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Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: The Brewers?

D.C.'s baseball team. (By Morry Gash - AP)

Let's just go ahead and get this week's gratuitous shot at the Nats out of the way: last week, published two stories about the Brewers that got more Web traffic than has any Nats story since I started doing these rankings in mid-July. That's weird.

What's also weird is that last week we had two stories about the Brewers that got more Web traffic than any story about the Wizards, Caps, D.C. United, Terps, or any other non-Redskins team. Is there a huge Milwaukee expat community in Reston? Are the Web users of Milwaukee staging a protest against in-state media? Is this the work of Steve Czaban? Regardless, for our sake, let's hope the Brewers win the World Series.

Other top non-Redskins stories last week included a profile of Good Counsel's Jelani Jenkins, a profile of an 8th grade quarterback at Massanutten Military Academy, and Michael Wilbon's take on the Fort Hill-Dunbar controversy. All attracted more Web readers than our revealing post-mortem on conflict within the Nats organization, or any story about D.C. United's death spiral, or the Wiz and Caps preseasons.

Also, from what I gather, Sarah Palin >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the Redskins in Web traffic. So if anyone can think of a way to link Jim Zorn to Palin, lemme know.

Anyhow, here's last week's list:

1. Forward Progress, by Jason Reid. Redskins game story, on some sort of win over some team from Texas. But what did it all mean?

2. Zorn Establishes Himself, by Thomas Boswell. Redskins column, explaining what it all meant. Something like this: "Jim Zorn may not be a made man quite yet in this town. Seasons are long, much less entire coaching careers. But he's moving up the ladder awfully fast." Next up: decapitated horse.

3. Redskins Schedule Has a New Look, by Barry Svrluga. Redskins analysis, on how the schedule sort of shapes up differently now, except remember that the Terps' schedule sort of shaped up differently after the wins over Cal and Clemson until they lost to Virginia and then it shaped up the same. Still, I wouldn't object if you bought Super Bowl tickets.

4. Blue Collar Brewers Revel in Spotlight, by Colin Fly, AP sports writer. Musta been the Champagne photo.

5. Springs Enjoys a Special Day, by Mike Wise. Redskins column, on Shawn Springs shutting down T.O. during his trip home to Dallas, where his dad remains hospitalized. Plus, lots of pot-shots at Dallas, which Wise calls "a great, eye-candy team, and at the Dallas media, which Wise calls "local-yokel."

6. Redskins Fashion a Fine Farewell, by Les Carpenter. Redskins A1 story about the Cowboys game, which posited that "in the last regular season Redskins-Cowboys game before the gates are closed on Texas Stadium and the rivalry heads to a sparkling new home, the Redskins did something that seemed to surprise even them. They won." I would have argued exactly the opposite: none of them seemed at all surprised to me. Guess that's why I don't write for A1.

7. Brewers Asking Too Much of CC, by Thomas Boswell. MLB column, with Boz wondering whether the Brewers are abusing CC, or following CC's wishes, or attempting to pay tribute to foreign tourists in Beijing, who say "CC" as a means of paying thanks.

8. Looking for Leaders? Look to Washington, by Michael Wilbon. Redskins column, in which Wilbon unveils his NFL Top 5: Giants, Redskins, Titans, Bills, Cowboys. How about you take the Titans and Bills, and I'll keep the Cowboys, and we'll see who's happier in January? And I'm from Buffalo.

9. Redskins' Secondary Steps Up, by Jason Reid. Redskins feature on the impressive secondary, featuring Carlos Rogers doing his very best to guarantee a disaster against Philly by saying this: "After a while, people will start recognizing. Other teams, they already know it. You can believe that."

10. Redskins Using Less Motion, Getting More Ball Movement, by Jason La Canfora. Redskins analysis, on Jim Zorn's infrequent use of pre-snap motion and his players' endorsement of said tactic. And after a week in which I wrote about toilets, porta-potties and Chris Samuels's upset stomach, it's nice to cap things off with more ball movement.

Most read topics:
1. Redskins (86 top-10 links)
2. Olympics (17)
3. Other NFL (6)

Most read authors:
Jason Reid (32.5 top-10 bylines)
Mike Wise (19)
Jason La Canfora (14.5)
Barry Svrluga (7.5)
Les Carpenter (7)

(Joint bylines are given 0.5 credits.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2008; 10:57 AM ET
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Zorn is Trig Palin's real father.

Posted by: twoeightnine | October 5, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The reason the Post's post-mortem didn't attract any Web traffic was because all denizens of the Internet had already read all the material in the Washington Times earlier.

I don't normally blame the coverage, but this time I'll call it.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 5, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy reading this every week, and hope you continue it. But if there's anything that proves the limitations of these Internet rankings as a gauge of actual interest in D.C. for the various teams, this week's rankings would do the trick. An random AP story on the Brewers outranks almost everything else for the week? As I've theorized before, these rankings are probably a good gauge of what readers of the Post web site who live outside of Washington read (many more Washington expats are going to be fans of the Redskins than the other teams in town for obvious reasons) but don't adequately show interest in Washington--because hundreds of thousands of people still do get the dead-tree edition and read the articles about the Caps and Nats and Wizards and Redskins while eating their breakfast or sitting on the Metro, as I do.

Posted by: Fingerman | October 5, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Dan, on a related note: You wrote a few weeks ago that Nats ratings for a game that occurred at the same time as the Skins-Giants game had just 6,000 homes viewing on MASN. Apparently this isn't that low for a non-contending team going up against football. In Dalls last Sunday, the Rangers only had 7,470 homes watching their game.

Posted by: Fingerman | October 5, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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