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Morning Bog: Marketing D.C.'s "Unbearable Heat"


Some morning links, lovingly gathered by Max Wasserman and Jake DiGregorio....

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic is going with the "brutal honesty" approach to marketing its event; the commercial for this year's tournament includes "unbearable heat" as a selling point. Seriously. The Redskins need one of these commercials with "Mind-Destroying Traffic" and "Soul-Crushing Commercialism" as the big draws. (YouTube)

Two of the Wizards most hated opposing players of the last few years will join forces in the 2009-10 season. With LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal, the Cavaliers are now officially the Legion of Doom. (Yahoo!)

Kelly Dwyer likes the Wizards trade, kinda: "They're refusing reality. And if you're going to refuse reality, well, might as well have some fun with it." (Ball Don't Lie)

Sean Deveney likes the Wizards trade, a lot, saying they now have "the deepest roster in the Eastern Conference." (The Baseline)

And a dissenting view: "Getting rid of Thomas and Songailia's admittedly bad deals is like using a dixie cup to stop the flooding in a rowboat." (Player Hater's Ball)

Cakes from the Junkies loves the trade and says "don't listen to all the haters." That's you, Chase. (Junkies blog)

The Wizznutzz unveil the concept for their new Randy Foye t-shirt, which is possibly the best t-shirt concept of all time. (Wizznutzz)

Elijah Dukes nearly impales Nick Green with his bat. (Big League Stew)

Ted Leonsis was paying attention at the Nats game. Jake Gyllenhaal wasn't. (Simply Sensational)

A Nats fan (and Bog commenter) directs Red Sox fans to D.C.'s favorite Western-themed gay bar by describing it as a Boston sports hangout. Funny, offensive, or both? (MLB forums)

The Nats dunk tank (to raise money for charity) listed four potential rivals for D.C. baseball fans, three of which are in the AL. Great concept, in any case. (Twitpic via @lpags03)

A suggestion that maybe the DH DL should be used in this particular inter-league series, if you get his drift. (The Nationals Enquirer)

The team's 10 millionth fan entered the park last night, and he was a Nats season-ticket holder. That's called beating the odds. (Nationals.com)

Naturally, David Ortiz's road to recovery paved a street right through Washington. (FanHouse)

Chad Ochocinco has called out former Maryland standout Shawne Merriman via tweets. Merriman responded by saying he's going to "wring [his] neck." Ocho responded with "Child Please." Bengals at Chargers, Dec. 20th. (Shutdown Corner, Pro Football Talk)

Chris Cooley edges Clinton Portis for the NFL's funniest player of the decade. (The Beast)

Bankrupted Six Flags signs a deal with bankrupted Chrysler. (Cheap Seats Daily)

The Redskins new secret weapon against Martellus Bennett and the Cowboys??? Three words: Cap 'N Crunch. (KSK)

George Mason announces its 2009 men's basketball non-conference schedule, which includes home games against Dayton and Creighton and a spot in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off with Georgia Tech and Villanova (and Dayton again). (George Mason Basketball)

If the Penguins had to suffer through this, then maybe not winning the Stanley Cup wasn't so bad. It involves Yanni. (YouTube)

A plea for Northern Virginians to prop up the local teams. (Stet Sports Blog)

Blake Griffin knocks a few more pounds off of Jared Fogle. (Juiced Sports Blog)

Manny Ramirez may have looked like an Isotope, but everyone knew he was still a Dodger. "Today, a shamed drug offender is basking in the national attention and adulation created by the same people who shamed him." (Bill Plaschke)

Best of D.C. Sports Tweets Over the Past 24 Hours

Javaris Crittenton: Put up 700 shots 2day. Repetition+confidence. About 2 head 2 this Beyonce concert at the arena with my cousin, Gil, and the homies.

Mike James: The poor desire riches, The rich desire heavens, The wise desire tranquility.

