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D.C. Sports Bog: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Ovechkin and Backstrom play basketball

Weird night, huh? This wasn't the post-game scene I'd have imagined back in the second period. But the Caps rallied, and Nicklas ComeBackstrom got up to his tricky Swedish ways in overtime, and then everyone retreated to the Wizards' practice court -- where the playoff press conferences are held...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 17, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Tom Poti fights Scott Gomez: the video

Tom Poti has had just a handful of fights in his NHL career. Or a fistful, I guess. The Capitals as a team almost never drop the gloves, especially this season, with Donald Brashear gone and John Erskine often sitting up in the press box. But if ever there...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 17, 2010; 10:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jose Theodore's Game 2 benching

The Caps were down a game in this series, and down 2-0 in Game 2 after Jose Theodore yielded two first-period goals on two first-period shots Saturday night. Neither involved traffic, or bad bounces, or an other excuse to bail Theo out. The smell of panic was in the air,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 17, 2010; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Caps-Habs Game 1 fans

Hey, Caps fans dress goofy during the regular season, so why stop now?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Ryan Zimmerman has words with a Philly fan

The big Philly fan news of the day concerns the gentleman who made himself projectile vomit all over an 11-year girl and her father. I can't help but think it's be easier work for him to stockpile bags full of vomit at home, and then just dump them on his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Game 1 Caps fans, in video form

As you'd expect, local television stations provided fan reports from Game 1. Heck, I'm about to provide my own as soon as I get enough energy to find my camera. But moving pictures are always more exciting, and so here are Michael Jenkins from CSN and Pat Collins from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Caps playoff intro video

If you like Metallica and the local hockey team, maybe you'll get a kick out of the video that opened Thursday night's in-game entertainment. Doesn't really translate to the laptop too well, though. In person, with the lights off and everyone drunk on nice-weather and happy-hour, it felt kind...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Canadiens on stopping Ovechkin

Hal Gill nails Ovechkin. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) As you might have heard, Alex Ovechkin had zero shots on goal in Game 1 against the Canadiens. That was after leading the league in shots this season, despite missing 10 games, averaging more than five shots a game....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2010; 12:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Leonsis look-alike greets the fans

"Ted's lost some weight," Annie LeBeau observed Thursday evening, as her friend shrieked and began snapping photos at the goateed man in the blazer and red sweater. "He's lost a lot of weight." See, when you see a man who looks an awful lot like Ted Leonsis, standing by...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Do Caps fans veer Republican?

More details from the WaPo poll about D.C. sports fans and their favorite teams: * Of locals who have a favorite local team, 25 percent of northern Virginians chose the Caps, compared with 19 percent of Marylanders and 9 percent of District residents. Support for the Caps was higher outside...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A D.C. kid named after Ovechkin

Not long after I posted my story about Alex Ovechkin's parents earlier this week, I got an e-mail from Reader Dave. He had a story about the Ovechkin clan of his own. After the Calgary game in late March, Dave was in the Verizon Center team store where he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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How the Caps have changed D.C.

You've already read 713 stories about how much different today's Caps are than yesteryear's Caps. Like, standing-room only tickets for the playoffs? That's a big difference. But maybe nothing was so stark for me as reading this message-board dialog a friend just sent over. This was from his poker group,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Canadiens take heart from upsets

Bruce Boudreau said Thursday morning that he was glad the Caps had a day to watch higher seeded NHL teams get upset, to open up their minds, and keep them on the straight and narrow, or something. The Canadiens said they were also beneficiaries; that watching all the lower seeds...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nats announcers are already disgusted

A few depressing notes from NatsTown. * Opposing pitchers are batting .412 against the Nats thus far (7-17, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 K). That's a higher batting average than any Nats position player. Adam Dunn, by the way, is hitting .136 with 1 RBI and 7 Ks. (All...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Capstronaut appears in Jurcina interview

If you're a huge Milan Jurcina fan and you'd like to hear him discuss his comeback from hernia surgery and his friendship with Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak, this video is for you. Like, all of it. If, however, you merely want to see the Capstronaut appear on the ice...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bruce Boudreau's message to the doubters

(Reuters photo) To be honest, the Caps are running out of doubters. They're Vegas's favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Ditto the NHL players, via that SI poll. Nine of NHL.com's 15 editorial staffers picked the Caps to win it all. That's a lotta love. Still, Bruce Boudreau loves...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 15, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ovechkin shows off the Black Series

I've written enough about Alex Ovechkin's Mercedes Black Series that I almost had to post this Caps Red Line clip of him touring around Ballston in the car. (The Black Series, a 2009 SL65 AMG, is one of about 350 in the world, and has a price tag north...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Montreal reporter's favorite Ovechkin story

Fran├žois Gagnon is a longtime hockey writer from La Presse in Montreal, and a longtime admirer of Alex Ovechkin. (Yes, he's also the guy who wrote the Plekanec story this week.) He's already in D.C. to prepare for Thursday's opener, and I asked him to explain why folks in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mike Knuble on being like cattle

Knuble, from long distance. (By Nick Wass - AP) Two years ago this month, Mike Knuble scored the game-winning double-overtime goal that put the Caps down 3-1 against the Flyers. He said it was by far the biggest goal of his career, and it came from maybe a couple...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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When Montreal traded Rod Langway to the Caps

The Caps have never played Montreal in the playoffs, have no geographic or cultural rivalry with that city, and are perfectly happy playing the half smokes to Montreal's poutine. But there's at least one indelible hockey transaction linking the two franchises: Montreal provided D.C. with Rod Langway, this city's first...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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A Redskins Fan in Dallas

