I think I’ve solved the DC sports nickname problem

Once again, the topic of the Washington Redskins name has come up. WRC anchor Jim Vance contributed this to the discussion, basically a plea for…a discussion.

h/t DC Sports Bog

I can see the argument too ways — historically “Redskins” is an ethnic slur. On the other side, the Washington football team’s long use of Redskins has changed the meaning of the word. Several polls have shown a super-majority of native Americans don’t object to the team name.

Nevertheless, I think I have come up with a solution:

Let's rename D.C.'s NFL team to the WASHINGTON REDBULLETS

The Washington Redbullets! After all, people keep saying they miss the Washington Bullets name, but the NBA team isn’t going to change. Everybody happy now? I’m getting the t-shirts made soon.

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Music Tuesday: In the Still of the Night

I think we all had the same thought when we saw this video back in 1987 or whatever — that big-haired redhead in the parking garage is going slap Chuck Finely around someday...

I heard this on 98 Rock while I was going out for my roast beast sammich at Harris Teeter today. It holds up pretty well..the song that is. The video, well bad 80s LA noir (needs more lens flare) and a dude playing his electric guitar with a violin bow needs no explanation.

Whitesnake was absent from the local radio for many years and sadly, whenever they do get airtime it is “Here I Go Again.” I’ll admit I was happy to hear this, thus a Music Tuesdaym a feature that used to be regular, post today.

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Guido D’Elia is gone from Penn State!

Penn State Marketing “Guru” Guido D’Elia Let Go Black Shoe Diaries
We found out today that Guido D’Elia, who was in charge of Football Communications and Branding for Penn State football, is GONE! @FightonState tweeted this great news.

Hopefully, this means the end of “theme games” like tie-dye day and piped in music like “Sweet Caroline,” “Livin’ On a Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believin’”. D’Elia may have been a competent video producer with the Penn State Football Story, but his gameday experience was very minor league and not collegiate. I’ll give him credit for doing well with the Joe Paterno Memorial Service, but that’s about it. I got tired of driving for hours and spending hundreds of dollars to hear the same generic piped-in music that he dumbed-down Beaver Stadium with for the last several seasons.

There is only one way to celebrate this news:

Let’s hope whoever takes over respects the traditional Penn State and college football experience overall. Let the Blue Band shine!

UPDATE: This may mean the end of the Penn State Football Story as we know it since D’Elia’s company, Mind Over Media produced it. If that happens, so be it, AND BRING BACK TV QUARTERBACKS. I bet Fran Fisher still has those loud blazers in his closet.

Not his loudest jacket, but you get the idea…

Also, can we get the contrasting trim back on the jerseys? D’Elia claimed it was his idea to make the Penn State football jerseys less elegant and more cheap looking.

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They all look the same 2012 edition

It happened again, somebody got the Zimmerman(n)s confused again. This time DCist:
DCist doesn't know the difference between Ryan Zimmerman and Jordan Zimmermann

That’s Jordan Zimmermann, a young pitcher who has not signed a six-year $100 million extension recently. He is not to be confused with Ryan Zimmerman, the third baseman who just inked that contract.

DCist corrected the image minutes after I got the screengrab. The Post had a similar problem back in 2008 with John Lannan and Zimmerman.

Thanks to @tbridge who RT’ed @imgoph finding this blunder.

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Nats lock up Ryan Zimmerman through at least 2019

3B Ryan Zimmerman, the 1st ever draft pick of the Washington Nationals, signed a contract extension that pretty much locks him in through 2019 with a team option for 2020. Terms of the extension are apparently 6 years, $100 million with a $24 million team option for the 2020 season. Zimmerman is one of five players in the majors signed through the 2019 season. He is now the second highest paid third baseman after Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. RF Jayson Werth is still the Nats highest paid player. Also, Zimmerman has a 5 year, $10 million personal services contract that kicks in after retirement. Somebody noted that his no trade clause does not kick in until the new contract, though general manager Mike Rizzo assured him that a trade would not happen.

