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This Week's Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: Oly Wins

This week's most popular sports topic: Beijing's empty stands. (By Adam Pretty - Getty)

For the first time since training camp began, the Redskins burgundyclad grip on this list has been broken. And all it took was 17 Olympics staffers in Beijing, non-stop Olympics coverage on NBC, daily Olympics stories on A1 and an otherworldly Olympics performance by Michael Phelps. Maybe we should try that approach with the Nats.

Still, you could probably use these numbers to justify doubling our Redskins staff, and sending your local sports blogger on the next blimp to Loudoun County, if you really wanted to be crass and difficult.

(Newcomers to this blog who are only here to read about the Olympics: each Friday, more or less, I list the Top 10 sports stories and columns from our Web site over the past week, Friday through Thursday.)

This week's list:

1. Beijing Is All Dressed Up, But No One Is Going, by Amy Shipley and Maureen Fan. Olympics news analysis on the surprising lack of fans at these sold-out Olympics.

2. In Beijing, Parents Of Ex-Player Are Stabbed; One Dies, by Jill Drew and Ariana Eunjung Cha. Olympics news story on the stabbing death of Todd Bachman, the father-in-law of U.S. volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon.

3. Where Once He Was Lost, Now He Is Found, by Thomas Boswell. Olympics column on U.S. flag bearer Lopez Lomong, the Opening Ceremonies, and the politics of the Games.

4. Phelps is Now Without Peer, by Barry Svrluga. Olympics game story on Michael Phelps winning his fifth and sixth golds this month, giving him 11 golds for his career.

5. Redskins, Zorn Build Momentum, by Jason Reid. Redskins game story on the team's thrilling 17-14 home win over the Buffalo Bills, in a game that didn't count.

6. Trying to Put the Coach in QB, by Mike Wise. Redskins column on that same win, focusing on the frequent struggles of former quarterbacks as NFL head coaches.

7. The Magic Touch, by Barry Svrluga. Olympics game story on Michael Phelps winning his second gold, after Jason Lezak completed a stirring final leg in the 4x100-meter freestyle.

8. Zorn Stirred by Redskins' Early Growth, by Jason Reid. Redskins news analysis based on Jim Zorn's press conference the day after the stirring win in a game that didn't count.

9. U.S. Men Show Their True Colors, by Liz Clarke. Olympics game story on the U.S. men's gymnastics team placing a surprising third behind China and Japan.

10. Redskins' Landry Longs for a Return to Health, and a Return to Action, by Jason Reid. Redskins feature on injured safety LaRon Landry and his struggle to come back from a left hamstring strain.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 16, 2008; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Olympics  
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Were there even any stories this week that weren't about the Olympics or the local football team?

Did the Nats even play this week?

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | August 16, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight... throw a bunch of $#it at the wall and something is going to stick? While all of the stories may not have been $#it, it seems that is the technique the Post uses. People come to this site to read stories. If most of the features are on the same topic, I'd hope that topic has become the most popular to read about. If the Post did multiple features on the Washington Glory, I'd hope they would make the list as well.

Posted by: sitruc | August 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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