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D.C. Sports Bog: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Santana Moss on Turning 30

Moss with youth fundraiser Rhett Stuart. "I mean, I actually feel wiser," Santana Moss told me Wednesday night, during the first part of a five-day celebration of his 30th birthday. "Every year I'm growing and becoming more of the man that I should be for my household....So I guess...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Stoudemire on Wiz Rumors: "I Love D.C."

I love D.C. (By Aaron Josefczyk - Reuters) Wizards fans, as fans are wont to do, have created all sort of scenarios that result in their team acquiring Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and seven future first-round picks for the rights to Mike James and Gilbert's collection of signed jerseys....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Kavya Shivashankar Wins, D.C. Waits

UPDATE: Someone just pointed out to me that, when skimming the results, I missed the fact that Leesburg's Daniel Greenblatt won the Bee in 1984. I guess that's D.C.-area. So kindly ignore the rest of this entry. Thanks. By the end, we were down to two spellers. Centreville's Tim...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Meet the Bee Finalists

Bee showman Kennyi, and his track star brother. "I'm a speller first, then an entertainer," Kennyi said. (By Bill O'Leary - TWP) ABC will do a fine job tonight introducing you to the 11 remaining Spelling Bee finalists (and yes, you will watch the Bee instead of, or at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Erin Andrews Video: On Twitter, Spelling and Dance Moves

Erin Andrews is here in D.C. for Spelling Bee coverage; she'll be the sideline reporter once again during tonight's prime-time telecast on ABC. The Post's Steve Yanda wrote this nice piece about what it's like to be Erin Andrews; I also caught up with her in a video setting. Here's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Media , Weirdness  
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Bee Goes Humor, Intentionally

Fun! Bee! Laugh! (By Jacquelyn Martin - AP) All day, I was literally lol'ing from the front row of the press seating at the Spelling Bee, as one sentence after another just crushed in an audience more used to trembling tension than goofy stand-up. The hilarity was noticed by...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Live Blogging the Bee, Round 6

Sixteen entered Round 6. To see how they got here, click here and here and here. More live blogging follows. 1:32: The last speller of the afternoon is Reston's Centerville's Tim Ruiter. The word is "alastor," meaning "avenging deities and spirits." If he gets it, the Finals will have 11...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Live Blogging the Bee, Round 5

Thirty-six spellers entered Round 5. To see how they got here, click here and here. More live blogging follows. 1:06: Round 5 ends with Eleanor Runde from Seattle, who fails to spell "epicrisis," in what was clearly a desperate stab. We had 20 dings, and 16 correct answers. Everyone looks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How the Nationals Catch Fly Balls

Another controversial result for the Nats last night, with the "home run" ball that seemed to defy typical rules of bouncing. But that wasn't even the most interesting outfield adventure. I'll choose Josh Willingham's pursuit of this ball into the left field corner. And apologies for my TV being...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Live Blogging the Bee, Round 4

Forty-one spellers entered Round 4. To see how they got here, click here. At least two sports writers are on press row, myself and the AP's Joseph White, the master of Spelling Bee coverage. And now, some live blogging. 11:31: Round 4 concludes. Forty-one began, and 36 remain. Parents run...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Spellers Discuss Spelling, the Video

Like I said, I love this event. Here's some video. But first, some intense, sabermetric details about the Semifinals, which begin at 10 a.m. Round One was a 25-word test, although spellers were given 50 words, not knowing which 25 would count. Each word was worth one point. The 293...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 28, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Is Spelling a Sport, and Other Questions

Best hair. (By Jacquelyn Martin - AP) Spellers are quotable in pretty much the same ratio as pro athletes, from what I can tell. Some turn out to be Gilbert Arenas-like, such as Nicholas Bernard Rushlow, who carries a lucky pendant with a photo of his Bichon Frise puppy,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Marchers Descend on Spelling Bee

Ok, maybe they're not descending. But there are at least four or five folks holding signs and wearing pins and handing out brochures outside the Spelling Bee. I was convinced that they were protesters, and told ESPN's Erin Andrews--whom Postie Steve Yanda and I interviewed at lunch--that Spelling Bee...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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That Red Sox Series in DC is Gonna Be Fun

I know they've been running these ads forever. I know that the team has been hyping the Red Sox's arrival for months. I know that tickets for sale on eBay say things like "This series is the most sought after group of Nationals games all year. Folks will fly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Welcome to the Spelling Bee

It happens to me every year--and this is my third straight--but walking into the Hyatt on H Street during the Spelling Bee is absolutely like time-warping your way out of downtown D.C. and into some gifted and talented program in Iowa on the day before summer vacation. Everywhere you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Meet Tracee Hamilton, New Sports Columnist

If you read Tracee Hamilton's columns during the past three Olympics--Alpha and Omega in Athens, La Dolce Vita in Turin, and Kung Pao in Beijing--you realized immediately that she really ought to be writing for a living. Well, wish granted. New Post sports editor Matt Vita announced last week...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Marissa Coleman (Still) Hates Dookies

AP photo by Nell Redmond. If I were teaching Professional Athlete Marketing 101, at least one seminar would be devoted toward "insulting and publicly expressing hatred toward your biggest rival, even if you actually could give a Gatorade about them." Obviously, we recognize that players come from all over...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Accused Fla. Steroid Dealer Implicates Caps, Nats

Polk County (Fla.) officials marched out in front of the cameras last night, helpfully surrounded by thousands of doses of anabolic steroids, to announce the arrests of 35-year old Richard Thomas and his wife for allegedly dealing juice in Central Florida. What officials said they couldn't yet confirm was Thomas's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2009; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Santana Moss Is Having A(nother) Birthday Party

* Another year, another birthday party for Santana Moss. This one, though, is special. For one thing, it's his 30th. For another, I sort of played a role in Santana meeting the extravaganza's coordinator, back at an inaugural party earlier this winter. Long story. Here's the point, from the affair's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 26, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More Than Eight Minutes Of Your Life

Chatting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Submit your questions here. Topics: Spelling Bee, a scheduled lunch with Erin Andrews, bobblehead FAIL, D.C. United ties, the ethics of working during vacation days, my new gig part-time blogging for thesportingblog.com">The Sporting Blog starting this week, whatever. So the Lakers are playing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 25, 2009; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Nationals Bobblehead Fail

Names have been spelled wrong on uniforms. Names have been spelled wrong on bats. So yeah, as an ironic nod to the past, the Nats will naturally stuff a few Rossevelt bobbleheads into their official merchandise emporiums, daring the world to think they're serious. They're not serious, world. They're...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 24, 2009; 10:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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