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D.C. Sports Bog: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Bullets alumni come to town

"Bob and I got off the ark together," former Baltimore Bullets guard Fred Carter said Friday morning, nodding across a table at Bobby Dandridge. "Two by two." "We weren't piloting it, either," said Dandridge, who helped the Washington Bullets win their world title. "We go back to college," Dandridge continued....

By Dan Steinberg  | December 10, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Caps narrowly beating Wizards in local TV ratings

We're probably far enough into the season for one of our regular looks at the Caps vs. Wizards on television. The short answer: both teams are enjoying better ratings than they did a year ago, and the first-place Caps are narrowly beating the last-place Wizards in D.C.-area ratings. Caps broadcasts...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 10, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Leonsis stands by his pledge not to market opposing stars

A few days ago, I noted that a Wizards e-mail had invited fans to buy tickets to the Dec. 18th home game, "when LeBron James and the Miami Heat make their first visit to Verizon Center!" I thought this seemed to at least mildly contradict his previous pledge not to...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 10, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Craig Laughlin and the "shinny hockey goal"

If you're a long-time watcher of Craig Laughlin on Comcast SportsNet's Caps coverage, you've likely heard him reference "shinny hockey" on more than one occasion. "Shinny," of course, is hockey's equivalent of "pick-up basketball," and Locker uses it to describe plays that you might call "playground-style" in a basketball...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 10, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brian Orakpo cares about losing

After frustrating Redskins losses, you will invariably come across some fans writing anonymous online comments about how the players clearly don't care enough. To those fans, I would present this short clip of Brian Orakpo when the Redskins were already down by four touchdowns to the Giants. If he...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 10, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Jim Haslett calls out Post columnist

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Jim Haslett was feeling talkative today. When the defensive coordinator was asked about whether he regrets anything about the transition to a 3-4 and what it did to the Albert Haynesworth situation, Haslett launched into a two-minute and 20-second answer. That answer included a...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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Ovechkin takes clean-shaven look on the town

(Photos by Dave Phillipich - Courtesy One Lounge.) If you're wondering what a newly clean-shaven Alex Ovechkin looks like while surrounded by two Russian women at a D.C. lounge, I'm here to help. Here's Ovechkin at One Lounge Tuesday night, when the D.C. nightspot was celebrating its one-year anniversary....

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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D.C. installs Nats Park Curve Ball artwork

Over the summer, I noted that Nats Park would soon be graced with some orb sculptures, otherwise known as "30 stainless steel-domed forms which will accurately follow the theoretical model of the trajectory of a curving fast-ball pitch." Well, the gracing has begun. The installation apparently began on Thursday,...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Orakpo says he'd "love to still play with Haynesworth"

When Redskins defensive players were asked Wednesday about Albert Haynesworth's departure, they mostly sounded the theme of relief at the situation finally being resolved. I wasn't there, but I read many of the stories, and I can't recall anyone saying they still wanted Haynesworth around. When Brian Orakpo was...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Stephen Strasburg wants to tell you about his 5k

Did you know that Stephen Strasburg is hosting a 5k run and walk in his hometown to benefit San Diego State baseball? Well, he is. When pro athletes host events like this, they often offer themselves up to media outlets for interviews, with the understanding that the athlete will...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Jayson Werth's 2011 production

I think we can all agree that there are many ways to measure Jayson Werth's value to the Nats -- as a strong defensive outfielder, as an athletic middle-of-the-order bat, as a lure for fans, as a bearded American, and so on. Batting average and RBI are, perhaps, not the...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How one fan reacted to a Redskins season-ticket offer

Like I've frequently said, I don't feel like this year's Redskins season is anything close to the disaster of 2009. Maybe it's because of the lack of a bingo caller controversy, or because no front-office personnel types are hosting Friday morning radio shows, or because stadium signs haven't been...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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JaVale McGee's missed dunk

