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D.C. Sports Bog: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: Gil Loses

Redskins punter >>> Gilbert Arenas (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) When the Washington Wizards' best player (and the owner of a new $111 million contract) announced he'd miss the first month of the upcoming season because of a recurring knee problem, maybe you thought that would have been enough...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2008; 9:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Today's Top Five: Vinny, Politics and Karma

1) More from the Vinny Show. Highlights: Vinny talks about the weather, Vinny defends The Danny. (Redskins 360) 2) What goes around does not come around for Pat Riley, Barry Bonds and other karmic anomalies. (Food Court Lunch) 3) John McCain goes on Mike and Mike. (Awful Announcing) 4) Barack...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 19, 2008; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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Quotes From Cerrato's Radio Debut

Loves Jasno, buxom blondes. (TWP file photo by John McDonnell) "Good morning everybody, I'm George Michael," George Michael said around 10:04 this morning. "Now, from the deepest corners of Redskins Park, behind all those secret meeting rooms, behind the 'Do Not Enter Under Fear of Death' room, ESPN 980...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 19, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Halo, Monopoly and David Beckham: The Quavas Kirk Interview

D.C. Sports Bog correspondent Lindsay Applebaum here. Starting today and continuing sporadically, I'll be posting some random, not exclusively sports-related interviews with various sports-related figures. Below is the first in this series. I headed over to RFK Stadium yesterday to chat with D.C. United midfielder Quavas Kirk, who played for...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 19, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gil Updates Blog, Aiming for Xmas-ish Return

Happy times. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Gilbert's third surgery pretty much mandated a return to the blogosphere, and it came just a few minutes ago, with well over 2,000 mostly knee-related words from Gilbert. And, as usual, I make an immediate retraction of my cynical pessimism in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Alex Ovechkin's Hair Cuttery Day

Ovechkin's hair getting touched up with chopsticks. "So why, with the money you make as a professional hockey player...why would you go to Hair Cuttery?" Alex Ovechkin was asked during the video portion of his day of Hair Cuttery promotional work. "I don't know," Ovechkin answered. "Because I don't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Sports Reporters Crush Vinny Cerrato

Training camp photo by John McDonnell - TWP. Maybe you read Jason La Canfora's report last night that Vinny Cerrato will soon host a two-hour, twice-a-week radio show on ESPN 980? Well, some ESPN 980 hosts heard it, and, well, let's just say they weren't exactly rolling out the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Ovechkin's New Ad Campaign

Check back in a little bit for some highlights from today's shooting of the Ovechkin Hair Cuttery promotional campaign. These are just mock-ups here, but they provide the general idea, no?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Theismann on Clinton Portis vs. Brian Mitchell

Theismann, Jack Kent Cooke, Riggo, Gibbs. (AP file photo) "Joe Gibbs let Mark Moseley, Art Monk, John Riggins and myself sit inside on a cold, cold day of practice while the defense was working." Joe Theismann told me yesterday. "We were treated special. One day we said, 'Jeez, it'd...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Gilbert's Knee: A History of Misplaced Optimism

Gilbert's knee is worked on last September. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) "Why's everybody tripping out?" Gilbert Arenas asked Mike Wise yesterday. "Big picture, if I start rehabbing now and get through the pain that prevented me from running or jumping this summer, I'll be back on the court...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Morning Look: Cooley Unfiltered

Passing judgment on how the famously unfiltered editors at Redskins.com handled Chris Cooley's first public news gathering concerning his private parts: Negative: As pictured above, in a screen grab taken this morning, Redskins.com sort of misidentified the player in question. The day Jason Campbell holds a press conference to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2008; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Vegas's Week Three Power Rankings

This week's underdogs. (By Matt York - AP) As I mentioned last week, while some local media types ripped their hair out over the Skins' Week 1 loss, Vegas merely mildly downgraded the team's stock. This week, the Redskins are back in the league's top half, if barely, ranked...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media , NFL , Redskins  
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Ovechkin and Gheorghe in Black Tie

Images via MarylandNighthawks.com. So let me get this straight: I actually had an invitation to an event last night that, at various points, included Alex Ovechkin, Gheorghe Muresan, Shawn Springs, Nick Young and Andray Blatche posing for photographs with the mascot of the Maryland Nighthawks, and which also apparently...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Caps , Minor League Basketball , Redskins , Wizards  
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Gilbert's Injury: By the Numbers

(By Preston Keres - TWP) Apologies for the absence; was talking to some University of Maryland journalism students about how the key to running a good sports blog is posting pictures of athlete private parts. Something news-like seems to have happened while I was gone. Here are a few...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Today's Top Five: Baby Mama Drama

1) Antwaan Randle El learns life skills, like how to deal with one's baby mama ("You hate for it to happen, but it DOES happen, and you've gotta deal with situations like that"). (Mister Irrelevant) 2) The Orioles' Daniel Cabrera shouldn't be pitching anything "other than a fit about being...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 17, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  What You Need to Know  
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The List: Redskins Distractions

Lindsay Applebaum here, babysitting the Bog for a few hours while Agent Steinz is out. Only a slightly better idea than leaving your kids with K-Fed. Redskins tight end Chris Cooley exposed his playbook (on purpose) and his [insert slang of choice for male anatomy here] (by accident) on his...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 17, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Zorn Discusses Schmucks and Portis's Comments

No to Schmuck talk, and no to Svrluga-sponsored team dissent. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Yesterday was one of the most remarkable days I've ever heard listening to 980, whatever name or ownership group is attached to that frequency of yammering sports bliss. (It's ESPN 980, for the record.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Look: Caron Butler's New Shoes

