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D.C. Sports Bog: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

John Wall's uniform preferences: 3 and 15?

Since the Wizards won the lottery, fans put 2 and 9 together and realized that Wall's collegiate number -- 11 -- was retired by the Bullets/Wizards, in honor of Elvin Hayes. He's been asked about that issue at least five times in the past 24 hours, and the answer is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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McNabb, Strasburg, Ovechkin welcome Wall to D.C.

You're gonna want to watch this video. It features D.C.'s biggest sports stars welcoming John Wall to their town. It includes cameos from Dononvan McNabb, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, and many others in this suddenly star-studded sports town. "I was happy, a 19-year old kid, to see...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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John Wall arrives in D.C.

In one of the more absurd scenes I've ever been fortunate enough to cover, John Wall arrived at a red carpet outside Verizon Center Friday afternoon, surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of people, all of them trying to take cell phone photos and videos, many of them carrying hand-out...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Wizards bringing training camp to D.C.?

The Capitals have gotten a large burst of publicity from having their training camp free and open to the public in Ballston, where tons of fans have checked out the proceedings. Not sure if Ted Leonsis was involved, but apparently the Wizards are looking to move training camp closer to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wall t-shirt mania takes hold

John Wall has been with the Wizards for about 16 hours as I type this, and I've already seen at least six different shirts in his honor. Some are officially sanctioned. Some were created weeks ago. Some don't actually have his name on them. You should buy all of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wall dunks on Fox host

Watch the latest news video at video.foxnews.com John Wall started his first day with the Wizards by going on Fox & Friends. The hosts, as they're wont to do, challenged him to a game of one-on-one. Wall dunked on Brian Kilmeade repeatedly and viciously. So if the Wizards ever want...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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John Wall banner raised at Verizon Center

When Ted Leonsis visited The Post's offices a few weeks ago, I asked him about the traditional banner spot on the Verizon Center's East side. It's long been a vehicle for Wizards promotion -- last year there was a Gilbert Arenas banner, which was famously taken down after his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kevin Seraphin, his fists and his Bulls hat

Longtime readers of this blog will recall that I had a certain soft spot for a former Ernie Grunfeld draft-day gamble named Oleksiy Pecherov, a foreign big man no fans really knew about when he was drafted. Pech maybe didn't work out on the court, but damn if he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 25, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Greivis Vasquez drafted, celebration begins

By the end of the first round of the NBA draft, things seem to devolve a bit. Some fans have already left. The Knicks and Nets fans are starting to think of goofy chants, and to mug for the cameras more than they were before. Some of the actual...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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A vuvuzela at the NBA draft

A reader kindly points out that I actually asked this kid to pose for this photo. And that he was not, in fact, blowing his horn constantly, but was only doing so during fan cheers. And that it's particularly scummy to take advantage of a kid like this, a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The fans and John Wall

It really doesn't matter if the Wizards have the first 15 picks in the draft; this event is at Madison Square Garden, and so it's about the Knicks. It's about fake LeBron Knicks jerseys, and Knicks yarmulkahs, and handmade Knicks signs, and Knicks fans chanting "USA" and blowing on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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John Wall Wizards shirts for sale at NBA draft

Well, three hours before the NBA draft started, the concessionaires busted out the John Wall t-shirts with the Wizards' logo. What happened to drama and suspense, folks?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The crying U.S. soccer fan

By Wednesday morning, emotional breakdowns linked to U.S. soccer team success were fairly common. But before there was a game-winner against Algeria and all those bonkers fans in bars, there was the equalizer against Slovenia. And before there were those tens of thousands of revelers on YouTube, flinging drinks...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Those "K" signs hanging at Nats Park

On the first night of Strasmas, there were few visible hanging 'K' signs at Nats Park, and at least some of the ones that showed up were taken back down by security. By the third night of Strasmas, there were beautiful color-appropriate Ks out in center field, under the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. was watching the U.S. win over Algeria

I wrote earlier in the week that D.C. was ranked second out of the 56 metered U.S. markets in ESPN/ABC World Cup ratings through Sunday's games. The combined ESPN/ABC ratings in this market were a 3.5, translating to about 81,000 households, not including the Spanish-language broadcasts. That was behind only...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Cris Carter: Haynesworth relationships "will be salvaged"

Really I'm just posting this so I can cross the name "Cris Carter" off the list in my quest to get 7 billion posts about reaction to Albert Haynesworth. Also, because Carter performs the Fat Albert laugh twice in this video, which might be a first in the Modern...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Boudreau: "Alex is the most valuable player"

