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D.C. Sports Bog: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Thanks For the Support, Boobie

I'll admit, the one thing I wasn't expecting to see emerge from the Cavs locker room last night was Daniel "Boobie" Gibson, rocking a Washington Nationals hat, in D.C., maybe 25 minutes after his team had lost here for the second time this season. Talk about getting inside the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  NBA , Nats  
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Mixed Messages on Cutler

Well, that's confusing. But look, it was a trying day for all of us in the Cutler-to-D.C. business, including our friends at the Examiner, who had Cutler's arrival in D.C. "imminent" during the afternoon. Actually, it wasn't that trying for me. I just took video of LeBron James trying...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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LeBron Gets a DCU Kit

One the one hand, any time a global marketing icon is holding your jersey and standing with your right back, it's not a bad thing. On the other hand, Barry Bonds and LeBron? I dunno. Still, nice work by Bryan Namoff here. And I'm willing to listen to predictions...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , NBA  
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Meet Murphy Jensen, Redskins Fan

Before I began interviewing new Washington Kastles head coach Murphy Jensen, I mentioned to him the particular challenges of covering sports like World Team Tennis in this town, and the dominance of a certain football team when it's in news-generating mode. "I'm a huge Redskins fan," Jensen offered. "Huge...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Redskins , Tennis  
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Gilbert Sets Charles Barkley Straight

It just doesn't seem fair that we were robbed of two years of this. Supposedly that makes things sweeter now. (Via Bullets Forever)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Fred Smoot on Drafting Fat Boys

Smoot and his son at the Wiz game. As mentioned previously, a solid chunk of the Redskins roster attended last night's Wiz game, from Fred Davis to Kareem Moore to Carlos Rogers to Byron Westbrook to Fred Smoot. (Also in attendance: LaVar Arrington.) Several of the players were asked...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  NBA , NFL , Redskins , Wizards  
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LeBron and Ovechkin, the Video

As previously mentioned, LeBron and Ovechkin met last night after the Wizards game. You can read the story, or you can watch the raw video, below. Then I promise I'll stop writing about this....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Caps , NBA , Wizards  
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When LeBron Met Ovechkin

Tonight's Wizards game was one of the better sporting events I've seen in this city when you consider what came before: three straight playoff losses, two at half-strength, all contentious, all bitter and crushing, and now the Wiz with one of the worst records in the league and the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2009; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Carlos Rogers on Jason Campbell (Updated)

The Redskins cornerbacks have quite the LeBron thing going this week; DeAngelo Hall hung out with the Cavs icon last night, and Carlos Rogers and Fred Smoot are both at tonight's game, in separate sections. (Rogers is on the 'wood, and Smoot isn't.) I'm hoping to track Smoot down later,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 8:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Redskins , Wizards  
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LeBron Doesn't Make Every Trick Shot

"Honestly, this is getting a little creepy," the estimable J.E. Skeets wrote, after LeBron's 60 Minutes shot made it three-Internet trick shot sensations in like four weeks. So while listening to Cavs Coach Mike Brown this morning, I saw LeBron triple bouncing basketballs down the length of the court, trying...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NBA , NHL , Wizards  
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A Portis Alias, Len Bias, and Mike Green's Fantasy

Noted briefly.... * Clinton Portis has an alias. Diego Morales. Because "he just sounds like a hard-working guy." Diego, he means. Not sure if that's a reference to the Mexican boxer or not. He also defines "Portis Pockets Straight," and while he's previously done so on Best Damn Sports Show,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Terps  
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Denver Post Rides the Jason Campbell Express

Hey, keep your grubby newsprint off him. He's ours, until Ashburn tells you differently. Not that anyone's polling me on my opinion, and not that you Redskins fans care about anything besides wins, losses, touchdowns, interceptions and the playoffs, but here's why I'd miss Jason Campbell: more than any...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Media , NFL , Redskins  
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The Beer at Nats Park This Season: Good. Very.

Yay. A year ago, I took a food tour of Nats Park and spent the entire trip asking Stan Kasten about beer choices. He pointed out that I seemed to be obsessed; "one-track mind," I believe was the quote. And since I ended the season having drunk precious few...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese , Nats  
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LeBron, DeAngelo and LaVar

(Photo via DC Fab) I wasn't missing American Idol for any sort of LeBron party last night. Luckily, a few others did, and provided updates. And luckily, the Wiz were in Memphis and Damon Jones was who knows where, so there was no especial drama this time around, that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 2, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  NBA , Redskins , Wizards  
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Another New Caps Fan

Since a rule was recently passed that every news story about the Caps has to be of the feel-good and positive-publicity kind, meet Walter Scott Lovell. He's a 48-year old native of Charlotte, and a long-time Lakers and Cowboys fan. He never had any interest in the sport of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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SI Loves Jordan Zimmerman(n)

By February, Jordan Zimmermann had already gotten sick of having a name remarkably similar to that of Ryan Zimmerman. "It's not weird, I'm just sick of people coming up to me and saying, 'Hey Ryan, can I have your autograph,?' or, 'Is Ryan your brother?' " Jordan told me...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Ben Olsen Eating Lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl

A few weeks back, a major D.C. United insider hinted to me that I should ask Ben Olsen what he ordered at Ben's Chili Bowl when he went there with an NBC 4 crew and Lindsay Czarniak. The answer? Tuna fish. "I've just never been a big half-smoked hot...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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When the Redskins Became the RedHawks

