Flickr doesn’t know the difference between Alexandria and Arlington

Oh, flickr.

I think it’s great the flickr thinks Arlington County is worthy of Explore, but if they are going to do that, they ought to use a photograph from Arlington. The George Washington Masonic Memorial is located in the city of Alexandria which is adjacent to Arlington and also worthy of Explore.

The great photo shown is this one by user zachstern. It is mapped to the Fairlington neighborhood of Arlington which is obviously inaccurate. There are not any “arlington” tags though. Trust but verify, flickr…

SO, WHILE YOU ARE HERE…

George Washington Masonic Memorial
[flickr : Photos tagged with georgewashingtonmasonicmemorial/slideshow]

Drafthouse at dusk
[flickr : Photos tagged with arlington/slideshow]

Alexandria city seal in wayfinder
[flickr : Photos tagged with alexandria/slideshow]

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Rough weekend for Nats, who try to salvage Brewers series at 1:05 today

With the Eastern division crown seemingly little more than a formality, the Washington Nationals continued down stretch by losing two of three to the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend.

FRIDAY

A strong Edwin Jackson start turns into a 4-2 loss after Tyler Clippard blows the save and gives up 3 runs in the ninth.

SATURDAY

Up 10-2 in the seventh, Gio Gonzalez feel flat on his face.

He finished the strikeout, earned win number 20. I need to find the Bob Uecker play-by-play of the pitch.

The Brewers added two late for a 10-4 final.

SUNDAY

Chein Ming Wang
started and did fairly well. However, Bryce Harper lost a ball in the sun (CSN Washington) and cost the Nats two runs.

Guuuhhhh.

Wang doubled too, which is worth watching.

Nats tied it up, but Ryan Mattheus got lit up like a firework and the Nats lost 6-2.

TODAY

The finale is at 1:05 p.m. Day baseball! I’ll be there. Hopefully, they’ll not lose any balls in the sun. Jordan Zimmerman for DC, Marco Estrada for “The Good Land.”

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Nats vs. Brewers Q&A and prediction with @LeavittDC

Long-time guest prognosticator @LeavittDC is back talking about the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers series.

WFY: Up until recently, the Milwaukee Brewers 2012 season was left for dead, right? Now, they are 2.5 games out of the second play-in spot. How have they done it?

@LeavittDC: Yes, it’s 2.5 games but there are two teams ahead of them. Still, they were 12.5 back a month ago. Ryan Braun is having another MVP-caliber season and Yovani Gallardo has clearly stepped up. But I don’t really know how to explain the comeback. I guess it helped to play a zillion games against the fading Pirates.

WFY: How tough was it losing Prince Fielder? Did him going to another Midwestern market make it tougher than if he had gone to a big, Northeast Corridor or West Coast market? Did you want him on the Nats if the Brewers weren’t an option?

@LeavittDC: Most Brewers fans expected him to go. And without putting much thought into it, most probably assumed the Yankees. But the last thing the Yankees needed was another first baseman — in hindsight it makes sense that the Tigers would try to make a splash by throwing around that kind of money. And it wasn’t a random Midwestern team. It was the team and city where his father made a name for himself.

WFY: How is Ryan Braun doing without Fielder in the lineup? Oh and that other thing that came up in the offseason, did the fallout last into the season?

@LeavittDC: You mean when he was accused but acquitted of any wrongdoing? I’m certain it motivated him to prove to people that he’s clean. I hope I don’t come off as a San Francisco Giants fan blindly ignoring facts about Barry Bonds, but I believe Braun when he says he’s clean.

WFY: Do you miss Zack Grinke? Do you think he made a good decision to decline a trade to D.C. and go to Milwaukee? Looks like he might have blown it again getting traded to Anaheim.

@LeavittDC: Poor guy. I liked him a lot. But as Jerry Seinfeld said when you’re a sports fan, you root for the clothing. Next man in.

WFY: I haven’t heard about Nyjer Morgan lately, is he having his typical sophomore slump with a new team?

@LeavittDC: Guys like that are nice to have around on losing teams when you need something else to focus on. But he’s been a largely forgettable player.

WFY: We all know of Bob Uecker for his wit, but how is he as a broadcaster?

