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D.C. Sports Bog: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Today's Top 5: Colt Brennan a Victim of Video Editing

1) I'm not sure why he's speaking out about this now, but Redskins backup quarterback Colt Brennan wants you to know that his now-infamous No. 1 fantasy pick of LenDale White, deemed [unfortunate slang for lame] by commissioner Chris Cooley, was not his first pick after all: As I remember...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 31, 2008; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jim Zorn on Facebook

Jim Zorn, Facebook sensation. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Bog correspondent Lindsay Applebaum: The title of this entry might be a bit misleading, because I don't think Jim Zorn, rookie Redskins Coach and rookie texter, has his own Facebook account. That being said, there are three "Jim Zorns"...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 31, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Expanding the Redskins Rap Genre

Bog contributor Lindsay Applebaum: Redskins-centric rap enthusiasts, meet Incwell, a rising star in a blossoming genre that includes Chris Paul and my MoCo homeboy Wale, a Mark Ronson protégé who moonlights as a Caps-centric rapper. Anyway, here's a sampling of Incwell's lyrics from this week's song, Redskins Flag. Yeah, I...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 31, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Wizards Discuss Matchbox Pizza, Crazy Relatives

Twenty-four teams played NBA games on Wednesday night, when the Wizards made their season debut. Twenty-two of them started at least one player who hadn't been on their season-opening roster two years ago, when this Bog was launched. The two whose starting five were all three-year same-team vets? The Wizards...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 31, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Macrophenomenal Look at Gilbert Arenas

Macrophenomenal swag. And Antonio Daniels. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) By now, you've no doubt heard of FreeDarko Presents...The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac, a kind of NBA compendium for people who like Gilbert Arenas. The back of the book--by the cerebral and sometimes incomprehensible FreeDarko collective--very clearly states that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 31, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Today in Blachisms: Critters and Big Game

Stripper, General Pickett. (By John McDonnell - TWP) It's been a banner week for Blachisms, or rather, a week that makes normal weeks look like a sandbox in the Sahara. From his defense playing "like the south end of a northbound skunk," to his pledge to "get in some...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 31, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Redskins and Two-Point Conversions: The Math Geek

Two-point conversion guru Chris Meidt, with the QBs. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Ok, the final two-point conversion item of the week, but having already published Jim Zorn's feelings and his players' gut instincts about going for two, I finally went to the two-point guru himself, offensive assistant Chris...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Politics Invades Skins MNF Broadcast

Today's D.C. sports election-related news. * As everyone has noted, halftime of the Skins-Steelers game will be taken up with Chris Berman interviewing both Barack "Paper Scissors" Obama and John "Sugar" McCain. Thankfully, all those undecided voters watching a football game the night before the election will finally be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Redskins and Two-Point Conversions: Reason or Madness?

Todd Yoder and Pete Kendall, thinking about two-point conversion strategy. (By Molly Riley - Reuters After I wrote about Jim Zorn's explanation for going for two against the Lions the other day, and about Zorn's feelings about The Chart, I got a call from a friend who has an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Roethlisberger: Skins Cheerleaders Are a Distraction

Distracting for weak-minded visiting QBs? (2004 photo by John McDonnell - TWP) It's been argued (by TMQ) that the Redskins and the Eagles cheerleading squads are in an arms race, or legs race I guess, to see who can wear the least clothes without getting arrested. Having seen nearly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nats: Longest Odds to Win 2009 World Series

No, this never gets old for me. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Honoring my pledge never to post anything about the Nats that doesn't fit into the exciting "Steinberg hates the Nationals" storyline, here are some odds for winning the 2009 World Series, that I just received from BetUs.com....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Arenas Says Jordan Knew When He'd Return Last Year

Gilbert Arenas was a rather noisy presence at Wiz practice on Tuesday. He was shooting around with his teammates after practice ended, with DeShawn Stevenson falling over with laughter while claiming Gilbert's knee buckled when he tried to take a running jumper, and Caron Butler then trying to order Gilbert...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. Becomes Most Miserable Sports City

Editors' note: In a rare confluence of great Post blogging ideas, Steinberg and Baseball Insider Tom Heleba posted on the very same topic this morning -- the fact that the Phillies' World Series victory (sort of) makes D.C. the city with the longest major-American-sport title drought. So we have moved...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Look: Gilbert Arenas on the Bench

Gilbert, with his brightly colored foullard. (By Haraz N. Ghanbari -AP) If it's election time, which it is, that means The Washington Post must fulfill its historic mission: to fact check the heck out of public figures. There's some sort of fact checking going on over here, but I'll...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Colt Brennan Loves In-N-Out Burger

Once, he was in. Now, he's out. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Even though the Colt Brennan fan club has died down a bit in recent weeks, he's still here, and he's still entertaining. Like, he's the only player I've seen who regularly enters the media room, says "hey...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Portis Works on His Karate Kick

Bling bling bling bling. (2006 photo by John McDonnell - TWP) I was listening to Jim Zorn with one ear and Clinton Portis with the other this afternoon, and when the first ear rejoined the second ear, Portis was being asked about the Steelers' 3-4 defense. "I've been working...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sam Donaldson Discusses Daniel Snyder

(By Lauren Victoria Burke - ABC News) Somehow I lost my mind last Friday morning and forgot to listen to the "Inside the Red Zone With Vinny Cerrato" politics extravaganza, co-hosted by Bernard Shaw (or "Bern," as Cerrato preferred) and featuring guest appearances from Wolf Blitzer, Sam Donaldson, Jack...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Justin Geisinger's One-Bedroom Apartment

Maybe you remember how I wrote like 7,000 posts about Fred Smoot's fairly exorbitant house? Well, I've been asking some players about whose home I should visit next, and I haven't really found a consensus. "You should do Geisinger," Casey Rabach suggested a few weeks back. "He lives in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Caron and Gilbert's Playlists

