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D.C. Sports Bog: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Leonsis Discusses the Changes in D.C.

As a further diversion my Caps boondoggle this week, I went into Ted Leonsis's suite and traveled down the private elevator to the little room where the cool people eat hot dogs and coleslaw between periods. This was during the first intermission against the Flyers on Tuesday, when the Caps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps  
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Caps Get Recognized Around Town

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Yesterday I was drafted into writing this "New Ice Age" story about the Caps, which contained mostly things you already knew, which is fine because it wasn't written for you, it was written for the people who exclusively read A1 of the Washington Post,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins  
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Dukies Take the High Road

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) So yeah, of course I asked Coach K about yesterday's reports of massive prank callsterism directed in Duke's direction during their hotel stay in greater College Park. He turned it into a song of praise for Maryland fans, Maryland basketball players and, especially,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Operation Scheyerface v2.0

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) "I think I passed out your ticket," Chris Booze said apologetically to Jimmy Johnston, 30 minutes before tip-off tonight. Johnston cringed. "It had a Scheyerface on it," Booze explained. "What was I supposed to do?"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2009; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Terps  
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Concerning Brendan Haywood's Health

I'm working on a non-blog project today, so I'm gonna be scarce, but I wanted to post the best Brendan Haywood health-related interview of all time. A TV reporter yesterday spent a few minutes with Haywood discussing his wrist. It was, shall we say, enlightening. In the same way pouring...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Club Scarlet and Ovie Love

So traveling from Scotland for three Caps games is still pretty good, but driving 14 hours from Montreal and staying in a Travelodge to see Alex Ovechkin isn't bad. Why, exactly, make that trip? "He's God," Marie-Eve Couturier explained. "For me, he's God. He's the God of hockey. Amazing."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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Ovechkin Tries to Kill Himself, Mike Green

When Mike Green was asked a few weeks ago whether his two goals spiced up his Day in the Life segment for the NHL Network, here's what he said. "I guess so. I think they were more excited about our little event before the game, when me and Ovi...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Caps  
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Penguins Fans' Latest Target: Chris Cooley

Having already succeeded in making me all frowny this morning, Penguins' fans have moved onto a new target: Chris Cooley. That's right, because Chris's brother Tanner wrote a blog post poking fun at Sidney Crosby, Pens bloggers have gone right back at Cooley, calling him a "meaningless" and "no-name"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins  
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Gilbert Arenas Channels the Caps

Today's Wiz practice ended with Gilbert Arenas making a Washington Capitals maneuver by serving an energy beverage to the winning team following a late-practice "competitive situation." Ok, step back. Coach Ed Tapscott was talking after practice about how his players have enjoyed the competitive situations they've experienced in practice during...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , Wizards  
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The Caps Are Big in Scotland

Scottish Caps fans, with Goat. Here's another measure of the Caps circa Spring 2009: Angela Cumming's favorite NHL team is the Maple Leafs. Her husband, Roger, favors the Habs. Plus, they live in this country called Scotland, which isn't particularly close to Chinatown. Nevertheless, they decided to leave their...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Pittsburgh Fans and the Sports Bog

(Reminder: chatting at 11. Submit your questions here.) Melissa Finney took her 11-year old son Carter to the Pens-Caps game on Sunday. Melissa likes the Penguins. Carter favors the Caps. They had a "no-trash-talk" rule, but that didn't cover three-dimensional objects. Hence, this poster, which Carter proudly displayed. "Mother...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look , Redskins  
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The Nats' Other Zimmerman(n)

I'm doing a chat at 11. Submit all your Viera, Penguins and Operation Scheyerface questions right here. In the meantime, this video will let you see a few things: 1) Jordan Zimmermann is frequently called "Ryan" by fans. 2) Catcher Luke Montz believes Zimmermann is a "bulldog" on the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Daniel Snyder Loves Haircuts, Too

In my more despondent moments, I've been known to remark that my job consists largely of trying to take photographs of the haircuts of D.C. athletes. I mean, this is sports we're talking about. Not hair cutteries. Not "Mohawks Today." Sports. The two are separate. Well, maybe not. Not after...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 24, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Local Poll Week XV: Turtles Have an Entourage

(Photo by John McDonnell - TWP. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.) Two weeks after this newspaper dissected the state of Maryland basketball, Terps boosters can fairly ask "Who's sweating now?" In a turnaround with more baffling than a College Park traffic circle, the Maryland Terrapins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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D.B. Sweeney at the Caps Game

Every time you go to a Caps game nowadays, you're likely to see someone you know, possibly including one of the people who signs your checks. Wandering the concourse yesterday, I ran into no fewer than four off-the-clock Washington Post employees, one of whom happens to be the company's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mike Milbury Loves Ovechkin

(By John McDonnell - TWP) NBC's Mike Milbury became a brief storyline during last year's playoffs, with his accidental "Crapitals" reference and his intentional suggestion that Alex Ovechkin was playing like a dog early in his first playoff appearance. That led to a Ted Leonsis blog post at the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Caps Fans vs. Crosby

Even before yesterday's game started, I received the above photo from longtime Bog photo sender Brian. Some enterprising, or possibly inebriated Caps fan was having this jersey made in the Verizon Center gift shop. If D.C. is gonna be the capital of jersey fouls, I say we embrace the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Nats Take Great Pictures

The steady drizzle of bad news on the already tarp-covered half-empty field of Nationals dreams underneath the hazy skies of indifference has ruined what should be the hope-springs-eternalist few weeks of the year for the Nats. But no matter, because this team can take some great photos. There are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Caps and Cooley at MMA Show

(Photos courtesy UWC) Those good old days when Rod Langway hung around with the Hogs at D.C. area events? Here we go again. Ring-side at Saturday night's UWC 5 MMA event at George Mason were Alex Ovechkin and Chris Cooley, side-by-side, along with Donald Brashear, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 23, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look , Nats , Redskins  
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Ovechkin, Crosby, McGuire and the Verbal Stuff

There were plenty of post-game questions this afternoon about the verbal jabbering between the Caps and the Penguins. The spicy chatter continued after the game, with Donald Brashear, for example, saying "we might face them down the road in the playoffs, so we want to put in their minds...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 22, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Maryland Has Talent

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) So I've read pretty frequently on this site the thought that, absent Greivis Vasquez, the Terps had less talent than Morgan State. So now I can think of a few possibilities. * Absent the equivalent of Greivis Vasquez, the MEAC's (likely) best team...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 22, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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