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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? Yeah, a little. But I still pressed the "publish" button, didn't I? Anyhow, thanks, Reali.

Other things that happened:

* The Ovechkin/Semin/Backstrom Olympic portraits are absolutely terrifying. See Puck Daddy. If Semin came up to me looking like that, I'd play Stairway to Heaven on the bongos if he wanted.

* The coach of the Maryland GreenHawks died over the weekend after just two games in charge. His successor will be the team's fourth coach since the preseason. Cheap Seats Daily has more.

* Andrew Sharp looks at how Duke and Georgetown have switched roles since the big upset in 2006. "How did we get here? It's like Goliath got slow and weak, and David got big and strong. And badass," he writes at SB Nation.

* Strange but true from George Mason in The Post: "Freshman guard Rashad Whack (2.2-point average) slipped in the shower and dislocated his left shoulder Friday."

* Someone showed up at the Mason-JMU game dressed like a polar bear, via the JMU Sports Blog.

* John Feinstein puts Mason into his Top 25. Of course he does. And yes, I realize that Feinstein always puts someone odd into his Top 25, but the locals seem well-represented in that oddness.

* Five of the televised BracketBuster games will involve Atlantic 11 teams: Old Dominion at Northern Iowa, William & Mary at Iona, Morgan State at Murray State, Akron at VCU and College of Charleston at Mason.

* Terps on the bubble? Again? "They beat the teams they're supposed to beat and lose to the teams to which they're supposed to lose to. So why does it feel like we know nothing about them?" That's from's college hoops blog.

* Yet another suggestion that Greivis Vasquez looks like The Situation, this one from Mister Irrelevant. You'll recall a fan at a recent game held aloft a sign saying something like "Grevis is The Situation." When he made the JumboTron, everybody booed.

* Continuing the dictate that every section of the newspaper must take a shot at the Redskins before the next season opener, Gene Weingarten sprays a few at the end of his WaPo magazine column, or whatever that thing is called now. He refers to the team as "the giant patsies of the NFL" and writes that they "play like elderly women."

* David Aldridge puts odds on Gilbert Arenas's next destination. New York, Philadelphia and Orlando lead the pack at 25-1. I guess that means him staying in D.C. is the overwhelming favorite.

* As for Gilbert's much-discussed op-ed in The Post, I have mixed feelings. Absolutely it was the right thing to do, and he "wrote" all the right things, and this is the sort of professional, bland approach that might have saved him before his Twitter and finga gunz binge. No complaints about the message.

But I've read so many thousands of his words, mostly in his blog, and it's just so obvious that his unique voice is entirely missing from this piece, that this isn't him. It's like sliding down a tunnel of watered-down plain oatmeal; there's just nothing to grab on to, no flavor that says these are the words of Gilbert Arenas. But better this than the alternative, I suppose.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2010; 9:36 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , Media , Minor League Basketball , Terps , Wizards  
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Barno's going to have a fit over this one

Posted by: Barno1 | February 1, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Exellant advertising

Posted by: Dlewis10 | February 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's better than the alternative, and I don't think we should praise athletes for toeing the corporate line and speaking in bland cliches (like toeing the corporate line).

Posted by: philofutbol | February 2, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love the publicity for the Bog, right?

Posted by: futbolclif | February 2, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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