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D.C.'s top current sports broadcasters

I really should have thought of this myself, but in light of the polling over D.C.'s best-ever sports anchor, the chaps at Mister Irrelevant polled the local literati on the five best active D.C. sports television personalities.

The three leading vote-getters were Buckhantz, Beninati and Czarniak. I was a voter, and I don't feel like disclosing my vote, because I don't feel like making anyone mad, but I will say that I will loudly argue that both Michael Jenkins and Kelli Johnson deserve spots on this list. The former is the funniest sports TV person in the market by several hectares, which isn't really a unit of length, and the latter breaks news as regularly as any local TV sports reporter I can think of. Bad voting, literati.

Go vote in the poll.

Other things I've been meaning to mention:

* Livan Hernandez's first four strikeouts during his most recent start came on pitches clocked at 70, 64, 79 and 65 mph. (D.C. Landing Strip)

* That image above is apparently Jim Bowden, dressed as a Na'avi. It's from his Facebook page. It makes me feel funny.

* Bob Feller on Strasburg: "I've seen the young man pitch on television, and he's quite impressive. Great fastball, with good movement, too. But I think the expectations are far too high at this point." (

* Wilbon is in a feud with Stan Van Gundy. (The Sporting Blog)

* Two Nats season ticket holders are expecting on June 5, have Nats tix for the 6th and 9th. (

* Mike Shanahan on Ma'ake Kemoeatu's head:

"In fact, if you've looked at his helmet....I've never seen a helmet that big before. His helmet size is size 13, and the biggest one I think I've seen is a eight and a half, so that kind of gives you a little idea."

(Skins Blog)

* Batting Stance Guy interviews Ryan Zimmerman. (BSG)

* Caps PR guy Nate Ewell on Wilbon and Ovechkin. (Caps Today)

* Adam Dunn was on the Scott Van Pelt Show this week, and was asked if the guys gave Nyjer Morgan grief over his temper tantrum/inside the park HR gaffe:

"He's such an emotional guy, man, you don't want to crush him. He takes stuff so personally. In a good way, I'm not saying he's defensive, I'm just saying he tries so hard out there. I think he was on suicide watch that night, man."

And on his batting average:

"With them playing the shift now I could probably go out there and slap a few balls to third and hit about .310, but that's not very much fun for me."

* Casey Rabach and Phillip Daniels were once advocates of getting away from Redskins Park during the offseason. (Extreme Skins)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins  
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We need Anita Marks.

Posted by: rdpinva | May 27, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

that picture is creepy. really makes me re-think who I should have been rooting for in Avatar

Posted by: alex35332 | May 27, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon is always in a feud with somebody.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | May 27, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I like Dave Johnson.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | May 27, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought I was the only one who found Michael Jenkins hysterical. Guy cracks me up regularly. And yes, Kelli Johnson is as good a reporter as anyone in this town. She has come a long way since she started covering the Skins back in that '04 Hall of Fame preseason game.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 27, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Czarniak is the hottest thing in town that's for sure but the days of the big time local sports anchor are gone, they might as well have the news anchor read the scores and introduce the highlights.

So Dunn says he could hit .310 by slapping the ball toward 3rd, I doubt it, but if the big donkey was smart he'd do it for a few games and force teams to actually play him honestly.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 27, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

CSN has top notch personel, from KJ, Jenkins, Maloney,& Thaler, to the Caps & Wiaards broadcast gangs. &Same with WRC4.

Posted by: Hattrik | May 27, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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