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D.C. Sports Bog: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: Gil Wins

Voting for Obama, helping us get clicks. (By Jahi Chikwendiu - TWP) Skipped two weeks of this feature. Sorry about that. Here's a summary: two weeks ago, all 10 of the most-read WaPo sports stories and columns concerned the Redskins. Last week, there were eight Skins stories on the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 24, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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Redskins Tell Vomit Stories

Throws up before games. A lot. (By Gerald Herbert - AP) Jason Taylor's leg "oozing blood" is gross. Todd Yoder's thigh-length rhubarb bruise is really gross. Really really really gross. But lots of football players have "gross" stories, it turns out. "I broke my ankle in ninth grade," Devin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 24, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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D.C. United Midfielder Plays in Goal

In my horribly earnest application letter to The Post eight years ago, I mentioned this (then) recent baseball game I had watched in which catcher Brent Mayne was forced to take the mound after his team ran out of pitchers. He got the win. I wrote something horribly, embarrassingly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 24, 2008; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Louis Crayton Sings T.I.

Likes to sing. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) If D.C. United has an anthem entering the final, all-important weekend of the MLS regular season, it's T.I.'s "Whatever You Like." Because how better to celebrate a collection of underpaid youngsters who scrapped their way to the finish line than...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Man Paints House Burgundy, Gold

Why, you ask, did this man from North Carolina paint his house burgundy and gold? "Well," he explained, "it was my turn to pick the colors, and all my clothes are burgundy and gold, so...." Were that the universal rule of house-painting, Craig Sager's house would be truly amazing. And...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jason Taylor's Bloody Sock

This was from the Rams game. Hard to tell. (By John McDonnell - TWP) If you've been carefully scouring the Skinsophere in recent days, you know that Jason Taylor's calf wound continues to bleed. "He's playing football, for gosh sakes, not walking down the street," Jim Zorn said of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jim Zorn Used to Own Gadget Stores

Sold strange gadgets. (By Jonathan Newton - AP) In the past two weeks, I've written about how the hottest new coach in the stodgy National Football League once skinned a road-kill coyote and played viola with the Seattle Symphony while wearing a tuxedo t-shirt. Now, I have a few...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Seriously, Will the Skins Be Underdogs Again?

That pinky's worth 3.5 betting points. (By Tony Gutierrez - AP) The weeks press on, and Washington's second-half schedule doesn't get any less bizarre. There are nine games left, and they lead to three absurdities, according to the latest Vegas rankings from Las Vegas Sports Consultants. 1) Washington has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Morning Look: Erskine Airborne

(By Jeff McIntosh - AP/The Canadian Press) Programming note: Apparently you now need to log in to leave a comment here, and on our other fabulous sports blogs. This will rid the Bog of all those hundreds of thousands of anonymous troll commenters. Oh, that's right, we have none...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look , Wizards  
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Jim Zorn's Symphonic Masterpiece

One of these men plays the viola. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Jim Zorn's Wednesday media session last week yielded the story of the time he found that road-kill coyote and skinned it for its pelt. That was kind of fun. This week, after the coach had dealt with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Santana Moss's Spinning Football

Spins football. (By Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP) Surely you've noticed that Santana Moss spins the football at least once a game following a big catch, and often more than that. I know I've quoted him before on his spinning footballs, but I can't remember when that was, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Fred Smoot is Dutch

Is Dutch. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) The things you learn in the Redskins locker room. Fred Smoot is, apparently, Dutch. Yup, he shares genes with those crazy fun-loving hat-wearing singing-and-dancing orange clad stars of every international sporting event. "You know, somewhere, it happened," Smoot explained a few...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gilbert's New Adidas Movie

The folks from Adidas sent along this brief Gilbert Arenas movie, part of a four-part series featuaring Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett coaching young ball players from the U.S. and China. I have no idea how much of this is real and how much is staged,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Redskins Fans Love Quarterbacks

It's certainly not breaking news that Redskins fans like to wear outdated jerseys. See here. And here. But the overwhelming glut of non-current Redskins jerseys at games revolve around the quarterback position. It took me maybe 20 minutes to find 10 different quarterbacks represented on Saturday, and previously this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Best Skins Fan Ever

Let's see, sleeveless white shirt? Check. Mohawk/mullet blend? Check. Shoulder logo tattoo? Check. Leathery red skin? Check check check check check to everything. Is there anything this guy could possibly do to improve, absent a pair of jean shorts? I mean, this is a 99.4, minimum. This guy represents...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Wiz, Bernard Hopkins and McGee's Nickname

Lemonhead. (By Lance Murphey - AP) Antawn Jamison is still the Wizards' elder statesman, in a way, and Gilbert Arenas is still the most likely to say something bizarre, and Brendan Haywood still issues the best one-liners, but the go-to Bog quote for the 2008 season is Caron Butler....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Look: Show Me Your Cooley

