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D.C. Sports Bog: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Georgetown's T-Shirt Gun

This is what I get for having lasted 'til February without going to a Georgetown game: I've completely missed the school's new Gatling T-Shirt Gun, bringing the excitement of branded cloth swag to 400 levels across the nation. My friend and neighbor Dave McKenna ably chronicled the gun's arrival onto...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 7, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Wizards Try to Be Happy

"You can't just every day be depressed, you know?" Nick Young told me today. "Every day you've got to come with a new attitude, you know? Got to try and put things behind you. That's what I'm trying to do, really; you've got to try and find some way to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Gilbert: Do Not Disturb

Yup. As reported, Gilbert Arenas sure is wearing a hotel Do Not Disturb sign around his neck. As today's practice wound down, Gilbert (who was just shooting around while wearing the sign) handed it to a trainer type. Who no doubt put it in the official container for "bizarre...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Nats World Series Odds Improving

Noted briefly. * The Nats' World Series odds have improved. They're now at 150-1. That's ahead of the Pirates and the Padres, tied with the Orioles and Royals, and behind everyone else. (Via Nationals Enquirer) * The Redskins' Super Bowl odds are 35-1, last in the NFC East. See...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Who Lost Tyree Evans? The Media

It's perhaps easy to forget, because the after-shocks were considerably more interesting than the initial tremor, but the whole Gary Williams vs. Maryland Athletics thing was set off by this comment from Gary, concerning Gus Gilchrist and Tyree Evans: "Yeah, and it wasn't my fault that they're not here. You...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Welcome to NatsTown

This is from an official release. The Washington Nationals today announced their 2009 "NatsTown" marketing and advertising campaign, which unites all fans in everything Nationals - at the ballpark, in the community, and in their everyday lives. The first two things I thought of when I heard "NatsTown" were Boys...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The Economy, and Your Redskins Tickets

For months, sports sections have been churning out "what does this economic mess mean for Franchise X" stories, with lots of grim-sounding talk from analyst and front-office types. I don't write about leading economic indicators--I leave that to my wife--but I do write about local sports fans, so here's what...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Maybe We Need Some New Poster Boys

I've gone to two venues for practices featuring two local teams this week, and this is what I've seen. I mean, does the White House still have massive W. banners all over the place? Is the National Symphony still relying on Leonard Slatkin ad campaigns? Is American Idol still...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. United , Morning Look , Wizards  
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Bruce Boudreau Doesn't Like Morning Skates

The Caps may not have practiced, but it was still a busy media day for D.C.'s current most quotable sports figure. Of course, if Jim Zorn was going on various sports radio programs, I would faithfully transcribe his every word, showing off the transcription skills that I learned during...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps  
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Bruce Boudreau's Induction Video

The AHL Hall of Fame just put this year's induction videos on the YouTubes. That includes Bruce Boudreau's, which is below. The guy frequently talks about the days when he had hair. Here's visual proof. It was, indeed, lustrous....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dexter Manley: Still Quotable

(TWP file photo by John McDonnell) I believe I've mentioned on multiple occasions that it would be good for business if Dexter Manley still played for the Washington Redskins. Today on ESPN 980's The Locker Room, he again proved my point. Like, somehow they began discussing Max Zendejas, of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Fun Dave Rayner Facts

The Redskins signed a kicker! It's possible I wrote more sidebars about the Redskins' kicking game than any Washington Post employee in history last season. Clearly I must weigh in with Fun Dave Rayner Facts! * His parents' attorney lives across the street from legendary NFL kicker Eddie Murray....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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About Those Mason Nation Ads

The Mason Nation. (TWP file photo by Rich Lipski) "I've got jingles in my head from when I was a child in Cleveland," Bob Leffler told me this afternoon. "We just sell Chevies at Downtown Chevrolet; We really have nothing important to say. Now why is that in my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Michael Westbrook Fights Little People

Wow. On the one hand, no blindside shots here. On the other side, at least Stephen Davis was in the approximately correct weight class. (Via Hogs Haven)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Virginia Athletics: Also Sad

From a mass e-mail that went out this morning. Noted without comment. The University of Virginia has some of the most loyal and generous fans of any school in the country and we are extremely appreciative of that support. You have made significant investments in our program and I recognize...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Weird, Wonderful Caps Fans: Earrings and Boas

