Caps correspondent Brad Parker reacts to the Adam Oates hire.
Once again the Caps have hired a coach that has no head coaching experience on the NHL level. And for the second straight time they’ve hired a formal Capitals captain. So why is Adam Oates the right man for the job?
The most obvious issue over the past two seasons has been the lack of offense. Oates has had major success...
Big news for the Caps today as the team introduced former captain Adam Oates as the next head coach. Oates will replace the departed Dale Hunter, another former Caps captain. My quick synopsis: Get Ovi right, devise a system that allows for offensive creativity but still holds players accountable, gets the forwards back on defense, and encourages/demands players give up their bodies...
Scary moment in Nats loss: Strasburg headhunts Marco Scutaro. [Nats Enq]
Blame for Nats loss in Coors Field goes to offense, not pitching. [WT]
Bryce Harper still recieveing “preventative treatment” on his back. [NJ]
Remember Nolan Reimold? He could be back by the end of the year. [SoR]
Some creep ex-Baylor hoop player tried to extort $25k from RGIII. [ESPN]
I missed Eastern...
O’s take second series of 2012 from Nats as Wieters plays hero. [CC]
Ryan Zimmerman keeps shooting up to avoid the DL. [Nats Journal]
Fancy stats show just how great the Nats’ pitching is. [Boswell]
Bullets fan heckler Robin Ficker is a Nats Park guy now. [WaPo]
O’s grant 49-year-old Jamie Moyer his release. Bummer. [BSR]
Caps trade for second-line center solution Mike Ribeiro...
After 19 years, Juwan Howard wins a ring. Dude named Lebron too. [Yahoo]
Nats bats and Gio combine to beat Rays, take the series. [WaPo]
Boz pronounces long, boring summers of losing Nats baseball over. [WaPo]
Robin Ficker, also of Bullets fame, heckles Tampa’s Joe Maddon. [Bog]
Preview of second Beltway Baseball series, this time in Camden Yards. [BS]
Perhaps the latest Wiz trade...
Here’s an outstanding mash-up of the War of Words between Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon, thanks to CSN Washington (Via the Bog):
And in case you didn’t already realize Maddon is kind of a ********, there’s your evidence. Maybe someday he’ll realize the high road is the best road, something Davey already knows. Also: cool shades, bro.
Strasburg does what aces do: Strikes out 10, stops losing streak. [Fed. BB]
Maddon and Davey keep beefing over pine tar, two cool 70-yr-olds. [WaPo]
Detwiler to return as 5th starter, Wang going to bullpen. [CSNWashington]
At the intersection of NatsTown and BirdLand occurs this conversation. [Bog]
O’s swept by NY Mets, lose finale 4-3, fall 2.5 back of NYY. [Camden Chat]
My first thought when I saw this headline was, “PLEASE LORD DON’T LET THIS BE 2009 ALL OVER AGAIN.” Alas, Grunfeld didn’t pull another Foye-Miller. All he’s sending back to Charlotte for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza is Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in next week’s draft.
You’ll recall Okafor as the tall fellow who won a national championship at UConn. I thought Orlando...
Testudo Times thinks it has the real deal, or at least an early version of the real deal, via a leak inside Maryland’s athletic department. Subtler than I was expecting.
Nats lose fourth straight, this time to Tampa Bay with Wang on the hill, and ex-Nats RP Joel Peralta was ejected in the eighth for having pine tar on his glove, after Davey Johnson called attention to it. Joe Maddon took exception, of course, and this is now an interesting series. [WaPo, Nats Journal]
Here’s extended video of Peralta’s strange ejection. [Deadspin]
The Nats pitchers...
Caps correspondent (and Wiz fan!) Brad Parker checks in to assure you that rooting against LeBron James isn’t just okay, it’s encouraged.
We live in a world with incessant sports coverage. ESPN has at least five channels. D.C. has three sports radio stations. The Internet exists. In many ways that’s awesome. In others it nearly ruins the experience of being a fan.
We’ve seen some pretty egregious jersey fouls lately (see: the RGIII O’s jersey, see also: the Tebow O’s jersey), but this is the foulest. It’s a Cal Ripken Nats jersey (via John Collings), which is like a Ryan Zimmerman O’s jersey, except 2,632 times worse.
Ripken is basically Mr. Oriole. He’s one of the greatest of all time, and he played every game of his illustrious...
