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D.C. Sports Bog: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Wizards' demolition is complete

The night before the card game. (By Ross D. Franklin - AP) The first D.C. sports team that really captured my imagination after the creation of this blog in the fall of 2006 was the goofy, wacky and yet somehow successful Wizards. That fall, the Nats were still following...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 13, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Leonsis on the Redskins

One more thing I wanted to highlight from the interview Ted Leonsis did with Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington Thursday afternoon. For a lot of reasons, just about every sentient sports fan in the D.C. area has explicitly compared Leonsis with Daniel Snyder in recent months, and a cynic might...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Redskins  
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Bruce Allen: No black uniforms

Because a lot of people expelled a lot of commenting emotions when Chris Cooley typed something about black Skins uniforms, figured I should help publicize the uniform-related comments of Skins GM Bruce Allen. The upshot--as emphasized by Skins blogger Matt Terl--is that throwbacks are in, but changes to the color...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Ted Leonsis discusses Arenas situation

Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding his attempted purchase of the Washington Wizards, Ted Leonsis has--to the best of my knowledge--avoided talking about the Wizards' current problems. Thursday afternoon on 106.7's LaVar and Dukes program, though, Leonsis offered at least some vague thoughts on the situation, calling himself "more a healer...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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Jim Rome weighs in on LaVar v. Portis

You know a story has gone big-time when Jim Rome is issuing "takes" on it. Either that, or you know that media members are desperate for any NFL content when they're weighing in on offseason Redskins media feuds. Anyhow, popular opinion seems to indicate that LaVar Arrington earned a decisive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Jim Rome weighs in on LaVar v. Portis

You know a story has gone big-time when Jim Rome is issuing "takes" on it. Either that, or you know that media members are desperate for any NFL content when they're weighing in on offseason Redskins media feuds. Anyhow, popular opinion seems to indicate that LaVar Arrington earned a decisive...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Bruce Boudreau discusses his acting career

Trust me, combining Michael Jenkins, Bruce Boudreau and the Ameritel triplets creates a virtual mandate that you watch this piece on Boudreau's acting career. If that's not enough to convince you, let me give away one bit of dialog. Jenkins: "If you had to compare yourself to an actor..."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Kornheiser, Vecsey still obsessed with Wise

This was something I meant to write last week, but the snow scrambled my brain. You could argue that it's all so out-of-date that I shouldn't even bother, but I figure if Peter Vescey and Tony Kornheiser want the world to know they remain obsessed with Mike Wise, who am...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Lindsay Czarniak rocks the red

Sure, the Caps are on a two-game losing skid, but that doesn't mean some great Caps images haven't floated into my computer in recent days. Here's a sampling, starting with the above image from the storm, featuring Lindsay Czarniak and her Caps lid. I include this one mostly for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Caps loss smashes ratings record yet again

No, this isn't just a copy and paste job from earlier this week, or last week, or the week before. The Caps set yet another ratings record during their Wednesday night overtime loss to the Canadiens, and this one was by far the most impressive to date. Yes, there was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Caps on their Olympic hockey rooting interests

(By Luis M. Alvarez - AP) I'm not breaking news here, but there are a lot of D.C. hockey fans with some mixed emotions heading into the Olympic hockey tournament. Sure, most Caps fans in D.C. are American citizens, and sure, they're accustomed to supporting their own country during...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 11, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Ovechkin checks puck into net

The Caps lost. The win streak ended. And Alex Ovechkin's bizarre goal of the night--checking massive defenseman Hal Gill, goalie Carey Price, the puck, six medicine balls and several tons of concrete slabs into the net--was waved off by officials. Whatever. Don't care. In the last week, the guy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2010; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Leonsis: "I want immortality for the players"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) This is the kind of roll Ted Leonsis is on: his long-planned book release media blitz happens to have coincided with the longest win streak in Washington Capitals history. Not a lot of frowns or angry questions during a media tour about happiness plans...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Romo: "I'd cut off my right arm" for NFL opportunity

This week's news that Bill Romanowski is talking with the Redskins about a possible business relationship of some sort is fascinating, because everything Romanowski does and says is fairly fascinating. Romo told John Keim that his conversations were "not anything official in any way as far as interviewing for a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Caps talk about snowmageddon

Three years ago this week, when D.C. got an inch of snow and everything was canceled, I asked the Caps what they thought. "This is a beautiful winter day back home," Brooks Laich said at the time. "The temperature's minus-30, minus-40 degrees, you've got a couple feet of snow, you've...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What that fan was gesturing to Jordan Staal

