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D.C. Sports Bog: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Scott Van Pelt rips Maryland students again

(Photos by Toni L. Sandys - TWP) I noted earlier that some folks, including ESPN's Scott Van Pelt, were disappointed by the student attendance at Wednesday night's Maryland-Florida State game. The announced attendance was 15,186, though many observers thought that seemed high. Regardless, that was the lowest announced attendance...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  College Basketball, Terps  
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Torrey Smith puts his arm in the rim

Since Torrey Smith takes this alley-oop from Kevin Barnes, who's spent the past two seasons on the Redskins, I'm guessing it's not particularly new footage. It would seem to be from those weird Terps season docu-dramas that run on Comcast SportsNet. But the clip was just added to YouTube...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Terps  
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Being the other Dan Snyder

(Via DanSnyder.com) Hello, Mr. Steinberg?" said the voice on the phone. "This is Dan Snyder." Well, sure it was. This was Dan Snyder the tenor, lover of Gilbert & Sullivan, male lead of the Trenton opera company's upcoming production of "Tosca," and owner of the domain DanSnyder.com. This was...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Shanahan says Redskins are building "the right way"

I know these are just semantics, but nothing is going on, and I need some cheap Redskins traffic. Last offseason, the rhetoric was about how The Future Is Now, even though that wasn't what many fans wanted to hear. This offseason, the rhetoric seems to have shifted. Redskins.com has a...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mike Bibby and Team Dime

(Via.) For the second time in less than a year, the Wizards have acquired a point guard whose longtime number is not available. John Wall, you'll recall, had to bail on No. 11 because of Elvin Hayes. Now Mike Bibby can't have No. 10 because of Earl Monroe, whose...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Wizards  
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Another look at Baltche

Hey, give credit to the Wizards Web folks for this: they didn't attempt to scrub the NBA highlight package that took time to highlight the team's latest uniform fail. Yes, these things are put on the Web site automatically, but still. "There's Andray Blatche," said the narrator. "Notice his...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Wizards  
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George Mason pep band plays Rage Against the Machine

Any longtime reader of this here blog knows I have a soft spot for Doc Nix and the Green Machine, otherwise known as the George Mason pep band. I mean, every sports reporter who's ever seen or heard these guys has a soft spot for them. Likewise every sentient...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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The Terps and their crowd

I'm not sure exactly what time this photo inside Comcast Center was taken, but the Diamondback's Chris Eckard said it was "the start of the game." There seem to be a few nice seats available. Like, all of them. You know who else noticed the empty seats? Scott Van...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 24, 2011; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Wizards uniform fail

Whattup, Mr. Andray Baltche. Please take your place alongside Ladell Bettis, Mustafa Shakur and the Washington Natinals in the D.C. Sports Uniform Fail Hall of Fail. (Via @DCProBall)...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Alex Ovechkin shoots pucks off a roof

(Via) Word of Alex Ovechkin's latest commercial exploits for Capital One broke early on Wednesday, when ARLNow.com saw "dozens of gaffers, grips, extras and producers...at the corner of Columbia Pike and Monroe Street." The site also reported that the crew would be heading into D.C. for a shoot involving...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Caps  
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Mark Lerner gets Strasburg Therapy

Strasburg Therapy. We all get a little down in life now and then. Some people respond by running distance races, or making pickles, or drinking whiskey. Other people watch replays of Stephen Strasburg's first home start. Like Mark Lerner, for example. "It shows all 14 strikeouts!" Lerner told NBC...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bruce Boudreau on McPhee's comments

Remember last week when George McPhee seemed to be pretty outspoken about the Caps' performance? This is what he told Katie Carrera: "I'm not happy with the team right now. I'm not happy with the results. I think there are games that we've played very, very well but let up...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Caps, Media  
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Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch

(By Bill O'Leary - TWP) Not long after Randy Edsall was hired at Maryland, Shawne Merriman suggested this could be a step in the right direction for the program, if Edsall could do better than his predecessor at keeping Maryland prospects at home. "There's too much talent in this...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Football, Terps  
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Ryan Pearson explains the Mason hair club

I mentioned last week that the George Mason Patriots have pledged to stop cutting their hair until their longest-in-the-nation winning losing streak finally ends. The Patriots play two CAA bottom dwellers this week. If they sweep those games and win the CAA tournament, we're talking about at least three...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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The Henry Sims election anthem

When Henry Sims announced he was running for Georgetown student body VP, I noted it. When he and his presidential running mate Jed Feiman came out with a campaign video, I noted it. So when fellow Hoyas big man Hollis Thompson made his hip-hop debut in yet another Feiman-Sims...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown  
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Who's voting for George Mason, Part II

(By Dean Hoffmeyer - Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) Does the AP's college basketball poll matter? Well, not to NCAA seeding, or to RPI, or to the national championship race, or to my bracket. But apparently it still matters to players, if nothing else. "What more do we have to...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 22, 2011; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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The Charlie Davies scar

(Via D.C. United) The first thing you notice if you talk to Charlie Davies is his skull scar. When I asked him about it last week, he said he would always keep his hair short, so that he can see that scar and be reminded of his accident. What...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 22, 2011; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Natinals, circa 2011

Something else I meant to write about Friday but never did: a reader sent in this image from the Nats online store. Yes, I do indeed realize that whoever made this mistake likely has never set foot in Nats Park, just as the Natinals uniforms manufacturer was not a...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 22, 2011; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Seth Greenberg and Blaine Taylor on Tech-ODU

Way late on this, but Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor had some fun comments on the possibility of the Hokies and Monarchs resuming a series. For the purposes of entertainment, bear in mind that Old Dominion currently is 22-6 with an RPI of 28; Virginia Tech...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 22, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Post Sports Live: The Carmelo Anthony trade, the NFL combine and college's basketball stretch run

Dan and Michael Lee joined LaVar Arrington, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast discuss the Carmelo Anthony trade, Redskins draft priorities as the NFL Combine begins and George Mason, Georgetown and Maryland as college basketball's stretch run begins. Post Sports Live streams live on washingtonpost.com every Tuesday at...

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Atlantic 11 Week 13: Georgeeeeeee

(By Dawn J. Sagert - AP) It may be President's Day, but George Washington is still, by far, the least cool George around. And yes, I would have been embarrassed to type that had I thought anyone was on their computers on President's Day Evening, traditionally a night celebrated...

By Dan Steinberg  | February 21, 2011; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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