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D.C. Sports Bog: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Brooks Laich defends Boudreau and the Caps

Very few of the Caps were overly critical of the team's playing style during Friday's exit interviews, but they certainly know the criticism is out there. Brooks Laich was asked explicitly about that critique, and the idea that the Boudreau system just can't work in the postseason. "I wish I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Brooks Laich discusses his tire change

Like most of his teammates, Brooks Laich did a season wrap-up with the media on Friday afternoon. Unlike his teammates, though, Laich first had to discuss changing a tire for a stranded motorist on the Roosevelt Bridge. See, that whole little tire change story became kind of a big...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Ovechkin: "We can win the Cup"

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Caps players are streaming in front of the media on Friday, offering their final thoughts on the season. The biggest crowd, obviously, gathered for Alex Ovechkin, to hear the team's captain dissect the first-round flameout. Ovechkin was slightly more expansive than he had been on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Game 7 smashes Caps TV ratings record

With all the crazy numbers coming out of the Montreal series about power-play futility and goal-scoring droughts and blocked shot fiestas, here's the craziest one: Game 7 drew an 8.1 average household rating on Comcast SportsNet in the D.C. market. That made it the highest-rated Caps game in CSN history....

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Leonsis says it isn't time to blow things up

Ted Leonsis spoke at great length with Comcast SportsNet's Russ Thaler on Thursday, both about the Wizards and about the Capitals. He did so, he said, because "if you want to provide leadership to your fan base and to your employees, you've got to face the music, and we...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 30, 2010; 12:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Ted Leonsis wants to look Gilbert in the eye

Ted Leonsis has discussed NBA ownership in vague terms since Abe Pollin's death, but he's mostly avoided saying almost anything specific about the Wizards. Now that he has a deal in place to assume ownership of the team, he apparently is more comfortable speaking out. And so Leonsis chatted...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2010; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Ted Leonsis reacts to Game 7 loss

(By Bruce Bennett - Getty) "Alex and the Caps are gonna win Stanley Cups," Ted Leonsis said at the beginning of this month. "We're either gonna win it this year or next year or the year after. We're gonna get better, too. That's the thing. I promise the team...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Brooks Laich changes a tire after Game 7

Mary Ann Wangemann and her 14-year-old daughter Lorraine were already in a fairly poor mood Wednesday night. The Washington Capitals -- the first sports team they had rooted for together, the team that prompted 49-year old Mary Ann to begin painting her face before games and to sign up...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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Portis: McNabb didn't have a lot of talent in Philly

Give Clinton Portis credit for this; when he sits down for long interviews, he doesn't hesitate to speak his mind. "I played behind the lines that got injured," he told 106.7 The Fan's Chris Russell this week. "We lost Chris Samuels, we lost Jon Jansen, we lost Randy Thomas. I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Montreal takes series win in stride

Just another first-round win. No big deal. Buckle up and get ready for round 2. Right after you finish making those ceremonial sacrifices to Jaroslav Halak and giving thanks for his Miracle. The top image actually ran in Wednesday's editions, but I can't imagine the Game 7 result would...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 29, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Caps lose Game 7, D.C. fans suffer again

This is melodramatic. If you're not into that, best avoid. There were at least two types of people in the concourse following that thing that happened Wednesday night. One type made a beeline for the Dunkin Donuts stand. You know, that little orange beacon of delicious caffeine and fried...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Vice President Biden at Game 7

Joe Biden, far left, visits with Steve Case, Gary Bettman and David Gregory. Tom Poti and I were among the people standing in a back hallway of Verizon Center when Vice President Joe Biden and his Secret Service detail cruised through right before Game 7 began. Poti -- the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Donald Brashear at Game 7

For the second time in this series, Donald Brashear will be at Verizon Center. He got to the arena hours before the puck dropped, and picked up tickets from Mike Green, one of several players he remains close with. I saw Brashear in a back hallway and asked whom he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Barry Melrose tells Caps to get to the net

In case you wanted Barry Melrose's prescription for getting the Caps out of the first round, here it is, delivered Wednesday morning on the Mike Wise Show. "They're still trying to play the way they did in the regular season," Melrose said of the Caps. "And this team was so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Boudreau: "Heroes are made"

Bruce Boudreau nearly echoed the NHL's ad campaign for the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs during his penultimate pre-Game 7 talk. (Yes, he still has to talk to the media one more time, late this afternoon. Three times a day. Dude's gonna lose his voice.) "I think either team would...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Game 7 and Alex Ovechkin's reputation

