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D.C. Sports Bog: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Gilbert and His Wax Self

(Jeffrey Snyder/Madame Tussauds) So yeah, that's Gilbert and his wax sculpture. Read more about it in tomorrow's Post. In other news, the Washington Times recently talked with Gilbert about his cousin, Javier Arenas, the Alabama kick returner and cornerback. This was last year's news, but I think I missed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jim Zorn, Artwork and Molten Iron

This is actually a bronze cast. Hope there's no confusion. (By Jacqueline Larma - AP) You know how NFL coaches are. Always weaving stories about sculpture into their pre-game speeches. If you've heard one story comparing Rudy to Rodin, you've heard them all. But still, might as well ask...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Shaun Alexander, Unleashed?

Unleashing himself. (By Paul Sancya - AP) You know who else the Seattle media is writing about this week? Shaun Alexander. He was the Redskins player chosen by the Seattle media for their visiting player teleconference this week. Let's review Shaun Alexander's D.C. stats: 11 carries for 24 yards....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jim Zorn's Alternate Career Plan, and Hair

The hair, de-flat-topped. (By Jim McIsaac - Getty) With Jim Zorn returning to Seattle this week, the Northwest Media has my permission to do several days worth of massive, blown-out "Jim Zorn is Quirky" stories. Here's today's offering from the Seattle Times, and another from the Post-Intelligencer. Turns out...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jimmy Patsos Sits in the Stands

Jimmy Patsos, staying far away from his team. (By Charles Krupa - AP) (Scroll to the jump for this week's extra Atlantic 11 pith, an assortment of droll comments from poll voters about our local basketball teams. It's basically 14,000 words worth of inside jokes, but maybe you'll find...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Skins: Underdogs to Ravens?

Now looking like they'll be favored over the Skins. (By Mark Finkenstaedt - TWP) My weeks-long question--would the Washington Redskins end the season as the point-spread favorites in their final 11 games--was decisively answered last week, when the Redskins were home underdogs to the Cowboys, and couldn't cover the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Skins Discuss Those Seattle Fans

(By Preston Keres - TWP) It's hard to remember now, but nine months ago Seahawks fans were extremely excited about their football team, and were showing that excitement by posting angry, grammatically suspect comments on Washington Post blogs. (For some quick reminders, see my items about the 12th Man...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Look: The Faces of 1-8

(By John Amis - AP) This is a true story. Last night, I was watching the Wizards in delayed time on TiVo, maybe 10 or 15 minutes behind the live action. With about a minute left in their game against the Hawks, DeShawn Stevenson hit an awful fading away...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2008; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Redskins Players Address Pro Bowl Gate

Pro bowler, Pro Bowler, nah, Pro Bowler. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Whether you call it a mockery of justice or a triumph of participatory democracy--and I've done both--the fact that the Redskins are ahead in the fan voting on 21 of 26 Pro Bowl spots is unquestionably noteworthy....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Holmgren on Zorn and Zorn's Bike

Zorn's mentor. (By Lynne Sladky - AP) Mike Holmgren just addressed the D.C. media. He told us that Zorn used to ride his bicycle to games while he was the quarterbacks coach in Seattle. That's normal. First, the boring quotes: On Zorn: "He's one of my favorite guys of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Redskins Discuss the NFL Tie Rule

The face of a tie. (By Andy Lyons - Getty) The thing about the flap over Donovan McNabb not knowing NFL games could end in a tie kind of comes down to this: one NFL player after another has told me that on their off days, they don't really...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Redskins Fans Gloriously Vote Their Team Colors

Awesomely leading the Pro Bowl voting. (By John McDonnell - TWP) At first glance, I just thought it was kind of silly that after the first round of fan voting, 21 of the 26 NFC Pro Bowl positions were led by Washington Redskins players, some by enormous margins, with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Campbell and Hasselbeck: Together On Screen

There are so many amazingly juicy D.C.-Seattle story lines that the mind boggles. Zorn = Seattle. Mike Sellers = Seattle, plus, he made all those 12th man comments a year ago. Ryan Plackemeier and Mike Green and Shaun Alexander came, en masse, from Seattle. Pete Kendall played in Seattle. T.J....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Look: What the Wiz's 1-7 Feels Like

"I don't know whose situation is more precarious right now, Norv Turner's or Gar Heard's." -- Tony Kornheiser, the day the Wizards' record last fell to 1-7, nine years and three days ago. Sadly, this image above is what 1-7 looks like. And this text below is what 1-7...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Redskins Successfully Make Mockery of Pro Bowl

