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D.C. Sports Bog: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Meet the Caps' New Goalie

(From sports producer/Bogsitter Lindsay Applebaum) His name is Brett Leonhardt. He's 6-foot-7. He's also a wiz at HTML, PHP and Photoshop. For the second time in 2008, the Capitals, in a bit of a goaltending jam, have dipped into their front-office talent pool, plucked a stunned web producer out from...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 12, 2008; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cerrato Discusses Portis vs. Zorn

"I think it was frustration. I think we all get frustrated....And I told him, 'Just don't frustrate to everybody.' I told him, I said, 'Clinton, I do a radio show.' I said, 'I'm like a punching bag on a Monday after we lose for two hours.' I said, ''You...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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The Full Redskins Pro Bowl Rundown

Because I should have done this earlier....here's the full rundown of the Skins' attempt to end the Pro Bowl once and for all Vote the Redskins Ticket results. By the way, those of you who were concerned that Jason Taylor has been a bust at defensive end? No worries. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reggie Miller on Gilbert, DeShawn and Good Sportsmanship

In addition to wearing just fantastically entertaining striped rainbow socks to this morning's TNT production meeting, Reggie Miller was kind enough to spend a few minutes chatting about the Wizards, Gilbert's pool, and DeShawn not being able to feel his face. Miller is in town to work tonight's Wiz-Celtics game....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Redskins Fans Finish Off Pro Bowl Mockery

Your leading NFC Pro Bowl kicker. (By John McDonnell - TWP) At long last, we have the final vote tallies from the objective NFL fan Pro Bowl voting. The objective fans have decided that, of the 19 positional categories in the NFC, nine should be filled by members of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Zorn Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Jaw set, mind firm. (By Preston Keres - AP) The truest words about this whole Zorn-Portis thing were written by Boz, two days ago, before everyone had made nice-nice and put this unpleasantness behind them. The key part: From the day [Zorn] arrived to coach the Redskins, he's said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Reggie Miller and David Aldridge ask, Is Caron a Star?

Star? (By Lawrence Jackson - AP) I just got back from the Ritz-Carlton, where the TNT production team was meeting in advance of tonight's massively important Wiz-Celtics game. For a while, that game wasn't looking quite as intriguing as it did when the national broadcast schedule was set, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins and Philosophy

It's been a tough few days in Ashburn, from the fourth loss in fifth games to the season-ending injuries to the Zorn vs. Portis mess. Over the past few days, I asked several Redskins whether we might find comfort in philosophy. No, it wasn't the greatest idea of all time....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jason Fabini Was a Movie Star

Grunt, grunt, grunt, Hollywood star. (By John McDonnell - TWP) While the mosquitoes buzz high in the air, sucking every ounce of blood out of the Hip Hip Hoorayride and raising some unsightly welts, there are still clever little moles scuttling around on the floor, finding little kernels of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Portis Discusses Portis-Zorn, Practice, Beer

Portis addressing the media, on less happy days. (By Preston Keres - TWP) Clinton Portis was happy, upbeat, and cracking jokes for the whole five minutes he addressed the media today, and Jim Zorn later said he thought Portis had acted medium throughout the whole ordeal. Portis, meantime, said...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 10, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Skins Discuss Portis-Zorn, With Humor

(AP clip job) Two reasons I have for doing nothing but ask incessant questions about Portis vs. Zorn today. 1) Everybody else was doing it. Especially the TV people. 2) Traffic surged yesterday. Give the people what they want. So I'm gonna bludgeon you over the head with this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2008; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Karl Alzner and the F Word

Alzner and Flash, keeping mouths clean. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Karl Alzner may no longer be Mr. Pre-Game Quirk, nor does he make special recipe smoothies or homemade patterned baseball caps any more. "I stay away from all of that," he told me yesterday. "I don't have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2008; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Caps Talk Hockey Superstitions

