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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 fireworkulation, followed by a walk to Chipper Jones, followed by a game-winning home run; that's the stuff of legend. They'd have talked about that for as long as this franchise exists.

But they won, and so it goes from Historical Fail to humorous side-note on the path to a two-game winning streak, complete with humorous quotes from both teams.

"I turned around to [manager] Manny [Acta], I said 'You got one more pitch, bro,' " Jones said.

"We've got to win a little more," catcher Josh Bard said, "for [the fireworks operators] to get some practice."

(Image via Nationals Enquirer)

Some more links, courtesy of Max Wasserman and Jake DiGregorio

* Skins fans ask Tiger to put Clinton Portis in his four-some next time he comes to D.C. Tiger's response: "Sounds good." (Hogs Haven)

* Video of Tiger interviewing himself after winning at Congressional. He was more chatty to himself than he was to the Skins fans. (YouTube)

* The Caps, Wiz and Nats are all "looking at having conversations with WJFK about what they may have to offer the local pro teams," according to Jim Williams. "It is very likely that WJFK will be able to score one of the three teams to anchor their play-by-play programming." (Examiner)

* The Caps get a B+ for their performance in the free-agent frenzy. Positives: Signing Mike Knuble. Negatives: Michael Nylander's still there. (Puck Daddy)

* Adam Dunn is one of the ultimate all-star game snubs. Meanwhile, Cristian Guzman, who is now the Nats' No. 6 hitter, is up for the final roster spot? (FanHouse)

* A Q and A with a Nats ballgirl. She's asking the Q's. (Beltway Blonde's Blog)

* Analyzing the Wiz summer league roster. (Ridiculous Upside)

* One of Caron Butler's childhood friends records a track, Hoop Dreams, based on Caron's childhood. (The Hoop Doctors, MySpace)

(Flickr photo by Tiffany Bridge)

* Personal biography demands that I note the following: tourists on the Mall this weekend were able to pose for photos with an Abraham Lincoln statue carved out of a 1,000-pound block of Cheddar cheese. (We Love DC, Green Bay Press Gazette)

* Speaking of food and the holiday, here's an excellent photo gallery of hot dog eating photos, and Dan Levy's ode to the bacon burger dog. (Deadspin, On the DL)

* My first college editor takes over Jeff Pearlman's blog. (

* Three members of the Washington Kastles were involved in Wimbledon finals this weekend. The two without their own clothing line--Leander Paes and Rennae Stubbs--lost their finals. Paes and his partner were upset in the mixed doubles final while Stubbs fell to her Kastles teammate Serena in the women's doubles final. The two still have a combined 15 grand slam doubles
titles--and one Olympic bronze medal. (Wimbledon XD, Wimbledon WD)

* Speaking of the Kastles, I can't remember if I noted this, but they traded for Olga Puchkova, who once told the Charlottesville paper that she had been engaged to Alex Ovechkin. (Puck Daddy)

Best D.C. Sports Tweets From the Weekend

Jim Bowden: Congrats to Ryan Zimmerman, "Hey now, you're an All Star..put your game on!!!!!" Drafted, signed and developed by Nats!!! 1st of many trips.

Jim Bowden: When Milledge finally moves to Left Field where he belongs, he and McCutcheon will give Pirates fans alot of fun at the top o lineup.

Jim Bowden: Giants working on deals for Nick Johnson, Aubrey Huff or Adam LaRoche....with that rotation.....they have a great shot for the wildcard!

Jim Bowden: Moonshadows in Malibu Beach by the tiki Bar is still one of my favorite West Coast spots to watch Sunday Night Baseball w Jon, Joe and Steve

Jim Bowden: Josh Hamilton starting over Torri Hunter? Puhlease! We need to change the process..congrats to my son Chase who met President Obama today!

Barry Svrluga: Tiger on DC: "The only thing I haven't done here is go to a Skins game yet."

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 5, 2009; 7:35 AM ET
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The Wash-Nats were just paying homage to the P-Nats, who had a fireworks fail at the top of the 9th on July 4 (still in need of 3 outs). They went on to win the game. After the game, some guy in Armor Alls and a batting helmet ran the bases and slid head first into home, to the delight of several P-Nats players. He must have lost a bet.

J-Zimm should pose with the cheese-prez.

p.s. You might want to ask Nyjer Morgan about his gentleman and deejay alter-egos.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 6, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Jim Bowden is a twit...ter addict.


Posted by: alex35332 | July 6, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Zimm - but I can't think of anything more ridiculous in the world of sports than the MLB All-Star Game. It reminds me of playing in the backyard as a 7 year old, making up the rules to a game as you go.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 6, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE get the Caps play by play on WJFK, 1500 AM sucks! The Wiz are already on ESPN 980, so that's okay.

Posted by: rachel216 | July 6, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I am sad about the death of WJFK and the end of a entire genre of radio, last "guy talk/shock jock" station in the US on FM. I do think the Nats and Caps need a radio station though. Its a joke that I can walk to Nats park in 5 minutes but cannot get a signal from their radio station.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 6, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't listen to shock jock stations but would agree that the Nats need to get back on FM radio. 1500 AM barely comes in at night where I live, and it's not crystal clear during the day. Just checked and WJFK does come in well here (Fairfax County).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 6, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I think 1500 AM does a terrific job with the Caps games, much better than WTEM did when it had the games. I know it all comes down to the dollars, but I hope the Caps stay put. Also, I think Tiger Woods has jumped the shark. BBBBoooorrrriiiinnnngggg............

Posted by: poguesmahone | July 6, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Yea, I'm late to the party but ... was that Abe carved out of guv'ment cheese?

And who ****ing cares what Jim Bowden is twittering about? The guy is as past tense as "Natinals uniform fail" (and I think you have special insight into how doornail-dead that one is already Right, Stein?)

Posted by: ihatewalks | July 6, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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