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D.C. Sports Bog: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Maryland: Mohawks and Death

Six Washington Post staffers--including mega-celebrity Tony Kornheiser--at a mid-February regular-season Terps game against Virginia Tech? And there was still material enough for all of us. Go figure. And thanks to Jeff Allen for the above salute, which came via the Terps Insider. Anyhow, the thing about Greivis Vasquez is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 14, 2009; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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John Harbaugh Hearts Gary Williams

John Harbaugh, on board the Gary Express. So about those "We [Heart] Our Coach!" Gary Williams shirts. They were ordered two weeks ago, before the most recent run of Gary recruiting stories, by three members of the Friends of Gary group. The first shipment of 200 shirts arrived this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 14, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Friends of Gary Still Friendly

Never let it be said that Gary Williams and his friends take pressure quietly. Dozens of fans sitting courtside today are wearing these t-shirts, and the accompanying buttons. Nearly as good a fashion statement as Adrian Bowie's sick mohawk. And heck yeah, I'm gonna try to swipe one during...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 14, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Langway, the Hogs and Ovechkin

Rod Langway has already been to 12 or 13 games at the Verizon Center this season, sitting in his 100-level seats, out among the people. One of those people recently asked him what this team's locker room is like before the puck drops. "I'm old school, I try to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 13, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Caps  
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Morning Look: The Jordan Williams Dunk

You heard how Maryland recruit Jordan Williams shattered a backboard the other day, right? Well, with things the way they are lately, I figure some folks in College Park would demand shatter proof. Here it is. The reaction from the fans is about what you'd expect: hands over head,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 13, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Terps  
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Adam Dunn is an Optimist

"There can't be a more important city in the world," Adam Dunn just said to a small gathering of folks, including Tom Boswell, the AP's Howard Fendrich and the creatively named D.C. Sports Box. "I can't imagine how this place is gonna be when we put up a winner. It's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nats  
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Adam Dunn Live Blog

Live-blogging the Adam Dunn press conference. Hey, you find something else to write about this afternoon. 2:57: Waiting for the live broadcast to start, Adam Dunn's young son saw his dad's photo on a flat-screen monitor. "Daddy!" he said. "Did he recognize your picture or did he read your...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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More Kindergarten Ninja Screengrabs

Just in case there's any question, I'm actually not trying to be mean-spirited or rude or critical by posting these remnants of Kindergarten Ninjas past. I just think it's massively entertaining, but I'd think exactly the same if these were old shots of Ernie Grunfeld or George McPhee or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Worst Toy of the Year Wears a Cowboys Logo

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood just announced its inaugural Worst Toy of the Year award, which is acronymed as TOADY (Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young Children). As you might expect, the most oppressive and destructive toy out there prominently features the a certain odious star. Step right...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NFL  
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D.C. United on Caps Kiss Cam, the Video

Well, I already wrote about United's Devon McTavish kissing the wife of Bryan Namoff on the Caps' Kiss Cam, and a hairy Ben Olsen following that up by kissing United PR guru Doug Hicks, but let's be honest, video is a lot better than text. And after the whole...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United  
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Morning Look: Caps Fans in the City

This city has endured just about enough scandalous outrages over the number of visiting fans in our sporting arenas. Philly fans take over Nats Park. Steelers fans take over FedEx Field. Red Wings fans take over the Verizon Center. Obviously that's not gonna change, but with the Caps now...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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Welcome to Washington Mr. Dunn

(2004 photo by Al Behrman - AP) The Plan works! Anyhow, from an 2002 Cleveland Plain-Dealer interview with Adam Dunn, we find this nugget: Q: Professional goals? A: I've never been on a losing team, and I don't ever want to be. Q: You've never been on a losing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Nats  
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Frozen Four Concerned About Frozenness

And other things I've been meaning to link. * "The Division I Men's Hockey Committee will have a conference call Thursday to discuss ice conditions at Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center, location of this year's Frozen Four. This comes following a Washington Post article that discussed numerous complaints that players...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , Nats , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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Giant Skating Presidents to Skate at NHL Game

(Photos courtesy the Washington Nationals) "George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, the oversized racing presidential mascots from Nationals Park, are on the ice right now here at Kettler," colleague Tarik El-Bashir wrote yesterday. "People are taking pictures. Don't ask. And, no, I'm not asking, either." Me? Hell yeah I'm asking....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps , Nats  
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Vinny Cerrato's First Ninja Scene

So yeah, the picture quality is bad, and the audio is worse, but here's at least a quick glimpse of Sergeant Antonelli, or Cerrato, or whatever we're supposed to call him, in Kindergarten Ninja action. Honestly, this scene is like some weird trippy dream I might have had during...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Redskins  
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SI Swimsuit Models Love D.C. Athletes

