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D.C. Sports Bog: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Good bye to Vinny, part II

Saying good-bye is never a one-stage process. So if Stage I was Gloating, we're now on to Stage II, which I'll refer to as "Even More Gloating." In many parts. Quote This is the first time Vincent Cerrato was ever quoted in The Washington Post. It was right after...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 18, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Bruce Allen and the D.C. bond

George Allen, in my favorite Skins photo ever. The last time the Redskins held a big introductory press conference at Redskins Park (well, at least before the Brian Orakpo and Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall and Virginia Scratchers ones), Jim Zorn was the man on stage, hair all spiky,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What they're saying on the blogs (updated)

There's no shortage of commentary from the blogging media, the tweeting media, the blogging fans and the tweeting fans in the wake of the Redskins' big Cerrato/Allen switch. This post will highlight some of the best blog posts; a group of interesting and/or funny tweets is available below. Matt Mosely...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 17, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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What they're saying on Twitter

There are a lot of tweets that read like part or all of this one on Twitter today: @BWard028: Stunned. Floored. Elated. Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato finally resigned!! But with some poking around, we've found some more unique tweets, too. Take a look ... Highlighted tweets...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 17, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bruce Allen and the Redskins: Some Vignettes

George Allen, in my favorite Skins photo ever. Combing through the archives to find various nuggets about Bruce Allen and the Redskins.... Sept. 30, 1973: This anecdote is too wonderful and must be told in full. I'll quote from a later Post story, written by Ken Denlinger: The quintessential...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Beathard: "It's a terrific move"

There's definitely a 2005 2004 feeling in the air, the sense that the broken-down Ikea couch has been cleared out, and a nice piece of classy, restored actual furniture put in its place. This is a little bit different than the '05 '04 hiring of Joe Gibbs -- Bruce Allen...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Is the Burgundy Revolution over?

The were three main complaints bandied about by the Burgundy Revolutionaries back in the heady days of October. To summarize 1) Daniel M. Snyder 2) Vinny Cerrato 3) A terrible, soul-sucking game-day experience. The first item, we all knew, was not going to change. The second item has now...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Remembering Vinny Cerrato

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Eight things that I will never forget about the Vinny Cerrato Era. And yeah, this is dancing on the grave, but when a guy refuses to speak to the local media while interviewing ESPN personalities on his own radio show, you officially have permission...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Skins reach out to ticket holders

I heard this week from Redskins fan Suzanne, a season ticket holder who recently got a phone message from the team's ticket office saying thanks. In the three years she's had season tickets, this was a first for Suzanne; previous calls from the ticket office had mostly asked about her...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Blaming Clinton Portis

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) "I think Mr. Snyder, with the pressure that's on him with the organization, probably going to have to make changes," Clinton Portis told reporters this week. "For everything that [goes] on, I'm to blame, so why wouldn't I be the change?" I'm not...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Joe Theismann's starring role in The Blind Side

Joe Theismann went to see "The Blind Side" the day after it opened. He knew that he was the star of the film's first few minutes--with his famous broken leg at the hands of Lawrence Taylor used to demonstrate, in massive and graphic detail, the rise of the left tackle...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fletcher on Pro Bowl Snubs: "Mind-boggling"

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video. After London Fletcher missed the Pro Bowl yet again last year, he lashed out in public, providing a rare example of a humble, team-first, captain-type dude going all "Check my paperwork!!!" on the world. Fletcher called the snub "BS," referred to himself as "the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Faces of Zorn: The Salad Tongs

(Image via Comcast SportsNet) Jim Zorn has the most expressive press conferences I've ever seen from an NFL coach, or from any coach in any sport. Here's a feature dedicated to those looks. It's been a while since Jim Zorn and I were both in cheerful enough moods for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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And now, a hockey stick in the glass

The negative of the Caps' West Coast road swing is that you need to drink more coffee in the morning. The positive is that there are fewer people awake enough to take photos of their television after John Erskine's stick gets stuck in the glass. I think it was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Flip Saunders needs your help

What is it with this town? If our head coaches aren't appealing for offensive assistance from retired coaches-slash-bingo callers, they're calling in reinforcements culled from the ranks of ESPN.com readers. The Web site announced a contest this week, in which one lucky reader will be able to design an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Stan Kasten interviews Adam Dunn

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) I'm not sure how much you can learn about a pro sports executive from his sports radio style, but the recent performances of Stan Kasten and Vinny Cerrato makes me think you can at least learn a bit. When Cerrato interviewed Jimmy Clausen...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Portis compares the Redskins to The U

