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D.C. Sports Bog: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

Wizards call Summer League a success

The Wizards lost their Summer League finale Saturday afternoon to the Knicks in overtime, 109-107. John Wall and JaVale McGee both sat out, Wall with knee soreness and McGee just for rest. The team finished the week 4-1, and Coach Flip Saunders said the organization had a "great week." "John...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 17, 2010; 8:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wall, McGee sit out Summer League finale

The Wizards held John Wall and JaVale McGee out of the team's Summer League finale against the Knicks on Sturady. A team spokesman said the players were just being rested, after playing four times in six days, including two in two nights. The two players likely had nothing left to...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 17, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Barkley: Wizards need to trade Gilbert Arenas

As John Wall has led a quick-paced and exciting Wizards Summer League team, it's been easy for Wiz fans to dream about him leading their team for the next five or six years. It's less easy to figure out what things will be like when he lines up in...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 17, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Wall and McGee shine again at Summer League

I've been to Las Vegas for Summer League before. It's very easy to get excited about a whole bunch of players that you then never, ever, ever hear about in the regular season. It's also easy to forget that the top picks who are here are, in many cases,...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 16, 2010; 11:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Clipper Darrell does the John Wall dance

If you've been reading The Post's Summer League coverage at all this week, you know that L.A. Clippers super fan Clipper Darrell has inserted himself into the John Wall story. In Wall's second Summer League game, Darrell heckled him throughout, until it was clear that Wall was unfazed (and...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 16, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ted Leonsis's new logo

When Ted Leonsis assumed control of the Wizards and Verizon Center, he said he wanted to change the name of his sports entity from Lincoln Holdings to something that would better reflect the diverse and D.C.-wide nature of his properties. He chose Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Friday, the group...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 16, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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D.C. United's Namoff tribute

D.C. United fans still offer the best fan tributes in Washington sports. The Ben Olsen tribute was unforgettable, but Olsen was a legend, one of the most decorated and popular players in club history. Bryan Namoff may not be a household name, but the supporters have always loved him,...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 16, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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John Wall vs. Jeremy Lin

John Wall earned a huge ovation from the crowd at Cox Pavilion during introductions Thursday night, easily the biggest cheer for any of the Wizards or Mavericks players. By the end of the game, the crowd had turned on Wall and was cheering for Dallas's Jeremy Lin, the undrafted...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 16, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Pete Carroll's Seahawks were interested in Haynesworth

When it appeared more likely that the Redskins would attempt to get rid of Albert Haynesworth before next season, the Seattle Seahawks were often mentioned as a potential destination. Turns out the Seahawks were actively researching Haynesworth to see whether they wanted to add the lineman. "We started the process,...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 16, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Wall keys Wizards' third straight Summer win

The Wizards' Summer League outfit beat the Mavericks' Summer League outfit, 88-82, Thursday night. That makes them 3-0 on the week. Highlights are above, via Comcast SportsNet. Five quick observations. Wall can pass It was a poor shooting night for John Wall, who made just 4 of 19 shots....

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Shanahan reaffirms: Redskins won't pursue Terrell Owens

In April, when Terrell Owens first began talking about a reunion with Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan quickly doused the fires, saying "we will not go in that direction right now." Sounds like "right now" might have meant "ever." Shanahan appeared on New York's WFAN Thursday afternoon to promote the American...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Trevor Booker is a "Grown-Ass Man"

Wall to Booker slam. (Photo by Kyle Weidie - Truth About It) Wizards scouts already have a nickname for Trevor Booker, the first-round pick out of Clemson whom the team traded for on draft night. "Grown-Ass Man." "I guess because I'm just so tough out there on the court,"...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Scottie Reynolds at Summer League

When he was still a supposedly undersized, supposedly un-athletic guard at Herndon High, Scottie Reynolds began assembling his wall of disrespect. When someone said he was a Division I talent in a Division III body, that went on the wall of his Northern Virginia bedroom. When he was called...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Redskins have the least young talent in the NFL?

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Earlier in the week, I noted that the Redskins have the NFL's oldest current roster, and are projected by at least one beat writer to have an older 53-man roster than they did a year ago. In the never-would-have-guessed-it category, here's the reverse side...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Redskins invite me to join "The Loud Crowd"

Early Thursday morning, I received an invitation from the Redskins to "Join the LOUD CROWD" by buying "Limited View Terrace Seats" for the upcoming season. This was my first invitation to buy non-premium Redskins tickets since I joined the wait list in 2007, making it a momentous day indeed....

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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John Wall wins an ESPY, Strasburg doesn't

Much as it pains me to suggest there is any meaning whatsoever in winning a made-up award named after a TV station, The Post blogged four times about John Wall's decision to skip the ESPYs ceremony Wednesday night, so I suppose we should include the D.C.-specific results. Incidentally, Wall told...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Bryce Harper isn't interested in contract talks

(Photo from last month by Jae C. Hong - AP) If I were about to become a multi-gazillionare, the exact amount of my gazillions would probably concern me more than, say, making small talk with Josh Hamilton. But the key is not whether you care, but whether you admit...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Redskins: "No looking back"

Hey, it's another Redskins ad for premium seats! Look, these ads are very well produced and executed, use a nice mix of narration and player quotes, and make my heart race a little bit. Even if we're not used to seeing Redskins ads like this, I enjoy them immensely....