(By Paul Chiasson - AP/Canadian Press) There are a lot of things worthy of dread if the home team loses Wednesday night, but this one is close to tops on my list: if the Caps lose, we'll have to read 500, 1,000, 10,000 or so stories about how Alex...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Saluting the Nats

As of this writing, I think I could safely say the Nats have the happiest fanbase in D.C. pro sports. That's kind of weird. I think I could also say that the Nats might have the second-best prospects for upcoming on-field success, or at worst the third. D.C. United...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 28, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Another Caps ratings record

More notes as we wait for Game 7.... * The Game 6 broadcast on Comcast SportsNet earned a 5.6 average household rating in D.C., topping Game 7 against the Penguins for the most-watched Caps playoff broadcast in CSN history. Among men ages 25-54, the game scored a 7.1 average rating,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Leonsis, Ovechkin and D.C. sports celebrity

(By Nick Wass - AP) Now that Ted Leonsis has reached a deal to purchase the Pollin family's share of the Wizards and Verizon Center, there's little doubt that he's the second-most important player in D.C. sports. Wilbon, I guess, is third. With this rise, of course, Leonsis has...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Chris Cooley gets pulled over during radio interview

At this point in my storied career, I've transcribed dozens and dozens of Redskins radio interviews. It's like a horrible cliche now. I could do them in my sleep. I think I have. They all start to sound the same. And yet never have I been able to transcribe a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Capitals turn off message board

The strain of this first-round series is getting to everyone, and with the discourse getting a bit out of hand, the Capitals temporarily shut down their official message board. Now, I don't want to go crazy and compare this to the Redskins' SignGate, but....well, what would the reaction be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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Daryll Clark on joining the Redskins

(By Gene J. Puskar - AP) For the second year in a row, the Redskins made contact with signed a record-setting undrafted free-agent QB from a powerhouse college program just after the NFL draft ended, and for the second-straight year, fans immediately got irrationally excited. A year ago, it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mike Shanahan loves tailgate toss

In his dealings with the D.C. media thus far, Mike Shanahan has been a pretty non-quirky guy. Call him the anti-Zorn. So I was glad to get this note from Reader Eric, who just ran across the box his brother's "tailgate toss" set came in. Turns out Shanahan was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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MASN loses feed from Wrigley

Quick update for those of you who noticed that the MASN television broadcast became a radio broadcast over this photo of Wrigley Field for much of Monday night's game. A MASN spokesman sent along this statement: There was a technical problem with the fiber transmission coming out of Wrigley...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Bruce Boudreau looking for answers

(By Shaun Best - Reuters) The Caps' Game 6 loss to Montreal was, obviously, a bit frustrating. Players were frustrated, fans were frustrated, coaches were frustrated. Included in that list would be Bruce Boudreau, the head man, whose post-game address to the media was not the friendliest of his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Montreal fans welcome Caps for Game 6

Not booing the U.S. anthem before Game 6? That was a good thing. Putting out an Ovechkin jersey, like so? Well, it's less welcoming, anyhow. "Please wipe off your shoes before entering," is the message. Not sure how the cigarette butts fit into that. (Via @dhellie)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Chris Cooley on the Redskins' changes

I just looked back at the gamebook from the Redskins' last playoff win, the 2005 game in Tampa Bay. There are two players from that defense still on this team's roster: Phillip Daniels and Carlos Rogers. Five offensive starters remain: Casey Rabach, Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, Derrick Dockery and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Redskins fans have McNabb fever

Aside from the extreme confidence displayed by Mike Shanahan and DeAngelo Hall on Saturday, my biggest takeaway from the FedEx Field draft party was this: D.C. has a bad case of McNabb fever. Even while Colt Brennan's No. 5 jerseys went on sale for 11 bucks in the bargain...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Fred Smoot says he'll always be a part of D.C.

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Back when the Redskins cut like 73 of their veterans during the Shanahan Purge, Fred Smoot just sort of disappeared from our lives, without warning. Antwaan Randle El, Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright, Randy Thomas -- we heard farewell messages from all of these guys,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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DeAngelo Hall says Skins will dominate NFC East

Near the conclusion of Saturday's draft party at FedEx Field, DeAngelo Hall came down to the field to address the fans. Always comfortable with a microphone in his hands, Hall told this story of how a fan had recently asked him about the possibility of a 16-0 season. Hall said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 26, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Montreal's six men on the ice

I'm not breaking any news by telling you the Montreal Canadiens got away with having six men on the ice late in the second period of Game 5 4 Friday night. This screengrab was spread around pretty good over the weekend, and it's not particularly vague. This might be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 25, 2010; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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