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D.C. Sports Bog: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

A short history of Mike Shanahan benching his quarterback

(By David Zalubowski - AP) As you've probably read, former Broncos QB Jake Plummer weighed in on the Donovan McNabb situation this week, in a long Yahoo! profile. Here's part of the relevant quote: "I had a coach that, regardless of how well I thought I was playing or...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 5, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Fred Smoot on Favre, McNabb and becoming the black Ryan Seacrest

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) The other day, I got an e-mail from Fred Smoot. Subject line: "A Gift." First line: "It's time for the black Ryan Seacrest of sports, life and politics to be heard." So that was a good way to start the day. "I just figure...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 4, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Caps grow mustaches, again

Remember last year, when the Caps grew mustaches as part of Movember, raising money for prostate cancer? The leaders of that effort -- Brendan Morrison and Shaone Morrisonn -- are both gone, part of the offseason Mo purge. But others have stepped into that breach and agreed to grow...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 4, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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David Steckel, Alex Semin and penalty shots

"Do we have to continue reading about nothing beyond another wasted year for the local NFL team?" a commenter wrote after one of my 482 blog posts about Donovan McNabb's benching. "I gained nothing from this bog post, I've heard darn near all the interviews quoted before they were...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 4, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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CSN takes over Gallery Place Metro station

If you've been to the Gallery Place Metro stop lately, you'll have seen a slight Comcast SportsNet presence. The station -- which has a business relationship with The Washington Post in the form of a television show that never utilizes my talents -- has launched a two-month marketing campaign,...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 4, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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World Series vs. football ratings in D.C.

The national ratings story for baseball vs. football was pretty well publicized this week, but in case you missed it.... On Sunday night, NBC's Steelers-Saints game drew an 11.8 national rating, while Fox's Giants-Rangers Game 4 drew a 10.4 rating. On Monday night, the script flipped, with Fox's Giants-Rangers Game...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 4, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Larry Michael chimes in on McNabb's benching

Look, I've had my share of fun with the Donovan McNabb benching story, at one point writing 482 consecutive blog posts on the subject. It's a classic D.C. sports media story: two prominent men, a quarterback controversy, a garbled explanation, and a host of national names jostling to get involved....

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 11:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Colin Cowherd rants on John Wall

The thing about people like Colin Cowherd is this: they say dumb stuff so that gullible people will write down the dumb stuff they say, and then other people will react with possibly misspelled outrage, and then they'll get to see their name on web logs, chuckling with sinister satisfaction...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Mike Shanahan's inner monologue

Via 106.7 The Fan's Danny Rouhier. Unclear how much of this stuff Shanahan faced in Denver....

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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What was Kyle Shanahan saying on the sidelines?

At least two people have asked me about this moment in the Lions game, when the Fox broadcast showed a splitscreen of Kyle Shanahan and Donovan McNabb. It was during the Redskins' second-to-last drive of the first half, which resulted in a field goal, and it showed Kyle Shanahan...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Leonsis says he'll never market the Miami Heat

Ted Leonsis, Nov. 3, asked on 106.7 The Fan whether he's interested in the Miami Heat's progress: "Nope. I'll never ever market our team and [ask fans to] come to our arena to see someone else play. I think we have enough stars that can shine, and I want to...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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John Wall makes like Darrell Green

Here's Michael Wilbon, describing the above play, which might have been the most memorable part of Tuesday night's Wizards home opener. [John Wall's] quickness is the kind that embarrasses defenders and that allows him to cover ground like few players in the league. [Andre] Iguodala is sure enough one...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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McNabb: "I want to be here"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) During his weekly appearance with David Aldridge on TBD, Donovan McNabb this week addressed his future in Washington yet again. "I'll be here in D.C.," McNabb said, when asked about his expiring contract. "I'll be here. I look to be here for the next...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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John Wall dances through introductions

If the Wizards had lost their home opener Tuesday night, no one would have wanted to highlight John Wall's pre-game dance, the well-traveled Dougie, which is rarely performed as enthusiastically as in Wall's version. But they won. And J-Wow, though spotty at times, was largely spectacular, coming up one...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 3, 2010; 1:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Maryland fan watches 401st straight game

In September of 1962, the Maryland football team opened its season against Southern Methodist. After a scoreless first half most memorable for a concussion that sent an unconscious SMU reserve to a local hospital, the Terps scored on a Dick Shiner run in the third quarter, and held on for...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ochocinco on McNabb's benching

My request for comment from Christine O'Donnell concerning Donovan McNabb's benching has yet to be fulfilled. In the meantime, here are T.O. and Chad Ochocinco from Tuesday night's T.Ocho Show on Versus. Here's the money quote. "If anyone else out there feels that Rex Grossman gives the Washington Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cerrato says McNabb benching "dumbfounded" him

You know whose opinion on the McNabb benching we still hadn't heard? Vinny Cerrato. "I can't figure that one out," he told Baltimore's 105.7 The Fan. "I mean, Rex Grossman's never won anything, and Donovan's been to championship games. Many a time I've been on opposite sidelines and he's come...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Shanahan, McNabb and race

