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D.C. Sports Bog: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Livan Hernandez secret: waking up early

Thursday night's post-game Nats video from MASNSports's video library starts off great, with Jim Riggleman doing some sort of extended camera-blocking shuffle in front of Livan Hernandez. And it only gets better from there, as Livo is asked how he felt during a dazzling complete game win. "I feel...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 23, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Orioles fan's epic streaking adventure

I generally avoid Orioles news, but this one seems to nicely encapsulate the current state of baseball to our immediate North. Or Northeast. In Philadelphia, they tase their streakers. In Baltimore, they languidly allow them to flit about the basepaths, from the field to the stands and back, on...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 23, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Bruce Allen says McNabb will be a Redskin "for years"

For the first time since 2005, the Redskins will enter training camp without any pre-camp storylines focusing around the identity or security of the starting quarterback. (Two years ago, remember, Jason Campbell was coming back from injury. And last year, Sports Illustrated wrote that Campbell "might be under the harshest...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 23, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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A John Wall Bullets jersey

A few forgotten images I meant to publish from Summer League. Above, a man wearing some sort of non-authentic John Wall Bullets jersey. Like the concept. Not sure about the execution....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 23, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Clinton Portis's offseason

Maybe you read the Redskins Insider item last week about how Clinton Portis "has surprised many in the organization with his positive outlook and hard work throughout the offseason program." I thought that was awesome to hear that Portis had changed his offseason outlook and work habits around, so I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Stan Kasten: Nats "so much closer than it appears"

On the one hand, the Nats have won two straight, have one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, and have at least two other promising pitching prospects who are about to return from injury. On the other hand, they're in last place in the NL East yet again. On...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Cincinnati loves Strasburg

In the decade I've lived in D.C., I can only think of one jersey that the sort of folks who live in South Dakota but root for LeBron James might wear: the Michael Jordan Wizards No. 23. Sure, some out-of-town bandwagoners might wear Ovechkin (though chiefly in Canada, I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Kasten on Haynesworth

"Inevitable" hardly starts to describe the likelihood of me eventually posting a radio transcript of Stan Kasten talking about Albert Haynesworth. I'm pretty sure I've dreamed about doing this three or four times. This week. It's like I was born to write this post. "I was distressed, let's put it...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Stephen Strasburg makes Orlando Cabrera fall down

They say Wednesday night wasn't one of Stephen Strasburg's more impressive outings. I believe I heard Skip Bayless on the television Thursday morning suggesting that he doesn't understand the Strasburg hype. "I watch Stephen Strasburg, and I like him, but I'm not over the moon, because his personality isn't...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Sean Taylor locker display

Back in April, Rick Maese reported that the Redskins would be moving Sean Taylor's plexiglass-enclosed locker from Redskins Park to the club level at FedEx Field sometime between the draft party and the new season. "Only club-level ticketholders will be able to view the locker on game days," Maese...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Dibble says he'll be here "a long time"

I'm in danger of writing about Rob Dibble more than Albert Haynesworth, so I'll try to check myself, but there were some great Rob Dibble nuggets over the past 24 hours. 1) Two home runs for the good guys meant two enthusiastic Dibble home run calls. He didn't disappoint. Cristian...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Chris Russell goes to ESPN 980

Loyal D.C. sports radio listeners will notice a pretty drastic personnel change by the time Redskins training camp begins next week. Chris Russell, 106.7 The Fan's Redskins beat reporter since the sports talker launched last summer, will be moving to the station's arch rival, ESPN 980. Russell will be covering...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 22, 2010; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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John Wall and Hamady N'Diaye's late-night workout

(By Richard A. Lipski - TWP) The day before the Wizards began their Summer League training camp earlier this month, Hamady N'Diaye checked into the team's his Chinatown hotel before fellow rookie John Wall. The hotel clerk told him Wall would be arriving later that day. N'Diaye said he...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Pete Rose at Strasburg-Reds game

Hey look, it's Pete Rose, in the third row of Wednesday night's Nats-Reds game. With the ugliest Cincinnati Reds hat the world has ever seen. And some sunglasses. Everyone wants to see Stephen Strasburg in person. I don't know about you, but all I could watch after every pitch...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Tim Kurkjian bobblehead night

It's been less than two months since I provided a list of D.C.'s summer bobbleheads, but there are three significant additions to the schedule. Starting, of course, with Wednesday night's Tim Kurkjian Bobblehead Night at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. That's the home of the Bethesda Big Train, which...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leonsis promises to mop Verizon Center floors

No, really. Literally. Ted Leonsis has literally promised to mop the floors of Verizon Center, himself. From his latest blog, further explaining why he's been placing such a premium on customer service since taking over the Wizards and Verizon Center. I dare anyone out there to take a differing position...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Caps' and Wizards' joint ticket operation

As Thomas Heath reported this week, Monumental Sports and Entertainment has consolidated some of the operations for the Caps, Wizards and Mystics in areas like ticket sales and sponsorships. (Ted Leonsis also briefly commented on the changes in his blog.) The newly consolidated ticket sales organizations, Heath reported, will be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Haynesworth is D.C.'s top-earning athlete

