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D.C. Sports Bog: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Leonsis removes Mystics attendance banners

The attendance banners were a joke from the start. Even to WNBA writers. In June of 2000, the team's mascot "was introduced amid much smoke and fireworks as the Mystics raised their Best WNBA Attendance banner," the Orlando Sentinel reported then. "If we can raise a WNBA championship banner...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 8, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Caps , Mystics , Wizards  
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LaVar Arrington responds to Portis, softly

The last time LaVar Arrington responded to a perceived slight from Clinton Portis, he did so with full voice and sulfur-scented steam whistling out of his ears. But after Portis suggested last week that LaVar was somehow out of line for speaking at Sean Taylor's funeral, Arrington took a different...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Bruce Boudreau's rooting against Pittsburgh

(Photo by Cheryl Nichols - Nats News Network) I'm a 100 percent objective sportswriter, but my primary rooting interest in these Stanley Cup playoffs is against Pittsburgh. Don't ask me why. It's sort of instinctual. Happily, Bruce Boudreau shares my rooting interest. He's not from D.C., and the Penguins...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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ESPN confuses Lenny and Willie Harris

Well, this sort of speaks for itself. In a moment of heavenly payback, Willie Harris got to play the hero on Thursday night with a walk-off bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth against his former team. He was rewarded with this graphic on ESPNews, featuring the smiling...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Scott Olsen on his near no-hitter

I came to Nats Park on Thursday just to talk about Silver Elvis stuff, but then, since Scott Olsen was flirting with a no-hitter and all, I figured I'd better stay. Thus, I nabbed a little moving picture of his post-game thoughts. He was fairly blase about the whole...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Silver Elvis Wig: a brief history

There have been several different explanations for how the Nats came to award a Silver Elvis Wig to their player of the game after wins. One version said it was Adam Dunn's idea, and that Nyjer Morgan then bought the wig at a Halloween store. Another said that the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Redskins moving toward gold pants?

Redskins fans care deeply about the uniforms their team uses. This is clear. ESPN 980's Kevin Sheehan and Steve Czaban both understand this very well, and talk about the subject ceaselessly. And when Sheehan had Bruce Allen on the radio Thursday afternoon, he hammered the GM on the subject....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Ryan Zimmerman's Geico commercials

Guess I've been out of it, or been watching too much Versus, because these Ryan Zimmerman Geico commercials are new to me. I do remember reading about him filming the commercials this spring. MLB.com's Bill Ladson asked Zimmerman what it was like to work with the Caveman:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bryce Harper jersey at Nats Park

We've been seeing Stephen Strasburg jerseys at Nats Park for about a year now, even before the Nats actually drafted the kid. And now, it's apparently happening again with wunderkind catcher Bryce Harper, the guy who figures to catch Strasburg's first playoff pitch. (And I don't think that's even...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. United , Media , Nats  
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Portis criticizes LaVar over Sean Taylor funeral

Clinton Portis and LaVar Arrington have certainly taken their shots at each other over the past three months. First Portis seemed to ding LaVar for being obsessed with status, saying the former linebacker "gave back $15, 20 million to leave D.C., because he felt like he wasn't the main money...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 6, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Alex Ovechkin with a sheep

In the grand tradition of Andrei Kirilenko with a pig, here's Alex Ovechkin with a sheep. No, not a demonic sheep. The image comes via a typically amazing Ovechkin-family-in-Russian interview, translated by Alex Ovejtkin. The interview reveals, via Ovechkin's father, that the family received a gift of a sheep,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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McNabb to No. 2 in NFL jersey sales

Since Sean Taylor's death, Chris Cooley has owned the most popular Redskins jersey, according to the NFLShop.com numbers. As Cooley suggested last week, and as I guessed when I saw several dozen McNabb jerseys at the draft day party, that era likely ended as soon as the Donovan McNabb...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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The Caps race car wins

Ryan Ellis has always had two sporting passions: watching the Caps, and racing cars. Aside from a few posed snapshots in his go-kart with former stars Peter Bondra and Michal Pivonka (see below), those interests never really intersected. But as he got ready for his second season in the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Leonsis compares losing to death

An awful lot of Leonsis in these parts lately, but he is sort of the man of the hour in D.C. sports, plus I just can't get into college baseball. And so, Ted Leonsis's recent blog about the loss, again: When you lose in the first round of the playoffs...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Another gallery of National Elvises

A few questions and answers about the Nats' silver Elvis wig. Q: Why doesn't Livan Hernandez ever wear it? A: As Thomas Boswell noted in a recent chat, it's apparently too small big for his head. (Though Bill Ladson wrote that he did, indeed, wear it during the recent...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gilbert Arenas at the Harris Teeter