@LeavittDC: Uecker is the greatest. Grew up listening to him every day in the summer — except for when he took in-season breaks to film “Mr. Belvedere.” I’m delighted that he has a competitive team to broadcast.

WFY: Where do you get your Brewers coverage?

@LeavittDC: It’s funny. I suppose I follow the Nats through local blogs, etc., but for some reason I’m a mainstream media guy for the Brewers and stick with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

WFY: It seems that whenever the Nats head to Milwaukee, people constantly reference Laverne & Shirley and Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World. Does it trouble you that similar things don’t happen when they visit other cities? Nobody seems to hey, the Nats are in San Diego, let’s get the Three’s Company video up,” “heading to San Francisco to play the Giants, let’s listen to Full House, “oh, the Nats are visiting the Dodgers, let’s cue up the What’s Happening theme” etc…

@LeavittDC: We flyover states are used to that type of demeaning characterization. But now that you mention it, I think people should fire up the “Perfect Stranger” clips during Cubs games.

WFY: I’ve heard from several people that Milwaukee is a fantastic city. Do you agree and can you elaborate on what makes Milwaukee great?

@LeavittDC: What’s not to like? It’s right on Lake Michigan. It has a fantastic art museum that looks like this. It has an amazing annual music festival called SummerFest. And it’s a bunch of people who like to drink beer and eat cheese.

WFY: Is Mr. 3000 the best movie featuring the Brewers? Does it hurt that Major League was filmed in Milwaukee but about the Indians?

@LeavittDC: Huh. No, we were just thrilled they were filming at County Stadium. I wanted to show up and be an extra, but I couldn’t make it happen.

WFY: Which alternate jersey do you like best, Cerveceros or Bierbrauer? Those two line up well with the chorizo and bratwurst Racing Sausages, and there was a “Birrai” jersey to go with the Italian sausage this season. Why isn’t there a Polish jersey though?

@LeavittDC: Meh. Those jerseys seem gimmicky to me. They should just stick with the brilliant glove logo and be done with it.

WFY: Who takes this series and the season series? Bigger question — who do you want to win?

@LeavittDC: I’d like to see the Brewers get the wild card slot. But I was at Nats Park last night when they won to clinch the city’s first playoff baseball in 79 years and noticed something: there was hardly a celebration. Very muted. It told me this team is focused on something bigger and isn’t satisfied to merely show up for a playoff game. Look out, NL.

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Nats clinch play-in game with 4-1 win over the Dodgers


Last night’s Washington Nationals 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched an appearance in the NL Wild Card at minimum, but it is really a play-in-game in the new format. I can’t get excited yet. The Cincinnati Reds clinched the play-in appearance earlier in the day too. If neither team wins again, they’ll meet for the right to advance as the Wild Card. Since that’s played in Dayton, the Nats better keep winning, right?

Charlie Slowes
even got his fireworks!

When the Nats win the division title, I’ll get excited. The are 13 games to go and the Nats magic number over the Atlanta Braves is 8.

I didn’t think there should be much celebrating of this, but Jayson Werth disagreed:



POST-GAME TEAM REACTIONS

RECAPS
Washington Nationals clinch MLB playoff spot with 4-1 win over Los Angeles Dodgers _ The Post
The playoffs are the payoff for the NationalsCSN Washington
Nationals don’t go wild after clinching playoff berthThe Wash. Examiner
Nationals beat Dodgers to clinch D.C.’s first playoff berth since 1933The Wash. Times
Playoff spot is only first step for Nationalsnationals.com

MORE TWITTER REACTIONS


Really Phil?!

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Nats: Let Teddy Win video from ESPN E:60 and a doubleheader today

Video: Ken Burns narrates and John McCain featured as ESPN E:60 profiles the Let Teddy Win movementLet Teddy Win
Ken Burns narration. Sen. John McCain and Theodore Roosevelt’s great-great grandson Winthorp testifying. Scott Abelman explaining the Let Teddy Win movement. E:60 gave Teddy never winning the Presidents Race the serious coverage it deserved. Here’s the video which you won’t have to sit through 50 minutes of non-Teddy segments to get to:

Good work all.

A real doubleheader for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. First game is at 4:05 p.m. NL East magic number is 10. A Nats weep clinches a play-in game berth at worst. Hopefully, getting those 10 wins, 10 Atlanta Braves losses or something in-between will be enough to Let Teddy Win.

