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D.C. Sports Bog: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Dibble discusses Strasburg's injury

Granted, Rob Dibble's opinion about Stephen Strasburg is a minor footnote to all the news coverage of the kid's elbow this week. Yes, there were a lot of jokes made about Dibble after the Tommy John diagnosis came down on Friday morning, but they were largely made by fans who...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Strasburg, Theismann and D.C. sports injuries

Not long after Stephen Strasburg's diagnosis came in, the great Japers Rink asked a great question: "Where does this rank in the most devastating injuries in DC sports history?" It's really a question for the Thomas Boswells of the world, but I think I can take a stab at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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John Harbaugh says Ravens ran over the Redskins

Every August, some fans and media types start talking about whether the Redskins and the Ravens have a rivalry, and other fans and media types chime in that this is ridiculous, and that they play in different conferences and have no shared history and just can't be rivals. But at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 27, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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George Mason's Italian dance-off

If you've ever seen a better post-game dance-off between a redshirt freshman CAA guard and a balding Italian hoopster, you've lived a more complete life than I. This is George Mason's Vertrail Vaughns and the Italian version of Mike Wise, nicknamed "Ferro," going at it hard in some quaint...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Redskins selling standing-room seats for Dallas game

A few weeks ago, Hogs Haven posted photos of the new standing room section in the club-level of FedEx Field. The author, Kevin Ewoldt, was told the seats were a test concept not yet for sale to the general public....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Bryce Harper's "mohawk"

(By Greg Fiume - Getty) "Bryce Harper is wearing a Mohawk," Nationals.com's Bill Ladson wrote on Twitter during Harper's batting practice display on Thursday. "It reminds me of John Riggins, when he was with the Jets." Not sure I'd go that far. But his hair is definitely sculpted. (106.7...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Redskins will wear burgundy jerseys at home in 2010

(AP archives photos) Someone ratchet up the Redskins gold pants alert level from "gold" to "really really gold." A Cowboys official has confirmed to me that Dallas will be wearing white tops in FedEx Field on Sept. 12. That means the Redskins will be wearing burgundy tops. Throw in...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Redskins Ravens fan images

There were many excellently dressed fans at last weekend's preseason games. Here are their stories. "I grew up a Skins fan," said Will Barron of Columbia, seen on the left. "When the Ravens came to Baltimore, I went to a lot of games their first season and became a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Ray Knight on Strasburg and Dibble

As this Dibble/Strasburg train continues to careen past Dead Horse Saloon and through Overkill Canyon, I wanted to take one minute to post Ray Knight's comments from his appearance on the Junkies Thursday morning. Ray Knight maybe should have gone into public relations. I can't find an off note here....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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NFL players say Redskins have hottest cheerleaders

(2007 photo by Preston Keres - TWP) I usually try to stay away from cheerleading coverage, but some stories are too newsworthy to ignore. This week's issue of ESPN The Magazine includes an "NFL Confidential" poll involving 65 NFL players, asked about a variety of on- and off-the-field issues....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Affordable Redskins season tickets available at StubHub

Here's something weird: StubHub is currently offering 942 season tickets to Redskins games, many of the non-club, non-premium variety. That doesn't speak very highly to the market savvy of tens of thousands of Redskins fans signing up for the waitlist every year. Hey, tens of thousands of Redskins fans, just...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 26, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Donovan McNabb's Washingtonian profile

Washingtonian's cover story this week is an absolutely massive profile of Donovan McNabb by Harry Jaffe, the same man who wrote probably the kindest Daniel Snyder story ever published. Jaffe talked with McNabb for two hours and also spoke extensively with McNabb's parents and others close to the quarterback....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2010; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Peter Gammons would shut Strasburg down

While many Nats fans continue to anxiously await Stephen Strasburg's liquified MRI results, a whole bunch of national writers are arguing that, regardless of the result, Strasburg's season should be finished. For example: Tom Boswell: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't just miss his next start. The Nats should shut him down for...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Redskins preseason games earn monster ratings

Since I've obsessively chronicled the television ratings of some of Washington's other local teams in recent years, it's only fair for me to note the press release the Redskins sent out Wednesday morning, touting record ratings through two preseason games. And the numbers are monstrous. Now, it's sort of tough...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Caps , Media , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Everyone has an opinion on Haynesworth

