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Morning Bog: Brian Mitchell Strikes Back

(TWP file photo by John McDonnell)

* The never-silent Brian Mitchell has been mostly silent since he was let go from ESPN 980, purportedly for economic reasons. You knew that was an untenable situation, that the explosion was coming. And today, the dynamite goes boom. According to USA Today, the Red Zebra folks say losing Mitchell and his $150,000-a-year (!!!!!!!!) salary was "100% driven by the economy," and Mitchell says yeah right..

Mitchell believes he may have been dropped for criticizing his old team on air. In fact, he says he was willing to take a pay cut as long as he didn't have to take on additional duties for no pay. But Red Zebra executives never asked.

"If you never discuss any money, or any changes in my money with me, then you already have your minds made up. This didn't have a damn thing to do with the economy, " Mitchell says. "When people turn on the radio, they want to hear what they truly see. Not what the company line is."

On the one hand, this stuff makes for incredible fun, and Mitchell did savage the official court jester repeatedly on the air. On the other hand, Steve Czaban, Andy Pollin and the rest of the gang aren't exactly Pravda-spewing sycophants. So let's wait and see whether they get to stick around, or whether they're replaced by a 24-hour simulcast of Redskins Nation, interrupted only by messages from Dear Leader.

And in other local sports radio news, this from DCRTV, on WJFK's upcoming switch to sports: "The Junkies re-branded as the 'Sports Junkies' in the morning... Mike Wise from the Post in midday... Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington in the afternoons." Hey LaVar, there's a major opening for an angry ex-Skin to get in some screaming matches with current players....

More links, courtesy of Max Wasserman.

* The Nationals, according to an source, want to acquire Nyjer Morgan and "like his hockey attitude." Maybe they can swing a deal for Michael Nylander; he has some free time. After all, baseball rewards folks who go in circles. (All Nats All the Time)

* Ryan Zimmerman with one of the three best Nats quotes of the year: "To not like Michael Jackson is un-American." (Nationals Journal)

* Stan Kasten says the Nats will make "a lot more money--if we win. So we are trying to do that just as fast as we can." (Nats 320)

* Adam Dunn becomes the first Nat to hit a ball onto Eutaw Street. "That might be the longest ball I've seen hit here," Jim Palmer said. (MASN, Nationals News Network)

* Alex Ovechkin gets nominated for two ESPYs. Two wins would give him a career total of 15 trophies, something that could have been more easily obtained by merely playing Montgomery County pee-wee soccer from kindergarten to seventh grade. (Capitals Insider)

* In case any of you were still wondering about the fate of the conference-less, upset-pulling Bemidji State Beavers, the WCHA (that's the hockey league with Minnesota and North Dakota) has offered to give them a home starting in the 2010-11 season. Still in search of a conference is the apparently unwanted Alabama-Huntsville men's ice hockey team. (College Hockey News)

(Yes, Alabama-Huntsville actually has an NCAA D-I hockey team. And Maryland doesn't.)

* In other post-DC Frozen Four news, Kieran Millan--the Boston U. freshman goaltender--was drafted in the fifth round of the NHL Draft (124th overall) by Colorado. (Boston University Terriers)

* The Caps only took one college player this year in fourth-round pick Patrick Wey, a recruit for BU's arch-rival Boston College. (Boston College Eagles)

* Here are photos of many Capitals draft picks who worked out well. That's a happy montage. (Japers Rink)

* Speaking of which, here are photos of way too many Wizards draft picks who didn't work out well, all shaking hands with David Stern. Not happy. Not pictured: Cash, shaking hands with David Stern. (Mister Irrelevant)

* Here's a JaVale McGee Q&A. Question: "With Gilbert Arenas coming back healthy, with the trade you guys just made, what are you guys looking forward to next season?" McGee: "Just, ah, some good playing, getting some wins." Yup, that's our JaVale. Also, there are photos of a whistle-yielding McGee running drills with his summer campers. (It's Just Sports)

