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D.C. Sports Bog: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

An Ovechkin workout ad

This makes four new Caps commercials in two days, by my count, following fast on the heels of Ovechkin in a locker, Boudreau doing bird calls and Boudreau in a track suit. This would the non-funny variety of ad, however....

By Dan Steinberg  | October 1, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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How Mambo Sauce became the voice of D.C. sports

(By Jahi Chikwendiu - TWP) I was going to wait on this until next week, but then the bloggers suddenly discovered that Mambo Sauce's Black Boo has become the new Chris Paul, and so I might as well offer a few additional words. If you're just a normal D.C....

By Dan Steinberg  | October 1, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Cooley: 75 percent chance Skins beat the Eagles

(By Paul J. Richards - AFP/Getty) When the NFL schedules were released, we asked users to predict every Redskins game. This Sunday's meeting with Philadelphia was the most even pick 'em of the bunch, with 51 percent choosing Philly and 49 percent going with the Skins. Well, things have...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 1, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Daniel Snyder: "I let people down"

Next Tuesday, ESPN's E:60 will air a long piece about Daniel Snyder, built around several extensive conversations between ESPN's Rachel Nichols and the owner. I'll have more about this next week, but in the meantime, the network has put out this trailer from the piece, with a few of...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 1, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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John Wall, fellow Wiz rookies perform TLC

Two of these three Wizards rookies sang TLC. (By Nick Wass - AP) The Wizards had a team dinner on Thursday night, and the rookies were required to sing. This is one of the mainstays of pro sports rookie hazing, ranking somewhere below "Dressing up in funny costumes" and...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 1, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ryan Zimmerman's new Mercedes ads

I don't want to overplay these new American Service Center Mercedes ads, starring Ryan Zimmerman (and, in one case, Bruce Boudreau). I just think you should watch them. I think this strongly. (They were filmed at the D.C. Improv in mid-September, and will start airing next week. They're obviously a...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Bruce Boudreau's new Mercedes ads

I don't want to overplay these new American Service Center Mercedes ads, starring Bruce Boudreau (and, in one case, Ryan Zimmerman). I just think you should watch them. I think this strongly. (They were filmed at the D.C. Improv in mid-September, and will start airing next week. They're obviously a...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Never Been to Dallas Syndrome

This is a few days late, but Chris Paul on Never Been to Dallas Syndrome is worth two minutes of your time. (Via @DCVince)...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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McNabb-Vick odds

(By John McDonnell - TWP) When companies like Bodog send out a whole bunch of bizarre odds for things like the Vick-McNabb showdown, it's not because they expect anyone will actually wager on how Donovan McNabb would celebrate a rushing touchdown in Philly, it's just a cheap publicity grab....

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ovechkin's CCM ad outtakes

Later this week, CCM will announce the release of its new U+ Crazy Light skate, billed as the industry's most customizable skate. The release will be accompanied by a marketing campaign built around Alex Ovechkin, with print and TV elements. Ovechkin's first ad for the campaign will also come...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hockey prospects choose Ovechkin over Crosby

(By Greg Fiume - Getty) I started listening to this interview with Ovechkin book authors Damien Cox and Gare Joyce just to see if they said anything controversial about Ted Leonsis or Washington or Nate Ewell. But the most interesting part of the conversation turned out to be kind...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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How the Gallaudet tipped interception went viral

The Gallaudet football team's tip-drill interception on Saturday was one of the most remarkable football plays you'll ever see. It caused Coach Chuck Goldstein to utter "some choice words you can't print" and then sprint out on the field, grab one of the officials and holler, "Oh my gosh,...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wizards get back to basics

(Photos by Jonathan Newton - TWP) Michael Lee reported this week that the Wizards 2010 slogan is "Back to Basics." Like so: About 12 hours after the conclusion of the late-night practice, they arrived in front of an empty gymnasium with a banner hanging from the second deck that...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lerner says Nats are "almost there"

There are still symbolic achievements at stake for the Nats -- getting to 70 wins, for example, or finishing ahead of Manny Acta's Indians -- but with the home schedule over and the vague contours of the final record already visible, the 2010 retrospectives have begun. Mark Lerner added...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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The Redskins and the game-breaking run

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Sunday's 27-yard run by Clinton Portis, which concluded with an intentional fall, has become one of the dominant stories of this Redskins week. Whether you think he should have kept going, think his ball security was admirable, think he was about to get tackled...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 29, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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CSN adds Caps and Wizards pre-game shows

Maybe you've noticed that this is sort of an exciting time for the Caps and the Wizards. The former are generally considered among the top three choices to win the Stanley Cup by bookmakers, even if fans feel gnawing dread. The latter have a new owner, the No. 1 draft...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 29, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Kolzig: "I'm a Cap through and through"

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Olie Kolzig is coming to D.C. this weekend for the second Caps convention. The ice has been thawed between him and his old franchise, after at least some small amount of bad feelings on his departure for Tampa. He went on Elliot in...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 29, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mike Knuble on the regular season

Remember when the Caps lost in the first round of the playoffs and everyone freaked out started asking "How in the world is any fan in their right mind going to get excited about the regular season next fall? I mean, even if they paint the steps in Verizon...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 29, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Dog in Redskins jersey chews on Vick toy

And here's your official 2007 flashback: a dog in a Redskins jersey gnawing on a Michael Vick chew toy. (Via @SkinsHuly)...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 29, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Andy Reid says McNabb will "get a great reception"

Remember on Tuesday when Donovan McNabb said he thought he'd be cheered in Philadelphia this week? Well, Andy Reid has been drinking from the same tub of celery-flavored insanity. "They remember the good times," Reid told Brian Mitchell, when asked about Eagles fans. "They might give him the business...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 29, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McNabb: Redskins' record doesn't affect his future

