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D.C. Sports Bog: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Cooley on Shanahan's adjustments

Earlier this week, I posted some old bits of press-produced '08 ecstasy, back when the Redskins were 4-1 under a dynamic new coach and headed for a certain playoff berth. That didn't work out so well. The lesson, I guess, was caution. Being similarly sentient Redskins observers, the Junkies also...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 15, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Riggins speculates on the final season of Sonny and Sam

I write this not to pick on anyone, but because it's a topic of interest to a whole bunch of Redskins fans. There aren't many names that appear higher in Ye Olde Book of Redskins Lore than Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff, but obviously they won't be part of...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 15, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Ehrlich, O'Malley discuss the Redskins and P.G.

The Maryland gubernatorial candidates held at debate at The Washington Post's offices this week. You can watch it here. There were at least two questions about sports, at least one of which will be of mild interest to D.C. fans. "As governor, what would either of you, if anything, offer...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 15, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Midnight madness previews, in videos

NOTE: This item is largely borrowed and/or stolen from SB Nation DC. Thanks for doing the hard work on this, fellas. Several weeks after the Wizards pulled off their version of Midnight Madness, the colleges will get involved on Friday night. DCist has a nice rundown of the particulars...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 14, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Teammates call LaRon Landry "Iron Man"

It's gotten to the point in the Redskins press room where no one even uses LaRon Landry's name anymore. The scribes all call him "Dirty 30." Or maybe just "30." Or maybe just "Dirty." Now, the Redskins have a clear nickname deficiency since Fred Smoot left. I asked Ryan...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 14, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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CBS drama features "Vinny Cerrato"

Have you ever heard of the CBS drama called "The Defenders?" Yeah, me neither. But if you were watching the early stages of this week's episode, you would have heard this line, verbatim, issued by a very serious-looking law-enforcement officer: "Vinny Cerrato, you're under arrest for arson." Say what?...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 14, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Kornheiser, Feinstein, Bayless attack Gilbert

The latest Gilbert Arenas incident -- funny quote that undermines his coach, followed by fine, followed by bashful apology -- was to sports columnists like tossing a bag full of Goldfish in front of a gang of three-year olds. Some -- like Mike Wise -- responded with subtlety. But I...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 14, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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The Redskins and rainy practices

(By Preston Keres - TWP) For the second time this season, wet weather forced the Redskins to hold an off-site practice Thursday. The last time this happened, the Skins did a workout at a Dulles hangar, and won their subsequent game. That sounds like a World Cup ad, but...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 14, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Anthony Armstrong's sock fine

(By Jim McIsaac - Getty) Last weekend, Anthony Armstrong achieved dual professional milestones. "Sunday will always be special to me: First NFL touchdown AND first NFL fine! Ouch!" Armstrong wrote on Twitter. "They said u had too much white, but I pulled em down and I played like that...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Mike Shanahan and the gold pants

This probably says more about me than about you, but I got more e-mails and Tweets and comments about gold pants last week than anything else. Well, about the lack of gold pants, I should say. At the Redskins' first two home games this season, they wore their traditional...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Flip Saunders on Gilbert's fake injury

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) The gong show returned to Verizon Center Tuesday night, when Gilbert Arenas apparently came up with a fake injury to help Nick Young get more playing time and then joked about it with the media at virtually the same time that Flip Saunders was...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Brian Orakpo, his Web site and chains

This week, Brian Orakpo announced some sort of launch for his Twitter account and his Web site. He did so not because he's a social-media freak, like some of his teammates, but because he'd been besieged with requests. "The fans been wanting a web site from me for so...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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DeAngelo Hall compares Ovechkin to Landry

After Sunday's Redskins game game, Alex Ovechkin -- naturally wearing a six-year old t-shirt and odd-fitting ball cap -- wound up in the players' lot, where he posed for this photo with DeAngelo Hall and Hall's son. "Shout out to the best Hockey Player in the Best Sports Town!...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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More players on Shanahan vs. Zorn

Through his first five games with the Redskins, Mike Shanahan is 3-2. Jim Zorn was 4-1. Through his first five games with the Redskins, Mike Shanahan is 3-1 in games decided by seven points or less. Jim Zorn was 4-0 in such games. We're all tripping over each other to...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Eric Fehr's 6,000-calorie diet

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Wednesday morning, Katie Carrera wrote about Caps winger Eric Fehr, whom many have targeted as a breakout-year candidate. Katie wrote about how Fehr added weight in the offseason, and how he's attempting to tweak his game. "I want to emulate my game a little...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 13, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The ads for FedEx Field

After Sunday's game, I ran out of time to go to the gym, so instead I ran around FedEx Field four times. It was a fine enough time, absent the occasional wafting odors of porta-potty and the need to dodge a random pair of women's underwear four times, but...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 12, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Buddy Biancalana brings zone training to D.C.

