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D.C. Sports Bog: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Defending Jim Zorn's Fourth Down Calls

I don't want to get all footbally here, but let me have one brief go at the question of going for those fourth-quarter fourth downs. Here's the key point about what Jim Zorn did: It worked. His choice paid off. What's that, you say? You believe, like Thomas Boswell, that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Did Fans Spit on Robert Henson?

This week just needs to end. I was reading the blog that Phillip Daniels writes for TheHogs.Net, and I came across yet another reference to fans spitting on players. (Two Redskins players this week told me that they heard from others that fans were spitting on players, but neither said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Will Montgomery: A HS Retrospective

(2000 photo by Stephanie Kuykendal for The Post) If you haven't already read Paul Tenorio's masterful piece this morning about Will Montgomery denying DeAngelo Hall a high school state championship, and Hall not realizing Montgomery was to blame, you simply must. It's just crazy how things work out. Like,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bias Documentary Comes to D.C.

Go see it. It's tonight. (Via Stet Sports Blog)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media , Terps  
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Cerrato Discusses Right Guard Options

I keep saying, and will continue to keep saying, that I believe the Redskins will wn big on Sunday. The only nagging doubt in the back of my head concerns the right guard fill-in, which is why I was curious what Vinny Cerrato thought about his options over there. Thus,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mike Sellers Says D.C. Media Tear You Down

The dreaded D.C. sports media. (By Nick Wass - AP) Like everyone's been saying, this has been a wacky week of Redskins fun and games. Here's my newest conclusion: excessive blog entries and TV reports about angst and anguish will marginally help fire up the team, which will emerge...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Rap Wars in Redskins Locker Room

The Wolfpack vs. The Bird Gang. Bringing the fun back, Part II And look, I hesitate to even do a light-hearted entry amidst the dark storm clouds of offensive futility, the swirling winds of fan dissatisfaction and the massive hailstones of Twitter meltdowns, but the Internet rolls on. As...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Athletes Are Silly , Redskins  
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Chad "Rhino" Rinehart's Nickname

Rhino as a rookie. (2008 photo by Preston Keres - TWP) Bringing the fun back, Part I What, you're wondering, is the proper nickname for potential new starting guard Chad Rinehart? Mike Sellers had a nice suggestion--"Baby Got No Butt," if you're curious--but the proper nickname is definitely The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Quintin Laing's Championship Parade

Laing with Olie. (2008 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP) Here's a great way to describe Quintin Laing's current rep in D.C., via On Frozen Blog: "modest cult hero status." He's like Willie Harris, circa 2008; hard worker, likable back story, does enough little things right from outside the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gilbert Cuts Up Teammates' Suits

The list of Gilbert Arenas locker room pranks is so long that I've surely forgotten some, so maybe I knew and forgot that he cuts up teammates' suits so they have to wear their game uniforms home. But still. "Yeah yeah, just cuts 'em up," Young told D.C. Landing Strip...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Rock The Red Reaches Its Natural Conclusion

Since at least one of you has expressed a concern that I've now posted 19 consecutive items about the Redskins (really), I'm declaring a three-post moratorium. After I sort of rudely suggested that the passion at home Caps preseason games was not what it could be, looks like the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Caps , Nats  
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The Burgundy Revolution, in Video Form

There's this guy who posts comments on our site under the name TheFingerman, and he's the rare voice of well-reasoned, rational, sober, grammatically correct wisdom. Here's something he posted on Wednesday: Wow, being in Washington this week is similar to what it must have been like in the days...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Dropped Passes Made Zorn Turn to the Run

I don't think you could possibly get a better five-minute tutorial on the Zorn-Campbell in-game dynamic than by watching this NFL Films piece. It's just magnificent work. And it actually makes me more optimistic about the leadership skills of both men. Zorn--or, at least, the Zorn that's shown here--is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 24, 2009; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Portis: We're All on the Hot Seat

(By Toni L. Sanyds - TWP) In a week when an unknown Redskin found himself, wittingly or unwittingly, insulting large numbers of fed-up Redskins fans, leave it to Clinton Portis to make things right. Clinton Portis of all people, the man who spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Fred Smoot's House is For Sale

Remember the house tour Fred Smoot gave me last year? Well, the tour guide might soon be less quotable. According to my colleagues at The Reliable Source, Smoot's 7,000-square foot Great Falls mansion is on the market, with a price tag of $1.695 million. "He's downsizing," he real estate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wacky Fan Photos From Rams Game