I rushed up a transcript of Clinton Portis's comments on Tiger Woods Tuesday afternoon, because that was the most colorful part of his weekly appearance on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show. But that probably wasn't the most germane segment to Redskins fans. Barry Svrluga spoke at length with Portis on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Clinton Portis discusses Tiger Woods

I'm not sure why it took the world this long to find out what Clinton Portis thinks about the Tiger Woods situation, but I'm sure glad that we know now. After yet more concussion questions during Portis's weekly appearance on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show, the host finally said he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 15, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Officials thought Fred Davis made a lewd gesture

As noted earlier, Sam Huff found Fred Davis's dance to be vulgar, but I'm not sure that's the case. Reader Phil was actually at the game, with an up-front look at Fred's dance, and he sent along this video. I still can't figure out what went wrong. Here's what...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 15, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Zorn discusses the Randle El mystery

At the end of Jim Zorn's weekly radio spot with ESPN 980, he's asked a question submitted by a fan. Often, it's forgettable. This week, it was on point. "Why is Antwaan Randle El still returning punts?" was the question submitted by Jerome Travers. That's pretty much the perfect way...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 15, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Does Cerrato deserve credit?

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. One of the weirdest parts of this strange Redskins season: fans were a lot angrier when the team was 2-4 than they are at 4-9. That doesn't seem to make much sense. Maybe it's because they feared worse....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 15, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Local Poll Week IV: An early title

(Photo by Mark J. Terrill - AP, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) Anticipation is already building around here for the next exciting week of college basketball. Why, just look at the matchups. Maryland is off. George Washington is off. George Mason is off. Virginia Tech plays...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Best of the decade: you like Olie

It's not a surprise to see users like you voting for Alex Ovechkin as the D.C. area's top athlete of the 2000s. A bit more suprirsing: as of 2 p.m. today, Olie Kolzig was slightly ahead of Gilbert Arenas for second place. Lower down the results are athletes such as...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 14, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Skins' new kicker is in high school record book

(By John McDonnell - TWP) I'll admit that I was initially skeptical about the axing of Shaun Suisham, but that was before I knew about the sheer wonder that is Graham Gano. The 2009 version of the National High School Sports Record Book lists eight kicks of 64 yards...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Wizards lose another blogger

Silence. (By Darron Cummings - AP) I'm just guessing here, but I'll betcha the Wizards could be the first team in NBA history with two starters who have staged high-profile blogging retirements. Brendan Haywood joined Gilbert Arenas over the weekend in hanging up his laptop; his justification had to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First-place Caps are D.C. sports pioneers

Last time a D.C. team led its league. Two months into their season, the Washington Capitals have the most points in the NHL. This is some sort of groundbreaking occasion, though it's hard for me to know exactly how groundbreaking it is. At a minimum, I believe it's the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Antwaan Randle El mystery

There might only be one thing to complain about from the Redskins' win over the Raiders, if you give the offensive line a pass: the punt returning of Antwaan Randle El. He had two returns, zero yards, one fumble, and one awful moment when he let a punt roll for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Sam Huff discusses Fred Davis's "vulgar" dance

(By John McDonnell - TWP) I've spent a lot of recent Sundays listening to Redskins games on ESPN 980, but the three-man crew was in the rarest of forms during the Raiders broadcast. It's just vintage stuff, and it's the reason why the proper way to watch a game...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Ganther: "I'm explosive"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) First, some caveats about new fan favorite running back Quinton Ganther. 1) He was facing one of the worst rushing defense in the league in the Raiders. 2) He finished Sunday's game, his first career start,with 14 carries for 50 yards, averaging 3.6 yards/per....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Campbell: "Football is a man's game"

(By John McDonnell- TWP) Throughout Sunday's win over the Raiders, Fox was showing highlights of Jason Campbell getting crunched, Jason Campbell lying on the ground in pain, Jason Campbell running for his life, alongside graphics showing just how many times Jason Campbell had been hit, hurried, etc. "It takes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2009; 8:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jurgensen thinks Campbell will be back

There's a longstanding assumption that Redskins radio analyst Sonny Jurgensen is privy to inside information from the front office. If that's true, Jurgensen's pre-game interview during ESPN 980's radio broadcast Sunday afternoon qualifies as significant news. Host Kevin Sheehan asked Jurgensen about Jason Campbell's future, and Jurgensen didn't hesitate. "I'm...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 13, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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