(AP Archives photos) Twenty-five years ago this week, Buddy Biancalana became famous. The starting shortstop for the Kansas City Royals, Biancalana -- a career .194 hitter at the time, who had more errors than RBI in the 1985 season -- hit .278 in the '85 World Series. He didn't...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 12, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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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 win against the Packers and whether the run can continue against the Colts this Sunday night. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the podcast....

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ovechkin's game winner

There's a lot to like about Alex Ovechkin's game-winning goal against the Senators Monday night, most pretty well represented by the phrase "Alex Ovechkin's game-winning goal." But don't discount the hidden pleasure of watching Yi Jianlian rise to his feet and celebrate along with the crowd, in his case...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 12, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ovechkin's head in a bowling ball bag

Fresh off the debut of Alex Ovechkin's disembodied head in a locker, presenting Alex Ovechkin's disembodied head in a bowling-ball bag. Bruce Boudreau was recently asked whose commercial spots are funnier, his or Ovechkin's. "Alex does everything better than me," the coach said....

By Dan Steinberg  | October 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The origin of the "Bullets" nickname, Part XII

Last week, I briefly tried finding a story from The Post's archives explaining the origins of the Baltimore Bullets pro basketball nickname. I failed. But Reader Ted pointed me in the direction of a story from the Oct. 31, 1944 editions of the Baltimore Sun, which announced the fledgling American...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 12, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Devin Thomas discusses his "nap"

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) The Devin Thomas preseason nap is rapidly approaching Gilbert Arenas Beard or Nats TV Ratings as "things the Bog should stop covering," but since I posted that napping picture earlier in the week, I figure I need to print his explanation. "That's one...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 12, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Redskins Insider Live: Packers recap, Colts preview

LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and Dan Steinberg join studio host Jonathan Forsythe for this week's edition of Redskins Insider Live. They'll talk about the Redskins' victory over the Packers and look ahead to Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts. To watch the show live, click here at 10:30 a.m....

By Washington Post Sports  | October 12, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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LaRon Landry's pre-game workouts

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Saturday night was a weird time. Les Miles was calling bizarre over-your-head bounce-the-ball fake field goals. Southern Cal was crumbling into little bite-sized fruit snacks. I was polishing off a bottle of Dogfish Head's Theobroma, brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, honey,...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Hokie plays without part of finger

When I was going to pick up my daughter at pre-school last week, another girl from her school was outside doing jumps off a tree. I watched her as I walked, and didn't notice the onrushing hand rail. When I smashed my hand into the rail, I momentarily thought I...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tom Green Unleashes the Fury in a Caps jersey

(Courtesy Washington Capitals) For several years now, Caps fans have risen to their feet late in the third period and screamed "Unleash the Fury" along with Tom Green, as the culmination of the team's late-game rally video. Saturday night, the Tom Green who screamed inside Verizon Center happened to...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Devin Thomas's nap

UPDATE: Devin Thomas explains the incident to LaVar and Dukes. Like any good Redskins-interested Twitter addict, I well remember when Brandon Banks tweeted this photo of Devin Thomas apparently nodding off during a team meeting. Banks quickly followed up by saying that people were taking him too literally and...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Gilbert Arenas and Bill Cosby: a comparison

UPDATE: The beard will be cut. Part of my mission is what's known as "accountability journalism," making sure that the important decision-makers and opinion-shapers in town are held accountable for their words, and are speaking truth and not distorted lies. I take this mission very seriously. Without the media...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Capitals opening video: D.C.'s a hockey town

There's a lot going on in the new game-opening video the Caps debuted on Saturday. There's Alex Ovechkin playing soccer, Red Rockers, a cameo for Wes Johnson, multiple shots of kids playing hockey at Fort Dupont, men skating on molten red metal or possibly paint, and a lot of...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 11, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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London Fletcher's post-game speech

(By John McDonnell - TWP) A week ago, after a heart-stopping last-second win, Donovan McNabb addressed his teammates in the victorious locker room, leaking honesty all over the carpet. Of course, TV cameras meant the whole world could see it. This week, after another heart-stopping last-second win, London Fletcher...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 10, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Redskins-Packers, Best and Worst

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Best and worst from the Redskins' 16-13 overtime win over the Packers. Best Friend: Post, Goal. Worst Friend: Coin. The Redskins are now 0-2 on overtime coin tosses. Got to work on that. Best News: Redskins games get decided on the final play....

By Dan Steinberg  | October 10, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Mike Green fights Kovalchuk

Last winter, I provided some ridiculous screen shots of Mike Green and Bobby Ryan scrapping while lying on the ice. It was to a hockey fight what Velveeta is to cheese. Saturday night, Green moved from on-ice grappling to the real thing, throwing down with Ilya Kovalchuk during the...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 10, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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