All 26 Of Bryce Harper’s Taters In A 6-Second Vine

In case you missed the first half of the season. Or even if you didn’t. Courtesy of Bog man Scott Allen.
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Schoop And Manny Machado Have The Best Handshake

As seen on Friday night, following Schoop’s walk-off home run vs. the Nats at Camden Yards: Schoop, BTW, has 12 hits in 47 at-bats so far this season. Five of them are home runs.
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Tweets To Catch Up On Wizards Free Agency

Courtesy of Kevin Broom, one of the smarter Wiz watchers I know. (Note: “PPA” stands for Player Production Average, which is a stat Broom developed.) Finally had a few minutes to look at #Wizards FA/trade acquisitions. — Kevin Broom (@Broom_Kevin) July 10, 2015 Dudley was a great pickup. Traded nothing for a solid SF that provides insurance for Porter/Oubre and preserves...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Carpenter Won A Sportscaster Of The Year Award

RT: Me & D.C. Sportscasters of Yr. Joe Beninati & Bob Carpenter, & MD winner Johnny Holiday @NSSAsportsmedia — thom loverro (@thomloverro) June 9, 2015 I guess Larry Michael was not available.
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

15 Surprising Nats Stats From The First Third Of The 2015 Season

1. Bryce Harper’s OPS+ is 216, the highest since Barry Bonds broke baseball in 2004. This is what happens when you go on the hottest 50-plate appearance hot streak in MLB history. 2. After posting a .200/.255/.326 slash line in 2013-14, Danny Espinosa is the Nats’ second-best hitter this year. His 2015 slash line is .257/.360/.459, all career highs. With Anthony Rendon out,...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Big 2014-15 Wizards Recap: They Came, They Saw, They Were Okay

Here with your semi-regular look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. Context is a funny thing. Context is what enables you to say the Wizards were better this season than last, despite that they were eliminated from the playoffs in the same game (Game 6) of the same round (Eastern Conference Semifinals) by the same seed (No.1) on the same day (May 15)...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Hit 1,300 Feet Of Home Runs In One Game

404 feet + 431 feet + 441 feet = 1,276 feet (All videos and images via the homies at FTW — here and here.)
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps On A Plane! A Running Diary Of Caps-Rangers Game 3

Here with a retro live blog of Game 3, written from a cross-country flight, is Mr. Irrelevant Capitals correspondent Brad Parker (@stopthehats). 6:47 — $8 for DirecTV on the flight including NBCSN. Card swiped. 7:00 — Is that a set without a Milbury? Things are looking up already. 7:24 — BTW, on the plane you can’t page through the guide on DirecTV, it’s one channel at...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Winningest Caps-Wiz Postseason Ever?

The Wizards have won an NBA championship, believe it or not, and the Capitals have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. But the Wiz and the Caps had never made it out of the first round of their respective playoffs in the same year until this very week. That means the hometown NBA and NHL franchises have combined for eight playoff wins already in 2015. Eight! So much fun. And they...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Uggla, Of All People, Saved The Day

This had to feel so good. Riding a six-game losing streak, mired in last place, reeling from Anthony Rendon’s continually balky knee, missing Max Scherzer for a start and getting pounded 9-1 in Atlanta, the Nats came back to win 13-12 with Dan Uggla, who’s so bad that the Braves are still paying him just to be rid of him, hitting the game-winning homer in the ninth. Whew.
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

First Look at JMU’s New Basketball Arena

Seating 8,500 and costing $88 million, construction begins once fundraising exceeds $12 million. Read more at JMU Sports Blog.
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Reimagining All 32 NFL Logos As Butts

The Redskins one is the best. Someone else redid NFL logos with Stars Wars themes. I don’t get it, but you can see the Redskins one here.
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps-Isles Playoff Tickets Are Kinda Cheap, Actually

Nearly $200 is still a pretty high average cost, but Capitals-Islanders playoff tickets are down in price versus recent Caps first-round playoff matchups. Get in tonight starting at $35, for example, by following the link above. I imagine this is because the Islanders don’t have the fanbase of the Rangers or Bruins, but it should be a good series nonetheless.
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps Fan Has Words With Isles Fan. 3,000 Words.

