Look: Olympians in the Streets

I post this photo of Temple University gymnast Jesse Kitzen-Abelson dismounting from the parallel bars outside of Philly's City Hall for several reasons, none of which is particularly great. 1) I was just in Philly, and signs for these U.S. Trials were everywhere downtown. If "signs hanging in downtown...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Nats Confront Indecency

I see a man without a shirt. Nats fans have been treated to some borderline indecent sights at Nats Park this season: the second-worst home record in the National League, the lowest-scoring team in the majors, fueled by the big league's worst batting average. The team's offense, you might...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jason Campbell Discusses Rabach's Rump

Last week's breaking "Fred Smoot is starting a blog!" news, unearthed by Blog Show producer Adam Littlefield, continued the inexorable march toward the day when every Washington D.C. professional athlete will be able to tell us, on their own time and in their own words, just how seriously they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Redskins , Wizards  
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D.C. Approval Ratings: Daniel Snyder

(Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post) What's that? It's still June in D.C.? Right then. So anyhow, why should we only judge D.C. Sports Media Members? Why not judge actual D.C. Sports Figures? I asked these questions to my official guideperson for all things sports bloggy, Mister Irrelevant's Jamie...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Approval Ratings  
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Charlie Slowes

Is it odd that just about every D.C. sports media personality has an approval rating of between 70 and 80 percent? Yeah, a little. By the way, The Loss Column up in Baltimore has started doing this for Baltimore sports media types, so go and vote there, too. Charlie Slowes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Media  
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Caron Doesn't Justify His Thug

Seriously, you still don't need to justify your thug? Caron Butler recently filmed his Hollywood debut, that bit part in Forest Whitaker's "The Patriots" mentioned in these parts a few weeks ago. Blog person Alejandro de los Rios was on the set, and had a few words with Butler,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Morning Look: DCU Rising

Having stopped paying attention to D.C. sports for seven days, I return to find a baseball team that recorded its first three-game sweep of 2008, a Mystics team that recorded its first road victory of 2008, and a D.C. United side that's unbeaten in four games for the first...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United , Morning Look  
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