For 100 percent real, I didn't even know SI's new Swimsuit edition stuff was out until Reader Rob e-mailed me with breaking news. Apparently, SI Swimsuit models love D.C. athletes above all else. Though there's really no graceful way to do this sort of research inside The Washington Post newsroom,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins  
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Neuvirth: Blank Czech

Neuvirth, practicing in a Brent Johnson mask. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) As of Monday, the helmet in Michal Neuvirth's KCI stall was white. Pure, unadulterated white. Which is why one extremely clever Caps PR staffer was referring to him as the Blank Czech. I asked Neuvirth what...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Look: Cerrato's Hollywood Moment

You've seen Vinny Cerrato the personnel guru and Vinny Cerrato the talk-radio host. Now, take a quick look at Vinny Cerrato the actor. This screen shot comes from Kindergarten Ninja, in which Cerrato apparently played a tough-talking no-nonsense police sergeant. Love the jean jacket with the collar up. As...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Morning Look , Redskins  
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Buy a Redskin Ride

This little lady is for sale on craigslist. It's a '93 Chevy Caprice, and it's yours for $10k or best offer. The hood, as you can see, has both a Redskins logo and the signatures of Jason Campbell, Mike Sellers "and more." Darrell Green's name and number are on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin and Road Trips

(TWP file photo by Joel Richardson) Caps Hall of Famer Rod Langway had plenty of interesting observations Saturday night, but one story deserves its own post. A fan at Langway's Q and A asked for roommate from hell stories; "Craig Laughlin," Langway replied. "You can't tell," Langway said, when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bruce Boudreau and Pro Wrestling

Met Bruce Boudreau, went to high school with Tom Poti, linked with DeShawn Stevenson Just in case Caps fans don't already love Bruce Boudreau enough, I figured I might as well write something about his pro wrestling fandom. And sure, if you ask the coach about wrestling, he'll feign...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Caps and Bad Ice: A History

(TWP file photo by Lucian Perkins.) I'm no Caps history savant, but it's clear that this week's flurry of complaints about the sloppy ice at Verizon are part of a long, proud, antacid-producing history of "bad ice!" swipes 'round these parts. Fans and ex-players have not forgotten. Last weekend,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Look: Wiz Fans Turn Inward

Programming note: I'm chatting from 11-12 this a.m. Submit your hysterically incisive questions right here. Possible topics include the fire in your belly about Nats pitchers and catchers, the glorious weekend that was in the Verizon Center, how much you don't care about A-Rod, how much you don't care...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local Poll Week XIII: Pure Chaos

(Photo by Stanley Leary - AP. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.) Three straight weeks, three straight changes atop the more-volatile-than-a-Maryland-staff-retreat Atlantic 11. Raise your hand if you thought VMI and American would both be getting more first-place votes than Georgetown in mid-February. Now put your...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Caps Fans Learn Swedish Chants

Reader Rich writes.... The other night at the Caps game we were in the Acela Club and we noticed about 20 people, all with signed Backstrom Jerseys. After talking to some of them, it turns out they are from Sweden and took a vacation in America JUST to see...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Mike Green, Caron Butler and the Zone

(By Nick Wass - AP and Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Mike Green and Caron Butler have both ventured into that strange space called The Zone in recent days. Green scores basically every game, and is on the best scoring streak for a defenseman since Ray Bourque in '84....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps , Wizards  
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JaVale McGee's Shoes Heading to the Hall

These are JaVale McGee's size 19 sneakers. As you can see, he's moved on from Kill + Mode = Cheese to McGeefense. He didn't want to talk about his sneaker art, but this particular pair will become immortalized in the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is collecting intra-family artifacts....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Roy Hibbert Discusses the Hoyas

With Roy Hibbert in town to play the Wiz last night (four minutes, four points), I had a chance to ask him a few quick questions about the Georgetown Hoyas, who could fall as low as they've ever been when the latest Atlantic 11 poll is released this afternoon....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Ron Burgundy and a Parrot at the Caps Game

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. "This is the Zeitgeist!" the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning Look: Green's Empty Netter

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) I like this photo. I stared at it for a long time in Sunday's paper. Here's a key. 1 - It's Chris Cooley's brother, Tanner, who is becoming the Where's Waldo of D.C. Sports. He's happy. He also has a blog. If you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Caron Butler, the Flu and a Wiz Win

Before tonight's Wizards-Pacers game, I went up to Nate and Besse, two of my favorite Wiz fans, and asked why they were here, watching two bad NBA teams, on as beautiful a February evening as D.C. will ever see. They told me they hadn't missed a game all season,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2009; 10:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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