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D.C. Sports Bog: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

When Boston University Beat Miami

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) When BU fell behind 3-1, the guy dressed like Jesus sat down and put his head in his hands. That would be half of BU's superfan The Hot Dog and Jesus duo, whose heavily favored Terriers were about to lose to Miami at...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 11, 2009; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Stan Kasten Isn't Sorry For What He Did

(By Tom Mihalek - AP) Nats Prez Stan Kasten was just on ESPN 980's Sports Reporters to discuss, among other things, his gushy invitation to the fine people of Philadelphia this week. (An invitation which one Philly writer described as "bizarre and damn near traitorous.") Andy Pollin and Steve...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Frozen Four Preview: Beards vs. Mustaches

Kevin Roeder, Alexander Lacombe and their mustaches This, friends, will be one of the most epic championship games I've covered, in any sport, at any level. On one side, the overwhelming favorites from Boston U., representing the hockey establishment and its facial hair of choice, the playoff beard. On...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How Ovechkin is Represented at the Frozen Four

There were dozens if not hundreds of Caps sweaters in Verizon Center last night, in addition to all those bizarre Michigan and Princeton and North Dakota and Colorado and Notre Dame shirts. But that's not the best way the Caps were represented. I'll choose instead BU forward Colin Wilson,...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nick Adenhart, Five Years Ago

Nick Adenhart in his senior year of high school. (2004 photo by Preston Keres) One of the first full-length features I ever worked on for The Post was about a young pitching phenom from near Hagerstown named Nick Adenhart. You can read the story here, if you're so inclined....

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  MLB  
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Jesus and Jews at Frozen Four During Passover

(If you're a religious person, you might want to skip this episode.) The Frozen Four semifinals were held at Verizon Center on the second night of Passover. I know of at least one fan who planned a "Montreal Seder," in which you get a pass to go watch hockey...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ted Leonsis Times Two

Snark might be dead. Meta isn't though. /Stupid line that doesn't really mean anything, but I needed some sort of excuse to post this photo, didn't I? (Read more about the Leonsis look-a-like here, photo courtesy Anna Kent.)...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Devin Thomas Has Many Chips on His Shoulder

(By John McDonnell - TWP) After bemoaning the fact that D.C. has so few athletes Twittering earlier this week, here comes Devin Thomas to the rescue. "Jus chillin," he noted yesterday, with characters to spare. Wale reference? Devin's also blogging on his Web site, and it seems he's noticed...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Wizards Retire the Gold

(2006 photo by John McDonnell) I remember standing behind that big curtain in the fall of '06 like it was yesterday. The Wizards were getting ready to walk into the Verizon Center for their gold uniform fashion show, and all was nervous energy and bounce and laughter. There were...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Unleash the Namoff, Via Spouse

Just so I won't die without having two consecutive Bryan Namoff posts on my resume, let's take a minute to learn about Bryan's wife, Nadine. As you might have heard during their recent PR blitz, Nadine is campaigning for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year Campaign. Smartly,...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 10, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Unleash the Namoff, Via Tweets

The stuff he comes up with off the top of his head. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) D.C. United right back Bryan Namoff was at a Caps game this season when the team's "Unleash the Fury" video came up on the big screen. The fans went crazy, the...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 8, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Cavs Don't Know D.C. Hates LeBron

If I were coming up with a list of the most hated figures among all-sports D.C. fans, it would probably be Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Coach K, Peter Angelos and Daniel Snyder. Feel free to disagree. Most hated teams? Harder to put in any order, but the top half-dozen...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 8, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NBA, Wizards  
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Energizer Signs Up Alex Ovechkin

Like many of you, I saw Bruce Boudreau's reaction to that Ovie Eastern Motors PSA before I saw the PSA itself. Boudreau was steamed, saying what the Thrashers had done was not in very good taste and twice saying it was "over the line." Having no idea what the...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 8, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Campbell, Portis, Snyder, and Hef

I think it's fair to say that Jason Campbell and Clinton Portis are the Redskins' two most important offensive players. I think it's also fair to say that the locus of power on this team might be swaying a bit more toward one of these guys than the other. Here's...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 7, 2009; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Stan Kasten Sings a Hymn to Philly Fans

(2007 photo by Preston Keres - TWP) I'll probably always be something of an outsider in D.C., because I'm not from here. I didn't live through Gibbs I or the Bandwagon, the Penguins in the '90s or Wes Unseld-as-GM. Still, I think I'm getting to understand the mindset of...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 7, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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D.C. Armor Home Opener Photos

