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D.C. Sports Bog: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Brandon Banks does the John Wall Dance

John Wall announced on Twitter Friday evening that he was going to the Redskins game, presumably to watch his fellow Raleigh native Brandon Banks. And when the undrafted rookie took a punt return around the edge and then sped 77 yards for a touchdown, Wall saluted Banks. "My boy...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2010; 10:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Dan Snyder speaks during preseason broadcast

Dan Snyder's two segments in the booth with Kenny Albert and Joe Theismann Friday night were not memorable for what he said, which was mostly short and forgettable. His appearance was memorable, though, because it continues a recent stretch in which the Redskins owner has regularly engaged with the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2010; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Rex Grossman talks "Sexy Rexy," greatness

Dave Ross asks Rex Grossman about his nickname. Donovan McNabb has played 16 games once in the last six seasons. Of the other quarterbacks on the Redskins' roster, one was undrafted, and another has been on the team for about a week. So, if you were playing the odds,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Jason Campbell's preseason Raiders debut

(By Sharon Ellman - AP) This will probably be a running bone of contention between me and you all season. You think Jason Campbell is a real gentleman who was treated poorly by the Redskins in all sorts of ways. You're hoping for him to excel in Oakland to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Owen Wilson in a Nats uniform

Ok, this is better than a Senators hat in The Karate Kid. We've known for well more than a year that Owen Wilson would be playing a Nats relief pitcher in an upcoming movie by James L. Brooks. They filmed it last June in D.C., with extras doing fan...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 13, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Kyle Shanahan is a young offensive coordinator

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) When Artis Hicks came to visit the Redskins during the offseason, his dinner party included Kyle Shanahan. The team's new offensive coordinator asked Hicks about Cedric Griffin, his former teammate with the Vikings who tore his ACL in the playoffs a year ago. "He...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 12, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Redskins fans at a Dallas wedding

See that man on the left? That's Paul Durand. He's a Redskins fan from Greenbelt, but as things happen, he joined the Army, moved to Oklahoma, and met a woman from Texas. That meant a wedding in Dallas. And that meant his friends had to make some burgundy and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 12, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Orioles ratings spiking in D.C.

(By Nick Wass - AP) I can honestly say that I haven't intentionally watched more than a half-inning of any Orioles game at one sitting this season. Not out of hostility or anything, but the team has been bad, and I don't see their current iteration as a Washington...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 12, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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The play Richard Nixon designed for George Allen

Allens with Nixon. Bruce Allen, top left. (1973 AP photo) A few years ago, Leonard Shapiro wrote an article for The Post about the anniversary of some memorable Redskins Super Bowl moments, which he described. Then he wrote this: All of the above are as much a part of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 12, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rob Dibble amazed by women at baseball game

"Those ladies right behind there, they haven't stopped talking the whole game," Rob Dibble said in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's Nats broadcast. "They have some conversation going on. Right here," he said, circling the offenders. "There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something....Their husbands...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 12, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Bruce Allen: Shanahan is in charge

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Let's go with one final post from Bruce Allen's two-hour appearance on ESPN 980's Lunch With a Legend series from Wednesday. And yes, this is a lot of radio transcribing, even for me, but when the GM for the most important team in town...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Redskins alumni will help decide team's uniforms

Bruce Allen and ESPN 980's Kevin Sheehan combined to create quite a furor a few months ago when they discussed the Redskins possibly wearing gold pants and burgundy tops at home games in 2010. The team soon started selling a t-shirt featuring gold pants. The speculation was off and running....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Jason Campbell Raiders jerseys allowed at Redskins Park

Wednesday's brief nugget about a fan at Eagles training camp being asked to remove a Redskins McNabb jersey became quite an Internet sensation. Here's the passage, from Philly Sports Daily: A fan wearing a Donovan McNabb No. 5 Redskins jersey was asked to remove it. The reason? The fan said...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mike Shanahan seems really impressed with Devin Thomas

(By John McDonnell - TWP) I had heard from some reporters that Mike Shanahan hasn't been overly gushy when discussing third-year receiver Devin Thomas, but I'd yet to see that myself. Then I watched Shanahan's Tuesday press conference. All was revealed. Reporter: "Now that he's been on the field...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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A Nats hat in The Karate Kid

New to me: this scene from The Karate Kid (non-remake version) featuring some drunk guy at the beach wearing what looks for all the world like a Nats hat. The Karate Kid (non-remake version) came out in 1984. That's before the Nats came out. I should have known this,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Jason Campbell calls McNabb trade "a dagger"

