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D.C. Sports Bog: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Follow Cliff Kresge, Version 2008

Cliff Kresge, at 14. (By John McDonnell - TWP) After Cliff Kresge chipped in for a birdie on the 15th hole, moving him to 8-under par and within sniffing distance of the third-round lead, his mother made like a teenager at a Jonas Brothers show. "That was good!" she...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 5, 2008; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Few Words About Golf With Condoleezza Rice

Verne Lundquist and Condoleezza Rice. As she did last year, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came out to the AT&T National, in this case spending time watching the golf with several Marines on Marine Corps Day during the third round. After spending a good while in the gallery around...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 5, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Leaderborad, Artistically Rendered

. This is as-of the conclusion of Day Two, but it never gets old for me. My absolute favorite part about going to pro golf tournaments is the lovely, packed-with-information, bizarrely ornate hand-drawn scoreboards in both the media room and outside the clubhouse. I stare at them for hours....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 5, 2008; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Best of Head Covers, Part I

Aside from the odd Spider Man-impersonating PGA golfer, the fellas' on-course demeanor has been fairly muted this week. Some red pants, some sunglasses, a few bright shirts, and that's about it. No out-of-control beards. No "I Can't Feel My Face" style celebrations. No gallery brawls. The easiest jolt of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 5, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Marino's Gallery: Day II

Dan Hellie, interviewing media star and Steve Marino groupie Brandon Stacy. It's Day II of the Steve Marino Gallery Watch, and we're talking with Mike Trone, who used to coach Marino and his friends at W.T. Woodson High. "These other guys could hit a white ball; Steve could play...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 4, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gilbert in China

(Photos courtesy adidas) Fresh off the news that Gilbert Arenas will indeed remain in D.C. for the foreseeable future, Zero headed to the brand-new Adidas store in Beijing to snip a ribbon. From the release: At midnight on July 5, adidas will open its largest adidas Brand Center worldwide...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 4, 2008; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Golfing Gift Bags

Official Tiger Tourney swag? Maui Jim! Any amateur who was able to play in the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am on Wednesday should already consider himself pretty lucky rich. But if playing 18 with the likes of Ken Duke or John Senden wasn't reward enough, the pro-am participants also got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 4, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meet Your Leader: Jeff Overton

Unshaven Jeff Overton, after his four-under first round. As of this writing, 25-year old Indianan Jeff Overton--whose best finish this season has been a 25th--is your AT&T National leader, having gone four-under yesterday and reaching seven-under this morning. I actually listened in to Overton's post-round remarks yesterday, attempting to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 4, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rocco Mediate and Domenic Mediate

Media star Domenic Mediate, watching Rocco. The word in the media center was that Rocco Mediate had the biggest opening-shot gallery yesterday. Ten-deep, I was told, which was Phil- and Vijay-esque. Of course, things didn't go so swimmingly for Rocco, and by the time I ran into him on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 4, 2008; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , Golf  
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D.C. Media Golf Fashion Show

Every notes writer for every paper covering every golf tournament in world history has done at least one item of the golfer fashion. Usually, it involves the word "bright" in some fashion. Either that, or "retch-inducing." But the next frontier of golf tournament notes sections may well be golf...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Steve Marino's Lubed Up Gallery

Ryan Niethamer and Dave Wisemiller admire Brandon Stacy's pink flamingos. Brandon Stacy came to Congressional today dressed in a hot pink polo shirt, green shorts bearing bright pink flamingos, and golf cleats. "Just in case a caddy drops out," Stacy said of his shoes. It was a fine outfit,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suisham at the AT&T

Shaun Suisham, with father Rick. When Shaun Suisham--who was just wandering through the AT&T National media center--was just asked who the best golfer on the Redskins was, he didn't hesitate. Derrick Frost. Something about kickers and golf. "Golf corresponds quite a bit to kicking," Suisham said, pointing out that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What the Cut Looks Like

Wow. Scary. That's some horror-show stuff. That's why you don't want to miss the cut....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Sonny Jurgensen

(2005 TWP photo by John McDonnell) For many of you, it will be difficult to separate Sonny Jurgensen the Redskins legend from Sonny Jurgensen the television analyst, but for the purposes of non-scientific Internet polling, you must try. Sonny Jurgensen the football player spent 11 years with the Redskins,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Most Famous Golfers at the AT&T

Steve Flesch earns the D.C. Sports Bog's first-round AT&T endorsement. (2006 TWP photo by John McDonnell) I wanted to figure out, say, the five most famous golfers at this week's AT&T National, the five guys with the highest Q ratings, the five guys who would attract the biggest galleries....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Conversation With Stuart Scott

Post-round interviews. This is really inside bloggy baseball, but last year I had a conversation with Stuart Scott at the Spelling Bee, during which he repeated several times that he does not and will not read blogs. Just doesn't have time for them in his life. That was 13...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Caron at T.G.I. Friday's

(Photo courtesy Danny Suk) Some blogs have made their mark with pictures of famous professional athlete doing borderline inappropriate things with comely young ladies in social settings. This blog is in the process of trying to make its mark with pictures of famous professional athletes awkwardly posed with excited...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Morning Look: Why Covering Golf Rules (Nice Cheese)

