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Last Week's Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: Ravens Yes

Washington's darlings. (By Gail Burton - AP)

The age-old question, 'Do Washington Post readers care about the Ravens?" received a mixed answer last week. On the one hand, two of our five most-clicked-upon sports stories and columns focused on those purple fellows from up the way. On the other hand, our top seven stories/columns were all NFL-related, so maybe that was just a byproduct of general football obsession.

This does, however, affect my life. If the Ravens win on Sunday, I'll be spending Super Bowl week in Tampa, writing nearly incessantly about the purple camo phenomenon, I suppose. If the Ravens lose on Sunday, I'll stay here, where I can post unlimited fan pics of the Caps. If that affects your rooting interests this weekend, so be it.

Regardless, at this point, all our action is on the blogs. I'm prohibited from providing exact numbers, but suffice it to say that each this week, the Capitals Insider finished first among Post sports blogs, attracting considerably more traffic than any of the stories or columns listed below.

Here were our top six traffic days among sports blogs in that span: Thursday Capitals Insider, Thursday Soccer Insider, Wednesday Capitals Insider, Friday Capitals Insider, Tuesday Capitals Insider, Monday Capitals Insider. How about that, eh?

Anyhow, here were the Top 10 stories and columns last week. Notice the distinct lack of college basketball anything.

1. Within a Wasting Body, Ravens' Source of Strength, by Les Carpenter. Feature on Ravens executive O.J. Brigance.

2. Every Underdog Has Its Day, by Michael Wilbon. "Difficult as this is to believe, the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC now officially runs through the desert, out through Phoenix and around Loop 101 to a place called Glendale, which sprang up overnight between the cacti."

3. It Takes Some Time to Build, by Barry Svrluga. Skins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith used to work for the Titans. Heck, if a Redskins coach ever watched one of the Super Bowl teams on TV, it'd work as a story next week.

4. Redskins Lay Off More Than 20 Employees, by Jason La Canfora. I still want to know which member of the cheerleading operation was laid off.

5. For Ravens, the Old Guys Are as Important as the New Guys, by John Feinstein. He lives in Maryland. Plus he wrote a book about the Ravens. He's allowed on the Hooray(ven)Ride.

6. The Cardinals Win, and So Does Cowherd, by Norman Chad. He's been writing about the Cardinals for like 17 years. He's allowed on the Cactus Ferry, or whatever the Cards' bandwagon is called.

7. Dungy Retires a Champion of Decency, by Sally Jenkins. Dungy's Decent. People call the Redskins decent, but I don't think they mean the same thing.

8. Deal or No Deal, by Thomas Boswell. With the free-agent market crashing, there will be good players available, which will allow fans to legitimately gripe when the Nats get none.

9. Ovechkin, Capitals Break Out in Enemy Territory, by Tarik El-Bashir. Caps beat Pens. Yay.

10. The NHL All-Star Shame, by Mike Wise. The Caps don't want to talk about the All-Star snubs any more. Wise still does.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
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Normally I'd be all out for something that increases Caps coverage and decreases NFL coverage (even though this probably makes me a communist). However, today's cold weather has gifted my house with frozen or burst pipes, blocking my access to luxuries like showering or toilet use.

If anyone I don't hate has the chance to escape this offensive weather, I'd feel really bad rooting for an outcome that leaves them stuck here.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 17, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The next most popular story? you guessed it, Dave Leitao...

Posted by: mini_dagger | January 18, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if those numbers will finally garner Tarik a regularly scheduled chat on the website.

Posted by: metatext | January 19, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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