Former Redskins punter Jeff Hayes has an amazing Wikipedia page

Wikipedia is always accurate which means that former Washington Redskins punter Jeff Hayes has had an amazing life:

  • He contributed in Super Bowl XVII and XVIII for the Washington Redskins by attending the pre-game meal and reading passages from “Dianetics” by L. Ronn Hubbard.

  • Hayes played college football at the Rabbinical College of America (MORRISTOWN REPRESENT). During his tenure, he set a national record, which still holds, for lowest punting average (min. 30 punts) at 11.6 yards per kick.
  • For three years in the early 70′s, Hayes attended a Mormon mission to Capetown, South Africa where he built mega-churches and sold counterfeit Amway products.
  • He also serves on the National Council for Appropriate and Prudent Facial Hair (NCAPF).
  • His favorite flour is All-Purpose.

Hayes was apparently born in Kuala lumpur, Indonesia.

Here I thought old #5 was good at punting, kickoffs and fake punts, but I never knew he was such a renaissance man. I was waiting for the part about him accusing chestnuts of being lazy.

Kind of have to give a hat-tip to Mr. Irrelevant, who brought up Jeff Hayes in one of his blog posts

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How the DC baseball team became known as the Nationals…in 1905

Remember those silly “ESTABLISHED 1905” patches the Washington Nationals wore in the 2005 season? There was actually a basis for as explained by D.C. Baseball History:

29 March – Hereafter the Washington baseball team will be known as “the Nationals.” The committee of local newspaper men appointed to select a name for the reorganized Washington. Base Ball Club to take the place of the hoodoo nickname, “Senators,” held its first meeting Friday after noon and decided to call the new club “National,” after the once famous National Club of this city that once played on the lot back of the White House.

HOODOO NICKNAME!

That is interesting, but the “Est. 1905″ patch was still kind of stupid, especially since Nationals had been used during the 1800s for D.C. teams.

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NFL on Facebook: Redskins 18th most liked team

The Washington Redskins are 18th ranked team according to Facebook Likes, just below the Baltimore Ravens. Even more surprising — the San Diego Chargers are ranked higher than those two. The Dallas Cowboys (the so-called “America’s Team”) are #1. The Jacksonville Jaguars are last. This data was collected March 28, 2012.




Team Conference Division Facebook Likes
1 Dallas Cowboys NFC East 4,554,491
2 Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 4,238,435
3 New England Patriots AFC East 3,411,709
4 Green Bay Packers NFC North 2,853,231
5 New Orleans Saints NFC South 2,574,010
6 Chicago Bears NFC North 2,322,768
7 New York Giants NFC East 2,125,518
8 Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 1,683,272
9 Indianapolis Colts AFC South 1,592,438
10 Oakland Raiders AFC West 1,510,122
11 New York Jets AFC East 1,305,223
12 Minnesota Vikings NFC North 1,303,248
13 San Francisco 49ers NFC West 1,233,394
14 Denver Broncos AFC West 1,189,780
15 Miami Dolphins AFC East 1,118,419
16 San Diego Chargers AFC West 1,080,103
17 Baltimore Ravens AFC North 1,001,838
18 Washington Redskins NFC East 892,443
19 Atlanta Falcons NFC South 737,353
20 Detroit Lions NFC North 713,814
21 Seattle Seahawks NFC West 675,212
22 Kansas City Chiefs AFC West 595,687
23 Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 571,799
24 Houston Texans AFC South 571,268
25 Cleveland Browns AFC North 546,062
26 Tennessee Titans AFC South 463,934
27 Arizona Cardinals NFC West 447,193
28 Carolina Panthers NFC South 435,994
29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South 435,168
30 Buffalo Bills AFC East 370,596
31 St. Louis Rams NFC West 297,828
32 Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South 254,308

Full disclosure: I Liked the Washington Redskins

More about this project: Ranking Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS

Oh and there is William World News on Facebook too.

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MLB on Facebook: Nationals least liked team

All Major League Baseball teams use the same, league controlled platform for their Web sites. One of the features of the MLB template is a module at the bottom for social media. The Facebook tab has the number of people who “Like” that team. Seeing the great disparity between my two favorite teams, the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, I wondered how the Nats fared overall. So, I wound up putting together a list in a spreadsheet. The Nats, the newest team in the majors, came in last with 130,000 Likes or so. The Yankees came in first with over 5,000,000 Likes. This data was collected on March 20, 2012.




