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D.C. Sports Bog: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Shanahan: Carlos Rogers needs to catch with his eyes

I think it's fairly well-established that I was deeply captivated by the Faces of Zorn. Mike Shanahan has proven considerably less animated, facially-speaking. At least, I assume so. Usually I'm fast asleep by about the 1:41 mark of his press conferences. But you have to be ever-vigilant with such...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 23, 2010; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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2010 sports media karaoke: the full report

Well, because I promised.... As you might have heard, Mike Wise and his D.C. sports media friends held this karaoke event earlier in the week to raise money for charity. The only way it could have possibly ended was with Wise on stage surrounded by singing women, and so...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 22, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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John Beck has WWE belts in his locker

I've been to one WWE show in my life, and by far the greatest thing about the experience was the number of grown men walking around wearing championship belts, without even a hint of embarrassment. It was majestic. It was like exiting a portal labeled "Normalcy," and entering one...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 22, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Cooley promises Peanut Butter Jelly dance

The biggest news emerging out of Chris Cooley's Friday appearance on 106.7 The Fan was this: that Colt Brennan recently texted him and requested Cooley perform the Peanut Butter Jelly dance the next time he reaches the end zone. Cooley didn't exactly guarantee such a performance, but...the possibility is at...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 22, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Testudo, Ovechkin in SportsCenter commercials

Quite a week for D.C. athletes and ESPN promotional spots. First Alex Ovechkin and Semyon Varlamov went up to Bristol to tape a spot, and then Sports Business Journal's John Ourand revealed these images from Testudo's upcoming This Is SportsCenter spots. And not a moment too soon, if you...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 22, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps, Terps  
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The last time the Redskins gave up yards like this

The Redskins are a very average 3-3, but their yards-against stats are anything but. This is the week to highlight those stats, and so Barry Svrluga notes that Washington is on pace to finish with the second-most yards against and most passing yards against in NFL history. At CSNWashington, meanwhile,...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 22, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Bog goodbye to Jaime Moreno

(By Mark Finkenstaedt - TWP) Four things I'm thinking about as Jaime Moreno gets ready to play his final game for D.C. United. Darrell Green Moreno is the last on-field link to the franchise's glory years, when "We Win Trophies" was a reality, not a marketing slogan. The obvious,...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 22, 2010; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Video of Bryce Harper's Ground-Rule Double

Bryce Harper's first career Arizona Fall League hit was a ground-rule double that came off the bat with the sound of thunder, or of 40,000 Duke basketball fans clapping in unison. Writing in the dead-tree edition, Kilgore used phrases like "incredibly violent"and "vicious hacks," phrases normally reserved for the...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 21, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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CSN and Fox 5 stars doing karaoke

It's certainly possible that I'm way more interested in seeing my sports media friends perform karaoke than you are, but this is my blog, and my daughter's preschool is closed so I need easy posts, and so this is dang sure going up. It's from Mike Wise's Charityoke event...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 21, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Caps, DJ Stretch and Verizon Center's warmup music

(Photos by Chris Nelson) It's not that hard to do something that no one in the history of the world has even done before. Right now, for example, I'll become the first person in world history to ask whether Rod Langway should more properly be compared to Gruyere or...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 20, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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What it feels like to get a concussion

With all the talk about the NFL and concussions this week -- including the news that Chris Cooley continued to play after suffering his concussion on Sunday -- I figured I'd ask someone from a different sport about a similar incident. That would be Karl Alzner, the Caps defenseman, who...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 20, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Taking the tackling out of pro football

As noted earlier, defensive players around the league will hear about the NFL's new policies attempting to prevent head injuries, and will decry the demise of football as we know it. Phillip Daniels said "this game is going downhill." Channing Crowder said it's "more and more like a feminine sport."...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 20, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Ovechkin shakes it in the club

(Via RMNB) When I posted some of Alex Ovechkin's preseason comments to Jill Sorenson a few weeks back, I had a feeling that they weren't necessarily issued under oath. Especially this part: "It's time to play hockey. No more parties, no more stay all night long somewhere. It's working...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 20, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Phillip Daniels calls NFL's concussion crackdown "crazy"

(By Al Bello - Getty) Here's a sneak peak of what you can expect from your national Wednesday NFL open locker room coverage: defensive players complaining loudly and eloquently about the league's sudden emphasis on preventing concussions. You will see stories like this from just about every NFL market,...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 20, 2010; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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LaRon Landry's fumble recovery

See that? That's a football lying on the ground, ready for someone to claim it. The football happened to be on the on after the second play of Sunday's fourth quarter, right after London Fletcher attempted to pulverize Joseph Addai's shoulder area into a fine powder. The broadcast crew's...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Has Donovan McNabb been unclutch?