Proceed at risk. At great, great risk. But people have been saying it, and I usually write down what people say in this spot. The fact is, if you bench a black quarterback in favor of a white quarterback and suggest immediately after the benching that it was because the...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Cooley demands accountability

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Attempting to set a modern American record for Most Consecutive Blog Posts About Donovan McNabb, I now present two Redskins starts who would like to put a slightly different spin on proceedings. Yes, Mike Shanahan's decision to sit McNabb became the media story,...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Theismann calls McNabb benching "very bizarre"

Next up in the steady stream of people wondering what the heck's going on in D.C.: Joe Theismann and Darrell Green. Theismann was on a conference call promoting his upcoming work with the NFL Network on Thursday Night Football, and the second question concerned the quarterback situation in D.C. "I...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Football Insider Live: the McNabb benching

In this week's webcast, LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese, Dan Steinberg and studio host Jonathan Forsythe discussed Donovan McNabb and Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to sit him down for the final 1:50 of the Lions game. They also talked about who they see as the Redskins' MVP so far this season...

By Washington Post Sports  | November 2, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Chick Hernandez gets benched

Remember during the Haynesworth Conditioning Test hysteria, when every media organization in America trotted out a reporter to take the shuttle run? Next up could be the "Benched With Two Minutes Left" mania. "Idea I wish I thought of earlier: Yanking [Mike Jones] with 2 minutes left in the...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shanahan's decision to bench McNabb: still unpopular

So I just came up with a great new idea for a blog post. What if I just watched sports television shows and wrote down all the different ways that the analysts came up with criticizing Mike Shanahan for benching Donovan McNabb? Yup, this would be Part V of the...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 2, 2010; 12:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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McNabb's cardiovascular endurance

The most amazing part of a consistently amazing Mike Shanahan Monday press conference was likely his repeated discussion of Donovan McNabb's conditioning, on a day when the quarterback tied a Redskins season-high with a 36 yard run. That certainly became the national storyline. Because I have a feeling I might...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 10:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Shanahan's benching of McNabb not too popular

Hey, I just heard this great interview with EverypersonpaidtotalkabouttheNFL, and he/she/it was just baffled by Mike Shanahan's decision to bench Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Oh, and also by Shanahan's explanation. Remember when we used to think Shanahan vs. Haynesworth was a big deal? Marshall Faulk, Dan...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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McNabb in the clutch

With this topic sort of newsy, let's do an update to the always-popular clutch QB watch. These are 2010 numbers, via StatsLLC. Last Two Minutes of Halves Donovan McNabb: 18-33, 54.5 percent, 152 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 41.5 rating. Jason Campbell: 8-13, 61.5 percent, 85 yards, 0 TD, 1...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Sonny, Sam and Larry on McNabb's benching

(By Paul Sancya - AP) In case you were watching on television, here are the Redskins Radio Network highlights of the McNabb benching. It started with Larry Michael asking Sonny Jurgensen whether the move surprised him. Sonny: Yes, it does. It does. [They've] never gotten into a rhythm, obviously,...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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The best and worst weeks in D.C. sports

Before you move on to thinking about the week ahead in D.C. sports, we ask you to take a look back and focus on who did well and who, well, stunk in the last seven days. Dan Steinberg and Cindy Boren will talk about the heroes and goats of the...

By Jon DeNunzio  | November 1, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan and the offense

Since day one of our 14-day Redskins break will be spent obsessing about the Redskins offensive hierarchy, I figured it was worth reviewing Chris Cooley's comments on the subject from Friday morning, during his weekly spot with the Junkies. Cooley's most interesting nugget was that Mike Shanahan is actually not...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Was Phillip Daniels drawn offsides?

Lost in the midst of the Redskins' fourth quarter meltdown was this very interesting play from earlier in the half. (See video below.) The Redskins defense had held the Lions near the goal line, and Jason Hanson was set to attempt a short field goal that would draw Detroit within...

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Dungy: Shanahan doesn't believe in McNabb

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) If you're already tired of hearing about Mike Shanahan's decision to bench Donovan McNabb inside the final two minutes of Sunday's loss to the Lions, I recommend you shut off your Internet for the next two weeks, because this puppy's just getting started....

By Dan Steinberg  | October 31, 2010; 10:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Shanahan's decision to bench McNabb gets panned

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) So you want to make Washington fans, sports media members and talk-radio callers spend two weeks acting like Brandon Banks stuck inside a pinball machine while freebasing 5-Hour Energy? Here are four recommendations: 1) Trade draft picks for a supposedly franchise quarterback. 2) Praise...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 31, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Redskins-Lions, Best and Worst

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Best and worst from the Redskins' 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions. Worst Destination: The Detroit Lions have been one of the NFL's shoddier outfits in recent years, and yet in three straight trips over three straight seasons, the Redskins have flirted with...

By Dan Steinberg  | October 31, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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