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D.C. Sports Bog: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Cerrato Will Show You His Super Bowl Rings

I've been joking about this Burgundy Revolution thing, because it's a decent enough gimmick. And indeed, some of the rhetoric spilling out from The People has included the timeless themes you always hear at the barricades: solidarity, and speaking truth to power, and finding strength in numbers. So naturally, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2009; 9:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Get Ready For the Paper Bags

Just about every Redskins fan I know (well, every fan but one) has felt some level of frustration in recent days. But there's no consensus on how to act on those feelings, if at all. Some fans think paper bag heads are called for. Others think that's incredibly offensive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Cerrato Understands Fans' Frustration

I didn't hear the entire episode of the unfortunately named Inside the Red Zone With Vinny Cerrato on ESPN 980 Friday morning, but I heard a few long portions. Since he's the guy in charge, it seemed like it'd be worth providing some of Cerrato's thoughts. The first, and possibly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 2, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Caps Talk About Being Vegas's Darlings

The Wizards have a two-word motto for this season, with t-shirts to match: "Our Time." The Capitals, on the other hand, went with a three-word motto for this season, with t-shirts to match: "It's Our Time." That's kind of weird. Someone in D.C. likes the Goonies too much. Awaiting the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Haywood and Butler Still Support the Redskins

As always, I'm a sucker for these stories of D.C. sports teams sticking together like one coherent whole. Like the Nats staffers and the D.C. United staffers who sent well-wishes to the Caps staffers Thursday morning? Love that stuff. Also, this t-shirt design. Of course, the national media types also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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George Michael on Why Fans Hate Snyderrato

There might not be a single person in Washington better able to understand the Redskins from both the fans' and ownership's point of view than George Michael. Of course, he's an inveterate homer and is pals with Daniel Snyder and has taken his cash and all that, but he also...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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Rodney Harrison Calls Jason Campbell a Backup

Horribly late, but still worth noting: Rodney Harrison, in addition to unloading on just about the entire NFL during NBC's Football Night in America this week, saved a few special jabs for Jason Campbell. "Well I mean, there are many problems in dealing with the Washington Redskins," the former All-Pro...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Local TV Affiliates and Caps Coverage

UPDATED: The Tim Brant quote below was, unintentionally, taken out of context. Brant was saying he's never believed preseason results predict anything about regular season outcomes, and was not talking about media coverage in any way. I apologize for the error; it was entirely my fault. Devoted readers of Caps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Rock the Red Makes The Price Is Right

"You and three guests will be part of the electric atmosphere with some of the NHL's most passionate fans!....Rock the Red in your team jerseys and cheer on your Washington Capitals, led by league MVP Alex Ovechkin!" (Via Japers)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Caps Opening Day Video Extravaganza

In honor of Opening Day/Opening Night, here are two videos from the team's media day, with editing by Jon Forsythe and camera work by Lindsay Applebaum and scratchy voiced questioning by me. Above, they talk about their final 24 hours of life. Below, the talk about competitive offseason pursuits....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 1, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dan Brown Imagines a Skins Home Playoff Game

In his newest novel, Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown "flagrantly [delights] in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops," the New York Times declared. One of the first hoops involves the Redskins. In the playoffs. At FedEx Field. On a Sunday night. Since when do...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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MLB Botches Nats Tickets Renewal Letters

My initial inclination was not to post anything about this. Because the Nats FAIL thing obviously outlived its usefulness. Because this wasn't, in any way, the Nationals' fault. And because there's a different local team that's currently soaking up all the negative publicity. But some rascally part of my soul...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Redskins Letter From Pat Fischer's Son

When Marty Fischer was a boy growing up in Loudoun County, his father's friends would come over on Sundays to watch the Redskins game. Just like a lot of you out there, I'd imagine. Except his father was Redskins All-Pro cornerback Pat Fischer, and his friends were ex-Skins, guys like...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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D.C. United Players Get Naked For ESPN

So when ESPN the Mag releases its much-publicized Body Issue next month, there will be at least two D.C. connections. * D.C.-area native Oguchi Onyewu is in the Bodies We Want section, featuring athletes in various sports who boast some of the best physiques. * More importantly, six D.C. United...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Caps Really Like Playing Hockey, a Lot

