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Morning Look: Those Skating Presidents



Clearly the only downside to being stationed in Viera is that the Racing Presidents, arguably the fourth through seventh most popular Nats, are not hear with us. Oh, the places we'd go. Like the unfortunately named Thai Paradise, where I had dinner for one yesterday. Didn't they get the memo about how every Thai restaurant's name needs to involve some sort of jovial pun? "Thai Cobb," given the circumstances? Or even "Thai Lawson?"

Anyhow, in yesterday's flurry of jerkiness, I forgot to update the exciting adventures of the Presidents. From Sunday to Monday, they held auditions, rode unicycles, conducted interviews, greeted hockey fans, posted with ice girls, raced on skates and threw down the gloves, all without, so far as we know, refusing a photo request.

As for Sunday's auditions, I had a few e-mails from contestants, including one that noted this:

Two people fell over, both times as Tom. Apparently Tom falls every year. He's the tallest and least stable President.
And there have been some bloody unstable Presidents, too. As per usual, Teddy wasn't available to the contestants, who also had to answer written questions, such as "Who plays third base for the Nationals?"; "Who is the manager of the Nationals?"; Who led the Nationals in home runs in 2005?"; and "In what inning is the seventh inning stretch?" Nothing at all about VORP.

Which is fine and all, but what we really want to see is more fights on skates.

(Islanders photos from NHL.com via Let Teddy Win; interview photo by Marvin Joseph - TWP; unicycle photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP.)




By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2009; 7:14 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look , Nats  
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