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D.C. Sports Bog: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Manute Bol and "my bad"

Of all the many fascinating things I've read about Manute Bol this weekend, here's the most bizarre: a language blog written a few years ago suggested that Bol might have been responsible for coining and/or spreading the phrase "my bad." (I'm not trying to be flip; for the really touching...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Manute Bol dies at 47

(Courtesy Tom Prichard.) When I last talked to Tom Prichard, the friend of Manute Bol who had collaborated with the former NBA center on several humanitarian projects in Sudan, he told me how optimistic Bol was about his health. The former Bullets center had been hospitalized in the D.C....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 19, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In defense of Haynesworth

At least three ESPN employees have stepped up this week to defend Albert Haynesworth. Because why not, I guess. You've likely already seen Mike Wilbon's initial sort-of defense of Haynesworth on ESPN 980, where he argued that NFL teams are often unreasonable in their offseason requests. When the subject was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Jeremy Jarmon's World Cup

I'm going to go ahead and guess that only one guy in the NFL planned on wearing a Bastian Schweinsteiger jersey during the Germany-Serbia match Friday morning, before changing into a Michael Bradley jersey for the U.S.-Slovenia match later in the morning. That one guy would be Redskins linebacker Jeremy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Darnell Dockett on the Redskins and Portis

Cardinals Pro Bowl defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is from Montgomery County and played his high school ball at Paint Branch. He frequently visits the D.C. area in the offseason, and does various appearances in this area. And he recently asked his Twitter followers what they'd think about him playing for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Portis said he wanted out of Washington

Clinton Portis says he's now happy to be with the Redskins under the Allen/Shanahan regime, but in a recent interview with Dan Hellie, the running back said he briefly wanted out before Shanahan took over. "You become nonchalant, you become a whatever, and I think I just became a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Stephen Strasburg is The Stopper

FanSnap graphic. "The Nationals can't afford to get into a situation where Stephen Strasburg becomes their stopper," MASN's Ben Goessling wrote this week. Um, too late, methinks. Since May 15, the Nats are 9-21 for a .300 winning percentage in games not started by Strasburg, and 2-0 in games...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Devin Thomas stars in Fantasia video

I assume this is Devin but can't swear to it; image via The YBF. Maybe you saw the news on Devin Thomas's Twitter account, but if not, I'm here to tell you that the Redskins receiver is one of the star's of Fantasia's new music video, Bittersweet, which Thomas...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Redskins alumni tee off on Haynesworth

Mike Bass and Pat Fischer. (Photo by Matt Terl) Former Redskins safety cornerback Pat Fischer was possibly the main attraction of Thursday's alumni day. He seemed to know everyone, and even if he didn't know you, he would grab you around the shoulders and proceed to shake the living...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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George Starke on Bruce Allen and Vinny Cerrato

The Redskins hosted about 60 former players at the final day of mandatory minicamp on Thursday. We will write many, many words about this event, because it was awesome, and because the turf field was brimming with stories from the likes of Mark Moseley, Sam Huff, Neal Olkewicz, Pat Fischer,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Ma'ake Kemoeatu wants to play nose tackle

(By John McDonnell - TWP) So it turns out that not everyone in the world considers playing nose tackle in the 3-4 a fate worse than death-by-vuvuzela. Ma'ake Kemoeatu, the offseason acquisition who's been rehabbing an Achilles' injury, actually wants to be a space-filling behemoth, allowing linebackers behind him...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 17, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Theismann rips "classless" Haynesworth

There were plenty of words of criticism launched from Ashburn in the direction of Albert Haynesworth on Wednesday, most notably from London Fletcher, who said Haynesworth was "selfish" and "can't be depended upon." But if you want a real gloves-off, piece-by-piece, flying sickle takedown of the man's character, you should...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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John Wall's ESPN the Mag Cover

Let me get this straight, the Nats' No. 1 overall draft pick is on the cover of Sports Illustrated the same week the Wizards' upcoming No. 1 overall draft pick is on the cover of ESPN the Magazine? Someone call the editors of The Sporting News. I think Bryce...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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McNabb: "I still love Philly"

Donovan McNabb held his final Philadelphia-based White Party over the weekend to raise money for his DM5 Foundation. The event -- which followed McNabb's football came -- was emceed by Biz Markie, and involved a lot of people wearing white. And at some point, McNabb himself took the mic....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Wilbon offers Haynesworth a "standing ovation"

Michael Wilbon has made a pretty nice career out of defying conventional wisdom. I know that. I understand it. When D.C. goes gaga for Ovechkin, Wilbon says the kid needs to check himself. When D.C. goes gaga for Stephen Strasburg, Wilbon says he'd rather watch the NBA Finals. When D.C....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Tom Sietsema reviews two Strasburgers

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. That the Strasburger phenomenon was predictable doesn't make it any less tremendous. At least four D.C. area restaurants are offering variations on the burger, and at least three of them have already been reviewed on the Internet: the BGR version (by DCist, Lindsay Czarniak and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Leonsis reachs out to Wizard fans and alumns

(By Mark Gail - TWP) As promised, Ted Leonsis is using his first week in charge of the Wizards to reach out to some of the team's stakeholders, specifically Bullets alumni and former season ticket holders. He wrote on his blog that he has already been in touch with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Casserly: "Haynesworth is on strike"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Many Redskins fans have reacted to Albert Haynesworth's 11th hour request to be traded not with relief -- let's finally get this 300-pound walking controversy away from our team -- but with the desire for revenge -- let's keep this guy on the roster...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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How we'll remember Haynesworth

