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D.C. Sports Bog: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Lasting, disturbing 'MNF' Redskins images

A few lasting images from Monday Night Football to give you holiday heartburn and possibly incurable brain burn. Viewer discretion advised. Haynesworth hunched over During the Giants' first drive, Albert Haynesworth found his way to the sidelines, and then hunched over, like so, with a trainer's hand on his shoulder....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 26, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Christmas images, D.C. sports version

Christmas images from across the D.C. sports landscape. Above, Abe Pollin singing Christmas carols with three Russian Caps. And here, via the Redskins Blog, is an old Skins halftime show, featuring random animals and little people and fake announcer voice. It's stupendous....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Caps , Redskins , Wizards  
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See Brandon Jacobs slap the Redskins

Now that the fines have been doled out--$10k for Albert Haynesworth and $7,500 for Brandon Jacobs--let's briefly revisit their Monday Night fith? You'll recall that immediately after the game, Jacobs told reporters--with a moderately straight face--that he didn't throw any punches, and that in fact, he had been "jumped"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 25, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Redskins  | Tags: Albert Haynesworth, Brandon Jacobs, Giants, Redskins, fight  
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Fred Smoot on George Michael

There aren't too many media members in town whose death would be cause for pre-practice team meetings and 10 interviews in Ashburn, but George Michael--as I've mentioned--had a pretty unique relationship with the franchise. Which is why there was no shortage of players willing to talk about Michael on Thursday...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Cowboys have bigger fish to fry?

Landry hits Williams. (By John McDonnell - TWP) You might remember that after the Redskins played the Cowboys last month, LaRon Landry had a few things to say about Dallas receiver Roy Williams. "Scared," Landry said, according to Matt Terl at the Skins Blog. "Yeah. I know he was....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jim Zorn's final visit with George Michael

George Michael had a unique relationship with the Redskins, from his exclusive interviews with owner Daniel Snyder to the training camp seminars he offered players on dealing with the media. Perhaps for that reason, Jim Zorn met with the team Thursday morning to talk about how large a figure George...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Buckhantz on Michael: "He was a unique talent"

Steve Buckhantz was theoretically in competition with George Michael when both me ran local sportscasts, Buckhantz on Channel 5 and Michael on Channel 4. Buckhantz, though, said he never looked at it that way, partly because he was on at 10 while Michael was on at 11, and partly because...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Best George Michael video ever

NBC Washington aired this tribute to George Michael on its 11 a.m. broadcast this morning. You won't possibly find a better collection of George Michael video. It's just a magnificent thing to watch....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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George Michael, circa 1984

(Courtesy NBC) When I was driving to Ashburn Thursday morning, I was trying to think of D.C. sports figures who were with us last year at this time that were more iconic than Abe Pollin and George Michael. The list can be counted on two hands, and the second...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Farewell to the Sports Machine

We'll never see anything exactly like this, or like George Michael, again. Much more on this later, but if you're of a certain age, you'll never forget that magic machine. Or those wrestling highlights....

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 24, 2009; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Top 10 D.C. sports stories of the decade

After nearly two weeks of your voting on the local athlete of the decade, here's my list. And I cleverly decided to change some of the choices since allowing you to vote, so my list is better than yours. Also, CSNWashington is doing something similar, and the author, Chase...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 23, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Decade's Best  
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A few questions about the trick play

When the Redskins' ran their glorious trix play at the end of the first half Monday night, I was sitting with the people. I had wandered down to take photos of various signs and shirts making fun of Vinny Cerrato, and so I stood there amongst the commoners and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 23, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Skins fans reflect on Cerrato's ouster

Mike Broderick wasn't going to the Monday Night Football meeting with the Giants. He'd seen enough. He had moved on emotionally to the Terps basketball season, and was trying to put this Skins season behind him. But then Vinny Cerrato resigned, or, to put it another way, was canned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2009; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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A chicken at FedEx Field

There were countless Santas at Monday night's Redskins game, but that's to be expected. Every NFL stadium hosts countless Santas during the last home game before Christmas. One even got to ride around on the field in a golf cart during halftime. I think I saw one feeble snowball...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Jacobs: "We took the stadium over"

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. There were a decent number of Giants fans at FedEx Field on Monday night. From my vantage point, it was nothing absurd, certainly not when you consider that the Giants are still fighting for a playoff berth, and the Redskins are, you know,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2009; 2:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Jacobs: "I'm not scared of anybody"

In the Giants' locker room after the team had pummeled the Redskins Monday night, the New York media was talking a lot about the team's "fight." They meant it in terms of "spirit" and "toughness" and all that stuff, but of course, they also meant it in terms of "your...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2009; 12:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Local Poll Week V: ODU Again?

(Photo by Nick Wass - AP, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) If you figured that massive upsets of top 20 teams by Old Dominion and Richmond were going to scramble these rankings, you figured wrong. We here know what we know, and what we know is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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MNF crew discusses Redskins drama

The last time Monday Night Football came to D.C., the Redskins had just pulled the Sherm Lewis playcalling switcheroo. This meant plenty of Bingo talk for the MNF crew and all the assorted ESPN entities attached to MNF. This time, the game comes to FedEx only days after Vinny...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Top 10 D.C. athletes of the decade

This was supposed to roll out last Thursday. Then Bruce Allen happened. That puts his name near the top of my list of "Top 10 D.C. Sports Executives Whose Hiring Delayed Scheduled Blog Posts." Anyway, after nearly two weeks of your voting on the local athlete of the decade, here's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Decade's Best  
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Skins dominate Sunday show chatter

Here's the wonderful thing about living in Washington. Even when your football team is 4-9 and not playing on Sunday, that team still manages to keep itself in the middle of the conversation on the Sunday gab shows, giving plenty of opportunities for plucky transcribers out there to stay busy,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 21, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Historic Saturday for Commonwealth hoops

(By Alan Diaz - AP) Go ahead and correct me, but I'm going to guess that two mid-majors from Virginia have never before beaten two top-15 programs on the same calendar day in the month of December. Plus, Virginia Tech offering free admission to anyone who braved the snowstorm?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2009; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Atlantic 11  
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ESPN reporting everything on Shanahan

Since there are so many fun reports out there concerning Mike Shanahan, I figured I should highlight a few from the ESPN stars. I'm not totally sure if they're all saying the same thing. Chris Mortensen Mort has done at least radio interviews in recent days in which he's said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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