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D.C. Sports Bog: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Greg Blache Blows Up At Trevor Matich

I heard from a reader the other day who was concerned that some of the team's quote machines, like defensive mastermind Greg Blache, have been a little bit off their game this summer. Well, put those concerns in a lockbox somewhere, because Blache was on slinging the verbal darts...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Skins Secondary Not Worried About Pats Points

Photo by Brian Murphy. "DeAngelo, has any receiver ever worn you out the way Randy was doing in the first quarter tonight?" came the question from a beat reporter Friday evening. DeAngelo Hall smiled, and turned around to find Carlos Rogers. "Did you hear this question?" he asked Rogers....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2009; 2:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Colt Brennan Feels the Love

Photo by Brian Murphy. When Colt Brennan's first series Friday night ended with a goal-line interception that the Patriots returned for a touchdown, the jokes started. Press box jokes about Chase Daniel jerseys going on sale. Internet jokes about how Colt would need to be gelded. At that point,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2009; 1:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Haynesworth Describes His Hit On Brady

Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth chased Tom Brady from Friday's game with a pretty solid hit, landing hard on the golden boy quarterback. Asked about the hit after the game, Haynesworth was his typical self: quiet, reserved, considered and witty. "I mean, it wasn't like I was hitting Gisele or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 29, 2009; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning Bog: Tony Plush's Broken Hand

When Nyjer Morgan was at the ESPN Zone last week, he was asked at least twice about his penchant for the head first slide. Emcee Charlie Slowes asked him if he wouldn't please consider the feet first variety. "Nah, not happening," Tony Plush said. "Headfirst, I just feel like...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 28, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Media , Nats , Redskins , What You Need to Know , Wizards  
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Who's D.C.'s Most Popular Athlete?

Two of the candidates. (By Evan Vucci - AP) Three years ago, Mike Wise wrote a column, dubbing Clinton Portis D.C.'s most popular athlete, ahead of Gilbert and Ovechkin. Two years ago, I did a similar Top Six list, leading with the same three names as Wise, but in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Riggo Discusses Twitter and the Skins

Two men on Twitter. (2002 photo by John McDonnell - TWP The best part of John Riggins's early experiments with Twitter? That I had to ask him for some mild help understanding his 140-character blasts. Even as every athlete plus their fourth cousin has started twittering, there haven't been...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Faces of Zorn: The Rabach Scowl

Jim Zorn has the most expressive press conferences I've ever seen from an NFL coach, or from any coach in any sport. That's why Faces of Zorn usually works pretty well; his face (and arms, and torso) can pretty much tell the story. But in this case, they're entirely...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Bog: More D.C. Cross-Sport Love

Continuing yesterday's theme, here are more D.C. athletes and fans expressing love and support for their different-uniformed friends. * Caron Butler declines an invitation to visit Vikings training camp, saying "I'm a Redskins fan, I can't do that." (He also says Gilbert looks "spectacular.") (Outlet) * That dude who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2009; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Redskins' Best Outside Shooter

Best shooter. (2006 photo by John McDonnell - TWP) When DeAngelo Hall was talking about his high school basketball excellence earlier this week, he added, nonchalantly, that he was clearly the best overall athlete on the Skins. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the best at every discipline, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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On Doug Flutie, Chris Meidt and Chase Daniel

Height differences. (Training camp photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP) When Chris Meidt was a teenage football star, his idol was Doug Flutie. Posters of the Boston College star covered Meidt's walls. And when people asked how he could possibly be a successful quarterback at 5-foot-10, Meidt would...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Chase Daniel, Not Daniels

So I'd argue that this "Chase Daniels" thing needs to be stomped out pretty quickly. In the days since the Missouri QB suddenly made the Redskins' third-string QB race into the hottest D.C. sports story since the Redskins' second-string QB race, we've seen repeated references to "Chase Daniels" in blog...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Nick Adenhart the Skins Fan

Courtesy of the Skins Blog. As I've previously mentioned, I met Nick Adenhart a few times when he was in high school and I was working on a story about his baseball prospects, and then about his arm injury. That made me feel like I knew him a little...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lerner Bunny Ears, and Dibble on Riggleman

(Weirdly warped photo via here.) So Mark Lerner did an interview with MASN's Debbi Taylor from Wrigley Tuesday night, and some fine resident of the Friendly Confines saw fit to decorate his head with bunny ears. Try that to Daniel Snyder, and he'd buy WGN immediately. As for what...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Livo Memories

The first pitch. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Last night's Livan Hernandez re-signing immediately made me scroll through some stories from April of 2005. Not that long ago, really--the stories are still on the Web, which really ruins the image of a dusty trip to the archives--but golly,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Morning Bog: Zimmerman Reps D.C. United

Since one of the D.C. Sports Bog's memes is "local athletes supporting other local pro teams," we have to start the morning with Ryan Zimmerman doing a promo for D.C. United. I'm sure the Nats will Win Trophies soon. And next, I'd like to see Ovechkin with the Barra...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Devin Thomas Has a Wheelchair and a Grill

The wide receiver-defensive back wars continued Tuesday afternoon, as Devin Thomas brought a wheelchair outside Redskins Park and waited while Fred Smoot addressed the media. (Note: This was all in jest. Please do not use this item as an excuse to malign the football prospects of Devin Thomas. Thank...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Should Patriots.Com Be Using This Photo?

