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D.C. Sports Bog: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Caps-Pens Prop Bets

A few wilder potential bets on Pens-Caps, via Bodog, which has the Caps favored overall with a -130 money line. And any time someone's sending out e-mails on the odds of two specific players fighting (Ovie and Crosby are 50-1), you know people are paying attention. Exact Series Finish Pittsburgh...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 2, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Caps-Pens: Vegas Odds, Fiery Quotes

Quick second-round notes while daughter sleeps. And thanks to Reader Sam for the above image, which should not imply that I'm anything other than an impartial Web journalist hoping for boffo traffic and fine vegetarian dining in Western Pennsylvania. Vegas Odds At some online books, the Penguins are actually...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Chris Wallace, D.C. Sports Fan

Fox News Sunday The transplant fan is perhaps the most frequently discussed D.C. sports archetype. You know the story: die-hard supporter is drawn toward the District's wealth of jobs, but uses sports to stay connected to his industrial roots. He goes to the District's venues, and roots for the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 1, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps , Know Your Fans , Media , Nats , Orioles , Redskins , Wizards  
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Caps Talk Rivalries

Bad memories, current Caps don't have. (200 photo by Rich Lipski - TWP) The Caps-Penguins rivalry of the early-to-mid '90s is one of the most stomach-gurgling this city has seen in a quarter-century: five postseason meetings in six years, a total of 31 playoff games, and gallons of antacid...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Colin Cowherd Calls Me "An Odd Bird"

Forgive the self-indulgence for one moment. Having moved over to FM in the mornings, I sort of forgot that Colin Cowherd still had a show on local airwaves. A grand total of one person, though, alerted me to the fact that Cowherd is still on, and that he saw fit...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Tortorella: "My Heart Was in the Right Place"

The final coda of the Rangers-Caps series: John Tortorella today finally issued a heartfelt mea culpa for his water bottle toss in Game 5, admitting that he turned himself into a distraction and apologizing for his behavior. And yet.... "My heart was in the right place," he said, during a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What to Call Varlamov?

Hockey player. Syoma. (By John McDonnell - TWP) A few minutes ago, a Swedish reporter asked Russian goalie Simeon Varlamov what he thinks about From Russia With Glove, his American-created nicknamed riffed off a British novel. "Is this my nickname now?" Varlamov said through an interpreter. "Ok, great, fine."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Checking In With Penguin Fans

I spent the afternoon asking several Caps whether they know the history of Pens-Caps, the level of animosity between the fan bases, the general potential for a Web traffic dirty bomb that this series holds. The public answer, at least, is nah, not so much....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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D.C.'s Best Sports Mustache

Greg Janicki, running away. (Via Behind the Badge.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Redskins Season Tix Wait List Gone?

A few weeks ago, I got a call from a Redskins ticket representative. He wanted to offer me some fabulous and affordable club seats. "In my opinion the best, most comfortable seats in the entire stadium," he told me. There'd be a private escalator. A cigar lounge. Access to Hooters....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Nats: Helicopter Hunting and Bowden Bloviating

If it's a day whose name ends in "day," there will have been at least a couple bizarre Washington Nationals stories I forgot to mention. This week, I've missed at least three. * Newly acquired reliever Logan Kensing previously earned headlines in Florida after talking to the Palm Beach Post...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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When Dean Evason Faced Sergei Fedorov

Evason and Ovie. (By Nikki Kahn - TWP) Once upon a time, Sergei Fedorov was the NHL MVP and Dean Evason was, well, not. "A feisty young man," Bruce Boudreau said, describing his Caps assistant. "A tough little center," Fedorov said of his former opponent. See, before his coaching...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2009; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Caps Won't Be Preempted by Kentucky Derby

In what has become something of an annual tradition, there's a chance that Saturday's featured NHL playoff matinee on NBC could bleed over into the network's pre-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby. This year, though, that afternoon game features the Caps, so maybe you care a little bit more. So...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Game 7 Ratings, Koken's Prediction, Etc.

Still popular, even in defeat. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Forgive the morning absence. Figured the next couple weeks could be busy. Pacing matters. Now, some thoughts. * Game 7, as might be obvious, earned the highest rating of any game in this series in the D.C. DMA, despite...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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McPhee: "We Had to Win Tonight"

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) A few bonus quotes. George McPhee, on the result: "Well, I couldn't feel better about what just happened. You know, I felt we owed it to this community, the way we've been supported. I never really thought it could be this great. This...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2009; 12:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Simeon Varlamov's Cream Pie

And here's your series-winning goalie, the day after he turned 21. Goal: Semin. Assist: Ovechkin. "To be honest, I couldn't have had a better present for my 21st birthday," Varlamov said. "Thanks to the team." (And here's the team's thoughts, via Brian Pothier: "Varly was exceptional. I don't know...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Caps Fans Rock the Poncho

A few minutes before the puck dropped tonight, an anonymous young girl wandered down to the area behind the Rangers bench with a delivery. "She handed these to me," Tom Bush later reported, "and said, 'Here, you're gonna need these. I swear to God." Which is how six fans...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Weird Caps Fans: Giant Hands