After Alex Ovechkin failed to win his third straight MVP award on Wednesday night, Bruce Boudreau openly disagreed with the result. Tarik put some of this in his dead-tree story, but I think the full quote should probably be read. Caps haters will hate it. Caps lovers will love...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Joe Gibbs on Haynesworth

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) I'm realizing the Haynesworth thing is sort of like that Wimbledon match. It will never end. The only time it ends is after each of this world's 7 billion humans has commented on Albert Haynesworth's contractual decisions, but even then, a few thousand people...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Ovechkin and John Wall's dueling commercials

Above is Alex Ovechkin's Reebok ZigTech ad. Below is John Wall's Reebok ZigTech ad. They share certain similarities. I have no dog in the shoe-wars hunt, but I'd really like to see one in which Ovechkin talks to Wall in Russian, and they race on the obstacle course together,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ovechkin's endless acceptance speech

We've all watched the award shows where someone's acceptance speech goes long, and the music and the announcer voice come up, and the speaker attempts to drone on over the music for a second or two, and then maybe they shout out a last few thanks reallyreallreally quickly in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Dibble and Knight debate Strasburg

Somewhere around the fifth or sixth inning of Wednesday's Strasmas, this odd concern was raised by Mark Zuckerman: maybe Strasburg was throwing too many strikes. From Mark's Twitter account: Strasburg may be throwing too many strikes (63 of 78 pitches so far). He might need to try to make...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Vinny Cerrato at Redskins Park

(By John McDonnell - TWP) You know what was weird? When Vinny Cerrato came to Redskins Park last week for that alumni barbecue. That was weird. I mean, more power to him. He's a part of the franchise's history, and he's every bit the alumni as football players with...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Guillen calls Strasburg "Starborough"

Quoting from the AP: Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg already is a household name -- except in Ozzie Guillen's household. In downplaying his team's recent sweep at Washington, the White Sox manager said: "We only scored one run against the first guy, Starborough, or whatever his name is." Please, for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Randle El: "They knew what they were getting with Albert"

(By Keith Srakocic - AP) Just when I think every person in the world has been quoted on Albert Haynesworth, the world hiccups up another person whose opinion on He Who Shall Not Be Blogged About More Than Twice a Day has not yet been recorded by posterity. In...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Strasburg tickets are extremely affordable

Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's because he's pitching in the afternoon. Maybe it's because it's a Wednesday. Maybe it's because people spent all their sports capital on the U.S. soccer team. Or maybe because he's pitching on a horribly hot Wednesday afternoon on the day people spent all their...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Trading draft picks for veterans

(By John McDonnell - TWP) I'm going into this blog post with my eyes wide open. I realize that every single Redskins fan who reads it will hate it, and will hate me, and accuse me of incurable anti-Redskins bias. But after the team acquired a third external player...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Bring your 'K' posters to Businessman's Strasmas

Wednesday is the first Businessman's Strasmas of the season, and it promises to be a scorcher, with predicted 99 degree temperatures and an over/under of 15,999.5 jokes linking "Stephen Strasburg" and "high heat." In fact, Capital Weather Gang is running a poll on which will be higher, the speed...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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John Wall's shoes

(Getty) Hey look. It's John Wall's new Reebok signature shoe. Still waiting for the joint ad with Ovechkin. (Original photo via @MrMichaelLee. And obviously, this will update with a better image.)...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Testing John Wall

John Brenkus had at least two reasons to feature John Wall in his Sport Science programming on ESPN. For one thing, the host figured Wall was the most compelling athlete in this year's NBA draft, and wanted to explore and quantify his quickness and vision as the draft approached....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Manute Bol remembered on Senate floor

U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) remembered Manute Bol on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday. Highlights: "I do want to speak about the passing, the untimely passing of a giant, a giant in the heart of the Sudanese people, but also a literal giant. At 7 foot 7...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Strasburg the all-star, via Dibble and Dmitri Young

The Stephen Strasburg-for-all-star question keeps being raised across the country, and the answers are mixed. Dusty Baker and Joe Morgan both said no this week in interviews with FanHouse, with both arguing Strasburg doesn't have enough innings or results to make a case. "How 'bout let's go with who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cris Carter: Redskins had worst offseason in NFC

The Redskins typically are big movers in the offseason -- sometimes in a good way, and sometimes not -- but this year the reviews were almost uniformly positive. They let the general manager run things, hired a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, traded for a future Hall of Fame quarterback, drafted...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Manute Bol did not coin "my bad"

