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D.C. Sports Bog: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

On Bruce Boudreau and cursing

This Donovan McNabb thing has paralyzed me, but I did want to note that Katie Carrera and I wrote this story about HBO's 24/7, which led me to talk to a few people outside of Kettler. A few of the people offered their thoughts on Bruce Boudreau's 31 F Bomb...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 17, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Wilbon hopes Redskins cut McNabb

Michael Wilbon won't be writing his opinions on Donovan McNabb's benching for The Washington Post, so I'll just have to take them from this video he did with NBC Washington. "Stay here for what?" he said, when asked about McNabb's future. "I mean, I hope they cut him. I...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 17, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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Cooley: Grossman has taken 40 percent of practice reps

Chris Cooley's weekly appearance with the Junkies came early Friday morning, before news broke of Donovan McNabb's impending benching. Cooley appearance also came during the Junkies' annual Christmas special, which meant the hosts were drinking and getting their blood-alcohol levels tested all morning, possibly limiting their interviewing talents.. So maybe...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 17, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Daryl Johnston on McNabb benching

Sunday will mark the third straight week that Daryl Johnston will be calling the Redskins game on Fox. It will also, apparently, mark the first Redskins game he's called featuring Rex Grossman as the starting quarterback. (Rex Grossman. The starting quarterback. Never really thought about what it would feel like...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Ovechkin, Crosby on the Price is Right

A few days ago, the NHL announced that Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Jeremy Roenick would appear as guests on Monday's episode of The Price is Right. Post editor Lindsay Applebaum was clever enough to procure this advanced footage of the appearance. I'm not sure how to describe Ovechkin...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 16, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Jayson Werth says Philly invasions will end

(By Cathy Taylor for The Washington Post) Here's the best thing I've seen emerge from Wednesday's Jayson Werth press conference: his six-shooter cuff links. Pretty sure I've got an identical set. Incidentally, Werth was on with LaVar and Dukes, and the latter asked him what it would be like...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 16, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Depressing numbers about D.C. sports

(By Jae C. Hong - AP) Here are some fun numbers about Washington sports, circa now. 2-15 That's the combined record of the Wizards, Caps and Redskins in the month of December. The Wizards have chipped in a 1-6 mark, the Caps contributed a 1-7 (counting overtime losses as...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 16, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Redskins practiced at Lifetime Fitness

(Photo taken from Chris Horton's Twitter account.) Back in October, when rain forced the Redskins to hold a second indoor practice at a Dulles hangar, I reviewed the history of the Redskins and rainy practices. Well, this month, the weather returned. In the first week of December, persistent rain...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 16, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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First episode of 24/7: Bleeping great

There's not a great way to summarize the first episode of HBO's 24/7 special on the Caps and Penguins, but I'll say this: It was a bleeping great look inside two bleeping teams as they bleeping bleep their bleep to the bleep bleep bleep curse swear badword bleeping bleep...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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What Chris Cooley did after the Bucs game

A lot of people handled the intestine-shredding loss to the Buccaneers in lot of different ways. Here's what Chris Cooley did: he became a pottery-making machine. He got home from the game shortly before 7, soon went to his studio, and didn't stop until 2 in the morning. As...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Larry Michael defends the FedEx Field experience

Taken with love from Tuesday's episode of Redskins Nation. Question from Travis in La Plata, Maryland: There were only 66,000 people at the game. By my count, that's 25,000 tickets that could not be sold or given away. You seem to think fans are lining up to go to these...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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McNabb: "You have to start up front"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Last year, after Fred Smoot told me he wanted to be an NFL GM, I asked him his NFL personnel philosophy. "Fat boys wins my game," he told me. "I know football, and in December, in the playoffs, fat boys win. Whoever's got the...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Hunter Smith, morality and the Lawsuit Generation

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Jason Reid wrote earlier in the week that punter/holder Hunter Smith understands why he was cut, and indeed, he's been remarkably honest about the process ever since that last-second snap flew through threw his hands on Sunday afternoon. But honestly, this goes beyond mere...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Who wants a game-worn Haynesworth jersey?

Earlier in the week, I noted that the Redskins' official online store was still selling Christmas ornaments featuring a tall black No. 17. But at least the ornaments only cost $14, and Campbell was never hated by Redskins fans. So, what would be an even tackier thing to offer?...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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McNabb booed at Lakers game

(Via @kennethwhalum.) I was not at the Lakers-Wizards game on Tuesday. A lot of Internet users were, though, so I'm going to crowd-source their reactions to Donovan McNabb's appearance on the big screen. There's some slight difference of opinion on exactly what happened next, but no one suggested McNabb...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Jayson Werth at the Lakers game

There was one place for high-profile D.C. athletes to be on Tuesday night: at Verizon Center to watch Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin. Stars respect stars. The attendance list was thick with starpower, including Donovan McNabb, Alex Ovechkin and yes, Jayson Werth. Two nuggets about the latter, who will...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 15, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Atlantic 11 Week 4: Georgetown. Still.

