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D.C. Sports Bog: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Andray Blatche on weight lifting and finesse

(Via Truth About It) So Andray Blatche called into the Mike Wise Show on Friday. Apparently this had something to do with a Facebook exchange in which a Wizards fan criticized Blatche's style, and the big man replied that if fans wanted Shaquille O'Neal, they should have gotten him....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 7, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Todd Yoder's wife tore Chris Cooley's meniscus

Chris Cooley told reporters after the Redskins' final game that he was going to have offseason arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He didn't tell them it was because he got kicked by Todd Yoder's wife during the offseason. Cooley concluded his weekly Friday appearances with the Junkies by talking about...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 7, 2011; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Scott Van Pelt on the Edsall hiriing

Remember after Ralph Friedgen got fired, when Scott Van Pelt suggested that the Terps better get Mike Leach as the replacement? Here was the quote. "It's like Christmas time. A kid wants a bike for Christmas, not a book. Leach is a bike; anybody else is a book. And it...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 7, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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JaVale McGee's slam dunk practice session

You know, JaVale McGee might actually have a chance to win this slam-dunk contest thing, or at least to finish second behind Blake Griffin. He's got the creativity part mastered, anyhow. As CSN Washington documented, McGee whirled through a bunch of possibilities on Thursday, including one where the big...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Brooks Laich calls Bruce Boudreau "a genius"

(By Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) When I was visiting Western New York last month, my dad was complaining about the tendency to label NFL coaches "geniuses" after just one or two successful seasons. Which made me think, does anyone actually label coaches "geniuses," or is it just that...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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John Riggins and Dexter Manley tell classic stories

Funny thing about stories involving athletes and excessive alcohol consumption. If they involve current players, these stories seem troubling and uncouth, a sign that the modern athlete takes advantage of his status in life by acting out without regard for responsibility. But if they involve former players -- especially...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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DJ Pauly D says Caps fist pumps gave him goosebumps

Having already devoted eight million words to the Caps' use of Beat Dat Beat as their official feel-good victory anthem, I suppose I have to stay on top of this story. And so, here's the dialog between Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D and one of the hosts from KROQ's...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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McNabb plummets to 20th in jersey sales

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP) Not long after Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins, his newly burgundy jersey shot to the top of the NFLShop.com rankings. He was No. 2 in the league in April sales, behind only Tim Tebow. And from April through June, he remained No....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wizards to unveil new championship trophy case

(Via the Wizards) I heard earlier in the week that the Wizards were in the process of getting the franchise's 1978 championship trophy refurbished at Tiffany's, and Thursday the press release confirmation arrived. The above display, near section 100 on the main course, features new graphics, and the refurbished...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Redskins 2010 highlight DVD hits Craigslist

So someone is offering a Redskins 2010 highlights DVD on craigslist. Sounds awesome. Also, as Hogs Haven pointed out, Mike Sellers dropped this fascinating quote to Fredericksburg's Rich Campbell "The past few years, you had players cussing out the head coach, players doing whatever they wanted to do." Oh,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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HBO concludes Caps-Penguins 24/7

If I'm being honest, parts of the ending of HBO's incredible Caps-Penguins 24/7 series were a bit overwrought for me. Especially the whole "hockey won't hold still for a portrait" bit. I mean, I'm sure that's true enough, but neither will a grocery store, or a steel mill, or...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 6, 2011; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Alex Ovechkin and Cal Ripken's Great 8 partnership

"Did you choose the number 8?" Cal Ripken asked Alex Ovechkin on Wednesday night. "Um, yeah," Ovechkin replied. "I didn't," Ripken said. "It was just given to me. Thought it worked pretty well, though." Um, yeah. For two decades, Ripken was the No. 8 in Washington sports completely defining...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Caps, Orioles  
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JaVale McGee in the dunk contest!!!!!!!!

Four men representing four teams were granted spots in the NBA's dunk contest this week. But only one of the teams went with the full-on WE JUST WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD Web site splash page to honor the occasion. Hey, it's been tough sledding around here. You've...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Maryland competitive eating team in action

Our own Norman Chad was one of the first people to write about the University of Maryland competitive eating team, which became the nation's first university-sanctioned chow club late last year. But there's a difference between writing about the sport from the safe haven of California, and actually getting...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Redskins' singing holiday card

There was one seriously important Redskins nugget in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column this week. It went like this: Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me The Washington Redskins holiday card plays "Hail to the Redskins'' when you open it. Somehow in my mind, this became...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Behind the scenes of Ovechkin's ESPN ad

The best part of this entirely solid look at Alex Ovechkin and Semyon Varlamov's trip to Bristol comes when Alex Ovechkin is offered a stunt double for his trip through the set's ceiling. He declines. And thus, the disappearing torso. The commercial is here, but the making of the...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Merriman: Edsall hiring "a step in the right direction"

Merriman chases down Matt Schaub. (2003 photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP) We've already heard at least one NFL player -- Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes -- express extreme displeasure over the way Ralph Friedgen was let go from Maryland. "You can put it on the record: I think it's...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Adam LaRoche is a Buck Commander

So the Nationals signed Adam LaRoche. And this long post over at Nationals Enquirer about Adam LaRoche's extreme fondness for hunting triggered something in my soul. It just felt very familiar, somehow. So I thought, and I thought, and I thought, and then I remembered: I once interviewed LaRoche...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wes Unseld, Peter Vecsey and the stripped Wizards tickets

