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Highlights: Nats sweep Marlins

After a disappointing opening series with the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals bounced back to sweep the Miami Marlins.

THURSDAY

Stephen Strasburg strikes out 12 and Ian Desmond hits and 8th inning grand slam in a 7-1 rout. Jayson Werth’s homer in the third was the difference.

WEDNESDAY

Jordan Zimmermann has a terrible start, doesn’t complete 2 innings, but the Nats come back on Bryce Harper’s 3 run blast. Werth hits a grand slam in the 8th after Anthony Rendon gets walked in front of him. 10-7 win

TUESDAY

Gio Gonzalez is sharp and the Nats shutout the Marlins, 5-0.

The Nats are 7-2 and go to Atlanta for a big series with the Braves.

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MLB is finally letting you embed all videos! Nats take first two over the Mets

MLB is finally letting us embed all videos as soon as they come out. Yay, they caught up to the NHL after how many years?

Good start to the first series of the year, finale is at 1:10 this afternoon. Jordan Zimmermann on the mound for D.C.

WEDNESDAY

Washington Nationals 5
NEW YORK METS 1

All Gio Gonzalez does is hit homers in the second game of the year.

TUESDAY

Washington Nationals 9
NEW YORK METS 7
10 innings

Yay, Opening Day! Nats come back and win, even though Stephen Strasburg faltered early. Poor Wilon Ramos.

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Video: Babe Ruth vs. Walter Johnson and Lou Gerhig on the first day of his streak

Tuesday’s Uni-Watch linked to a great post about a fantastic find – old film Babe Ruth batting against Walter Johnson. It was more than that though, as it was June 1, 1925 which was the day that Ruth came back from the “Belly Ache Heard ’round the World.” It gets even better, not only was The Babe back and facing perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time, but in the dugout is a young player who would pinch hit later that day and then play another 2,129 consecutive games. Lou Gerhig‘s 2,130 game streak began the day of this film.

Before you watch the video, read how Tom Shieber concluded it was June 1, 1925 – Some Very Fortunate Footage (Baseball Researcher)

Great stuff, I’ll see if I can find a cleaner, Olberman-less video tonight.

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Wizards: John Wall becomes latest DC #1 overall to win an All-Star competition

In keeping with D.C. sports tradition, one-time #1 overall pick John Wall (2010) of the Washington Wizards won an All-Star skills competition (The Post). Wall’s dunk over Wiz mascot G-Man sealed the deal for the East and the Wizards guard.

If there is one thing DC’s #1 overall picks know how to do, it’s perform well in All-Star skills competitions. Five (!) years ago, Alex Ovechkin (#1 overall, 2005) won the Breakaway Competition at the All-Star Game.

Last summer, Bryce Harper (#1 overall, 2010) came in second in the Home Run Derby: Bryce Harper hits 24 in Home Run Derby for 2nd place.


Best viewed on mute

You move, Stephen Strasburg (#1 overall, 2009)

This is fun, but what I’d really like to see is one all of these All-Stars get past the second round of the playoffs.

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Hope for DC sports from…Secaucus?June 7, 2010

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Why did future Virginia senator John Warner toss the coin at Super Bowl X?

Old Super Bowl NFL Films are the best NFL Films

About 8 years ago, I commented on the Onion’s A.V. Club post about NFL Films Super Bowl movies. The A.V. Club link is long gone, but what I wrote is still up.

One night last week, I stayed up and watched what I think is the best Super Bowl highlight film ever, Battle of Champions from Super Bowl XIII, a Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. That Super Bowl decided who would be the team of the ’70s and had every thing great about NFL Films – distinctive cinematography, editing, music, local radio broadcasts clips and of course John Facenda, the “voice of God” narrating some strong writing. It was also partially played during the day and both teams had classic uniforms and played in the natural grass Orange Bowl

My belief is that NFL Films Super Bowl films peaked there for a variety of reasons. The most specific was Facenda’s death after Super Bowl XVIII, but also other things. The music wasn’t as epic as it was in the 1970s. Sam Spence rightly gets credited for creating the quintessential NFL Films music, but for a brief period, a number of British pieces from KPM music and de Wolfe served as the bulk of the soundtrack. It was funkier, blacksploitation-like in sound, but fit perfectly with the fast editing and colorful personalities of its time. Much of it can be found in this youtube playlist:

Another reason for the peak of these Super Bowl videos were some great dynasties, but also the games primarily being played during the day. Now, the only way to see any sunlight in a Super Bowl is if it is played in California. It’s been 20 years since the Rose Bowl hosted a Super Bowl by the way or L.A. even had a team for that matter. I don’t think Southern California is going to host a Super Bowl until some new stadiums get built. It seems like every other game is played indoors, though I like that this year’s game is being played in New Jersey in cold weather. Too bad it won’t snow.