Obviously there was no harm intended here, and I'm not even sure whether it's inappropriate or not. But it sure is jarring to go to the home page of Patriots.com and see this image. (UPDATE: Image changed to Randy Thomas. All's well.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Zorn Offers More Campbell Praise

Number of Redskins-devoted media members + D.C. obsession with quarterback play + Jim Zorn's willingness to talk + Jason Campbell's scant preseason playing time + nothing else going on in D.C. sports = a situation in which the head coach daily answers more questions about his quarterback than Campbell has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Faces of Zorn: "Ooaach" Exasperation

Continuing Faces of Zorn, '09, we turn to last Sunday's morning-after press conference, typically the weekly source of the best Zorn faces. Jim Zorn was asked whether it matters if his first team offense scores a touchdown. He said that yes, of course it matters. Then he said this....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DeAngelo Hall vs. J.J. Redick and Barack Obama

(Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here.) DeAngelo Hall has done a pretty fine job endearing himself to D.C. fans, making plays on the field, not making a ruckus off it, and repeatedly proclaiming his love of this franchise and this area. But just in case that wasn't good enough,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Morning Bog: Caps Prospect's Workout Routine

The first thing I thought when I saw this video of Caps prospect Anton Gustafsson working out with shaved head, missing tooth and full red body suit was that he should hang out at Nats Park with Green Man. The second thing I thought was that he should collaborate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Chase Daniel and Colt Brennan, Two Days Later

Earlier in the preseason. (By Evan Vucci - AP) Since the last time they stood on the practice field together, Colt Brennan and Chase Daniel's names have been linked in a new way: the Either/Or, Colt or Chase, Brennan or Daniel, Cult or Church. After Daniel threw two touchdowns...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Stephon Heyer Stepped on Mike Sellers

What it feels like to be stepped on by Stephon Heyer. (By Susan Walsh - AP) When Mike Sellers was rolling around on the ground Saturday night, grabbing his knee and screaming, I was thinking the worst. Ok, not the worst worst--he seemed clearly to be still alive--but something...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Kasten and Rizzo Discuss the Green Man

Thanks to Cathy Taylor, we have video of Saturday night's dancing Green Man from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame. More importantly, we have comment from Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo. "I'm gratified that Nats Park is a place where you can come, where stuff like that is going...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sizzling Preseason Kicker Battle Sizzles

The Redskins' only field-goal attempt of the preseason. (By Pablo Martinez Monsivais - AP) During a radio appearance before the Skins' preseason opener, I said one of the positional battles that most interested me this month was the one between placekickers Shaun Suisham and Dave Rayner. Boy, was I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins QBs: Find the Preseason Positive

Throw straighter. (By Kenneth Lambert - AP) Sure, it seemed a little jarring to hear Jim Zorn praise Jason Campbell's 1-for-7 performance, both at halftime Saturday night and again during his Sunday news conference. Zorn's gist was that, numbers aside, Campbell made the right decisions, audibled well, led a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Green Man and Leg Man at Nats Park

Green Man dancing in Nats Park pre-shorts Cathy Taylor aka Miss Chatter writes: Who expected to attend Saturday night's Nats game and get a show more befitting an upstairs stage at the Kennedy Center or a comedy club? Baseball purists scorned while those looking for entertainment soaked it up....

By misschatter  |  August 24, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Marko Mitchell is Lanky Livingston

Lanky. (By John McDonnell - TWP) As you might have noticed, Fred Davis celebrated his first professional touchdown with the Stanky Leg. As you probably didn't notice, Marko Mitchell celebrated his first professional touchdown by flashing double Ls with both hands as he ran toward the Redskins sideline. "When...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Morning Bog: Forget Strasburg, Sign Lerner

Nationals Pride photo. On a weekend filled with glorious local sporting events, I'm not sure I've seen more captivating images than these shots of Mark Lerner shagging flies at Nationals Pride. The shades, the wrist band, the cleats, the, um, full baseball uniform. Yeah. Can you imagine what would...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Colt Brennan Discusses His Interception

Score another one for new media, as Tanner Cooley gets one of the best post-game interviews you'll ever see with a third-slash-fourth string NFL quarterback. Colt Brennan put on a brave face for the pack of writers, at least when I was around, but if you think his second...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2009; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Fred Davis, His Improvement and the Stanky Leg

(By Brian Murphy - Homer McFanboy) A week ago, there was no man more discouraged in the Redskins locker room than Fred Davis. Having gotten this far in his football career without ever acquiring a reputation for bad hands, he seemed completely shocked that he had fumbled twice in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2009; 12:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Chase Daniel: Two TDs and a Missing Mouthpiece

(By Greg Fiume - Getty) Chase Daniel's first NFL snap was a near disaster. He wears the sort of old-school plastic mouthguard that you boil right down on the field, and he was wearing it in the bottom of his mouth, so that his teammates could understand him in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2009; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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