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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 to break the stranglehold the Redskins have on these rankings of our weekly most-clicked sports stories and columns. Yeah, well maybe you're an idiot. Don't you know there's punting news to be had?!?!?

Continuing to prove that this was a pretty bad idea for a weekly feature, the Redskins notched another 10-for-10 week, with Durant Brooks edging ahead of Gilbert Arenas. Boooo-ring.

Trying to add some sort of life to the proceedings, here were the top three clicked sports links that had absolutely no Redskins elements: Thomas Boswell's column on Elijah Dukes's antics in New York, Ivan Carter's news story on Gilbert Arenas's latest surgery, and Eric Prisbell's piece about the Internet audience attracted to the Terps' newest "I hit him so hard he puked" star, Kevin Barnes. In that order.

And do bear in mind that most of our Arenas-related traffic was funneled to Ivan's blog post that broke the news, which would have easily made this list, so all is not lost.

Anyhow, here's last week's list:

1. They're Getting Warmer, by Jason Reid. Redskins game story, about the 29-24 home opening win over the Saints, the most important game in the history of the second week of September of 2008.

2. The Kid Shows His Stuff, by Mike Wise. Redskins column, telling all you haters who were ready to give up on Jason Campbell's future in the WCO after one week: "Just shut up and go home."

3. One to Rally Around, by Thomas Boswell. Redskins column, concerning the correct answers given by Jim Zorn in Week 2, although he ought to have phrased them in the form of a question.

4. Redskins Run the Options, by Jason Reid. Redskins feature, about the diversity in the passing attack. No, not that kind of diversity, although I guess Todd Yoder counts.

5. Like His Offense, Zorn Has No Problem Opening Up, by Jason La Canfora. Jim Zorn is nice to reporters, is unusually honest, holds himself accountable and doesn't ask fans to pray for the Redskins.

6. Feeling Trapped in Tight Spaces, by Barry Svrluga. Redskins feature on the D.C. tenure of one Clinton Portis, leading to some radio criticism, leading to one of the best weeks in recent D.C. sports blogging history.

7. Zorn Savors First Win, and That's No Act, by Les Carpenter. Redskins A1 game story, just in case anyone missed the stories in sports. Also points out that Joe Gibbs "would never fill his news conferences with words such as 'cool' and 'tremendous' and 'unbelievable.' "

8. For Redskins' Brooks, It's Punt or Be Punted, by Jason Reid. Redskins feature about the early-season cauldron of drama bubbling around rookie punter Durant Brooks.

9. Horton's 'Hat Trick' Helps Put the Saints on Ice, by Dan Steinberg. Likely Pulitzer-winning Redskins sidebar, concerning the stellar debut of rookie safety Chris Horton, featuring lots of canned quotes.

10. Photo of Playbook Concerns Coach, by Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora. Redskins notebook, leading with the news that Jim Zorn would prefer his players not post photos of their playbook on the Internet.

Current totals:

Most read topics:
1. Redskins (71 top-10 links)
2. Olympics (17)
3. Other NFL (4)

Most read authors:
Jason Reid (27.5 top-10 bylines)
Mike Wise (16)
Jason La Canfora (13.5)
Barry Svrluga (6.5)
Les Carpenter (5)

(Joint bylines are given 0.5 credits.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2008; 9:05 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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The United, the Mystics, and Freedom all made the paper last week, did any of them draw any sort of notable number of clicks?

Posted by: PB | September 20, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Um, more Redskins talk, please.

Posted by: Jack | September 21, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I thought that "The Kid Shows His Stuff" was about Cooley.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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