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

Gary Williams and the first round

(By Don Ryan - AP) In March of 1997, Gary Williams lost his first-round NCAA tournament game to the College of Charleston. It was the second straight year his Terps had lost to a lower-seeded team from a non-BCS conference in the first round. "One of the most disappointing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 20, 2010; 1:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Florida quarterbacks and the Redskins

Spurrier, Wuerffel, Matthews. (By Nick Wass - AP) The news about Gator Skins this week had nothing to do with debunked furniture store reports. Instead, it was about ex-Florida quarterbacks. First came word that the Redskins had signed Rex Grossman, the former Gator. Then came news that the Skins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 19, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Umpiring at Nats Park

Jim Reynolds at work. (By Tony Gutierrez - AP) UMPS CARE Charities, the official charity of MLB's umpires, is running its annual auction to raise money for children's programs. There are several items with a D.C. bent, including a signed Obama umpire jersey, a signed Bush baseball, Nats batting...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 19, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ohio slays a D.C. team again

(By Jim Rogash - Getty) Not attempting to pile on, here, but there were a few things I wanted to note about Georgetown's upset loss to Ohio, so I might as well put them all in one place. Ohio The Bobcats may not have a glorious basketball history, but...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 19, 2010; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Mike Rizzo's new blog

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo announced today that he would be blogging this year for MASNSports.com. "The way we communicate with our fans is changing and I'm excited to lead the way," Rizzo said in the release announcing the blog's birth. "This is a really great opportunity to interact with our...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Lance Armstrong takes on Tony Kornheiser

UPDATE: I guess Lance wins. He tweets again: Just off the phone w/ Tony Kornheiser who's very sorry 4 his comments re: cyclists. Going on the show 2morrow 2 discuss this w/ him.... To me this is all about a relationship. It's bikes and cars. Both will be here forever....

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
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Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun, again

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun probably aren't the best of friends. Remember this moment from Eric Prisbell's lengthy interview with Williams last year: EP: [Rudy Gay] told me he grew up loving Maryland and he celebrated the national title. GW: Well, then why didn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Mascot Madness and the Racing Presidents

If you haven't been watching Fox 5's Mascot Madness, you've been failing at life. If you can watch this clip of the George Mason Patriot crashing on the floor of a high school gym and then burying his head in shame after being scored upon by the Catholic Cardinal,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball , Nats  
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Brooks Laich sets career highs

The aftermath of Laich's career-high goal. (By J Pat Carter - AP) Right after Brooks Laich scored his second goal Tuesday night, the Caps media relations folks sent out a notice that he had set career highs in both goals (24) and points (54). So I figured what the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 17, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Colin Campbell explains Ovechkin suspension

During an appearance on NHL Live Wednesday afternoon, NHL discipline chief Colin Campbell touched on many of the hot-button issues that have been percolating around his sport and his role in recent weeks. And, of course, he dealt with the Alex Ovechkin two-game suspension. Campbell was sort of given a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 17, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Obama praises JTIII, disses Gary Williams

In a move sure to earn him everlasting love in College Park, Barack Obama managed to comment on the coaching skills of both Gary Williams and John Thompson III while breaking down his bracket with ESPN's Andy Katz. Obama seems to think more highly of the Georgetown coach. "I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 17, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Stan Kasten takes down Jim Bowden, again

(By Evan Vucci - AP) Because no Nats news story can yet reach its natural conclusion without a comment from Jim Bowden, I present today's Internet Twitter war between the former GM and his former boss. Almost immediately after news of Elijah Dukes's release hit the Internet on Wednesday...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 17, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Joey Porter, Levi Jones reunited?

