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Morning Bog: About Those Fake Umps at Nats Park

(Photo by Cathy Taylor)

With an assist to Max Wasserman....

* Multiple e-mailers asked me about the fake umps behind home plate for the Blue Jays-Nats games this weekend. They had legitimate star power. Miss Chatter has the complete collection of photo art, noting that the umps both brushed the netting in front of them and handed new balls to fans after fouls, in some sort of replacement-ball solidarity with the real men in blue. And FanHouse has actual names and quotes, including this, from Tim Williams:

"There are 7 billion people on the planet. Do you know how many of them travel to another city to fake umpire a game? You're looking at 'em."

Bless you, Tim Williams. Turns out Tim and his buddy are stock traders from Toronto who posed for several million photos with Nats fans over the weekend, have an intense grasp of the official MLB rulebook, shook hands with Stan Kasten, and promise to pop up at ballparks all over the country.

* Adam Dunn on blogs: "I'm not going to lie, I don't even know what a blog is...and I'm serious. Is it like Facebook?" He also said that "nobody wants to play us now; I mean, there's nobody that wants to play us right now." (Federal Baseball)

* This is from last week: Video of Mike Francesca saying the Yankees will "pound" the Nats, that Craig Stammen is "awful," that the Yankees will definitely win the series, that "they're not gonna lose two out of three to the Nationals in their building," hahahaha, etc. etc. (Bob's Blitz)

* Bob Carpenter on Rob Dibble: "Is Rob Dibble a lot more opinionated than Bob Carpenter? Yeah, he is, but that's Rob. We knew what we were getting he doesn't pull any punches, and that's the way he does things, and I think our fans have reacted well to that and I think people appreciate his honesty and his candor. I call it as I see it but I just don't have the edge on the air that Rob Dibble has, and hopefully because of that we complement each other pretty well....Rob still has his personality. So what's he supposed to do, go on the air and be somebody who doesn't have any opinions? I don't think so. So to those who criticize Rob, my response to them would be listen to what he says, maybe not how he says it. You know, look at the substance and try to get by the style....I think in Rob's case, he's not gonna waver from what he's doing. So anybody who'se out there busting his chop for this reason or that, hey, deal with it. He's got a three-year contract, he's gonna be here a while." (Nationals Pride)

(Photo by Cathy Taylor)

* I spent much of last night following Manny Acta around during his bobblehead night at the Bethesda Big Train game. Some people suggested that Manny's bobblehead looks like Julian Tavarez, which one of the Webcast hosts, Jason Weingardt, mentioned to Manny. "I take that as an insult," Acta responded. "I think I'm a lot better looking than Julian, and tomorrow, I'm gonna show it to him."

(The highlight of the night, needless to say, was the PA announcer offering an official welcome to the D.C. Sports Bog. Heck, call it the highlight of the month.)

* Here's a photo of Teddy Roosevelt blogging from the blog box. (Nationals Pride)

* Maryland football's new recruit has an amazingly polygonal face. (Testudo Times)

* In Atlantic 11 preparation, Joe Lunardi's Bracketology from last week sees
six local teams in the tournament: Georgetown (7 seed), Maryland (8), Old
Dominion (13), Morgan State (15), Mount St. Mary's (15), and Radford (16,
play-in). Now there's no more need to play the regular season. (ESPN)

* Ovechkin's back-to-back MVPs mean he's a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame. (The Peerless)

* Don't throw beer at soccer players or the Barra Brava will break out PhotoShop on you. (MLS Rumors)

* Calbert Cheaney, No. 4 on the list of college stars who were NBA disappointments. Neither Kwame Brown nor O-Pec are eligible for this list. (The Dagger)

* Wait, there's more! The Bullets/Wizards are experts at turning NCAA stars into mediocre pro players. Juan Dixon, too! (The Dagger)

* Charting Mike Williams's weight loss. (Hogs Haven)

(Photo by Nathan Denette - The Canadian Press via AP )

* I mentioned last week how Alex Ovechkin supposedly wore flip-flops while dancing on a banquette inside a Vegas club. Here's visual evidence from last night's MuchMusic Video Awards that he indeed favors flip-flops on the red carpet. Also, he lifted a VJ above his head. (Canadian Press)

* Nate Jacqua's dad, former Redskins safety Jon Jacqua, likes soccer, but especially "the physical side of soccer, so anytime I make a good tackle or I smash into somebody, he likes that a lot," Nate said. (MLSNet)

* There might never be a better time to pile on Ken Rosenthal. (DCist)

Best D.C. Sports Tweets From the Weekend

DeAngelo Hall: Congrats to Alex O aka the Gr8t 8!!...ON his MVP!..Keep holding DC down...Camp is just about a month away.. Skins Let's get it!

Mike James: Now we r at benihanas getting our grub on. Why my kids like sushi and crave it. Who does that.

Trent Shelton: im thinking about shaving my head and rockin a beard lol

Sally Jenkins: I'm wearing a pair of Tom Boswell's socks because I ran out of dry ones. I'm literally walking in his shoes.

BarrySvrluga: Question for Phil: Why those shirts? Why, in the world, those shirts?

Dan Hellie: Kevin O'neill to USC. I worked his camps in college @ UT. He's got a lot of B. Knight in him. Hard ass but very entertaining.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2009; 8:14 AM ET
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Duh, yeah.


"I take that as an insult," Acta responded. "I think I'm a lot better looking than Julian, and tomorrow, I'm gonna show it to him."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 22, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

So, other than the Manny bobbleheads and the Curly W rally monkey folks, what did you think of the game experience at Povich Field?

Posted by: didnik | June 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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