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D.C. Sports Bog: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Can't Keep My Eyes Off the Terps

(By Gail Burton - AP) For everything else the Terrapins have been called this season, here's one more adjective: Spellbinding. Not joking. As a disinterested observer, I haven't looked forward to watching Terps games this much since the national championship year. Then, it was because they were beautiful to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 31, 2009; 10:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Black History Month: JT II on Lincoln Theatre, Ben's

Sports Producer Lindsay Applebaum: Comcast SportsNet has some video of John Thompson, Jr. walking down U Street with son Ron in honor of Black History Month. It's a great sort of mini-history lesson, touching on segregation, the 1960's riots and Martin Luther King, Jr., but it's certainly not without a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 30, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Local Man Takes the Stairs -- a Lot of Them

Sports Producer Lindsay Applebaum: Joe Murgo of Stafford, Va., first heard about the Annual New York Road Runners Empire State Building Run-Up two years ago. The Stairmaster. "My daughter lives in Manhattan, and for some reason I was just going through the New York Road Runner's website looking for races...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 30, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Morning Look: Redskins Closeout Sale

Sports Producer Lindsay Applebaum: Perhaps those $99 Pro Bowl jerseys didn't fly off the shelves, because new items are on sale at the Redskins Store. Fred Smoot rocks the Blue Steel. As advertised: Extra 10% Off the Final Closeout Sale on Redskins.com, Now Thru This Weekend! A few highlights: -...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 30, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning Look , Redskins  
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D.C. Area Basketball Tanking

(By David Kohl - AP) Georgetown will probably win another game eventually, but as of this moment, you can at least feasibly discuss the possibility that the Hoyas will be out come March. And the Terps? Well, sure, they might turn it around. And yeah, the Nats might win...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Jim Zorn's 1979 Commencement Address

Neat! (By Laurie Matanick for TWP) Will Jim Zorn do better in his second go-round than he did in his first? Well, you could look at Zorn's history. Like, as a Seahawks starter? The first time he got two wins and threw 12 touchdowns, the next time he earned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Caps, Goalies and Youth

(TWP file photo by Preston Keres) After hearing how Jose Theodore was pushed into goal by four older brothers who needed a target, I asked a few other people at KCI for their youth goalie stories. "Last time I played goal was maybe when I was 10, against a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Byron Mouton on Gary's Future

(TWP file photo by John McDonnell) "I love Gary Williams to death, but if this year he doesn't make the tournament, next year doesn't make the tournament, I think it's all over," Byron Mouton told an interviewer from Players Voice this month. "I think it's done. I mean, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Morning Look: Ovie's Costume is Catching On

Spotted in the crowd during Tuesday's Caps game in Boston: one kid, with one goofy hat, sporting one goofy Canadian flag. This Saturday night get-up, I think, was the look he was going for. And this, friends, is a good development. I don't know if Redskins fans started showing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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Matt Bradley Has His Priorities Straight

Do not like. (File photo by Preston Keres - TWP) Fred Smoot may have been hit-or-miss on the field this year, but Redskins fans still heart him. Part of the reason has to be his willingness to launch into long speeches about just how and why he hates Dallas....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Why Jose Theodore Plays in Goal

(By Blair Gable - Reuters) Caps goalie Jose Theodore first found himself between the pipes when he was maybe four years old. And why, you're wondering, would a kid that age volunteer for such a job? "Four older brothers that needed a target," he explained. "That's pretty much it."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brooks Laich's All-Star Break

The Capitals scattered for the all-star break, with many going home to visit their families. Nicklas Backstrom even went to Sweden. In the case of Brooks Laich, this meant a trip to Saskatchewan, which isn't necessarily a popular January vacation spot. Laich wanted to see his family, but he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Caps Hold a Draft

"Sorry, we had a draft to take care of," Bruce Boudreau said this afternoon before addressing the media. That's right, a draft. With tomorrow evening's closed-to-the-public outdoor session at Chevy Chase Country Club fast approaching, the Caps needed to choose players for a three-on-three tournament that will be the highlight...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Jeff Bostic Remembers Grimm, Whisenhunt and the Hogs

(TWP file photo by Joel Richardson) "My brother played for the Cardinals for 11 years," Jeff Bostic told me this morning. "They were horrible. There were two things we knew, you were gonna pay taxes and beat the Cardinals. My poor brother languished out in the organization for 11...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gary's Been Here 20 Years

The cover-your-eyes but peek-through-your-fingers week continued for Maryland, complete with athletic department officials, on the record, going out of their way to publicly embarrass Gary Williams. And sure, you could say that Gary started the public war of words, but his was an off-the-cuff remark under pressure from reporters,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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Maryland-BC: It's Over

