Suggested sports blogs names and topics, many of them obvious

In the tradition of withleather (possibly NSFW, depending on where you work), the band is out on the field and a bunch of other blogs named after infamous quotes, actions, etc. here are some suggested names for sports blogs.

makeitrain – athletes and strip clubs, what could go right?

icantdownloadajarofpeanutbutter – Joe Paterno doesn’t use the internet, but his fans do.

ivegotafamilytofeed — overpaid NBA stars

misterirregardless — this what Saved by the Blog should have been called before Mottram the younger joined Mottram the elder

playedlikedidleypoo, weletthemoffthehook — coaches losing their cool in postgame interviews

thebearsarewhowethoughtheyare — great for an NFC North blog

rickeyknewaplayerwhoworeabattinghelmet — athletes who talk about themselves in the third person

haveanotherdonutyoufatpig — I can’t believe there isn’t a hockey blog named after this great Jim Shonefeld line

givinghimthebusiness — Football officiating

blesshishearthemustbethesickestmaninamerica — when horrible things happen to good players

whatsgoingonwithbritney — a look at sports non sequitors or “Mike Patrick’s slow descent into madness is no longer so slow”

icanhaspittsburgher — black and gold sports

hicksdigthelongballHillbillies Sons of the soil talking about home runs. I suppose there could be a dcsportshick too.

Go ahead and start one of these up, just be sure to link back to where you got the original idea.

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Not too much Silver Line news

Governor at center of two transit disputesThe Wash. Times
Speaker of the House William J. Howell claims to have been ignored when he warned the the Dulles Corridor Metro project was flawed. He was opposed to involving the Metropolitan Washington Aiports Authority in the project and in favor of private financing that may have included “selling the rights” to collect tolls on the Dulles Toll Road. Howell wants “the General Assembly should push for the oversight authority to investigate how the state got in this position” which sounds like a good idea, provided its mandate is to figure out how to get the project back on track, not to merely place blame.

Anti-Transit Bias May Be Hurting Dulles RailAP/WTOP
This is a pretty good summary of where the Tysons-Dulles Corridor situation is right now and how it got here.

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More Silver Line news

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce has set up a petition Web site — www.dullesmetrorailnow.org

The Wash. Examiner editorializes against the project.

Jim Moran probably didn’t help matters (WTOP) by acting like, well Jim Moran.

Times Community Newspapers coverage:

Rumors and uncertainty fill the void left by teetering Metro project

Northern Virginia’s future hinges on rail talks

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Random YouTube magic: ABC Sunday Night Movie

Remember when movies on network TV were a big deal? This opening below conveys that better than any other ever did:

YES! It must be time for Star Trek II, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a Bond or Superman movie. ABC always got the blockbusters; they needed to with an opening this good. I love the strings at the start of the music, they create an incredible amount of tension and anticipation for a mere movie bumper. This clip also answers the question of what an America flag going Warp 5 looks like.

According a YouTube commenter, the music was composed by Ferdinand J. Smith. The announcer from Dynasty promo at the end was the late Ernie Anderson, who ranks up there with John Facenda for best voices ever. He was also father of Paul Thomas Anderson.

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If Estrada passes a physical, he’ll be the newest Nat

Nats Agree To Terms With EstradaThe Post
Johnny Estrada will be the newest Nationals catcher if he passes a physical with the team. Terms of the deal: 1 year, $1.25 million. He is expected to be the #2 catcher behind Paul Lo Duca which would give Jesus Flores the opportunity to get a full season of AAA of AA under his belt.

In other news, the HD screen at the ballpark is being tested (Clark Construction). That is good news because as recently as this month, Stan Kasten was saying it might not be ready for Opening Day. When I heard that I thought that the franchise was doomed if they couldn’t meet that particular deliverable.

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Wednesday’s Silver Line update

Kaine Raises The Specter Of Higher Dulles TollsThe Post
If the Federal Transit Administration denies $900 million for the Dulles-Tysons Metro expansion, increased tolls on the Dulles Toll Road could be one way of making up the shortfall. Governor Tim Kaine says he doesn’t want to support that though.

Kaine thought Dulles was deal on trackThe Wash. Times
Yet another article about how Gov. Kaine feels blindsided by the FTA. We know, stop taking about it and figure out how to get this done.

Metro official accuses project heads of failure to fix flaws, letters showTh Wash. Examiner
A WMATA official expressed concerns about the Silver Line twice since November.

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50 years of Legos

Pop Candy notes that Lego turned 50 yesterday! I should have known something was up when I saw Google spelled out with Legos yesterday.

Star Wars and Legos

I loved Legos as a kid, especially Legoland and Space sets. Legos were probably my favorite toy all time. I’ve avoided downloading Lego Digital Designer so far, but one of these days, I might cave in and do it.

As I have previously mentioned, I think Lego has gotten a little too specialized these days, but I’ll admit I would have been all over the Star Wars Legos.

PREVIOUSLY:

Tysons Lego Store: Why couldn’t we have had this 20 years ago?

You can’t fight City Hall, a.k.a. Blockoland

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PSU men’s basketball is depressing again

After a promising 2-0 start to the Big11Ten season, Penn State has dropped five in a row. A season-ending injury to Geary Claxson seems to have ended any hopes of even a birth in the NIT.

After five years of being a cheerleader for coach Ed DeChellis, Patriot-News columnist David Jones is losing faith. Jones is coming to this point 2 to 5 years after many others. He notes that DeChellis is a good guy who has gone through a lot, but just doesn’t connect to his players. DeChellis is a Penn State grad who got his previous school, East Tennessee State to the big dance, but has only one NIT appearance to show for his career. I was hoping it would work out, but it seems as though it won’t. The best question is whether Tim Curley will open up his wallet and bring in a big-time coach.

By the way, you can watch the Nittany Lions take on Ohio State on ESPN at 7 p.m.! Not even a THON tie-in was enough (Black Shoe Diaries) to get 10,000 tickets sold.

I’ll probably be watching the Capitals.

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We’re so romantic…or not

Pop Candy alerts us that Alexandria, my current home, is the most romantic city in the United States of America according to amazon.com. My previous location, Arlington is #9 while Washington D.C. is #11. The Ombudsman works in the #2 city, Cambridge, Mass.

While Old Town Alexandria and the roof of Riverhouse in Arlington have their advantages, I never thought of either place as particularly romantic. I would have expected San Francisco (#15) to be higher and that New York would be on the list.

It has been suggested that perhaps the criteria amazon.com uses, “sales data of romance novels, relationship and sex books” indicates a lack of romance. Seeing that we’re lumped in with Cambridge and Ann Arbor supports that statement — what do Cantabs and Wolverines know about amore anyway?!

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