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D.C. Sports Bog: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Daniel Snyder on his patience

Daniel Snyder did at least seven one-on-one interviews Friday in Dallas, and probably more. He was making the rounds. And one of his stops was with the legendary Mike Francesa of New York's WFAN. This is not one of Snyder's regular stops, so there were a lot of sort of...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 4, 2011; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  | Tags:  Dan Snyder, Dan Snyder Mike Francesa, Dan Snyder WFAN, Daniel Snyder, Daniel Snyder Mike Francesa, Daniel Snyder WFAN  
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Daniel Snyder is cheering for the Packers

Daniel Snyder became at least the third D.C. sports figure to come out in support of the Green Bay Packers this week. Bruce Boudreau and Chris Cooley did it out of bad feelings for Pittsburgh. Snyder had a different motive. "You know this, and I think the fans know this:...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 4, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Redskins: "Love is in the Air"

In light of current events, I was relieved to receive an e-mail from the Redskins Thursday night assuring me in the subject line that "Love is in the Air." I was getting worried there for a minute....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 4, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Chris Cooley won't be cheering for the Steelers

Remember when Bruce Boudreau told me that he wouldn't be cheering for the Steelers in the Super Bowl because he hates the city of Pittsburgh? And I speculated that most D.C. athletes don't have their finger on the pulse quite like that? Well, Chris Cooley does. "I love Green Bay,...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 4, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Chris Cooley wears ugly Nats hat, meets Snooki

Below is the CSNWashington video that shows Chris Cooley meeting Snooki at the Washington Auto Show. Above is the Nats hat Cooley wore on this momentous occasion. It's interesting, anyhow. This prompted one online wag to find a whole bunch of ugly Nats hats for sale. Like this one....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 4, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Nats, Redskins  
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Brett Haber on Daniel Snyder

Now, I'm not a PR professional, nor am I a lawyer. I don't know exactly what makes a good PR move, or a good legal move, and what makes a bad PR move, or a bad legal move. But this is why I'd tend to think that Dan Snyder...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 4, 2011; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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On Daniel Snyder's suit against City Paper

NOTE: The original headline of this item said the Redskins were suing City Paper, rather than that Daniel Snyder is. Let me again gently poke my toe into these swirling rapids surrounding Daniel Snyder and the City Paper, since my intense love for transcribing radio interviews about the Redskins...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 3, 2011; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Gilbert Arenas was like Denzel Washington, and his sharks are dead, and he expects to be booed

(By Nam Y. Huh - AP) Gilbert Arenas is a basketball player who says crazy stuff. That's all that I feel comfortable saying after listening to a radio interview in which he accused the mother of his children of trying to destroy him, said someone killed his sharks by...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 3, 2011; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Adam Archuleta calls his time in D.C. "an utter disaster"

(By Preston Keres - TWP) When I recently ranked the biggest free-agent busts of the Dan Snyder Era, I put Adam Archuleta at No. 2, behind only Albert Haynesworth. Many disputed that ranking, but I figured when you make a guy the highest paid safety in NFL history and...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 3, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Leonsis answers questions about t-shirt cannons

On the same day that one local sports owner filed a suit seeking $2 million in damages from the local alternative weekly, another local sports owner spent 35 minutes answering fan questions on his team's Web site. Because I like uplifting stories of hope and change, let's focus on...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 3, 2011; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Media, Redskins, Wizards  
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On Dan Snyder and Dave McKenna

Maybe you've heard that Dan Snyder is suing the City Paper. I guess some people have written about it. Since my name has come up as part of the legal process, I had sort of refrained from writing about the whole thing, on the advice of no one in...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 3, 2011; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Fred Smoot's Super Bowl schedule

You know what the best thing I've learned today is? That Fred Smoot will be tweeting instant Super Bowl analysis on the @CSNWashington account this weekend, using the hashtag #SmootPoints. I want to win seven SmootPoints. No, I want to win 43 SmootPoints. No, I want to win a million...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 2, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Brooks Laich wants more hunger

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Brooks Laich sure does become extra quotable when the Caps aren't playing quite as well as they'd like to play. And before anyone posts a comment like "more scoring less talking, please," bear in mind that Laich appeared to be about as happy as...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 2, 2011; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Caps  
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Shaun Suisham is glad the Redskins cut him

(By Gene J. Puskar - AP) More than a year after the Redskins cut Shaun Suisham, the former kicker still elicits a surprising amount of passion in this town. I can't tell you how many people have gleefully told me they're hoping he misses a potential game-winning field goal...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 2, 2011; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Bruce Boudreau won't be cheering for the Steelers

A few weeks back, uber D.C. sports blogger Chris Mottram posted his rankings of which teams disgruntled Redskins fans should be rooting for in the NFL playoffs. Coming in last place were the Pennsylvania duo of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh, in fact, earned the shortest exposition...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 2, 2011; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Caps, Redskins  
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Joe Gibbs on the Redskins and labor strife