You know what this town really needs? Two teammates with a contentious history including a gambling-related physical confrontation that led a New York Post columnist to insinuate that at least one of them was a thug. That's really what this town needs. Desperately. If you've been living in Colin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 17, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Caps without Ovechkin

Fans in Florida Tuesday night. Maybe you've heard how the Caps have the highest scoring offense in the NHL. And maybe you've heard that Alex Ovechkin is right near the top of the league in most offensive categories. Maybe you'd then think that without Ovechkin the lineup, the Caps'...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Boudreau: "The boards caused the damage"

Since Bruce Boudreau's quote from Tuesday morning was used up by the AP, figure we might as well put it up in this spot. A TV reporter mentioned to Boudreau how Alex's boarding penalty wouldn't have been a bad hit in center ice, which I suppose is true enough, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Gary Williams defends Virginia Tech

A loyal Virginia Tech fan sent me a long and detailed message Tuesday morning about how the Hokies shouldn't be pilloried for their out-of-conference schedule, because some of their opponents didn't appear to be miserable RPI-killers last year, when the games were scheduled. VMI, UMBC and Iowa, for example, all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Cory Stillman on Alex Ovechkin

As with every NHL team over the next day or two, members of the Florida Panthers were asked about Alex Ovechkin's hit on Brian Campbell from Sunday. The Panthers, though, happen to play the Caps on Tuesday night, and I happen to be in Sunrise, so I got to hear...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ted Lerner, Daniel Snyder still billionaires

Another year, another Forbes ranking of billionaires, including two who own D.C. sports franchises with losing records. Both Ted Lerner and Daniel Snyder once again crack Forbes's list, although both lost a few places in the international rankings. Lerner went from $3.2 billion in 2009 (good for a ranking of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Boudreau, Mariotti and Ovechkin

About an hour after Alex Ovechkin's suspension was announced on Monday, Bruce Boudreau talked to a few media folks in the lobby of the team hotel. Mike Vogel from Caps.com asked how much the media can influence the buzz around a possible suspension, and Boudreau accepted the challenge. (See video...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 16, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Georgetown wins Atlantic 11 for third time

(Photo by John McDonnell - TWP, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.) A fourth season of Atlantic 11 voting is in the books, and for the third time, Georgetown has won the unofficial-but-potentially-life-changing championship of Bog voting, slipping ahead of the Terps in the final week thanks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Lombardi projects Clausen to Skins

A week after Mel Kiper said Jimmy Clausen would be "an ideal fit" for the Redskins at No. 4 in the first round, another national has weighed in with a similar opinion. This time it was Michael Lombardi, whose first mock draft for the NFL Network has the Skins passing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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A reasonable take on Ovechkin's hit

OvecBecause there are a lot of extremely passionate words being said about Alex Ovechkin this week, let me briefly highlight a radio interview with Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox, who began his discussion about the hit with something a lot of players in the Caps dressing room have been mentioning:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gleason: "Nothing wrong" with Ovechkin's style

(By Gerry Broome - AP) The first suspension of Alex Ovechkin's career came earlier this season after a knee-on-knee collision with Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason. That was the hit that launched the days of "reckless" talk, and that certainly contributed to Ovechkin's reputation as a suspendable player. And that's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Federal employees warned about March Madness

A federal employee attempted to enter The Post's bracket challenge at the workplace and was denied. The employee sent along this e-mail from the employee's agency, sent out last Friday. It provides high comedy. Gambling in the Federal Workplace College basketball teams are now playing in their respective league championship...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Gilbert still likes Tiger Woods

Finally, a Gilbert Arenas apology that actually sounds like Gilbert Arenas. The Six Shooter gave a lengthy interview to Esquire in which he apologized for the gun incident and talked about the after effects, and unlike his previous apologies issued through his lawyers and in a WaPo op-ed, this one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Boarding = "Enormous amount of judgment"

Mike Milbury's defense of Alex Ovechkin's hit on Sunday cycled back to the current debate over the NHL's subjective interpretation of the rules, both by on-ice officials and in supplemental discipline. "Nobody knows what's a penalty and what's not a penalty," Milbury complained. "We've got to get it right so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Mike Milbury's defense of Alex Ovechkin

The oddest part of Sunday's Ovechkin-related excitement in Chicago was undoubtedly this: Mike Milbury offering an intermission defense of Alex Ovechkin, and confused Caps fans confusingly admitting that they actually agreed with Milbury. From the sound of it, Milbury was getting ready to sound off over the rampant confusion...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 14, 2010; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Tom Penders vs. Maryland

(1998 photo by Michael Williamson - TWP) If you're a George Washington fan -- the few, the proud -- this first round Maryland vs. Tom Penders matchup has to just about melt your brain. My sense is that GW fans despise Maryland more than any school except Georgetown, certainly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 14, 2010; 8:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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