(By Ezra Shaw - Getty) Last year, Jason Campbell said he felt like "a piece of tissue they were flushing down the toilet." Last week, he said the Redskins' constant QB flirtations were "like having your manhood questioned." And then this week, when asked about the Redskins' trade for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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John Wall at the Mystics game

Barely more than a week since Barack Obama sat courtside at a Mystics game, top overall draft pick John Wall did the same. Oh, and Andray Blatche, too. Forget We The Pizza; Mystics games are apparently the hippest spot in town. Plus, they have Papa John's Pizza, which just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 11, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Nats in Expos hats

Here's the statement from Mark Lerner about Tuesday night's ceremony honoring Andre Dawson and debuting the Ring of Honor. "The Washington Nationals are honored to pay tribute to all of those who've contributed so much to this city's rich baseball heritage. We are proud of where we've come from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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McNabb: "I don't believe in rebuilding"

By last January or so, Redskins fans were totally ready for a rebuild. The franchise responded with a marketing campaign using the slogan "The Future Is Now." And their veteran quarterback doesn't even recognize that word. "I don't believe in rebuilding," McNabb told Andy Pollin, Thom Loverro and Steve...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Moss: Zorn was "a little out of his league"

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) As the Zorn Era continues to recede from memory like Mike Wise's hairline, several Redskins players have danced around the issue Zorn's D.C. legacy, talking about how much different/better/more professional this year's training camp has been while taking pains to say how much they...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Jim Haslett, his teammates and hunting knives

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett appears to endorse Mike Shanahan's old-school hard-line image. On ESPN 980 Tuesday morning, he was asked about the perception that the inmates ran the Ashburn asylum in previous seasons. "We're gonna play the guys that compete, the guys that want to go out there...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Snyder and Gibbs want more Hall of Famers

(1987 AP photo) Last thing from Canton. When I briefly chatted with Daniel Snyder during the Russ Grimm after-party, he mentioned, unprompted, that he wanted more Hall of Fame parties in the future. "It's just the beginning," Snyder said. "We expect more. We're excited. We need Chris Hanburger in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Shanahan wants Haynesworth to play 16 games

In his rookie season with the Titans, Albert Haynesworth played in all 16 games, starting three. In his next seven seasons, Haynesworth never played more than 14 games, averaging 12.3 a year. So when ESPN's Adam Schefter asked Mike Shanahan on Monday what he hopes Haynesworth can do for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Redskins tickets billboard on New York Avenue

These are places where I've seen ads for Redskins club seats in recent weeks. The Wall Street Journal. The Washington Post. Washingtonian. SB Nation blogs. Metro buses. Bus shelters. Thought bubbles that float through the air and then drive straight into your brain. And so on. This, though, was...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Ovechkin, Tupac, Moscow, car

This 27-second video clip has reduced me to nouns. Ovechkin. Moscow. Car. Hand dance. No seatbelt. Tupac. "Perhaps I was blind to the facts, stabbed in the back. I couldn't trust my own homies just a bunch a dirty rats."...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Nats unveil Ring of Honor

Monday afternoon, the Nats announced plans to honor Hall of Famers with ties to D.C. baseball with a Hall of Fame Ring of Honor on the facade above the PNC Diamond Club. Monday evening, some folks got a first glimpse at that Ring of Honor, during a Ryan Zimmerman charity...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2010; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The Hogs still hate the Dallas Cowboys

(By Aaron Josefczyk - Reuters) When will the Redskins nostalgia posts end? Hey, gotta justify that $93 car rental, right? Plus, I was a history major. In other words, never. Saturday night, after Russ Grimm had been inducted into the Hall of Fame, Jeff Bostic came over to chat...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Steve Francis still says he's D.C.'s best since Bias

(1998 photo by Joel Richardson - TWP) After a small Internet furor developed over his claim to be D.C.'s best basketball product since Len Bias, Steve Francis was offered a chance to back off last week. He declined. "That's a true statement," Francis said on ESPN 980's John Thompson...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Russ Grimm and the Hogs have a party

Maybe 30 minutes after the Hall of Fame induction ceremony ended on Saturday night, I wandered away from Canton's Fawcett Stadium, wriggled past the line for Jerry Rice's flashy reception, and stumbled directly into your childhood dreams. At the center of the Russ Grimm after-party was a bar adorned...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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