This Is Why It’s So Fun To Watch Bryce Harper

Throwing behind the baserunner from left field after a routine single? Sure, why not. Bryce did a good one — Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) July 29, 2014 Of course, Adam LaRoche had to make a nice play to get the baserunner and keep him out of scoring position, but whatever: I like my Bryce wild and out of control, at least in July. Sports are fun.
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RGIII Is Still Here, You Guys

It’s easy to forget, after the devastating knee injury and nightmarish sophomore season, just how valuable Robert Griffin III remains and how brilliant he can be. Here with a reminder, from his annual trade value column, is Grantland’s Bill Barnwell: 15. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington This is the player with the biggest gap between his ceiling and floor, right? The floor...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Will Try Anything At This Point

Bryce Harper’s new “stack and jack” batting stance has been working. Since changing to it on July 18, he was 7-for-13 with one of his three home runs of the season coming into last night’s game. But then he decided to add a new wrinkle to it — some sort of batter’s box shuffle. I have no idea what this is; I have never seen anyone do this. It didn’t work, and resulted...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Glen Rice Jr. Won The Vegas Summer League

This happened Saturday, but I just saw it, and it’s so enjoyable. Watch as Vegas Summer League MVP Glen Rice Jr. hits a buzzer-beater to send the game into triple OT, right there in front of John Wall, Bradley Beal and everybody.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Summer of Grunfeld

After a surprising Elite Eight appearance last season, the Wiz are on a bit of a roll. First they re-signed Marcin Gortat, then they landed Paul Pierce, and now they’ve made a series of sensible moves: *Kris Humphries, PF — 3 years, $13 million (third-year team option) *DeJuan Blair, PF — 3 years, $6 million (third-year team option) *Drew Gooden, C — 1 year, $1.5 million...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Taking Stock of the Nats Coming Out of the Break

Following our first-half Winners & Losers, here’s Bryan Frantz with a look at this Nats’ season so far, and what lies ahead. Nats fans should be encouraged by the team’s showing, and Matt Williams has got to be pleased with the team’s 51-42 record. When you consider all of the factors — offensive stagnancy for stretches, so many impact players missing time with injury...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant-to-D.C. Is Not Completely Irrational

There are probably better texts regarding Kevin Durant’s free agency in the summer of 2016 and the possibility of him signing with the Wiz, but this is one I happened to read. From a Sports On Earth exchange between Michael Pina and Patrick Hruby, here’s Pina: Washington has flexibility, especially when you consider the projected salary cap bump to $80 million in 2016. Nene...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Clippard Earned It

The news that the Nats will have an all-star after all, and that that all-star will be Tyler Clippard, is a little puzzling. Basically because Rafael Soriano is the closer, and he has a 0.97 ERA to boot. Clippard’s ERA (2.03) isn’t quite there, but his other numbers are. He leads the pen in innings (40) and strikeouts (53), and he handles high-leverage eighth-inning situations...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Signing Paul Pierce Is Big, If True

The Wizards surprised everyone late Saturday night by signing future HOFer Paul Pierce for two years and $10.2 million. The move is a good one in all sorts of ways, as outlined over at Bullets Forever. I’m thrilled about it myself, and much prefer The Truth at two and 10 to Trevor Ariza at eight and 32. Not that Pierce is a better player at this point in his career, but look at...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats 2014 First-Half Winners & Losers

It’s been some time! Let’s hand out midseason labels … Winners Jordan Zimmermann — After winning 19 last year he’s clearly been the Nats’ best starter this year, which is not an easy thing to be. Doug Fister — Once healthy he’s been even better than he was in Detroit. Tanner Roark — A crash seems likely, but he’s been a fantastic. Adam LaRoche — My dad says...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Gortat’s New Deal Is The Same Old Grunfeld

Here’s guest writer Bryan Frantz, back with another crack for Mr. Irrelevant. So, the Wiz re-signed Marcin Gortat, as you may have heard. That’s fine, he was a huge part of the team last season, and he brings a toughness and interior presence that nobody else on the roster can offer. His 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game were vital to the Wizards’ regular-season...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

18 New Redskins Names Inspired By Marvel Comics

We’re approaching the point where literally every person in America with a soapbox of any kind will have weighed in on the Redskins name. As part of staking their flag into a small square of this hotly disputed rhetorical soil, most of those people will suggest possible alternate names. Eighty-five percent of those names will be the goddamned potato joke, and the remaining 15...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Has An Awesome A$AP Rocky Shirt

