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Morning Bog: The Cooleys Burn a Cow

Some morning links, with an assist to Max Wasserman and Jake DiGregorio. Also, I'm chatting at 11, live from beautiful Congressional Country Club, which always makes me a feel a tad uncomfortable, extreme privilege making my eyelids twitch. Sure is purty though. Submit questions here.

* Reason 4,671(b) why the Internet was invented: so fun-loving NFL tight ends from Wyoming can post photographs of the cows they set on fire, under made-in-journalism-heaven headlines like "Cow Fire." This is just a perfect, perfect, impossible-to-top use of the medium by Chris Cooley. And yes, the cow was already dead. (The Cooley Zone)

* In a case of media imitating life, Brian Mitchell had a workout tryout with Philadelphia's WIP and could be making the move to the world of Philly sports talk. "Where we might potentially use him is yet to be determined but the feedback from our listeners has been tremendous," the station manager told Moving the Chains. His outrage meter will actually seem pretty modest up there. Also, watch out, Brian Westbrook. (Moving the Chains via PFT)

* Chris Horton chats about how he stuffs his hair into his helmet, how he doesn't know the words to "Hail to the Redskins," and how Jim Zorn is "a California dude." He also says this, about his nicknames:

One of them is Kanye. After the Saints game, Westbrook called me that, because of the song "Can't tell me nothing." He was saying no one could tell me nothing as a rookie after a sort of breakout game. So that's where that came from. Fred Smoot calls me K-Hort, just being new school and calling Chris with a K.

Call me Dan with a Q. (

* Skins linebacker Robert Henson's wife on why he got picked by D.C.: "Well, Vinny Cerrato's sister goes to the same church as our family." Works for me. Also, Ethan Albright came up to the rookie and said "You better punch that damn A-gap or if you don't I'm gonna punch your ass. I'm a 16-year vet and I'm not going to be running down the field chasing somebody because you made a mistake." Jeez, Ethan, really? Who knew? (Hogs Haven)

* The D.C. Divas' power rating somehow fell from No. 1 in the East to No. 2 after winning a playoff game, and thus while they ended the season atop their conference, they'll go on the road for the conference finals. This is a layup for easily outraged columnists. Skip, got anything? (Cheap Seats Daily)

* Backup receiver Trent Shelton is selling a new t-shirt. (Twitpic)

* Craig Robinson's Flip Flop Fly Ball is an awesome website if you're a fan of baseball, math, and pretty graphs. Amongst the humorous and eye-catching posters is one chronicling the history of Nationals and Senators teams in DC, all of them bad. ("Up to and including the 2008 season, the combined win-loss totals for D.C. teams is 5,955-8,492; that's a win percentage of .412." And 2009 may not be helping. (Flip Flop Fly Ball's D.C. page)

* The 1952 Senators, with a team batting of .239, fielded one of the worst lineups ever to be no-hit. (Hardball Times)

* If you don't have plans tonight, DC United will be playing a US Open Cup match at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds (which is a fun place to watch a game by the way). DCU, which won the Cup last year, will be hosting the Ocean City Barons--a team of amateurs. It's just like "Pros vs. Joes," except fewer people care. (Behind The Badge)

* Congressional may be grabbing all the headlines this week, but don't forget about that other golf course that used to host a tournament. Avenel--now called TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm--has completed its renovation and is looking to no longer be the Oates to Congressional's
Hall. Or, as Barker Davis put it, "The girl next door has a sexy new look." (Washington Times)

* The New York Times places Maryland football at number 66 out of 120 teams in its college football preview. Of course, that still probably high enough to win six games and earn a trip to the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (The Quad)

* A 13-year old kid commits to play football at Tennessee, and crotchety old sports columnists poise even more outraged fingers over even more outraged keyboards. (The Sporting Blog)

* It's finally time for William & Mary to choose that mascot. (Deadspin)

* ESPN's summer filling programming this year will involve "athlete vignettes about their favorite event to attend and/or play in." Not a one involves D.C. sports on the surface, but you have to figure Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "Play in the NFL" dream is really about playing for the Redskins. That's on July 9, and the way he's running, he should probably stay away. (Awful Announcing)

* From the press release: "The Washington Kastles have completed a blockbuster trade sending their second and third round picks, Angela Haynes and CoCo Vandeweghe, to the Sacramento Capitals for Rennae Stubbs, the reigning 2008 World TeamTennis Female MVP and 2008 Championship Finals MVP, and Olga Puchkova," who models on the side. (Kastles PDF)

* Lebowski Fest is coming to D.C. (Lebowski Fest)

Best D.C. Sports Tweets From the Past 24 Hours

Rocky Mcintosh: Luv the Washingtonpost articles and how they portray me.That's why I don't talk to their guys!!!! But they always give me fuel for the fire

DeAngelo Hall: Okay so Every Monday for the next 4 weeks! I will go Live on Twitter for DHall Fan Appreciation Day! Spread Word Skins Nation!!

Michael Jenkins: Only covering Tiger Woods and his tournament could make me get up this early. That, and maybe donuts.

Jim Larranaga: Nearing 1,000 followers. Didn't know there were that many people with free time. Must be these pearls of wisdom I'm writing.

Gary Williams: excuse me! i was trying to say Yao is done forever! how do you fix that?????

Chris Needham: How mentally ill does a person have to be to continue to watch this team? stupid nats. i'm sick

Kevin Reiss: Dibble: "This isn't the same team. It's evolving." Wake me when the Nats get around to leaving the primordial ooze.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2009; 7:46 AM ET
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I read Cooley's intentions yesterday, but I figured there was no way. I was wrong.
The NYT rankings are a joke.
I'll be at the US Open Cup match.

Posted by: sitruc | June 30, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The Skins have a nation?

Posted by: WorstSeat | June 30, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"DCU, which won the Cup last year, will be hosting the Ocean City Barons--a team of amateurs. It's just like "Pros vs. Joes," except fewer people care."

Booooo, Dan, boooooo - I expect another nice crowd at the Soccerplex tonight. Sure, it's only 5,000 max, but it's great to see the team play in a small setting. And there's a beer garden now! And the Barons are bringing 3 bus loads of fans - that's certainly more people than Pro's v Joe's viewing audience.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 30, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

* The New York Times places Maryland football at number 66 out of 120 teams in its college football preview. Of course, that still probably high enough to win six games and earn a trip to the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (The Quad)

By Dan Steinberg | June 30, 2009; 7:46 AM ET

What a joke. Maryland's football team has been to a bowl game 3 straight years and barely missed out on the ACC championship in 2 out of those last 3 seasons. This year, the Terps are loaded with experience.

They return a very good QB who will be entering his 3rd year as a starter in Chris Turner--the very first time in the Ralph Friedgen era that has happened--who is the most experienced QB in the ACC. The Terps also return a plethora of weapons on offense including first team All ACC running back Da'Rel Scott, who is just a junior. On D they have most of their starters returning, including one of the best linebackers in the nation in junior Alex Wujciak.

NY Times is fishwrap.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 30, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

One thing I forgot to point out--did the NY Times even bother looking at MD's schedule. Very favorable this year. If they can get by California in the first week (a team they destroyed last year), then there's a chance they could start out 8-1 or even 9-0. If not, I still like them to get out of the gates with at least a 7-2 start and be right in the thick of things come November.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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