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D.C. Sports Bog: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Nationals Frighten Houston

Because the previous post was so obviously unfair, especially on what was clearly a positive night, here's something else. Step back and celebrate a Nats breakout that allows us all to breathe another sigh of "I knew they weren't that bad." This photo brings back memories of April and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2009; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Nationals Concert Fail

UPDATE: The piano was fixed. Elton returned. Please disregard the rest of this entry. Look, the Nationals are not responsible for every pedal-pounding thing that happens in their ballpark. Pianos can, and probably do, malfunction at every musical venue in the world. The Nats FAIL campaign is trite, hackneyed,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 11, 2009; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Morning Bog: Earl Weaver's Philosophy and Dmitri's Belly

(AP file photo) Some morning links, with help from Max Wasserman. * Sports Illustrated included Earl Weaver in its latest Where Are They Now issue. That means a new interview, in which Weaver apparently says he's never heard of Moneyball and describes his baseball philosophy like this: "Team speed?"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 10, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Orioles , Redskins , Terps , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Rob Dibble on the Nats: "It's Pathetic"

Rob Dibble keeps talking, and I keep typing. You won't often hear the home team's official broadcaster say things like this: "This isn't a Major League baseball team I'm watching out here....It's pathetic. I've never seen a team that is ok with losing....Some guys are mailing it in, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2009; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Rob Dibble's Posterior Tattoo

For the third time this week, let me write these words: you have to keep watching this baseball team every night because of the chance that you'll see something the universe has never seen before. Today, of course, it was Joel Hanrahan getting a win thanks to a run scored...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2009; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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When They Were Champs: The '83 Redskins

(1983 AP photo) To help us get through the slow-as-Jansen summer blogging season, each Thursday until Skins training camp begins I'll post a little something from The Post archives concerning a past DMV championship moment. Memories and requests for future championship moments are welcomed. Previously: the '78 Bullets, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Pistons, a GW Castoff, and a 1-27 Season

(By Carlos Osorio - AP) From a national perspective, the most interesting things about the hiring of John Kuester as the Detroit Pistons' head coach were his lack of NBA experience and his unknown name. From a local perspective--or, at least, for longtime locals--his hiring was about 1988-1989, when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Basketball , NBA  
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Morning Bog: Malcolm Delaney Saw LeBron Get Dunked On

Here's a local connection to the neverendingly pleasing story of LeBron getting dunked on: Baltimore's own Malcolm Delaney, from Virginia Tech, was at the camp and was a witness. Here's from his Twitter feed: YES LEBRON GOT DUNKED ON... FACE @ FACE WIT @ HANDS N IT WAS NASTY.. I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 9, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Tennis , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Preliminary WJFK Sports Talk Lineup

Through months of rumors, radio listeners have wondered whether the D.C. sports talk market is big enough to support two full-time stations. We're about to find out. With WJFK 106.7 set to flip to sports talk on July 20, multiple industry sources have confirmed this preliminary lineup: 6-10: The Junkies...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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Kastles Coach Guarantees a Win Tonight

Venus with Darrell Green. (By Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP) "We're gonna start winning tomorrow, and I guarantee it," Washington Kastles Coach Murphy Jensen said over the PA system last night, after D.C.'s World Team Tennis franchise made like the Nats in losing to Philly at home and dropping...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Tennis  
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Michael Vick in a (Sort of) Redskins Uniform?

(Photo by Neil Greenberg) I was at the Takoma Park Fourth of July parade over the weekend, and just like always, the Washington Chiefs briefly fooled me into thinking they were the Washington Redskins when they marched past. Dang, but those jerseys look sort of familiar, no? And then...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Minor League Football , Redskins  
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Some Final Words From Oleksiy Pecherov

Oleksiy Pecherov had something of a cult following in this town for a guy who hardly played. There were plenty of reasons: He was friendly as heck. His accent was easy on the ears. His basketball skills were legitimately enticing. His name was hard to spell. He was extremely...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tennis , Wizards  
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Morning(ish) Bog: LeBron Gets Dunked On