I get a lot of e-mails from fans after Redskins home games. Here was my favorite from this week, not counting the "Put in Colt Brenan!" one. Which was actually not a joke. I was just wondering if you'd heard from any other people who were at [Sunday's] Skins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Mike Greenberg Rants on Skins and Twitter

I promised not to mention a certain backup linebacker's name any more, so I won't. But here's Mike Greenberg's rant about the issue from Tuesday morning's Mike and Mike and Mike and MIke show. It's fairly passionate. Also, while the Twitter account is no more, events continue to indicate...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 23, 2009; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Clinton Portis: "We All Believe"

Clinton Portis's weekly appearance on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show was most notable for his optimism and team spirit. In (I believe) his first public comments since the 9-7 win over the Rams on Sunday, Portis said he still thinks the team will be successful, expressed mild disappointment in the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Sonny and Zorn Joust After Week One's Loss

When I posted the transcript of Jim Zorn's sort of awkward post-game interview with Sonny Jurgensen last weekend, I hadn't realized that the two also had a frosty exchange after the opening-week loss to the Giants. It's really hard to tell how serious the men are in these exchanges, so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A Final Word on Robert Henson

Man, I can't believe I'm still writing about this. Final item, I promise. If you want to write "you're an attention-seeking moron for writing so much about an inactive rookie linebacker," I won't complain, and I won't even disagree. As you might have heard, I wrote an A1 story about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Lou Holtz Praises Vinny Cerrato

Lou Holtz does have a colorful way of talking, no? The frootier than Froot Loops colorful ESPN analyst was on the Mike Wise Show this morning, and at the end of a long segment about college football, Wise asked Holtz whether he'd retain Vinny Cerrato if he were hired in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Breaking Down Jim Zorn's Failed Timeout

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. Make 'em cheerful, please. So Monday, I posted Jim Zorn's explanation for his weird fourth-quarter run-in on the sidelines with Danny Smith, in which the special teams coach tried to grab Zorn's arm to keep him from calling a timeout. Haha, good little...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Why Danny Smith Was Yelling At Jim Zorn

During one of the fourth quarter's most memorable moments on Sunday, Jim Zorn attempted to signal for a timeout before a fourth-down play, and special teams coach Danny Smith just about jumped in front of him, trying to physically prevent him from doing so. Smith was trying to get Zorn...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Sonny Jurgensen Jousts With Jim Zorn

Plenty of fans and analysts have questioned the 3rd-and-5 play call midway through the third quarter, when Jim Zorn dialed up a halfback option to Clinton Portis, whose pass fell incomplete in the end zone. The Redskins then settled for their third field goal. Legendary Redskins quarterback and radio analyst...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Robert Henson Apologizes

A crowd of reporters gathered around Robert Henson's stall during Monday's open locker room session, and a PR staffer hovered nearby. Eventually, it was decided that the backup linebacker would address the media after team meetings, making him the last player to talk to the media on this day. Above...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Skins (Jokingly) Question Campbell's Decision Making

(Note: this item is written in jest. All the quotes were delivered in jest. Feel free to make vitriolic comments, but still.) The Redskins Captains posed for their official photo today. Last year's version was a very imposing image, which Khary Campbell told the Redskins Blog was "real mobster." This...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Full Redskins Rap

One of the best things to come out of Sunday's game; the full Redskins rap video, by Arlington Rap and Caps Hockey Song dude Remy. It's funny. Via CSNWashington.com....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Robert Henson vs. Redskins Fans vs. B-Mitch

Since it can get kind of confusing to read all these comments in backward chronological order off Robert Henson's Twitter page, I thought I should consolidate his words. Leaving out some of the replies to specific fans, which don't make sense out of context, here were the backup linebacker's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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The Redskins' Post-Rams Grumpiness

The Mike Sellers drop. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Win or no win, Mike Sellers was ticked Sunday afternoon. He kept his back to the locker room. He answered questions tersely, his voice low and quiet. He pretty hurriedly left the room through a back door. I ran into...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 21, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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So Is It Really Time to Boo the Skins?

(By Win McNamee - Getty) Last March, as the Caps were on the road to their second consecutive division title and playoff appearance, some fans began booing the team during particularly lackluster home appearances. "Fans are getting fanatic," Donald Brashear told me, with a laugh, at the time. "They...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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