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D.C. Sports Bog: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Scenes From Fan Appreciation Day

There was no mass chaos at Redskins Park on Saturday. The team said it more than doubled the number of parking spaces from a year ago, and that Loudoun County tripled the number of officers directing traffic. Fans who came in close to the 1:15 or so start time...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Zorn Remarks Include NFL Red Meat, Traffic Advice

(By Nick Wass - AP) As with most things, a pump-up-the-crowd speech from Jim Zorn is slightly different than a normal pump-up-the-crowd speech. Zorn's, for example, includes traffic advice and a recitation of the NFL playoff schedule. Here are highlights from his remarks before Saturday's Fan Appreciation Day Scrimmage:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A Tricked Out Redskins Car

With all the fuss about Redskins traffic nightmares, I left for the Fan Appreciation scrimmage about five hours early. It took me one hour to get here, exactly what it always does. Luckily, I got a taste of standing in line once I saw this car in the parking...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 8, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Bog: Portis on the Tabloids

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Are there tabloids in D.C.? Have the tabloids been picking on a certain No. 26? Do blogs, message boards and sports-talk radio stations count as tabloids? Here was CP, talking to Larry Michael on ESPN 980 yesterday. The Redskins' Minister of Truth and Accuracy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 7, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A Few More Words About Tony Plush

Tony Plush steals second. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) "We're starting to get into Plush mode," Nyjer Morgan said about an hour before Thursday's Nats matinee. "Starting to get that energy in me, getting ready to go entertain." Ah yes, Tony Plush, what Morgan calls "my better half,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Portis to His Critics: 'Check My Paperwork'

Clinton Portis is in the odd position of being at once the Redskins' most popular and famous player, and having the biggest disrespect complex in the team's locker room. Who exactly, besides Brian Mitchell, has been disrespecting Portis? Jason La Canfora? Mike from Rockviille? ChRiS LaRRy? Anyhow, whoever it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Adam Dunn Used to Play Shortstop

(By Richard A. Lipski - TWP) As I type this, the Nats trail, 6-0. I don't appear to have brought much good luck to this place. I'll go back to staying away soon. Two pieces of conventional wisdom: every Major League Baseball player once played shortstop, and Adam Dunn's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Why Adam Dunn Shakes Josh Willingham's Hand

(Photo by Haraz N. Ghanbari - AP) One item about a Nats celebration not enough for you? Let's go for another. Hey, this team has won four straight; they need every celebration in the book. And so the question, inspired by this video from Nats Nation, goes like this:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Nationals Fun Bunch

(Photos by Gene J. Puskar - AP) With the Nats among the hottest teams in baseball, that means a few things. 1) I can skip going to Redskins practice in favor of a day game at Nats Ark. 2) I can ask players about their victory celebrations. Like this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Bog: David Gregory's Nats Jersey

(Photo via Nats 320) It takes a strong, self-confident man to do this, Mr. Gregory. I'm pretty sure it goes against every modern rule of appropriate jersey usage, but it's impressive nonetheless. Some more morning links, with help from Max Wasserman and Jake DiGregorio. * For at least the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 6, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , What You Need to Know  
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Nyjer Morgan Likes the Nats Colors

(By Evan Vucci- AP) Nyjer Morgan had one of the more enthusiastic answers I've ever heard when asked about being traded to a last-place team. Here's what he said about the issue on The Sports Fix with Loverro and Sheehan last week. "I actually love it," Morgan said. "Just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Brendan Haywood Discusses His Sports Talk Show

Brendan Haywood will make his debut as a sports talk radio host Friday night with a three-hour show on 106.7 the Fan. (Sorry, One-oh-six, sevennnnn, The Faannnnnnn!") This news immediately raised several questions in my mind, none larger than this: Will Brendan Haywood immediately realize which side his sports...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Brown Paper Bag Head at Nats Game

On the one hand, this is awful bitter medicine for a team that's 9-6 over its last 15 games. Yeah, 9-6. That's bandwagon territory. On the other hand, these photos are simply irresistible. Decades later, I don't think any gesture of fan frustration has come close to equaling the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins Uniform Fail

This fine chap's name is Mike Marquardt. The Redskins brought him in this morning to play defensive line. Then they handed him a uniform that...well, it wasn't exactly right. I'm not sure whose fault this was, and I don't want to blame it on the Nationals, so let's just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Redskins Talk Needles, McDonald's, Fruitfulness

Haynesworth and his two knees. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Apparently I've turned into the Larry King of Redskins bloggers. And so, presenting a series of quotes, apropos of nothing. * Colt Brennan to Chick Hernandez: "Over the [past] year I started to feel like I was old, you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Flip Saunders and Vinny Cerrato on Each Other

I've written before about how Vinny Cerrato and Flip Saunders are longtime friends and confidants from their days as assistants at the University of Minnesota. Well, Lindsay Czarniak got the two men to break bread together, leading to one of the better quotes I've ever seen from an NFL...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Bog: Strasburg Fever

If ever there was a time for National optimism, it'd be the night those plucky upstarts come back from four runs down with a six-run rally in the eighth. Sure enough, that was also the night at least two folks showed up with 37 Nats Strasburg shirts. Cottage industry,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Strongest Redskin?

Last offseason, Phillip Daniels attracted headlines for his powerlifting exploits, joining with well-decorated lifting champ Eric Maroscher's Maroscher Powerlifting Team and winning an Illinois state weight class. Then he came back to the Redskins, and in the first play of the first practice, he tore his ACL. "You know...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Training Camp Photos

Because I've been to too many Redskins training camps, some of the background scenery just started to blend in: the people in Backstrom and Varlamov jerseys, the guy with the Gilbert Arenas Arizona jersey, the kids playing seven-on-seven football into crowds of onlookers, the Official Hamburger stands and all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jason Campbell's SI Cover

Just waiting for Wine Spectator and Natural Horse Magazine to do their pieces on the Redskins' quarterback situation. According to the promotional e-mail from SI, Peter King and Jim Trotter write that Jason Campbell "might be under the harshest spotlight of any NFL player as training camps open across...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Faces of Zorn: The Trout Face

Continuing last year's fan favorite theme, it's Faces of Zorn '09. Our first entry was spotted by a WaPo colleague during one of the recent days I skipped, and it came when Jim Zorn was asked about the early returns on the Mike Williams Experiment. His answer: "He's got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Zorn on Popsicles, the Fetal Position and Twitter

A few quick highlights from Jim Zorn's daily bout of mayhem. On hydrating during his playing days: I pre-hydrated. I came from the school of Jack Patera. We didn't have water on the practice field. Ever. Zero. So when you came out, you were definitely pre-hydrated. We worked as hard...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning Bog: Devin Thomas's Tattoos

Chatting at 11:30 or so. Submit questions here. I'll have lots of great answers about moving to new houses in new states and missing crib parts. About sports? We'll see. Devin Thomas has lots of stuff on his body, including a large back tattoo. It reads "Love Live Life."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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DeShawn Dancing, Haywood Hosting, Gilbert Writing

Take a few days away from the Internet to move out of D.C., and the Wizards launch an all-directional media blitz. Above, see the second part of DeShawn Stevenson's adventures in Internet video. There are no emotional breakdowns or crazed bouts with dementia, like some other NBA guards might...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2009; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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That Fan Marriage Proposal at the WTT Finals

(Photos courtesy Bruce Porter) So sure, the WTT Finals were more than a week ago, and the Washington Kastles' victory parade has long since ended. But any time a Washington Capitals cheerleader and an Azerbaijani ice dancer get engaged at a D.C. sporting event, the full story deserves to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 3, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps , Tennis  
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