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D.C. Sports Bog: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Russ Grimm: Hall of Fame prankster

(AP photo) Plenty of other writers will discuss Russ Grimm's actual qualifications for the Hall of Fame. But having already gone through the tale of Grimm re-ingesting an upchucked hot dog, I felt it my duty to mention that Grimm was also a Hall of Fame practical joker. All...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 6, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Caps get two of SportsCenter's Top 10 plays

Ok ok, maybe Friday was a slow sports day, but the Caps got two of SportsCenter's Top 10 plays. Can't imagine that happens very often. Combine that with Ovechkin getting the top spot after Thursday, and Mustpha Farrakhan getting the top spot after Wednesday, and ESPN has been kind...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 6, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Mike Green says he didn't elbow Frolik

When Alan May took on the Canadian media for its coverage of the Mike Green hit earlier this week, the focus was on this notion of bias, and whether May was insane. The focus was decidedly not on the specifics of May's complaint: that TSN showed just one angle...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 6, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Portis admits he asked for Sellers to be benched

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) One of the nearly forgotten fun-time happy-face episodes of the past Redskins season involved the locker-room infighting between Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers. This was many months before Portis and Jason Campbell exchanged barbs in the press. And this episode emerged mostly under...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 6, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Ovechkin's goal is SportsCenter's top play

That's two days in a row D.C.-ish athletes have earned the top spot on ESPN's list of top plays. Thursday, it was Mustapha Farrakhan's nasty dunk for Virginia. Friday, it was Alex Ovechkin's one-handed left-handed 500th-point goal. Also, if you haven't opened your paper yet (and yes, I know...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Caps win means 12 free pizza toppings

Love the spirit, Papa John's, but this is gonna cost you serious toppings if you keep this up. Or, I guess, if the Caps keep this up. And remember, "If you would like to take advantage of Twelve (12) Toppings, please contact your local Papa John's restaurant. The local...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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That "Deport Vasquez" sign

A few questions about this sign, spotted on TV during Maryland's win over Florida State Thursday night. (Thanks to everyone who e-mailed it to me, and thanks to Mister Irrelevant for having a better version.) 1) Really? 2) This was shown in a highlight package at the end of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Jose Theodore and the laser pointer

As if there weren't enough other things going on Thursday night, there was also a weird green light splotch that kept circling around Jose Theodore's mask with less than a minute left in the third period. The speculation was that someone was trying to fry Theodore's eyes with a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Alex Ovechkin's one-handed goal

Apologies for the spotty video quality. This second-period strike by Alex Ovechkin in Madison Square Garden Thursday night is a goal that needs to be seen. Here are a few things that made it marginally notable. 1) The Caps were on the verge of going into the second intermission...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Adam Dunn's Jiu-Jitsu training

(By Cheryl Nichols - Nats News Network) No one has ever accused Adam Dunn of being Willie Mays with his glove, but the Nats' slugger has repeatedly said how much he enjoys playing defense. And with first base his anointed position heading into 2010, a few Nats fans had...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Eric Fehr's radio show tackles country music

Classic rock and country. (Nick Wass - AP) It's been quite a while since I've tuned into 1570 CKMW, "Your sports station in Southern Manitoba," to listen to Eric Fehr's weekly reports "from Capitol Hill" via Ballston Commons. Since a new show came out on Thursday, this seemed a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Chris Cooley with Jake and Amir and Jared

Chris Cooley has been in so many places doing so many media things that's virtually impossible to keep up. That's why I'm going to put a bunch of the links here, mostly to push down the actually funny video with Jake and Amir in which one bad word is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The '84 Caps, in pictures

When I was writing that item about the 1984 Caps the other day--the only previous Caps group to reach 10 straight wins--it wasn't easy finding images. And yet you just knew that group had to have some tremendous mustaches. Then Matt Terl wisely reminded me of one path I hadn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , Yester Look  
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Canadian fans love Alex Ovechkin

To return briefly to Alan May's comments about an anti-Ovechkin bias emanating from the frozen north, the New York Times was among many outlets that disagreed. "Contrary to what May said, Ovechkin is revered in Canada, even by Don Cherry," Stu Hackel wrote on Slap Shots earlier this week. Hackel...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk is ESPN's top play

One TV announcer called it "the proverbial facial." The SportsCenter hosts began speaking in Arabic when they discussed it. And every game story about Virginia's win over N.C. State talked about Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk. "Oh my God! That's all I can say for that -- Oh my God! It...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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PTI does Caps Stanley Cup odds

Here's how you know the Caps are becoming a big deal: Tony Kornheiser discusses them on national television without using the phrase "choking dogs." "Odds the Caps win the Cup" appeared during PTI's oddsmakers segment Wednesday afternoon. Wilbon put the odds at 49 percent. Kornheiser chose 60 percent. Those...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Devin Thomas likes Predator tattoos, modeling

The headline image coming out of Devin Thomas's recent modeling shoot was the one of him in his red pajamas, looking for all the world like a partially dressed Wiggle. See a massive image of it here, under the excellent headline "Devin Thomas, Pajama Model." "Too tired to finish...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 4, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pothier, Boudreau on Ovechkin's captaincy

Since Alex Ovechkin became the Caps' captain, his team has gone 14-1. In 13 of those games, the Caps have scored at least four goals. They're sort of doing ok. And yet Bruce Boudreau initially sort of rolled his eyes when asked about Ovechkin and the captaincy, saying that...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Hugo Chavez bans signs in stadiums

When the Redskins (briefly) banned signs at FedEx Field this fall, I made plenty of over-the-top jokes comparing the franchise to various dictatorships. I was just joking. And the recent events involving sporting signs in Venezuela are, obviously, completely different than anything in Landover. Still, it makes you shake your...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Caps set new ratings records on CSN

