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D.C. Sports Bog: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Riggleman leans no on Strasburg all-star berth

Having broadcast the opinions of a great number of current and ex-Major Leaguers on the Straburg All-Star game question, figure I should pass on the current thinking of his manager. Jim Riggleman obviously goes out of his way to stick up for his players, but he showed a bit of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gilbert chooses No. 9

Well, that mystery didn't last long. The Wizards' Web site is currently listing Gilbert as No. 9. A basketball source had previously told The Post's Michael Lee that Gilbert would be 9, and the team has confirmed the switch. Gilbert had apparently also considered No. 13, paying tribute to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Another dancing Nyjer Morgan interview

So this recent Nyjer Morgan interview isn't quite as wacky as Thursday night's dance-fest on MASN. On the other hand, this interview was conducted on the un-Tony Plush grounds of Fox Business Channel. Most of it is boring -- although the host does drop a "Stephanie Strasburg" in her...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Joe Gibbs and Don Coryell

(1996 AP photo.) When Joe Gibbs was hired as the Redskins' 17th head coach in January of 1981, there was one other coaching name in every story: Don Coryell, who died this week at the age of 85. Here's from The Post's A1 story announcing, via sources, that Gibbs...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Horn Guy talks vuvuzelas

Not Horn Guy. (AP photos.) The first time I saw a vuvuzela, my thoughts immediately turned to the 400 level of Verizon Center, and a certain celebrity Caps fan who sits therein. No, not Pat Sajak. "Wait a second," went my thoughts. "Is Horn Guy really...Vuvuzela Guy?" "No, I'm...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nyjer Morgan's epic postgame interview

Nyjer Morgan/Tony Plush isn't everyone's cup of Gatorade. I get that. He's certainly not particularly reserved or normal, following either wins or losses. But I'm not sure I remember him ever being so Plushtastic as Thursday night during his postgame MASN interview. And following a wretched road trip, a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gilbert mulls another uniform change

Fair warning before you rush out and buy those No. 6 Arenas jerseys; Gilbert might not be done changing just yet. "It is possible, and perhaps likely, that Gilbert Arenas will decide to change his number on his Wizards uniform this coming season," Ted Leonsis wrote on Thursday. "So, if...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Michael Strahan whacks the Haynesworth pinata

Just when you think every last smushed-up Hershey Kiss has dropped out of the fraying, bloated carcass of the Haynesworth pinata, someone else comes along, grabs the bat and smashes the thing, and magically a whole new stash of all the good stuff like the Baby Ruths and little Snickers...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Andre Carter to Haynesworth: "Leave the BS at the door"

It occurs to me that I'm falling well off the pace in my goal to reach 1,000 Haynesworth posts by Sept. 12. Got to step things up. Andre Carter, any thoughts? "I haven't experienced a player prioritizing his position on the field over working with the game. It's disappointing because...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Rob Dibble mocks Twitter, again

In this day and age, you can no longer reliably count on middle-aged defenders of what's good and honorable to deploy the "blogging in mom's basement" joke on a daily basis as a way of putting young reprobates in their place. Soon, perhaps, those jokes will be gone entirely from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Terps move to ESPN 980

The battle between ESPN 980 and 106.7 The Fan took to the college turf this spring, with the two sports stations swapping college properties. Virginia Tech had already moved from 980 to The Fan, and Thursday morning Maryland and 980 announced that the Terps' new radio home will be on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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John Wall with Chris Rock and Adam Sandler

It's hard to take two steps without running into Chris Rock and Adam Sandler promoting Grown Ups, and John Wall has not been spared. All three men were on Fox & Friends last Friday morning, and they spent some time chatting in the green room. "Who's the forward, who's...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Washington's "BroncoBusters" music video

I've been trafficking in Redskins nostalgia pretty much non-stop since the team's alumni day. Heck, I've got Redskins history books in my backpack. Might as well go the whole way and start embedding random WRC Redskins music videos from two decades ago. Obviously there's no reason to be doing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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John Wall explains his jersey number