I'm no sneaker head, so it's certainly possible that these photos have been all over the Internet for weeks, months or years, but these are the shoes Caron Butler will be wearing this year. They're called the 3D Blue Chip, and he's already gone to L.A. to do a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Breaking Down Portis-vs.-Brian Mitchell

Hater? (TWP file photo by John McDonnell) Having now listened to most of the Portis-vs-BMitch radio wrangle about three times, I feel better qualified to offer a few thoughts. I was gonna make this My 26 Favorite Things About Portis-vs-B.Mitch--that's how much it filled my heart with glee--but that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 17, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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Caron Discusses His Trip to South Africa

(By H. Du Plessis - NBAE) Not really funny. Caron Butler's offseason has included trips to Mexico, Jamaica and the Bahamas. He appeared in a high-end men's clothing catalog, walked down the runway at a fashion show and traveled to Southern California, where he taped a promotional spot for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Portis vs. B-Mitch

Brian Mitchell crushes Clinton Portis regularly on ESPN 980 and on Comcast SportsyNet. Clinton Portis regularly hears the criticism, despite the fact that athletes aren't supposed to be paying attention to the media. The soup was getting ready to boil over. Today it did. Here was one highlight from today's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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DeSean Jackson Goofs, Cooley and Kornheiser Apologize

Greetings and welcome to an NFL-and-apology version of today's Internet roundup. 1) You want an apology? How about Chris Cooley's blog apology, which turned into an AP brief: "All apologies from the website. We are very sorry that we showed a [male body part] on our website all day...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Cooley Into Top 25 of Jersey Sales

Cooley jerseys rising. (By Preston Keres - TWP) At the time of his death, Sean Taylor was the owner of the most popular Washington Redskins jersey, which wasn't enough to put him in the top 25 of NFL players, according to NFLShop.com numbers at the time. (Although the post-tragedy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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MASN Launches Full-Time HD Channel

After noting last week what a small percentage of Nats and Orioles games were on HD, I should note that MASN just put out this release: MASN, the local leader in live sports entertainment, will launch a full-time HD channel in March of 2009 and will more than double the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Best of Redskins Sneakers

I ran into 32-year old Vince Terlep as we were all entering FedEx Field about an hour before kickoff on Sunday. He was wearing Redskins clothing on every square of his body, including the customized Converse All-Stars pictured above. He made them himself on Converse's "Design Your Own" site...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Look: Ovechkin At the Phone Booth

(By Luis M. Alvarez - AP) Plenty of Washington D.C. sports figures show solidarity with other teams by showing up in the crowd, often in extremely nice seats. Just this last weekend, for example, Caron Butler made it to Landover for the Redskins game. Carlos Rogers and Clinton Portis...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Clinton Portis's Favorite Color

Well, I'm going to guess it's yellow, anyhow. Yellow shoes? Yellow undershirt? Um, bright yellow watch to accompany his purple and yellow post-game press conference t-shirt? Yes, yes and yes. And yeah, he was sweating a bit during his press conference. "I think I got tired early and really...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2008; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Today's Top Five: The Devil Wears a Broncos Jersey

It's Lindsay Applebaum again, here with some links that won't give your computer a virus and send spam to all your email contacts (Arrested Development, anyone?). 1) Should Redskins safety Reed Doughty regret calling in sick on Sunday? (DC Pro Sports Report) 2) Chris Cooley does it again (Totally safe...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 15, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Many Tattooed Skins MVP

(Quick programming note: I'll be on Washington Post Live today from 5-6 on Comcast SportsyNet. Presumably we'll spend most of the hour discussing the Nats. Katie Carrera will be with me on set. The real schedule includes Redskins, Ravens, NFL and Terps talk, plus highlights from Jim Zorn's press...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Shaved Headed Skins MVP

If there was a better shaved head at yesterday's game than this one, I'd be interested in seeing it. This is Sean Rogers, 24, of Wilmington, Del. Like me, he's a proud University of Delaware alum, which made me all the happier to discover him and his hair, prepared...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Morning Look: Jason Taylor's Biggest Fans

Q: What do you do if you're a Dolphins fan, your husband is a Redskins fan, and Jason Taylor gets traded from the Dolphins to the Redskins. A: Keep your Jason Taylor Dolphins jersey, buy a Jason Taylor Redskins jersey, pay a tailor $40 to split the jerseys in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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How Chris Cooley's Privates Hit the Internet

And how the Internet hit back! See also: the official Deadspin explanation. So anyhow, maybe you saw how a photo of Chris Cooley's most personal parts became available for mass Internet consumption yesterday. If you're like Chris Cooley's brother Tanner--the editor of Cooley's blog, on which this photo first appeared--here's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2008; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Skins Bonus Quotes: Nervous Nellies and Freak Outs

Fans rock the Sean Taylor celebration. (By Jonathan Newton- TWP) The mood in the post-game press conferences and locker room? Relieved, perhaps. Mildly pleased. Certainly no exuberance, just the way last week there was no despondence. The message? Players take this deal a lot more even-keeled than fans do....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Skins Win, Z Shades Are Triumphant

Z Shades, balanced on the heads of two Zupporters. (By Preston Keres - TWP) !!!!!! But more on that later. The unsungest of unsung heroes hurried off the field as soon as the game was done, pausing to let Colt Brennan and Todd Collins pass, dodging the inactive Marcus...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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This Week's Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: SKND

At least they're winning the clicks of our readers. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Ok, I give up. You're all right. This is entirely boring. Starting next week, we'll have the top 10 weekly WaPo sports story and column links (all), and then the top 5 weekly WaPo sports...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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