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:
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.
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.
ARLINGTON, Va. — It has been about two months since the extended Fairfax Drive on-ramp to Interstate 66 westbound was opened. As somebody who drives from Ballston to Tysons Corner most mornings, this new ramp has improved my commute. My anecdotal evidence suggests that Ballston is less congested due to the extended ramp. I cannot say if I-66 westbound has improved traffic flow though. It would not surprise me if the backup has just been shifted further west by the new lane. I am curious to hear what drivers who get on I-66 westbound before Ballston have to say.
I still would like to see the new lane extended all the way to EXIT 67 (Dulles Airport/TO I-495 NORTH). I believe that would improve traffic flow and not cost that much money or expand the highway’s footprint significantly. Furthermore, I anticipate additional relief to come when the Silver Line Metro opens. How much this will offset the growth of the Ballston to Rosslyn Orange Line corridor remains to be seen. I think the option of the Silver Line is going to make that stretch more appealing to “reverse commuters” headed to Tysons.
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.
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.
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — Something that I think people forgot in all the antipathy between fans of the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans is the Nats won season series victory last year. That won me a cheesesteak from a friend who follows the Phillies, the Ombudsman. It was only the second time in the brief history of the rivalry that the Nats beat the Fleas head-to-head over the course of a season. The last time around was in 2006 and we met up in Philly. We skipped that since we now work a mile apart in Tysons; I claimed my winnings at The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory in the food court of Tysons Corner Center.
I think I may have overdone the enthusiasm there a bit, I look the kind of guy who would write things like OUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS and talk about MY BEST FRIEND in my blog posts. The cheesesteak was enjoyable (though needlessly salty) along with not having to buy another half-smoke for the Ombudsman. I owed him a lot of those over the years. The challenge resumes in May for its 7th year — the first year we didn’t do it and the teams split anyway.
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:
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…
Garden State Parkway traffic light removal project in Cape May delayed until next year – AP/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.