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D.C. Sports Bog: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Local pillows and pith

(By Richard A. Lipski - TWP) Sorry for not writing anything about college basketball this week. The whole thing turned sour for me when the Super Bowl of the Atlantic 11 season, the George Washington-George Mason showdown, was spoiled by pillow thievery. As Steve Goff reported: The meeting lost...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 5, 2009; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Ovechkin finally cleans up

Men's Journal's latest issue came out on Friday, and there's a six-page Ovechkin photospread. See this, critics? Tell me he's not open to cleaning up his game. There's also a Q&A. Blond or Brunette? Both. Jessica Alba or Megan Fox? Definitely both. Greatest player of all time? Mario Lemieux....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 4, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , Nats , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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Redskins appoint new leader

So say you have a franchise with an unpopular owner, a roundly criticized Executive Vice President of Avoiding the Media, and a seemingly floundering coach. Sort of a leadership problem, all in all. Say you then decide to bombard people with a mass e-mail, featuring your glowing logo, and trumpeting...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 4, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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SI writer targets Ovechkin

Images via Japers. As you might have heard, SI.com's Jim Kelley absolutely ran over Alex Ovechkin and Ted Leonsis in his column yesterday, a reckless shoulder-first charge that left nothing but carnage in its wake. I think it's pretty well-established that I'm not exactly an expert in the intricacies...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 4, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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People still love Byron Mouton

(By Jahi Chikwendiu - TWP) I saw Byron Mouton the other day at the press conference announcing he'd signed with the local Maryland GreenHawks. After the event, while we were standing by the sandwich line, I asked him if people around here still come up to talk to him....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Minor League Basketball , Terps  
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Mike Williams discusses Campbell's lips

Since every Jason Campbell post in these parts lately has been of the "Good!, No, Bad! No, Medium!" variety, let's change things by writing yet again about his lips. Yes, you remember how teammates have had fun discussing Campbell's lips for lo so many years, right? Now two of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Nets and Raiders fans share Skins angst

This, I think, is one lesson from the Redskins' brief and unfortunate sign ban: trying to stamp out sports fan criticism will cause you much more grief than simply closing your eyes and taking what the fans are dishing out. I heard from dozens and dozens of fans who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  NBA , NFL , Redskins  
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McPhee disagrees with Ovechkin suspension

The aftermath. (By Gerry Broome - AP) When Bruce Boudreau was asked this week about Alex Ovechkin's two-game suspension for that knee-to-knee hit on Tim Gleason, he sort of punted. Apparently the whole "reckless" thing had already given Boudreau enough headlines for the week. "He made a play that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Caps  
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Soccer star seeks Skins GM job

(Courtesy Joanna Lohman) The first time Joanna Lohman met her future boss, she told him that, among other things, she wanted to one day become the general manager of the Washington Redskins. "That's the second thing she ever told me when I first met her," recalled Craig Lussi, who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Tom Crean defends Greivis from fans

I'm not sure what it is about Greivis Vasquez, but he sure does seem to elicit some passion from opposing fans, no? Passion here meaning "spittle-flecked mindless anger." It happened again in Indiana Tuesday night, when the home crowd chose to chant a word at Greivis that you might...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Eric Fehr uses Ovechkin's sticks, hosts radio shows

The new stick. (Photos by John McDonnell - TWP) Through the first four games of this season, Caps winger Eric Fehr had zero goals and was a minus-1. Then, before a late-October game in Atlanta, he started using Alex Ovechkin's dramatically curved CCM sticks for the first time in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Boomer Esiason says Skins missing one thing

Until this week, I knew of maybe two people who had publicly said the Washington Redskins had a playoff-ready roster: Vinny Cerrato and Clinton Portis. Both were widely scorned for making such a claim. Well, on Wednesday, a third name was added to the list. "I do think that the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Wale to play Skins-Cowboys game

Any time the Redskins put out a press release about Wale Ovechkin, The Post should probably take note. So here ya go: When D.C. hometown hip-hop hero Wale performs at halftime of the December 27th Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game, it will be a dream come true for the D.C.-born...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Eagles D coordinator is a Caps fan

(By Matt Rourke - AP) Over the holiday weekend, I wrote this little story about the brothers McDermott: older brother Tim is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Caps, and younger brother Sean is the Eagles' first-year defensive coordinator. Which means that the Eagles' defensive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps , NFL  
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Sherm Smith says playcalling not confusing

By now, you've no doubt read Chris Cooley's description of the Redskins' playcalling system, which he called "really weird," "almost unheard of," and "a carousel of calls." His description of the five-man system pretty much mirrored what Moose Johnston had said during the Fox broadcast, which makes sense, since...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NFL says hit on Campbell was legal

