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

Billy Packer: Maryland should never be out of the top 25

I got Billy Packer on the phone this week to ask him about George Mason, four years later, and whether he thought the Patriots deserved a spot in the NCAA tournament. But the longtime college basketball analyst changed the headline when we began talking about the Terps. "The University of...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 11, 2011; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  College Basketball, Terps  
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Video: Virginia's blown ACC tournament lead

Here's how Virginia blew that "essentially impossible" to blow 10-point lead in 36 seconds. Actually, it wasn't really 36 seconds. The Cavs were up by 10 points with around 36 seconds left. The game was tied with 13.9 seconds left. That means the 10-point lead disappeared in about 22...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 11, 2011; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Jason Arnott's been talking to Semin

(By Steve Nesius - Reuters) Jason Arnott has played five games with the Capitals. In those five games, Alex Semin has three goals, two assists and is a +5, often playing on a line with Arnott. So Thursday, 106.7 The Fan's Holden Kushner asked Arnott if he said something...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 11, 2011; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Caps, Media  
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F.P. Santangelo won't refer to the Nats as "we"

Before Rob Dibble entered his MASN death spiral -- marked by his amazement at women watching a ball game and his advice for Stephen Strasburg to "suck it up" -- the biggest controversy surrounding his Nats tenure involved cheering in the press box. Specifically, while many viewers were used to...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 11, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Media, Nats  
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Stephen Strasburg joins Twitter, keeps it stupid

Ok, Stephen Strasburg didn't technically join Twitter this month. His official account -- which Nats PR personnel verified on Thursday -- has been active since September. But it would seem that Strasburg is only taking to the medium this week. After nine tweets in six months, the kid has...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 10, 2011; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Caps, D.C. United, Media, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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Virginia blew a 100 percent safe lead

I listened to Virginia's truly epic ACC tournament collapse on the radio, which was an interesting experience. On the one hand, you couldn't see the Miami bench flipping out, couldn't see the disbelieving panic in the eyes of the Cavaliers, couldn't watch as they found 15 different ways to screw...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 10, 2011; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Do not ask Chris Wright about his hand

You know, if I were at the Georgetown student center instead of the Maryland student center right now, and Chris Wright wandered by, I can see where I might ask him how his hand's doing. It's a pretty big deal right now. I've seen people wonder about his hand...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 10, 2011; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Basketball, Georgetown  
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The Ovechkin-Johansson passing goal

Alex Ovechkin has way too many highlight-reel goals to count, but I'm going to put this one in a somewhat different category. This was just pretty. Aesthetically pleasing. Optically perfect. I've watched it a bunch of times, and it's hard not to smile. It's not the kind of goal...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 10, 2011; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Caps  
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Vinny Cerrato on the draft and offensive linemen

If there's been one consistent criticism of Vinny Cerrato in recent years, it's that he doesn't do enough radio interviews to explain in 17-hour detail why he made every move he's ever made in his life. If there's been a second consistent criticism of Vinny Cerrato in recent years, it's...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Matt Hendricks on signing his contract

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) The Post got some comments from Matt Hendricks after he signed the first one-way deal of his NHL career, but he obviously had plenty more to say on the subject. Fortunately, the gritty, plucky, scrappy, gutty scrapgutter is one of the subjects of...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The best Vinny Cerrato radio call

I'm not exaggerating: I could write 50 more blog posts about Vinny Cerrato's 17-hour appearance on the Mike Wise Show this week. In fact, I probably will. If you've got 17 hours to kill, I'd really recommend you listen. If you don't have 17 hours and you want to read...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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JaVale McGee brings showmanship to best dressed contest

Knowing full well that this is a hopeless request, I'd ask you to enjoy this video for what it is: John Wall showing that his name is stitched into his suit jacket, Hamady Ndiaye attempting to compete with a cashmere sweater, and JaVale McGee then blowing the Best Dressed...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wizards  
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London Fletcher sums up the 2010 season

London Fletcher is spending an entire day doing interviews in Bristol. Not as noteworthy as Vinny Cerrato doing the same, but lookit, you work with what ya got. Fletcher started with Mike and Mike, who asked him to sum up the past season in D.C. "Frustrating," Fletcher said. "But...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Michael Jenkins has a Tom Brady dance party

Any time Comcast SportsNet anchor Michael Jenkins does a bit that involves him gyrating his hips while doing the Tom Brady Dance, I'm dang sure going to include it here....

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Media, NFL  
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John Wall does the Dougie at Howard-Hampton game

Say this for John Wall: he's throwing himself right into the D.C. community. I mean, he went to last week's Howard-Hampton game at Burr Gymnasium, for crying out loud. Not too many No. 1 overall picks are looking out for MEAC basketball. The Afro-American reported that "A trio of...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Basketball, Wizards  
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Ovechkin cut-out makes Raising Hope

I've already documented the incredible love "Raising Hope" creator Greg Garcia has for the Washington Capitals, and especially for Alex Ovechkin. When we talked earlier this season, Garcia told me that "the ultimate goal is to get Ovechkin to come play the wacky Russian neighbor for an episode, so...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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How Alex Ovechkin got back on Twitter

As you know by now, Alex Ovechkin joined Twitter before the 2009 All-Star game, and then bailed on the site for more than two years. Last week, he came back. And how. As I type this, Ovechkin has tweeted 46 times in the seven days since announcing "im back!!!!"...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Vinny Cerrato on Al Saunders, Jim Zorn

Lookit, I'm just gonna provide another blog post from Vinny Cerrato's 19-hour appearance on the Mike Wise Show, because I enjoy this stuff far too much. I especially enjoyed this dialog between Cerrato and Mike Wise Show producer Chris Johnson, about whether or not the second Joe Gibbs Era was...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Who wants to go to the Wizards-Bucks game?