I wonder if Zimmerman and his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen have contributed to a new way of doing things for popular players. Zimmerman already had a contract for two more seasons, but they created an urgency to extend it. The Nats, only approaching respectability for the first time since returning in 2005, were in a tough public relations spot even though Zimmerman was coming off a year where he missed 60 games with injuries. Zimmerman is easily the most popular D.C. baseball player in the 21st century having won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award which he did during bad years. Could they wait to extend Zimmerman in the next offseason? Probably, but given the many PR gaffes the Nats have had, Zimmerman and Van Wagenen knew they had pretty strong bargaining. Well played, sirs.

By the way, Zimmerman leads the majors in game-ending home runs since 2006. That’s why I call him, Mr. Walkoff.


Ryan Zimmerman agrees to six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals
The Post
Forever the Face of the FranchiseCSN Washington
Nationals lock up Zimmerman for next eight seasonsThe Wash. Times
Zimmerman signs six-year extension with Natsnationals.com
Nationals lock up hot corner-stoneESPN
/1#.T0tr7vU2PIU”>Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals agree to new $100 million dealUSA Today
Teammates thrilled for Zimmerman – CSN Washington
JOHN HEYMAN: Early word: Nats paid too much for ZimmermanCBS Sports

Some video from the press conference courtesy of CSN Washington

Oh and Thomas Boswell is chatting at 11 — this should be fun.

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Nats: 5 days in, spring training is still fun

Pitchers and catchers reported 5 days ago and the Washington Nationals have a full camp and I am not bored with the coverage yet.

The “story” right now seems to be Ryan Zimmerman’s contract situation. Thomas Boswell wrote a rather desperate column urging the Lerner family to pony up with a new contract for Zimmerman (The Post) by the end of the week. Official work outs start Saturday and Zimmerman doesn’t want to deal with contract negotiations after that point. Zimmerman still has 2 seasons left on his current contract, which by the was agreed to on Opening Day 2009, if I recall correctly. Try to not let this bother you…

Oh and Bos, trolling the media (DC Sports Bog, The Post) doesn’t do you much good, just ask Ted Leonsis!

Bryce Harper is using “you know” almost as much as Stephen Strasburg does. Clearly, he’s ready for the show…

Davey Johnson is saying there is more talent on the Nats right now than there was when he took over the New York Mets in 1984. Two years later, they won 108 games and the World Series. They later won the NL East in 1988. However, that was it for those teams and I thought they underachieved. I want some reporters down there to ask Johnson why they didn’t win more. I think I know the answer:

Why the Mets only won one world series in the 1980s

I want to find out what Johnson says is the reason, what he learned from that experience and what he’s telling this team about it.

Time to claim my cheesesteak for the Nats winning last year’s season series with the Phillies…

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Traffic light removal on Garden State Parkway delayed

Garden State Parkway "EXIT 10"
Garden State Parkway traffic light removal project in Cape May delayed until next yearAP/NJ.com
When was a kid, I remember being very surprised that there were traffic lights on the Garden State Parkway, a toll super-highway, in Cape May County. They are still there, but their time is finally coming to a close. Those signals will be up a little longer though as construction of new overpasses and interchanges at “exits” 9,10, 11 has been delayed until this fall. Completion is expected in 2015, almost 60 years after the road was opened. I don’t know how much interchanges will relieve traffic bound for Stone Harbor and other beaches, but I would expect increased safety.

To me, this is another cautionary tale for those who think tolling more roads, particularly ones that were previously “free” (primarily paid for by the federal gas tax that elected officials won’t revise) is a perfect solution to funding challenges for roads.

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Survey on Silver Line names, plus potential labor problems loom

There is a survey for station names along the Silver Line survey in Fairfax County that is worth filling out. Coming up with the Tysons station names isn’t really easy.

Meanwhile, disagreements over the type of labor (union vs. non-union) are the latest snag in the efforts to build the second half of the Silver Line (WTOP). Large-scale infrastructure is never easy to build and I am still kind of shocked seeing the Silver Line construction daily. It along with a baseball team in D.C. are two things I never thought I would see.

Loudoun County may want to opt out too. Probably short-sighted in the long-term, but I get it.

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