(Photos courtesy Reuven Goren) Saturday was, to be sure, one of the busiest D.C. sports days in recent memory: United at home, the Nats and Orioles scrimmaging at Nats Park, the Wiz at home against the Heat, and the D.C. Armor's home opener. I chose to skip all of...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 7, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Minor League Football  
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The Caps and Their Playoff Beard Promotion

Check out Brashear, on the end of the bench. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Assorted nuggets about the Caps' organizational-wide playoff beard-a-thon push, in which fans, media members and players (but not, repeat, NOT bloggers) will all raise money for charity by not shaving, and will post frequent photos...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 7, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Today in Bemidji: A Beavers House

I'm keeping myself from crying tears of Beaver green this week, since religious obligations may limit my Frozen Four participation, but still, a few Bemidji items caught my eye. * Like the house, seen above. That's a pretty distinctive shade o' Beaver green. It's also in New Hampshire. (FoxBoston)...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 7, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Joe Smith on Gary Williams

Terps beat top-10 UNC. (By Ted Mathias - AP Photo) As I do every Tuesday morning, I'm chatting at 11. Submit your too-hot-for-the-comments questions right here. Suggested topics: Frozen Four recommendations, Rob Dibble reviews, Cavs-Wizards anticipation, first-round Caps playoff ideas, existential angst. Having been accused of having a Gary...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 7, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball, Terps  
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Morning Bog: Opening Day Payback

Two brave WashingtonPost.com interns with a tiny bit of extra time means we're at last trying to breathe life into the daily top five box, seen on the left. Thanks, Jake and Chris. If you write blog stuff about local teams, or see anything interesting, send your links along....

By Jake DiGregorio  | April 7, 2009; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nats, Orioles, Redskins, Wizards  
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Rob Dibble Thinks the Nats Have 90 Win Potential

The season is finally here, and Rob Dibble is fired up about the Nats' chances. Like, really fired up. Did you read his blog last night? The same people who said before the 2008 season that the Tampa Bay Rays who won 66 games in 2007 had no chance...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 6, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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George Mason's Pep Band Adopts Bemidji

(By John McDonnell - TWP) So assume for a second that you represent a school whose hockey team has widely been labeled one of college sports's most plucky Cinderellas in years. Assume that your school is coming to Washington D.C., but that it's pep band is stuck behind. Assume...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 6, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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More Nick Young and JaVale McGee Dancing

With that dance video of Nick Young, JaVale McGee and friends zooming around the Internet, I started to think, "Wait, haven't I seen those two guys dance together before?" Well, yes, I have. Before recent games, the two youngsters have done the routine pictured above, with various amounts of...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 6, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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That Ted Leonsis Look-Like

I was talking to the Ted Leonsis guy on the 400 level yesterday when Ted Leonsis showed up on the Verizon Center monitors light in the third period. The fans gave that Ted Leonsis a standing ovation as he waved and clapped. "I mean, he did a good job...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 6, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Now That's a Strange Way to Deal With Loss

Caps fans have earned plenty of good press for their strong showing this season, and deservedly so. Also, Friday night's overtime loss to the Sabres nevertheless clinched the Southeast Division title. Also, people from Western New York are universally acknowledged to be loyal friends, great drinking buddies, extreme wits...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 6, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning Bog: Campbell's Thick Skin

(By Garth Vaughan - AP Photo/Disney) Two brave WashingtonPost.com interns with a tiny bit of extra time means we're at last trying to breathe life into the daily top five box, seen on the left. Thanks, Jake and Chris. If you write blog stuff about local teams, or see...

By Jake DiGregorio  | April 6, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps, Nats, Redskins, What You Need to Know, Wizards  
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Shawn Springs Meets the Caps

The ending of this Caps regular season was quite a bit different from the same ending a year ago; the pent-up tension of a manic climb into the playoffs was gone, replaced by scoreboard watching and various neuroses about the next few weeks/months. Still, the aftermath was the same:...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 6, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Why the Wiz Are Still Fun, the Dance Routine

On the one hand, some Wiz veterans have suggested that the excessively fun fun-time playhouse atmosphere among the younger set hasn't helped this year's record much. On the other hand, just in the past week, it's led to Nick Young accusing Antawn Jamison of ball hogdom, Young accusing Blatche of...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 5, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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