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Donovan McNabb got the ball at his own 38 yard-line on Sunday, with more than two minutes on the clock and three timeouts in his pocket, needing perhaps 30 20 yards to be in field-goal range. That didn't happen. Instead, the Redskins went 5-yard...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Football Insider Live Webcast

Barry Svrluga and LaVar Arrington joined Dan Steinberg on this week's Football Insider Live webcast to talk about the loss to the Colts, the rash of concussions in the NFL and how the Redskins match up against the Bears. You can also podcast of this show or--> subscribe to the...

By Washington Post editors  | October 19, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Shanahan: Haynesworth wasn't ready to work out Thursday

Haynesworth in the Safeway on Tuesday. (Via @dsfzfd) At his regular Monday press conference, Mike Shanahan said his decision to hold Albert Haynesworth out of Sunday's game was partly based on mental considerations. Later in the day, during his regular weekly interview with Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson, Shanahan got...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Devin Thomas "I never got a real shot"

When Devin Thomas gave his first post-release radio interview in this market, he was humble and respectful and almost contrite, striking the perfect tone and leaving just about everyone impressed. "While some Redskins players have left in a trail of recriminations in recent years, even including a punter, Thomas...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Harper says Nats will be Yankees of NL East

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Maybe you've heard it said that Bryce Harper is confident. Fearless. Intrepid. Undaunted. Brash, even. Well, take those adjectives, and inject them with chocolate-covered Ritalin-flavored Red Bull-powered protein-fortified 5-Hour Energy concentrate. I mean, Bryce Harper isn't confident; he's Joe Namath in war paint. "You...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 12:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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D.C. sports media karaoke approaches

Amazingly, it's been three years since my last experience with D.C. sports media members doing passable karaoke. You can read the report here. We were younger then, and had fewer children, and our hearts were touched with fire, and our heads were just touched. Michael Jenkins rapped. Mike Wise...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A guide to Verizon Center's beer

And now, public-service journalism. Over the summer, Ted Leonsis blogged about the incredible variety of beer at Verizon Center. Beer snobs quickly pointed out that having Bud, Bud light, Bud Light Lime Limte, Bud Light Wheat, Bud Select 55, Michelob, Michelob Amber Bock, Michelob Light and Michelob Ultra is like...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Beer and Cheese, Caps, Wizards  
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Teammates say Haynesworth wanted to play

(Via @onealty) Here's a count of how many times various local athletes have been mentioned in The Post over the past six months: Donovan McNabb - 274 Ryan Zimmerman - 189 Albert Haynesworth - 169 John Wall - 149 Alex Ovechkin - 136 Gilbert Arenas - 97 Brian Orakpo...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Redskins homecoming weekend

Since nostalgia renders me gooier than the Redskins base defense, I will be incapable of offering a critical, jaundiced look at the Redskins' homecoming weekend, which included a Saturday night dinner and a Sunday reception, parade and halftime ceremony. The Bruce Allen regime has made probably 15 history-based innovations,...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gary Williams in Top Gun, JTIII dancing

In one corner, we have Gary Williams, in aviator shades and flight suit, entering to the theme from Top Gun. In the other corner, we have John Thompson III, wearing his alluring athletic suit, smoothly swaying to the beat in his own head. Two coaches, two Midnight Madness styles....

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball, Terps  
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Redskins-Colts another FedEx Field sellout

"Sunday's game will be the Redskins' 354th consecutive home sellout, including playoff games," the team announced in its pre-game package. As previously noted, that stat chooses to ignore the 1987 strike. But regardless, in my mind's eye, a sold-out game involves sad-faced ticket agents hanging a "SOLD OUT!" sign...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Fred Davis: Cooley played with his concussion

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) On a scary day of NFL head injuries, the Redskins suffered one without anyone even noticing. Chris Cooley went out with a concussion late in the third quarter, and Mike Shanahan offered a troubling description, saying "I just looked at him on the sideline...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Redskins-Colts, Best and Worst

( By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Best and worst from the Redskins' 27-24 loss to the Colts. Best Feeling: Remember the swinging gate on Monday Night Football a year ago? Needless to say, Washington's professional football team will no longer embarrass itself in primetime on national television. You...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 18, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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