Since I've already noted that the Capitals are raising season-ticket prices for a fourth straight year, figured I should go to the other end of the Verizon Center demand spectrum. The Wizards play the Bucks on Tuesday night. Pro sports, live in your nation's capital. The teams are a...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Cerrato: Zorn was done in by his ego

Vinny Cerrato spent like 17 million hours on the Mike Wise Show Tuesday afternoon, which probably means I'll come out with 14 million blog posts about it. Listen to it here. Here's blog number one, in which Cerrato explained what ruined Jim Zorn's hot start with the Redskins. It was...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Kenny G plays the national anthem at Nats game

Here's Kenny G playing the national anthem at the Nats game....

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Post Sports Live: The streaking Capitals, the Big East and ACC tournaments and No. 1 seeds

Dan and Tarik El-Bashir joined LaVar Arrington, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast discuss the Capitals winning streak, preview the Big East and ACC Tournaments and debate whether parity in men's college basketball will make for a better NCAA tournament Post Sports Live streams live on washingtonpost.com every...

By Washington Post editors  | March 8, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Capitals raise ticket prices again

As you might have heard, the Capitals recently sent out ticket invoices to season ticket holders, and the headline is that prices are going up for the fourth straight year. Wait, that sounds kind of familiar? Oh yeah, I wrote nearly the identical sentence about a year ago. Because people...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Video of GW professor getting ejected

Monday, via the Hatchet, I brought you the story of GW part-time accounting professor and five-figure donor Robert Kasmir, who was honored for his contributions on Saturday and later ejected from the game. The story itself is fairly remarkable, but this video from NBC Washington is even more so....

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Chris Cooley's Citibank ad

Not to be outdone by Alex Ovechkin and Donovan McNabb doing work for Capital One, here's Chris Cooley, in a recent ad shoot for Citibank, the official bank of the D.C. Sports Bog, incidentally. It looks to me like someone is making it rain on him. And you thought...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 8, 2011; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Atlantic 11 Week 15: Now what?

(By John McDonnell - AP) Really spiking toward the end of the season here, guys. New No. 1 George Mason bowed out after just one CAA tournament win. Previous No. 1 Georgetown is plummeting. Virginia Tech couldn't handle success. And so....Richmond? Old Dominion? VCU? Nope, we're sticking with Mason...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Video: Danny Espinosa's Bazooka arm

If you think relayed outfield put-outs aren't important, you haven't been reading the print Post. Dave Sheinin devoted an entire game story to a 9-6-5 put-out this week. But in case you don't like to read, here's a different relayed Nats put-out. It involves the pop-gun arm of Nyjer...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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GW professor tossed from home finale

(By Mitchell Layton - GWSports.com) You know which local college basketball team whose name begins with George had the best week? It wasn't Georgetown, losers of three straight, or George Mason, which bowed out in the CAA semifinals. No, the honor goes to George Washington, which won five of...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Is this the new Wizards logo?

After Twitter user Colin Wilcox came across this image of a horrific all-NBA-logo jacket featuring a newly red Wizards logo, a whole lot of people began wondering whether this was the team's 2011-'12 look. (Here it is, outlined against gray instead, or blue, if you prefer.) I asked a...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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George Mason pep band video extravaganza

Ever since the video of George Mason's Green Machine playing Rage got three-quarters of a million hits, George Mason Green Machine pep band videos have become quite the Rage. The pinnacle of the craze may have come over the weekend, when Mason played before a large media contingent at...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Video: Donald Brashear shakes it on stage

Not every former Cap has earned "Once a Cap, Always a Cap" status. Matt Cooke, for instance. Not really a Cap. Joe Corvo, neither. But I think Donald Brashear went through enough bad times here, and endeared himself to enough D.C. fans, and expressed enough loyalty to the area...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Nick Young and Celine Dion

Many members of the Washington Wizards could immediately identify "My Heart Will Go On" as the theme song from "Titanic," even if they couldn't necessarily name the singer. Nick Young was a few steps behind. A transcription wouldn't do his response justice, so please do watch. And yes, this...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dennis Wideman locked out of Caps dressing room

From last week, but still awesome: following new Cap Dennis Wideman's "Welcome to D.C." interview with Comcast SportsNet's Al Koken, Wideman attempted to smoothly exit the interview and re-enter the Caps dressing room tunnel. He was denied, in comical fashion. No offense intended to the Caps' still-awesome public-relations department....

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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GW mascot dunk fail

Things you learn from this video: Big Tigger can dunk off a trampoline. Screech can dunk off a trampoline. Slapshot can dunk off a trampoline. Testudo cannot dunk off a trampoline. The GW Colonial is a cripple....

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Video: American loses on buzzer beater

Here's how American's bid to get to the Patriot League final ended, via The Post: [Vlad] Moldoveanu had a chance to put the game away with 11 seconds remaining in the second overtime and American leading, 71-70, but his wide open shot from the left corner hit the rim...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Video: Trevor Booker's putback dunks

Here's something I wrote last week: Say this for the 2010-2011 Wizards: they continue to produce amazing highlight-reel nudge-your-neighbor top plays. In losses. Whilst slouching toward the lottery. Events put the lie to that statement. The Wizards also produce amazing highlight-reel nudge-your-neighbor top plays in wins, whilst horribly damaging...

By Dan Steinberg  | March 6, 2011; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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