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R.I.P. Steve Sabol of NFL Films

Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films died yesterday after battling brain cancer.

Joe Posnanski puts it quite sufficiently in this passage from his SportsOnEarth column Masterpiece Theater:

Before Steve Sabol, mud was mostly a nuisance for a pro football game. Players slipped in it, slogged in it; mud covered their bodies so you could not even tell which player was on which team. After Steve Sabol, mud became something ennobling; it became the canvas to paint Gale Sayers’ grace, Jerry Rice’s precision, Jack Lambert’s force of will, Johnny Unitas’ high-tops.

Before Steve Sabol, snow and ice made football boring and miserable to watch. Nobody could complete passes in that stuff, nobody could gain traction. Heck, you couldn’t even see the yard markers. After Steve Sabol, football in the snow and freezing cold separated meek from mighty; you could not forget seeing Dallas’ Bullet Bob Hayes trying to shove his hands inside his pants just to warm them, and you could not forget seeing Bart Starr push his way into the frozen end zone.

Before Steve Sabol, pro football was a game without mythology. It was a good game, one gaining popularity all the time, but it lacked the poetry of baseball, and it lacked the history of boxing, and it lacked the soul of college football. What was pro football anyway? What did it even mean to be a pro football fan?

A big part of the greatness of NFL Films was that Sabol found the right voice, John Facenda, to narrate them. I don’t think it is a coincidence that NFL Films, while still good peaked in the 1970s with Facenda reading Sabol’s copy. Then again, part of that might be my own nostalgia for the NFL Films that were around when I was younger (even if they predated my time watching football/breathing). Another strength of NFL Films was incorporating the local radio broadcasters instead of the national ones. The local flavor and theater of the mind aspects of radio complimented the slow-motion film well and certainly raised the profile of the radio teams.

I pulled up a few videos, including the first NFL Films production with Facenda. Sabol wrote and produced “They Call it Pro Football” which is credited as the breakthrough for NFL Films:

Sabol also wrote “The Autumn Wind” poem about the Oakland Raiders:

Even before NFL Films Sabol had style, inventing a persona for himself as a small college football running back: The Fearless Tot From Possum Trot Sports Illustrated

MORE OBITUARIES

Steve Sabol, NFL Films president, dies at 69Philly Inquirer
N.F.L. Loses Storyteller Who Shaped Sport He LovedThe Times

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Nats: Rain, rain/Braves/Teddy losing streak, go away

A three-game sweep by the second place team, four losses in a row and then an off day. It has been a while since the Washington Nationals won. I’m not sure they will tonight either because they might not even play.

In the event of a rain delay, here’s Metro’s official position:

So, if you are staying at home and find the need for some “rain delay theatre” the E:360 Let Teddy Win feature on ESPN is probably a good choice.

That’s Scott Abelman of Let Teddy Win in the preview.

MOVING BACK TO THE FIELD…

Tough series with the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, losing 2-1 on Friday, 5-4 on Saturday (with Davey Johnson getting tossed by umpire Marvin Hudson) Marietta, Ga.

Sunday night, the Nats just got beat with Gio Gonzalez struggling which segues to…

MEANWHILE OFF THE FIELD, AGAIN

Gio Gonzalez dating Mark Rypein’s daughter Angela?. I suppose a trans-generational D.C. sports power couple is fun. – Mr. Irrelevant

Bryce Harper and Wale at Ben’s Chili Bowl. I don’t listen to Wale, so I don’t know if he’s D.C. famous or nationally relevant. I wonder what Harper got. – Nats Enqurier

MORE STORIES YOU SHOULD READ

September baseball means something for the first time in many generationsThe Post.


Steve Lombardozzi Is Ready Whenever Nationals Need Him
. With Danny Espinosa and Michael Morse ailing, super-sub needs to super. – SB Nation DC

A great profile of Davey Johnson on ESPN

I don’t expect Adam LaRoche back next year, after a big year this season, I think he’ll try to cash in. The Nats can probably absorb the loss. - The Wash. Times

DODGERS SERIES SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT
I’m not holding my breath for a 7:05 start. A day-night doubleheader tomorrow wouldn’t be crushing.

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