* New Hawks guard Jeff Teague, wearing Zero, in honor of the corpse of Gilbert. "I was kind of like the Gilbert Arenas story. He kind of reminded me of myself," he said, according to the AP. (Bullets Forever,

* A list of possible bigs the Wizards can sign. But why isn't Pops Mensah-Bonsu on that list? (Bullets Forever)

* Gary Clark's upcoming RFK Redskins party -- "the greatest sporting event ever held" in D.C. -- definitely has potential for greatness, of a sort. (Cheap Seats)

* The same man who said the Redskins were going after Sanchez in the draft says Brian Orakpo will be moving to OLB. Take that as you will (Hogs Haven)

* D.C. Divas beat Pittsburgh Passion, advance to the semifinals of whatever their current league is called. (D.C. Divas)

Best D.C. Sports Tweets From the Weekend

Chris/Tanner Cooley: going to blow up a dead cow..adding fireworks 2 the 5 gallons of gasoline that will be poured on the cow

Robert Henson: I would like to thank Micheal Bay for his depiction of the "black transformers"!! "I's cant read yo", "I's be chillin"! Seriously??

DeAngelo Hall: Micheal Jackson the world will miss the great music you made. You were a true blessing. We love you Mike

Seth Greenberg: I don't know how MLB managers motivate their players for 162 games. Might be the toughest job in professional coaching

Javaris Crittenton: I gotta find a barber in DC. My lil homie went to the A and left me on stuck and this other dude continually tries to push my line back lol

Drew Storen: 15 inning game and a win. Waffle house or Sheets gas station are the two food options. Where's a white castle when you need it?

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2009; 7:20 AM ET
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Hey BMitch - maybe you got fired because this fanbase DOESNT LIKE YOU and DOESNT WANT TO LISTEN TO YOU. Ever thought about that?

Go back up to Philly and get a job on 610, you have hated this franchise and its fanbase ever since we got rid of you and have been using the radio as your conduit for that bias for years. Thank goodness we dont have to hear it anymore.

- from a fan who enjoys hearing intelligent criticism about his team, but doesnt enjoy hearing a jealous ex-player with a chip on his shoulder because he was never a star whine about the current team to make himself feel better.

Face it, the Skins cut you at the exact right time, you, as the vindictive person you are, went to PHL and NYG to get back at the team. After your career ended you come back to the Redskins because thats the only place you're truly relevant, and the fanbase makes it clear we dont want to hear your fabricated stories and far-out assumptions.

Go back to Philly, Im sure 610 will give you an hour to bash the NFC East, including the Redskins...thats your kind of slanted biased talk radio, you'll fit right in. You can call it "The NFC East Inside Scoop with Brian Mitchell" since you've donned 3 of the 4 teams colors with pride anyway when in reality the only teams color you donned was your own. I'll take 10% as a finders fee, thanks.

Good luck in Philly BMitch, Im sure we'll be seeing you on the field AGAIN in a green eagles jacket at halftime giving out some award to an eagles player you gush over.

Posted by: CantwaittoseeJLCgo | June 29, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Nooom, Mike O'Meara, is one of the best radio guys in DC, and knows more about sports then anyone on that station. Why keep the junkies, whose collective IQ still ends up around 150 and after 10 years still have yet to learn not to talk over each other for an entire broadcast.

Every month WJFK's ratings are going up, but if the rumors are true CBS seems heartset on getting rid of Shock Jock style radio.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Enough with B. Mitch. If it was about him and not the money they would have another athlete in there already making that crazy $150k, but they don't. Doc Walker left his own show to replace B. Mitch and Koken with the coach and Sheehan is left all alone to do a mediocre show, clearly budget programming. Perhaps B. Mitch is just not worth the money, but don't tell him that he needs someone other than himself to blame.

Posted by: JLR75 | June 29, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone think B Mitch was that good of a radio host? Other then B Mitch himself.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 29, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

LaVar and Bmitch on together? That truly is Death Star radio, and not in the good, Mr. Tony kind of way.

Snyder can't pay Bmitch's salary, but clearly can afford to hire people to post for him on WaPo.

