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D.C. Sports Bog: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

David Gregory, David Aldridge and Jeff Jones

Earlier this week, Jeff Jones stood on a stage in the American University student center and presented No. 24 Eagles basketball jerseys to two men, David Aldridge and David Gregory. It was the kind of moment that called for a fleet of photographers taking pictures, but there wasn't a...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 11, 2011; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Basketball, Media  
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Gonzaga basketball manager gets on the court

Some of the rhetoric accompanying this WJLA story out of Gonzaga High is probably a bit much. Like, I'm not sure if a high school team manager who gets in a game necessarily qualifies as a "real-life hero," any more than an actual high school basketball player would. "He...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 11, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  High Schools  
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Henry Sims is running for office

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) At first glance, the best part about the upcoming Georgetown University Student Association elections is that someone named Ace Factor is running for student body president. How can he lose with a name like Ace Factor? I mean, for more than 18 years,...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 11, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown  
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This is what happens when you sue City Paper

"As a general PR rule, it's never a good idea to bring widespread attention to something you would prefer did not receive widespread attention," Jason Reid wrote in his debut Post column. Then he quoted a guy who specializes in, among other things, crisis communications. "The people you're looking...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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George Mason video hits ESPN

I thought this wry George Mason introductory video was worthy of a D.C. Sports Bog item. I wouldn't have guessed it would have inspired an entire Jim Larranaga interview on ESPN's First Take. But that's why I'm not in television. And speaking of George Mason and ESPN, the Patriots...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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106.7 The Fan expected to become Nats flagship station

The Nationals are expected to sign a deal making local sports talker 106.7 The Fan their flagship station in coming days, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Under the proposed deal, former flagship station WFED 1500 AM would remain a Nats radio affiliate and would broadcast all the...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Media, Nats  
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Chris Miller guarantees Wizards will win on Sunday

The Wizards' ridiculous road losing streak has already prompted several media gimmicks, from Chick Hernandez's "I won't shave my head until they win!" pledge to Mike Wise's derivative "I won't shave my face until the win!" pledge. And now comes perhaps the most exciting promise yet. Comcast SportsNet's Chris...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media, Wizards  
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The Wizards know how to dunk

Usually video seems a better mechanism for explaining the impressiveness of the so-called "slam dunk" than a still image, but I think Wednesday night was the exception. The above dunk by Nick Young looks cool enough in moving pictures, as provided by Mister Irrelevant. But the still image of...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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JaVale McGee wins best dressed Wizard

I actually like the way the Wizards are now openly flirting with the camera during their efforts to win the occasional Best Dressed contest. I mean, Andray Blatche is making eyes over his sunglasses, and JaVale McGee is sliding into the picture from off-camera and then adjusting his tie...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Whitlock says Grimm, Monk are not Hall of Famers

If there's one thing the Redskins have excelled at in recent years, it's getting players into the Hall of Fame. Art Monk, Darrell Green, Russ Grimm, Chris Hanburger....that's four inductees in four years. That's impressive. If there's one thing Jason Whitlock has excelled at in recent years, it's generating massive...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 10, 2011; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Nate Ewell's farewell interview

Tuesday night was the final game for Caps VP of Communication Nate Ewell, a man who was pretty dang popular with the D.C. sports media. There have already been plenty of tributes -- see here, here, here, here and here, for example -- and I've already given him seven...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 9, 2011; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Verizon Center beer goes bottoms up

UPDATED 4:40 P.M.: IT'S SECTION 114 The Bottom's Up beer dispenser has been all over the Internet in recent weeks, though the most memorable profile I read came in Yahoo's The Post Game. Quoting Dan Wetzel: It "pours" a draft beer nine times faster than traditional methods and dramatically reduces...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 9, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Brandon Banks wants to gain 11 pounds

(By John McDonnell - TWP) When I wrote about Brandon Banks's size in October, I noted that he was listed at 5-foot-8, 155 pounds. That made him 11 pounds lighter than the NFL's next smallest guy at the time, and one of only two players listed at less than...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 9, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Chris Hanburger's Redskins room

(Photos by Laura Mueller for The Post) I read Rick Maese's story previewing Chris Hanburger's (successful) wait to see if he'd make the Hall of Fame, but I missed the art. I just love that he has photos on his wall of himself wrecking guys 30 years ago....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 9, 2011; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Buy Terps season tickets and $ave

UPDATE: I missed the fact that Maryland previously sent out the huge Edsall-themed ad, seen below, to the same mailing list. That doesn't really change his lack of prominence in this week's ad, but it's worth noting. Apologies. When people were bandying about various names for the Terps head...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 9, 2011; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  College Football, Terps  
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About that Blackstrom jersey

"On the way to the game yesterday I saw a (black) guy with a Blackstrom jersey on," Reader Chad wrote me after a Caps game late last month. "No way is this a jersey foul. This is just awesome." Indeed. Washington's hockey fans have often been derided for their...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Cooley on Snyder, City Paper, Redskins