John Wall announced that he'd be wearing No. 2 on Twitter Wednesday night, but he didn't offer much explanation, writing only that he "just felt #2 was a good number." A few hours later, though, he went on Comcast SportsNet with Chris Miller, and provided several reasons behind the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 1, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Grunfeld speaks with the fans

(By Alex Brandon - AP) Since Ted Leonsis assumed control of the Washington Wizards, he's talked frequently about following the example of the Washington Capitals, and why not? The Caps were ranked 11th in ESPN the Magazine's just-released "Ultimate Standings," which measure how much teams give back to their...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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John Wall picks No. 2

After talking approvingly of Nos. 3 and 15, John Wall switched things up and announced on Twitter that he'll be wearing No. 2 this season Wednesday evening. I guess it's 1 plus 1, which might refer to his previous uniform number of 11, which is retired in honor of Elvin...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Kornheiser: Gilbert will be "poisonous" for Wall

The disconnect between the media speculation on Gilbert Arenas's future and Ted Leonsis's public comments about the same continues to widen. Remember earlier this week, when I noted that you can now buy Gilbert Arenas jerseys from the NBA Store Web site for the first time since he was suspended?...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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McNabb's SportsCenter interview

Donovan McNabb was interviewed by Adam Schefter on SportsCenter this week, and he continued his incredible streak of giving high-profile interviews without saying anything controversial about either Washington or Philadelphia. Dude is a politically correct machine. At this point, you have to wonder if maybe he actually will never...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Congressional baseball game video

Late-inning pitching has been an issue on more than one occasion in recent years. It happened again Wednesday night. According to The Hill, a 4-4 game between Congressional Democrats and Republicans turned into a rout when Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) was battered for nine runs in the sixth inning....

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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More Redskins alumni photos

(All photos by John McDonnell - TWP) When I posted four of John McDonnell's photos from Redskins alumni day, a commenter asked for more. "Why can't there be more than four (4) pictures of the Skins alumni?" he/she wrote. "Each week during the season there are more than 4...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MLB alums say Strasburg shouldn't be an all-star

(By Kevin C. Cox - Getty) "Should Stephen Strasburg be an all-star?" is rapidly joining "should Albert Haynesworth be a Redskin?" in the category of "questions you can justifiably ask any breathing, sentient human if you're hosting a sports program." In other words, I love it! The rhetoric is...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 30, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Wale and John Wall

(Courtesy Wale) If anyone's wondering why Wale was at John Wall's introductory press conference last week, wonder no more. The two men share a mutual friend -- Drake, naturally. Wale said he wanted to help welcome Wall to D.C., and Drake helped make the link. "A lot of us...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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John Riggins: Not a soccer fan

I mostly tune out the complains about soccer diving and soccer players' general wussiness, because they're all the same, like complaints about high taxes or traffic or Albert Haynesworth. But when John Riggins is doing the complaining, I'll grant him a listen. Here's what he just wrote on his blog,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The Mike Green Burger

So it turns out that Strasburgers aren't the only local sports-inspired hamburgers. Good Stuff Eatery's Spike Mendelsohn has a cookbook out, called "The Good Stuff Cookbook," and containing a recipe for a Mike Green-inspired burger. (Both men are Canadian.) The key ingredients seem to be portobellos, chunky avocado topping...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Nats' ninth inning drought

Someone mentioned to me the other day that the Nats haven't exactly been keeping the scoreboard operators busy in the ninth inning. I finally went back to look at the numbers. The Nats haven't scored in the ninth or beyond since June 6, a span of 16 innings. (One...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mike Miller: "My loyalties are to the Wizards"

Conventional wisdom is certainly that the Mike Miller Era has ended for the Wizards, and that last year's No. 5 pick was thus traded for a pair of one-year rentals. As Michael Lee reported: Miller, 30, is also an unrestricted free agent, but has not closed the door on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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FedEx Field's scoreboards and the Redskins band

(Via Hogs Haven) This is a photo of one of the Redskins' two new mega-jumbo-XXL HD scoreboards. There are more photos at Hogs Haven, including photos of the team's new standing-room areas. I'll have more on those next week. In the meantime, someone e-mailed me, pointing out that the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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John Wall, Gilbert Arenas and the gym

