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D.C. Sports Bog: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Dexter Manley on making Danny White cry

(AP archives) If you've ever heard Dexter Manley talk, you know that it can be a sometimes baffling yet thrilling experience. His answer to one question will quickly veer to something else entirely, then something else, then something else, then a plug for Certified Building Services, then a sharp...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 20, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Earl Boykins bench presses more than you

Earl Boykins man is listed at 5-foot-5, 139. His max bench press is 315 pounds. This makes him the Wizards' strongest pound-for-pound player. And a lot of people, I told him, are surprised by that number. "I think they should be," he said. "I think they should be." Teammates,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2009; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Matt Bradley on blood, fights and stitches

(By Frank Franklin II) Since this has obviously been declared Matt Bradley Week, I'm gonna take another crack at this thing. Bradley was on Mike Wise's 106.7 radio show earlier this week, and since Wise is never shy about asking exactly what he wants to ask, the interview turned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Caps  
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Teammates respond to Gilbert's Twitter quest

Gilbert Arenas's quest for one million Twitter followers has now been going on for about two days. He's got about 2,300 followers. If he can maintain this pace, he'll reach a million followers in about two-and-a-half years, by which point no one will be using Twitter any more. (Sign...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Caron Butler in the urban jungle

"Hey Dan," read the e-mail from Reader Matt. "Do you know where to find a video of the Caron Butler commercial that they run on Comcast during games this year?" This is now a full-service Wizards blog, so here you go, Matt. Special bonus: the Antawn Jamison video, from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Wiz game draws celebrities, weird sleeves

Hey, all you people who've been bugging me for more Wiz and Caps and less Redskins radio transcriptions better be happy. And better be hitting refresh. Anyhow, one of the most jarring aspects of Wednesday night's Wiz game was undoubtedly the one-armed sleeves worn by Mike Miller and Antawn...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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LeBron's night, in pictures

Some people might ask whether this LeBron hatred stuff ever gets old, this reveling in the Wizards scoring one home win over another against a top-flight Cavs team no matter what their own record is. No, is your answer. I mean, do fall Sundays ever get old? Do Dogfish...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 19, 2009; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Kornheiser takes the high road

Maybe you listened to Tony Kornheiser's ESPN 980 radio show Wednesday morning, hoping that Tony would respond to Mike Wise's comments on Tuesday about Kornheiser's comments on Monday. Well, if that's why you were listening, Tony was willing to briefly play along. "We are THRILLED at the ratings lately, where...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Welcome to America's first green pro sports team

"I'm just so appreciative to come back," former Terps star Byron Mouton said during Wednesday's introductory Maryland GreenHawks press conference. "I love playing basketball, and going out and talking to kids about global warming." Look, this is going to take some getting used to for all of us. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Minor League Basketball  
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Gilbert chases wackiness and Twitter

So the new thing now is that "Gilbert Arenas" is somehow failing, and that "Agent Zero," represented as a Lil Penny-esque bobblehead in the above video from Gil's Web site, needs to return to save the day. "Man, you're just gonna disrespect your boss after I made you a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Matt Bradley's bloody night, in pictures

You won't see a better night by a so-called role player in D.C. sports this year. It's just impossible. Let's recap. First, with his team down, 1-0, Bradley starts punching Rangers tough guy Aaron Voros in the head. And vice versa, obviously....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2009; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Portis says RB situation isn't awkward at all

As Ladell Betts & Clinton Portis week continues, the injured No. 26 himself spoke up, discussing the future of the Skins' starting running back slot Tuesday afternoon. During his weekly appearance on ESPN 980's "John Thompson Show," Portis praised Betts and said he won't rush back from his concussion, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Wise responds to Kornheiser, at long last

Well hold on just a minute. Seems the Redskins drama has suddenly taken a back seat to the media drama. As mentioned, Tony Kornheiser repeatedly ridiculed Mike Wise on his radio show Monday morning without deigning to mention his name. For example, he said a certain local columnist has "no...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Zorn: "For me, practice helps a guy"

The Portis Practice debate briefly traveled from the Internet to the radio Tuesday afternoon, when Kevin Sheehan Thom Loverro asked Jim Zorn about the whole Portis diva thing on ESPN 980's "Jim Zorn Show." The great part about an NFL season is the unstoppable creation of 17 different soap opera...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Bruce Boudreau on the verge of 100 wins

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. Part of my job seems to be listening to various radio appearances by various members of the D.C. sports establishment. Some of them are fine. Some of them are great. And some of them are terrible. The Redskins' Executive Vice President of Uncomfortable Pauses,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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Kornheiser vs. Wise, Part XXVII

Executive summary: Tony Kornheiser used much of his opening radio statement Monday morning to call out Mike Wise without ever mentioning his name. So the lovefest continues. And one has to wonder whether Mike Wise--who happens to have a radio show directly opposite Kornheiser's--will see fit to respond. After the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 17, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Theismann wants Betts in, Randle El out

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Joe Theismann has a reputation as an incurable optimist, and, sure enough, he was finding great hope in the offensive line Monday morning. Still, he's shown increasing willingness to challenge the Redskins' status quo this season, and he took on two frequent fan targets...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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FedEx at kickoff

Since there was some level of online chatter about FedEx looking emptier than usual at kickoff Sunday afternoon, I went to the 400 level and took some pictures. Here they are. The announced crowd was 85,247, nearly 6,000 more folks than announcedly went to the Chiefs game and nearly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Josh McDaniels on beating "the Chargers"

Here's how Josh McDaniels opened his post-game press conference Sunday afternoon, according to NFL.com video: "First I want to give credit to the Chargers and Coach Zorn. You know, they obviously played 60 minutes better than we did, were well-prepared, and did a lot of good things today, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Earl Boykins with Gheorghe Muresan

When the Wizards walked to the locker room at halftime aginst the Pistons, I suddenly thought I was going to get a chance to snap an iconic television photography image of Earl Boykins with Gheorghe Muresan. As you well know, there's already an iconic image of previous short-and-tall Bullets...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Welcome to D.C., Levi Jones

So how about Levi Jones, huh? He comes in at the second-most important offensive position, and suddenly the Redskins have their highest-scoring output of the season, and their biggest margin-of-victory in the Zorn Era. "A great pick-up for us," London Fletcher said of Jones. Observations, both stupid and serious....

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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'Worst Owner Ever' Banner

Now this is a big banner, huh? Anyone know who was responsible for it? Or what the reaction of security might have been? From what I can gather, the sign was unfurled pretty much directly in front of the owner's box, and then was displayed in both directions well...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Sellers drops a 'Cowgirls' reference

Mike Sellers has sort of gotten over the media darling thing; he doesn't seem to hold forth quite as much as he used to back in the day. I'm also sensing that a lot of fans have gotten over their previous infatuation with Mike Sellers, who might not qualify...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 16, 2009; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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L-Boogie and The No-Names help Skins win

Alexander lays wood. (By Larry French - Getty) The Redskins have a lot of very well-compensated men on their football team. Some of them were crucial to Sunday's somewhat surprising win over the Broncos. But -- and I'm not breaking any particular ground here -- there were also massive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2009; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Skins reverse sign ban, choose glasnost

Twenty years ago this month, the Berlin Wall came down. Now, you might argue that the end of a three-week ban on signs at FedEx Field isn't quite as important an event. And you might be technically right about that. Still, the taste of freedom is sweet indeed, whether...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 15, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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