Photo via here. I don't care how many outlets repeat this story of Nike confiscating a video tape of LeBron getting dunked on at his basketball camp; that story made this day a good one. Gilbert might have six broken knees and 13 broken elbows, but a guy who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Gary Williams Discusses Greivis's Predictions

(By John McDonnell - TWP) "I'm going to go with that we're going to win the ACC regular-season title and the league tournament," Greivis Vasquez told Fox Sports's Jeff Goodman last week, when baited into asked for a 2010 prediction. "The league is so open and I have a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Media , Terps  
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How the Nats Lost Last Night

Yesterday evening, I wrote that one of the reasons you have to keep watching this baseball team every night is because of the chance "that you'll see something the universe has never seen before." That was well-timed. "In a weird, out of body experience way, I'm glad I got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 8, 2009; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Leonsis Responds to Obama's Ovie Talk

President Obama's praise of Alex Ovechkin managed to become an actual news story today, with mentions on Politico, The Hill, NHL.com, MSNBC, Le Monde, and pretty much every other news source that covers the world. Ted Leonsis was traveling today, but I e-mailed him a rough transcript of what went...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 7, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , Mystics  
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Rizzo: "We Are Not Trading Adam Dunn"

There are plenty of reasons to watch every Nats game this season. The starting pitchers. The chance that you'll see something the universe has never seen before. Rob Dibble. A vain hope that more hot dogs will explode. And, of course, the chance to watch Adam Dunn. He is, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 7, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Trent Shelton is the King of D.C. Sports Twitter

Pro Football Talk had a little item today about Twitter and the NFL, explaining that "in an industry where the men who play the game compete with each other regarding cars and wives and salaries and, um, foot size, there's a new -- and very public -- tool for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 7, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Obama Calls Ovechkin "Outstanding"

Barack Obama made it through this year's Washington Capitals playoff run without setting foot in Verizon Center, at least when the sheet of ice was down. I don't think we'll be able to say the same thing next spring. Speaking to students at Moscow's New Economic School this morning,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 7, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Morning Bog: Rise of the McGee

Some morning links, courtesy Max Wasserman and Jake DiGregorio. Also, I'm chatting at 11. Submit questions here. * JaVale McGee is apparently a big fan of Transformers, and he has this fairly remarkable "Rise of the McGee" video to show for it. If this video isn't the one that opens...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 7, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Signature Calls: Buckhantz Talks "Dagger!"

Introducing another new summer feature: local broadcasters talking about their catchphrases. Up first, of course, is Steve Buckhantz. Steve Buckhantz doesn't remember when he started bestowing Dagger! calls on game-winning shots. He doesn't remember the first shot that earned such an exclamation, and he doesn't remember exactly where he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 6, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Wizards to WJFK

With WJFK 106.7 set to turn to a sports-talk format before the end of the month, the CBS Radio-owned station has started collecting sports properties. First up were the Wizards; their games will appear on WJFK for at least the next two seasons, multiple industry sources confirmed today. WJFK remains...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 6, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Nyjer Morgan's Gentleman's Name

(By Luis M. Alvarez - AP) Most Nats fans already know this, but I didn't, so I'm going to write it. Here is the transcript of the interview with Rocco DeMaro in which Nyjer Morgan, who is preordained to read the words "fan favorite" at every stop in his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 6, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Nationals Spelling Fail

Look, no one ever said spelling was easy. Although I'd argue that "Cristian" is trickier than "Thursday." Also, it's a good thing I originally labeled the Natinals episode a Uniform Fail rather than a Spelling Fail, because there's no set policy for repeated categories. Another reason it's a good...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 6, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Keane Are Nats Fans

For all you might say about the '09 Nats, the franchise is culturally relevant. Yeah, there was at least one Nats hat on stage during the BET awards show, and then there's this: "I was watching a re-run of Jimmy Fallon last night (I know, there was nothing else...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 6, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Bog: A Near Nats Fireworks Fail

Had the Nats gone on to lose yesterday afternoon, the Fireworks Fail would have been so agonizingly perfect that the rest of the Fail Campaign would have to have been called off, because you can't mess with perfection like that. It's like talking during a perfect game. A premature...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 5, 2009; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , Golf , Media , Nats , Redskins , Tennis , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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