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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 of the, 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 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. (

* 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. (

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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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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