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D.C. Sports Bog: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Nats Fan Ribbing Lerners?

There are a few things that could be going in this reader-submitted photo taken at Saturday night's Nats game. 1) This man is making a political statement concerning his deepest feeling about the Lerner family and its spending habits. 2) This man is attempting to honor the Lerner family...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 18, 2009; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Wizards Lose to Wolves, 89-82

Another dispiriting loss for the Wizards summer leaguers Friday night, as they fell, 89-82, to a Timberwolves team led by electric guard Jonny Flynn, promising rookie Wayne Ellington, and yes, Oleksiy Pecherov. The ending was fairly exciting; after trailing by seven with about two minutes left, the Wiz got two...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 17, 2009; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Meet New Wizards Asst. Don Zierden

Wizards fans aren't likely very familiar with Don Zierden, the former CBA head coach, NBA assistant, and WNBA coach who joined Flip Saunders's staff this spring. Heck, many players still aren't totally familiar with him; they universally call the assistant "Z," and when I asked Nick Young about working with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 17, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DaJuan Summers on the Pistons and the Hoyas

(By Paul Sancya - AP) In his three seasons at Georgetown, DaJuan Summers averaged 9, 11 and 14 points per game. By the end of his junior year, with the Hoyas in some weird freefall, he often looked lost offensively, scoring a total of 19 points in two late-season...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 17, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball , NBA  
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John McEnroe Loses Temper at Kastles Match (UPDATED)

McEnroe and Paes. (All photos courtesy Kevin Koski.) The thing is, whenever the Washington Kastles face the New York Sportimes, you know tensions will flare. I mean, they're the best two teams in World Team Tennis's Eastern Conference, and they just flat out don't like each other. Plus John...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 17, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Tennis  
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Nick Young's Mean Face

After all the hubbub about Flip Saunders saying that Nick Young smiles too much, and Nick's parents defending his happiness, the coach asked the player to make a mean face the other day. You know, just to see if he could do it. This is, approximately, how Young responded....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 17, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Bog: D.C.'s Men of Summer

Some morning links, courtesy of Max Wasserman: * Ryan Zimmerman, Brian Orakpo, and Santino Quaranta are on the cover of this month's issue of Washington Life, available next week. (What, no Leander Paes?) There's a photo shoot as well. (Behind the Badge, Washington Life) * One segment of Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 17, 2009; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , What You Need to Know  
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Blatche Remembers His Shattered Backboard

The Wizards were off Thursday, and will resume Summer League action Friday. Instead of going out and enjoying the 110 weather, I went to watch them practice at Durango High, 15 or so minutes from the strip. A few notes: Durango Like Home The gym has good karma for the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 16, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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On Mike Miller's Pet Monkey, and His Jump Shot

I was chatting with Mike Miller in the lobby of Cox Pavilion the other day as he was swarmed by autograph seekers, and he was telling me how uninteresting he is. "I'm a boring guy who hoops," he said. "All I do is hoop." "I did have a pet...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 16, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wizards Lose to Nuggets, 77-70

Late fourth quarter, last game of the night. If you want to feel the downside of Vegas Summer League basketball, Washington's 77-70 loss to the Denver Nuggets would have been an appropriate game. It was the final contest of the day, and the stands at Thomas & Mack were...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 16, 2009; 1:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Gilbert Buys Obama Chair

For years, Wizards staffers have paraded a museum's worth of basketball memorabilia through the Verizon Center in pursuit of signatures for Gilbert Arenas's collection. Current jerseys. Replica jerseys. Paintings. Basketballs. All items that PR staffers get autographed by visiting players and dignitaries, and then deliver to Gilbert. Dude is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2009; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Nick Young's Parents Discuss His Smiling

Last week, Wiz Coach Flip Saunders said that Nick Young needs to smile less. Michael Jordan, he pointed out, wasn't known for his happy-go-lucky good cheer. Both local papers wrote stories about this. (Post here, Times here) It was an irresistible topic, because Young smiles more than Nicholson's Joker, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Why Andray Blatche Changed Jersey Numbers

Andray Blatche came out for his first Summer League game last night wearing No. 7, instead of his customary No. 32. He said the switch is permanent, and that he'll wear No. 7 all season. So, why 7? "We've got a new coaching staff, we changed a lot, so it's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Jamison Likes Minutes

Washington Times columnist Tom Knott wrote this week that the Wizards' big man deficiencies are overrated, that after Brendan Haywood and Antawn Jamison get their 65 or so minutes, there are only 30 left to distribute to a cast that already includes JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche, plus front-court appearances...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wale Reps the Nats, Again