The first-place Nats won in 16 at Milwaukee last night on Ryan Zimmerman and the bullpen’s heroics, and Bryce Harper homered in a rehab start at Potomac, but this is what I choose to blog about: Bryce Harper's t shirt tonight (via @eric_smith34) — Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) June 25, 2014 If you can’t read it, it says, “I LOVE BAD PITCHES...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Incredible Anti-Redskins Commercial

In case you missed it, or just to watch it again (because you should definitely watch this multiple times), here is the anti-Redskins name commercial that aired during the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. It was created by the National Congress of American Indians. It deserves your attention, regardless of how you feel about the name change debate:
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Infographic: Nelson Cruz vs. All-Time O’s Single-Season Sluggers

Nelson Cruz is having a ridiculous single-season contract year for Baltimore, leading the majors in homers (21) and RBI (55). In fact, he’s on pace for a Roger Maris-like 61 on the season, which would break Chris Davis’ still-fresh franchise record by eight. Here’s how he stacks up vs. the other great single-season sluggers in Baltimore history.
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The McConaissance Comes To Redskins Park

I’m not even gonna hate on this. #TrueDetectiveSeason2 — Ben Markowitz (@bpmarkowitz) June 4, 2014 He's here! Matthew @McConaughey checks out #Redskins practice today with Doug Williams. #HTTR — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) June 4, 2014 And here he is with Dan Snyder #Redskins — Dianna...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Snyder Is Hardline On Redskins Name Change, Even By 1972 Standards

Dan Steinberg did the good service of curating 40-plus-year-old newspaper clips about the Redskins name-change issue. While the material rings familiar to those following the modern debate, which is kind of the point, this bit is noticeably different. In response to protests from American Indian groups, then-owner Edward Bennett Williams modified the more cloying lyrics to “Hail...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Morse Is Taking On A Two-Year-Old Debate

After an injury-plagued 2013 that saw our old hero Mike Morse bottom out, he’s having a dream season, posting a .295/.351/.574 slash line for the league-leading Giants. Oh and he’s still not over the great Stephen Strasburg shutdown of 2012: “A lot of people don’t realize you might only get one shot,” Morse says. “One shot. That could have been the only shot. I just wish...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Wizards 2014 Playoffs Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the Wizards’ best postseason run since before I started rooting for them nearly 30 years ago. Winners Bradley Beal — Had a couple clunkers against Indiana, including 7-19 shooting in the decisive Game 6, but check out his numbers across 11 playoff games: 19.2 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.6 SPG and .415 3P%. Also, and you probably didn’t hear about...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Redskins Are Day 2 Draft Winners

The Skins did well on Day 2, according to USA TODAY Sports: They didn’t get to play in the draft sandbox Thursday while paying off the rest of their Robert Griffin III tab to the Rams. But the ‘Skins were back on the clock Friday and pried an extra third rounder from the division rival Cowboys by dropping 13 spots in Round 2. By evening’s end, Washington came away with three...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Bradley Beal/Wizards Game 1 Mural

The Wiz looked so good last night. The Wizznutzz are good forever. here a visual incite impression from we bout las nite's Wiz win — WzzzzzzzNtzzzzzzzzzz (@wzzntzz) May 6, 2014
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wizards Are Playing May Basketball

While the rest of the league has been kind of FREAKING OUT, the Wiz have been in chill mode since dispatching Chicago in five games last Tuesday. That’s quite a feat, considering the only other team to earn that luxury was the three-peat Heat. More about those bastards in minute. Here’s what the schedule looks like for Wiz-Pacers: #wizards will play Game 1 of 2nd rd on Mon....
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Okay, The Nats Can Stop Getting Hurt Now

A list of injuries the Nats have suffered in this still-young season: *Doug Fister, strained lat — Hasn’t pitched. Slated for a Single-A rehab start today. *Wilson Ramos, broken hand — Played one game. Should be back around June 1. *Ryan Zimmerman, broken thumb — Played 10 games. Should be back late May. *Denard Span, concussion — Missed a week. Has an even worse than usual...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

One Way Of Quantifying The Wizards’ Newfound Popularity

This data comes from Mr. Irrelevant Tickets partner TiqIQ, and I don’t deny it: This season, Wizards tickets had an average secondary market price of $65, second-cheapest in the NBA. The playoffs are a different story. Over the last three days and two wins in Chicago, Wizards playoff tickets increased to an average of $306, fifth-most expensive of any team in the NBA Playoffs....
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Don’t Stop Bealieving

Bradley Beal, all of 20 years old, disrespected Chicago-style pizza during the day (“I can’t eat the fat pie”) and dropped 26 on the Bulls at night to propel the Wiz to a 2-0 series lead. Now they return to Washington, hoping to close it out Friday and Tuesday. What a turn of events, considering this is how the experts picked the series: @MrIrrelevantDC Only Wallace is invited...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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