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D.C. Sports Bog: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Georgetown fans continue to wear costumes

It's been a while, but I used to relentlessly chronicle the costumes Georgetown fans wore to Georgetown games. I don't know why they did it, and I don't know why I chronicled it. But, if my past blogging is correct, in one span I saw an Easter Bunny, a...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 14, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown  
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Jason Campbell on the D.C. distractions

(By Dave Kaup - Reuters) Jason Campbell now plays for the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders often lead the league in off-field, tabloid-thrilling, front-office-inspired distractions. It's not exactly New England. And yet, when Campbell has reflected on his tenure in Washington, he seems to seize on the number of...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 14, 2011; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Leonsis expands on his relationship with The Post

I wrote a lot of words about this week's Washington Post-sponsored summit of D.C. sports owners, but the thing that likely got the most traction was Ted Leonsis's comments on the media. "I think that there is no more steering wheel in the hand of The Washington Post," he said...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 14, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Caps, Media  
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Bruce Allen explains "The Future is Now"

I've certainly spent plenty of blog posts picking on the Redskins for going back to "The Future is Now" as a slogan before what seemed sure to be a rebuilding year. They plastered "The Future is Now!" across envelopes sent to fans, used the phrase in a ticket video,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 14, 2011; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Al Iafrate's Skullet was magnificent

A few of my closest online friends noticed Friday morning that the Caps had posted a video of former Cap Al Iafrate winning the 1993 NHL all-star game fastest shot competition with a 105-mph whopper. More importantly, they also noticed that this featured video of him flying around the...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 14, 2011; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Carlos Rogers is kind of hung up on interceptions

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP)) The Carlos Rogers interception refrain went from a nagging doubt to a raging concern to a ridiculous plague to an overplayed meme in which a dropped pass by any current or former Redskins, NFL player, youth receiver or office cubicle mate would lead to...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Another high school football team with the Nats logo

(2009 photo by Ned Gerard - Connecticut Post) Ok, maybe this actually wasn't bizarre. Maybe that's just what high school football teams do. Maybe the Curly W is taking over American athletics. Reader Brian e-mails to tell me that his alma mater, Connecticut's Fairfield Warde, also uses the Nats...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Post Sports Live makes its debut

Dan Steinberg joined LaVar Arrington, Cindy Boren and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss, among other things, what's wrong with the Georgetown men's basketball team, whether it's good for the Capitals to be in a fight for their division and this weekend's NFL playoff games. Beginning January...

By Washington Post editors  | January 13, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Post Sports Live  
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Chris Wright answers Georgetown's critics

A lot of athletes generate a lot of outrage responding to perceived slights that maybe weren't even really slights. But after getting handled fairly easily by Pittsburgh last night, Georgetown's slights aren't perceived. They're real. Fans are mad. There was some booing at Verizon Center. Others left early. Folks on...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown  
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Strasburg says he's in "best shape of my life"

Stephen Strasburg appeared during halftime of CBS College Sports Network's San Diego State basketball broadcast on Wednesday night, from which we learned three things. 1) His rehab is going well, and he's three or four weeks away from beginning to throw. "I'm definitely in the best shape of my...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Leonsis says Caps may be pacing themselves

(By Matt McClain - TWP) You know it's getting bad for the Caps when the guy who parks my car in the 15th Street parking garage detains me for five minutes of angry ranting about Nicklas Backstrom and the power play before agreeing to park my car. Seems we...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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High school football team uses Nats logo

(By Matt Dayhoff -- Peoria Journal Star) A few months ago, my up-and-coming colleague James Wagner wrote a tremendous story about high school sports teams borrowing the logos of big-time universities and professional teams, or at least using them as inspiration, and the legal quandaries that might follow. The...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 13, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A Caps blog for guys who like guys

As the Caps blogosphere has grown into one of the most vibrant and diverse team-centered Internet communities in pro sports, we've seen Web sites devoted to just about every niche imaginable. There's one Caps blog that trades in spirituality, and another that's based on motherhood. There's one Caps blog devoted...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Anthony Armstrong wants Donovan McNabb back

(By John McDonnell - TWP) The oddsmakers think Donovan McNabb is about the least likely starting quarterback option for the Redskins in 2011. The team's third-leading receiver, though, would stick with the guy who was dubbed the Franchise Quarterback six months ago. "Bring my man 5 back,"Armstrong said this...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Brandon Banks lets his hair down

If you've ever wondered what Brandon Banks would look like with his hair not in braids, wonder no more. He posted this on Twitter Tuesday night, not long after he went to the Wizards game downtown. Wednesday, Banks also updated his health: Rehab was great!!! Feeling like I'm getting...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Redskins, Wizards  
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Would Kenny Chesney make you buy Redskins tickets?

