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D.C. Sports Bog: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

LaVar Clarifies: Gibbs "Coward-Like"

After all the furor over his calling Joe Gibbs "a coward" last week, LaVar Arrington was on Fox Sports's Best Damn Sports Show on Friday to talk about that and other issues. His Gibbs comments--in which he amended his original statement to "coward-like" and explained that Gregg Williams's departure undermined...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2008; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Today's Top 5: Leonsis Won't Take the Abuse, Again

Lindsay Applebaum here, with some links you won't click on because it's Friday and you're already at happy hour: 1) Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis has shown a pattern of not taking the abuse, and he continues the trend today by pushing back at ESPN's Bill Simmons, who "spit on D.C."...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 14, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Guess Who's on Facebook?

Lately, I've been going to Facebook to find inspiration for my guest Bog posts. Perhaps it's lazy, but I've gotten some good material so far. The profile I just found (if-it's-real-please-let-it-be-real), however, has got to be the Facebook jackpot. Let's play Guess Who. Here are your clues: Networks: Washington, DC...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 14, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Redskins' Toughest Critic: KidsPost

When's the last time the Redskins were ranked this high, this consistently and this unanimously by the mainstream sports media? I don't know the answer. It's a poorly phrased rhetorical question. But the point is, nobody would dare complain that the 6-3 'Skins don't get no respect. ESPN ranks the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 14, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bruce Boudreau Discusses His Bobblehead

My workspace inspirations. I'm kind of changing my mind about this Sunday's Redskins Rally Rag giveaway, since I figure free stuff for fans is always good. (Although the name is certainly frightful.) But this weekend's premier "free stuff for fans" event, of course, happens tonight in Fudd Town, when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Here's Brent Johnson's New Mask

Some of you have complained of my lack of Caps coverage, but ask, and you shall receive. Reader Colin recently requested photos of Brent Johnson's new, still-to-be-worn Monument Mask, which Tarik recently described; here they are. The below photo, of course, is the mask Johnson has been wearing, one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Look: Two Caps Black Eyes

Most of the injuries you read about in the sports pages Internets are tricky to see with the naked eye. Like, a second-degree MCL sprain, a la Clinton Portis? Tough to see at the grocery store. A torn right dorsal scapho-lunate ligament, like the one suffered by Brendan Haywood?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2008; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Local Poll Week I: Hoya Again

Still on top. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Last year was one of the strangest in the two-year history of the Atlantic 11 Poll, featuring every Division I men's basketball team in the DMV, plus several dozen voters with too much time on their hands. Witness: * There was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Sports Guy Spits on D.C. Sports Fans

(By Luis M. Alvarez - AP) The thing is, when you look up at the rows and rows and rows of empty seats in the Verizon Center last night, when you think back on The Brave MASN 8,000, when you see the army of Terriblerific Towels at FedEx, it's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Wiz Discuss Their Win

I won't say the Wiz locker room was like old times yesterday. There was no Gilbert and no Haywood, for one thing. For another, I have no idea what it's been like lately, because I've been too busy sitting in traffic on the Dulles Toll Road, chasing Web hits. But...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Portis Sides With Gibbs Over LaVar

Portis and Gibbs, bff. (2005 photo by John McDonnell - TWP) LaVar Arrington's comments about Joe Gibbs--in which he called the ex-coach a "coward" for leaving the Redskins before his contract was up and suggested he returned to D.C. merely to promote his NASCAR team--gained momentum as this week...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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T.O. Responds to Smoot Sports Bog Interview

Chalk this up under the "wow, two weeks is a long time to wait for one regular season game" category, but apparently buried in my interview with Fred Smoot this week was a mild suggestion that the Redskins had punctured the Cowboys' bubble earlier this season, which was pretty much...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DeAngelo Hall at the Wiz Game

First week in D.C., and DeAngelo Hall is already sitting front row, mid-court at the Wizards games. Hey, when your teammates are professing their love for the Caps, you've got to fit in. Hall was kind enough to stick around for a few minutes after the game to talk about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Todd Bozeman Outblogs Me

