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Last Week's Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: More Ravens?

These are our readers? (By Gene J. Puskar - AP)

Lessons learned from another afternoon staring at the WaPo's Top 10 sports stories and columns, as judged by Web traffic over the past seven days.

* Columnists are King. And Queen. Five of last week's six most-read links were written by our quartet of full-time columnists.

* The NFL is King. And Queen. Seven of last week's top 10 links were NFL-related, despite the notable absence of the Washington Redskins in the conference championship round.

* The Wiz....yeah. Yesterday's feature about male figure skaters got more traffic than anything Wiz over the past week.

* Blogs trump all. On just an average day, the Capitals Insider will get more traffic than just about any of the stories listed below. Heck, even the humble D.C. Sports Bog, with its tales of facial hair and strange fan jerseys, gets more daily traffic than just about any sports news story we published last week. Last week may not have been a normal D.C. news week, though.

* Or maybe the Redskins trump all. The one massive Redskins story of the week got literally nine times more traffic than any other sports article (not counting columns).

* Or maybe politics trumps all. A quick scroll through these numbers, a few basic calculations, a glance at our politics traffic and then a glance at my salary reveals the scowling face of death. That's not cool. Next week: more prescriptions for what the Redskins should do in the offseason!!! Plus mock drafts!!!! And an interview with Mel Kiper's stunt double!!!

Last week's list:

1. In Offseason, Ravens Could Follow Example of Ravens, Falcons and Dolphins, by Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid. With two playoff appearances and one playoff win over the past four seasons, the Redskins should learn from teams like Baltimore (two playoff appearances, two wins) and Atlanta (one playoff appearance, zero wins). Kidding, kidding. You know what it was about.

2. Big Ben Strikes Again, by Michael Wilbon. "It was almost predictable, the way Steelers and Ravens despise each other, that tough talk and violent collisions would lead to violence of an extreme nature."

3. Violence at a Price, by Mike Wise. "Pittsburgh and Baltimore played one of the most painful and menacing physical ordeals in NFL history, a vertebrae-crunching, brain-rattling, helmet-to-helmet affair that was billed as a conference championship game and nearly ended as an indictment on the these bruising, maim-the-other-team styles."

4. AFC Title Game is Going to Hurt, by Michael Wilbon. See 3 and 4, above, except in future tense.

5. Big and Rich, by Thomas Boswell. How Wall Street Imitates the World Series. Plus, steroids.

6. Young Hoyas Grow Up at Cameron, by Mike Wise. The refs blew a call, the Hoyas are young, and Duke is like an "Irish flyweight, unbeaten in Dublin," except with his face painted blue.

7. Healthy Parker Has Steelers on Run Again in NFL Playoffs, by Mark Viera. I have this idea that I should just move to Pittsburgh and write about those teams for the WaPo. Cost of living would be much better.

8. Semin's Goal Lifts Capitals to 2-1 Win Over Bruins, by Tarik El-Bashir. Or, as Joey B. put it, "Alexander Semin... with a BUZZ... BOMB!"

9. For Ravens, This Season Comes Nevermore, by John Feinstein. "There were no tears, just glazed looks, each of them knowing there was nothing they could do except face with the aftermath of a crushing defeat." Meanwhile, I stood and cheered with the knowledge that I wouldn't have to spend a week in Tampa.

10. Upstart Arizona Cardinals Fly Even Higher, Reach Super Bowl, by Mark Maske. And Redskins fans cheer the absence of Philadelphia celebrations.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 23, 2009; 3:26 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , MLB , Media , NFL , Redskins  
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Dan, do repeat counts get counted or is this just on IP addresses? I mean I reload the pages of your blog and RI every 4 minutes or so every day

Posted by: alex35332 | January 23, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

If Duke is an Irish flyweight, than Maryland must be the Glass Joe of the ACC.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 24, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Every 4 mintues?!?!

Dude, when you go take a dump do you have to cut it short b/c you are going thru withdraw and need to get back to RI/DCSB?

We need to schedule an intervention stat!

Posted by: fushezzi | January 24, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

4 minutes is far too much time in between visits. An intervention is definitely needed.

Posted by: sitruc | January 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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