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D.C. Sports Bog: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Cliff Tucker's game-winning shot: the video

"Maryland's first win on a last-second shot since Drew Nicholas' Forever Moment against UNCW in the 2003 NCAA tournament," Patrick Stevens wrote moments after Cliff Tucker hit a real Buckhantz Dagger against Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon. Maybe it didn't have the significance of the Nicholas shot, but people who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 20, 2010; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Josh Howard wants to make the playoffs

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) A lot of Wizards fans likely see the current product as a placeholder on the way to an uncertain future. A future that starts, you know, after this wasteland of a season ends. Josh Howard, though, is an optimistic fellow. Apologies for missing what...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 19, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Crosby scores game-winner, Ovechkin doesn't

In a truly crushing development for my Web traffic, Mike Milbury was no longer on set after the Russians lost to the Slovaks early Friday morning, having retreated to his Crosby man-cave to celebrate the day that was. But give Milbury his due; the Golden Boy nailed the game-winner...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 19, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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Jim Zorn discusses Daniel Snyder, again

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) For the rest of his natural life, Jim Zorn will face reporters who would like to bait him into crushing Daniel Snyder. For the rest of my natural life, I'll be curious to see if he ever succeeds. Thus far, he's kept plodding...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 19, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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N.C. State fans chant "U.S.A." at Vasquez

Ah, collegiate sports. So wholesome, the way the students of America can chant patriotic slogans at opposing stars who happen to hail from foreign countries. Better than a "Deport Vasquez" sign, but in the same general spirit, I'd say. Watch during the second free throw, when Vasquez grins at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 19, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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D.C's Official USA Curling hotel

Brian Reymann's plans to transform his downtown D.C. hotel into a curling mecca began with the idea that he could maybe get a plastic curling set to put in his bar, allowing people to goof around while drinking a beer or two. And somewhere along the line, Reymann wound up...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Racing Presidents take New York

(Photos courtesy of Washington Nationals.) Since my editor publicly mocked me for missing out on posting photos of the Racing Presidents at Caps practice, let me hereby make it up by posting a great glut of Racing Presidents images. Starting with the above dandy, from Times Square. I know...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Nats  
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Alex Ovechkin goes shopping

So apparently when Alex Ovechkin does much of anything in Vancouver, including shopping for almost certainly tacky Olympic souvenirs whilst wearing a ridiculous Team Russia outfit, the camera folks get excited. That's what superstardom looks like. This, of course, reminds me of Scott Burnside's ESPN.com item harshly criticizing Ovechkin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps , Media  
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Mrs. Pollin called Caron Butler about trade

With fans continuing to wonder about the Pollin family's level of involvement in the deconstruction of the Wizards, I found Caron Butler's explanation of how he learned of his trade particularly noteworthy. "It's been going on for like the last month, the rumors and everything," Butler said during a Thursday...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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Capitals raise ticket prices again

As you might have heard, the Capitals recently sent out ticket invoices to season ticket holders, and the headline is that prices are going up for the second third straight year. This is a kind of complicated matter, and lots of numbers are involved, so I'm going to try to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Caps  
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Hudson Taylor is a wrestling magician

Before I met Hudson Taylor for the first time, I briefly chatted with the legendary Wade Schalles about one of his pupils. Schalles -- once dubbed "Plastic Man" and "the most exciting" wrestler in the world by Sports Illustrated -- still holds the record for most pins in a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Fighting Sports , Terps  
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Jamison leaves the building

Nothing makes you appreciate TV news cameras more than scenes like this, the cameras and print folks following the departed star to his car, the star remaining mute in front of their shouted questions, and then an uncomfortable spell of silence. And now, not counting suspended superstars, here are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Media , Wizards  
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The Larranagas play basketball with Obama

On Saturday night, Jon Larranaga's friend Art Jackson sent him a text, asking Larranaga to call as soon as he could. When the two men were on the phone, Jackson explained the situation: President Obama was looking to get a basketball workout in Sunday morning, and needed some more players....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Grunfeld: "The Pollins are running this team"

As the Wizards continue to disassemble their roster while the franchise is in the process of being sold, some fans have vocally wondered who is calling the shots, and how the various personnel moves will affect the team's eventual price tag. These are complicated questions whose answers will one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Potomac Nats already marketing Strasburg

