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D.C. Sports Bog: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Haynesworth says there are "zero distractions"

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Far as I can remember, the last time Albert Haynesworth made a lengthy radio appearance was in March, when he went on SIRIUS NFL Radio and said, among other things, "I don't think I'm built to be a nose tackle, to be honest." As...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 25, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Hard Hits Live webcast: LaVar Arrington on the Redskins

LaVar Arrington answered reader questions about the Redskins running game, the defense, Devin Thomas and playing the nose tackle position, among other topics, in this week's Hard Hits Live webcast. If you would like to watch the show in segments, click here. Otherwise, just click on the video below to...

By Washington Post Sports  | September 24, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Wizards go to red, white and blue

(AP archives) This has been a remarkable day for D.C. sports news. HBO climbed into bed with the Capitals, bringing along all its cameras and stuff. Stan Kasten resigned. And Ernie Grunfeld announced the Wizards would go back to red, white and blue a year from now. That's three...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Daniel Snyder co-stars with Alyssa Milano in NFL ad

First he was in the Papa John's pizza ad with Jerry Jones, and now Daniel Snyder has contributed his acting chops to a spot for NFLShop.com, pitching female-specific apparel. For a role without any lines, Snyder does a commendable acting job here. Oh, and one of the co-stars is...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Caps on HBO: Questions and answers

I already talked to the players about being on this HBO 24/7 show in the leadup to the Winter Classic. Here are some more questions answered. And yes, I'm already a bit obsessed. When will the filming start? The cameras will be here next week for some promotional work,...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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The Caps talk about their HBO special

As you've heard, the Caps and Penguins will be part of a four-part HBO all-access series during the lead-up to and aftermath of the Winter Classic, beginning on Dec. 15. More details here. The Caps players were told about the series by GM George McPhee on Thursday morning, and then...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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LaRon Landry and Meat and Potatoes

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Last thing about LaRon Landry for the week, I promise. If you follow Landry on Twitter, you've probably seen him make frequent use of the phrase "Meat and Potatoes" this season. His defensive teammates have heard it, too, and they don't always know what...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Damien Cox: "I have nothing against Ted Leonsis"

Since I already waded into the muck of the Ted Leonsis-vs.-The-Ovechkin-Project feud, might as well keep things going. The co-author of the just-released book about Ovechkin, Toronto Star hockey columnist Damien Cox, was on TSN's "Off The Record" Wednesday, and the topic of his electronic back-and-forth with Leonsis was raised....

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Sam Bradford's dinner with Daniel Snyder

(By Larry French - Getty) As with most NFL games, Redskins-Rams has plenty of those story lines about that one guy on that one team who used to play for the other team, or who grew up rooting for the other team, or who went to school with the...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gary Williams says collegiate athletes should be paid

Gary Williams might be outspoken and controversial at times, but he's usually right, or at least somewhere in that vicinity. Such is the case with his public call on Wednesday for college athletes to be paid. As the NCAA overlords continue to sit in diamond-encrusted bathtubs while scrubbing their calluses...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 23, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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How to block two guys on a field goal

When I posted this item about Fred Davis and the blocked field goal the other day, a few people asked me -- via e-mail and comments -- how one player was supposed to block two rushing defenders. Seems tough. And yet, when you take the holder and kicker [and...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Bryce Harper's favorite sports teams

Well, future Nationals superstar Bryce Harper definitely has all the tools to be a proper international superstar, at least judging by his favorite sports teams. He was on D.C. radio on Wednesday (and Tuesday, for that matter), and he identified the teams he roots for. It's out of the official...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Nick Young's growing out his hair

I've been trying to move my brand of journalism further away from the haircut-and-mustache focus that characterized my youth, but if no one else is gonna do it..... Nick Young has a new haircut. He described it to Wizards.com. (And the site has a new and improved look, so...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leonsis says Stanley Cup is "just a matter of time"

I can't find the link, but I'm almost positive that Caps owner Ted Leonsis suggested last season that a Stanley Cup was almost an inevitability. Last spring's playoff disappointment hasn't quashed that optimism, because Leonsis said much the same Wednesday. "One year, a goal scored won't get called back," he...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Reed Doughty on getting hit by LaRon Landry

(AP Photo) Reed Doughty and LaRon Landry collided at least twice last Sunday. The second time likely kept Doughty from intercepting a Matt Schaub pass that could have preserved Washington's lead. The first time sent Doughty to the sidelines. I asked him what that felt like, absorbing the brunt...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Orakpo held vs. Texans

Before there was the game-tying fourth-down touchdown pass to Andre Johnson on Sunday, there was a similarly clutch third-and-10 completion to Johnson that gained 29 yards and kept the drive moving. The Texans were at their own 19-yard line at the time, and absent that completion, they likely would...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Ovechkin Project, Gare Joyce and Ted Leonsis

"The Ovechkin Project" - the first book-length look at Alex Ovechkin, advertised as "a behind-the-scenes look at hockey's most dangerous player" - is reaching Canadian book stores this week, and will be on U.S. shelves soon thereafter. But while most U.S. readers - me included - have yet to read...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Varlamov wants you to go to the Caps Convention

This is a touchstone moment during Semyon Varlamov's journey from doing his interviews strictly in Russian to some mixture of two languages to doing his interviews strictly in English. It's also the single best ad for the Caps Convention I've ever seen in my life. I can't get enough...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Andre Johnson responds to DeAngelo Hall

(By John McDonnell - TWP) During his media blitz on Monday, DeAngelo Hall -- among other things -- said that he wasn't intimidated by Andre Johnson. Here's part of his remarks: "I played him in college. This is my first time goin' against him in the league. And I...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Redskins Insider Live Webcast

Rick Maese and Dan Steinberg joined LaVar Arrington on this week's Redskins Insider Live webcast to talk about the loss to Houston and this Sunday's game against St. Louis. Click here to watch this week's show in segments. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to...