(By Tracy A. Woodward - TWP) I'm not sure why I've been too dense to note this before now, but the prospect of NFL labor strife disrupting the 2011 season is just dandy for Redskins fans, right? The Redskins totally dominate the league whenever there's labor strife. This is...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 2, 2011; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Ovechkin gives Subban "hit of the year"

Remember back in October when all the reporters were asking all the D.C. hockey players about how fans would muster the enthusiasm for yet another regular season when all anyone wanted was the playoffs? The D.C. hockey players found a novel answer, making their drive for a playoff spot...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 2, 2011; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Felix Jones says Redskins fans are "really dirty"

(By John McDonnell - TWP) There isn't really much meat to this here post, so I'm going to have to pad the word count by starting elsewhere and kind of gradually winding my way to the main point. Have you read this story on the Canadian geological statistician who...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Brett Leonhardt leaves the Caps

(By Preston Keres - TWP) Ordinarily, I might not devote 600 words to the departure of a D.C. sports team's Web producer. When that Web producer doubles as a podcast host, convention moderator, basketball foe to assistant coaches, pre-game DJ and backup practice goalie, though, I'll make an exception....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Caps, Media  
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Wizards road woes are growing Mike Wise's beard

It's now been more than a month since Chick Hernandez made his ill-fated promise to stop cutting his hair until the Wizards won on the road. And while his Chia Chick look continues to drive ratings at Comcast SportsNet, he isn't alone in hatching a follicle-related Wizards proposition. Turns...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Clinton Portis's home hits the market

Clinton Portis's house is for sale. Now, before you all go jumping to conclusions, bear in mind that Portis owns multiple properties in the D.C. market, and that there's no requirement that members of the Redskins actually own a home in this area. Maybe he wants to rent in...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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The Caps and Super Bowl prop bets

(By Harry How - Getty) I was in Vegas last week for a story about Super Bowl betting, which I'll write at some point, but I happened to get my hands on the 325 or so Super Bowl prop bets offered by the Las Vegas Hilton last year. There...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Caps, Gambling, NFL  
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Rich Chvotkin goes to 17 with "Hoyas win"

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Just about every time Rich Chvotkin gets really excited, I try to make some note of it. Like, Monday, for example, I posted the audio of his call from Saturday's win over Villanova. He said "Hoyas Win!" 16 times after the Hoyas won....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown  
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Ted Leonsis and the pixels of despair

(By Nikki Boertman - AP) As the Wizards have continued to trudge their way to one of the NBA's worst-ever road losing streaks, fan dissatisfaction has steadily increased. I mean, I guess. That would make sense. No one ever really mentions the Wizards to me, but I assume people...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Get your DeAngelo Hall Pro Bowl jersey

You know, I thought about making fun of the Redskins online team store when they sent out e-mails last month, urging people to get a DeAngelo Hall Pro Bowl jersey. Then I decided, nah, they can have their offseason fun. It's not like lots of other team sites weren't...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 1, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Atlantic 11 Week 10: Hoyas win, Hoyas win

(By John McDonnell - TWP) And now, a haiku: It's winter again; Seasons change; this poll doesn't. Hoyas win. Always. Georgetown is again on top of the Atlantic 11. Soon, I will call this the Georgetown 1, plus 10 other schools. Until the Hoyas bow out early in the...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Football  
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The Wizards go go-karting

(Via the Wizards) Jokes about a team going around in circles and never getting anywhere? Nah, too easy. Jokes about a team having horrible failures on the road? Nah, too predictable. Jokes about spinning wheels, crashing expectations and faulty breaks, or brakes, or whatever? Nah, too depressing. So just...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rich Chvotkin calls Georgetown's win at Villanova

(By Matt Slocum - AP) Just about every time Rich Chvotkin gets really excited, I try to make some note of it. Like, he got excited after a win over Connecticut last January, blasting out 10 "Hoyas Win!" as part of his excitement. Then there was the time he...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown, Media  
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Deion Sanders doesn't care what D.C. fans think of him

This all went down when I was in Vegas last week, but for posterity sake, if you're wondering how much Deion Sanders cares about you, here's the answer: he doesn't. The former Redskins great (joking!) was on the LaVar and Dukes radio show last week, with Chad Dukes sort of...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Sam Cassell and John Wall have a trick shot battle

The Wizards may never again win on the road, but at least they can make trick shots on the road. Here is John Wall vs. Sam Cassell in the bounce-shot trick-shot throw-down. Literally. Because you have to throw the ball down to get it to bounce. (For more, see...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. United rocks the red

We're now less than a year from red becoming the official, near-universal color of D.C. sports. The Capitals, of course, Rock the Red. "It's not a secret that I am partial to red," Ted Leonsis said in June, a few months before officially announcing that the Wizards would go...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps, D.C. United  
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Inside John Wall's fridge

(Photos by Toni L. Sandys - TWP) The first time John Wall came to Washington as a Wizard, he was taken upstairs to a fancy reception in the Acela Club. There were all sorts of delicious, fancy foods, with ostentatiously fancy descriptions. Wall had someone go get him a...

By Dan Steinberg  | January 31, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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