After I innocently suggested that Caps fans had more quirk to them than Rangers fans, the hate poured down. "Rangers fans are not mutant side show freaks," one noted. "We do not paint our faces, put our hair up in mohawks and dye them colors, put our hair into...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Tortorella Says Pressure's On the Caps

( By Molly Riley - Reuters) Before the first game of this series, Rangers Coach John Tortorella said that Washington's home-ice advantage wouldn't really have an impact until a potential Game 7, and that early in the series, home ice could actually be a burden on the higher seed....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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How Caps-Rangers is Like Wiz-Cavs

Dueling mohawks. I've only covered a few best-of-seven playoff series in my blogging life, but I'm starting to wonder whether they aren't all glorious feasts filled with overflowing platters of blog-worthy developments. Some of the veteran reporters here at Verizon Center are rolling their eyes at the "off-ice distractions,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Concerning the Caps' Tertiary Scorers

Green, Steckel and Gordon celebrate a pretty goal. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Forget the primary scorers. Heck, forget the secondary scorers. The guy who got this train rolling back in Game 5, with disaster still whistling its way down F Street, was Matt Bradley, a man whose...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Ovechkin as a Pitchman and a Puck

(Courtesy Energizer) Chatting at 11. Submit questions here. Behold the two faces of Alex Ovechkin. Above, relatively clean-cut corporate pitchman, in a couple more photos from his new sponsorship deal with Energizer. Hot stuff for a D.C. athlete in these times, but fairly standard-issue corporate pitchman images. And below,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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Backstrom and Laich Provide Swedish Lessons

Chatting at 11. Submit questions here. More Caps-based hilarity from Cabbie's Journey to the Cup, the droll Canadian sporting program featuring one-liners and high-fives from NHL players. In this episode, Nicklas Backstrom and, oddly, Brooks Laich teach our host how to say many valuable phrases in Swedish, mostly related to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Bearded Caps Fan in the White T-Shirt

Throughout the game, several people seated immediately behind the visitors' bench took advantage of the looseness of the glass panels and the unusually wide gaps between the panels to assault the Rangers with some of the most obscene language imaginable. Because of the way the glass is installed, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Bite Marks, Goal Calls, Acta Blogs, Rugby Votes

The hit that led to the Brashear suspension. (By Ray Stubblebine - Reuters) Many things I've wanted to link to in recent days.... First off, the news is that Donald Brashear is out for six games. A quote from Mike Green: "He obviously has a presence on the ice...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , Rugby  
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Brian Orakpo: RAK Tattoos, a Second Skins Stint

The Orakpos celebrate. (AP Photo) So, Brian Orakpo. While waiting for The Junkies to come through on their promise of Orakpwned t-shirts, here are some quick notes from a tour through the archives. * This will be the second time he's played for the Redskins, according to the Austin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Varly's Having a Birthday

A pre-birthday hug. (By Ray Stubblebine - Reuters) Caps goalie Simeon Varlamov turned 21 today. Comcast SportsyNet's Jill Sorenson wisely asked several teammates about how they'd mark the occasion. Her package will run on the network tonight; some stolen highlights. "He better not celebrate the way normal 21-year olds...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Ovechkin on Lundqvist and Varly

Quotes from Ovechkin after this morning's practice. For the record, he was wearing an AC Milan Kaka jersey at the time. Why no Ben Olsen jersey, Alex? On Lundqvist: "Well, he win three games. And I think it's enough for him, he can't win another game like that if team...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Nice Work on Those Suspensions, ESPN

Uh, no. Not correct. Bizarrely incorrect. But way to be first with it. (Via Capitals Outsider) (And the statement from ESPN, via Caps Insider: "Our news desk received a call from someone representing themselves as from the Washington Post. We did not follow our own fact-checking procedures and mistakenly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Ovechkin, Schoenfeld and Clutch

(By Bruce Bennett - Getty) Notes before an optional morning skate practice.... Ovie Clutch? A lot of folks were asking "Is Ovie Clutch?" questions after Game 4. The Tracy McGrady comparisons, and all that. And sure, those questions will return, maybe louder than ever, if the Caps don't win...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Rangers Fans: Polite, Asleep

Adam Rosen, gently heckling the Caps' bench. Shortly before Game 6 began, I was walking through the 300 level of Madison Square Garden, where I saw a Rangers fan. Asleep. Head lolling back and forth. The whole bit. More than an hour later, I walked up through a different...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2009; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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A Biting, and a Shot to the Head

Rangers fans were howling about the injury suffered by ace penalty killer Blair Betts, who was hit in the head by Caps forward Donald Brashear midway through the first period. Betts was left sprawled on the ice, had to be helped to the dressing room and didn't return. Brashear and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Jim Schoenfeld Stands By Tortorella

A nice long best-of-seven playoff series almost never lacks for story lines, but the Caps-Rangers things officially entered TV miniseries status sometime on Friday night. With John Tortorella suspended today--replaced by Jim Schoenfeld, who lost a 3-1 series lead while coaching the Caps AND was previously suspended for a playoff...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Newest Skins Corner Can Hit Hard

Serious Terps fans need no reminding of the sort of hits that Kevin Barnes can deliver. Neither does Jahvid Best. The cornerback's demolition of the Cal star back was one of the most memorable moments of this past Terps season; the hit itself makes you look away, as does the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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