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D.C. Sports Bog: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Afternoon Look: Caps Ride Rollercoasters

Courtesy of the Washington Capitals [Update: Just saw this on Caps Owner Ted Leonsis's blog, Ted's Take: Real men and a better blogger would have been on the Superman roller coaster last night with our team instead of checking out the license plates on the streets of DC! He...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 3, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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Introducing the Applebeen Award

Please excuse this completely inexcusable bit of self-indulgence: Back when I was Lindsay Applebaum, aspiring investigative journalist, I wanted to be immortalized by my work, and maybe a Pulitzer for my groundbreaking writing or something like that. But now that I've been reduced to Bonita Appleblog, sports producer and occasional...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 3, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Redskins , Weirdness  
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Matt Bradley: 1-Day Captain and Shootout Specialist

Twelfth man Bradley, showing the kids how it's done last season. (Newton -- The Post) D.C. Sports Bog correspondent Bonita Appleblog here. For the second installment in our series of random, not exclusively sports-related interviews with various sports-related figures, I caught up with Capitals forward Matt Bradley. Here's what...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 3, 2008; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gilbert's Cover Shot, Gheorghe's Fitness Book

George Gilbert is a "motivational humorist" who lectures on "the benefits of laughter in life" to groups like the California Refuse Removal Council and has a blog in which he tells jokes ("Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.") Gheorghe Gilbert, on the other...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Randle El's Celebration

Randle El, opening the windows and saying "Glory!" (By Mike Stone- Reuters) The first 50 or so times I saw Antwaan Randle El doing his Crouching Redskin Posing Receiver squat, I wasn't quite sure what was going on. The Haka, maybe? I wasn't the only one who was confused....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Morning Look: One Couple, Three Skins Plates

Wow, a third Redskins license plate entry in one week? Yeah, but seriously, all those anti-Romo and anti-Phily and anti-Dalis people had, to the best of our knowledge, just one plate per family. None of that for Rick and Laura Nombrano, a California couple that boasts not one, not...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 3, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jim Zorn's Worthless Tricks

Rolling the ball up and down his arm before Cowboys game. (By John McDonnell - TWP) As he stands on the sidelines before games, Jim Zorn performs a sort of football gymnastics, dribbling balls off the turf and slinkeying them up and down his arms and spinning them on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Redskins Locker Room Talk

(By Larry French - Getty) Last year, Mark Brunell had the locker directly to the left of the entrance to the showers. I guess it's a prime veteran spot, since you don't have to walk across the whole room wearing your towel, and you only have a neighbor on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Greg Blache Says Stats Are For Losers

Old school pimp daddy. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Greg Blache, as you might have noticed, remains more quotable than Barack Obama at a San Francisco fundraiser. "Those folks are terrorists with the double move," Blache said today of the Eagles receivers. "I don't think they can go to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Marathon Adds VIP Porta Potties

I always thought there was a wonderful democracy to marathon bathroom breaks: you could be a mayor or a hedge fund manager or a cheese buyer or a blogger, but when the time came, you would run to some woody patch and turn your back to the crowd and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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New Eastern Motors Skins Ads

The Eastern Motors head bopping was great. It will never be forgotten. Your job will always be your credit, with a catchy beat to boot. But this new ad campaign....well, evolution is a good thing. In my favorite of the new batch of Eastern ads, watch Antwaan Randle El and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Vegas Redskins Forecast: 12-4 or 13-3

(By Preston Keres - TWP) Based on this week's Last Vegas Sports Consultants power rankings, the Redskins would be favored in nine more games, including their final six of the season. They would be underdogs at Philly (this week) and home against Dallas, and in a virtual pick 'em...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Jason Campbell's in the Toilet

Has there ever been a greater week for Redskins-on-Dallas Schadenfreude? Well, sure, probably, but this has been a pretty good one, from ending the undefeated Super Bowl jaunt before the season reached its quarter-pole to causing T.O.'s first "I want the ball but it's just because I'm competitive" rant...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Look: Even More Skins Plates

How do you know when a gimmick has run its course? When the gimmick is funny Redskins license plates, and the inspiration was an "F Romo" plate, and by the third entry on this topic people again start sending you an image of an "F Romo" plate. Either that,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Dee Brown's European Hip Hop Career

