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Bruce caught up with John Riggins and Lavar Arrington… as well as some locals on the heels of hearing the news. I personally think this is a power move and suspect McNabb will probably be her for about two years. Those who criticize the fact he’s 34… 34?!? people… I say take a look at Favre and Kurt Warner. Mcnabb can roll out of bed and throw a decent game, the man is good, you can’t debate it. As for our friend Jason Campbell.. haven’t heard from him yet but suspect that it’s a sensitive issue. There’s one thing I know about Jason though and it’s he’s a good hearted person that will probablly look at this as an opportunity to grow even more. .
I am a lover of the races. I cried when I watched Seabiscuit. I balled when Barbaro took his last breath. I always honor the dress code no matter where the race is I attend. Last year I broke the rule… passed over Lilly Pulitzer for Betsey Johnson. This year I’m doing something ludicrous. I’m racing!
Kentucky Derby Marathon here I come.
I’ve hesitated announcing I’m running another 26.2 miles in a month because I was unsure if I was mentally there yet. It’s been more than a year since I did the Marine Corps Marathon and it’s taken time to believe it could be done again. I ran 13 miles this past weekend and it’s exactly what I needed. Half way there… and perfect place to be just a month before race day. Yep, BTW it’s April 24th.
This is the first time I’ll get close to the Kentucky Derby and I’m fine that it’s not all about the big hats. It’s cool that I can instead boast about my bigger feet as the swelling sets in. I went to buy new running shoes the other day and the guy said what size? I said “11”. He said “ELEVEN?”. I said yes. He said “ELEVEN?”. I said yes “Eeee-Leven”.
You should’ve seen his face when they actually fit.
Ladies.. we’ve always been told we can do anything and why shouldn’t that include coachin’ on the gridiron. Natalie Randolph, former DC Divas (women indoor football league) player is the new head football caoch at Coolidge High School in DC. According to the Post interview the American Football Coaches Association has female members but there’s no record of one ever being named head coach.
This moment makes me so proud. Before my broadcast years my ultimate dream was to play college hoops for the Lady Longhorns. From my basketball shams in the bedroom to my Dominique Wilkins terry cloth bath towel… everything in my life revolved around the hardwood. My teammates and me never aspired for more than college because the thought of a pro womens basketball league was wishful thinking.
Times.. they are a changing.
[Pictured: 1) Randolph as an assistant coach at Woodson. 2) Can you find me in this high school team picture? Hint: David Robinson was my idol.]
ESPN says Robert De Niro will be Vince Lombardi in a new movie it’s making with help from the NFL. The film titled “Lombardi” will document the years he spent with Green Bay taking it from zero to hero, turning one of the worst teams into the best.” Eric Roth the guy who wrote “Forrest Gump” also signed on to the project.
No director named yet. Maybe they’ll tap Kathryn Bigelow— afterall she made the most macho movie of the year.
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By Joey Kamide
I’ve lived here just outside D.C. in the Virginia suburbs now for just over 20 years, and in that time have become an avid Redskins fan, followed the Wizards through the Wes Unseld era, the Juwan and Webber era, the Jordan era and their self-entitled “Big 3” era, have picked up about four Nats hats since they came here in 2005 and have even tuned into this Ovie guy and the Capitals over the past couple of years.
Despite the lack of championships in recent years and notorious bad decision making by the powers that be with most of those respective franchises, I’ve always considered D.C. to be a pretty decent sports town.
Finally, after 25 years of bleeding Celtics green, enduring the deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, the real Big 3 growing old and retiring, the debacle that was Rick Pitino’s tenure as coach and numerous losing seasons prior to KG and gang ending their 22-year championship drought in 2008, I was making my trek to Beantown.
What I found there is history, passion and knowledge about their sports teams that isn’t found in our area, unless you are speaking to the most diehard of Redskins fans.
Celtics green was everywhere on Saturday at their game against the Nets (which, against the worst team in the NBA, they lost, perhaps an indication that I’m meant to be a fan from afar), and I don’t think I saw a single New Jersey fan inside the Garden or at any of the bars before or afterwards. This a far cry from what we see at Washington sporting events, which many times are dominated by fans donning the colors of teams from New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.
In a city loaded with history, the Garden fits right in. Literally dozens of championship banners courtesy of the Celtics (10 NBA titles in 11 years through the late 50s and 60s!) and Bruins as well as numerous retired numbers hang from the rafters, the parquet floor at this Garden contains pieces from its legendary predecessor and murals throughout the concourse serve as reminders of their legends of years past.
At the Verizon Center? A banner from the ‘78 Bullets title team, a couple Georgetown banners and a Capitals banner from when they won the Eastern Conference nearly a decade ago. Oh, and don’t forget about the banners reflecting that the Mystics led the WNBA in attendance for like five years in a row!