I'll tell you one man who gave more radio row Super Bowl interviews than Dan Snyder: Chris Cooley. He was out to promote SportsBuzz, and he sure got the site a lot of publicity on a lot of different radio stations, anyhow. Throughout his interviews, he said he was sick...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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D.C. United Olsen's Army campaign hits Metro

(Courtesy D.C. United) During a recent conference call, D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen was asked about some of the Olsen's Army chatter that has cropped up on the Internet this preseason. "Well, first off, that Olsen's Army thing wasn't my idea," Olsen responded. "Let's get that straight right now....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Meet the George Mason basketball team

George Mason is 19-5, receiving votes in both major polls, and in the top 25 in RPI, behind just two non-BCS teams. Things are going well. And yet some D.C.-area sports fans may not be quite acquainted with the Patriots yet. This video, posted by the school's athletic department,...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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The Redskins "We Are Washington" intro video

Earlier Tuesday, I pointed out that the Caps have a new opening video, which prominently features the phrase "We Are Washington." Well, they're not the first D.C. pro sports team to use that phrase in their intro video. This year. As a Redskins official pointed out to me, the...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Trevor Booker is a machine

The Wizards rookie has a new tattoo, which he distributed via Twitter. He appears to be bionic....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Dan Snyder calls losing "heartbreaking"

I will be running quotes from Daniel Snyder's Friday media blitz for the next six months. These interviews are so rare, and must be treasured, like Redskins playoff victories. And now, suddenly, out of nowhere (aka Dallas), there is a veritable bounty of Snyder quotes, including this one, given...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Post Sports Live: Super Bowl recap, spring training preview and Georgetown-Syracuse

Dan and Adam Kilgore joined LaVar Arrington, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss Super Bowl commercials, Nationals spring training, Georgetown-Syracuse, and which streak will finally come to an end in the Wizards-Cavaliers game on Sunday. Post Sports Live streams live on washingtonpost.com every Tuesday at noon;...

By Washington Post editors  | February 8, 2011; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Post Sports Live  
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The Caps' new opening video

Ok, this one here isn't technically the new opening video. But you might recall this above video, which was shown before Caps games early this season. The theme is pretty clear: "We are a hockey town." The theme is highlighted via 5,000 people saying "We are a hockey town."...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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DeAngelo Hall clears the air with Mike Smith

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Remember the last time DeAngelo Hall and Falcons Coach Mike Smith were together on a football field? That would be in November of 2009, when the Falcons beat the Redskins in Atlanta in a game featuring the above brawl.Or melee. Or altercation. Or...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 8, 2011; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Atlantic 11 Week 11: Mason's Here

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Georgetown is still not unanimous, but that's not the headline. The headline is the dissenters are now going with George Mason, which dominates the second-place voting, sprints from No. 6 to No. 2 is all over the national news. That's pretty cool. I really...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Caps, Wizards TV ratings go in opposite directions

Sports Business Journal is out with its annual look at the mid-season NBA and NHL ratings for U.S. regional sports networks, and the news is quite different for Washington's two main winter sports teams. The Wizards ranked fifth from the bottom of the NBA's U.S. franchises, with a 1.28 average...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Caps review David Steckel's fight

David Steckel maybe possibly isn't the best-known fighter on the Caps -- HockeyFights.com has him logging five fights over the past four seasons, to give just one measure. But when the Pens' Tim Wallace came calling on Sunday afternoon, Steckel obliged. This, of course, prompted at least one member...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Nick Young's Afro is incredible

Back in September, Nick Young promised to grow out his hair in an interview with Wizards.com. "I told myself I ain't never really had braids or a pony tail or a big Afro, so I'm gonna try to do it," he said then. Who would have imagined the end...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Snyder hopes McNabb is his 2011 starting QB

Daniel Snyder gave about seven zillion interviews on Friday, and I'm still trying to track them all down, but in at least two he said explicitly that he hopes Donovan McNabb is the team's 2011 starting quarterback. Here he was on the Jim Rome Show. Rome: "Who's your starting quarterback...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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More Snyder on Haynesworth

As he made his Super Bowl media rounds last week, Daniel Snyder told Rick Maese he was "disappointed" in the way the Haynesworth signing worked out. There were such a bounty of Snyder media opportunities, though, that the Haynesworth thing came up elsewhere, and he elaborated slightly. Here he...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Donovan McNabb, Joe Gibbs and the Declaration of Independence

I guess it makes sense for the Redskins' representatives to kick off this NFL-themed reading of the Declaration of Independence. I mean, I guess. Frankly, I think it would make a lot more sense for the Eagles' representatives to be given that spot of honor, since D.C. wasn't exactly...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Mike Green's ear wound

Mike Green said it was "just a cut." Bruce Boudreau said his blue-liner was "day-to-day." This is the cut in question. Sure, it's nothing like the time Darryl Boyce's nose fell off. But it's a pretty healthy gash. (If you're into entirely disgusting things and haven't seen it yet,...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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When Matt Cooke clipped skates with Alex Ovechkin

Via Caps Insider: "I just tracked the puck and he tried to cut back on me," Cooke said. "We clipped skates." Said Bylsma: "I didn't think much contact was made. Maybe their skates get wound up together. Yeah....

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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