It's easy to get frustrated with that ticker running above specially selected ESPN games. It's easy to think to yourself, "If I wanted to read the anonymous in-game rantings of Terp haters and Terp lovers, I'd just go to the Terrapin Times account that I'm paying for." It's easy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Russ Grimm, His Lunchbucket and Hair-Removal Cream

Russ Grimm may be a fairly boring quote with the Cardinals, as evidenced by his NFL Network interview from Media Day this morning, but he had his day. We'll be mining this ground all week. Here's the beginning of a story from March of 1989: Though the Kansas City...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wiz TV Ratings: Barely Behind Caps

People are actually still watching. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) When I wrote last week about how the Caps' TV ratings were on a record pace, the natural question was: how do these Caps numbers compare to the Wizards' TV ratings? The somewhat surprising answer: the Caps' numbers...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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Rob Dibble Nats Broadcast Thoughts?

Well, raise your hand if you're shocked that the Nats' new color guy has some ties to the Cincinnati Reds. Never would have guessed that one. Rob Dibble might not have Don Sutton's hair, but he has like 15 billion tattoos and a history of being provocative, so I'm...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Joe Gibbs Seems Happy

Joe Gibbs's facial expressions for much of 2008 were pure car wreck. He saw things metaphorically flipping trunk over hood, or spinning wildly, and he feared for the safety of all the passengers. Metaphorically. I just mean he didn't look very happy. Which is why it's so odd that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ken Whisenhunt: Super Smart

Remember how Ken Whisenhunt used to play for the Gibbs I Redskins? He left and came back and left and came back; he was that era's Ryan Boschetti. And for Joe Gibbs to keep bringing a borderline guy back to the fold means one of the three things: 1)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Sealed by a Kiss

(Programming note: I'm chatting at 11 this morning. Submit questions here, about the Atlantic 11, the Wizards, or the strange fact that I keep writing about the Nats. Or anything else.) "This is a game of men, and we backed down tonight," Antawn Jamison said last night. "We didn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 27, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Garrett Mock's Coaching Tricks

(By Nati Harnik - AP) When the Nats finished up last fall, Garrett Mock went home for his winter break. Time to relax, unwind, go fishing, get away from baseball. "Two weeks into it, and I'm twiddling my thumbs," he told me over the weekend. And so, in addition...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Local Poll Week XI: Change is Here

(Photo by Ellen Ozier - Reuters. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.) Last time Georgetown wasn't on top of the Atlantic 11? Try Jan. 29, 2007. It's been almost two full years of stagnation, but now, finally, change has arrived. Which upstarts have finally dethroned the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball , Terps  
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Garrett Mock Has an Interesting Grandma

A grandfatherly type with a dead elk. No relation to Garrett Mock. (AP Photo/Boone and Crocket Club) So I was talking to Nats righty Garrett Mock yesterday about his offseason pursuits, and he mentioned that he had done some outdoors stuff. This was at the end of a longish...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Duke Fans Reclaim Their House

With the exciting back and forth action of the Duke-Maryland game having ended after the pre-game layup lines, the announcers were left to make repeated jokes about Greivis Vasquez's relatively benign comments saying that Cameron is "his house." But mere announcer comments weren't enough, and so there was also a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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BALLY*: The Collin Balester Q&A

(2007 photo by Toni L. Sandys - TWP) So last week, with every pro and college basketball team in the area tanking and the Caps on break, I devoted an entire item to the blog of Collin Balester, asking the Nats promising young pitcher to shoot me an e-mail...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Look: About That Pro Bowl Campaign

Because I'm an idiot, I sort of didn't understand why it was in the Redskins' best interest to promote every single player on their roster for a Pro Bowl berth. Mere pride, I figured. My team's Pro Bowl contingent is bigger than yours. Yeah. Well. Try three different models...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What Ails the Nats: Media and Bloggers

Learn more about Manny's hats here. Say this for Stan Kasten and Jim Bowden, they give great press conference. Today was NatsFest 2009, featuring something like 3,500 or 4,000 fans, autographs, authentic nachos with inauthentic Cheez, and Q&A sessions with Kasten, Bowden, George Will, Manny Acta and Phil Wood....

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 25, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Terps Basketball, in One Word

(By Kevin C. Cox - Getty) Following Maryland's narrow defeat to Duke yesterday, Gary Williams sounded remarkably composed in his postgame radio interview. "Get 'em next time," was his general message. "This is sports, and in sports, these things happen," he more or less said. Two big games next...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 25, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball , Terps  
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Something 'Bout the Water in D.C.

Sure I'm biased, and sure there are plenty of weirdo showmen in the NFL (Ocho Cinco) and NBA (Superman Howard). But you could at least make a credible argument that the three weirdest superstars in the NFL, NBA and NHL over the past several years make their homes in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 25, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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