I got an e-mail from Reader A. on Wednesday morning. He bought a pair of Redskins 400-level season tickets before the 2008 season, and kept them for the length of Jim Zorn's tenure. His seats were near the top of the stadium, and after the Redskins told him they...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Washington Nationals: Since 1969?

As was obvious when the Nationals released the names on their Ring of Honor, there is some ambiguity about what history exactly this franchise represents. Is it Washington baseball from 1901, or from 1905, when the team first became the Nationals? Is it Montreal Expos franchise history since 1969?...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Chris Hanburger and "The Hangman"

(1971 AP photo by Fred Jewell.) With just a few weeks left until the Pro Football Hall of Fame voter people decide whether or not Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger will make the cut, I figure it's time to get out in front of the Hanburger retrospectives by being the...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nick Young's postgame, in images

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) As you've no doubt heard by now, Nick Young had a career night on Tuesday, exploding for 43 points, a full 10-spot better than his previous career high. As you've no doubt guessed, this led to some pleasing images, which I'll hereby publish for...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Oddsmakers down on Rex Grossman

(By Richard A. Lipski for TWP) I've been assuming that Rex Grossman will be the Redskins' 2011 starting quarterback. In fact, I've already planned the jokes for when Grossman inevitably joins Alex Ovechkin and Cal Ripken in Great 8 charity events. He knows the system, he has the trust...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 12, 2011; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Swimmer does John Wall Dance

I've written about plenty of people doing the John Wall Dance this season -- the L.A. Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, Redskins special teamer Brandon Banks, Cowboys cornerback Alan Ball, Steelers receiver Hines Ward, a random Bengals fan, the Minnesota hockey team, a random Caps fan. After that last one, I...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Snyder on maturing as an owner

(By Matt McClain - TWP) One final item from Tuesday morning's D.C. sports owners summit at The Post. Daniel Snyder likely speaks less frequently than his fellow panelists, certainly than Ted Leonsis, and so his remarks were particularly interesting. I especially was interested in the part where Leonsis spoke...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Snyder and Leonsis on the media

(By Matt McClain - TWP) One of the great things about having all the D.C. sports owners in The Post's auditorium for Tuesday's Business of Sports symposium thing was that they could all take shots at the media and we had to just sit there and smile and take...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Caps, Media, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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D.C. sports owners rooting for each other

The Washington Post hosted a summit of D.C. sports owners on Tuesday morning, featuring Ted Leonsis, Dan Snyder, Robert Tanenbaum, Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Will Chang, many media members, breakfast snacks, and lots of fruit on pointy sticks. There will be 18 zillion words written about the event, since it was...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Caps, D.C. United, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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Snyder: No to HBO's Hard Knocks

Toward the end of Tuesday's D.C. sports owners summit at The Post, the mic was handed to audience members for questions, and the first guy was a winner, asking Ted Leonsis about the exposure his team got from HBO's 24/7, and asking Daniel Snyder whether he'd ever allow HBO's Hard...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Snyder on FedEx Field

About midway through Tuesday morning's D.C. owners summit, Daniel Snyder was asked about the possibility of moving the Redskins back to D.C. This was interesting. "I think that first thing is we're probably looking at what we're going to do with our training facility," Snyder said. "We're halfway through our...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 11, 2011; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Atlantic 11 Week 7: Georgetown wobbles

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) This is how you know the Atlantic 11 needs to be buried under a mound of mashed banana peels and instant lottery card dust: Georgetown can have the sort of miserable week it just had, and can lose three out of four overall,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 10, 2011; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Andray Blatche's rollercoaster hair

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Andray Blatche may not always thrill with his basketball game, but his hair game is impeccable. This, in fact, is barely the half of it; see below. SB Nation's Mike Prada asked Blatche about the 'do, and naturally, it's supposed to be a roller...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 10, 2011; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Best and worst weeks in D.C. sports

Turns out this isn't quite as easy an exercise once the Redskins have quit for the year. But still, Cindy Boren and I are doing our weekly Best and Worst in D.C. Sports, and need your votes. No, Albert Haynesworth is not a candidate this week....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 10, 2011; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Caps, College Basketball, D.C. United, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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The Caps' Winter Classic video montage

(By Cheryl Nichols) Below, please find the video montage the Caps ran at Saturday's game, celebrating the Winter Classic. Above, please find the most absurd part of that montage. I'm famous! (Thanks to Cheryl Nichols and Reader Mike and everyone else who let me know about this.)...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 10, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Duke maybe needs to update its Maryland cheer sheet

The part about Gary Williams sweating a lot I can't really dispute. The part about Gary Williams feuding with Maryland AD Debbie Yow....well, I'm just saying, that could use a few tweaks. Still, I love the Dukies and their cheer sheets, complete with references to last year's post-Duke riots,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 10, 2011; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  College Basketball, Terps  
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