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

Gilbert Being Gilbert: Best Of Return Quotes

By Preston Keres - TWP Maybe the jumper was a little off. Maybe there was some fumbling in the lane. Maybe the patented last-second heroics turned a bit comical. But the yap was in complete mid-season form. Not All-Star level, but not preseason either. You'll read most of this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 28, 2009; 11:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Gilbert Returns

"Damn, we ain't had this much media since...." Nick Young said 90 minutes before tip. "People I ain't seen before, people got smiles on their faces," Antawn Jamison added when he entered the locker room. "Y'all need anything? Y'all want a cold drink?" Yeah, so maybe there are a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 28, 2009; 8:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Marissa Coleman is Money

On the one hand, there were thousands and thousands of empty seats inside the RBC Center for this afternoon's women's regional semifinals. At every free throw, it was impossible not to make a comment about how this game was single-handedly crushing the scalping industry. On the other hand, several...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 28, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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A Terp and Hoya Elite Eight Stat

Two redeeming nuggets in what has otherwise been a slightly disappointing spring for DMV basketball. 1) Old Dominion could become the first champion in the history of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. That's something that the snobs at UNC and Louisville will never be able to say. 2) No DMV...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 28, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Gilbert's Blog: Best Of '08

As both the Wash Times and the AP have reported, Gilbert seems certain that his blogging career is over. More certain than the other times when he's claimed that his blogging career is over. "I started looking at it as, before, it was fun, and everybody has fun reading...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Caps Win Southeast Division

Hot dang, it's Champagne for dinner in the Steinberg household! Comes now word that the Caps are the '09 Southeast Division champs. Wonder why all those media members were out here today asking the team about how much longer it will take before they lock up the formal division...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Eric Fehr on Winkler, Potatoes and City Life

(By Bruce Bennett - Getty) Earlier this week, Eric Fehr tried to barter the name of his hometown onto TSN's Leafs-Caps coverage. He asked Chris Cuthbert for an over-the-air shout-out in honor of Winkler, Manitoba, and "kind of said I was gonna get a goal for Winkler," Fehr told...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Roger Goodell is Haynesworth's Homeboy

Language concerns will prevent me from posting the video of Albert Haynesworth emoting on or about the date of LenDale White's most recent birthday. If you have a tough constitution and you can handle the occasional bad word, the video is available at Deadspin. I burned my ear-drums for you,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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T.O.'s D.C. Appearance

Terrell Owens chats with actress Lea Thompson at the Alzheimer's Gala Wednesday night. (Marissa Newhall - The Washington Post via Reliable Source.) Not one but two Washington Post blog items about T.O. being in D.C. for Alzheimer's last night. Key excerpts: From the Reliable Source: He told us he's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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TSN Arrives, Boudreau Goes Off

Alex Ovechkin's 50th goal celebration will only become yesterday's news when yesterday was in 2014. Apparently the morning skate media crowd at the Leafs game on Tuesday was one of the team's largest of the season, all for Ovechkin celebration chatter. And then, this morning at KCI, we said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Villanova's D.C. Stars Miss Mumbo Sauce

Likes mumbo sauce. (By Bradley C. Bower - Reuters) Washington Post college sports scribe Zach Berman volunteered to contribute a Bog item from Boston, where he's covering the NCAA tourney's East regional. With Villanova's massive D.C. contingent (ready to take on Duke), it wasn't that hard to find something....

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Rock the Red, Po Russki!

I don't know the answer to this question, but has any U.S. sports franchise ever embraced the Cyrillic alphabet than the '09 Caps? I mean, the number of Cyrillic items for sale in the team's gift shops is truly remarkable. I wish you could pay in Rubles. Plus, has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Kornheiser's Today Show Appearance

So this is basically where we are. Tony Kornheiser can go on PTI, playfully ridicule Matt Lauer, and get an appearance two days later on Today. (See below.) I, on the other hand, can go on the Internet, playfully rib Thom Loverro, then publicly retract my ribbing, and get an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Norman Chad's Anthem For America

First, let me say that my favorite published articles in The Washington Post sports section every week are written by two men: Norman Chad and Angus Phillips. Playing blackjack in Vegas with Norman goes right up there with eating Northern Italian cheese at Roberta Donna's mom's house. Total fanboy. That...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 26, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why Bill Nye Loves the Nats

"So here's the thing, here's the great truth," Bill Nye the Science Guy told me over the phone the other day. 'A couple years ago there was this big idea to have Arnold Schwarzenegger run for president. They said they were gonna modify the United States Constitution. Ok, that's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Today Show vs. Kornheiser/Wilbon

Sixty seconds, and they're getting invited to be on "Today?" Man, I have to pick bigger targets than Pollin and Czaban. And they don't even invite me on. .msnbcLinks {font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 454px;} .msnbcLinks a {text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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WVU Kicker Tries Pro Wrestling

I'm never sure whether to be jealous of those who follow West Virginia athletics for a living, or whether to offer them asylum. Bob Huggins, We Must Ignite This Couch, Mountaineer-themed rap anthems, basketball players whose friends didn't know West Virginia was a state, a star named Pittsnogle who gave...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ted Lerner is Richer Than Daniel Snyder, By a Lot

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Forbes's list of international billionaires came out earlier this month, and as Chris Needham noted at the time, Ted Lerner is doing ok for himself. He's ranked 191st in the world, is richer than Donald Trump, Oprah and Mark Cuban, and is worth about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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T.O. Comes to D.C. After All

So the Redskins apparently ignored my advice about signing T.O., but he's coming to D.C. anyhow. To hang out with the President of France, during a black-tie event at the Building Museum. From the AP: The star receiver is in Washington, D.C., attending the sixth annual National Alzheimer's Gala. He'll...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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More Reasons Not to Hate Sports

