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D.C. Sports Bog: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Terps Pull Upset, Cal Pulls Upchuck

There simply can't be another high-powered Division I school in the country that has seen opponents vomit on both their basketball AND football playing surfaces in the past seven months. First Virginia Tech's Dorenzo Hudson lost his lunch during a hoops game at Comcast Center, right in front of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 13, 2008; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Football  
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Today's Top Five: Shilling for Jeff George

Lindsay Applebaum here. You may know me as the proprietor of the now-defunct Crowd Noise. Probably not, though. Anyway, I'll be hanging out here sometimes, especially on Fridays. I'll try to not overstay my welcome, but I know I'll end up becoming that hippie on your couch who eats all...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 12, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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This Week's Oddsmakers Top 25 (30)

The coach of the most underrated good team in America. (By Mark Humphrey - AP) Another week of presenting the top 30 football teams in the land according to the folks at Las Vegas Sports Consultants, whose voters, unlike AP and Harris Poll voters, are staking their livelihoods on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Football  
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The Redskins Political Debate Club

An outspoken Obama supporter. (Courtesy NBC) After the recent stories concerning Jim Zorn riding bikes with the president and Joe Gibbs addressing the Republican National Convention, you couldn't help but wonder whether the Redskins locker room was ideologically aligned with the GOP, West Coast offense or no West Coast...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Nick Young Goes to Singapore

Gilbert Arenas and Michael Lee weren't the only Wizards-type celebrities to visit Asia this summer. Nope, as commenter rgz points out, Nick Young recently visited Singapore as part of NBA Madness Singapore (along with the Orlando Magic dance team), setting the Wiz up for total domination in the smaller...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2008; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Look: Arenas at Summer League

Loyal (occasional) reader Unsilent Majority sends along this gallery of NBA Summer League photos, which includes a crowd shot during a Wiz game. Looks like some Arenas fans made the trip. No Arenas, though....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Morning Look , Wizards  
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Wiz vs. Caps vs. Nats in HD

Comcast SportsNet released their Wizards and Capitals broadcast schedules this week, and for both teams the HD numbers are somewhat less than 100 percent and somewhat more than the Nats' HD percentage on MASN. Listed n order of HD percentage, with the caveat that The Post and CSN have a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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Portis Advocates Deep Balls, Insurrection

Portis and Campbell, during a game last season. (AP file photo by Stephan Savoia) Clinton Portis's weekly radio appearance on ESPN980's John Thompson Show produced some typical C.P. moments: impassioned arguments about the nature of NFL offenses, carefree defensiveness against a hostile world, an offer to play quarterback for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Jay-Z Talks About DeShawn

Jay-Z and LeBron at this week's benefit for the LeBron James Family Foundation. (By Andy Kropa - AP) Still using my "this happened during the Olympics so it doesn't matter that I'm a month late" excuse.... Did you catch Vibe's Special 15th Anniversary issue last month, featuring the exclusive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Today's Top Five: Elijah's Meltdown and Kornheiser's Car

(By Ray Stubblebine - Reuters) A brief sampling of Internet links 1) Tony Kornheiser's car got stolen. Our careers are linked yet again: my Dodge Caravan got stolen last year. Not sure whether Kornheiser was driving a Caravan. (FishbowlDC) 2) Ovechkin's EA cover shot for the Russian NHL '09,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Skins Code of Conduct: the DTC Responds

Ok, last Fan Code of Conduct item of the week, I promise. But this is sort of interesting. When I talked to Diageo EVP Guy Smith about the Redskins Fan Code of Conduct that his company is sponsoring, he specifically mentioned the HBO Real Sports segment that showed members of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The NFL's Fan Code of Conduct Memo

Betcha Oakland could contend for the code of conduct violators title. (By Jed Jacobsohn - Getty) As previously mentioned, the whole NFL Code of Conduct story really blew up while I was in China, and I didn't get to play any role. But, via a league source, I do...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NFL  
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Terrell Owens is a Fashion Model Too

If I'm going to show images of Caron Butler looking all formal and fly for élevée, might as well add a few T.O. pics to the mix. They are co-workers, after all, and anyone on the Cowboys certainly falls within the realm of D.C. sports....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Look: Caron Butler's a Fashion Model

I noted yesterday that DeShawn Stevenson bought his entire new '80s wardrobe at élevée, and a wise commenter then pointed out that Caron Butler seems to be one of the high-end California custom clothing company's lead models. Well, Caron and Terrell Owens, which is kind of unfortunate. Presenting, then,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Standing Up For Skins Tix

If you've listened to (corporate-plug) ESPN980 today, you likely heard about the (corporate plug) Bank of America promotion at Union Station, featuring diehard fans of the (corporate plug) Washington Redskins standing up for 24 hours with their hands resting on a giant (corporate plug) Bank of America jersey for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Bruce Boudreau's (D.C.) Acting Debut

