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Haywood's Apology, Strasburg's Worth, Etc.

Too much Internet-related D.C. sports news to possibly keep up. Will throw it all together in one post.

What did you make of Brendan Haywood's apology?

Here's what he wrote, re: saying pro athletes wouldn't want to undress in front of Stephon Marbury:

My last blog about some of Stephon Marbury's actions, combined with a radio interview that I did, have been misinterpreted by some as speaking out against homosexuality. I've received some comments and so have the Wizards about it. I just wanted to take a time out and let you know that no disrespect was intended. I was just trying to have fun with a crazy situation. I don't support or condemn homosexuality and I believe in everyone making choices for themselves.

Fair enough. "Don't support or condemn" isn't exactly open arms, but this opinion is better than its predecessor.

Is Strasburg worth it?

Darren Rovell of CNBC did some nifty math and came up with this: the pitcher would need to help the team sell 2,250 additional season tickets, or 360 premium tickets, or 13,000 additional walk-up tickets during each of his starts, to justify the deal. With those guidelines, Rovell and his visiting expert say that Strasburg might wind up as a bargain, and that he could justify the bucks even as a No. 2.

Would he sell that many? Well, the official radio station of the Washington Redskins had a one-hour Strasburg special this morning, in which an official radio employee with an official Redskins.com e-mail address speculated that a Strasburg start this fall would be as momentous a local event as a Redskins home game. So yeah, I think he could sell 13,000 tickets.

What's a great way to show D.C.'s dominance of the national sports landscape today?

At one stretch, four out of seven posts on Deadspin had major D.C. implications. In order, there was a vile profanity-filled decapitation of Redskins fans, an item on anti-Boras stone-throwing, an item on Bryce Harper's poor all-star performance, and an item on the Nats' wives. Yes, I'm still counting Bryce Harper as a D.C. guy for the time being.

But no Haywood update? C'mon!

Why would it have been great to cover Bruce Boudreau, the player?

The latest excerpt from his book, at Japers' Rink, has this tale:

My girlfriend, Mary, visited Johnstown to see me play. That provided another way to highlight my lackadaisical attitude. She was in the stands with twelve hundred people, so she was easy to spot. I was on the bench, shouting, "Watch, honey, I'm going to score this shift." Then I'd score. Really stupid, show-off stuff.

That'd have been like six blog posts.

What would be an extremely melodramatic way to spin the Strasburg signing?

My friend Jeff Passan from Yahoo steps up with this:

Stephen Strasburg needs to be Ken Griffey Jr. He cannot fail. Good is unacceptable. Anything short of transcendence and he's just another mistake on the Washington Nationals' log that, this year alone, reads like the Dead Franchise Scrolls....The Nationals are the only thing in Washington more screwed up than health-care reform.

Hmmm. Wellllll. Nah, not buying. The franchise is hanging in there just fine, monetarily, with the worst record in baseball. When they get good, people will love them, whether or not the No. 1 starter's name is Strassy. If he's transcendent, and the team is spoiled cream of broccoli soup, that's bad. If he's solid-to-mediocre, and the team contends, the town will rejoice. Thus, "good" could indeed be acceptable.

And if he's Brien Taylor, and the team remains lame.....well, what, exactly? We'll make fun, but what exactly is the upshot of "unacceptable" as used above? If Stephen Strasburg and the Nats don't sparkle in three years....will TV ratings will go down? Will the franchise flee and take its ballpark with? Will attendance plummet? No, no and no.

Everything will work out. Melodrama not needed yet.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 18, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Comments

If the team gets good, Mike Wise can tick off more national baseball pundits on live radio.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | August 18, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"I don't support or condemn homosexuality."

You know what, F you, Brendan Todd Haywood. Take a side, you coward. What a friggin' embarrassment. Sheesh.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 18, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Stop frontin' Haywood. You (and the rest of us) know you meant what you said.

Condemned, or denied.

Posted by: join4free | August 19, 2009 2:07 AM | Report abuse

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Because he wouldn't have been a 400 lb walrus.

Posted by: join4free | August 19, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Why would it have been great to cover Bruce Boudreau, the player?

Because he wouldn't have been a 400 lb walrus.

Posted by: join4free | August 19, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

I don't support or condemn homosexuality."

You know what, F you, Brendan Todd Haywood. Take a side, you coward. What a friggin' embarrassment. Sheesh.
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Take a side? How about what he changed his comments to; i.e., not expressing in public one's opinion on any individual's private sexual practices?

Posted by: capsfan77 | August 19, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Haywood = Ultramaroon

Posted by: popopo | August 19, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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