If you haven't read Dave Sheinin's profile of Stephen Strasburg's arrival in Viera--and a lot of people have--you should go check it out. No one at The Post writes better than that guy, and there are plenty of interesting details. One comes nearly the end of the story, and concerns...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Minor League Baseball , Nats  
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Milbury and Roenick fight over Ovechkin

NBC analyst Mike Milbury obviously knows that Caps fans regularly accuse him of anti-Ovechkin propaganda. From the Crapitals incident, to calling Ovechkin "a dog," to the more recent "Hey Ovi, I'm still your daddy right now" comment about Crosby, Milbury is building up quite a resume. Does this make him...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
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RB coach: Portis "definitely has something left"

It would appear that we still have several months ahead of us of incessant and passionate and grammatically dubious arguments about whether Clinton Portis should remain the Redskins' starting tailback. Might as well spend some of that time trying to read the tea leaves steeping throughout greater Ashburn. And so,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 17, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Greivis Vasquez's new beard is interesting

(By John McDonnell - TWP) "Twenty-five in a half?" Greivis Vasquez asked after his outburst Monday night. "I mean, I couldn't believe it myself. It was just a blessing, scoring the way I was scoring." Meanwhile, I couldn't believe his beard myself. It was just a blessing, cutting it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Verizon Center needs a new banner

Remember how long it took to take down Gilbert Arenas's image from the side of Verizon Center. Less than 24 hours, is the answer. Well, it's been well more than 24 hours since the Wizards announced they were shipping off Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, and yet the 6th...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Remembering Butler, Haywood and DeShawn

As you know, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood got traded to Dallas over the weekend for a Chipotle burritos and several million dollars of flexibility, as they say. In case there's any confusion, I have never said that it wasn't time for the Wizards to deal, whether...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Robin Ficker resurfaces at Maryland wrestling

Robin Ficker heckling MJ. (AP file photo.) I was sitting in the stands during Maryland's wrestling match with American on Friday night. It was time for the Terps' brilliant All-American, Hudson Taylor, to take the mat. As Taylor readied himself, a guy in the front row of the stands,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fighting Sports , Terps  
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Wizards ratings: Still similar to Caps

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. Since I've posted voluminously and gushingly about the Caps' ratings on CSN in recent weeks, it's only fair to throw in a word about the Washington Wizards. Sports Business Journal published its annual mid-season look at NBA ratings on regional sports networks last week....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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Nats Web site selling Wang jerseys

UPDATE: Nats sign Wang. Mystery ruined. The latest word from the Chien-Ming Wang: "We haven't finalized anything with anybody," the pitcher's agent told Chico Harlan a few days ago. Monday morning on Twitter, Bill Ladson reported that "Wang is expected to make a decision by the end of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jim Bowden's tips for small-market GMs

A few months ago, Stan Kasten was asked whether he considers the Nats a small-market or big-market team. He sort of suggested it's impossible to know just yet. "I never use those designations," he told Rick Horrow on Versus. "I always talk about big revenue, small revenue, because you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Russ Grimm: Hot dog story "a little embellished"

I've gotten plenty of mileage out of the Joe Bugel-Russ Grimm hot dog story in recent weeks, and Grimm was finally asked about it, so I guess I need to revisit one more time. Remember, when Joe Bugel retired in January, he told the greatest story ever, in which Russ...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 16, 2010; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Ovechkin interviewed by Swedish reporter

If the Olympics means more video interviews of Alex Ovechkin with foreign-speaking journalists preceded by quirky foreign advertisements and highlighted by the journalists earnestly telling Ovi "one final question, you had quite a party in Quebec two years ago, you want to do that again?" and Ovechkin saying "why...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 15, 2010; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ovechkin's Olympic get-up is Jordanesque

So Alex Ovechkin shows up at the Olympics, and suddenly he's Michael Jordan or something? Insane footwear? Check....

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 15, 2010; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Local Poll Week XII: Richmond's Ranked

(Photo by Mel Evans - AP, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) A few observations: * I would have guessed RIchmond might have been the week's big mover. Hence, the headline here. The Spiders have sure been the subject of a lot of bracket chatter in recent...

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 15, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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