(By Marvin Joseph - TWP) Here's one interesting nugget I forgot to mention last week: John Wall wants to live as close to Verizon Center as possible, "so I can come here any time I want," he told reporters. And he also wants to have the sort of all-hours...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Braves fan in the white polo shirt

Meet White Polo Shirt Man. He's the worst baseball fan in America. Somewhere around the middle innings on Monday night, he decided he should take advantage of his front-row seats for the Fifth Day of Strasmas to make a spectacle of himself on national television. And so he began...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Baltimore rages at MASN's Riggins ad

On Monday, I posted the MASN trailer for the upcoming John Riggins Show. Here it is, again. I noted that it was, perhaps jarringly, filmed on a football field lined with purple seats. In other words, on Baltimore's turf, not D.C.'s. The official explanation was that MASN is a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Rob Dibble's had enough of the Nats' defense

Last week, Dave McKenna pointed out that on a horrifically hot Washington afternoon, Rob Dibble was wearing a long-sleeved MASN shirt, presumably to cover up his tattoos. Dibble surely read the post, and responded in the best way possible: by rolling his sleeves up Monday night. Either that, or...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 29, 2010; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Pat Fischer and Stickum

If you talk to a Redskins alumnus of a certain vintage, and you ask them for Pat Fischer stories, they will inevitably start talking about the stuff dribbling down his chin. "He used to take Tuf-Skin--he didn't wear a mouthpiece--he'd tuck it down in his lip like you put...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Neal Olkewicz and his vintage photos

Redskins linebacker Neal Olkewicz keeps adding amazing vintage football photos to his Facebook page. Mister Irrelevant keeps publishing them, here and here and here. When I saw Olkewicz at the Skins' alumni day a few weeks back, I asked him to explain this glut of visual awesomeness. "I just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Riggo's MASN trailer

If you watch Nats games on MASN or MASN2, you've likely already seen the trailer for The John Riggins Show, which will launch on MASN this Thursday from 4-6:30 p.m. If you haven't, here it is. It's worth a watch just for the vintage Riggo clips that show up...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gilbert jerseys: back on sale

The day Ted Leonsis announced he was officially assuming ownership of the Wizards, he said that Gilbert Arenas would be welcomed back into the fold. "I think it's very important that Gilbert be re-embraced as a person and as a player," the new owner said then. At the time...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Warren Sapp to Haynesworth: "Let's stop the BS"

If I'm going to get to 1,000 Haynesworth posts by September 12, I'm going to have to publish some lame quotes from completely uninteresting parties. This one isn't in that category. Warren Sapp is one of the best NFL defensive tackles in recent memory, and he also isn't a particularly...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Kevin Durant: Wall will "be big for the city"

Kevin Durant's college stardom may have happened in Texas, and his NBA stardom may have arrived in Oklahoma, but he's still essentially a D.C. kid, and he still follows his D.C. teams. He knows how excited people here were about winning the lottery, and he doesn't have much doubt about...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Devin Thomas's Fantasia video

If you're sitting at your desk thinking you'd really like to see a Redskins wide receiver gently caressing the face of an American Idol winner, you're in luck. Here's Fantasia's new video, Bittersweet, starring Devin Thomas in the role of "Man who is straddled by Fantasia while nuzzling her...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jammal Brown on Albert Haynesworth

How long has Jammal Brown been on the Redskins? Approximately 12 minutes. What does that mean for the world? It means it's well past time for Brown to offer some words about Albert Haynesworth. "I can only speak for myself, but I'll you this: y'all give me a hundred million...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Theismann: Daniel Snyder's legacy starts now

(2009 photo by Joel Richardson - TWP) One of the first bits of sports news I heard on Monday morning was a good one: Joe Theismann has joined Twitter. That also reminded me of something: Joe Theismann believes in Daniel Snyder. Remember two weeks ago when Theismann went on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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John Wall on Eric Prisbell's story

Eric Prisbell's recent story about John Wall's childhood and his relationship to his father earned a lot of national attention. Mostly, the attention was about Prisbell's incredible reporting, but there were also a few headlines asking whether he did the right thing by disclosing to Wall the details of his...

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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