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D.C. Sports Bog: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Storen calls Strasburg's stuff "unfair"

Storen and Strasburg (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Whenever Stephen Strasburg gets around to writing his memoirs, he should totally collaborate with Drew Storen. The reliever has been linked with Strasburg since the two were drafted, and has always been the chattier of the two. Strasburg is getting...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 14, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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A fun Jim Haslett story

Not long after Jim Haslett was hired as defensive coordinator by the Redskins, I tried to nab a few entertaining anecdotes from the archives, including the time he stepped on Terry Bradshaw's head. Many of the good stories seemed to involve Fred Smerlas, so I went ahead and bought...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 14, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Dibble's strike zone, and other images

If you've watched 10 seconds of the Nats on MASN this year, you've heard Rob Dibble complaining about an umpire's poor call. In every instance, the umpire has behaved badly toward the Nats. Rob Dibble is there to correct the record. Jamie Mottram pointed out just Wednesday that Dibble's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 14, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins  
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D.C. is only 7th most miserable sports city

Amid the debates of whether this was the worst year in D.C. sports history, it's easy to forget that other cities have it worse. Far, far worse. Forbes this week published a list of the 10 most miserable sports cities in Ameirca, and D.C. came in at an only moderately...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 13, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Redskins , Terps , Wizards  
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Montreal win is salve for Caps fans

This might make Caps fans petty, or pitiful, or jealous, or short-minded, or whatever other slur you might want to sling. So be it. Pittsburgh's seven-game loss to the Canadiens was an unimaginable bounty of second-round happiness. No, it doesn't come close to equaling the happiness of an actual Caps...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 13, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Bruce Allen talks teamwork

Redskins GM Bruce Allen went to Spingarn High Wednesday afternoon to address about 175 high school football players as part of an NFL player development program. Standing in the Spingarn gym, in front of paintings of Dave Bing, Elgin Baylor and Sherman Douglas, Allen went right into his main message....

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2010; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Terrence Austin's pedigree

A few notes about Redskins rookie wide receiver Terrence Austin, the seventh-round pick from UCLA who could be a candidate for playing time on special teams. High school star Austin went to Long Beach Poly, one of the top athletic factories in the country. In addition to Chase Utley,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Schilling: Stephen Strasburg could be MLB's best right now

(By Kevin Rivoli - AP) A lot of media members are attempting to remain measured and responsible even in the wake of Stephen Strasburg's demolition of minor-league competition. Count Curt Schilling in the opposite camp. Schilling has Strasburg well on his way to 17 Cy Youngs and maybe a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Dexter Manley on Albert Haynesworth

You know whose thoughts about Albert Haynesworth skipping voluntary minicamp we haven't yet heard? Dexter Manley. Mike Wise Show, please fix that. "I'll tell you what, to be quite frank with you, Albert is a role model," Manley said on Wise's show earlier this week. "You've got a lot of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Nats ratings on MASN soaring

(Photos by Kathy Willens - AP) I've mentioned before that the Nats, as expected, are experiencing sort of drab attendance this year, in the wake of the back-to-back 100-loss seasons. But if there's a one-year lag in attendance perking up with better on-field results, there's no similar impediment to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Donovan McNabb's Philly house is for sale

When Donovan McNabb met with the media on Saturday, he was asked if he had already moved to the D.C. area. "I'm still living in Philadelphia," he deadpanned, via Tracee Hamilton. "No, I'm just kidding. I'm here. I'm here. I think in order for me to get accustomed with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 12, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Justin Medlock and being a black kicker

(By Steve Russell - Toronto Star) I felt like I was recreating the fabled Doug Williams Super Bowl Media Day story when I asked Justin Medlock about being a black kicker at minicamp the other day. But jeez, how can you not ask? According to the Kansas City Star,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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D.C. Council committee recommends tax on sports tickets

Do you think your sports tickets are too cheap? Are you hoping to help the D.C. Council balance its budget? Are you an out-of-stater who uses D.C. roads to get to D.C. sporting events but doesn't want to pay the freight? Are you especially fond of going to events at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Caps , Mystics , Nats , Wizards  
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Selvish Capers and the switch from tight end

Capers is all the way on the right. (By John McDonnell - TWP) Redskins' right tackle Selvish Capers, one of the team's seventh-round picks, always wanted to be an NFL tight end. The players he looked up to as a kid included Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. Like those...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Brendan Haywood compares Dallas to D.C.

In the past week, we've heard from both Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison about the ending in D.C. and their new destinations. That leaves DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood. And, I guess, Oleksiy Pecherov and Mike James, but we'll save them for another day. Haywood was on ESPN 980's Sports...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Daniels: Discipline can add six or seven wins

Wind-up machine of exuberant self-confidence DeAngelo Hall raised some eyebrows when he said that Mike Shanahan's scheme would add four or five wins for the Redskins this season, and that they would finally start winning the close games they've lost in the past. Defensive teammate Phillip Daniels, a respected veteran,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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SI says Crosby is "Alone at the Top"

(By Paul Chiasson - AP) Bruce Boudreau is chatting at WaPo.com at 10. Submit questions here. I'm chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. On the eve of Game 7 of the Caps-Canadiens series, I noted that a Washington loss would inevitably lead to 12 months of articles about how...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Cooley is tired of Haynesworth talk

The NFL has done this thing where, with draft previews and the draft and draft postscripts and voluntary mini-camps and mandatory mini-camps marshmallow sleepover camps side-squat turbo-boost fun time camps and OTAs and UTIs and whatever else, there's no offseason. This is great for the media, because people love reading...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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The Nats and Shoe Shine Sunday

(Via @section138) Exhibit A of how winning records can contribute to players having fun and highly bloggable moments: the Silver Elvis Wig. Exhibit B: Shoe Shine Sunday. "We've had a really fun time down there this year," Tyler Clippard said this week on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio, when...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Caps and the life

Of all the explanations offered for the Caps' first-round knockout, the one I was probably least interested in had to do with them having too much fun after games. The whole moral police thing gives me a bad feeling in my belly, and anyhow: John Riggins. The end. But since...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Nats' unluckiest fan sees a win

You remember Stephen Krupin, right? He's the Nats fan who went to 19 home games last season, and saw 19 losses, meaning the Nats actually had a winning home record when he stayed away. His cousin, a Ph.D. economist and baseball stat geek, calculated the odds of this happening for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Nats and their attendance

(By Greg Fiume - Getty) Media members have enjoyed picking on the Nats for their supposed attendance woes since about 10 minutes after Nats Park opened. Yahoo's Jeff Passan devoted an entire column to the topic when the stadium was all of a month old. Kasten can't ignore the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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DeAngelo Hall on the playoffs (and the Nats)

(By Cheryl Nichols - Nats News Network) DeAngelo Hall, if you haven't noticed, is like a wind-up machine of bullish-on-the-future quotes. Give him a little push from behind, and he's talking playoffs. Some fans find this disconcerting, but in May, when September seems like several lifetimes away, I say...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Larry Johnson, the Skins and Bronko Nagurski

(By Nick Wass - AP) Larry Johnson was born in late 1979 in Charles County. That means he was in the perfect location and of the perfect age to be indelibly marked by the Redskins' glory years. The first Super Bowl he remembers was XXII, with Doug Williams, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 10, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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