Caps correspondent Brad Parker (@StoptheHats) returns to preview the Caps-Isles series. He’s joined by his longtime hockey teammate and friend LJ, who is a diehard Islanders fan (apparently those still exist). Brad asked the questions, LJ gave the answers. We thank them both. 1. The Islanders led the Metro division for most of the season. Why? Main reason has to be the offense...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Nationals Are Horrible

I can say this right now.The worst defensive game I ever saw. #Nats #Nationals #MLB — William Ladson (@washingnats) April 13, 2015 What would make William Ladson, who has covered the Nationals franchise since 2002, tweet that during Monday’s Nats-Red Sox game? Well, how about this: Or maybe THIS from the SAME INNING: Or maybe it was Ian Desmond’s fifth error in seven...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Manny Machado Is Still A Human Vacuum Cleaner With A Howitzer Arm

From last night, via FTW, adding to the Manny Machado collection: Brilliant. Though MLB really shouldn’t be tacking 15-second commercials onto the front end of five-second highlights.
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Some Awesome Ovechkin Goal-Scoring Stats

Ovi got to 50 on the season the other night and 472 on his career, tying Peter Bondra for No. 1 in Caps history. A few cool stats/bits of trivia to celebrate the occasion, starting with: Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur, and Mario Lemieux are the only other players to hit 50 goals six times. And they all played in eras with significantly more goal-scoring. Putting...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Remembering Kevin Frandsen’s Finest Moment as a Washington National

Big news out of Nats camp is they’ve released utility man Kevin Frandsen (via @ZuckermanCSN). He didn’t hit much in his one season with the Nats (.259/.299/.309 in 220 at-bats), but that doesn’t mean he didn’t contribute in other ways. Kevin Frandsen: "THERE IS NO WRONG PIPE!" — Chris Mottram (@ChrisMottram) September 17, 2014 Happy trails, dude...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Varun Ram Is The Man

Read Dan Steinberg’s “5 things to know about Varun Ram, Maryland’s last-second hero”. I love them all.
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Are We To Believe The Wizards Are Good Again?

Here with your semi-regular look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz. Let’s recap the Wizards season so far. They were really good up until the end of January, going 31-15 through January 27. Then they were godawful and excruciating to watch not as good the next five weeks, falling to 35-28 in a brutal stretch that included losses to cellar-dwellers such...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Offseason Champs No More?

I hesitate to say the Redskins have reverse-engineered their approach to team building, learning from nightmares past, but that does seem to the case under new GM Scot McCloughlan. A recap of their moves through the opening days of free agency: *Depth D-lineman Ricky Jean-Francois for three years, $9 million ($4M guaranteed) *Pass-rushing D-lineman Stephen Paea for four years, $21...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Still, With The Strasburg Shutdown

In an otherwise excellent Grantland piece outlining the Nationals for what they’re projected to be — a 100-win team, which is an increasingly rare creature in MLB — Rany Jazayerli strikes a nerve: It is widely assumed within the industry that Boras was a driving force behind Rizzo’s worst decision as GM of the Nationals: shutting Strasburg down in September 2012 with the...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

1989 Caps ‘Goalbusters’ Poster

I was 11 or 12 when this poster became a thing, but I didn’t see it ’til yesterday (via @japersrink): Based off of the goal totals/puck pyramids, this must’ve been during the offseason of ’89. Dino Ciccarelli, Geoff Courtnall and Mike Ridley would go on to score 106 goals the next season, one that ended with a run to the conference finals. Twenty-five years later, Ghostbusters...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Ex-Maryland Players Got In Three Separate Fights This Week

It’s been an eventful few days for basketball players formerly known as Terps. First, Terrell Stoglin, who led the ACC in scoring three years ago but is now playing in Lebanon, got the worst of this ugly brawl (watch at the 35-second mark): Yikes. Then, last night during the Heat-Suns game, Miami big man Hassan Whiteside and Phoenix big Alex Len, who’s doing pretty well in the...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN’s ‘Great Analytics Ranking’ ***** All Over The Redskins

The Worldwide Leader unveiled a rather cool feature yesterday, The Great Analytics Rankings, sorting all 122 NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams by “the strength of each franchise’s analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.” I don’t know what biometric data is, but this is interesting...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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