This, Redskins fans, is the proper behavior if you ever find yourself taking a tour of Jerry Jones's new palace. This is Bog reader Alex, and he found himself in Dallas while visiting his girlfriend during spring break. High on his list of sights to see was the Cowboys'...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Willie Harris "ain't no little boy"

I watched Willie Harris and K-Rod walk toward each other purposefully while using dirty language on Sunday, and I read where Harris said "He's a man, I'm a man" after the game, but this quote is new to me, even if it's more than two days old. From the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Caps are Stanley Cup favorites

The Caps won the Presidents' Trophy rather handily, and play in the NHL's weaker conference, so it stands to figure that they should be the odds-on slight favorites to win the Stanley Cup. A poll of 272 players by Sports Illustrated came to that conclusion; 31 percent picked the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Donovan McNabb's PTI appearance

Donovan McNabb went on PTI Tuesday afternoon, and taught Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser the same lesson he's been teaching the rest of the D.C. media for more than a week: He's not yet ready to lash out at Philadelphia, at the Eagles or at their fans. Whether he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Caps' airplane poker games

Example 732(b) of how the Caps and the Wizards have had different flight paths this season. When members of the Caps play cards against each other on the airplane, it leads to funny videos that are shown on the big screen during games and are then available on the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Vinny Cerrato to offer draft commentary

Have you missed former D.C. radio host and player personnel evaluator Vinny Cerrato on the airwaves? Were you wondering whether he's still high on Jimmy Clausen? Will you be especially thinking about him as late April rolls around? And will you especially especially want to hear his thoughts after the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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The Wizards season, in four minutes

Do you love the Wizards? Have you managed to block out many of the worst moments from the 2009-10 season? Would you like to remind yourself, so as to give your innards the feeling of being doused with battery acid and then run through a Cuisinart filled with rusty...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Caps introduce standing-room-only tickets

(By John McDonnell - TWP) I'm not sure anything illustrates the changing times better than this: the Caps are offering standing-room-only tickets for the playoffs. For $100. And you can bet people will buy them. As of now, tickets are only for sale for Games 1 and 2 against...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Caps fire back at Plekanec

Really doesn't take long to get playoff media feuds up and running nowadays. I blame the bloggers. The D.C. press corps descended on Caps practice today, and figured hell, let's ask players about that Tomas Plekanec quote slighting Jose Theodore, because that's like the easiest story line ever, and hey,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Tomas Plekanec slights Jose Theodore

Plekanec, far right, when his team faced Brodeur. (By Graham Hughes - CP) You would certainly guess that many media members would point to the Caps' goaltending as a reason to doubt them in the postseason. It's an easy enough story line, and even the most ardent fans are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Jose Theodore on being a celeb in Montreal

The vicious mob in D.C. consists of teenage girls in Ballston. This is Mike Green. A few weeks ago, I asked Jose Theodore about being a celebrity in Montreal. I was interested in how his status as an MVP in that city compared to Alex Ovechkin's status as an...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Brian Baldinger really doesn't like McNabb

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. Brian Baldinger's recent comments about Donovan McNabb to NFL.com -- saying McNabb is a flawed player, and that the Eagles will make the playoffs without him while the Redskins watch from the golf course -- got a fair...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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Officers strike Maryland student after Duke game

The Maryland-Duke post-game celebration last month got a bit peppy, as I noted back then, but there were immediately accusations that the police went beyond mere peppiness. On Monday, this video surfaced of P.G. police striking a student, apparently without provocation. It's more than a tad disturbing. More from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ovechkin's parents want to thank you

The Ovechkin family in 2005. (By Tracy A. Woodward - TWP) "I want to make a comment," Alex Ovechkin's father, Mikhail, said more than an hour into our interview last week. "Will it appear in the newspaper or not?" It was a balmy evening on a patio in Ballston,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Alex Ovechkin's strength

By Gene J. Puskar - AP I wrote a story about Alex Ovechkin for the newspaper over the weekend. It was a story I began working on before the Brian Campbell suspension thing happened, which sort of stole the guts of the story, since every working sports journalist in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Jose Theodore's ad for Vachon Cakes

Having heard that Jose Theodore once did an advert for Quebec-headquartered Vachon Cakes, and then reading a Habs fan call it the best hockey commercial ever, my hopes were high. I'm not sure if this justifies them or not. I will say, though, that I'm demanding someone bring me...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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When Montreal loved Jose Theodore

I'm guessing you might read one or two Jose Theodore stories this week, as the Caps' goalie returns to his hometown, a place where he grew up and starred for the Canadiens before fans soured on him. To whet your appetite, a few notes from the archives. July, 1994:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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McNabb selling Redskins tickets

Late last week, I heard from two different Redskins fans who used to be season-ticket holders. Both had gotten two calls already this offseason, asking them to reconsider or offering them more time to renew. Both continued to say no thanks. And then both got this e-mail on Friday. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Wizards store moves away from "Bullets"

Back when the Wizards were in the process of purging Gilbert Arenas from public spaces in Verizon Center, I pointed out that the online store linked from the team's Web site still was leading with an image of a model in a "Bullets" tee shirt. I suggested this was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Caps fans go out in style

Sure, the regular season finale at Verizon Center wasn't the last time we'll see Caps fans display their unique sense of hockey style this season, but the final two weeks were filled with Caps fans doing one of the things they do best: dressing oddly. A few highlights, contributed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 12, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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