For two nights in a row, the Wizards created Internet-worthy at-the-rim highlights in losing West Coast efforts. Tuesday night, it was Nick Young's 360-degree layup, which was SportsCenter's top play. Wednesday night, it was JaVale McGee's flying from-the-free-throw-line missed dunk, which came with 20 seconds left and the Wizards...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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When the Redskins lost by 73

This maybe hasn't been a great week for the Redskins. They were pounded in New York. The playoff hopes died. There was more Haynesworth nonsense, and more angry fans. But this was nothing like the week that happened 70 years ago. Seventy years ago Wednesday was the worst loss...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Ex-coaches back Shanahan on Haynesworth

While local analysts continue to debate whether Mike Shanahan or Albert Haynesworth was at fault in the local sports standoff of the decade, the fraternity of ex-NFL coaches seems lined up behind, shocker, the coach. "The guy didn't show up for anything in the offseason, he didn't want to play...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Brian Mitchell vs. Phillip Daniels, Part II

One dose of Brian Mitchell vs. Phillip Daniels not enough for you? Get ready for Part II!!! Wednesday morning, both men came back at the other regarding Tuesday's fireworks, when Mitchell said Daniels "sucked" against the Giants and Daniels called Mitchell "two-faced." There seems to be some disagreement on...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Gilbert Arenas's Dolce & Gabbana sneaks

Since Gilbert Arenas's association with Adidas ended, he's been experimenting with a wide variety of footthings. This week brought the experimentation to drunk-in-liberal-arts-college levels, as Arenas took both the practice and the actual game court wearing hi-top Dolce & Gabbana sneakers. Via Kicks on Court: Arenas' luxury Dolce &...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Wizards invite fans to come see LeBron

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...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Wilbon to write for ESPNChicago.com

I know you're already read it, but here's Michael Wilbon's final column for The Washington Post. It was finely done. As he's said and written before, he found the final piece to be a depressing thing, saying it was the first column he "ever dreaded writing," and that the end...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Nick Young's 360-degree layup

In early October, John Wall performed a nifty 360-degree layup for a modest crowd at George Mason University. The YouTubed footage, seen below, earned more than 200,000 views. Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Nick Young did Wall one better, performing nearly the identical move in an actual game against...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Here's Ovechkin shaving

Since I spent many words writing about Alex Ovechkin's new sponsorship deal with Gillette earlier in the week, suppose I might as well include this publicity photo of Ovechkin shaving. I will attempt not to provide daily PR pushes for men's grooming products in this space, but you never...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Brian Mitchell vs. Phillip Daniels heats up

Next up in Redskins Radio Feuds? It's Brian Mitchell vs. Phillip Daniels! This is the muddy, trash-strewn backwater of the Mike Shanahan vs. Albert Haynesworth feud. I feel like this should go in some sort of emotional conflict textbook. Once one relationship in the family goes downhill, the whole family...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 8, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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How Kevin and Rock landed the Haynesworth interview

Two years ago, a Northern Virginia fireman and a sports marketing consultant from Maryland were collaborating on an Internet radio show called Wylde Style, produced on location at places like Hooters out of a pink RV. This week, those same two guys - Kevin Shafer and Rocky Parrish - landed...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Shanahan: No regrets on Haynesworth

Mike Shanahan pretty well dodged all the Haynesworth questions at his Monday press conference. Then he issued his statement on Tuesday, writing that Haynesworth "has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time." In between, he talked to Comcast...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Nats launch first Werth pun campaign

This sure won't be the last time the Nats make a play on Jayson Werth's last name, but it might be the first. Hey, one era is Dunn. That train is Livan the station. Burnett all down and start fresh. It'll be Werth it. (Via @Section138)...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Will Jayson Werth keep his beard?