Albert Haynesworth may not have been Washington's most popular athlete over the last 12 months. That honor would likely go to Alex Ovechkin, or possibly Stephen Strasburg, with Tony Romo, several dozen Little League bench warmers and the entire roster of the South Korean badminton team all finishing ahead of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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What Daniel Snyder has learned: A brief history

A year ago this week, on the eve of the Redskins' 2009 training camp, the AP published a story based on an interview with Daniel Snyder. Three times in the story, Snyder talked about what he had learned through his first decade of NFL ownership. Here's one of the quotes:...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Why Chris Cooley's not at Hell Week

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Donovan McNabb and many of his receivers are in Arizona conducting hell week. Hell, even Colt Brennan's there. Chris Cooley is not. Cooley's explanation is simple. "I've been working out -- I worked out with the team all offseason," he told the Mike Wise...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 21, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Leonsis: Wall will add years to Gilbert's career

Last item from Ted Leonsis's one-hour radio blitz that had my fingers bleeding by the end. This one comes from the Jim Rome Show, and it came after Rome asked whether the Wizards need to reconnect with the Washington community. Leonsis agreed. "We broke that trust," he said. "We were...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Leonsis: Wizards will have one of NBA's best backcourts

(By Laura Rauch - AP) As the analysts and commentators continue to debate whether Gilbert Arenas should come back to the Washington Wizards and share a locker room with John Wall, owner Ted Leonsis continues to predict good things from that duo. "If LeBron James can be a co-star...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Leonsis promises "hundreds of changes"

The Wizards' on-court changes have been much-discussed since Ted Leonsis took over. He wants his team to be younger, faster, more cohesive, John Wallier, etc. The off-court changes, though, haven't been as easy to see. Leonsis has previously talked about how fan complaints go all the way down to the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Javale McGee's mom's notes

If you were watching the Wizards Summer League games on Comcast SportsNet, you saw repeated shots of JaVale McGee's basketball-playing mom Pamela, who was sitting in the front row and attracting plenty of screen time, often with pen and paper in her hand. My understanding, though, is that you...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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McNabb still has basketball game

Donovan McNabb definitely has that old-man basketball game going in this clip, but game is game. This is from this week's edition of Spike's Pros vs. Joes, in which McNabb teams with Terrell Owens and Antonio Gates in a game of three-on-three with Rick Fox, Hakeem and Kenny Smith....

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rob Dibble and the Nats' "Circle of Misery"

(By Al Behrman - AP) I've argued this before, but the lightning rod that is Rob Dibble, in my estimation, does his best work when the Nats are playing in their tragic mode. Compare him, if you will, to the other controversial D.C. broadcaster: Larry Michael. Both men, as...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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John Wall already a ratings hit in D.C.

Granted, my capacity for amazement is fairly limitless, but I was nevertheless amazed by the ratings for John Wall's Summer League debut on Comcast SportsNet. Summer League is to NBA basketball like Redskins radio transcriptions are to Washington Post three-part series by Dana Priest. They're sort of the same thing,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins lottery tickets go nostalgia

This Redskins offseason is so nostalgiricious that I just ordered a Redskins Greatest Games DVD set from Amazon.com. Just in one offseason, the team put the son of George Allen in charge, put him on the road telling tales from history, adopted a motto from the '70s, dropped rumors...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Adam Kennedy's base-running gaffe

I was unable to watch the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Sunday, but I was following it electronically. The top of the ninth inning seemed to frustrate some fans, as a one-out single with a man on first led to a two-outs, man-on-first situation after Adam Kennedy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Cooley says Zorn lost the locker room

Cooley and Chick. Sample comment to be used below: "Who cares about Zorn any more? Why are you still writing this? Why are you so negative? Why does the Washington Post even pay your salary?" After the Redskins lost to the Lions last year, a popular question among media...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Barkley declares himself a Redskins fan

Charles Barkley is, apparently, a Donovan McNabb fan. That once made him an Eagles fan. Now he claims to be a Redskins fan willing to wear a McNabb jersey to the Linc. I'm skeptical. Via NBC Washington: "I'm a Washington Redskins fan now, because y'all have never treated Donovan...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redskins: Week 1 underdogs vs. Dallas

(John McDonnell - TWP) Because I was in Las Vegas last week, I figured I should wander by the Venetian sports book and see what sort of Redskins odds were being offered, what player-props were on the board, whether the chairs were exactly as comfortable as I remembered, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Stephen Strasburg: most marketable MLB pitcher

(By Hans Deryk - Reuters) Stephen Strasburg pitched in front of the smallest crowd of his big-league career Friday night in Florida. Just 27,037 came out in Miami, which was still the Marlins' third-biggest crowd of the season and more than 10,000 above their season average. The number of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 19, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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John Wall's underhanded three-point shot

In my final newspaper story from Vegas, I mentioned that John Wall had earned some oohs at Cox Pavilion for draining a one-handed underhanded three-pointer from the sidelines before the team's final Summer League game. Luckily for all of us, FanHouse's Elie Seckbach got video of the shot, which...

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 18, 2010; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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