(By Jim McIsaac - Getty) So a few days ago, Post hockey editor Lindsay Applebaum and I were talking to some Caps players about how long they need to wait during the offseason before they're ready to play hockey again. Some said a few weeks. Some said longer. Some...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Adam Schefter on Zorn's Job Security

Wednesday's episode of the circling vultures trying to listen in to what the other circling vultures are saying has starred, among others, Adam Schefter. Here's the ESPN clip of him being asked whether Zorn's on the hot seat, which was replayed by Mike and Mike, which was then aired on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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John Thompson Approves of Brooks Laich

"Each year my goal coming back to camp, I don't set a goal of scoring 27 goals and 34 assists for so many points or whatever," Brooks Laich told John Thompson on ESPN 980 Tuesday afternoon. "The ultimate thing that I want to do is win a Stanley Cup. That's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why These Redskins Make You Hurt So Bad

2000 photo by John McDonnell - TWP On the surface, the Redskins' current run of mediocrity really shouldn't be that painful. The team has been consistently middling for the better part of a decade, but plenty of teams in plenty of sports are consistently middling without causing the sort...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 30, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Vegas Still Endorses the Skins' Talent Level

Since Sunday's game ended, some fans have wondered how the Redskins could possibly be more than a touchdown favorites this week, even against the wretched Bucs. Well, here's how: Las Vegas oddsmakers still think the Redskins are a mediocre team; not great, not horrid. They don't seem to accept Clinton...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Welcome Back Wiz, With Neck Tattoos

Via Truth About It. Look, obviously missing the Wizards' media day has set me up for a lifetime of hurt, because of DeShawn Stevenson's neck tattoo alone. Much credit to Truth About It for getting the first pics on the Web (including the one above), and to The Wash...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Portis: "I Think We Have Something Special

Well, if you had Week 3 in your "When Will Clinton Portis Snap During His Weekly Radio Interview" pool, you lose. Sorry. Still no snapping. Still the "we have talent, give it time, we have the same record as the Steelers" Portis. Portis was on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Redskins Fans, the Caps, and the Bandwagon

Caps forward Matt Bradley isn't an ardent football fan, but he turned into the Redskins' post-game show on Comcast SportsNet Sunday afternoon, and happened to see some of the live texts from viewers on the scroll. Like the ones that said "Let's Go Caps!" and "Put Ovechkin In!!" "Put...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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What to Do With Free Skins Tickets?

A question straight from the barricades of the Burgundy Revolution, via Reader E., and it's a good one. Redskins fans who are trying to get the kindling going will face many such questions in the coming weeks, assuming a few wins don't throw water on these fledgling flames. Anyhow, the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Skins Fan Sells Fandom on eBay

More scenes from the Burgundy Revolution....as mentioned, I was off yesterday, so some of these aren't new. * This isn't a unique gimmick, but it's a great gimmick nonetheless; a Redskins fan is selling his team loyalty on eBay. Asking price? $10,100.00. Here's the description: After years of constantly being...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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LaVar's Letter to Redskins Fans

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) So I took Monday off for Yom Kippur, and two things happened: 1) Despite not posting a single item, I received more reader e-mails than on any day in my Washington Post career, and 2) I went to a break-the-fast gathering Monday night,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Time to Make a Change, Obviously

(Via my television.) Signs that something needs to change: Longtime fans using words like embarrassed and ashamed....Larry Michael--Larry Michael!--getting distraught on the air....former NFL players saying the Redskins have quit....current players questioning the play-calling on the sideline. I don't know what the change is--well, actually, I do--but obviously, something...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (279)
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Skins Loss is Worst D.C. Sports Moment of 2009

By Toni L. Sandys - TWP WIth the exception of one team, this has been a fairly horrendous year for D.C. sports. And yet, off the top of my head, I still think Sunday's Redskins loss to the Lions is the worst. I don't have any hard and fast...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Jim Zorn Doesn't Seem Too Tight

(Via CSN's pre-game show) Maybe Jim Zorn's job isn't exactly at stake against Detroit, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't help his long-term career prospects if Lions break their losing skid. That said, he doesn't exactly seem tense, in these images from CSN's pre-game show. Above, it's Zorn, offering...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 27, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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