(By Michael Perez - AP) Georgetown dominates this poll, now and forever. Again. Always. Even if they lose to Temple as Owls fans storm the court. The interesting twist to this week's results comes after the Hoyas, where Richmond and Old Dominion have staked their claim to be next...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Caps-Penguins 24/7: Expect profanity

Having spoken briefly with someone who's seen the first episode of HBO's 24/7 series on the Caps and the Penguins, here's what I can tell you: expect profanity. I was told to prepare an F bomb counter, and also that Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau would "make Rex Ryan blush." This,...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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McNabb on pace to set Redskins passing record

(By John McDonnell - TWP) You know what's weird? Playing for a 5-8 team that's 28th in the NFL in points scored, Donovan McNabb is on pace to set the Redskins' all-time record for passing yards in one season. Grant Paulsen said this on 106.7 The Fan Sunday evening,...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Kobe tells John Wall to buy Nikes

The headline pretty much tells this story, but it's still funny to watch....

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Redskins selling Jason Campbell holiday ornaments

So maybe the Donovan McNabb experiment hasn't worked as well as many of us thought it might. And maybe Jason Campbell is still Still. If you're going to sell this holiday ornament on the front of the Redskins.com shop for $14 plus shipping, you might as well use uniform...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Favre says Redskins may have ended his career

So the Redskins may not have accomplished many of their goals this season, but here's one thing they apparently did: end Brett Favre's consecutive games streak. Favre's injury, which caused his hand to turn purple, was widely reported as a shoulder injury suffered during the Vikings' win over the...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Racing Presidents at the Nutcracker

Here are Giant Racing National Presidents doing some sort of dancing thing to the music of the Nutcracker at the Washington Ballet. Maybe it makes you smile. In other crucial Nats news, the team is attempting to get the Curly W added to signage for the Navy Yard Metro...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Football Insider Live: Bucs recap, Cowboys preview and autograph etiquette

Dan Steinberg joined LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Sunday's painful loss, the importance of avoiding last place, and how common it is for players to ask other players for autographs. You can also download the podcast of this show or...

By Washington Post editors  | December 14, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chris Cooley might be getting frustrated maybe

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) For one hour every week, Chris Cooley goes on 106.7 The Fan with Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington and is dared to pop off. The man is a popular and articulate Pro Bowler who's spent much of his career on losing teams, and week...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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The Redskins aren't doing very well at home

(By Larry French - Getty) As an addendum to my previous note about the Redskins' relatively small crowd on Sunday, let me also note this: The Redskins are 2-5 at home this season. That means they will finish without a winning home record for the third straight season. That's...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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About the Redskins' fifth down

My Redskins beat-writing brothers sort of went over this Sunday night, but it's still festering. In fact, when I posted the missed holding/mugging of Brian Orakpo, I got several e-mails from Buccaneers fans asking why I ignored the gifted fifth down. So here we go. As you can see...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Papa John's bizarre Torain topping giveaway

Remember the classic Papa John's Redskins next-day special? One free topping for every touchdown, and double the free toppings if they win? The point is really to offer an absurd number of free toppings in an attempt to lure robotic frozen-meal-eating drones out of their habit and to encourage...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Sonny, Sam and the missed kicks

(By John McDonnell - TWP) If you weren't listening, here's how Larry, Sonny and Sam called the three missed/botched kicks in Sunday's game. Miss One Larry: So Graham Gano in to attempt a field goal. He's 21 of 29 this year. This'll be a 34-yard attempt from the left...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Sunday's crowd at FedEx Field

A few observations about Sunday's crowd at FedEx Field. At Kickoff Shortly before kickoff, this is what the crowd looked like. It's always a slow-filling stadium, and it filled in considerably in the next few minutes, but it was a shocking view for a few minutes there. Much worse...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Leonsis makes most influential people in sports business list

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Times are tough for Ted Leonsis's sports teams, at least from a short-term perspective. The Caps and Wizards have combined for 10 straight losses, and fans have raised questions about the leadership of both teams in recent days. Still, the top of Monumental...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Who had the worst week in D.C. sports

It's been a horror show in D.C. sports for several weeks now. The Redskins have lost three straight. The Caps have lost six seven straight. The Wizards have lost four straight. The Terps basketball team just dropped their ACC home opener to Boston College, while the football team got exiled...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 13, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Here's Brian Orakpo being held, again

Apparently at least one television analyst thought this block -- which came on Tampa Bay's go-ahead touchdown -- was not a hold. Mike Shanahan agreed. "He was not held," Shanahan said. "He was mugged." "I mean, it was so obvious," Andre Carter agreed. "It was just unbelievable. I think...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 12, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Redskins-Buccaneers, Best and Worst

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Best and worst from the Redskins' 17-16, eye-gougingly awful loss to the Buccaneers. Worst Everything: If you sit through the rain, the cold, the slop, the mistakes, the missed field goals, the blown lead, and you're finally rewarded with a fourth-down last-minute touchdown, you...

By Dan Steinberg  | December 12, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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