The thing about Redskins fans is they're sort of a forgiving bunch. Even through all the weeks and months of Haynesworth drama, a huge portion of them urged their peers to withhold judgment, to bear in mind the word "voluntary" in "voluntary minicamp," to imagine Haynesworth's potential, to dream...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Haynesworth's $32 million

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Over the extent of his glorious tenure with the Redskins, Albert Haynesworth earned approximately $32 million: $11 million of salary in 2009, and that recent $21 million roster bonus. If you break that down a little further, you realize that all these complaints about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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D.C. sports make NBC standup routine

This is a new era in Washington sports, a new era of joy and harmony and playfulness and world dominance and/or domination. But the old era is recent enough in memory to have been featured on the opening monologue of this week's episode of Last Comic Standing, the NBC...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Albert Haynesworth's trainer

Albert Haynesworth didn't want to work out in Ashburn this offseason because, as he explained months ago, "to get me back to where I want to be, I need the serious training, I need the stuff that got me where I'm at." He got where he's at with the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Strasburg to the All-Star game?

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) By the day after Stephen Strasburg's first start, Mike Francesca was discussing on New York radio waves what it would take for Strasburg to start in the All-Star Game. By last weekend, according to Capitol Punishment, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were discussing what...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Strasburg's Sports Illustrated cover

Stephen Strasburg is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, at least for everyone not in the Chicago market. This is, I believe, the first time a member of the Nats has been the primary subject of an SI cover. (UPDATE: Svlurga writes in to say that Ryan...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Strasburg again sparks MASN ratings

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Stephen Strasburg's debut performance on MASN2 earned a 7.1 Nielsen rating in the D.C. market, easily the best-rated Nats game in MASN history. Strasburg's second game didn't quite reach that level, but it was easily the second-most watched Nats game in MASN history. The...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Hershey wins Calder Cup with great beards

(Images via WashingtonCaps.com) The Hershey Bears started their run to the Calder Cup on April 14. To put it in perspective, that's the day before the Caps played their first playoff game against the Canadiens, which seems like several lifetimes ago. Thus, the Bears' playoff beards were the longest...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Authenticating Strasburg balls and dirt

As I was talking with Michael Posner on Monday afternoon, he was staring at a couple of buckets of dirt in his office Ok, not just any dirt. Genuine, authenticated dirt from the first Major League mound that Stephen Strasburg ever pitched off of. The dirt had the holograms...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rob Dibble's Strasburg media criticism

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Rob Dibble loves the media, usually thinks media members do an absolutely swell job covering baseball matters, and would have been either a newspaper writer or a classics professor had the relief pitching not worked out, but some of the Stephen Strasburg coverage got...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ike Austin liked donuts

(1999 photo by David Bergman - AP) In 1999, the Wizards traded Ben Wallace, Terry Davis, Jeff McInnis and Tim Legler for Ike Austin. That didn't really work out. Check the headlines. November: The Last Puzzle Piece? With Austin Filling Void at Center, Wizards Are Optimistic December: Wizards Start...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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A D.C. United sign at the World Cup

Since my focus is on D.C., I haven't really written a word about the World Cup, even though I've watched parts of all 11 matches as of this writing. But someone going to the trouble of hauling a D.C. United poster to South Africa for a U.S.-England match definitely...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Stephen Strasburg's grip

Images via MASN's broadcast. In case you haven't already memorized what Stephen Strasburg's various pitch grips look like, MASN and Rob Dibble offered a primer on Sunday. I found it interesting. The words are all Dibble's....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cooley eats condiments

Here's Chris Cooley, eating mustard, ranch dressing and Pam. You can go to his Web site to see him also chugging sundae syrup, peanut butter, honey and Frank's Red Hot. Don't tell me this isn't better than another quote about Haynesworth. (Via Hot Clicks) Oh, and here's Cooley and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Wizards fans want ketchup, mustard, draft picks

At Ted Leonsis's "I'm-buying-the-Wizards" press conference last week, he mentioned having already gotten three e-mails from one fan about the ketchup dispenser and ketchup quality at Verizon Center.Turns out this fan has a soulmate somewhere out there in Internet land, because Leonsis has also gotten fan e-mails about the mustard...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Strasburg and "K" signs

Stephen Strasburg has now struck out 22 batters in his first two starts. In 62 non-Strasburg starts, Nats pitchers have reached double-digits in strikeouts three times. In two Strasburg starts, they've done so twice. And whether Strasburg's next start comes on Friday night or Saturday afternoon, it will be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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McNabb: "How would you handle the boos?"

Donovan McNabb's football camp over the weekend provided another chance for D.C. reporters to ask him questions about life in Philly. He still has yet to crack and reveal the snowball-shaped, vomit-encrusted, taser-branded emotional scars, but the AP's Joseph White got a bit of soul-searching, at least. "When things...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Charles Mann calls out Albert Haynesworth

(1992 photo by Joel Richardson - TWP) With just two more days before Albert Haynesworth shows up for mandatory Skins practice, we're sort of running out of ex-Redskins to quote on the subject. Luckily, the fine folks at ESPN 980 thought of one untapped source: Charles Mann. Does he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 14, 2010; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Cleveland loves Strasburg

By now, perhaps you've seen photos of this truly remarkable Cleveland Indians merchandise booth outside Progressive Field, featuring an awful lot of Stephen Strasburg attire. D.C. media members and fans have been sending back photos of the booth all weekend. And Cleveland's MLB.com writer confirmed on Sunday that yes,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 13, 2010; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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