Reed Doughty’s 2008 Panini, shared by Doughty himself, seems to have a minor defect. Can you spot it? [Hogs Haven]
Gov. McDonnell taking heat for cutting deal with Skins. [WaPo]
Single-A Auburn (Nats) have some interesting players. [Nats Journal]
Chris Wallace uses “TACQB” on Fox News. [Bog]
R.A. Dickey 1-hits the O’s, his 2nd straight 1-hitter. [Camden Chat]
Here to analyze Kentucky’s MKG is Sea of Blue’s Glenn Logan.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came to Kentucky as one of the most coveted recruits in the nation. He will leave the Wildcats as one of the most popular players ever to take the court. He wasn’t popular here for his winning personality, but for his indomitable work ethic on the court, and for his unselfish, team-first attitude...
Lest you thought the “That’s A Clown Question, Bro” sensation had come to pass, here are Xavier Nady and friend two fans spotted at the Nats-Yanks series by Getty Images (via @Rocket1124):
In other 34 news, check out Charles P. Pierce’s evisceration of the Daily Caller’s Bryce Harper piece. I know I’ve saved it to read later.
The Internet-famous Batting Stance Guy put together a special video + trading cards for Saturday night’s Nats Gala. [Bog]
Hey, it’s Bryce Harper and Wolf Blitzer at Nats Gala. [Nats Enquirer]
Nats swept by Yanks, still lead NL East by four games. [WaPo]
A blown call at the plate cost the Nats Saturday’s game. [Bog]
Brad Lidge DFA’d! (Note: Not Death From Above.) [Nats Journal...
Nats lost to the Yanks and O’s to the Braves. Here’s some other stuff:
Bryce Harper:Mike Trout::Mickey Mantle:Willie Mays. [Dan Daly]
First-rounder Lucas Giolito visits for Nats-Yankees. [Nats Journal]
Ian Desmond wants Nats fans to sing the National Anthem. [Bog]
Clown Question, Bro is now an actual beer that’s made. [Bog]
New Skins kicker Neil Rackers has an awesome mustache...
This happened Wednesday, and I wanted to post the GIF yesterday, but I couldn’t figure it out, so here the video:
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Can’t say I can recall seeing that before, at least not where the barrel breaks clean off at the handle, and it adds to the lore of Chris Davis’ surprisingly strong season (.308/.350/.542). Of course, this is the Internet,...
Nats have MLB’s largest division lead (4.5 games up on the Mets), and their playoff chances grow stronger by the series. [Nats Baseball]
Math: Nats have a 72% chance of making it. [Sports Club Stats]
And with that, the first-place Yankees come to town. [Nats Journal]
Nats pitchers and pinch-hitters have hit well. [Federal Baseball]
Steinz has your “Clown Question, Bro” roundup...
Sports Illustrated’s @si_vault Twitter account is something like a phenomenon and a must-follow for any discerning fan on Twitter. Thankfully, it declared yesterday “Washington DC Day” and unloaded 20 or so great photos of D.C. sports subjects. Here are my five favorite, and by favorite I mean I’d never seen them before yet love them so.
The votes are in and it’s Washington...
Bryce Harper’s All-Star credentials are looking good. [Nats Insider]
Harper debuted a new hairstyle after yesterday’s game. [CSN D.C.]
“Clown question, bro” takes off on the Internet. [Nats Inquisition]
Nats win 6th straight behind Strasburg’s 9 Ks, Moore’s 2 HR. [WaPo]
Strasburg got the early hook because of cut finger. [Nats Journal]
Joel Ward was at the game in an...
Redskins and crabs, two of my favorite things (via @recordsandradio).
Can someone explain why tickets to the Milwaukee series (and the L.A. one, too) cost more than this weekend’s three-game set vs. the Yankees?
Regardless, thanks to TiqIQ, here’s a bunch of ticket info about that Yanks-Nats series. Please do peruse Mr. Irrelevant Tickets for your seats.
2500+ tickets available starting at $53.
40+ tickets available for under...
Bryce Harper doesn’t appreciate the Toronto media asking him if he’s going to enjoy a beer:
Although the legal drinking age in Ontario is 19, so he could’ve felt free to answer. But I’m glad he gave this response instead.
Nats win fifth straight as Harper hits one 430-plus in Toronto. [WaPo]
Where Harper’s long HR landed, and a fan video too. [Nats Enquirer, NE]
Bryce Harper’s not only living up to the hype, he’s exceeding it. [Grantland]
How Harper ranks vs. NL rookies. (Spoiler: He ranks well.) [Nats Blog
The Nats will let Strasburg pitch in the All-Star Game. [Nats Journal]
The Nats are...