Over the weekend, I -- and many other blogging types -- were directed to an item on the Language Log blog from a few years back, suggesting that Manute Bol may have played a role either in creating or popularizing the phrase "my bad." He certainly was one of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Haynesworth sued by Tennessee bank

You know who's having a bad month? Albert Haynesworth. Just within the past 30 days, he's been sued by a pregnant Brooklyn stripper, fined by his team for skipping a mandatory minicamp, and pilloried by every living and dead human who has ever played for, rooted for, or seen a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Ron Saul would have taken Haynesworth out back

Chatting at 11:30. Submit questions here. If you hate reading about Albert Haynesworth, please don't read this. You'll hate it. But at least we're now adding a new flavor to the Haynesworth critique: macho humor. "You know, everybody says there's no I in team." former Skins lineman Ron Saul...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Snyder says he's "extremely hands off"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) The general tone of Alex Marvez's FoxSports.com piece about the Redskins this week oozes positivity. The team's current front office, Marvez writes, "is beyond reproach." He writes that the Skins struggled with discipline last year, but that "all of that has changed." And after...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 22, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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The science of John Wall

There are quite a few Wizards fans who have spent the past weeks thrilling themselves with videos and photos featuring the amazing basketball feats of John Wall. At least one blogger has started referring to this genre as "John Wall Porn." Well, that's what these videos feel like. They...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Kastles and D.C.'s sporting resurgence

Murphy, the big goofy looking guy, celebrates a win. (By Bill O'Leary - TWP) When did the rusting hulk of D.C. sports scrape its decaying engine lowest on the cracked road of despair? When could you look down and see no floor, because things had already descended into some...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Adam Dunn and Matt Capps on Top Chef

Top Chef is in D.C. this season. That means lots of D.C.-style celebrity guest appearances. And that includes several members of the Washington Nationals, including Matt Capps and Adam Dunn. The episode in question apparently involves the creation of some high-end ballpark snacks. Like, higher-end than Max's falafel, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How big is LaRon Landry?

(By John McDonnell - TWP) This is LaRon Landry in April. As previously noted, he said at the time that he was trying to get to 240 pounds, and that he might be playing some linebacker this season. Later, he said the linebacker part wasn't correct. Anyhow, Landry's size...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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D.C. second nationally in World Cup ratings

Fans at Summers during U.S.-Slovenia. (By Jahi Chikwendiu - TWP) Do you find yourself waking up every morning and flipping on the TV to ESPN before your daughter even remembers to ask about Max & Ruby? Are you surreptitiously watching random South American countries dominate random small European countries...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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D.C. United reacts to U.S. goal

I was invited to spend last Friday morning in the D.C. United locker room as the team watched the U.S. face Slovenia. I had a prearranged conflict. Luckily, Comcast SportsNet was there, and the network captured the one thing we'd all want to see: the way United's roster reacted...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ray Lewis on Haynesworth

When I cited a few arguments in favor of Albert Haynesworth last week, I suggested that people were only defending Haynesworth to be different, to be argumentative, to play devil's advocate. Well, since then, other sympathizers have emerged, focusing on the way Haynesworth is being dumped on in the media...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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Odds on D.C.'s next title team

Still fourth of four. (By Carolyn Kaster - AP) When the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, giving Philadelphia its first championship in 25 years, D.C. moved right to the top of the list of most miserable all-sports cities. Washington is tied with Minneapolis/St. Paul for the longest title...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Gilbert makes "most disliked sports figures" list

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Gilbert Arenas's rise to fame was all about likability, about smiles and good times and having fun. "In 20 years, when we think of LeBron James, we will think of Gatorade, and when we think of Gilbert Arenas, we will smile and think of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Redskins alumni photos

Almost immediately after I posted my first item about last week's Redskins alumni gathering, people asked me for images of the alumni. I wasn't taking any, but The Post's John McDonnell -- who has to be the world's leading Redskins photographer -- sure was. McDonnell, I think it's fair...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Kasten doesn't like visiting team cheers in D.C.

Fan invasion. (By Greg Fiume - Getty) Any time Stan Kasten goes on the radio to discuss the phenomenon of visiting fan invasions at Nats Park, I must transcribe his every word. My job status depends on this. It's written into the contract. And so, a few days late,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 21, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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George Michael interviews Manute Bol

There probably aren't many facts or quotes in George Michael's 2002 WRC piece about Manute Bol you haven't already seen or read this weekend. This is done in typical Michael style, which means it's hokey at times, and a bit overwrought at others. But there's video footage of Bol's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 20, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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