(By Lynne Sladky - AP) Once people stopped being stupefied over the terms of Jayson Werth's deal with the Nats, they took a step back and began asking the important questions. Like what about the beard? "The team policy is, facial hair is OK, but it's got to be...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Five worst moments of the Haynesworth era

(Photos by The Post's Jonathan Newton and John McDonnell, and the AP) Well, this is ending well, isn't it? As with many of the Redskins' biggest free agent signings in recent years, it's hard to argue that the high point of the Haynesworth era came at any point after...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Atlantic 11 Week 3: Georgetown. Still.

(By Matt Gentry - AP) Georgetown dominates this poll, now and forever. It's getting so boring that next week, the pithy comments will return. I know, I know, it's very exciting. Anyhow, at least the midsection of the local basketball rankings were all shook up by Virginia's weird win...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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ESPN 980 expands Caps coverage

For years, Caps fans complained that the local media gave short shrift to hockey coverage. Much of this anger was directed at two outlets: The Post, and ESPN 980. (See here, for example.) And much of it, for a variety of reasons, has seemed muted in recent years. The Post...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Football Insider Live: Giants recap, Bucs preview and what to look for the the remaining games

Dan Steinberg joined LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Sunday's loss and how the Redskins can use the remainder of the season to prepare for the future. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the podcast....

By Washington Post editors  | December 7, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ovechkin will be well-groomed for Gillette

(Photos by Toni L. Sandys - TWP) There have been times when Alex Ovechkin has seemed to embrace the scruffy look, if you know what I'm saying. Sort of the "Jayson Werth outside the laundromat at 3 a.m. in early-October" approach. But we all grow and mature in our...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 7, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Haynesworth on bad practice: "Sue me"

player.render('fileUrl=http://cbswjfk.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/12-06-10-albert-haynesworth-vents-full-for-air1.mp3&name=Albert Haynesworth Interview&artist=Kevin and Rock&stationID=114&configFile=config.xml&buttonColor=0xd20000&buttonOverColor=0xa80000&backgroundColor=0xFFFFFF&guid=BF27AFD06417'); There were a lot of special parts during Albert Haynesworth's nearly 30-minute appearance on 106.7 The Fan's Kevin & Rock show Monday night. Jason Reid chronicled many of them here, and you can listen to the full audio above. Before the next wave hits, though,...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Haynesworth is Dan Snyder's biggest free agent bust

(Post photos by Ricky Carioti, Rich Lipski and Preston Keres) After his fourth missed game of the season on Sunday, it feels like the end of the Albert Haynesworth Experiment is within sight. My beat-writing buddies don't expect Haynesworth to be cut, but maybe I could also speculate that...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Lerner: Werth is a winner, Phase Two starts now

So Mark Lerner is now blogging from the Winter Meetings. His first entry is here. Understandably, his first post concerns the Jayson Werth signing, and his justification was succinct: "He is truly a fantastic two-way player, a bright young man ... and he is a winner!" ! Lerner also...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Ovechkin and Crosby in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair ran a brief little item on Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby in this month's issue, plus a bonus online Q&A with Crosby. There's also this video, accompanied by Beethoven's Fifth, showing a clear anti-Russian bias, since we all know Tchaikovsky's Fourth would have been a better choice....

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redskins to Fans: "Progress Cannot Be Stopped"

So say you have a franchise with an oldish roster, a recent history of mediocrity and an unclear arrival into the world of the NFL elite. Sort of a progress problem, all in all. Say you then decide to bombard people with a mass e-mail, trumpeting a "special message,"...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Redskins encourage you to go buy tickets

Sunday's loss to the Giants wasn't one of the cheerier moments in recent Redskins seasons. It was a blowout. It was against a division rival. It was filled with blunders. And it was the gonging soul-shattering death knell for this Future Is Now season. So, maybe some Redskins fans...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 6, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Who had the worst week in D.C. sports?

Vote for the best and worst in D.C. sports over the past week and watch Cindy Boren and Dan Steinberg discuss it on the Sports-o-meter.

By D.C. Sports-o-meter producers  | December 6, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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