(By Elise Amendola - AP) In case there was any doubt that Caps fever is ramping up to previously unseen levels.... * Tuesday night's Comcast SportsNet broadcast of the Caps-Bruins game, in which Washington won 11 straight for the first time in franchise history, received a 3.24 average rating...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Alex Ovechkin in Haiti relief PSA

As mentioned a few days ago, the players associations for the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL cut a joint PSA urging support for Haiti relief. Alex Ovechkin was one of the NHL players who appeared in the spot. Here it is. (Former Redskins RB Shaun Alexander is also included.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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NBC Caps logo fail

This Sunday's matinee match-up with the Penguins will be so awesome, it'll take you right back to, like, 2005! Or, as Mike Holden noted, "I heard NBC gave the spot to the new Caps logo for 7 months, but then removed it & put the old one back in."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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What happens if you check Alex Ovechkin

(By Elise Amendola - AP) About seven minutes into the third period Tuesday night, Bruins rookie defenseman Johnny Boychuk had the temerity to hit Alex Ovechkin and knock the MVP onto the ice. The Boston fans stood and cheered. In the next 30 seconds, Ovechkin launched three hits of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Caps Friday game moves to CSN HD

By now you've probably heard that the Caps' home game against the Thrashers on Friday has been moved off Comcast SportsNet + and onto Comcast SportsNet HD, with the Wizards game in Orlando shifting off CSN and onto CSN+. Maybe the reasoning is obvious, but just in case, I checked...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 3, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Caps hit 11 straight

Feel free to correct me on any of these facts. The hour is late as I type, and my media guide collection is incomplete. But it seems that 11 straight wins is a significant accomplishment in D.C. sports history. * The longest single-season winning streak in Redskins history is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2010; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Laughlin on the 1984 Caps win streak

If the Caps set a franchise record for consecutive wins on Tuesday night, Craig Laughlin will have a unique vantage point. He'll be sitting there in Boston, talking to many of us tuning into the Comcast SportsNet broadcast at home, but he'll also be watching as one of his own...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Portis: "I'm far from washed up"

Never in my life have I seen ESPN2's content so closely resemble ESPN 980's John Thompson Show as on Tuesday morning. The network's First Take program welcomed Clinton Portis as a special Super Bowl week guest, and the Redskins' running back returned to many of the themes he's touched...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Why Abe Pollin went from Bullets to Wizards

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. Throughout the past few months, with the death of Abe Pollin and Gilbert's Great Gun Goof, there have been frequent references to the franchise's name change from Bullets to Wizards, why it happened and what it meant. But there have been lots of different...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Alan May: Canadian media biased against Caps

Mike Green's elbow to the head of Michael Frolik only earned Green two minutes of penalty time during the Caps' win over Florida, but it was already raising talk of possible penalties before Friday night had ended. Green himself talked about the hit in the post-game dressing room, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Evening Bog: Bog makes PTI

How's this for self-referential, haters: I write about a co-worker of mine who shook the president's hand; then, the co-worker's ESPN co-worker shows an image of my Bog on TV, and then I blog about my co-worker's television show talking about my blog about my co-worker? Am I ashamed?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Local Poll Week X: Splitting pairs

(Photo by Jim R. Bounds - AP, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) The top five teams in this poll all went 1-1 last week, but there are many different kinds of 1-1. Georgetown's was triumphant. Maryland's was ambivalent. Virginia's was bizarre. William & Mary's was disastrous....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ovechkin shows respect for his coach

When former Terps Coach Bud Millkan passed away last week, the Terps Insider published a nice little write-up. And it immediately made me think of Alex Ovechkin. In an interview in his Comcast Center office in January 2009, [Gary] Williams said Millikan demanded deference from his charges. Maryland players...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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"Zorned" enters political lexicon

By Jonathan Newton - TWP When I read how House Minority Whip Eric Cantor was comparing Jim Zorn to Barack Obama, I immediately thought, "That's dumb." His strong prose--"These days D.C.-area football fans aren't the only ones sorely let down"--did nothing to dissuade me from my original opinion. But...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bill Simmons on LeBron to the Wizards

(2008 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP) Like I always say, I'm a 100 percent objective sports journalist, but there are certain local personnel moves that would be tough for me to view with a neutral eye. Tony Romo in a Redskins jersey? Can't picture it. Matt Bradley or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Ben Olsen shovels out the practice field

Here's an early nomination for Ben Olsen as D.C. area assistant coach of the year. When he heard that head equipment manager David Brauzer was out on the team's practice fields, clearing the snow with a shovel, by his lonesome, Olsen apparently headed out to help. I mean, Jerry...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Wilbon visits with Obama

Photos by Kyle Gustafson Having devoted three separate blog posts to the handshakes of Mike Wise and Barack Obama, I'd be remiss if I failed to give Mike Wilbon the same courtesy. Wilbon visited with Obama at halftime of the Georgetown-Duke game, and thus earned mentions in a variety...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Weird jersey weekend

Since we all spend plenty of time lamenting bad D.C. sports weekends, it's time to celebrate a good one. The Caps won their ninth and 10th straight games, tying a franchise record. Georgetown bullied Duke at home, earning national attention and recording one of the four best shooting performances in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The last time the Caps won 10 straight

There's no need to get overly dramatic about what a hockey team is doing in February, but when you combine the victory-starved D.C. market with the relentless brilliance of these Capitals, you can't help but get hyperbolic. It's been almost two decades since the Redskins, Wizards, Nats or Caps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 31, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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