(2005 photo by Jessica Tefft for TWP) As others have noted, Morgan State Coach Todd Bozeman is blogging his brains out early in this college basketball season, both on his Fear the Roar audio blog and on his text site, Blogging With Boze. It's updated frequently, and with the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Gilbert's New Obama Tattoo

Via NBC Washington. Was it a good night at the Phone Booth? It was. Juan Dixon was wearing a bright red vest and skinny black tie. DeShawn Stevenson was wearing a bow tie, which is apparently now an every-game convention. Caron Butler was kibitzing in the back hallway with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 13, 2008; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Jim Zorn Discusses B.N. Genius

Likes pneumatic precision toy cranes and nose trimmers. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Remember a couple weeks ago when I wrote about B.N. Genius, the now-defunct chain of Pacific Northwest gadget stores Jim Zorn used to work for? The chain that sold "hundreds of unusual products, from decorative neon...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Why Dallas is Favored

Just below here, I asked how Dallas could possibly be two point favorites AT Washington, when the Vegas rankings score the team's virtually identically. Here, courtesy of Las Vegas Sports Consultants' Ken White, is the explanation. Based on their nearly identical rankings, the teams start out even. Washington gets +1.0...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Smoot Teaches Kids to Hate Dallas

Hates Dallas. (2001 TWP photo, featuring Joey Galloway, by Jonathan Newton.) As I mentioned earlier, I followed Fred Smoot to a Sterling elementary school yesterday to watch him promote reading. The book that had been chosen for him was called "America is..." and it's a homage to all the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Skins: Underdogs to Dallas?

(Sept. photo by Matt Slocum - AP) For several weeks I've been wondering whether the Redskins might play their final 11 regular-season games without being Vegas underdogs. I figured the Giants game would be the biggest, and possibly only, stumbling block. But I didn't count on this: depending on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Real Basketball Player Previews the College Hoops Season

The Tribe, closing in on the area elite. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Longtime readers of this blog have been anxiously anticipating the return of the Atlantic 11, our weekly, pithy look at the top 11 Division I men's basketball teams in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Last year's runaway...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Vegas Likes VCU > Maryland

The area's best player? (By Rick Stewart - Getty) As far as I'm concerned, the only real way to balance the NCAA's hypocritical insistence on promoting a postseason basketball tournament's amateur purity while making 947 jillion dollars off people's gambling-related interests in that tournament is by reveling in the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Marty's Pants

(2001 TWP photo by John McDonnell) Once a month, when I go into The Washington Post's mailroom, I'm greeted by a huge blow-up of this photo. There are many reasons I love it. Here are some of them. 1) Has there ever been another NFL action photo featuring two...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Smoot on Extraordinary Gentlemen and Cowboy Hate

Fred Smoot was reading to some elementary school kids yesterday. He's a good reader. FedEx was the sponsor. That's why their truck is parked in the background here. Anyhow, taking advantage of his presence on non-Redskins ground, I asked him a few questions about DeAngelo Hall, hating the Cowboys and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 12, 2008; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Zorn on Bikes, Betts, Burgundy and Rags

Jim Zorn likes fans waving towels. (2005 photo by Ricky Carioti - TWP) If it's Tuesday, I'm making a living by transcribing radio interviews. Although any time the local head pointy-ball coach starts his radio interview with a discourse on area mountain biking trails and ends it with an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Portis: "I'm Shooting For It"

A nice look at both of Clinton Portis's knees. The right one feels ok. The left one doesn't. (By John McDonnell - TWP) The best moment of Clinton Portis's weekly appearance on today's John Thompson Show? When the Coach asked CP for his thoughts on the election, and the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Zorn's Reading List

Zorn, reading. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Much of my afternoon will be taken up with watching Fred Smoot read to elementary school kids in Northern Virginia, which seemed like a good excuse for re-visiting Jim Zorn's current reading list. The info is courtesy Barry Svrluga, who included much...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Touring Chris Cooley's House

