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D.C. Sports Bog: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Why Rob Dibble Refers to the Nats as "We"

I'm well aware that MASN's Rob Dibble isn't everyone's cup of Red Bull, but here's why I like him: because he makes me want to flip on the Nats game, even if it means fighting through occasional glimpses of C-SPAN. And yeah, you can say the same thing about the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 11, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Nationals Gift Fail [UPDATE]

UPDATE A Nationals spokeswoman said the team mailed out about 4,000 of these gifts and hasn't received a single complaint. The team will replace any defective items that any season ticket holder received. The spokeswoman said the feedback the team has received about the balls has been overwhelmingly positive....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 11, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Nationals Television Fail

Behold: the face of a bottom-of-the-ninth-inning baseball comeback. If you are either an insomniac, a masochist, a Diet Dr. Pepper addict, a taxi driver on the night shift, Tom Boswell, a degenerate gambler, a blogger with Rob Dibble interviews to transcribe or a diehard Nats fan, you stayed up...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 11, 2009; 1:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Redskins.com Hacked By Cat Lovers?

It's hard to imagine a more cheerful evening diversion than looking at screengrabs from Redskins.com of RedskinsTV interviews with cats. Seriously, go there right now and look at the little MyRedskins Widgets. Is this a Web programming placeholder gone wrong? A demonstration of the dangers of firing too many...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2009; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball , Minor League Baseball , Nats , Redskins , Weirdness , Wizards  
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On Hunter Smith's Band, Zorn's Musical Tastes

Hunter Smith, new Skins punter. I figured everyone had heard of new Redskins punter Hunter Smith's rock band Connersvine. The acoustic duo was signed more than two years ago, has a thriving MySpace page and Twitter feed, has been written up by the sports blogs and put out a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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WCAC Redskins Despise the Cowboys

Edwin Williams at DeMatha. (By Preston Keres - TWP) I mentioned earlier that the Redskins seem to be stockpiling Texas boys. Of the 85 guys on the OTA roster, 11 are from Texas, the most of any state. Many of them grew up cheering for the Cowboys. But there...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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DCU Items: Fractured Teeth, Redskins Dislike

How you fracture your teeth. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Because I know you wanted these questions answered..... Bryan Namoff tweeted that he has fractured teeth. What does that mean? "I fractured the bones holding my teeth in place," Namoff told me. "They're hanging on by threads." Too...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Redskins , Wizards  
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More Draft Day Images

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP and Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP) First off, this breaking news about the Nats' second pick of the first round, Drew Storen. He majored in product design at Stanford, and once made a bobblehead of himself while still in junior high. That is something...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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PBA Responds to Smoot

Photos by Ned Dishman via the Redskins. Yesterday, I wrote about Fred Smoot's ambition to become a pro bowler and bring his unique flair to the PBA after he retires from football. Redskins blogger Matt Terl did me one better, with a first-hand account of Smoot's bowling skills and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 10, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Kwame, Ovie, and Now Strasburg

Pass, fail. "I could be a bust....I'm in no better position than the guy who gets picked 20th tonight. There is pressure on me now because of being chosen first." -- Kwame Brown, the night he was drafted No. 1 overall "If you are second, you are second. If...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Chris Cooley is Honest About OTAs

Being voluntary. (By John McDonnell - TWP) A longtime Redskins reporter was musing the other day about covering OTA's back in the glory years, when just two or three reporters actually covered the team, and they'd occasionally agree to blow off "activities" on the same day, since if they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fred Smoot's Pro Bowling Ambitions

I think he should fit right in, no? The Redskins canceled OTAs today, and instead held a team bowling trip. Chase Daniel already tweeted about his team, which included Cody Glenn and Rocky McIntosh. That has forced me to use this item now, instead of holding it for a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Army-Navy Game Comes to FedEx Field

The Army-Navy football game will come to FedEx Field for the first time on Dec. 10, 2011, a source with knowledge of the situation said. That will be the closest to the District the game has ever been played. An announcement is expected later today. The game has been staged...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Football  
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Skins Poised to Win Jumping Into Truck Title