Posted by: rdpinva | June 29, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

What's that you say about local sports radio? I was listening to the Dan Patrick Show.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 29, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Local sports radio? I hear it exists in other markets.

Posted by: sitruc | June 29, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, did somebody actually write that Mike O'Meara knows something about sports? Uh, no. Not really. He knows a little something about hockey. He roots HARD for the BoSox, but probably couldn't name more than half the current roster. Football, he was an old Giants fan who (at some point) started rooting for the Skins, and still knows VERY little about football, which becomes apparent every fall. And about college BB/FB and pro basketball . . . nothing at all. I listened to D&M for twenty years; the Mike O'Meara show is a VERY pale shadow, and I doubt it can survive on a sports talk station.

Posted by: mdean3 | June 29, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Mitchell is coming across like a whining crybaby. He was by far the least polished announcer on WTEM, with the exception of Thompson who enjoys a certain status there for some reason. And his implication that no one else on the station rips the Redskins is BS. Czaban and Pollin do. Walker does. Sheehan does to some extent. I certainly have no regard for Snyder and his slimy and incompetent operations. But I think what it boiled down to is that the Thompson show now sucks for less cost than it did with three announcers. Mitchell ought to shut up.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 29, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The way Snynder has ruined sports talk in this town is much like he ruined 6 Flags and the Washington Redskins.

As soon as he gets to Redskins park he goes on a firing spree of all the old-time employees that brought three super bowls in ten years...the skins have sucked ever since. Then he gets to 6 Flags and immediately fires the funny dancing old guy right off the bat...the company goes bankrupt and now the old guys is back (I've always loved that guy btw). Then he buys 980 and consolidates it with 730...firing a large handful of diverse personalities..too many to name, and replaces them w/ Mike and Mike and Colin Cowherd...egad!!! Can 106.7 PLEASE pull a full fugazi, and by that I mean sign Kornheiser for the morning, put the junkies at lunch time, and Czaban in the afternoon??? That would be lights out for 980...a cream dream supreme come true for me. And BTW - can Danny Snyder please get hit by a bus?!?!

Posted by: rtramonte5500 | June 29, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

HUGE PROPS to Steinberg for allowing a forum for such banter.

I also want to say screw you guys...B MITCH IS A GREAT WASHINGTON REDSKIN. Anyone who says differently can jump off a know nothing about Redskins football.

Posted by: rtramonte5500 | June 29, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

100% agree with CantwaittoseeJLCgo and mostly agree with DCsportsdude. Mitchell was simply not that good at being an analyst. And his anti-Redskins, anti-Snyder, anti-Portis agenda was getting really, really old.

Like others have said, I don't mind intelligent criticism--but unfortunately B-Mitch did not provide it. He was one of my all time favorite Redskins ON THE FIELD. Off the field, one of my least favorite.

Btw, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Barry Wilburn at a bar over the weekend. Very cool dude. Brought back memories of his amazing 87 season...9 ints in just 12 games. Those are Ed Reed-like numbers, and he wasn't even a starter!

Those were the days...

Posted by: Barno1 | June 29, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

On the other hand, Steve Czaban, Andy Pollin and the rest of the gang aren't exactly Pravda-spewing sycophants. So let's wait and see whether they get to stick around, or whether they're replaced by a 24-hour simulcast of Redskins Nation, interrupted only by messages from Dear Leader

By Dan Steinberg | June 29, 2009; 7:20 AM ET

This says it all. Czaban has been the biggest Redskins critic on the radio for years, and Snyder still signs his checks. The difference is Czaban's commentary is entertaining and sometimes intelligent, Mitchell's commentary was neither.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 29, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Btw, that picture above is awesome. Part of why I loved Bmitch so much as a player was his attitude. Unfortunately, that same attitude did not translate well with his post-football career.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 29, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"CantwaittoseeJLCgo" has to be Vinny or work for the Skins, right? Ya, BMitch wasn't great, but damn that was a personal attack. Who really cares that much about BMitch other than someone who has been personally attacked by him? I know I don't.

Posted by: rucks35 | June 29, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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