With the Caps the only team within 300 miles of WaPo HQ currently generating smiley-face passion, their fans have clearly become the most overtly and weirdly wonderful of any in the area. Or non-bashful, anyhow. Their stars will be regularly featured in this space. When you're walking up from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Caps  
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Morning Look: Hat Tricks and Nat Hats

So several people have asked me what happens to all those dozens if not hundreds of hats that poured onto the ice Sunday afternoon. "Does Slap Shot get first dibs on the hats?" Reader Tim e-mailed. "With the struggling economy, has there been a decrease in the number of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , Nats  
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Jim Zorn on Potato Chip Boxes

When I listened to Jim Zorn's 1979 commencement address, one phrase stood out: potato chip boxes. Huh? Here was his full quote, mocking his own relative fame in the city of Seattle. At great, great, great, length. "I play with the Seattle Seahawks right now, and for the last...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Caps Fans Say, "It's All Your Fault"

A little while back, I was talking to Karl Alzner about Caps crowd noise, when he said this: "After one of the goals the fans stood up in the far corner from us and kind of did a college chant. They went '1, 2, 3, 4' for all the goals...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Hair Extensions and Mohawks at DCU

At some point in everyone's life, you start to feel like maybe you'd rather do something of more importance to the world than taking photos of local athletes' hair. Like scoop wood chips into garbage bags or something. For me, that point came about six years ago. And yet...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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McPhee on Rebuilding Sports Franchises

So, George McPhee, how do you fix a flailing pro sports franchise? "Ideally, you get your best players through the draft, so you always put the emphasis on that part of rebuilding," he recently told blogger Brian Murphy from Homer McFanboy. "If you look at any successful team, they've drafted...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Memorable Moments in D.C. Sporting Drug History

Wes Unseld addresses the media following Chris Webber's 1998 arrest. (TWP file photo by Joel Richardson) When I heard that John Feinstein's and Sally Jenkins's columns about Michael Phelps's recreational drug use were doing gangbusters traffic, I figured I could try to bogart some of that action with the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Basketball , Redskins , Wizards  
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Caps at the Russia House

Back when I was posting random fan shots with local sports stars at D.C.-area businesses (see all of them here), there was a distinct (if never mentioned) lack of Caps players. Well, no longer. After receiving several swell Caps at Metallica photos, I received a note from Phi Vu,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps  
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Morning Look: Hero Basketball on F Street

(Author's note: I'm doing another chat at 11 a.m. Submit your questions here. Possible discussion topics: my first-ever trip to Spring Training, Gary vs. The World, VCU's rise to the top spot in the A11, Mike Wise's video on too much Caps coverage, Luciano Emilio's hair extensions, esoteric Super...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Local Poll Week XII: Now VCU

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel - Getty. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.) So for an entire two-year span we had exactly zero changes in the area's top-ranked team, and now we have two changes in two weeks. Thing is, these aren't noble, bursting-from-the-depths promotions. These are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2009; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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D.C. United on Caps Kiss Cam

If you were at Saturday's Caps game and you have good eyes and like to stare at the Kiss Cam, you may have noticed at least two D.C. United moments. 1) "I was on the JumboTron," Devon McTavish said. "I got booed, too. I was on the Kiss Cam with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United  
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How to Love the Skins and Caps at Once

Like this. This guy was sitting on the steps of the Portrait Gallery, across the street from the Verizon Center, when he was spotted by Bog Reader Brian H. He apparently had this Frankenstein creation specially made. And of all the members of the Redskins, the one who most...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins  
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Southeast Sasha and His Costumed Fans

A year and a half ago, I came up with this list for D.C.'s top six athletes, based on three categories: recognition of name, recognition of face, and status as "favorite athlete No. 1" among local fans. The top three were Gilbert Arenas, Clinton Portis and Alex Ovechkin, about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Look: A Boudreau Hyannisport Jersey

I was standing in the concourse yesterday talking to some folks from 107-108 (dubbed "The Corner Bar" by its residents), when a longtime Caps fan walked by, wearing this jersey. "Wow," one of the Corner Bar types said, approvingly. "A Slap Shot jersey." Indeed. More precisely, it's a Hyannisport...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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Notes on a Super Bowl Caps Game

* There were, at minimum, several dozen people at today's Super Bowl hockey matinee mixing Caps gear with Pittsburgh Steelers attire. Imagine, say, a Steelers Super Bowl hat on top of a red Caps sweater. Wait, what? I mean, no. I don't see how that's even close to acceptable....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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