After the Celtics-Nets game, a short walk to the Irish pubs, including to the well-known Black Rose, we found bars full of ticked off Celts fans who for hours could be heard debating what in the heck was wrong with them, should Doc Rivers get canned, whether or not they’re too old to compete for another title and what the missing piece might be. After Wizards games, you’re more likely to be engaged by someone in a conversation on health care, Beltway traffic, politics or what their stance is on our troops being in the middle east.
On Day Two of our trip, we hopped on the T and headed to take a tour of Fenway, which is under construction while getting some new seats installed, being prepped for a new field to be laid down after hosting a number of outdoor hockey games this winter and, as our tour guide who recently graduated from Northeastern (we George Mason fans won’t hold it against her, even after Saturday’s last-second heartbreaker at Patriot Center) put it, is the oldest and most historical stadium still in existence (Is old Yankee Stadium already torn down?).
The stories on how the Green Monster came to be, of the red seat in the right field bleachers where Ted Williams hit his 502-foot home run, of upgrades to the stadium since it was originally build in 1912 and how some guy still has to come out between innings to update National League scores because there isn’t enough room in the Monster to do it from the inside were fantastic.
Then came the chance to stand on top of the Monster in its new seats built a few years back, sit in the largest press box in baseball, tour through the back of the stadium and see the Cy Young awards (named for, you got it, the former Red Sox pitcher), team Hall of Fame plaques and the uniforms the team has worn through the years was intriguing.
All the while listening to the guide tell stories of how crazy the city went when the Sox won the World Series in 2004 to end the 86-year Curse of the Bambino. My brother, a Yankees fan, probably shuttered when recalling that year and the big egg his Bronx Bombers laid up 3-games-to-none in the ALCS. He then, on the way out, mentioned the differences between what we just did and taking a tour of Nationals Park when we got home, a tour my step father accurately pointed out could be done in a boorish 15 minutes.
I really don’t even need to mention the Patriots and their three recent Super Bowls for Boston to trump D.C. as the better sports town, it’s already a landslide winner. Even with our Mystics attendance banners.
Who’s up for a road trip this summer?
What a heartbreaker it was Saturday night at the Patriot Center. Homecoming ended with a very close loss and what many would say a very bad call against George Mason in the weeeee seconds left in the game. Charleston played a strong game as expected following their recent win over NC.
Thanks to Emily Nolan and our fave grandpa for scoring us amazing floor seats. Ren & Chin and the hubby enjoyed the view. Also, big hats off to Coach L who put on a big smile and took the time to come out to meet my father (a big fan) following the tough loss.
Patriot pictures: Emily Nolan & Kelly McKay
AOII sis Catherine Wyser-Pratte, Izzie and Josh in the Patriot Club
AOII sis Chrissy Tully with Dad and Brother at Tailgate
Chin & Ren Cheer on the Patriots
My old roomies..former GMU basketball stars Jen Surlas & Jill Regan
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Watch WUSA9‘s LIVE stream of Tiger’s first public appearance since news broke of his rumored affairs. He is expected to “make amends” in his statement and will not be taking any questions. My colleage Andrea Roane was taking yours though on Facebook. She wanted to know what YOU would ask Tiger if you could. Many of you are sounding off.
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It’s hard to believe that just four months ago, optimism abound around the Washington Wizards.
ESPN analysts were picking them as a sleeper in the Eastern Conference. Sports Illustrated predicted they’d be the four seed going into the playoffs. There was excitement around the franchise now that they’d finally have their Big 3 of Gilbert Arenas, Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler healthy and together again and had some good complimentary pieces around them.
A team that won just 15 games the previous season, mainly because of some key injuries, was now all of a sudden supposed to contend with the likes of the Celtics, Cavaliers, Magic and the Hawks.
Then came another injury, this time to newcomer Mike Miller, followed by the Gilbert-Javaris gun incident and their subsequent season-long suspensions just after the death of longtime beloved owner Abe Pollin. And now we have what looks to be a full-on fire sale of a core group of players once envisioned by Pollin as one that could potentially bring D.C. its first NBA title since the Bullets won it in 1978.
Gone are Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson – three starters on the Wizards’ last playoff team two years ago – and rumors continue to fly that Jamison could be out the door by Thursday’s trading deadline. The team would also love to wipe its hands of Gilbert, his awful decision-making and the $80 million left on his contract, and will likely try to have his contract voided and then release him pending his sentencing next month.
This is your perfect example of starting over, starting from scratch, whatever you want to call it. There’s a good chance the team will have a completely different starting five by the end of this week then it had to begin the season, and trips to the draft lottery seem to be a given the next couple of years for a team that had such high hopes back in October.
All this while the team they share their building with, the Capitals, have the best record in the NHL and the most exciting player in their sport in Alex Ovechkin.
The Wizards are officially back to where they were 10 years ago, when they were still known as the Clippers of the east. And this time there’s no Michael Jordan coming out of retirement to give the franchise a kick in the rear.