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D.C. Sports Bog: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Eight More Reasons to Love the Wiz

Local media stars talk with DeShawn Stevenson at media day. (By Jahi Chikwendiu - TWP) Another Wiz season has arrived, with eight more reasons for bloggers to rejoice. And as always, I don't mean "love" in a ruining-our-objectivity manner; I mean "love" in a thanks-for-providing-easy-material manner. Starting with: 1)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Theismann on Kornheiser and the Booth

Brain trust with Theismann. (TWP file photo by John McDonnell.) Wrapping up our Joe Theismann interview posts, in advance of tomorrow's free prostate screening at FedEx Field event. This one's about Theismann's media career, and yes, that has a prostate angle too. (Scroll down.) Several times in the course...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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DeShawn Stevenson's New Wristbands

Well, the Wizards are back. And they seem to have completely mellowed in the offseason, five months after the most entertaining playoff series in human history. Today? Boooo-riiiiiing. Ha! Yeah right. You mean the team that has a new signee handing out his R&B album, two players with matching...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Theismann on Cerrato, Snyder and Cooley's Parts

Reviving the remnants of my very-long conversation with Joe Theismann from last week, which ranged from politics to the Redskins to Chris Cooley's private parts. Still to come later today: Theismann's thoughts on Tony Kornheiser, Monday Night Football and his own future in the booth. I should point out that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Gilbert's Face Still All Over This Building

It's Wizards media day, and for another year, a giant image of the injured Gilberet adorns the side of the Verizon Center. (Although not, notably, the front page of ">WashingtonWizards.com. That's reserved for Antawn Jamison and Dave Johnson.) Last year, you might remember, Wiz media day was the scene...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2008; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Look: Cooley's Dallas Hat

You know it's a good Dallas week when a video of Chris Cooley Tanner Cooley calling Tony Romo the "blond-haired killer" while talking like Borat and calling himself "Vladimir" isn't even the best Cooley family YouTube effort of the week. (Note: I think Tanner Cooley might do a better Borat...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 26, 2008; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Skins Lines in Texas Stadium: A History

Marc Logan, after the first Skins-Boys game of 1995. (By John McDonnell - TWP) This being the Redskins' final regular-season trip to Texas Stadium, it seemed a fitting time to review some point-spread history. All of these numbers are courtesy Las Vegas Sports Consultants. This year, for only the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler Dance Nice

Q: What does the last week of a 100-loss season in a historically empty first-year stadium look like. A: Click play and I think you'll find out. And watch Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler's media approval ratings go through the roof. Wil Wil Nieves? Who knew? (Bottomfeeder Baseball video via...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A Visit to Smoot's House

Unfortunately, you're gonna have to wait a couple weeks to see the full version of my tour of Fred Smoot's house on Comcast SportsyNet. There will, of course, be words and video posted here when the time is right. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here's what happened when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Skins Fans Get Creative With License Plates

You know, I actually would have thought the DMV would have some sort of policy against this. But give Redskins fans credit: once again, you've shown your passion on your sleeve, insofar as "sleeve" can be defined as "the back of your car" and "passion" can be described as "using...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Vegas's Week Four NFL Power Rankings

The NFL's best team, by a lot. (By Donna McWilliam - AP) Like every other power rankers in the universe, the oddsmakers at Las Vegas Sports Consultants are in love with the NFC East this week: the division hosts three of Vegas's top four teams, and four of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Colin Cowherd Speaks Out on the Redskins

Everyone's favorite syndicated deep-thinking radio host, Colin Cowherd, spent several minutes focused on the Redskins yesterday, and while the results may have been as enlightening as a Lehman Brothers seminar on fiscal responsibility, they're nevertheless worth noting. Because, of course, Cowherd's show airs locally on ESPN 980, the official Jury...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Morning Look: Best Skins Stander

Brian Kimmer (in shades) collects his giant prize before the Skins-Saints game. (Courtesy Bank of America) Sometimes the every-day crush of NFL allows the truly important tales to slip to the side. So it was with Brian Kimmer, the winner of the Standing Up For Skins Tix contest I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2008; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Portis Accuses Cardinals of Dirty Play

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) You know, it occurs to me that I haven't had a single entry today that involved the phrase "Pockets Straight." That's my bad. Actually, I meant to post this item yesterday, but I was driving to Fred Smoot's house. Much, much more on that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2008; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Today's Top Five: Would You Rather...?