(By Tim Shaffer - Reuters) Regarding Juqua Parker's late-game body slam of Jason Campbell, a play that drew no flag, I think Football Outsiders's Doug Farrar said it best: If Juqua Parker body-slammed Brady or Manning like he did Jason Campbell, he wouldn't be penalized -- he'd be deported....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Twitter race: Lannan vs. Balester

(Via @ballystar40) Remember this summer, when Charlie Villanueva and Chris Bosh had a race to 50,000 followers on Twitter, with the loser doing something embarrassing on YouTube of the winner's choosing? Watching those guys talk up their contest on ESPN back then made me think how far behind D.C.'s...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 1, 2009; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nats  
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Men of Style, D.C. sports edition

So I heard where Fred Smoot got an award earlier this week at the Gillette Fusion Men of Style Awards. I guess this means he's a Man of Style. See above. Then it occurred to me that there have been certain other stylish folks in D.C. sports recently....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 1, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Battle of the Orange Line?

If you haven't been following it closely, you might have missed the massive amount of hype surrounding Wednesday's GW-George Mason game, which some GW fans have dubbed "The Battle of the Orange Line," possibly marking the first Metro-themed all-local basketball matchup in my lifetime. See the video, above, from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 1, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Mike Wise meets Obama, Part II

If I'm not mistaken, Barack Obama has attended two D.C. sporting events in his time as president. What do they have in common? Well, sure, they were both basketball games. But beyond that, at both sporting events, the president was granted a brief audience with Washington Post sports columnist...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 1, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  College Basketball , Media  
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Rating the Redskins' national popularity

(By Erik S. Lesser - AP) There have been countless stories this year suggesting that Redskins' fans are tuning out on their team, and that the owner is losing his fan base. I've sort of been a part of all this, as has my paper, athough my point has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Local Poll Week II: The Obama effect

(Photo by John McDonnell, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) Not a bad week for the locals. Georgetown remained unbeaten. William & Mary took down Wake Forest. Richmond felled Mississippi State and Missouri. Morgan State toppled Arkansas. GW hosted a sitting president. And Virginia survived against Cleveland...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Some final images from Skins-Eagles

A few lasting images from the loss in Philadelphia. Okay, so I appreciate it was a sunny day. Still, I'm just trying to imagine Lombardi in these. I'm trying to imagine Landry or Gibbs in these. I'm also trying to imagine the Secretary General of the UN addressing the world...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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I interviewed the White House party crashers

I don't want to oversell things, but there's a chance the above video might be the only one in the world featuring a member of Journey, John Walsh, the White House party crashers and former Skins offensive coordinator Al Saunders. It has something to do with polo. All I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Weirdness  
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Caps grow mustaches

The end of this month is really a slap in the face for me. I've known for almost two weeks that two caps--Brendan Morrison and Shaone Morrisonn--were growing mustaches in honor of Movember, since their natural hockey nicknames are "Mo" and all. I mean, if you were writing my...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The play-calling trapezoid's finest hour

Look, I'll grant you that the Redskins' play-calling trapezoid is bizarre as hell, with Jim Zorn not calling plays except for the times he does, and Chris Meidt helping Sherm Lewis call plays from the booth, unless he wants to run, in case Sherm-on-Sherm communication leads to a different...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Jurgensen would let next coach choose his QB

More transcribed Redskins quotes! But only good ones! The playcalling Sure, the offense seemed better Sunday, but Joe Theismann still assassinated the playcalling system on his ESPN 980 show Monday morning. "You know what we ought to do?" he said at one point. "Really, the Redskins ought to do this:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Cooley defends Haynesworth

I wrote on Sunday about Marshall Faulk calling out Albert Haynesworth during the NFL Network's pre-game show, telling the tackle to "tape it up and go" against an NFC East rival. Well, coincidentally, DC101's Elliot in the Morning was also watching that segment, and jotted down the same quote, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Vinny Cerrato's keys to the games

Cerrato's last press conference, in October. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Because Vinny Cerrato refuses The Post's interview requests, we really only hear from him during his Friday journeys "Inside the Red Zone" on ESPN 980. Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving holiday meant no ITRZ last week, which meant it was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Jim Zorn seems to have aged a bit

At his hiring, and after Sunday's game. (Real photo by John McDonnell - TWP) Now, I should say that the above images aren't an entirely fair comparison. The one on the left was taken by a professional photographer, on a day Jim Zorn had time to gather himself, inside...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Campbell says everything "blacked out"

After the game. (By Matt Slocum - AP) On the Redskins' final fourth-down play Sunday, Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker flung Jason Campbell to the ground after Campbell threw incomplete to Santana Moss. The quarterback remained there for several long moments, face down. It seemed like a potential late...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 29, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Marshall Faulk calls out Albert Haynesworth

Suppose it wouldn't be a week of the NFL season if there weren't some NFL talking head type calling out Albert Haynesworth. Today's contestants: Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp, on the NFL Network pre-game show. "The thing is, any time that you're the Washington Redskins and you come in as...

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 29, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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