By Dan Steinberg  | July 15, 2010; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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FiOS adds MASN2 in HD

Back during the first day of Strasmas, the issue of FiOS not having MASN2 in HD was a big thing 'round D.C. (See posts here and here and here.) FiOS subscribers had access to MASN in HD, and to MASN and MASN2 in standard-def, but Strasburg's start was decidedly normal...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 14, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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John Wall explains his ESPY decision

Last week, the Nats' radio broadcasters -- Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler -- urged listeners to vote for Stephen Strasburg in ESPN's made-up "breakthrough athlete" ESPY category, even though he was matched up against another D.C. figure in John Wall. Their argument was that Wall hasn't even begun his...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 14, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Nationals are 27th most popular MLB team

Good teams are popular. Bad teams are unpopular. That's the way it works in American sports. I went through all this when writing about the Harris Interactive NFL popularity poll last year, in which the Redskins had slipped from 6th in 2003 to 17th last year. Teams that make the...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 13, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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John Wall flexing at Summer League

If you've been watching the Wizards play in the NBA Summer League, you've likely noticed that John Wall is fairly demonstrative. His shouts are easily heard on the TV broadcast. He raises his arms or kicks his legs after assists. He shimmies and dances up-court. And at least twice...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 13, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Bobby Mitchell on Albert Haynesworth

Bobby Mitchell and a team guy. (1995 photo by Joel Richardson - TWP) No matter what you think about Albert Haynesworth, I trust you'll agree that he'd enjoy flipping through The Collected Offseason Comments on the Matter of Albert Haynesworth, as transcribed by Dan Steinberg. Someone just print out...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 13, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The Steinbrenner-Snyder comparisons

(2004 photo by Bill Kostroun - AP) "[Daniel] Snyder, as unpopular as he has been financially successful, is now mentioned in the same breath with another owner-pariah: George Steinbrenner," The Virginian-Pilot wrote in a staff editorial last fall. Look, I have no doubt that Snyder was being mentioned in...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 13, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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When Steinbrenner wanted baseball in Washington

The outpouring of George Steinbrenner obituaries will naturally focus on his contributions to baseball in New York. Me, I was curious about his thoughts on baseball in D.C. I didn't live here during the dark years without a team, so I don't know the full history of Steinbrenner's role. I'm...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Leonsis: LeBron hype has been "over the top"

Ted Leonsis has a friendly relationship with LeBron James. He took Alex Ovechkin to meet James in the locker room after a Cavs-Wizards game. He got James to blurb his book. Still, he joins every sentient being not on James's payroll -- or named Stuart Scott or Jim Gray...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 13, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Caps developmental nutrition

Back when I was working on a story about Alex Ovechkin this winter, I asked a local restaurant owner what the Russian machine liked to eat. "The other day for lunch," he offered as an example, "[Ovechkin] had fried calamari and fried mozzarella sticks." When you're Alex Ovechkin, perhaps random...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Eric Fehr on Albert Haynesworth

While the universe of football players available to offer soundbites about Albert Haynesworth may be diminishing, there are dozens if not millions of other athletes we could ask. I'm still disappointed that Jim Gray didn't include a Haynesworth question among the 16 that pre-dated his "where are you playing?" question...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Antonio Pierce: Haynesworth must play for pride

Having gone nearly three days without typing a word about Albert Haynesworth, I've been feeling a bit unwell. Twitching hands, aching trick knees, an uncertainty whether pride ought force a $100 million man to show up for football in June, the whole bit. Luckily, I remembered that I'd yet to...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins: Still the NFL's oldest team

At the dawn of the NFL season last fall, ESPN.com published the average ages of NFL rosters. The Redskins had the NFL's oldest team, averaging 28.02 years. But then, the Future Was in the Future. Now, the Future is Now. And as another season approaches, with bloated NFL rosters filled...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Redskins' new marketing video

Last week I listed a few details about the Redskins' new marketing campaign, as gleaned from the team's release and a half-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. This week, ads touting the new theme -- "R You In?" -- have apparently popped up on D.C. bus shelters, and...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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GQ doesn't approve of Dibble/Carpenter

Nats fans continue to be split on MASN's broadcast team of Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble, as evidenced by the rollicking good times in the comments section any time I mention Dibble's name. SB Nation DC ran a Dibble approval poll last week: 52 percent of respondents said they disapproved...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Strasburg has MLB's top selling jersey

(By Alex Brandon - AP) As noted, Donovan McNabb has the second-hottest selling jersey in the NFL. That seemed pretty good. But then along came Stephen Strasburg, who -- in the month of June -- had the top selling jersey in all of baseball. Since Alex Ovechkin is annually...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Highlights of John Wall's debut

Everyone wanted to see John Wall's Summer League debut. The gym was reportedly packed, filled with fans, coaches, scouts, other players and a mess of media members. And Wall's debut was SportsCenter's Highlight of the Night, just sort of on principle. And yet much of this ESPN clip is...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Strasburg making Giants look silly

The iconic Stephen Strasburg strikeout is probably a swinging hack at high heat. You know, the flamethrower, the triple-digit radar reading, the catcher rising out of his stance and all that. But I think I'm starting to enjoy the Strasburg breaking-ball strikeout more, batters poking out their arms meekly...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 12, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Caps have nearly 98 percent renewal rate

After the Caps were eliminated early in the playoffs for the third straight year, after a third straight division title, a lot of people wondered whether the depressed fan base would lead to depressed crowds at Verizon Center next season. I suppose the fervor is yet to be measured, but...

By Dan Steinberg  | July 11, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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