Favored by Caron Butler. With the season opener just hours away, Reader Jay points out that Caron and Gilbert's Rhapsody playlists, with song-by-song explanations, are available for your pre-game listening pleasure. Caron mixes F**** the Police with "A Thousand Miles," which he calls "a catchy ass song," and which...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Redskins: Still Won't Be Underdogs Again

Vegas says the Steelers and Redskins are virtually identical, although their owners' politics aren't. (By David Guttenfelder - AP) Washington's eight-point win conformed nearly exactly to Vegas's expectations last week, and so nothing much changed in the Las Vegas Sports Consultants' weekly measure of point-spread excellence. The Redskins (judged...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Today in Blachisms: Skunks, Oars and Rear Ends

Quote machine never breaks. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Not to raise your expectations too much, but following Greg Blache's appearance on Comcast SportsyNet's Postgame Live last Sunday, the estimable host Chick Hernandez said this: "I'm now nominating Greg Blache as my favorite Redskins coach this decade." Plus, Brian...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Look: Semin Celebrates

Semin, celebrating his shootout goal in the vicinity of an Ovechkin celebration. (By Greg Fiume - Getty) Did Alexander Semin leap into the glass after scoring his shootout goal in honor of the absent Alex Ovechkin? No idea, since the game wasn't televised. I'm making moving pictures in my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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CP On OJ

No fireworks from Clinton Portis's weekly appearance on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show, but there was this fairly classic dialog at the very end of the segment concerning Portis, O.J. Simpson and blogs. (And yes, I've been reduced to this market's official transcriber of sports talk radio.) Anyhow, like...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Today in Zornisms: "I Said It Very Vigorously"

Ok, maybe it's not a newsflash that Jim Zorn sometimes says things in a manner that some other NFL coaches do not. But today on ESPN 980's Jim Zorn Show, Zorn said things in a manner that some other NFL coaches do not. Also, he busted out his prized new...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Zorn on Shaun Alexander's Work Ethic

Alexander, running through the hole. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Because laying into one All-Pro running back hardly constitutes a week's work, here's Jim Zorn take on Shaun Alexander: "Repeating that '05 season would have been hard. And he just seemed to either not have the knack, or he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Zorn's Decision to Go For Two

This photo has nothing to do with the text that follows. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Apparently I have a fairly recognizable voice, because when I asked Jim Zorn a couple questions about his two-point conversion strategy yesterday, people immediately started e-mailing me links to "The Chart." There are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Zorn vs. Portis Explained, Again

Portis reacts to his benching. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Since I wrote both a blog item and an actual newspaper story about Zorn vs. Portis, based on day-of explanations from both men as I understood them, and since Jim Zorn's explanation yesterday indicated that my accounts were slightly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gilbert Rips the Cavs

Wizards land another shot on the face of the Cavs. (By Terry Gilliam - AP. Really) If it's NBA season opener time, then it must be "attempt to rile up Cleveland fans" time, both for the Wizards and the bloggers who cling to them. And work for them. I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Morning Look: London's Calling (and Puking)

Fletcher and Marcus Washington, after victory was clinched. (By Preston Keres - TWP) I don't have the stomach to actually post Brian Murphy's incredible photo-journalism that displays London Fletcher's "I'm SUCH a vomit guy" words way better than mere text ever could. Please go look, as long as you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2008; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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I'm Sorry, Detroit

I went to a football game in Detroit and a Nats game broke out! Sportswriters don't root for one NFL team over another. We're winning percentage agnostic. But man, you had to feel for Detroit this morning. Crumbling economy, horrific college football team, winless NFL team, thousands of empty...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Etan Thomas Stumps For Obama

Etan Thomas has delivered his "It's Time For a Change" speech at venues all over this area; the text was published at Huffington Post over the summer. Two of our Metro writers, David Nakamura and Hamil Harris, were at a DNC rally in downtown D.C. over the weekend, and they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Today in Zorn: I'm a Roo

Zorn and friends, acting medium, sometimes. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Highlights of Jim Zorn's Monday presser? There were plenty. From a verbiage standpoint, "sudden" is the new "violent." At least three times today and a couple times yesterday, Zorn has asked for more "suddenness" from his charges....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Skins Fans Take Over Detroit

I wish I had some way to quantify the number of Skins fans who invaded Ford Field yesterday, but it was like counting empty seats at a Nats game. I was gonna just count Sean Taylor jerseys, but even that was like counting doo-rags in Raljon: there were hundreds...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Portis's Post Game Style

Two quick post-game notes, before we tackle the main attraction. 1) Hip Hip Hooray? Dead as the Lions playoff dreams. "We didn't do it today," Chris Samuels told me. "It was 'Win on Three!' " Seriously? The Hip Hip Hoorayride gets derailed at the season's midway point by "Win...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Morning Look: Got Suishams?

If it wasn't obvious from the television box, the atmosphere in Ford Field yesterday contained all the bubbling energy of month-old ginger ale. It was awesome. For about 13 reasons, which I'll chronicle later, I feel nothing but sad empathy for greater Detroit this morning. What signs of life...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jim Zorn vs. The Reporter

Zorn, angry at the Washington Times's Ryan O'Halloran. By now, you've perhaps seen the highlight from Jim Zorn's, shall we say, "animated" post-game press conference. I wasn't in the press conference room, since I was in the locker room chasing down Clinton Portis to hear about that Zorn outburst....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2008; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Zorn and Portis Exchange Words

Zorn, yelling at Portis to get on the bench in the second quarter. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) As you might have seen, early in the second quarter of today's 25-17 Redskins win over the Lions, Jim Zorn and Clinton Portis had what appeared to be a heated...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2008; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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