By Washington Post Sports  | September 21, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Cooley and Portis say run game is coming

(By John McDonnell - TWP) The transcription robots at WaPo headquarters are working overtime this week, bringing you reassurances from just about every member of the Redskins' offense that yes, they're going to start running the ball successfully soon, despite ranking last in the NFL in rushing offense. Maybe...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins eighth in Fan Cost Index

The Redskins announced last January that they wouldn't be raising ticket prices for the fourth straight year, and as a result, the team's Fan Cost Index is also unchanged. The NFL's average FCI -- a Team Marketing Report measure that includes "the price of four average-price general tickets, two small...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Redskins third in the NFL in online buzz

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Different research groups keep finding out different ways to measure the Redskins' popularity, and I'll keep mentioning them. Last year, you might recall, a Harris Interactive poll reported that the Redskins were 17th in nationwide popularity, though there were plenty of things to question...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Clinton Portis on speaking the truth

During his weekly 106.7 The Fan radio appearance last week, Clinton Portis said some stuff about women in the locker room. It became a national story. Then he apologized in a statement, declined to speak during to reporters during the week, and stuck to football after Sunday's game. At the...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Nats' record-low crowd

(By Evan Vucci - AP) Kilgore pretty much nailed the whole Nats attendance question in this blog post, the night after the franchise's worst-ever attended home game in D.C. And Adam Dunn pretty much nailed the question in this post-game quote: "It would be tough for me as a...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 21, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Gary Williams, the Redskins and optimism

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Last year, when the Redskins lost a high-scoring heartbreaker, at home, in overtime, to one of the NFL's best teams (the Saints) after leading by 10 in the fourth quarter, people were despondent. This year, when the Redskins lost a high-scoring heartbreaker, at home,...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Post Executive Editor on Redskins coverage

This sort of item is more overplayed than a Matt Schaub pump-fake, but a few of you might be interested. As you know, I have relentlessly argued that even though it might seem absurd, The Post just can't cover the Redskins too much. The Redskins Insider has been Sports's most...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Sam Huff and the overtime rules

Sam Huff's place in this town's sports history is secure. He's a legend in multiple fields. He's as comfortable on Sunday afternoons as apple crisp and Wade Phillips screwing something up. That said, Huff could maybe use a primer on the NFL's overtime rules. Highlights from Sunday's broadcast. Before the...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Leonsis: Caps need better discipline, not better defense

(By Richard A. Lipski for TWP) Last winter, as the Caps swept through the Southeast Division on the way to the most points in the NHL, there was an extended debate about whether their "style" would work in the playoffs, and whether an offensive juggernaut like that was built...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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DeAngelo Hall: Redskins should have made a play

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) As you've probably heard by now, DeAngelo Hall came strong in Monday's locker room session, saying this is his defense, and that from now on, he's covering the best receiver on the opposing team. "I'm going wherever the [expletive] ball is going," is how...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Fred Davis and the blocked field goal

If you watched the Redskins broadcast on CBS, you probably remember that Dan Fouts singled out Fred Davis as the culprit on the blocked field goal midway through the fourth quarter. As Samuel Chamberlain noted, there were a slew of plays that could have virtually clinched the game for...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Ovechkin: "No more parties"

Love him, hate him, or spend time writing angry online screeds about him, at least grant that Alex Ovechkin is honest. Not too many international superstars would joke with the media about going out "almost every night" during the offseason, even if we've already seen the photographs. Well, "joke"...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mario Williams and Redskins fans talk mushrooms

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Not sure which was odder: 1) Redskins fans taunting Mario Williams by using references to video games that were popular 20 years ago, or 2) Mario Williams thanking those Redskins fans for helping motivate him on a day in which he sacked Donovan McNabb...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 20, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Clinton Portis's downfield block

This block by Clinton Portis during the 62-yard Fred Davis catch-and-run was one of the early highlights of the Redskins' loss to the Texans, even though it would have been a lot more highlighty had the Redskins won. Portis's celebration over this block was far more enthusiastic than his...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 19, 2010; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Redskins-Texans another FedEx Field sellout

Quoting the press box announcer: "Today's paid attendance is 88,240. That makes it 353 consecutive home sellouts for the Redskins. Again, today's attendance is 88,240, 353 consecutive home sellouts." This photo was taken at around 3:15, or about an hour before kickoff. When I asked about availability, the agent...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 19, 2010; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Redskins-Texans, Best and Worst

(By Evan Vucci - AP) Best and worst from the Redskins' 30-27 overtime loss to the Texans. Best Play: I don't care what team you root for, Andre Johnson's game-tying jump-ball touchdown catch while covered man-plus-man-on-man was ridiculous. "A great athlete making a play," was how Mike Shanahan described...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 19, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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