My daughter's preschool is closed on Wednesday, which means I'm not getting much done. But a lot of famous people have had things to say about Albert Haynesworth in recent days, believe it or not, so I figure I'd better put a mega-Albert-nonsense item together. Warren Sapp, to FanHouse: "[Albert's]...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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LaRon Landry is enormous

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) By all means, read Jason Reid's column about LaRon Landry from Wednesday's paper. It's full of insight, both from Reid and from Landry. But also, if you have a second or two, take a look at this image captured by The Post's Jonathan Newton...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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LaRon Landry's fake leg injury

With all the craziness after Saturday's scrimmage (Haynesworth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), I forgot to mention my favorite in-game moment: LaRon Landry's fake injury. This happened early in the second quarter, and was -- as you'll see -- completely ignored by the announcers. But it was fairly awesome. Before I begin, I'm not criticizing...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Vinny Cerrato calls Haynesworth issue "a huge distraction"

As Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have trudged on through the eye of Hurricane Albert, they've always had this defense: he wasn't their signing. The responsibility for that was given to the old regime, and mostly to Vinny Cerrato. And now the man who signed Haynesworth and gave him such...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Mitch Williams calls Strasburg injury "a product of the pitch count"

Rob Dibble's comments on Stephen Strasburg and the difference between pain and injury have already gotten more attention than they likely deserved, but I'll press on, because now even more ex-Major League pitchers are using the Strasburg DL trip to talk about the modern-day pitcher. "This is a product of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Larry Michael defends DeAngelo Hall

Under the theory that there's no more noble life's calling than stoking a feud between two rival sports-talk radio stations, it's time for Larry Michael vs. 106.7 The Fan: The DeAngelo Hall Episode. Man, there's got to be a better way to make a buck. Anyhow. Round I Prompted by...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Theismann and Riggins disagree on McNabb

Under the theory that there's no more noble life's calling than stoking a feud between two rival media personalities, it's time for Theismann vs. Riggins: The Purple Drank Episode. Round I In the waning moments of Saturday's loss to the Ravens, Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann discussed Bruce Allen and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 24, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Rob Dibble to Stephen Strasburg: "Suck it up"

The conventional wisdom on Stephen Strasburg's latest injury, whatever it is, was nicely summed up by Thomas Boswell on Monday: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't just miss his next start. The Nats should shut him down for the year. Two warning lights in a month - first shoulder, then forearm - are...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2010; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Donovan McNabb Eagles jerseys at FedEx Field

There were hundreds and hundreds of burgundy and gold No. 5 jerseys in FedEx Field on Saturday night. There were as many if not more No. 5 jerseys in whatever the Ravens call their dreadful color scheme. And yet there was another set of folks wearing No. 5 jerseys...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Brett Favre bumped Mike Shanahan from Sunday Night Football

As if you needed any more reasons to be bitter about Brett Favre's return, he managed to bump Mike Shanahan off NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast. The Redskins coach sat down with Bob Costas early last week to tape an interview that was scheduled to air during halftime of the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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George Mason basketball with gladiators in Rome

(Courtesy Eric Konkol) The George Mason basketball team is currently on a 10-day summer tour of Italy. And since everything about this photo of the Patriots and Coach Jim Larranaga posing with gladiators outside The Colosseum is pretty much perfect, I'm not going to waste any words with commentary....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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"Hail to the Redskins" and that Ravens touchdown

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) There were a lot of positive changes to FedEx Field, which I'll mention in a later item. But one part of Saturday night's operation seemed to bother an inordinate number of people: the untimely playing of "Hail to the Redskins." The fight song used...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 23, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Goodbye to Zack Bolno, for now

For longtime readers of this Bog, this is all you have to know about Zack Bolno; He once set up a dinner for me, Oleksiy Pecherov and Harvey Grant at a Russian restaurant in Las Vegas. That one was so far outside the box it landed in a bowl...

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 22, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Jim Zorn's postgame Gatorade shower

The preseason means nothing. "Doesn't count," as Chris Cooley told Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson. Still. At the conclusion of a game that didn't count, the Ravens apparently dumped a bucket of liquid over Jim Zorn's head. That wasn't a coincidental dousing. View the before and after hair below....

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 22, 2010; 12:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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