Warning: Possibly tasteless. Look away if you're extremely sensitive. Or if you're my boss. It's still early, but this has clearly been the Year of the T-Shirt for Skins fans. The Brothers Mottram have already spit out the Zorn Star and Stay Medium shirts, and this morning debuted their...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 22, 2008; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Lorenzo Alexander and Leigh Torrence Stump for Obama

Somehow I missed this three weeks ago, but this video of Lorenzo Alexander and Leigh Torrence discussing their presidential preference is actually a part of the Obama campaign's YouTube account. After all the attention I gave to their locker room debates, I can't hardly continue to ignore this....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Wizards Get Serious

Caron Butler actually requested I take this photo. The first few minutes of today's Wizards media availability were deeply troubling, with one player after another swearing off tomfoolery as the regular season approaches. "Me myself, I'm going to start taking things a lot more serious," Andray Blatche said. He...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Wizards Wear Halloween Costumes

Dominic McGuire. No, really. (By Ned Dishman - NBAE via Getty) The Wizards returned from Barcelona and Berlin a few days ago, and, first things first, it was time for a charity event helping young D.C.-area boys and girls with the crucial task of selecting their Halloween costumes. Naturally,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Caps TV Ratings Up 100 Percent

These folks drive down the TV ratings. (By Richard A. Lipski - TWP) In a buzz-less sports town like ours, you take whatever measurements of buzz you can get. Official Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir ran through a bunch in his season-opening story: nearly 10,500 season-ticket equivalents, a 93...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Wizards  
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Redskins Offered Obstructed View TV

Touchdown Redskins! What, you can't see it? Just imagine! Whenever people tell me how lucky I am to be able to watch Redskins games from the FedEx Field press box, I attempt to disabuse them of that notion. The press box has no beer, no nachos, many media members...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Morning Look: Ovechkin and Campbell

(Photos courtesy Matt Mondonedo) Images of the post-game meeting between Alex Ovechkin and Clinton Portis may have been lost to history, but some fans managed to get shots of the post-game meeting between Ovechkin and the always chatty Jason Campbell in the players parking lot. I'm told they exchanged...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 21, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sonny and Sam Endorsed This Message

So maybe you've heard that the Redskins just launched this promotional campaign to elect 437 of their players to the Pro Bowl. Oh, what's that, you haven't heard? So how exactly is the weather in that steel closet inside that underground bunker underneath that sheep pasture in that remote...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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About Santana's Touchdown Celebration

Moss, playing guitar or something. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Santana Moss's fourth quarter touchdown led to the image of the game, seen above. First he whirled his arm at his side, then he pointed the football to the stands and swiveled from side to side. And the meaning?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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S. Moss and Randle El Discuss the Fan Tackle

Randle El, after the whack. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Following years of protocol, the TV cameras cut away from the loony fans running onto the field late in the fourth quarter yesterday. And following years of protocol, bloggers and TV reporters spent much valuable time asking the players...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Portis Wants to Celebrate Super Bowl in Puerto Rico

(Bu Gary Cameron - Reuters) During yesterday's post-game presser, just before he met Alex Ovechkin, Clinton Portis talked about going to Puerto Rico. Part of this made Mike Wise's column, but here's the full passage. "You know, of course you always come in, 'I want to make the Pro...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Inside This Morning's Red Zone, With Vinny Cerrato

Caller: "Good morning. First of all congratulations Vinny, great win." Radio Host / Executive Vice President of Football Operations: "Yup, you know what, every win's a great win. You know, because they're hard, they're very hard to come by. You know, who would have thought St. Louis does what they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins Hip Hip Hooray, Take Three

Zorn: Hip Hip Hooray not an epic, historical event. (By John McDonnell - TWP) I didn't hear any "Hip Hip Hooray" chants from the crowd in the first quarter this week. I only saw one group of fans carrying "Hip Hip Hooray" signs. I didn't hear any other reporters...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Son of Zorn Also Has Star Power

I was hovering around the pack of journalists still hovering around Jim Zorn way after his press conference had ended yesterday. Aside from being 5-2 as a rookie in a legendarily tough place to coach, the guy has to be easily the most accessible head coach in the NFL....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Look: Capitals Invade FedEx Field

Top 10 Moments from the Caps full-scale funny-hatted invasion of FedEx Field yesterday, with pictorial assistance. 1) A Comcast SportsyNet official telling me shortly before 3 pm that the guys would appear on-set at 3:20, "assuming they show up," and then realizing that Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 20, 2008; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Clinton Portis For President

Marlon Jackson, pushing the agenda. Naturally, in this town and in this month, the Redskins would cover the FedEx Field grounds with "Vote the Redskins Ticket" yard signs, urging fans to punch their players into the Pro Bowl. And naturally, two homemade signs in the end zone would advocate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2008; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gary Williams Ready for the End of the World

I used to write about college basketball a lot, until I realized there were no clicks in that business. So I apparently unwittingly skipped all the Midnight 9 p.m. Madness celebrations last week in favor of....well, nothing really. But had I remembered that there was a 46 percent chance Gary...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 19, 2008; 12:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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