Hey look. It's Gilbert Arenas, shopping at Harris Teeter. Everyone loves Harris Teeter. Even my daughter loves Harris Teeter. They have those mini shopping carts for kids. She can't get enough of those. Plus the free sugar cookies in front. "Gilbert Arenas was juz here in the store buying...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Senate catering service spells Bobby Cox's name wrong

UPDATE: Better photos at the AJC. The best baseball story of the week comes from Roll Call, which noted that two big Braves fans on the Hill -- Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) -- invited Atlanta manager Bobby Cox and his players and coaches for a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Larry Johnson's welcome to D.C. party

Three key elements to any good welcome-to-D.C. party for a new Redskin: 1) Guest appearance from Wale. 2) Hosting duties performed by Big Tigger 3) Ice sculpture in the shape of the Lombardi Trophy with your number on it. Larry Johnson did it right, obviously....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The Nats say "Let's Go Capps"

(By Cheryl Nichols - Nats News Network) This "Let's Go Capps!" thing has been happening at Nats Park for a good deal of the season; the giant video board even plays along. If the Wizards would only sign former George Mason star Tony Skinn, it's like we'd all be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Caps feel bad for the city

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Like I wrote on Tuesday, it's been a bad 12 months for D.C. sports. Reader John says it's even worse if you extend it to 13 months: 5 teams, 4 fired head coaches, 3 last place divisional finishes, 2 fired general managers, 1...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Nationals scoreboard goes dark

(Photo by Cheryl Nichols) The stench of failure has long since lifted from Nats Park, and there's no need to cast any particular single-day malady as sign of some larger problem. So I'll just post these photos because they're kind of amusing, and not in the spirit of meanness...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 4, 2010; 10:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Was this the worst year of D.C. sports?

Beware the temptation to attach superlatives to the most recent anything, as in, that chunk of aged Gouda I just had was the most delicious piece of cheese the universe has ever seen, LeBron's elbow grimace is the most embarrassing display of nonsense from a league MVP in modern...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 4, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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About the Caps fan base

Since my job is now apparently to write about things that Michael Wilbon writes, let me try this again. The first question in Wilbon's chat on Monday was about whether the Caps' first-round loss to the Canadiens was the biggest disappointment in D.C. sports history. Wilbon laughed his head off...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 4, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Ryan Zimmerman plays the Didgeridoo

It sort of goes without saying that Ryan Zimmerman is the least quirky star athlete in D.C. Long ago, he started saying "I've got nothing for you" if I would even try to approach him. Turns out, though, all you had to do was offer him a commercial spot with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 4, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Ovechkin's Caps and Gretzky's Oilers

One post comparing Ovechkin's Caps to Gretzky's Oilers was probably enough, but it's kind of a slow time in D.C. sports, so what the heck. Plus, "You learn from losing, as crazy as it sounds and as much as you don't want to admit to it," Gretzky said during a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 4, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Mark Lerner calls ownership "a trusteeship for the city"

One of Ted Leonsis's hallmark moves is referring to the Caps as "a public trust," an organization that serves some slightly larger purpose than mere money-making. Leonsis has attributed the concept to Abe Pollin, writing on his blog earlier this year that it was from Pollin "that I learned owning...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 4, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sellers says Redskins are (almost) a team

Noted Caps fan Mike Sellers talked to Comcast SportsNet before Game 7 of the Montreal series, and yet the conversation got to football, as interviews with football players often do. Sellers -- who, depending on your definition, is possibly the team's longest-tenured player -- praised the changes that have...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ovechkin on Meet the Press, and other images

The benefits of having the Sunday morning news shows taped in Washington may be few and far between for D.C. sports fans, but here's one of them: David Gregory will become a massive Caps fan, to the point that a little Todd McFarlane Ovechkin figurine will appear on the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Marko Mitchell: "Everything is business"

The Redskins released Marko Mitchell on Monday, but it sounded like the second-year wide receiver already knew the drill last week. "You've really got to learn a lot real fast about how this business go," Mitchell told Washington Post Live's Ivan Carter. "You can't take it personally. You've got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Colt Brennan is still confident

Only one of these men is still with the Redskins. (By John McDonnell - TWP) If there's one truth for anyone who writes about the Redskins, it is this: every so often -- maybe every couple weeks, or maybe every couple days, or maybe every couple hours -- you'll...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Wilbon takes another shot at Ovechkin

A non-hockey fanatic friend was at my house over the weekend, when the topic of the NHL playoffs came up. "So, have we all pretty much agreed that Sidney Crosby is better than Alex Ovechkin?" he asked. Because I'm stubborn, I chose to rephrase the statement. "I think if...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Donovan McNabb meets Justin Bieber

(By Amy Argetsinger - TWP) Egads. Quoting from the Reliable Source's report on the WHCD: Justin Bieber, the tiny tween idol with a big bow tie, was striding out of the dining room of the Hilton Washington Saturday night when a much larger man stopped him and asked to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 3, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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