I'm not privy to the thinking behind the Redskins' elaborate campaign urging fans to Vote the Redskins Ticket. As I've repeatedly mentioned, the thing ranges from thousands of yard signs to extensive Web videos to pins and bumper stickers to radio ads to an enslaved blogger to thick media...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2008; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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D.C. Gets Indoor Football Team

As my friend, neighbor and countryman Dave McKenna has often noted, Daniel Snyder owns the local franchise rights for the Arena League, but this country is too big for just one or even two indoor football leagues. Personally, I haven't been able to get enough of the American Indoor...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2008; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Redskins Fans Seem to Have Sobered Up

It's Year One of the NFL Fan Code of Conduct policy, which I was reminded of Sunday night as I walked past this gutter--sorry, Hog Trough--meant to assist Redskins fans as they sip, don't guzzle their non-alcoholic beverages. Really, you haven't lived until you've sipped cranberry spritzers out of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Behold the Faces of Jim Zorn

There are a lot of reasons the local media pack seems in the tank for Jim Zorn--for example, the fact that he'll spend more time answering reporters' questions after practice than virtually any high school coach I've ever covered, whether those questions are about the West Coast Offense or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Meet Mason's Mascot

(Courtesy GMU) George Mason has been spinning Gunston's departure as his "graduation" to bigger and better things, and in some ways it's an apt metaphor. Think maybe of an older sibling going away to college: there's a real fondness, of course, and you know he'll be missed, but you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2008; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Redskins Have Trouble Sleeping After Loss

Smoot, a few hours before buying 240 donuts. (By Gerald Herbert - AP) Fred Smoot's postgame routine Sunday night was unique for a few reasons. For one thing, unlike many of his teammates, on his way out of FedEx Field Smoot bought 20 boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redskins Do Crosswords

Team crossword, collaborating away from the newspaper. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) To play pop blogcologist for a second, my impression of local professional football players who lost a tough game to drop to 6-4 is that they're basically frustrated that they lost a close game to drop to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Chris Horton's Selling T-Shirts

Just in case the Homer McFanboy t-shirt shop hasn't satisfied your Chris Horton t-shirt needs, Chris is now selling shirts of his own on his new Web site, Predator48.com. The blog could use a little work ("I think that the whole idea was that something that gave me the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Key Redskins Statistics

I've taken this poll from Redskins.com, and it's a good one. I like all the choices, but I just LOVE the fifth choice. I mean, I'm totally on board with that. You can't say it about every sporting event, but in this particular one, I'm voting that the final...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gilbert's Actual Thoughts on Obama

(By Carlos Osorio - AP) After all his Presidential goofiness in recent weeks--the cracks at Biden and Palin, the pledge not to vote, the actual Obama tattoo--Gilbert finally cut through the goofiness and offered his actual thoughts on the election over the weekend. Apparently, he voted after all. And...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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VMI? Howard? Go Crazy

(Photos via AP, courtesy of Howard University Athletics.) Let's change the subject for one second from local disappointment to local bliss. This was without a doubt the craziest weekend in the three-year history of the Atlantic 11, featuring the 27 Division I men's basketball teams in the DMV. Look...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Cerrato Agrees With Cerrato Critiques

Well this has been an interesting trip Inside the Red Zone. The fans are concerned about the play of both the offensive and defensive lines, and they've placed the blame at Vinny Cerrato's feet. And while Vinny Cerrato hasn't yet called for his own job, he seems to sympathize with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Witness a Rally Rag

I think we can all agree that we've ALL been off our games lately. The Redskins' offense has reached 20 points once in five games. Hip Hip Hooray has been hip hipped once in five games. Fans are slipping back into their "maybe we should change the quarterback?" comfort...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Look: Skins, Cowboys the Same

DeAngelo Hall celebrates. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) If the Redskins had won last night, that would have been three straight against Dallas. The last time that happened? Starting in the Super Bowl year of 1987-'88, and continuing on to the next season, a trio of wins that happened...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2008; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Skins Fans Fight Back

Redskins fans wave their so-called Rally Rags. (Jonathan Newton - The Post) There are those who accuse the media of over-hyping the great Pittsburgh invasion of Nov. 3. Guilty as charged. But still, to see how the world has changed in the two weeks since that nationally televised affront,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2008; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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