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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 I didn't imagine it would be to this extent.

The latest ignominy? A new WaPo link to the Redskins roster--the roster!!!!!!!--got more hits last week than any WaPo story about the Nats, the Orioles, D.C. United, the Terps, the Hokies, the Cavaliers, the Mystics or any other local or national team. (With just one exception: a feature about Howard's Ray Ray McElrathbey.) In fact, that roster received virtually the same amount of clicks as Michael Wilbon's column about Rafael Nadal, which received about 13 percent as much traffic as Wilbon's column on the Skins. I'll let you figure out which cost more: putting up a roster or paying Wilbon's salary.

in total, fifteen of our top 17 sports links last week were Redskins-based, and that was before their season even started. (The numbers are from Friday through Thursday.) From now on, I'm not blogging: I'm just printing Redskins player names and weights and letting the hits roll in.

Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. Etc., until January, at the earliest. Current totals.

Most read topics:
1. Redskins (52 top-10 links)
2. Olympics (17)
3. Other NFL (3)

Most read authors:
1. Jason Reid (21 top-ten bylines)
2. Mike Wise (13)
3. Jason La Canfora (11)
4. Barry Svrluga (5.5)

(Joint bylines are given 0.5 credits.)

Anyhow, here's last week's list:

1. Still at a Loss, by Michael Wilbon. Redskins column about the final preseason game, a blowout loss to Jacksonville, which Wilbon says might be a sign of real problems.

2. Meet the New Boss, by Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora. Redskins analysis about the first season of the Vinny Cerrato Era, with a recap of Cerrato's history inside and outside the organization.

3. They're Still Catching Up, by Jason Reid. Redskins feature on the slow starts to the NFL careers of rookie wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.

4. Left Chilled By Draft, by Mike Wise. Redskins column on the decision to cut Derrick Frost in favor of rookie punter Durant Brooks, which Wise says could be a referendum on Vinny Cerrato's personnel performance.

5. Jansen Bumped to Second String, by Jason La Canfora. Redskins news story, on second-year Maryland product Stephon Heyer supplanting veteran Jon Jansen as the Redskins' starting right tackle.

6. Jansen Could Be Demoted, by Jason Reid. Redskins news story on the possibility, soon to be realized, of second-year Maryland product Stephon Heyer supplanting veteran Jon Jansen as the Redskins' starting right tackle.

7. Redskins' Frost Doesn't Go Quietly, by Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora. Redskins news story on all 10 draft picks making the 53-man roster, with released punter Derrick Frost hinting that draft success was more important than sound personnel decision-making.

8. Springs Is 'Glue of This Defense,' by Paul Tenorio. Redskins feature on Shawn Springs being a shutdown corner, team leader and role model. Bad timing.

9. Final Rehearsal, Flat Performance, by Jason Reid. Redskins gamer on the final preseason loss, a 24-3 decision against the Jaguars.

10. Just Remember: One Game Does Not a Coach Make, by Mike Wise. Game-day Redskins column arguing that, no matter what happens in the season opener or in this season, Jim Zorn deserves a dash of patience. Good timing.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2008; 1:43 PM ET
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Enough already

Posted by: Dead Horse | September 8, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"I'll let you figure out which cost more: putting up a roster or paying Wilbon's salary."

Steinz for executive editor!

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | September 8, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon attacks cheese loyalists in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by: | September 8, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Sure is a lot of attention given to a really inept team.

Malcolm Kelly is my favorite player on the NFL team from Landover.
He's a Sooner.
He is a big hit on the salary cap.
He isn't playing.

Posted by: Firedanny | September 8, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

so why not just stop the "most read wapo list" and make it the "most read wapo redkins list". Honestly, its kind of insulting to the other sports.

Posted by: k | September 8, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

How do the Skins stories stack up against the rest of the paper, say, riveting excerpts from Bob Woodwards latest toe?

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | September 8, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey... only a couple weeks until Caps' training camp. I'm sure that will reverse the trend.

/wishf... delusional thinking

Posted by: odessasteps magazine | September 8, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

And blog hits? Where do we get that info? Is it available to the general public? Or do we hope for aa daring reporter to let us in on the 'insider' info?

Posted by: marksman | September 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, there is pretty much nothing else to read about in the sports section these days--other than the Nationals, who are tough to follow these days because they've been so bad and boring this year.

I don't think it's crazy to think that with the Redskins very possibly heading for a 1-4 start, and excitement around both the Caps and Wizards seasons this year, you could see at least an appearance or two from those teams by in a month or two.

Posted by: Fingerman | September 8, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Then again, now that Svrluga is on the Redskins beat, too, will there be any articles besides Skins articles in the sports section until January?

Posted by: Fingerman | September 8, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the devotion to the Skins is beautiful. I'm happy to live in a town where you can talk about the local footballers with almost anyone you meet (who's not a political appointee or a congressperson).

That said, it might be interesting to do a Top 10 Redskins Stories and a Top 10 Non-Redskins Stories list. Sort of like how Billboard has a Top 100 Classical Albums chart, so that people like me who live in that pitiful little universe can see what's selling there without perpetually being swamped by the Rihanna-hungry masses.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

There are 10 non-Skin stories in the Post in any given week?

Posted by: sitruc | September 10, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

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