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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 Web site:

Every Sunday Santana continues to give it his all, to football fans across the nation as he scores record breaking numbers. On June 1, 2009 Santana will turn thirty. His wish is to enter the new era with the company of his fans. For this reason, Simeon Reuben, Inc. is bringing South Beach to Washington, DC for the largest celebration of the third quarter, Santana's 30th Birthday Affair!

Play Against the Pros tomorrow night at the ESPNZone, listen to Biz Markie at Current Sushi on Saturday evening. Confirmed guests include Reggie Wayne, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James and Andre Johnson.

* Vinny Cerrato, appearing on Redskins Nation last night, detailed his long-time friendship with new Wiz boss Flip Saunders, dating to their time together at Minnesota. Vinny was asked about Flip's unfortunate trip to the draft lottery. "I texted him before he left," Vinny recalled, "and I said, 'If you don't get the first pick, don't come back.' "

* Dave Jageler, during Saturday night's O's-Nats broadcast, had this to say: "A sea of red, unfortunately with a little bit of orange mixed in." Wait, unfortunately? I thought fans of all colors were to be actively welcomed to NatsTown.

* Also, Antwaan Randle El and Mike Sellers were at that game.

* Also, safeties coach Steve Jackson paints abstracts in his spare time.

* Now this is just weird. From a WaPo article about Russian troop discontent:

Alexander Ovechkin, 50, a lieutenant colonel in Ussuriysk who retired without receiving an apartment, said officers are frustrated in part because Medvedev and Putin have raised expectations, repeatedly pledging to build enough housing for all discharged and active-duty officers by next year. "You can feel the social tension and uncertainty," he said. "They have promised a lot....I'd like to believe it, but my experience is too sad."

* A great Q&A with Michael Lee from Hoops Addict. Including this line concerning his first interview with Gilbert Arenas:

He told me a great story about how then-coach Eric Musselman motivates the team. "Yeah, he told us, 'Coke is the real thing. Jennifer Lopez's [butt] is the real thing.' We got to be the real thing when we play out there.' " At that point, I knew he would be the money quote.

* A reader claims the Orioles-colored curly W hat was actually from the Hendrix College Warriors. Just FYI.

* Nick Young and Javale McGee, in Summer League action. (Bullets Forever)

* I'm going to spend the next two days at the Spelling Bee. Darren Rovell has a run-down of the spellers. Hard to top Cory Klingsporn, a table-tennis and fencing enthusiast who "aspires to become a baroque opera conductor." These are my people.

* Also, these Spelling Bee odds are amazing. You can bet on whether anyone will puke, whether the winner will wear glasses, and how many letters the winning word will contain. (Via the equally amazing Throwing Things blog.)

* In case you care, I'm now doing some freelance stuff for my distinguished friends at The Sporting Blog. Read about my glorious arrival here.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 26, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins , Weirdness , Wizards  
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