Team Division League Facebook Likes
1 New York Yankees AL East American 5,262,008
2 Boston Red Sox AL East American 3,445,846
3 Chicago Cubs NL Central National 1,557,319
4 San Francisco Giants NL West National 1,338,843
5 St. Louis Cardinals NL Central National 1,208,092
6 Texas Rangers AL West American 1,193,504
7 Philadelphia Phillies NL East National 1,161,642
8 Atlanta Braves NL East National 1,071,660
9 Detroit Tigers AL Central American 939,610
10 Los Angeles Dodgers NL West National 925,734
11 Chicago White Sox AL Central American 841,469
12 Minnesota Twins AL Central American 735,050
13 Milwaukee Brewers NL Central National 557,286
14 New York Mets NL East National 535,563
15 Cincinnati Reds NL Central National 512,754
16 Cleveland Indians AL Central American 497,542
17 Seattle Mariners AL West American 468,572
18 Colorado Rockies NL West National 439,768
19 L.A. Angels of Anaheim AL West American 432,325
20 Tampa Bay Rays AL East American 400,474
21 Houston Astros NL Central National 398,652
22 Toronto Blue Jays AL East American 392,497
23 San Diego Padres NL West National 361,242
24 Baltimore Orioles AL East American 340,371
25 Pittsburgh Pirates NL Central National 308,050
26 Oakland Athletics AL West American 300,991
27 Kansas City Royals AL Central American 276,709
28 Miami Marlins NL East National 234,880
29 Arizona Diamondbacks NL West National 230,854
30 Washington Nationals NL East National 134,861

Full disclosure: I Liked the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees

More about this project: Ranking Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS

Oh and there is William World News on Facebook too.

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NHL on Facebook: Capitals 10th most liked team

The Washington Capitals have the best showing of D.C.’s five major pro teams in terms of league ranking, coming in 10th. They are below all Original Six teams, plus the two Pennsylvania teams and the Vancouver Canucks. The New York Islanders, who won the Stanley Cup 4 times in the 1980s are last.




Team Conference Division Likes
1 Detroit Red Wings Western Central 1,226,214
2 Boston Bruins Eastern Northeast 1,151,572
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Eastern Atlantic 1,130,637
4 Chicago Blackhawks Western Central 1,085,960
5 Montreal Canadiens Eastern Northeast 958,127
6 Philadelphia Flyers Eastern Atlantic 748,195
7 Vancouver Canucks Western Northwest 721,602
8 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Northeast 570,222
9 New York Rangers Eastern Atlantic 512,744
10 Washington Capitals Eastern Southeast 442,175
11 San Jose Sharks Western Pacific 440,973
12 Colorado Avalanche Western Northwest 353,238
13 Buffalo Sabres Eastern Northeast 314,820
14 New Jersey Devils Eastern Atlantic 264,131
15 Tampa Bay Lightning Eastern Southeast 235,931
16 Edmonton Oilers Western Northwest 211,867
17 Los Angeles Kings Western Pacific 201,546
18 Calgary Flames Western Northwest 183,863
19 Anaheim Ducks Western Pacific 181,820
20 Minnesota Wild Western Northwest 159,528
21 Carolina Hurricanes Eastern Southeast 158,041
22 Winnipeg Jets Eastern Southeast 155,407
23 St. Louis Blues Western Central 154,872
24 Dallas Stars Western Pacific 150,539
25 Ottawa Senators Eastern Northeast 127,809
26 Nashville Predators Western Central 103,270
27 Phoenix Coyotes Western Pacific 84,932
28 Columbus Blue Jackets Western Central 70,702
29 Florida Panthers Eastern Southeast 68,574
30 New York Islanders Eastern Atlantic 61,836

Full disclosure: I Liked the Washington Capitals on Facebook

More about this project: Ranking Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS

Oh and there is William World News on Facebook too.

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NBA on Facebook: Wizards second least liked team

The Washington Wizards come in second to last in Facebook Likes. The Los Angeles Lakers come in first with over 12,000,000 Likes, highest of any North American team. The Charlotte Bobcasts have the least amount of Likes. This data was collected on March 28, 2012.



