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D.C. Sports Bog: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Post-Holiday Pith

(By Reinhold Matay - AP) I'm so thankful for the 94 people who voted in this week's Atlantic 11 poll that I spent several hours compiling this on Thanksgiving night, even though many of these jokes--written four days ago--don't even make sense any more. I'm also thankful that our...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 28, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Jason Campbell's Ugly Slides Make Zorn Embarrassed

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) The classic Jim Zorn Is Quirky storyline remains his famous slip-and-slide, debuted with baseball's Frank Tanana in Detroit and perfected with baseball's John Olerud in Seattle. It made for great photo-ops, and it cemented Zorn's reputation for being the anti-Belichick, but it was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 27, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Smoked Turkeys and Fredasynthesis

Turkey. (By Gerald Herbert - AP) I've tried to avoid the "what are you eating for the holidays?" locker room questions since two years ago, when the Wizards provided answers that could never really be topped. Gilbert Arenas said he'd "eat a nice hamburger and just call it turkey."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Malcolm Kelly's Called Sugar

I've been waiting all season for Fred Smoot to break out his library of nicknames for the team's rookies, but he told me today that it's a false hope, that I should pack up that blog item and store it in the basement for another year. "I don't play with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today in Blachisms: Mice Turds and Elephant Dung

Elephant dung. Roarrrrrgh! (By John McDonnell - TWP) Special Wednesday treat: in honor of tomorrow's holiday, Greg Blache's weekly media availability was moved up a day. If you were hoping to hear the d-coordinator expound on animal droppings, well, today's your lucky day. (More normal Blachisms over here.) On...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Karl Alzner Arrives in D.C.

(By Marc Serota - Getty) Over the summer, I wrote about some of Caps prospect Karl Alzner's superstitions and good luck charms and the rest, including his tendency to make wishes at 11:11. "I don't just make one [wish], I make as many as I can think of at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Zornucopia Explained

Sign creator Spencer is in the yellow hat on the left. Some Redskins bloggers have made scattered mention of the Zornucopia sign from Sunday's Seahawks game. Stupidly, I imagined this to be an homage to the bounty of the harvest season, the pumpkins and squashes and glorious root vegetables...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Zorn Vocab: "Mr. Official"

Um, Mr. Official? (By John McDonnell - TWP) I can find only three published instances in the past 12 months where a head coach in any sport has used the phrase "Mr. Official." Oh sure, you can find lots of humorous-type writers dropping in that phrase during fake dialog...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jimmy Patsos Continues to Lose His Mind

Sometimes you have to lose in order to lose. (By Chuck Burton - AP) So last night was very good for ex-Gary Williams assistant Ed Tapscott, but it was even more awesome for ex-Gary Williams assistant Jimmy Patsos. Any time the head coach at Loyola can make national news...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Change Has Come to F Street

Yesterday's Wiz domination was about the most predictable result in NBA history. You fire your popular, longtime successful coach the day before a home game against a mediocre no-defense West Coast road tripping team, you're gonna win big. Still, that felt like change worth believing in. It felt like...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 26, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Faces of Zorn II: Cry, Clinton, Cry

If it was a Monday, Jim Zorn was making funny faces at the lectern. Yesterday was a Monday. Funny faces were made. Here they are. The highlight, clearly, was the above shot, when a reporter attempted to ask the coach about Clinton Portis's many injuries. "He's so banged up,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 25, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Tapscott Q&A, in Video Form

If you prefer moving pictures to long bunches of words, you can watch this version of the Wiz discussing their coaching change after this morning's shootaround....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 25, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"We Grind You Up": An Ed Tapscott Q&A

Coach Tap, teaching his signature. (By Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP) There were some smiles at this morning's Wiz shootaround. While the practice was still closed to the media, loud laughter was heard at one point, and Brendan Haywood was running stairs in the upper level of the arena...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 25, 2008; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Local Poll Week II: Welcome VMI

If you, like me, consider the primary purpose of the Atlantic 11 poll to occasionally mock our area's larger basketball programs and promote our area's smaller basketball programs, this week's results were a mixed bag. On the one hand, VMI rode its Kentucky upset, and the tears of Ashley...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 25, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Clinton Portis, Grown and Classy

Yesterday at Redskins Park, Clinton Portis showed up wearing rainbow sneakers, neon orange sweatpants and a bright purple sweatshirt. "The Skittles Outfit," one media member dubbed it. He escaped before I could take photos, preventing a repeat of that time he had the striped socks and all-red ensemble after...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 25, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Skins Fans in Seattle

You know your blog has succeeded when Washington Post commenting groupies Nate in the PDX and freakzilla are sending you warm and cuddly images of Skins fans invading Seattle. Trust me, the Terrible Towelers have nothing on this guy, pictured above and below, in full Alexander regalia. I believe...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 25, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Zorn on Being Medium and Hip Hip Hooraying

Hugging, mediums and Hip Hip Hooray. (By Rod Mar - Seattle Times via AP) The popular media question recently has been whether opposing defensive coaches have figured out Jim Zorn. Today, we asked some Redskins whether they've figured out their coach. "I know what he's gonna do, when he's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Zorn Discusses Eddie Jordan, Snyder's Game Ball

Birthday present: a special painted game ball. (Preseason photo by Preston Keres - TWP) Eddie Jordan's firing--sorry, "relief of head coaching duties," according to the team--has been discussed more than you'd think at Redskins Park today. Mike Sellers expressed surprise at the news, as did Shawn Springs, and Jim...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Ed Tapscott's Coaching Record in D.C.

(2004 photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty) As mentioned below, interim Wiz coach Ed Tapscott becomes the second straight Wiz boss with impeccable local credentials. In addition to going to high school at Sidwell, Tapscott spent eight seasons at American, amassing a 109-117 record before resigning in the spring...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , Wizards  
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When Ed Tapscott Followed Gary Williams

Ed Tapscott, with Bernie Bickerstaff. (2004 AP photo by Christopher A. Record) The last D.C.-area basketball coach who Ed Tapscott followed as a head coach? Try Gary Williams, in the spring of 1982, when Gary left American U. to take over at Boston College, he was succeeded by a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Thanksgiving Massacres Continue: Jordan Fired

Eddie Jordan signs his contract in June of 2003. (By Kevin Clark - TWP) Four quick observations on the morning that Eddie Jordan was fired. 1) You really don't want to be a struggling pro coach in D.C. come Thanksgiving week. Last year, Glen Hanlon got the boot on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Look: Zorn's Shorts Were Kinda Short

Via The Olympian. The Seattle media, as expected, gave us a flourish of Zornish thoughts over the weekend, a bounty that continued up 'till today. The Seattle media seems to have encountered the same coach we have here: weird, honest, unfiltered, earnest, weird, and extremely short-shorted. Among the results,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 24, 2008; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Sean Taylor's Cars Go On Sale

Image via Sean21Taylor.com. In the Redskins' 11th game last season, they went on the road to play a non-divisional team they had seen again and again in recent years. They couldn't stop fumbling and lost to the Bucs to fall to 5-6, with their playoff hopes dangling by a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 23, 2008; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hip Hip Hooray Returns in Seattle

Pretty cool. (By John McDonnell - TWP) It's been a while, huh? There was no Hip Hipping after the win in Detroit. Then the Hip Hip Hoorayride capsized during the losses to Pittsburgh and Dallas, when Team Skins didn't score a single point in 60 minutes of second-half action....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 23, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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