Happy as schoolboys. (By Mike Cassese - Reuters) The ending of last night's Caps game likely wasn't pleasant for too many Caps fans. Another loss to a lesser team, another missed opportunity, another game where the coach questions the effort. But that's just one out of 82, in the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , Terps  
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Terps Eat Kids Makes ESPN

* The Terps women move on to the Sweet 16, with Kristi Tolliver and Marissa Coleman finishing up 65-3 at the Comcast Center. That's ok. * Meantime, the three next-best ACC teams--first-seeded Duke, third-seeded UNC and third-seeded Florida State--all bowed out in the second round. All three teams were ranked...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Andre the Giant Never Tried Out for the Redskins

None of these men tried out for the Skins. "After wrestling in Japan and Canada for a few years, the 27-year-old [Andre the Giant] came under the wing of Vincent K. McMahon and the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1973," Andre's official WWE Hall of Fame bio reads. "Though...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 24, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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"Circus" Tour Arrives at Verizon

"My loneliness. Is killing me," Lindsay Czarniak sang inside a Verizon Center hallway this afternoon. The WRC sports anchor was channeling Britney Spears, whose show tonight in this same building had the crowd buzzing all day. Wizards staffers compared ticket locations. NBA beat writers discussed how much money they'd...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 24, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland Women Have Toy Turtles

Ok, more ways that a women's basketball locker room is not like a men's basketball locker room. Example one: Little colored construction paper signs all over the room, bearing words like "Fun," "Be Aggressive," "TEAM," "Excitement," "Determination," "Passion," "Energy" and "Heart." The "Heart" sign was shaped like a....well, you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 24, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Unleash the Fury Couple

(I'm chatting now. Ask me questions. About this, even. Or anything else. Or just revel in the conversation.) If you've watched any Comcast SportsyNet coverage of the Caps this season, you've no doubt seen the happy couple sitting just a few rows above the ice wearing those "Unleash" and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 24, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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G Man Kisses the Rim, Betts Declines on Cutler

Photograph by Jonathan Bachman via Blog of New Orleans. I'm chatting at noon. Stan Kasten is chatting at 11. Submit questions for both of us, but make mine better. Yes, I'm willing to talk about the flaming bag of poo that was left on my doorstep on Saturday night,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 24, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Joakim Noah on Boys, Boredom and Griminess

By Nick Wass - AP There's been a lot of talk this week among a certain segment of our readers on whether it's acceptable for a sportswriter to hate sports. Hyperbole aside, I'd say most of us have those moments of "Wow, I thought I was going to change...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 24, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Story About Kyrgyzstan and Gilbert

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) A spark of recognition flashed in Ivan Zhdanov's eyes when he entered the Wizards' practice court tonight. He asked a team official whether this was the same court where Gilbert Arenas and DeShawn Stevenson held their legendary shooting contest, the one that became...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Robin Ficker Still Inspiring America's Youth

I'll be honest, this is a staged photo. There were no free throws while I was with the Turtle. Robin Ficker's spot in the D.C. Hall of Athletic Oddities and Fame is secure, but it's nice to see the name still has meaning. Earlier this month, he was mentioned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Do the Maryland Women Deserve More Coverage?

By Toni L. Sandys - TWP "Why does the less-than-stellar University of Maryland men's basketball team rate a 17-paragraph article on two pages, while the Lady Terps, who have had an outstanding season, are relegated to a four-paragraph box on Page D12? Once again, The Post makes clear its...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Caps Fans Invade Raleigh

(All photos by Caps Nut.) After all the computer cells I killed by writing about Pittsburgh fans in D.C., it's only fair to point out that several hundred Capitals fans showed up in Raleigh for Saturday's loss to the Hurricanes. Who says D.C. fans don't travel? The trip was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Ed Tapscott on Arenas: "Engaged Fully"

Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott addressed the media after the team's morning shoot-around this morning. Of the first 12 questions, 11 concerned Gilbert Arenas, a man who has played exactly zero minutes for Tapscott in his career. Hey, give the people what they want. Here's the full transcript of Tapscott's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Arenas On His Return

Just saw Gilbert in the hallway of the Verizon Center. He had a large bag of ice (with the Wizards logo) on his knee. The TV folks asked him about Arizona making the Sweet 16, trying to break the ice, so to speak, and coax him into stopping. "I don't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ovechkin Isn't T.O.

I took a three-day break from much of the Internet, which I believe is grounds for dismissal in this day and age. During that time, the Internet furor over Alex Ovechkin accidentally dropping his stick and then proving unable to pick it up has come and gone. I got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Gilbert to Return Saturday?

So says Comcast SportsyNet's Chris Miller, via CSN producer Andy Siegel, via Mister Irrelevant. The full text: CSN's Chris Miller has received word from Gilbert Arenas that he will make his season debut on Saturday vs. Detroit. Details on WPL at 5pm Hey Andy, that's six and a half hours...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 23, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland Women's Team Eats Kids

Marissa Coleman, eating kids. (Photos by Gail Burton - AP) Probably because I've written so many words about men's college basketball this year, and hardly any about the women, I asked a lot of men's-vs.-women's questions after the top-seeded Maryland women pounded 16th-seeded Dartmouth in College Park today. There...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 22, 2009; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Covering the Women's Dance

By Gail Burton - AP I've covered the NCAA men's tournament three or four times in my years as a pseudo-sportswriter. I've never covered the NCAA women's tournament. But it's in College Park today, and I couldn't stand another day by myself in front of a television watching my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 22, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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