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D.C. Sports Bog: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

McNabb lobbies to play hoops with Obama

One coach wants to go mountain biking with one president, one quarterback wants to play basketball with the next president. I guess you can't do that in Dallas....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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How to get up for Atlanta in April?

(By Jason Cohn - Reuters) The last time the Caps played a game, they were facing their arch rivals, in their last regular-season appearance at the Igloo, with the Penguins still scrapping desperately for playoff position. Now they come home, to face Atlanta. The Thrashers have been eliminated from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mike Knuble discusses Ovechkin's empty-netter

(By Gene J. Puskar - AP) Shortly after Alex Ovechkin scored an empty-netter with less than a second left against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, filling D.C. fans with euphoria, putting the Caps up by three and tying him with Sidney Crosby for the NHL goal-scoring lead, I suggested on Twitter...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Lorenzo Alexander wants to see Haynesworth

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Lorenzo Alexander stopped by the Mike Wise Show this week to discuss his charity bike ride, and much of the conversation centered around a certain defensive lineman who hasn't spent much time at Redskins Park this offseason. When a caller defended Haynesworth's performance a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Nats are third in operating income

(Getty) Well, this will certainly call off the dogs. Despite having middling attendance and the worst-record in baseball, Forbes reports the Washington Nationals now rank third in Major League Baseball in operating income. The magazine says the Nats' operating income in 2009 was $33.5 million, behind only the Marlins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Caps finally get back to .500

The Capitals opened their existence with a two-game road trip. They came home with an 0-2 record, having been outscored 12-3. By mid-November of 1974, the Caps were 1-15-2. That was a big hole to dig out of. It took the Caps more than 35 25 years, by they finally...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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McNabb compares Eagles and Redskins fans

With so much talk about Phillies and Nats fans this week, I was curious to hear Donovan McNabb's response when LaVar Arrington asked him if he understood how he'd be viewed if he brought success to this market. "Well, I do," McNabb said Wednesday on the LaVar and Dukes...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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McNabb plays hoops with T.O.

Now that another NFL celebrity has arrived in town, The Post gets e-mails like this: New Redskins' QB Donovan McNabb is also a reality tv star...he recently taped an episode of Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes" with former teammate Terrell Owens. So he did. It was McNabb, T.O. and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 7, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Redskins sell off scoreboard chunks for charity

(2007 photo by Preston Keres - TWP) The Redskins' scoreboard is no longer. Not many people will miss it. It was small, and junky, and despised. And it probably wasn't old enough to qualify in the nostalgia category. Still, the idea of selling off chunks of it to raise...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 7, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Larry King used to work Caps games

(Courtesy Comcast SportsNet) New to me: Larry King used to be part of the broadcast team for Home Team Sports's coverage of the Caps and Orioles. Like, that's really new to me. I had no idea until Al Koken mentioned it in passing the other day when we were...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 7, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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McNabb causes Fletcher to talk Super Bowl

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Donovan McNabb's arrival caused so many people to say so many things that I've sort of lost count somewhere around eight trillion. Here are some more of those things. London Fletcher, Fox Sports Radio, via Sports Radio Interviews: "The excitement with our team began...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 7, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Nats embrace political fundraisers

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) While scanning the Internet for reactions to the Nats crowd on Opening Day, I stumbled upon this CNN report on the franchise's enthusiastic courting of political fundraising events. Federal candidates, parties and PACS have spent at least $432,000 at Nats games or in Nats...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 7, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ovechkin's empty-netter in Pittsburgh

Alex Ovechkin really wanted a second goal against Pittsburgh. He was one goal behind Sidney Crosby for the scoring lead. He was playing against his arch-rivals. The game had been a bit chippy. The fans had been booing. And in the final 30 seconds, with his team up two...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 11:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Nats TV ratings way up for opening day

Since there has been plenty of criticism directed at the Nats for the opening day experience, here's one bit of good news. Ratings for the season opener more than tripled from a year ago, from a 0.5 household rating in 2009 to a 1.6 in 2010. You'll recall that the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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William & Mary chooses the Griffin

. Well, William & Mary's name is still the Tribe. But the mascot is now the Griffin. There is a new, powerful guardian of the nation's second oldest institution of higher education. The College of William & Mary announced Tuesday that its new mascot, the Griffin - a mythical...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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The Redskins' fantasy football offense

There have been dozens of jokes in the past few days about how the Redskins are amassing a killer offense, if this were 2006 and if they were playing fantasy football.The joke, I guess, is stale. It's certainly not original. But the thing is, it's sort of true. Check out...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kasten on the Philly fan takeover

Stan Kasten has offered a few comments on Monday's Philadelphia takeover; you can read some on Mark Zuckerman's Nats Insider, for example. The Post's Adam Kilgore also e-mailed with Kasten on the issue; here was the team president's initial response. "We sell season tickets and book groups all winter...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Shanahan will allow Campbell to seek a trade

There were several Jason Campbell questions during Donovan McNabb's press conference; the new quarterback said he wasn't trying to come here to steal Campbell's job, and that he hopes to get lunch with Campbell while they're both in the area. Mike Shanahan, meanwhile, called Campbell a class act, and briefly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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McNabb wants to meet Obama

