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D.C. Sports Bog: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Mark Cuban talks about Dan Snyder

Because I honestly do feel bad for the people who want me to be doing what I used to do, I'll keep apologizing and promising that I'll do that stuff again. I just want to write about this right now, because it's fascinating to me. All our other beat writers...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 30, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Snyder gets tarred and feathered

When the D.C. Lottery and its ad agency were coming up with its new POWERBALL campaign, the Redskins foment hadn't yet boiled over. It was hardly even warm. This was back during just a regular preseason, filled with optimism and hope and the promise of grilled Tofurkey sausages and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Banned signs in the end zone

Honestly, I've gotten way too many stories to mention here, but I wanted to give special space to this case. These signs are visible to virtually every fan in the stadium, and to tens of thousands of people watching at home. They hang in the end zone closest to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Banned Signs included a Sean Taylor tribute

I know, I know, you're sick of this story. I've read your comments. I've seen your e-mails. You want me to write about something else. But I think it's important, and it still makes me angry. Read this item in USA Today's The Huddle blog, about how other NFL...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Flawed execution: The video

I think it's a pretty well-established historical trope that periods of dissent lead to creative and artistic flowerings. You can have your music of the '70s and '40s; I'll gladly take the '60s and '30s, thanks very much. The same, of course, is true in our own local Revolution....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Brett Haber tackles the sign ban

The Redskins have spent plenty of energy attacking The Washington Post over the years. I'd suggest that pretty soon they'll need to widen their scope a bit. This two-and-a-half-minute Brett Haber commentary ran on WUSA-9's 6 o'clock broadcast Wednesday night. It loses a little something without the visuals, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Around The Horn tackles the sign ban

For everyone hoping the Redskins sign ban would go national, I'm pretty sure you got your wish on Wednesday. (Quick interruption: the story--like so many important sports stories in this town--was first broken by The Great Dave McKenna of Washington City Paper, my former neighbor and babysitting partner. McKenna...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 29, 2009; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Behavior Change: Fan cards and pumpkins

The happy Bog is on a brief vacation. It'll be back in a few days. Please don't give up on it if you're not interested in this stuff. "I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Redskins COO David Donovan...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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UPDATE: Geico Redskins signs ok at FedEx Field

You know, I have to apologize. I stupidly have written several times in recent hours that no fan signs are permitted at FedEx Field, due to fears about obstructed views and fans being poked in the head. But duh, that was just careless of me. Of course, you ARE...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Redskins allow critical t-shirts at FedEx Field

I'm told this is security confronting someone over a t-shirt. With so many people talking about free expression at FedEx Field, it's worth clarifying the team's policies. Signs of any sort are not permitted. T-shirts and other sorts of clothing, however, are permitted, as long as profanity is not...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Skins, Caps and the media

Ted Leonsis's recent blog post about media relations was inspired by the White House and Fox News. It wasn't about the Redskins. But it led to a discussion about how sports teams should deal with the media, which is how I got interested in it. And then my interest multiplied...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Skins lawyer says signs were poking fans' heads

Tuesday night was glorious for D.C. sports. The Wizards won their season opener in impressive fashion. Gilbert Arenas looked like the real Gilbert Arenas, the new guys showed strong, and Buckhantz offered up a season-opening Dagger. Across the country, the Caps came back to beat Philly, in what's shaping...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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WUSA says Skins prohibiting tailgate interviews

Since I mentioned this on Twitter, might as well put it here, too. I was watching WUSA-9's 11 pm Tuesday night broadcast, and after a piece about Redskins fan dissatisfaction and the recent ban on signs, the program cut back to anchor Derek McGinty in the studio. "Tonight the Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Redskins sign policies, old and new

It's not easy finding a Yellow Pages nowadays. I had to search the Washington Post's entire sixth floor. People looked at me like I was crazy. But I found one near a secretary's desk in advertising. And in that phone book, I found the standard-issue Redskins Guide, which is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Behavior Change: Another roadside Snyder banner

"I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Redskins general counsel David Donovan said, in a quote I'm likely to recycle 7,000 times in the next week or so. "But in terms of the way our actual fans are behaving,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Redskins ban signs at FedEx Field

Do you see this sign? I fished this sign out of a garbage can outside FedEx Field. It was in the garbage can because there's a new policy that says no signs of any sort are permitted inside the stadium. Even signs sending best wishes to husbands in Afghanistan....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (279)
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Behavior Change: Skins Tees at MNF

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. "I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Redskins general counsel David Donovan said, in a quote I'm likely to recycle 7,000 times in the next week or so. "But in terms of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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The Wizards still have swag

Let's take a brief breather from the Redskins, Drama City and the Burgundy Revolution to check in with the Wizards, who open their season Tuesday night. I'm thinking maybe it's good to have another team to distract us right now. So I checked in last week to ask a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Dispatch from Drama City

A few minutes after the Monday Night Football game ended, Devin Thomas was addressing a crowd of reporters. Someone asked him about the tumult of the past week at Redskins Park. "That's just how it is around here," Thomas said. "You know, it's like Drama City right now. So...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 27, 2009; 1:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Highway sign calls for Cerrato's firing

"I think the relentless negative coverage in The Washington Post is a real difference from previous years," Redskins general counsel David Donovan said, in a quote I'm likely to recycle 7,000 times in the next week or so. "But in terms of the way our actual fans are behaving,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Albert Haynesworth on E:60

Quite a couple weeks for the Redskins and E:60. Last week, there was the very nice Chris Cooley feature with Rachel Alexander; watch it here. And Tuesday at 7, the program will have a segment on Albert Haynesworth, with Jeff Chadiha reporting. The promo is above, and the ESPN...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Burgundy Revolution: Eagles Gameday

I went to Las Vegas for the weekend. I didn't think about the Redskins hardly at all. In fact, I'm still in Las Vegas as I type this, and yet, I understand that the world has been ripped out under my feet since I left. Here is Redskins general counsel...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 26, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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