Remember this photo above? I originally speculated that the gentleman who was communicating with Jordan Staal might have been implying something unfit to mention on a family blog. Readers suggested he was referencing the Kids in the Hall "Crush Your Head" gimmick. Turns out we were all wrong. Because...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 10, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Mark Brunell and Chase Daniel make it big

I mean, of all the NFL players in the world, look at who made it to the front page of NYTimes.com on Tuesday. Simply incredible. All that was missing was the glamor shot of Leigh Torrence. Other stuff that happened: * Obviously you already know about this, but the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2010; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , Media , Nats , Redskins  
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Caps-Pens draws playoff-type rating on NBC

(There are a lot of numbers here, and some of the key ones are buried later, so here's the news: Friday's Caps game on CSN absolutely slayed the network's record for the most-viewed regular season game, beating it by 33 percent. Sunday's game on NBC drew as many D.C. households...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Quintin Laing and the win streak

(AP file) On Jan. 13, the Caps came back from three goals down to tie the Florida Panthers on the road, and then secured a win in the shootout. Quintin Laing took eight shifts, totaling about six minutes of ice time, during the win. It was the eighth time...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Best Snovechkin Ever

Chatting at 11:30, I guess. Submit questions here. As you can see, below, there have been plenty of outstanding Snovechkin sightings over the past few days. I'll award best-in-show to the above example, sent to me by one of the m members of Pummeler, the anti-Crosby band. Of course....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 9, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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LaVar Arrington responds to Clinton Portis

I've transcribed more Redskins radio interviews than almost anybody alive, but LaVar Arrington's response to Clinton Portis Monday afternoon is well beyond my powers to communicate. You simply have to listen to the second segment yourself. (Download the audio here.) Saying Arrington was passionate doesn't do it justice. Saying his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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Fred Smoot in Wale video

I mentioned last month that Clinton Portis will appear in Wale's music video for "Pretty Girls." Turns out Fred Smoot beat him there, with a cameo for both Smoot and his Rolls-Royce Bentley in Wale's "My Sweetie." See the still above, and see the full video below. And let...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Local Poll Week XI: Snow'd Dominion

(Photo by Reuters, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) A few observations: * Our number of voters was virtually cut in half this week. This is the sort of week you learn who really wants it, and who lets a little snow stand in the way of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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A Redskins music video from the 1980s

I've tried to write a few sentences of introduction to this sensory masterpiece about seven times, and each time I've had to press delete. Really, there are no words that could do this justice. You just have to revel in it yourself. We can each enjoy this in our...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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NBC's Caps-Penguins coverage

Let's first acknowledge that NBC could have muted its announcers and instead broadcast Sunday's Caps-Pens game to the soundtrack of monks chanting "OV for MVP" and nuns singing "Unleash The Fury," and a certain subset of Caps fans would still have been convinced that the broadcast favored the Penguins....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Clinton Portis riles up LaVar Arrington

(2005 photo by Toni L. Sandys - TWP) The football season ended on Sunday, and it was fitting that Super Bowl Week would serve up one final Clinton Portis feud. He's had a lot of these lately. (See below.) Portis would likely argue that the media are to blame,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
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Jeff Schultz takes on Sidney Crosby

If you would have asked me Sunday morning which Caps player would be most likely to end the second period jawing with Sidney Crosby, Jeff Schultz would have been off the board. Not an exaggeration; I almost certainly would have had him behind everyone besides Jose Theodore and Michal...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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George McPhee takes Metro to Caps-Pens

Well done, George McPhee. Way to ride with the people. Makes me all embarrassed that I remained hidden in my house all day. (And yeah, now that commenters put it out, it sure does appear that he spent the ride chatting with Jimmy Cafritz, the former team director who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 8, 2010; 1:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ovechkin smashes goal cam

There were plenty of unforgettable moments from Sunday's matinee masterpiece between the Penguins and the Caps. Many of them involved players other than Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby; Eric Fehr's handiwork comes to mind. But Ovechkin and Crosby accounted for five of the nine goals scored, so we're allowed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 7, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Scottie Reynolds Metros to Verizon Center

(By John McDonnell - TWP) When Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, a teammate and a couple of staffers took the Metro to Verizon Center on Saturday morning, the predictable happened. Dana O'Neil told the story on ESPN.com: Reynolds and Pena kept their blue sweatshirt hoods pulled over their heads and kept...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 7, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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