Bruce Boudreau, post-makeup. When Bruce Boudreau met with the folks from American Service Center & Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria about his upcoming TV spots, he announced that he had some thoughts about the scripts. "I'm thinking, 'Oh now, now he's writing the scripts?' " recalled Audrey Mulholland, the dealership's marketing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps  
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DeShawn's Wardrobe Goes '80s

Highlights of my brief conversation with DeShawn Stevenson from earlier this week. It starts with the massive series of tattoos he got last week that cover his entire chest and stomach: portraits of family members, a map of the state of Florida, a map of the state of California...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Vegas's Week Two Power Rankings

Redskins-Saints is a pick-'em. (By Chris Graythen - Getty) Colleague Jason La Canfora noted yesterday that Vegas has turned rather quickly on the Skins, dropping them to about 100-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, which would place them in the bottom third of the league. In truth, it's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Nats TV Audience Declines

Since the news broke that the Nats were averaging about 9,000 D.C.-area households for their MASN broadcasts, some clever diehards have started referring to themselves as "1 of the 9,000," and variations thereof. Well, they might need to start revising that number downward. In an item yesterday, Sports Business Journal's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Morning Look: Sean Taylor's Stuff

If you read Mike Wise's Sunday column about the Sean Taylor auction last Friday in Bealeton, you realize that the story never stops twisting around to uncover new sadness. Strangers picking over one's leftover belongings for bargain prices might be the way of the world when rich people die,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Morning Look , Redskins  
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DeShawn Stevenson and Jason Taylor Go Shopping

London Fletcher, a Wizards dancer, and the search for a matching top. The Jason Taylor Foundation's charity event at an Old Navy in Leesburg Monday night allowed one to make certain snap judgments about several dozen of this city's most famous sports personalities, assuming that one can learn anything...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2008; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Carlos Rogers's Hands

Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot and the football. (Gerald Herbert - AP File.) Q: Why should you invite Carlos Rogers into your fantasy football league? A: Because he'd immediately drop all his players! The wags quickly got to wagging on Thursday that you could tell Carlos Rogers was all the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Media Members Fight Donald Brashear, Each Other

Dan Hellie vs. Dave Feldman, while Donald Brashear watches. The Caps held their media fantasy camp today. Something about watching videos and learning to skate and shooting on goal, yada yada yada. Really, it was just an excuse to fake spar with Donald Brashear and Matt Bradley. Chiefly Brashear....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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Skins Code of Conduct: Don't Guzzle

This is not drinking responsibly. Sip, don't guzzle, friends. As has much been discussed, during the past offseason the NFL instructed each of its teams to create fan codes of conduct, in an effort to reduce some of the in-stadium crassness that received so much publicity last year. My...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Maybe I DO Know Something About Football

Pardon this brief detour into the entirely, nauseatingly self-referential, but I'm picking six weekly games against the spread for our corporate fourth-cousins over at Express, and dang if I didn't go 5-1 ATS in my first go-round last Thursday. No more critiques of effete bloggers who can't say squat...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Morning Look: Free Redskins Food

This all happened when I was in China, and it's been chronicled repeatedly in the Redskins Insider, but golly if I didn't return to a Redskins Park media room suddenly awash in free food, from the dispenser offering complimentary M and M's and Snickers and Milky Way chocolate destruction...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Zorn Discusses His Presidential Bike Ride

It took about four-and-a-half minutes of Jim Zorn talking about the improving health of Shawn Springs ("probably 90 percent out there") and Malcolm Kelly ("we're excited about it, and the proof will be in the pudding") before someone asked the first question about bike riding with the President. "Did...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Horny for Zorny Shirts

Following last week's sighting of the Zorn Star t-shirt outside Giants Stadium, why not provide a link to these Horny for Zorny t-shirts? The offense might not be hot, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe shouldn't be. And to pad this post, here's Jim Zorn's comments today on whether...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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This Week's Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: RDSKND

Stephon Heyer was featured in two more Top 10 stories last week than any baseball or soccer players. (By John McDonnell - TWP) When I started this feature about eight weeks ago, I knew the Skins would dominate our weekly compilation of most-read WaPo sports stories and columns, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Marcus Washington's Mini Fro

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Marcus Washington, as you can see, has two-and-a-half-months worth of mini fro atop his head. He has one previous full-fledged fro to his credit, during his time in Indy with the Colts. And he doesn't plan on cutting his hair until after the season,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Zorn Rides Bikes With the President

(Photos by Jonathan Ernst - Reuters) The media room at Redskins Park is already buzzing over the proper way to bring up Jim Zorn's weekend adventure at Fort Belvoir. You know, the one where he went mountain biking with the President of the United States. "So, uh, do anything...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning Look: Where Were You Saturday?

Since yesterday, anyone attempting to visit the home page of Middle Tennessee State Athletics has been met with this message: "Where Were You?" along with an inspirational video featuring highlights of Maryland's inspirational loss to the Blue Raiders. And indeed, 40 years from now, this game will be added...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Morning Look , Terps  
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