The last time I remember local hip hop artist and rabid D.C. sports fan Wale going on prominent TV, he was praising the Capitals on ESPN. Last night, he was doing music and not talking sports on Jimmy Fallon, but he did so with a Nats hat, worn non-ironically....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Bog: Nick Young's Vegas Sneaks

Chatting at 11. Submit questions here. This being the slowest sports week of the calendar year, you better be creative. * Here are the sneaks Nick Young wore last night to score 36 points in Summer League. They're Kobes, and they're not in approved Wizards colors, so he won't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 15, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Terps , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Obama Disses the Nationals

There are certain steps one must take to become an official member of the Washington D.C. community. You have to choose a house of worship, and schools for your kids. You have to complain about tourists, and about traffic on the Beltway, and about the humidity, and about the lack...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Blatche More Comfortable With Saunders

With the Wizards Summer League team ahead by double digits in the second half tonight, Andray Blatche turned to Antawn Jamison, who was watching from the bleachers. "'Tawn, I've got your numbers," said Blatche, who was on his way to a double-double. "Nope," said Jamison with a laugh. "I'm looking...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wizards Beat Cavs, 96-93

It's tough to judge much of anything from Summer League basketball. As one veteran NBA writer said tonight, you don't get too many chances to waltz to the basket past an undrafted Jamont Gordon in front of a few hundred ambivalent fans once the season starts. And things are just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Blatche In, McGuire out

Mild surprise out here in Vegas, as Dominic McGuire emerged from the locker room of the Thomas & Mack Center in street clothes, and Andray Blatche came out in uniform. The team can only dress four NBA vets, and JaVale McGee, Javaris Crittenton, Nick Young and Blatche will fill those...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Afternoon Bog: Riggleman's HS Pic, and The Fan

Via the greatest. A few quick notes from Vegas.... * See Jim Riggleman's high school yearbook photo. Read his high school baseball team's rallying cry: "Thunder, Thunder, Thunderation, we're the Rockets Delegation/When we fight with determination, we create a soul sensation!" If he gets Dmitri to sing that, he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media , Mystics , Nats , Redskins  
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Morning Bog: Flip on LeBron

I'm on a plane heading to Las Vegas for a few days of Wizards Summer League excitement. What I'll do there, aside from throwing away most of my life savings while betting on WNBA games, I'm not exactly sure. In the meantime, a few quotes, Wiz and otherwise. Flip Saunders,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 14, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Hello, and Goodbye, to James Lang

James Lang, pre-weight loss. Hardly looks the same. (2006 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP) When James Lang came back from his traveling basketball life, back from Israel and Provo, Utah and a whole bunch of other places and back to D.C., he saw Caron Butler. Caron almost didn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Jim Riggleman Talks About His New Job

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Nats interim manager Jim Riggleman has strong roots in suburban Washington and Western Maryland, from attending high school at Richard Montgomery to going to Frostburg State (where he's a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame) to having family members sprinkled from Mount Airy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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The Mike Gazda Rizzo Press Conference

Noted without comment. (Well, here's one comment: Mike Gazda is actually the Nats director of baseball media relations. Mike Rizzo is serving as interim GM. And you're right, I'm a lowlife pondscum for doing stuff like this to other media organizations when I've made so very many high-profile mistakes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Nationals Letter to Fans

The Nationals sent out this e-mail a few minutes ago. TO: Fans of the Washington Nationals No one is more dissatisfied in the first half of the 2009 Washington Nationals season than we are. Like you, we had hoped that some of our younger players would have matured faster and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Bog: Take Photo of Cooley, Get Punched

Cell phone pic by Rachel Nichols, who presumably didn't get punched. There are many fascinating aspects to Chris Cooley's writing debut for Sports Illustrated. The revelation that he talks to kickers during practice about "Barack Obama staring down girls' backsides." The throwaway line about "a holder's chubby, jittery hands,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Terps , What You Need to Know  
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Nats End First Half With Intentional Balk

Twice last week, I wrote that one of the reasons you have to keep watching this baseball team is because of the chance "that you'll see something the universe has never seen before." I'm not sure if an intentional walkbalk qualifies, but it's something I had never seen, anyhow....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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D.C. is America's Coaching Graveyard (Cont.)

D.C.'s two grizzled coaching veterans. A little more than a month ago, I described the District as America's coaching graveyard, pointing out that the coaches of D.C.'s NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB franchises had the lowest combined tenure of any of the 10 cities with one (and only one)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 13, 2009; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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