Above, you can see the cheese spread from the media dining area yesterday afternoon. The caterer I spoke with was unable to identify all the cheeses, but we appeared to have Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog from California, Drunken Goat cheese from Spain ("Murcia al Vino"), some sort of above-average...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 3, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stuart Scott and Mike Wilbon at the Pro-Am

Wilbon and his fans. As far as I'm concerned, there were only four men competing for the honor of "most famous sports figure on Congressional's Blue course" for today's Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am. Only one of them was a golfer. In terms of nationwide sports fan fame, I guess...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Washington Glory Are About to Get a Lot More Popular

Five members of the Washington Glory, while appearing on the Junkies. Two things you should know about the Washington Glory, D.C.'s own entry into National Pro Fastpitch, even if they play at Westfield High in Fairfax County. 1) Dmitri Young has been known to frequent their games. Some sort...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2008; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Making of the Suisham Video

As promised on Monday, WUSA-9 put up a "making-of" video of the Shaun Suisham 110-yard field goal. It will be of particular interest to video editors, Web site marketing gurus, viral video fans and bloggers stuck at golf tournament media rooms where the marquee name is "Steve Stricker." The video...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Joe Beninati

Having already dealt with the main play-by-play men for the Wizards, Redskins and D.C. United, and with the Caps stealing the most July headlines they've had in years, time now for Joe Beninati, the man more commonly known as Joe B. Beninati has spent more than a decade as...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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D.C.'s Top Six Beloved Athletes

Seriously, which other local athlete inspires this? (Photo stolen from M. Miller.) Ok, beloved isn't exactly the word I'm looking for. I'm not sure what that word is. After the pre- and during- and post-game group hug the 35,000-plus bestowed upon Ben Olsen on Sunday, Washington Post Live host...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Mystics , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Morning Look: Portis in Tysons

(Courtesy John Park Williams.) Some blogs have made their mark with pictures of famous professional athlete doing borderline inappropriate things with comely young ladies in social settings. This blog is in the process of trying to make its mark with pictures of famous professional athletes awkwardly posed with excited...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2008; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Local Man Fails to Set World Treadmill Record

(All photos courtesy Pacers running store.) Have you ever run more than 25 miles on a treadmill, seeking to break a world record for stand-in-place marathoning, only to get slightly confused about your distance, become overwhelmed by heat, come up less than a half-mile short after shutting off the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2008; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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D.C. Approval Rating: Jim Bowden

(2007 photo by Jonathan Newton) Taking another one-day breather from sports media approval ratings, while trying to make sure that we don't run out of D.C. sports media people before the end of the summer, we will instead cast our votes in the direction of yet another D.C. sports...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Wiz Select New Dance Team

Meet your new Wiz dance team. Right now. Say hello. It's hard to remember a three-day span during the supposedly tired part of the D.C sports calendar that's been quite like this. Within the past 24 hours, perhaps the third-most important players for both the Wiz (Antawn Jamison) and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Look: A Shot of Jamison

(2004 TWP photo by John McDonnell) So your choices this morning were a disturbing, puffy-lipped look at Jack Kent Cooke's "Do you know who my dad is $1 billion goes a long way" spouting daughter Jacqueline, who managed to reverse the wistful-for-Cooke thoughts, at least for a day, or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Suisham's 110-Yarder and Football Fans

By now you've no doubt seen the Shaun Suisham 110-yard "field goal" whose presence has burned up the Internet like sun on a bare-shirted Barra Brava chest. Literally more than a million hundreds of thousands of people have viewed this in the past few days, and a few of them...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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DCU vs. Galaxy, in Images

Post photographer Toni L. Sandys has a very nice photo gallery of what Beckham Day looked and felt like, but I'll offer a few of my own. Like, it's tough to beat the Beckham blow-up doll, picture above, who/which apparently was tossed about joyfully after at least one of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2008; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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O's-Nats Rivalry Gets Serious

(By John McDonnell - TWP) You'd think the Nationals would have some sort of built-in advantage over the Orioles in Washington, seeing as how the Nationals have the word "Washington" in their name and all. Still, who's more popular in D.C.? If television ratings can be believed, it's still...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Doc Walker

Five years ago, Rick "Doc" Walker was described thus in The Washington Post: "the former Redskins Hog...may be the hardest-working man in sports broadcasting, handling local radio and TV shows, and game analysis every weekend on big-time college football and basketball and the NFL." And that was before Rick...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Morning Look: Bearded Gilbert

(Photo courtesy Eric Young) I always sort of figured that news of Gilbert's next destination, if not broken on his blog, will be broken by some random Internet type who runs into Zero holding court in an Filipino sandwich shop, or playing shuffleboard in Miami, or sitting by himself...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Ben Olsen: Heart of a Lion

So David Beckham comes to town, and somehow Ben Olsen winds up stealing the spotlight. Well, sure, there were a lot more L.A. 23 jerseys in the stands than Olsen 14s. Every other grade-school kid was promoting Herbalife, the Galaxy's uniform sponsor. Lots more squealing women held up their...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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