(AP file photo by John Dixon.) With Gilbert Arenas on the shelf, some of us are looking to new blogging Wiz guard Dee Brown to help replace not just Gilbert's minutes on the court, but also his copy-producing zest off it. And so it was pleasing to learn that,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tank Johnson Can't Get No Respect

First, Redskins running back Rock Cartwright "disrespects" Texas Stadium by celebrating on the 50-yard line star. And now, when Dallas defensive tackle Tank Johnson continues to complain that Cartwright is "classless," Cowboys fans are having none of it. From the Dallas Morning News: Tank said it's fine that Cartwright and...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 30, 2008; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Cooleytime Castle, Home of the Black Cougar

Hello, Bog readers. It's Lindsay Applebaum again. You know how sometimes you'll do something simple, like search on YouTube for "Redskins fan videos," and then you'll end up discovering something even greater and wilder than you could possibly dream up, complete with leather jackets, red hair dye and superheroes? No?...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 30, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Gilbert's Engagement Story

Happy engagement photo, happily yanked from Gilbert's blog. As of last week, basically all the world knew about Gilbert Arenas's recent engagement could be summed up in three words: Gilbert got engaged. The possibilities boggled the mind. Now, the full engagement story comes out, and as you might have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Morning Look:Caps As Cap Hill Stars

What does Alex Ovechkin's cover appearance on ESPN the Magazine mean? Besides granting us funny photos of various Caps dressed various supposed Washington D.C. archetypes? With Jose Theodore actually looking convincing as a press secretary? A quick through the cover archives shows a shocking lack of D.C.-proper pro athletes....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2008; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Today's Top Five: Snyder Gets Physical

Lindsay Applebaum here, with some Redskins-related links I found while disrespecting the 50-yard line star. 1) Dan Snyder makes a fool out of himself(!) by telling his Redskins how they beat Dallas. (Mister Irrelevant) * Side note: Let's laugh with Snyder for a change, because he actually did something funny...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 29, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Redskins , What You Need to Know  
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Chief Zee's Successor?

Children, don't be afraid to dream big. There's nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it. That's why a 45-year old hair salon owner from Fort Washington, Anthony Jordan, thinks he could someday replace a legend, Chief Zee. "I want to be the next big chief,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Daniel Snyder and Jim Zorn Celebrate, Loudly

The two most important men at Redskins Park issued two of the most noteworthy post-game grown-man celebrations in recent memory, which, by the standards of NFL media members, is about three weeks. But still. First, owner Daniel Snyder, who treated this Week 4 victory with all the calm detachment...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Khary Campbell Had a Baby (Before Kickoff!)

Khary Campbell, pre-fatherhood. (TWP file photo by Preston Keres) When Khary Campbell realized his first child's due date would fall sometime between back-to-back trips to Dallas and Philadelphia, the Redskins linebacker and special teams standout came up with a plan. The original due date--Oct. 3--would be moved up a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redskins License Plates Get More Creative

The slightly profane Redskins-themed Virginia license plates shown in this space last week were creative, but, apparently, hardly unique. Apparently, a whole generation of Redskins fans grew up watching some R-rated version of Bumper Stumpers, and has responded accordingly. Please continue to send images of your Redskins-themed license plates to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Fred Smoot Thought He Was Batman

Fred Smoot, after his head-first third-quarter hit. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Some of this may have appeared in today's actual newspaper coverage, but since I got the quotes, I feel ok re-using them here. NFL head injuries are obviously no laughing matter. But with Fred Smoot, it's hard...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Morning Look: Jim Zorn Stays Medium

Pre-game coaching calisthenics. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Jim Zorn may yet turn into the Gilbert Arenas of NFL coaching circles, minus the repeated knee surgeries. I'm not sure exactly what Zorn's doing in this photo above, but much like Gilbert, he has his own pet phrases that get...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2008; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Skins-Boys Bonus Quotes: Head Banging

Note Clinton Portis's hair. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Bonus quotes from a Redskins locker room after Washington won in Texas Stadium for the second time as a double-digit underdog. Wait, that's not stat-nerdy enough? How about this: according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Washington is the first NFL...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2008; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: Racial Tension

During my haste to argue that nothing could unseat the Redskins's dominance of this weekly list of our Web site's most-viewed sports stories and columns, I forgot some basic lessons about the Internet. Anything that allows for commenters to trade racially charged language? A 213-word brief buried deep inside the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 28, 2008; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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