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D.C. Sports Bog: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Zorn Goes Karate

While I was running around among the fans this morning, longtime Post Redskins photographer John McDonnell noticed yet another Jim Zorn quirk. (Last year, McDonnell had been the first to point out Zorn's sideline football gymnastics, which the coach calls his Worthless Tricks.) Anyhow, the photograph above demonstrates today's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How to Wear a Jersey to Get Autographs

This, I guess, is how you do it. Looks weird, though....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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More Redskins Who Got in Shape

Find me a Redskin, and I'll find you a Redskin in the best shape of his life. Or, at least, one who's dropped some weight. * The owner is in shape. From Adam Schefter's Twitter feed: "After spending some time with Dan Snyder, the one thing I can report is:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Santana Moss: 'I'm Pretty Buff'

Buffed up. (By John McDonnell - TWP) The trend these days is to brag about how much weight you've lost in the offseason, and I'll have more on that in a bit, but Santana Moss went in the other direction this afternoon, saying he hit the weights heavier than...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Portis Explains His Blond 'Do

Earlier this month, some photos surfaced of Clinton Portis, blond hair, blond beard. Seemed like it would be quite the training camp sensation, except Portis had gone back to black in time for the start of camp. "Too much attention," he explained today, if you can believe that. [Luckily,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Zorn Institutes New Dress Code

Standardization. (By John McDonnell - TWP) If I'm being truthful, Redskins practices did look a bit raggedy in the dress-code department last year. There seemed to be no standard practice attire, and many players had their own little quirks, including Clinton Portis, whose quirk was stationing his sweatpants somewhere...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Morning Bog: Willingham Makes Colbert Report

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cSport Report - Tour de France & Robotic Baseballwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTasers How things have changed for the Washington Nationals: the team now makes its way onto Comedy Central programming, and not as the punch line. As, like, the other part of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Jason Taylor Presence

Last year, on the first day of training camp, the Redskins acquired Jason Taylor. "I'm 100 percent positive [Jason Taylor will] play longer than one year," Vinny Cerrato said at the time. This year, on the first day of training camp, the Redskins broke out a large rack of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vick Fans at Skins Camp

Just a tip to anyone in the NFL universe who wants to get on the evening news, or at least the evening blog: wear a Vick jersey and/or bring a Vick sign to training camp. And if you bring Vick a sign the size of a Hummer, so much...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2009; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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How Flip Saunders Almost Became a Terp

(Image from Minnesota media guide.) How was it that Flip Saunders, a slightly undersized high school point guard from Ohio, almost became a Terp in the early '70s? I'll let Lefty Driesell explain. "He was a heckuva player," the Terps legend said of Saunders, now the Wizards' head coach...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 29, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Bog: CSN Host Likes Sausage

Yes, this is immature, but dang did it make me laugh. Anyhow, some more morning links, with help from Max Wasserman. * In a glut of translated interviews, Alex Ovechkin again says he will quit the NHL if the league prevents players from participating in the 2014 Olympics, Ovie...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 29, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nats Fans Pressuring Lerners

Ok, an online petition is one thing, but showing up in the front row of Miller Park with a "Sign Strasburg" sign is something else altogether. Good show, Wisconsin Nats Fans. Just please, keep the "DFA Kearns" sign in your bag. (Thanks to Reader Andrew for the shot.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 28, 2009; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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That Guy Who Snapped His Arm Near Nats Park

[Warning: Sort of gross.] It's a good thing the Nats are on this little run of success. Because otherwise I might have been tempted to suggest that what happened at Battle of the Biceps II last weekend fit in well with this most unnatural of seasons. The event, in its...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 28, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mike James Discusses the Future

By Marcio Jose Sanchez - AP The Wizards likely had more actual NBA players visit Las Vegas during Summer League than any other team. From the five players in uniform (Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, Dominic McGuire, Javaris Crittenton) to the two guys working out in Vegas (Mike...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 28, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kornheiser Getting Ready for Radio Return

In case you haven't read enough about prominent local sports columnists getting radio shows this month, here's another, and it's the big one: Tony Kornheiser plans to bring his radio show back, in late mornings, on ESPN 980, in early September. The news was sort of broken on Twitter by...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 28, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Redskins, Vick Jerseys and WWE

Campbell, McIntosh, Sellers, in the pit. Let's take a break from the Vick soap opera to report on some real sports: pro wrestling....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 28, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Bog: Vick-to-Skins Rumors Started

Well, it was definitely less than 12 hours from Michael Vick's reinstatement before the Vick-to-Ashburn rumors got ramped up to dangerous levels late last night. Hey, at least it'd be a short drive from Norfolk for the PETA folks. Let's recap: 1) Tanner Cooley tweets the following: "Wondering why...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 28, 2009; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Shaq Denied Entrance to White House

Shaq demonstrates The Claw. So last week on The Mike Wise Show, Shaquille O'Neal posed one of the timeless questions of our era: If I show up, unannounced, at the White House, could I get in? Turns out this was no idle speculation. It was an actual bet, between...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ovechkin the DJ

There are perhaps sexier, or certainly better lit photos, from this recent Alex Ovechkin extravaganza. There are photos of Alex Semin with some members of the fairer sex, and of hockey players with bottles of strange liquids, and of Sergei Fedorov in a Tigers hat. But I like this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Midnight Baseball in D.C.

The view from our free seats. As the Nats have filled their savings account with losses in recent years, a few undying optimists, like this author, have suggested that having a baseball team is kind of cool, even if it's a mostly stinky baseball team. Other ice-hearted cynics have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Teddy Wins One

(Photos courtesy Kevin Koski) A couple more notable things about the final Kastles match of the season. 1) Teddy and the male tennis ball mascot Topspin defeated the Bayhawks mascot Hawkeye and the female tennis ball mascot Slice last night. Teddy wins one. Yes, I'll still be doing stuff...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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When Gus Frerotte Was More Popular Than D. Green

There's a temptation to look backward and assume sports fans of decades past were more discerning of true talent, less likely to be blown to and fro by the latest fad, and more certain of their more trustworthybeliefs. But then you see something like the 1997 Best And Worst...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Morning Bog: Batista at the Nats Game

After rushing down to Nats Ark sometime in the hazy post-rain-delay hours Saturday night, I took this photo of WWE superstar Batista with family. I'll write more about that later, but you'll notice he's wearing Nats gear, as are his wife and son. Tell me things aren't trending upward...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2009; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Austin Kearns Gets Emotional

Whatever else you want to say about Austin Kearns, don't try to say he doesn't care. This is a pretty hard interview to turn away from. And if Debbi Taylor had closed with "How much did that game-winning hit mean to you, after what you've gone through over the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 26, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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