Where Bruce Boudreau stands on the bench matters. (By Nick Wass - AP) The last time I chatted with Karl Alzner, the Caps rookie blue-liner told me, among other things, that he used to have this one superstition where he would tap his stick 88 times during the national...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cowherd Piles on Redskins

Colin Cowherd laughs at you. Ha ha, he laughs. (By Ricky Carioti - TWP) As near as I can tell, Colin Cowherd only exists to spend lots of time saying mildly stupid and faintly controversial things on a radio show no one ever talks about so that he can...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Portis vs. Zorn, the Quotes [Updated]

Walking off the field. (By Preston Keres - TWP) So we officially have a chemistry problem. Clinton Portis unloaded on Jim Zorn during today's John Thompson Show appearance, over and over again. He swore, he suggested maybe he should go on the injured reserve, he offered to become a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 9, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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Miss Virginia Takes On the Caps

Maybe you've read some of the incessant hockey-related coverage of Miss Virginia on On Frozen Blog. On. Anyhow, she was at the Caps' facility this morning, in full Penn State regalia, to face shots from Ohio State's own David Steckel and Sean Collins. Due in part to excessive numbers...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 9, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Faces of Zorn III: Nausea and Confusion

Yesterday was Monday, but Jim Zorn's faces were restrained. Losing will do that to you. The face above may have been my favorite, but I'm not even sure how to describe it. Besieged Zorn? Resigned Zorn? Embattled Zorn? He was discussing his extensive use of Ladell Betts. "With Ladell,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 9, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Vegas: The BCS Got It Right

Everything associated with the BCS is exciting. (By Kevin Ellis - AP Photo via Norman Transcript) For the first two years of this blog's existence, I posted weekly updates from Las Vegas Sports Consultants, whose oddsmaker rankings of college football teams I considered preferable to those of AP voters,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 9, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Football  
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Morning Look: Portis's Practice Style

"Redskins Deal With Disgruntled Portis." Seriously? I mean, it's been what, five weeks since ESPN The Mag columnists were campaigning for Clinton Portis for MVP? And now he's benched and disgruntled, with PR guys leading him out of the locker room before the press is allowed in? Plus, he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 9, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Local Poll Week IV: Big South Rising

Navy misses out on a chance to move into the top five. (Photo by Luis Alvarez - AP; design by Ian Oland.) It's been a dodgy few weeks for the Atlantic 11, our motley assortment of Division I men's basketball programs from D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We've had ACC...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Justin Geisinger Had a Nice Night

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Before last night, the only thing I really knew about Justin Geisinger was that he rents a one-bedroom apartment above some local family's garage. Today, I learned something else: that he hadn't taken a single set at tackle in five years. Like, not one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Chuck Norris, Plaxico, MMA and Politics

(By Jeff Chiu - AP) On a slow return to work, here's a guest item from Bog friend Dan Levy. Hello D.C. Bogosphere. Agent Steinberg was gracious enough to rent out some space today (his rates are very reasonable) to help me promote our latest interview On the DL....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fighting Sports , Media  
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Zorn Gets Philosophical

On these days, when locker room morale is low and yet readers and editors still demand more and more Skins coverage, it's easy to get introspective and morose and metaphysically depressed about your career, whether you play for the Redskins or blog about them. I asked the players about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A Classic Snyder Jersey

Far be it for me to tell outraged fans what to think, but I will say that the grievous front-office faults that are so obvious to fans in recent weeks seemed somehow to have slipped into the mist about a month ago. Now, though, they're back, and so I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Some Purple Prose

Seeing this sign all over Bank Stadium last night made me think of that famous line from The Princess Bride: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." But other than that, I don't have many bad words to say about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Look: That Was a Good Weekend

(AP Photos by, from top, Rob Carr, Nam Y. Huh and Gerry Broome) Here's a 100 percent true story: this weekend, I returned home from a week's vacation in Miami Beach, leaving Florida on a day that was 80 degrees and perfectly sunny, with clouds banished to some less...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 8, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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