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Morning Bog: Caps Win July 1

It would be tough for a hockey franchise to have a better July 1 than the Caps had yesterday. There was lots of news, and all of it was positive.

* First off, Alex Ovechkin topped Sports Business Journal's list of active NHL Q ratings, beating Crosby by a couple of points. (Sports Biz Journal, subscription required)

* Then the Caps came in at No. 6 on ESPN's ultimate franchise rankings, leaping a massive 39 spots over the year before. The only ding on the franchise was its title history, but that might not remain a ding for long. The Caps were ranked 11th in fan relations and bang for the buck, 10th in coaching and fifth in ownership. The other local ranks: the Redskins stay at 92, the Nats go from 63 to 97, and the Wiz plummet from 35 to 98. (Ultimate Rankings)

* Then was the Mike Knuble signing. The Caps media relations folks summarized the reaction, and I'll summarize the summary: "Really nice move....good signing....best signing of the day....smart, if subtle, move....a great signing." (Welcome to the Show)

* And he's a certifiable Penguin killa. (Japers Rink)

* Plus, on Canada Day no less, Bruce Boudreau played with his golfing hero Mike Weir and got his picture taken with Tiger. Find me a better July day for the Caps. (Wash Times)

* Speaking of Canada Day, "There's been a lot of Canadian lingo going around today," Shaun Suisham said, "between Mike, Mike's caddie Brennan, Coach Boudreau ... there's even a guy here from TaylorMade who's Canadian." What kind of Canadian lingo? "You'd have to be Canadian to know." (The Redskins Blog)

* Speaking of the golf, there's no better write-up of the Romo-Tiger round than this ESPN.com version, complete with an amazing (for many reasons) quote from local guy and PGA pro Steve Marino:

I don't know what he thinks he's doing, to be honest with you," said PGA Tour veteran and lifelong Redskins fan Steve Marino. "I'm surprised more people weren't out here giving him a hard time, so he could remember that next time he comes into RFK. I guess it kind of makes sense. Tony Romo is more of a media darling than Jason Campbell. But this is Redskins territory; you would think that Tiger would have been playing with Campbell. I don't like it.

Like I said, amazing. (ESPN.com)

* Adrian Fenty's kids are playing in B-CC baseball leagues this summer, because a good D.C. baseball league is hard to find. Not sure if that was a great idea. (Reliable Source)

* Extremely excited to learn that James Lang is on the list of Wiz summer league invites. Also intriguing: Josh Heytvelt from Gonzaga. (Wiz Insider)

* Not a single D.C. athlete makes SI's list of the top 50 U.S. Athlete earners. There's some anonymous dudes on that list, too. (Sports Illustrated)

* We don't need anything to make Scott Boras grumpier: "Someone caused $2,000 in damage to sports agent Scott Boras's Land Rover while he was parked at Bandera Restaurant on Monday evening, police records state." (Corona del Mar Today)

* Veteran NFL writer and ESPN 980 guest Larry Weisman leaves USA Today to become editorial director of the Redskins Media Department. Weisman will start on July 20. Weird. (Redskins.com)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2009; 9:24 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Golf , Media , Nats , Redskins , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Comments

I wish we still played at RFK, even in its current condition.

Posted by: fushezzi | July 2, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Skins have not been right since they left RFK.
If you build it they will come.

Posted by: alex35332 | July 2, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Dan should know 'Canadian lingo.' He's almost Canadian (western NY). Isn't Canadian lingo just "eh," "looney" & "two-ney?"

Posted by: Incredulous2 | July 2, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Everything about the Caps is positive it seems. Unlike the Redskins, Wizards and Nationals.

Posted by: poguesmahone | July 2, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

So we can "Offseason Champs" tees in Caps colors? Haha it says a lot about the franchise when the best day in their history is the first day of free agency!

Posted by: DSEIBEL | July 3, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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