Drew Storen: On the bus to lake county. Valkrye is the movie of choice on the bus, I think I'm going to choose sleep. (/rip on Daniel Snyder?)

Mike Wise: I know it's crazy, but I'm calling U.S. over Brazil in the Federations Cup final. And you thought Clint Dempsey was done.

(smile)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2009; 7:56 AM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , Caps , MLB , NBA , NFL , Nats , Redskins , Tennis , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Comments

Deep Thoughts by Mike James.

Can't we trade this guy for two basketballs and a shot clock?

Posted by: fushezzi | June 25, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Wise, it's Confederations Cup.

Posted by: boutros23 | June 25, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

"A Nats fan (and Bog commenter) directs Red Sox fans to D.C.'s favorite Western-themed gay bar by describing it as a Boston sports hangout. Funny, offensive, or both?"

The United fans should feel free to use this one next time the Revolution come to DC.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | June 25, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"A Nats fan (and Bog commenter) directs Red Sox fans to D.C.'s favorite Western-themed gay bar by describing it as a Boston sports hangout. Funny, offensive, or both?"

It's pretty funny, although my sympathies go out to the gay people who were needlessly exposed to Red Sox fans.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | June 25, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Northern Virginia is supposed to be held responsible for the attendance of all of the local teams?

Sorry, stet. Pass.

Posted by: sitruc | June 25, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I second Lindemann.

Speaking of bandwagon fans, uh, I mean Red Sox fans, this piece has some very good recommendations, even if it is a year old.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=gallo/080620

Too bad Stan couldn't get any of this merchandise into the team store for the series. Oh well, there's always six years from now.

http://www.cafepress.com/malsdad

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 25, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the dunk tank would make more money if Stan or one of the Lerners were willing to take one for the team.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 25, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

"The Nats dunk tank (to raise money for charity) listed four potential rivals for D.C. baseball fans, three of which are in the AL. Great concept, in any case."

O's - definitely our inter-league rival. Phillies - of course. Red Sox for the purposes of this week. And Yankees for DC history and again, the purposes of this week. At least the Sox money would be going to a great cause in that instance and not to the Lerners.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 25, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I love that story on sending Sox fan's to gay bars.

Posted by: alex35332 | June 25, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Another marketing idea for Danny would be the "Tailgaters Spit on Andy Polley's Car" day.

Oh wait, that's every day.

Posted by: rdpinva | June 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The guy is right about No VA being the backbone of DC area sports. DC isn't big enough to support even a minor league team by itself. Maryland's fan base is split in both baseball and football. Leonsis has said numerous times that the bulk of the Caps support comes from No VA and that is one of the reason they built Kettler in Arlington. DC area sports lives or dies with No. VA.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 25, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that Yanni video...I didn't know something 18 seconds long could be that disturbing. And it's weird that he apparently became some kind of hero for having a concert scheduled in the Igloo during the playoffs and making the teams play back-to-back. But Pittsburgh seems to get away with that (see 2001), so I guess they think they should celebrate it.

Posted by: TheFingerman | June 25, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Is the key to write only positive things about the Nats week not posting anything all day?

Posted by: JLR75 | June 25, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt that the most sizable portions of the attendance for DC sports comes from Northern Virginia. Doesn't that mean the other jurisdictions need to step it up? As for DC not being big enough for a minor league team; DC's population is about 600,000. That is bigger than some major markets. Fairfax County is close to 1.1 million while Montgomery County and Prince George's County both near 1 million. It isn't the responsibility of VA fans to prop up attendance for the rest of the region.

Dan has posted a few times today... just not here.

"Did Nats Fans Send Sox Fans to Gay Bars?"
That doesn't count since it's not on the Bog, right?
http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/the_sporting_blog

Posted by: sitruc | June 25, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I liked the "cowboy up" comment on there best.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 25, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

We already use that position. It's Nick Johnson.

"A suggestion that maybe the DL should be used in this particular inter-league series, if you get his drift."

Posted by: NatsNut | June 26, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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