(1979 AP Photo) This week, a story cropped up about Wes Unseld's access to Wizards game. Since this story is slightly complicated, I'm going to go in stages. Peter Vecsey's column In a column about the NBA turning its back on some of its own, the New York Post's...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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John Wall's Dougie makes ABC's Nightline

One day, we may look back on this as the official death knell of the Dougie. "This" is a four-minute examination of the cultural impact of the Dougie on American society, or something like that, from ABC's Nightline. One of the touchdown moments in the piece is, yes, John...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Todd Ford's Johnny Cash mask

While I don't typically cover the Caps' minor-league affiliates, I did devote much space to the Caps fans who rescued a stranded Josh Godfrey after a game in Reading. Godfrey plays for the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays, the same team that started Todd Ford in net Tuesday night. And...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 5, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Albert Haynesworth's "PUNK" shirt

(Via Fox 5) Wait a second, Albert Haynesworth showed up on the day his suspension ended to clear out his locker while wearing a shirt that said "PUNK" on the back? Really? That's really the shirt he chose out of his closet on that particular day? The shirt that...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 4, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Kirk Hinrich's athletic glasses

(Via CSNWashington.com) Not a month after posting a long emotional rant about how all that matters in sports are the wins and losses, I'm not presenting to you blurry images of Kirk Hinrich in his new, doctor-mandated athletic glasses. Consistency is the G-Wiz of little bloggers, as they say....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 4, 2011; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Football Insider Live: What will the Redskins look like in 2011?

Dan Steinberg joined LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss what 2010 players will likely be on the 2011 roster and how the Redskins could be remade in the offseason. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Why the Caps fist pump to DJ Pauly D

As soon as HBO concluded episode 2 of its 24/7 series with DJ Pauly D Beating Dat Beat, it was obvious that the song would become the fans' anthem. And indeed. "Beat that beat up washington," John Carlson wrote on Twitter not long after the Winter Classic ended, and...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 4, 2011; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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The National Anthem at the Winter Classic

I think superstar Caps blogger Jon Press spoke for a huge number of Caps fans when he wrote this on Twitter Monday morning: I've never shouted "red" at a game before and don't intend to start now... but I did on Saturday, and it was pretty awesome. "Same could...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 4, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Redskins Radio, week 17 highlights

I listened to a decent amount of the Redskins' week 17 loss on ESPN 980, the flagship station of the Redskins Radio Network. And I managed to hear three bits of dialog I wanted to pass along. I promise, I'm not doing this to try to make fun of anyone....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 4, 2011; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Ovechkin's SportsCenter ad

Back in late October, Alex Ovechkin and Semyon Varlamov went to Bristol and, among other things, taped a This is SportsCenter ad. We were promised it was going to be a good one. It is that. The ad is supposed to hit the airwaves this week. That makes two...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 4, 2011; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Atlantic 11 Week 6: Georgetown, unanimous

(By L.G. Patterson - AP) For what I believe is the first time this season, Georgetown is now the unanimous No. 1 men's basketball team in the District, Maryland and Virginia. As determined by 36 random Washington Post readers. (Yes, we need more committed voters. Sign up by e-mailing...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Haynesworth stars in Redskins' 2011 calendar

This isn't about the Redskins. This is about a wall calendar for sale at bookstores and calendar Web sites and newsstands, a calendar that you yourself may have seen packaged underneath your Christmas true or Hanukkah dining room table. And if so, maybe you put that calendar up on...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Ovechkin on Crosby: "He's not my friend"

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) CBC's Winter Classic game-day feature on Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin involved separate one-on-one interviews with the two stars, in which they were asked about each other. The piece was framed in the Magic-Bird way, as in, will these guys ever consider themselves...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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John Wall has a dance off with Chris Brown

On New Year's Eve, while a goodly number of Washington sports fans were trying to figure out the best things to do in Pittsburgh, John Wall was inviting another goodly number of Washington sports fans to ring in 2011 with him. "If you're in the DMV come out and...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Capitals-Penguins Winter Classic ratings

A few ratings nuggets about the Winter Classic. * In the D.C. market, the game earned a 7.6 rating and a 13 share, which means 13 percent of all TVs in use were watching that game. Honestly, I'd have guessed that number would have been higher. In Pittsburgh -- where...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Who had the worst week in Washington sports?

My weekly video rating thing with Cindy Boren looms. Who had the worst week in Washington sports? It sure wasn't me. I had a great week. But someone has to lose this race, so you can vote or whatever. Find the best weeks over here. Then watch at noon....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Redskins-Giants, best and worst

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Best and worst from the Redskins' season-ending 17-14 loss to the Giants. Best Sporting Event of the Weekend: Well, it wasn't this game. I know at least two non-media members who went pretty much directly from Pittsburgh to FedEx Field -- thanks for the...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Caps fans at the Winter Classic, plus a Yeti

(Real photos by Toni L. Sandys and Jonathan Newton - TWP) Here are the four things I'll most remember about the Winter Classic. 1) Eric Fehr. 2) The rain. 3) Mike Knuble's post-game quote: "Everybody gave a crap tonight." 4) The Caps fans. The first two are fairly self-explanatory,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 2, 2011; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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