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D.C. Sports Bog: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

ESPN.com is a Little Confused by Zimmermen

A few quick Nats things I needed to get off my computer. * I'm sure someone has done the research on the number of professional sports teams that have had two players whose last names start with Z and are just one consonant away from being identical. I've not...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 22, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Caps Stuff: Ratings, Curling, Poti Sucks

A few items to help you pass the time.... * I didn't mean to start a firestorm with a passing use of the word "front-running" yesterday. Look, no one's gonna argue that the Caps had a full building two or three years ago. It'd be absurd. I was just saying,...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 22, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps, Media  
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Hair Dye, NBA Jumps, Ovie on the Bench Again

Ovie, watching practice at MSG, again. Lots more Caps stuff and I have a train to catch, so it's all going here for now. * Alex Ovechkin didn't skate today, so he sat (with Brooks Laich) on the home bench and watched his teammates practice. That's two days in...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Varlamov Teaches Russian to the Caps: Video

My years-long quest to get Wizards-quality material out of the Caps has mostly been futile, but then suddenly I see this fellow in the Caps dressing room up here in New York just blowing me away. Crushing me. Finding garbage pails worth of humor in the Washington Capitals dressing room....

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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On Hockey Players Getting Punched in the Face

Avery and Erskine, making friends. (By Bruce Bennett - Getty) Early in last night's game, Sean Avery swatted John Erskine in the face. Erskine laughed and didn't respond. Avery was sent to the penalty box. Erskine skated to the bench and the Caps went on the power play. Reactions?...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Ovechkin's Car: "Because I'm Ovie"

By now, you already know that Alex Ovechkin will be profiled tonight (at 7 pm) on E:60 (preview here), after what was by all accounts some of the most in-depth English-language TV filming of his career. ESPN correspondent (and former WaPo Caps beat writer) Rachel Nichols came to D.C. three...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Colt Brennan Doesn't Respect the NFL Draft

Colt, before the draft. (By Ronen Zilberman - AP) "Be kind," Colt Brennan said on Saturday, after we had spent a few minutes discussing the NFL Draft. "Don't throw me under the bus." So let me say this up front: take all that follows with a grain of salt....

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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Morning Bog: DUIs, Cosmo Girl, Zimmermen, Gil

Intern Jake provides some morning links: Since 2000, the Redskins have made some mistakes, both on and off the field. Currently, the Skins are tied for second in the NFC East with the Cowboys in number of players arrested since Y2K, three behind the New York Giants. It doesn't look...

By Jake DiGregorio  | April 21, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Caps, D.C. United, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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Rangers Fans: Loud, Profane, Boring

Last night was the first time I had been in Madison Square Garden for a professional sporting event. Some quick, cheap observations, became no playoff series has really started until you start picking on the opposing fan base. * They were loud. Really loud. Gutturally loud. It was a...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  Caps, NHL  
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Simeon Varlamov's Big Night

Varlamov is the prop to Sean Avery's game misconduct. (Julie Jacobson - AP) After all his teammates had cleared out of the dressing room, with the team bus scheduled to depart in just a few minutes, Simeon Varlamov ducked his head back in the room. A media staffer gestured...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 21, 2009; 12:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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On Luck, Gamesmanship and Sean Avery

(By Bruce Bennett - Getty) The hot topic in the media room tonight concerned the post-game celebration pulled off by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. After the entire team had congratulated Simeon Varlamov and left the ice, the two stars skated toward the deserted center ice and leaped up...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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SI is Confused About the Caps' Goalie

My name is Simeon, SI. Real respect real, y'all. Though in truth, he's changing the spelling of his first name next year, so that people pronounce it right. (Note to SI: He's not changing it to Henrik.) Oh, and what did young Mr. Varlamov's teammates think of his showing?...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Welcome to Twitter, Donald Brashear

Donald Brashear has been Tweeting for a while, but no one much seemed to notice. "Gooood morning every body, I just woke up in Atlanta. On ou way go Starbucks for a quad venti white mocha," he wrote on one occasion. No big deal, right? Just an athlete getting in...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bruce Boudreau's Motivational Speech?

Bruce Boudreau has played a variety of motivational cards in the past, from fiery speeches about his own playing career to video montages of movie clips and Caps highlights. I asked him whether he has anything special planned for Game 3. "No," Boudreau said. "Just play better. There's no tricks...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Portis, Pat Sajak Pay Video Tribute to the Caps

This video of various celebrities urging fans to Rock the Red has been around for a little bit, starring many of your favorite Redskins. But the version with scene-stealer Clinton Portis is a pretty new one, and it's awesome as you expect. Of all the celebrities portrayed,h e's the...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Caps No Longer Pleased With Games 1-2

First, let me say that I've been around the Caps a good bit. As many of you know, I've sometimes complained that the dressing room is often an uptight place. This was certainly the case last week, as the playoffs approached. Not tons of smiles or laughs, at least in...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Varly Reps Mother Russia

Like his Russian teammates, Simeon Varlamov has his little Russian quirks. Bright yellow laces on his skates, for example. And these twin logos on the back of his helmet. On the left, the Russian flag. On the right, the logo for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, his former club. And an awesome...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ovie Watches the Rangers [UPDATED]

A few minutes ago, all the media members buzzed quietly when Alex Ovechkin came out to watch the Rangers' morning skate. This, several veterans said, was slightly unusual. Then they buzzed again, when Ovechkin was tapped on the shoulder by a Caps' PR staffer and abruptly left. Turns out...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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So, 1-10 Again, Huh?

Note: not trying to be a constant voice of negativity, as Nats fans have accused. I'm just like this. * When I heard the Nats were now 1-10, having just suffered a disastrous did-that-really-happen loss, I tried to think if there were ever a similar situation faced by a D.C....

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Colt Brennan Buying an Ovechkin Jersey

(No, I'm not yet tired of writing about D.C. athletes at Caps games.) I got a text Saturday afternoon, pointing me to Redskins tackle Stephon Heyer, sitting right against the boards during the Caps game. Svrluga used his binoculars, and pointed out that Kedric Golston was a few seats...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 20, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Natinals Make NBC News

So congratulations are in order for the Nats' Department of Spelling, Proofreading, Copy Editing, Grammatical Mishaps and Quality Control. Their hard work earned D.C.'s ball club a prime spot on NBC News Saturday evening. I wasn't able to see the broadcast, though a friend did, which led me to this...

By Dan Steinberg  | April 19, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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