The snow began in Alexandria’s West End around 7 p.m. and at 8:10 a.m I measured 8½ inches, the most we’ve seen since Snowmaggedon four years and one week ago. This is a paltry total comparatively, but since most of us are unable to go to work (oh and good job by OPM calling today off last night before many of us went to bed) it might as well be a enough to have some fun in. It’s good snow for building a snowman.
I should have an additional snowfall total post later in the day.
Looks like about an inch of snow in Alexandria so far. Measurements in the morning #rulersinsnow
It always seems appropriate when the beginning of spring training is concurrent with a snowstorm.
The 10th Washington Nationals spring training of the 21st century begins today with pitchers and catchers reporting after the long offseason. Surely, they will all be in the best shape of their lives as they return to Viera, Fla. while those of us in and around the District endure the Pitchers & Catchers Day Storm.
The symbolism of Pitchers & Catchers is greater than the actual event. It’s a reminder that spring and baseball are closer than they are far and that warms the heart and the mind. It also means lots of stories of how player X is trying to build on a successful/bounce back/recover from an injury filled past season. The stories are practically boilerplate, but they’ll be good to read and get reacquainted with them before they start playing 6 or 7 days a week.
Fifty years ago tonight, the Beatles played their first public concert in the United States in the District, the day after an eight inch snowstorm no less. The lads had a snowball fight that afternoon before the show at Washington Colosseum — if you’ve ever taken a train north out of Union Station, you’ve passed it. I think it’s a parking garage now and under disrepair in general.
There is quite a bit of coverage about the anniversary, so I won’t spend much time writing about a concert that happened before I was born. I will say that I need to get the photo above (or one like it) and put it up some day.
DOCUMENTARY ON THE CONCERT
HOW THE CONCERT SOUNDED lots of screaming girls, some music
1983 DC101 INTERVIEW WWDC DJ Carroll James interviewed by WWDC/DC101′s Young Dave Brown and Ernie Kaye on December 17, 1983. YDB!
That’s nice and all, but what’s the point if they aren’t going to have television commercials like the one with a Chad Cordero bobblehead rocking back in forth to “Gimme Dat Ding” by The Pipkins? Sadly, video of that ad seem lost forever, along with Brad Wilkerson’s bank ad and the Red Roof Inn “chances of working here…remote” spot. Thankfully, with a little bit of imagination and the song linked below, you can pretend you are watching Jordan Zimmermann, Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper, William Howard Taft and Ian Desmond bobbleheads swaying back and forth.
If anybody out there has a Cordero bobblehead, let’s break out the video camera and remake that ad.
I eagerly await Hector Carrasco, Tomo Ohka and Rick Short‘s return. Oh and this guy too. That has to be it, right?
The one Nats bobblehead I own is pictured above — Phillies fan Kevin McGuire sent it to me after he attended a game here. Acquiring a Nyjer Morgan bobblehead that way seems like a microcosm of 2009-2010 of the Nats. I may ask for help in acquiring one of those 175,000 bobbleheads so I can stop using this as my stock photo.
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.
Remember when the Denver Broncos had respectable uniforms? Sure, they lost four Super Bowls in them, but the blue helmets and orange jerseys were distinctive if not classic. However, they let Nike ruin their look in 1997 with a mostly blue design that had non-block numbers and lots of big swooshes instead of stripes. Those eyesores ushered in an era of decline for football uniforms.
Since I like dabling in uniform design, I figured I’d “fix” them.
1. Orange jersey which to the Broncos credit, they’ve returned to
2. Block numbers
3. The old “D” logo on the helmet. The current helmet logo isn’t bad and would look great on the sleeve, but having it on the helmet too would be overkill.
The white uniforms aren’t much different.
By the way, if you want to see the Broncos in their old look, why not watch Super Bowl XXII which was 26 years ago today. They lost to Doug Williams and the hometown Washington Redskins on this day. It was kind of a big deal.
I’m pulling for the Broncos on Sunday, despite the flawed uniforms. I never thought they’d be the better dressed team, but the Seattle Seahawks have atrocious kits. Also, I respect the Broncos played on a grass field even though they are in the snowbelt. They don’t seem to have problem keeping it in good condition either, ahem FedEx Field. I’ve been to Seattle either, but I went to Denver about 15 years ago and really enjoyed it.
Washington, DC – Get ready, Maryland, DC Brau is coming! Fans of DC BRAU in Baltimore, Annapolis and even as close to DC as National Harbor won’t have to wait much longer to enjoy the brewery’s offerings at their favorite locals. Starting this week, DC BRAU will begin working with Legends Limited (http://greatbrewers.com/legends-limited) to distribute five of its signature beers in 20 more counties in Maryland, plus Baltimore City.
Fan favorite spot, District Drafts, will have two new locations – creating a total of four locations around the park – and feature local taps from DC Brau, 3 Stars Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company and more.
Now at least $9 beers will be local!
Savor, The “the benchmark event in craft beer and food pairing”, returns to its Washington, D.C. home, at the National Building Museum, on May 9 and 10, 2014″ features several local & regional breweries according to YOURS FOR GOOD FERMENTABLES.
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.
Bryce Harper: "Babe Ruth ran into the wall in D.C. and knocked himself out. I’m in pretty good company there" http://t.co/StbxodXgBB
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?
I was a bit surprised to learn over the weekend that the NFL Network documentary show “A Footabll Life” was going to feature former Washington Redskins great, Jerry Smith. Pat of my surprise was that I had not heard of it sooner, but I was also surprised it was being done at all. DC Sports Bog mentioned it yesterday too.
Smith, whose career came before my time, was one of the best tight ends in the NFL during the late 1960s and early 1970s. I hadn’t heard of him until much later when it was revealed in The Post that he was dying of AIDS. Though his sexuality was specifically not mentioned, even at a young age, I caught the subtext.
There are a number of clips up on the NFL Films blog. Might as well start with the trailer. The upshot of the doc — many of his teammates suspected or knew that Smith was gay, but accepted him as a teammate and friend. Here’s the NFL Network description of the episode:
”A Football Life” – Jerry Smith – Almost 50 years ago, a young tight end named Jerry Smith joined the Washington Redskins. After 13 seasons on the team, Smith retired, but not before making two Pro Bowls, one All-Pro team, and playing in the Super Bowl. He set an NFL record with 60 receiving touchdowns, the most ever by a tight end (that record stood for 26 years). Smith was also gay, something that caused him to live a life in constant fear and tension.
I expect there to be more from The Post in the coming days. Long-time editor, George Solomon, was then a writer who broke Smith having AIDS.