This Web site will shortly be filled with quotes from Donovan McNabb. He was an ace throughout his press conference. He was funny, clever, accommodating, impressive, and whatever else. And he made it through without a single gaffe, until the very last question, about living in the D.C. area. It...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  | Tags: Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, NFL, Super Bowl, Washington Redskins, sport  
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About that Philly fan invasion

Via Big League Stew. Maybe having tens of thousands Philadelphia fans invade your home stadium is inevitable. Their city is nearby. Their team is successful. Their fans evidently don't have work responsibilities. That's cool. I get it. Still, it rankles D.C. fans. It will always rankle D.C. fans., whether...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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McNabb and the Redskins' draft pick deficit

Chatting at 11. Submit questions here. And then, McNabb! The McNabb trade has prompted at least two starkly different responses from intelligent Skins fans. Some believe that this was a mature move made by football professionals who fleeced a division rival. And others believe that the general arc of this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama's flub in the MASN booth

You might never see a reporter flummox Barrack Obama as much as Rob Dibble does in this clip, when he asks the president to name his favorite White Sox player growing up. Obama's got nothing. Just nothing. If Dibble had been debating Obama instead of McCain, the Democrat wouldn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 6, 2010; 12:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Portis calls McNabb trade shocking, talks RB competition

Clinton Portis went on SportsCenter on Monday morning to talk about the Donovan McNabb trade and the increased competition he'll face in the backfield this season. He didn't say anything controversial. In fact, he kept saying the right things. It was weird. "I think it was more a big...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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McNabb arrives, Skins' Super Bowl odds spike

Two things were inevitable today, not counting thousands of drunk Philadelphia fans near the Navy Yard: video of Donovan McNabb landing at the airport, and new Redskins Super Bowl odds. Before they traded for Donovan McNabb, the Skins were 55-1 to win the Super Bowl, according to Bodog. Now,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Theismann: McNabb "the last piece of the puzzle"

The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The Redskins have a quarterback some are saying is their best since Joe Theismann. Time for some Joey Sunshine. "Donovan is like the last piece of the puzzle if you want to move forward and say ok, what are we going...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McNabb Redskins jersey at Nats Park

By Cheryl Nichols. Well, that didn't take long. Ordinarily I might be against a football jersey at a baseball game, but not in this case, not 24 hours after the trade and with Philly fans all about. CNBC's Darren Rovell, by the way, noted that no Redskin has been...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Selig says Nats are "on the right track"

Bud Selig attended Monday's Nats opener; he kibitzed with Ted Lerner, George Will and Barack Obama before the game, discussing Joe Mauer's decision to stay in Minnesota, among other things. By the fourth inning, he was up in the MASN booth with Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble, and eventually Carpenter...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama's first pitch at Nats Park

So as you might have heard, Barack Obama's first pitch was way left. Before the game, he visited with the Nats, spending extra time with Nyjer Morgan and Willie Harris, according to MASN's Debbi Taylor. "He went around the entire clubhouse and he shook everybody's hand," Taylor reported. "In...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Willie Parker: "It's time for new and bigger things"

(Via @dalison) Willie Parker had a pretty short tenure as the Redskins' newest big-name offensive addition. I mean, the dude didn't even get one full weekday to enjoy those spoils. Plus, with McNabb and Johnson to choose from, it's gonna be tough to move a lot of Parker burgundy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Andray Blatche's triple double heartbreak

Andray Blatche's reaction upon not getting his triple-double Sunday night was possibly the most enjoyable Wizards moment of 2010. It also holds up very well upon replay. It was passion to the extreme, near-joy coupled with burning disappointment, a crazed effort to get just one more rebound, his entire...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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McNabb, Jurgensen, Eagles and Redskins

Sonny Jurgensen against the Eagles in the 1969 preseason. (By Bill Ingraham - AP) Almost immediately after Donovan McNabb was traded from Philadelphia to Washington, veteran D.C. sportswriter Rick Snider began comparing it to the Sonny Jurgensen trade, from Philly, to D.C., on almost exactly this day in 1964....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 4, 2010; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Eagles traded McNabb inside the division?

(2008 photo by Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Division rivals get strong feelings for each other. This means Redskins fans have some strong feelings for Donovan McNabb. For example, see this video of Skins fans torching a McNabb jersey before a game at FedEx Field. That's kind of harsh...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 4, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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McNabb to Mitchell: "It's time to play ball, cuz"

(2007 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP) Donovan McNabb played several years in Philadelphia with Redskins legend Brian Mitchell, who was out to exact revenge on his former franchise. Shortly after news broke of his trade from Philadelphia to Washington, McNabb spoke to Mitchell on the phone. "In his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 4, 2010; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Are the Caps overrated?

(By Richard A. Lipski - TWP) I was sitting in Ted Leonsis's office recently, interviewing him for a long-term project, when the subject of this year's squad accidentally came up. "I don't think we're getting the respect we've earned," Leonsis said. "We have to win a Cup." Mentally, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 4, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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David Gregory reps the Nats on Meet the Press

David Gregory has a personalized Nats jersey and describes himself as a fan, so it's no surprise when Nats talk shows up on Meet the Press. Still, any time a national host says "Go Nats!" on NBC, I'm going to have to mention it. "Last year -- and I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 4, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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