Swoop the RedHawk I briefly mentioned yesterday how the Miami University (of Ohio) RedHawks would be coming to D.C. next week for the Frozen Four. This prompted a few e-mails from proud RedHawks, one of whom signed his message "Redskins Forever." Because I'm stupid, I sat here for a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Four and 1/2 Reasons Tonight's Wiz Game Is Awful

This is how the Memphis media is hyping up tonight's big Wiz game. (Image via Commercial Appeal) This has been a long, long, long season of ignominious misery for the Wiz, but tonight at Memphis has the potential to be among the drabbest of moments. Here are four and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gilbert Insults Minnesota Basketball

Do not believe those promises that Gilbert Arenas will be a quiet, boring, non-headline making man during his low-key comeback. Already this week he has: * Taken an entirely witty and probably deserved but still impolitic shot at his younger teammates, telling Mike Wise "We got rid of veterans every...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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On the Caps and Chirping

Tom Poti, not chirping. (Karl B DeBlaker - AP) "Guys say the most ridiculous things," Brian Pothier told me, when I asked him about on-ice chirping. "Matthew Barnaby called me ugly once. That was an interesting one. What am I supposed to say? I'm like, 'Yeah, all right man....

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Tom Poti, BU and the Frozen Four

Tom Poti, in the BU days. (Photo courtesy Boston University Media Relations) So Boston University is (eventually) heading to D.C. for its first Frozen Four since 1997, when Caps defenseman Tom Poti played for the Terriers. (Other participants in his semifinal against Michigan included, among others, Chris Drury, Brendan...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Donald Brashear to Chirpers: "Come and See Me"

Not chirping. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) I spent a few moments yesterday asking several members of the Caps about on-ice chatter. As an admitted newcomer to this sport, it's something I'm not too familiar with. And it's a lot harder to piece together dialog than with NBA...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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D.C. United Joins Ridiculous Ad Campaign Trend

Eastern Motors boss Robert Bassam has publicly said he's unlikely ever to sign up a D.C. United player. But that's ok, but they're handling the "ridiculous ad campaign spot" requirements just fine without his luxury cars, thanks very much. See below. True story: I often stay at Fairfield Inn instead...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bemidji Excitement

Plenty of talking heads have bemoaned this year's NCAA tournament. No Cinderellas, they cry. No George Masons. Borrrrring. I don't get that at all, but if you're one of those complainers, you need only focus your attention on the Frozen Four, coming soon to a Verizon Center near you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Nats No Longer Have Longest World Series Odds

Needs nine wins. (By Richard Drew - AP) (I'm chatting at 11 a.m. I'm not sure what about. Everything, I guess. Submit questions now.) Think Adam Dunn hasn't dramatically shifted the wise guys' perception of the Nats? Think again. Last October, the club had 300-1 odds of winning the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Pat Sajak Welcomes Fans on the Caps Bandwagon

Still love this photo from last Spring. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) As a season-ticket holder for several years, Pat Sajak would theoretically be permitted to resent the new breed of Caps fan who jumped on board the spinning wheel of success only recently. But Sajak doesn't play...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Michael Westbrook Beats Up Pudgy White Guy

Is there no limits to which the 21st century human sports celebrity will go in an effort to prolong said celebrity? Evidently not, but who cares when it's bloody great entertainment, in 21-minute blocks. As promised during my chat last week, Michael Westbrook was on MTV's Bully Beatdown last...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Fighting Sports , Redskins  
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Kwame Brown on Gilbert and D.C. Fans

(By Jonathan Ernst - Reuters) It was quite an occasion for former D.C. stars Saturday night at Verizon. Richard Hamilton. Rasheed Wallace. Allen Iverson. Kwame Brown. Gilbert Arenas. Ha, just kidding Gil! Anyhow, Awvee Storey was also there, having played the past season in China and now back in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Gilbert Returns: The Video

Gilbert's return, in moving pictures, with narration by Gilbert. (Yes, the moving pictures are mostly me pointing a cheap Canon thingee at the Verizon Center's big screen, but the quality isn't that bad, all in all. Here's Hoops Addict's minute-by-minute diary of the night.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bizarre Jason Taylor Quotes

(By Nick Wass - AP) Several weeks after Jason Taylor's departure, we're now reaching a consensus on exactly what prevented him from staying here for another season, as promised. Jason Taylor, on the upcoming season: "I'm playing football. I guarantee that. I don't know where it's going to be....

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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LeBron's Having a Party in D.C.

Third in a three-part Monday morning series on personalities your typical D.C. sports fan doesn't like much. Coach K, Sidney Crosby and LeBron are sort of the holy trinity of hate 'round here, no? So Gilbert''s back, which is fine, and the Wiz will remain terrible, which is also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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About That "Crosby Sucks" Anthem

Second in a three-part Monday morning series on personalities your typical D.C. sports fan doesn't like much. If you're like me, your only experience with the metal/rap/rock group Pummeler came last spring, when their Caps anthem "Ovechkin" made a brief Internet splash, and likely caused ear-drum bleeding in a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Coach K Dancing In His Underwear

First in a three-part Monday morning series on personalities your typical D.C. sports fan doesn't like much. So longtime Bog reader JDP e-mailed me a few weeks back and said he heard Bob Knight doing an interview about this upcoming Guitar Hero commercial he had filmed for use during the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 30, 2009; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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