Within about 15 minutes after the conclusion of the Redskins' loss on Sunday, a thread showed up on Extreme Skins titled "McNabb will not sign a extension." It eventually grew to 13 pages and 194 posts. And a lot of the participants agreed with the original poster, arguing that...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Terps tweak their basketball uniforms

Well, if I'm going to write about the extremely minute changes to the Wizards basketball jerseys, might as well write about the extremely minute changes to the Terps basketball jerseys. Terrapin Trail wrote about this last week, noting that "the major difference appears to be a turtle-shell pattern on...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Phillies fans celebrate

(Photo by Cheryl Nichols - Nats News Network) If the Eagles beat the Redskins and McNabb on Sunday in front of a gloating home crowd, it will likely mark a new low in Philadelphia-Washington bi-lateral athletic relationships. Already this week, there was one of those events where the Phillies...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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On the Wizards and Midnight Madness

The Post has already blasted through its Midnight Madness Wiz coverage, with Michael Lee covering the marketing hype, Gene Wang talking the nuts and bolts, and Tracee Hamilton writing optimism. That leaves me to cover the fans, the famous and the facial hair. And so, five more notes. Morrison's...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redskins Insider Live Webcast

Rick Maese and LaVar Arrington joined Dan Steinberg on this week's Redskins Insider Live webcast to talk about the loss to St. Louis and this Sunday's McNabbapalooza against Philadelphia. 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 Editors  | September 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bringing back the Bullets

This, in my opinion, is why you can never go back to the "Bullets" nickname, nostalgia be damned. And it made me instantly think of the statement Abe Pollin issued when he announced the team would change its name: I realized this some time ago when I picked up...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Portis and McNabb pulling for Vick

(By Richard A. Lipski - TWP) Clinton Portis and Donovan McNabb both have a fairly interesting history with Michael Vick, his legal issues and his comeback from NFL purgatory. Portis famously defended Vick in a joking TV interview, saying "it's his property and it's his dog. If that's what...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Clinton Portis and pro wrestling

At some point in all of our lives, we loved pro wrestling. Maybe it was when you were 7 or 8 and watching with dad. Maybe it was when you were 19 and had nothing else to do on Monday nights. Maybe it was when you were a 30-something sports-talk...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Whitlock, Feinstein have at the Redskins

If it's late September, that means a few things: * The preseason Wizards are getting more D.C. media coverage than the preseason Capitals. (Five Post staffers at Midnight Madness!) * I'm spending 37 percent of my weekly caloric intake on Dogfish Head Punkin Chunkin. * The Phillies are clinching a...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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John Wall's handshake with Gilbert

When John Wall emerged, last, from the darkness to be introduced to the Patriot Center crowd on Monday night, he bolted straight to Gilbert Arenas and engaged him in a kooky handshake. Gilbert smiled. And we all immediately thought, "Gracious, Wall and Gil already have their own special routine."...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cooley: "I'm embarrassed"

The NFL's off day is known as Transcription Tuesday in these parts, as all the Redskins beat reporters gather around their transistor radios and scribble out the words of Clinton Portis, Donovan McNabb, and whichever other players choose to spend their free time calling into sports-talk stations. But Transcription...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 28, 2010; 3:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Wizards, the Bullets and the past

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Here's how long it's been since the Wizards/Bullets won their NBA title: for the first time in the modern era, the team enters the preseason without a player under guaranteed contract who was even alive in 1978. (Veteran Sean Marks has a non-guaranteed deal;...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 27, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Wizards react to Emo Gilbert

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Three years ago this week, Gilbert Arenas went to Wizards media day with boxes full of stuffed animals (suger gliders, to be specific) to promote his new cartoon series. The animals had a message inside their pouch: Hypocrites, fools and the oversensitive beware. Embrace...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 27, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Riggins, Brian Mitchell turn on Shanahan

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Well, it took three weeks for the analysts to turn their words against Mike Shanahan. Tough town. I'm inclined to remember the example of Marty, and to withhold judgment for a few more weeks. People said they wanted a re-build. Future Is Now propaganda...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 27, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Daniel Snyder in Forbes

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Daniel Snyder's increasing openness with the media continued last week, as he was the subject of a 1,600-word profile in Forbes. The business magazine celebrated him as "the NFL's most innovative owner" who has "grown the brand" and "turned the Washington Redskins into...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 27, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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The Redskins, the Rams and talent

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) I don't need to put any explanation here. Just presenting some post-game quotes. Thanks to CSN Washington and 106.7 The Fan for putting such treasure troves of audio and video online so quickly. Go watch and listen. Albert Haynesworth: "We didn't focus. You...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 27, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Clinton Portis's slide

(By John McDonnell - TWP) UPDATE: Mike Shanahan said on Monday that Portis was nursing a hand injury that caused worries about ball security, which is why he went down on this carry. Portis said after Sunday's game that he wasn't injured. After Sunday's loss to the Rams, Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 27, 2010; 12:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Redskins, looking miserable

Since the start of the 2006 season, the Rams are 15-52. In that same span, they're 3-1 against the Redskins. Including Sunday, the Rams have now won four of their last 31 games. Against the Redskins, they're 2-1. Against the rest of the NFL, they're 2-26. It's not the...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 26, 2010; 8:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Redskins-Rams, Best and Worst

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Best and worst from the Redskins' 30-16 loss to the Rams. Best Question, Part I: Did Clinton Portis just lose his job to a guy who was on the practice squad a week ago? Worst Deja Vu: Week 3, on the road, against...

By Dan Steinberg  | September 26, 2010; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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