Ted Leonsis blogs about Wizards, Verizon Center sale

An Update on Today’s NewsTed’s Take
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis issued a statement via his blog about the recent Post article on his bid to buy the Wizards, Verizon Center and the D.C. Ticketmaster franchise outright from the estate of Abe Pollin. This is a “calm down everyone” move, but perhaps also a “hey, Pollins remember we had a deal” move on his part.

Until a time comes that Leonsis completes the purchase, Washingtonians are going to holding their breath because the last time a D.C. team owner died (Jack Kent Cooke), things did not go according to plan and we got…Dan Snyder.

I now expect this will be a long and nerve-racking process. Hopefully, the good guy wins.

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DC sports update 01.28.2010

There is a lot going on in Washington sports and I don’t have much time to blog about it.

DC Sports Bog is on fire with Nats caravan & interview transcripts, Redskins slowness to integrate black into uniforms (this time its a good thing),
Nats winter caravan continues and is at Ben’s Chili Bowl right now. Ummm, half smokes.

Capital Punishment is back (briefly) with a vengeance for just a few days. Mike Bacsik, Pudge, Phil Wood, anybody named Lerner and Stan Kasten are under fire.

Livan Hernandez is getting the brush off from Mike Rizzo.

Mark Lerner chat transcript

The Capitals broke a 1-1 tie with the Anaheim Ducks in the 3rd period and charged to a 5-1 win. Eight wins in a row, not bad, how about doing it in May and June? :)

Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are both suspended for the rest of the year.

The Pollin family is playing hardball with Ted Leonsis in the Wizards/Verizon Center sale. Ugh.

Like I said, a lot going on. I need to get some lunch.

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Caps: Puck to head = extreme rocking the red

Bloodied Caps fan: “I thought I was a goner” – DC Sports Bog, The Post
A Capitals fan celebrating his 80th birthday took a puck to the head the other night and Cheryl Nichols (of Capitals News Network) got the photos and Dan Steinberg got the whole story.

The Caps won again last night, dropping 7 on the New York Islanders on Long Island. They did it despite Alex Ovechkin not scoring, though he may have been gun-shy after Isles Jack Hillen taking an Ovi slapshot to the jaw.

Tonight, the Anaheim Ducks come to the Washington to try and end the Caps 7 game win streak.

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Nats caravan underway, Lerner chat, 3 signed

The Nats Winter Caravan starts today with stops at the Clarendon Hard Times Cafe (mmmm, Hard Times) and Build-A-Bear in Tysons Corner. Danny Espinosa, SS prospect Drew Storen, pitching prospect, Jim Riggleman, manager, Rob Dibble, TV Broadcaster and Ryan Speier, pitcher will be signing autographs.

Since the Cubs are in town...

Mark Lerner is chatting at 1 p.m. Let’s see if he gets called out after yesterday’s Post article that Capital Punishment reminded us was the same one written in 2007. In reality, I expect more softball questions like Q&A on nationals.com yesterday.
Three players were signed the other day, relief pitcher Tyler Walker, P Chuck James (broken wing and all) and OF Chris Duncan. James isn’t bad to have around in case he gets his arm back, but they better not be counting on him to be in the rotation. Speaking of, they didn’t sign John Garland, so not many options remain for another starting pitcher. So, I guess we’ll see Livan Hernandez again. Walker should have a spot in the bullpen.

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Nats have a real front office now? We’ll see

Front-office overhaul gives Washington Nationals new respectThe Post
Entering their sixth season (wow, already?!) the Washington Nationals appear to finally have a MLB quality front office after two years of MLB rule and another three years of excuses and Jim Bowden. At long last, the Lerner ownership seems to be following The Plan that Stan Kasten preached but didn’t actually follow. The promotion of Mike Rizzo, well-regarded from his long career as a scout, to general manager has given the franchise credibility throughout the sport. At least, that is what the Nats front office keeps saying.

The story is framed in part by the hiring of Jay Robertson, a Texas Rangers cast-off with over 25 years of scouting experience. Robertson was 95% committed to going to a different team and only spoke to Rizzo as a courtesy. However, Rizzo talked Robertson into signing with the Nats before they even got to specifics like car allowance and per diems. After a 10 hour session with the whole braintrust over the organization’s players and the free agents available, Robertson said he had not had that much fun in 10 to 15 years. Rizzo says the Nats now have “manpower and brainpower.” Sounds good, but we’ll need to see the results.

Conspicuous by its absence in the article was any mention of international scouting.

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Mark Lerner, Jim Riggleman chats on nationals.com this week

On Wednesday at 1 p.m. Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner (seen here texting on an invisible smart phone) will be chatting on nationals.com (click that link above, you have to be registered to participate). Suggested question: “why are you waiting until late February (maybe) to sell single-game tickets?

On Friday at 11 a.m. manager Jim Riggleman will be chatting too. Suggested question (in addition to pleading he not overuse young pitching) do you take the subway like you did in Chicago? I guess.

H/T Nationals News Network

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Penn State men’s basketball dreadful again

DAVID JONES – Ed DeChellis is not the answer anymorePatriot-News
One step forward (NIT Championship) three steps back (0 for the conference thus far) for the Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team. They are awful again, and the familiar cycle of one season of respectability followed by less than 10 wins the next, something we saw under Jerry Dunn. Now, Dave Jones thinks head coach Ed DeChellis, someone Jones admires as a person, needs to go if Penn State has any hope of being a solid basketball program. If he stays, that’s all you need to know about how serious Penn State is about men’s basketball, according to Jones.

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Meteorite hits in Lorton, Va.

Almost-close encounter: Meteorite hits Lorton doctor’s officeThe Post
Since the meteorite that hit Dr. Frank Ciampi’s office didn’t hurt anybody, it’s awesome. That should be an interesting claim to the insurance company.

Funny thing, I just mentioned this to my co-workers as I was typing and one of them goes “oh my sister was talking about that on channel 9.” It turns out her sister is chatting about it right now on The Post‘s website.

Small world, err universe.

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