Lindsay Applebaum here, with some vaguely-sports-related links that will neither inspire nor educate you. 1) The worst "Would You Rather" ever for liberal Redskins fans. (Wall Street Journal) 2) Inside the Caps' glam rock music video shoot. (Puck Daddy) (And see also: OFB) 3) What have you done for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 24, 2008; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Brendan Haywood on Kanye, the Skins and Swagger Jackers

Offseason neighbors. (By Preston Keres - TWP) As I mentioned the other day, Brendan Haywood was at last weekend's Skins-Cardinals game, which was his second consecutive weekend at an NFL game. He appeared as a guest on Comcast SportsyNet's pre-game show, and the Comcast folks were kind enough to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Get Yer Boudreau Bobbleheads

Nov. 14, first 15,000 fans, bobble-joy. This is a pretty good likeness, actually. I'll take three please....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jim Zorn Explains His Punter Meltdown

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Jim Zorn has now explained at least three times exactly why he got spittle-flying mad at poor punter/holder Durant Brooks on Sunday, but his latest explanation was the best. It turns out that Zorn himself was a holder during his NFL career, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Welcome Back Juan

Earl Badu, Andre Collins, Byron Mouton, Drew Nicholas, Ryan Randle, Lonny Baxter, Steve Blake, Chris Wilcox, Jimmy Patsos and Juan Dixon. (TWP file photo by Michael Williamson) I'm stuck in Jury Duty today, just a few blocks from where Juan Dixon was just re-introduced as a Washington Wizard, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Today's Top Five: It Could Be Worse

1) So maybe you've heard about yesterday's incident involving Post beat writer Jason La Canfora, Redskins bigshot Vinny Cerrato and various accusations and thought, wow, that's pretty bad. You're right. However, it could always be worse. Exhibit A: The San Jose Mercury News vs. the Oakland Raiders. (Awful Announcing) 2....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 23, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Brian Mitchell Reacts to the Reaction

Let's all step away from the radio dial and all the vitriol contained therein to instead consider....nah, who am I kidding. More radio jibba-jabba please! "If you steel me you better damn sure get your best," Brian Mitchell told me on Sunday. "I always say I'm not media, I work...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Skins Fans Want Dallas

When Barry Svrluga and I wandered onto FedEx Field's playing surface on Sunday, past the cheerleader with her arm in a sling (injury report?) and past the two guys repping Chris Horton (see above), we heard fans in the end zone chanting something as the final seconds ticked away....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Larry Michael Sides With Vinny Cerrato

When I heard that Larry Michael would be discussing Vinny Cerrato's allegation that Jason La Canfora made some sort of allegation to an NFL PR person, I was trying to figure out what Michael would say. Would the host of Redskins Nation--a program that airs on the same Comcast SportsyNet...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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This Was a Pretty Good Year For the Nats

More exciting than watching paint dry. Unless it's really glossy paint. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Because 100 losses, a public spat with the District government, empty buildings, below-average attendance, the loss of their first-round draft pick, the worst television and radio ratings in the Majors and the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Gilbert Got Engaged

Congratulations to Gilbert Arenas, set to join the ranks of the married at some undefined future point. The Reliable Source broke the engagement news this morning; here's the Gilbert quote: Life is about growth and getting smarter about the choices we make. Being a husband and father will require both...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Vintage Zorn Quotes

Vintage Zorn and vintage Largent, looking sharp. After yesterday, my mind remains sluggish, but I believe there are two possible meanings of "Vintage Zorn Quotes." No. 1: Top-notch Zorn quotes, like this one, from his Monday press conference, concerning Jason Taylor's blood-filled calf injury: In the calf muscle there's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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On Jason La Canfora, Vinny Cerrato and Tampering

Well, this was a fun day, no? Big Redskins win, everyone's excited, Dallas on the horizon, Jim Zorn singing about milk, Reliable Source getting ready to report the news that Gilbert Arenas just got engaged, perfect weather, and everyone's talking about....a radio show segment about a newspaper reporter? Yours truly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2008; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Defining "Portis Pockets Straight"

The Huddle of Babel, and straight pockets. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) One of the most enjoyable parts of the Clinton Portis-Brian Mitchell lovefest last week on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show was observing the reaction from listeners to Portis's unique style of speaking. "Mitchell, the former Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Smoot Gives Chris Horton His Nickname

K Horton, before getting his hair re-did. (By Preson Keres - TWP) Chris Horton is not only the future starting safety of the Washington Redskins; he's also funny. For example, the rookie talked about how teammates were ragging him after he "got my hair did" following last week's breakout...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Archuleta Fans at Skins Game

I was walking from my car to the stadium yesterday when I saw two guys at the same tailgate wearing Adam Archuleta jerseys. I thought it was a sun-fueled dream. Was this the Archuleta Fan Club? Adam's Fairfax-based cousins? "It's a $5 bib," said Rich Juchnewicz. "Somebody's got to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Look: Redskins Post-Game Message

Here's the post-game message, in bright lights, that greeted fans leaving FedEx Field yesterday. I appreciated the civic-mindedness, and the fact that the four screens of civic mindedness included only two references to the team's corporate partners....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bonus Skins Quotes: Zorn's a Gunslinger

Zorn yelling at Durant Brooks. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Check back all day Monday for a never-ending stream of Skins locker room minutiae, but first, some bonus quotes, concerning all manner of stuff from today's seven-point win, Washington's second-straight victory and second-straight Vegas cover. End-zone fans, on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2008; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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