Team Conference Division Facebook Likes
1 Los Angeles Lakers Western Pacific 12,653,114
2 Boston Celtics Eastern Atlantic 6,317,127
3 Chicago Bulls Eastern Central 5,700,844
4 Miami Heat Eastern Southeast 5,239,520
5 New York Knickerbockers Eastern Atlantic 2,329,348
6 Dallas Mavericks Western Southwest 2,078,480
7 Orlando Magic Eastern Southeast 1,347,447
8 San Antonio Spurs Western Southwest 1,137,903
9 Oklahoma City Thunder Western Northwest 941,246
10 Cleveland Caviliers Eastern Central 852,663
11 Denver Nuggets Western Northwest 776,629
12 Phoenix Suns Western Pacific 693,341
13 Houston Rockets Western Southwest 498,258
14 Detroit Pistons Eastern Central 418,742
15 Portland TrailBlazers Western Northwest 375,506
16 Toronto Raptors Eastern Atlantic 352,612
17 Golden State Warriors Western Pacific 328,518
18 Utah Jazz Western Northwest 319,540
19 Los Angeles Clippers Western Pacific 267,451
20 New Orleans Hornets Western Southwest 236,732
21 Philadelphia 76ers Eastern Atlantic 235,021
22 Atlanta Hawks Eastern Southeast 227,081
23 Milwaukee Bucks Eastern Central 204,591
24 Sacramento Kings Western Pacific 198,021
25 New Jersey Nets Eastern Atlantic 191,917
26 Minnesota Timberwolves Western Northwest 190,311
27 Indiana Pacers Eastern Central 150,994
28 Memphis Grizzlies Western Southwest 150,851
29 Washington Wizards Eastern Southeast 145,444
30 Charlotte Bobcats Eastern Southeast 104,956

Full disclosure: I Liked the Washington Wizards on Facebook

More about this project: Ranking Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS

Oh and there is William World News on Facebook too.

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MLS on Facebook: DC United 10th most liked team

DC United, the most successful Major League Soccer franchise as measured by championships comes in 10th place in Facebook Likes, just about the middle if the league. #1 is the Los Angeles Galaxy, which has international superstar, David Beckham on it. Data collected March 26, 2012



Team Conference Facebook Likes
1 Los Angeles Galaxy Western 359471
2 Seattle Sounders FC Western 247414
3 New York Red Bulls Eastern 151121
4 Philadelphia Union Eastern 92899
5 Chicago Fire  Eastern 90938
6 Real Salt Lake Western 85904
7 Portland Timbers Western 82735
8 New England Revolution Eastern 65105
9 Toronto FC Eastern 62280
10 D.C. United Eastern 60361
11 Sporting Kansas City Eastern 52424
12 Houston Dynamo Eastern 50506
13 FC Dallas Western 41744
14 Montreal Impact Eastern 37007
15 San Jose Earthquakes Western 31543
16 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Western 28429
17 Columbus Crew Eastern 24162
18 Chivas USA Western 21053
19 Colorado Rapids Western 20205

Full disclosure: I Liked DC United on Facebook.

More about this project: Ranking Facebook Likes for MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS

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Yup, this winter was that bad for Mid-Atlantic skiers

Lousy end to lousy mid-Atlantic ski season – Capital Weather Gang, The Post
This was going to be the winter that I went skiing several times. I had the “time off” accrued and had worked myself into pretty decent shape for skiing. There were even some late October snow falls where I planned to ski. Then, nothing. A dispiriting winter all-around for snow lovers.

I did make it out once; Blue Knob, on a day it actually snowed. It was good thing, because conditions would have been pretty awful otherwise.

Thankfully, this false winter was greeted by early spring, long-sustained periods of warmth that made it easier to put winter behind.

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Big Capitals-Sabres game tonight

There is a big game in Chinatown tonight as the Washington Capitals host the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center. The two teams are battling for 8th place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. This isn’t what we expected this year. Third star of the week LW Alex Ovechkin will probably need to get at least once puck past second star G Ryan Miller for the Caps to win. The best case scenario is the Caps find a way to win in regulation, even without an Ovi goal.

Over the years, the Buffalo fans have developed a reputation for their boorish behavior. There will be a few there tonight I’m sure which means the “Let’s go Buff-a-lo” chant is going to be heard a few times, especially if the Sabres get the lead. Here’s how I deal with it:

Sabres fans: “LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO”

Caps fans: “BRETT HULL! BRETT HULL!

Sabres fans: “LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO”

Caps fans: “WIDE RIGHT! WIDE RIGHT!”

Sabres fans: “LET’S GO BUFF-A-LO”

Caps fans: “WHERE’S THURMAN’S HELMET?!”

Those tend to be pretty disarming. :D

There is of course, Super Bowl XXVI as well.

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Nats: Jayson Werth’s truck is no longer in the best shape of its life

Yesterday’s 12-0 spring training win by the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets was a welcome change from the 0-47 or whatever stretch they had been going through during this exhibition season. Even more notable than the win was the home run that Jayson Werth smashed into his own truck (Nats Enquirer). A “smoldering crater in the hood” was all that was left, according to folklore. Thomas Boswell thinks it went at least 489 feet, but as many as 499 feet (Nationals Journal, The Post).

WWN has reached Hipster Jayson Werth for comment:

hipsterwerthtruck

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