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D.C. Sports Bog: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

In Which I Defend The Redskins

Ok, I'm not really defending the Redskins. But with the onslaught now in full pitchfork mode, I feel like we should at least keep our facts straight. UPDATE: This headline was sort of tongue-in-cheek; I'm really not "defending" the Redskins, nor am I trying to cast any aspersions on our...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Jason Campbell Really Likes Big Plays

Randle El, making big plays. (By Phil Coale - AP) First, some breaking news. On his radio show, Vinny Cerrato just said the Skins will definitely keep 25 on offense, likely including nine linemen and three tight ends. He's previously said they're keeping only five WRs, so if you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Ovechkin's NYC Zamboni Ride

Via Japers via Stretch. I was going to go to New York next week to try to eat a meal guest-cooked by Alex Ovechkin. That event is off. But now comes word that Ovechkin will be appearing at the NHL Store in Manhattan on Wednesday, and that he will...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2009; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Etan Thomas Criticizes the Sports Media, Over a Beat

A couple years back, Etan Thomas had a little back-and-forth with the local media over its coverage of his heart condition, which ended up costing him about a year of his NBA career. First there was this interview with Dave Zirin in which he criticized the "mountains of poorly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Chase and Colt on Colt and Chase

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Frankly, I was thinking last month that Rayner vs. Suisham was probably twice as juicy as Colt vs. Chase, but the preseason didn't allow my kicker kickoff dreams to come true. The Redskins will almost certainly end the preseason in the bottom three or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 4, 2009; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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What We Learned From the Final Preseason Game

You can learn a lot from watching televised versions of these games, is the main thing I learned from the preseason finale. Oh, and also that the Redskins are apparently offering a lottery scratcher ticket, tho a few more ads might have helped drive home that message. Plus, there...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 3, 2009; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Caps Win D.C. Attendance Contest

The attendance champs. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Owing to FedEx Field's remarkably high capacity, D.C. is likely the only market in the country where the NBA, NHL and NFL franchises could hold a legitimate annual attendance battle. In many years, the totals have been surprisingly close, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 3, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Wizards  
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Sounders Fans Take On D.C.

"There'll be a new site next week," a Seattle Sounders fan promised me after Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup, as his team celebrated their first title. "WeWinTrophiesToo.com, bitches. I'm gonna put a big D.C. United logo with a red slash through it and a trophy. Twenty-eight days of hype,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 3, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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A Heartwarming Redskins Story

The Redskins' ticket stories in our paper have provoked a bunch of different emotions. One is self-loathing. Here's Andrew Beaujon, writing on City Desk: I love this perpetually mediocre, racist-named, fan-suing, for-all-intents-and-purposes-pure-evil team. I have no way to justify any of this, and even less now. I will watch the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 3, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Afternoon Bog: Skins Point Out Print Is Dying

No morning bog this morning, on account of the first week of preschool. Then I've spent all day reading other people writing about The Post and the Redskins. Some sort of big story broke, apparently. Anyhow, a few late afternoon notes and links, with help from Max Wasserman. * Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 2, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Vinny Cerrato Helps 53-Man Roster Guessers

If you haven't entered a Redskins 53-man roster pool, do so now. And if you have, read on for some hints from Vinny Cerrato. This will, without question, be like those final week 65-team NCAA field projections, where everybody gets stumped by one out-of-the-Big-10 result. For help, you can look...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 2, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Why Colt Brennan Wears a Visor

Colt Brennan and his visor. (By John McDonnell - TWP) When fans started commenting about Colt Brennan's visor during the Redskins' third exhibition game last week, I began wondering, for the first time, why he wears the thing. Turns out that was kind of a complicated question. During his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 2, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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A Message From Stephen Strasburg to D.C.

I made a bet with Mike Wise the other day that he would be unable to get Stephen Strasburg to say anything blogworthy during their radio segment together on 106.7 The Fan. Strasburg ended up telling Wise one thing I didn't know--that his nickname used to be "Donkey"--but he said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 2, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Stephon Heyer's WWE Intro

Still looking for an image of Heyer's intro. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Since I was still in the FedEx Field parking lot, I completely missed right tackle Stephon Heyer's introduction Friday night. Turns out I missed a show. The first I heard of it came from Rocky McIntosh,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 1, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Clinton Portis on Turning 28 and John Riggins

(By Greg Fiume - Getty) For past birthdays, Clinton Portis has bought himself a Maybach, bought himself a Ferrari, and thrown a $200,000 weekend's worth of parties that included a rooftop Kennedy Center gathering, a dinner at Zola featuring truffled spaetzle and parlor games, and a private gathering at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 1, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Brett Haber Adds "Newspaper Columnist" to Resume

If "TV sportscaster begins writing print newspaper column" doesn't qualify as man bites dog news, I'm not sure what does. Since I started at The Post, Wilbon and Kornheiser got a TV show, Ivan Carter left his newspaper job to host a TV show, Rachel Nichols and Howard Bryant...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 1, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Trevor Matich Reflects on Greg Blache Incident

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. No, this story won't mean much of anything in mid-September, but since people were still talking about it Monday, let's have one more go at it. Both Trevor Matich and Greg Blache referenced their somewhat heated postgame interview...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 1, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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On Malcolm Kelly, Grills, Cows and Smiles

Kelly and Thomas. (By John McDonnell - TWP) An hour or so after Friday night's game, Devin Thomas was standing in a pile of baby powder and holding forth to the media about, among other topics, his new grill. "Just a grill," Thomas said, when asked to describe his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Help Translate Alex Ovechkin's Tattoo!

Alex Ovechkin's answer to Sovetsky Sport/Puck Daddy, when asked about the meaning of the new images that had appeared on his back, was perfectly Ovie. Specifically, he was asked how he would keep the meaning secret when hard-working journalists see his back all too often. "So what? Let them...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps  
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How Blogs and Bagels Killed Coach L's Tweets

(2008 photo by Joel Richardson - TWP) Having covered Jim Larranaga as a serious journalist for one basketball season, I know this much: the man doesn't speak in 140 characters. Ask him a question about, I don't know, a missed elbow jumper, and then lean back, grab a bottle...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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