Chatting at 11. Submit questions here. Ask me whatever the heck you want. Also, I'm at Nationals Park right now. The clock says it's 6:24. Not sure if that means AM or PM. A few observations from today's wondrous news about the backup Skins wide receiver hopeful who jumps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hunter Smith: Punting is Like Golf

OTA punting. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Chatting at 11. Submit questions here. Ask me whatever the heck you want. Also, I'm at Nationals Park right now. The clock says it's 6:24. Not sure if that means AM or PM. In 1998, the Redskins--led by punter Matt Turk--finished second...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Jim Zorn: Wisdom Nuggets and Orange Headphones

Zorn, imparting wisdom nuggets. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Since yesterday marked my first meeting with Jim Zorn near a football field since the '08 campaign ended, I figured there were a few questions I should ask. Like, obviously, what books he had read in the offseason. "I have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 9, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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My Collection of Unscratched Lottery Tickets

( Forgive the self-indulgence, but the reason I was willing to go all-out in my coverage of the unveiling of the Redskins' instant lottery ticket is because of my own vested interest in those cardboard rectangles of scratchable magic. See, I used to collect unscratched instant lottery tickets from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Portis on Orakpo, Playing the Lotto and Shark Diving

Portis at OTAs. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Clinton Portis's presence at today's Redskins lottery press conference meant about five minutes worth of post-lottery chatting with the media, with the sort of vaguely understood ground rules that we'd ask at least a few ridiculous lottery questions. I gladly obliged...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nationals Timekeeping Fail

(Photo courtesy of Lori Ducharme.) Over the past week, I've now gotten three different reports of Nationals Timekeeping Fail, from three different readers, with three different descriptions of the failing times. One person said the scoreboard's large Curly W clock was one hour off. One person said it was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Redskins Unveil Lottery Scratchers

"Redskins fans and lottery fans have an awful lot in common," the executive director of the Virginia Lottery said this afternoon. She meant in terms of wanting to get "into the game," and expecting something spectacular in return. I'll refrain from offering up any other possible similarities, but a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Stan Kasten: "I'll Take the Hit For All of It"

With just days to go before the Safeway Circular starts taking shots at the Nats, today brings a Q&A with Stan Kasten from GQ, which calls the Nats "the only organization in D.C. more disastrously mismanaged than the federal government." And now, suddenly, I'm getting sick of national publications lobbing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Redskins Rookie's Plane is Canceled

In the Jim Zorn regime, even the injuries and absences are entertaining. At least during June OTAs. Rookie LB Cody Glenn was absent today. "Missed a plane," Zorn said. "I don't know where he was, but he's just in remorse that he couldn't be here. He'll get it together. There's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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If MLB Had Relegation

Look away. (By Jonathan Ernst- Reuters) The weird thing about the hyper-divisioning of American sports leagues is that massive failure can be partially masked. When you're comparing one failing team with four other mediocre teams, you don't always grasp the sheer magnitude of the failure, in the same way...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  MLB , Nats  
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Maryland Dropout Wins WSOP Event

Our new hero. With local sports being what they are, we'll take champions where we can find them. (Hence, the sudden surge in College World Series coverage. Yay Cavs.) That's why we should all take a moment to celebrate Brock Parker, the Silver Spring native and Maryland dropout who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Celebrity Hoops Report: Smoot, Vince, Caron

This sort of captures the event. Fulfilling my journalistic duty, I went to Saturday's 8th Annual Big Tigger Celebrity Basketball Classic at Trinity College, part of a weekend full of Big Tig events to raise money for HIV/AIDS causes. It turns out that it was awfully similar to last...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 8, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media , NBA , NFL , Redskins , Wizards  
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Nationals Fireworks Fail

(2008 photo by Preston Keres - TWP) The thing that's great about the Nationals' Fail series is that each item is spectacularly perfect. They're not sad, pitiful, unfortunate Fails, like the kind that might afflict the Clippers. They're happy, bright, uniquely entertaining Fails. Like, if the uniform for the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 7, 2009; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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