This whole "touring popular and talkative Redskins' players houses" thing is becoming a cottage industry. After my Smoot excess, now you can tour Chris Cooley's house with WRC's Dan Hellie. I guess this came out last week, but it's new to me. Big revelations: Cooley has an elevator with a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DeAngelo Hall Explains His Oakland Departure

As far as I'm concerned, no local team can ever have too many flamboyant talkers, so I see no reason to fret about DeAngelo Hall's arrival, regardless of why exactly he left Oakland. But I will say that I never would have guessed the exact reason he left Oakland...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Skins-Dallas: Seats Still Available

After the crush of publicity about the invading hordes during the Pittsburgh game, the organization is taking steps to ensure that won't happen during this week's national television appearance. As you can see, they're targeting actual Redskins fans to let them know that, string of 8 zillion sellouts in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Look: Redskins Have a 12th Man

I can't remember if I've already posted this photo, but yesterday's news that the Redskins will be handing out a piece of cloth fabric in no way related to those completely differently toned Terrible Towels sort of reminded me that the Redskins also have a name for their fans...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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LaVar Cracks on Snyder, Gibbs

LaVar, in his playing days. (2004 TWP photo by John McDonnell) Nearly every time I've seen LaVar Arrington in person or in his role as Comcast SportsyNet analyst in recent weeks, he's danced around the question of his lingering ill feelings towards the Redskins, or at least toward the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 11, 2008; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Olie Kolzig Comes Back to D.C.

More of Kolzig from the archives. (1996 TWP photo by John McDonnell) "Forget for the time being Alfie Turcotte and Alain Cote," my former colleague William Gildea wrote in October of 1989. "Picked up in deals this week, they've been shipped to the minor league Baltimore Skipjacks. But remember...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Redskins Reflect on the Election

Inspires Redskins, rides bikes with Zorn. (Pool photo) It's been a fruitful season for Redskins political stories, and in the aftermath of the election the revelations kept coming. * Jason Campbell took photographs of his television on Tuesday night, so he could show the pictures to his children. I've...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2008; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reed Doughty Just Got Paid Again

Twenty-three in Oakland, 23 in Washington. (By Jamie Squire - Getty) Shortly after DeAngelo Hall signed with the Redskins, safety Reed Doughty got a call from ex-teammate Vernon Fox. Fox pointed out that Hall had been wearing No. 23 in Oakland. That mattered insofar as Doughty recently sold his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mike Sellers Was a Scary High School Kid

By Toni L. Sandys - TWP. During the bye week, Mike Sellers had his uniform retired at his high school, North Thurston, up in the Great Northwest. This gave the local paper an excuse to track down a longtime area coach, one Ed Fisher, who saw Sellers play in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins to Copy Terrible Towels

Just imagine these are Redskins fans holding burgundy towels, and you'll be good. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Does anyone remember how Steelers fans made their presence felt at last week's game? I'm trying to remember. Were they waving bed sheets? Or maybe spraying gold spray paint into the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Look: Campbell and Cooley Take a Ride

(By Garth Vaughan - AP Photo/Disney) I spent my bye week in Manhattan. Svrluga went to Charleston. Vinny Cerrato spent his bye week reading Redskins Insider; "I did read where one guy said I didn't comment on us getting rid of Leigh Torrence," Cerrato just said from his secure...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 10, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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George Mason's Getting a New Mascot

College basketball arrives this week. The games start tomorrow. Several locals tip off on Friday. And here's the first bit of breaking news: after years of passionate debate, after occasional false starts and reprieves, Gunston is moving on. Yup, George Mason's lovable and blobbable green mascot will step aside...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gilbert Arenas Gets Obama Tattoo

Just in case you happen to read the Bog but not the Wizards Insider....With so many of Gilbert's previous tales having been later proved to be slight exaggerations, this one actually could be Top 5 in his all-time smack-your-head-into-your-monitor weirdness. Michael Lee reports: Arenas has decided to show his permanent...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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