For the moment at least, several Super Bowl films are on youtube. I’m sure they’ll be pulled down sometime soon, so watch them now.

SUPER BOWL X
Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17

This is a contender for top NFL Films Super Bowl movie. It’s almost 22 minutes of action, briskly edited and classic writing for Facenda. It also helps that the game went down the final play, a Hail Mary that was intercepted.

SUPER BOWL XI
Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14

The next year was the last Super Bowl played entirely in daylight and the first at the Rose Bowl. It wasn’t much of a game, but it looked really pretty and had the classic shot of Willie Brown’s pick six with Bill King’s “Old Man Willie” play-by-play over it.

SUPER XIII

The opus

There are others available, but these are two of the best.

Oh and here’s one of the last great Facenda clips too which I’ll just call “70 chip”

More about that clip, from 2013: John Riggins, Redskins won their first Super Bowl 30 years ago today

I may update this as more videos become available.

Parting shot — NFL Films are about the only 1970s genre of film-making Quentin Tarantino hasn’t paid homage to, isn’t it?

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Bryce Harper's Bitchin' Camaro - used with permission of Forgeline

Bryce Harper’s Bitchin’ Camaro and other NatsFest notes

Bryce Harper’s Bitchin’ Camaro – used with permission of Forgeline
Third year Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper just got a customized 1969 Camaro. I don’t normally post that sort of thing, but I’m making the exception because when a player for a team I like gives me a chance to reference the Dead Milkmen, I do that every time. The same can’t be said for other blogs.

Perhaps I’m a bigger Dead Milkmen fan than most, but isn’t Bitchin’ Camaro shared cultural capital?


Might be a few naughty words in there

Lots of Harper coverage came out of NatsFest, including references to Babe Ruth instead of Mickey Mantle.

Pretty funny, Harper.

Even the Ombudsman, a soulless Phillies fan, has to appreciate this:

Then there were seperate ESPN ads featuring Harper and Strasburg:

Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Tyler Clippard
Photo by Scott Abelman used under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license

NatsFest had 8,400 fans apparently. There was apparently a Wheel of Fortune Game played amongst some players and Let Teddy Win’s Harper photo went viral.

If there was an after-party like last year’s with Charlie Slowes, it’s been kept on the DL. Or maybe it was on the DL and didn’t happen. Don’t know, but that would have been the part most worthy of attention.

Oh and LIVAN! was back and is probably headed to spring training. Are his possible legal troubles over?

Opening Day is 62 days away…

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Wizards beat Knickerbockers for 10th win, retiring the 9-20 meme forever

Since time immemorial, the Washington Wizards always start the season 9-20, right? When they reached 9-9 on December 2, I referenced it:

and was promptly scolded:

Steinberg is right, so I promised I’d retire the meme if they reached 10 wins before 20 losses. I didn’t think it would take two weeks though. Bradley Beal came through with the game-winner (pay attention John Wall) with about 7 seconds to go:

The New York Knickerbockers than didn’t use a timeout and Carmelo Anthony bricked to end the game.

I think Tony Kornheiser started the 9-20 meme.

RECAP: Wizards vs. Knicks: Bradley Beal marks return with game-winning layup in 102-101 victoryThe Post

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Redskins vs. Falcons history, the Seat Cushion Game

After the aberration of 2012, this year Washingtonians were reminded that cheering for the Redskins is more nostalgia for the distant past than current events. So, with a game against the Atlanta Falcons coming up this weekend, I present (once again) The Seat Cushion Game!

Gerald Riggs had just scored to finish off the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the playoffs. The seat Mobil sponsored cushions flew from all sides of the stadium onto the field. The next week the Skins walloped the Detroit Lions before giving the game ball to the great Glenn Brenner, who was dying of a brain tumor. Three weeks later, they dominated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. I have more details about it from last year’s Skins vs. Falcons preview, a game we watched until the Nationals playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals came on.

Meanwhile, some #hotsprotstakes on the current burgundy & gold situation:

Oh all the problems facing the Skins, the quarterback is what, 5th biggest problem? The lines stink, the coaching is poor, the special teams play as if the opposition is highly radioactive and of course the owner at the top. But you know, blame the second year QB coming off an injury, that’s the biggest problem facing the team.

The take-down of the Skins by Spencer Hall on SB Nation was rather spectacular.

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Skiing: Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop already open


Whitetail and Liberty post earliest openings since 2002WUSA
The two ski resorts nearest to Washington, D.C., Liberty in Carroll Valley, Pa. near Emmitsburg, Md. and Whitetail, near Mercersburg, Pa. are OPEN this weekend. Additionally, the next closest, Roundtop near Lewisberry, Pa. is also open, including Monday. Whitetail is considering a Monday opening as well:

This is a great start to the 2013-2014 season — of late, December has been a no-go. I think I’m going to have to investigate.

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