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D.C. Sports Bog: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

George Mason-James Madison: The whole world will be watching

Jim Larranaga is ready. (By John McDonnell - TWP) George Mason heads to James Madison Saturday morning for one of the most important editions of this longstanding rivalry in recent memory. Five nuggets to help get you ready. 1) The game is being broadcast on ESPNU at 11 a.m....

By Dan Steinberg  | January 21, 2011; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Why does Koons love the Eagles? (UPDATED)

Reader J. sends along this video from Koons Automotive Companies, a Maryland, Virginia and Delaware dealership that has long advertised on local sports broadcasts. If you'll note, Krystal Koons is enthusiastically addressing a youth football team called the Eagles, wearing what would seem to be knockoffs of the Philadelphia...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 21, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Wizards broadcast mentions vast virus database

I'm pretty sure I was trying to watch the Bucks-Wizards game on Wednesday, but somehow I missed the part where the CSN audio went nutty and a woman's voice came on talking about a "vast virus database." At least, that's what reader @adinger claimed happened. And since his profile...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 21, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Wizards  
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The Caps celebrate a win

Just your typical video of the Caps celebrating a narrow mid-January win, complete with Nicklas Backstrom appearing to curse at the Islanders (or possibly at his teammates, or at fans, or at various mythological noblemen imagined out of the pages of The Heimskringla), and Matt Hendricks attempting to make...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 21, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Caps  
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Did HBO boost the Caps' TV ratings?

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Did the Caps receive a post-Winter Classic bounce? Hard to see how. In their seven games before going outside, they were 4-1-2. In the seven games since beating the Pens, they've gone 2-3-2. But did the Caps' TV ratings receive a post-"24/7" boost?...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps, Media  
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Wizards road woes are growing Chick Hernandez's hair

Somewhere around the New Year, Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez, who likely wins the prize of "most awesome studio host in D.C. sports," proclaimed that he wouldn't be cutting his hair until the Wizards won a road game. That was three weeks ago. The Wizards still haven't won a road...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Media, Wizards  
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Doc Emrick on Ovechkin and the Caps

(By Julio Cortez - AP) Alex Ovechkin is currently averaging 0.34 goals per game and 0.98 points per game. For his career, prior to this season, he had averaged 0.68 goals per game and 1.34 points per game. In his previous five seasons, Ovechkin has never averaged fewer than...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Caps  
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Gus Frerotte gets a head coaching job

Gus Frerotte is the new head football coach at the John Burroughs School in St. Louis. He had spent the past two years as the school's quarterback coach. Fr'real. The Bombers were 14-1 and the Missouri Class 3 state runners-up this past season. Here's something you might not know...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Redskins send panorama print to premium seat holders

I got an e-mail from a longtime Skins fan friend of mine this week, telling me that an impressive panoramic shot of FedEx Field had arrived at his home, courtesy of the Redskins. He also included a scan of the letter the team had sent him. Highlights: "In 2010,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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NCAA offers "useless categories" stat for women's hoops

Ok, I'm posting this at about 12:22 on Thursday. Let's see how long it takes the NCAA to remove the "useless categories" option from its women's basketball stats database. No, men's basketball does not offer the "useless categories" choice. (Via @TerpsInsider)...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Flyers announcer calls Caps effort "pathetic"

This is the goal that made it 2-0 Flyers on Tuesday night. The Caps rallied, as they so often do, but it was too little too late, as it so often is, and Washington lost in overtime to the Eastern Conference's hottest team. In my experience, the home broadcast...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 20, 2011; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Caps, College Basketball  
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The Wizards should buy Wizards.com

You know what I'm sick of? I'm sick of going to Wizards.com and being sent to the Web site for Wizards of the Coast, the world leader in hobby games. I'm sick of being told that "the story of Wizards is one of independence, inspiration, and opportunity," only to...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 19, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Ryan Clark on Redskins vs. Steelers

1) The Pittsburgh Steelers are still alive in the NFL playoffs. 2) A full six percent of the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster used to play for the Washington Redskins, in the persons of Shaun Suisham, Antwaan Randle El and Ryan Clark. 3) There is no greater media service to the world...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 19, 2011; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Larry Michael on the Redskins' progress

This is perhaps the most Larry Michael moment of all time. It comes from Tuesday's episode of Redskins Nation, when he mentioned that the Redskins went 2-0 this season against the remaining NFC playoff teams. "As soon as Green Bay and Chicago won their games, I got to thinking, you...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 19, 2011; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Jason Campbell says no one ever stood up for him

You know, The Post hasn't really written much about Jason Campbell recently. Besides the Early Lead item, where Campbell said he was a scapegoat in D.C. And the Redskins Insider item, where Campbell said he felt bad for his friends still on the Skins. And the Sports Bog item,...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 19, 2011; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Post Sports: NFL Championship games, Wizards make progress and the Caps head out on the road

Dan was out sick for today's show so Cindy Boren joined LaVar Arrington, Rick Mease, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss the NFL championship games, whether the Wizards have finally turned the corner, the Caps big road trip and Marland-Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Post Sports...

By Washington Post editors  | January 18, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Steve Buckhantz lets rip with a Dagger

There was a time when the Wizards were winning frequently enough, and Gilbert was bombing in last-second clinchers with enough regularity, that the mere appearance of a Steve Buckhantz "Dagger!!!!!!" may not have necessitated multiple blog posts. Sadly, that time is in the distant past. I asked Buckhantz Tuesday...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 18, 2011; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Alex Ovechkin makes Saturday Night Live

The Alex Ovechkin mention during this Saturday Night Live skit was brief and fairly unremarkable, but any time Alex Ovechkin is mentioned on Saturday Night Live, it deserves a headline. Plus, it's not like he's had tons of other highlights lately. The Ovi bit comes around 2:30 in. Thanks...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 18, 2011; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Caps  
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Bruce Allen on alumni and gold pants

(By John McDonnell - TWP) The four best parts of the 2010 Redskins season: Beating the Cowboys, Brandon Banks with the ball in his hands, the reintegration of the Redskins alumni and the reintroduction of the gold pants. Feel free to disagree. But you'd be wrong. There aren't a...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 18, 2011; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Screech on stage at the 9:30 Club

The biggest D.C. sports news of the three-day weekend? Clearly it was Screech's appearance on-stage at the 9:30 Club with Virginia Coalition, "a band that has made its reputation with the blazing energy of its live shows and ability to play almost any style of music." Yes, that includes...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 18, 2011; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Nats  
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Atlantic 11 Week 8: Georgetown. Yeah. Really.

(By Robert Willett - The News & Observer via AP.) Having now lost 1,348 consecutive games, the Georgetown Hoyas remained atop the Atlantic 11 this week. It's anticipated that if their current losing streak continues, they'll fall out of the top spot sometime after losing to Chapelgate Christian Academy...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 17, 2011; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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