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Box Seats: March, 2011

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011

One D.C. native’s relationship with baseball

One D.C. Native’s confession that she’s never connected with baseball, and her resolution to change things to support the struggling Washington Nationals.

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicole Weissman, Nationals

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/30/2011

U.S. vs. Paraguay match diary

Tonight, we’ll get to see Agudelo and Altidore play significant minutes in the same match; we’ll have a chance to compare and contrast.

By Jeff Maurer  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 03/30/2011

The Los Angeles Nationals of Washington

Yes, your Washington Nationals have been appropriated into Southern California culture, and it has nothing to do with Stephen Strasburg going to San Diego State.

By Jason Woodmansee  |  03:13 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/30/2011

How high is too high for ticket prices?

At $60 a ticket and $2,550 for the whole season, suffice to say the Caps standing-room only tickets are hardly going to open up this game to every fan.

By Nicole Weissman  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Please don’t draft a quarterback

Since 1937, you can count on one hand – literally, one hand – the quarterbacks Washington has drafted who have been worth the picks spent on them.

By Stephen L. Carter  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Stephen L. Carter

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Laich him while he’s here

As the Caps cruise towards the playoffs, it might be time to savor the final days of Brooks Laich in a Washington uniform.

By Ryan Cooper  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Little to be excited about after Morgan trade

The Nationals started spring training with two of the worst center fielders in 2010 fighting for the starting position. Now they just have one.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011

U.S. vs. Argentina match diary

Because this is a high-profile friendly, I was really hoping for a good match to win over a few casual fans. I think we’ve definitely had that.

By Jeff Maurer  |  08:57 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/28/2011

D.C. United vs. New England match diary

I’m trying to temper my optimism about this United team. A better test will be to stay motivated today for a road game on turf on a cold day in April.

By Jeff Maurer  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011

One night in L.A.

You get very contemplative sitting alone in your living room at 1:30 a.m. on a Wednesday night watching a Wizards-Clippers game.

By Lee Friedman  |  03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Lee Friedman

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/25/2011

DC United vs. New England match preview

Last Saturday was for United fans what Will Ferrell’s emergence was for SNL fans: reason to believe that something you once loved is back in a major way.

By Jeff Maurer  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/25/2011

U.S. vs. Argentina match preview

The Argentina match is preparation for the Gold Cup; winning the Gold Cup gets us the Confederations Cup; the Confederations Cup is preparation for the World Cup. So the World Cup cycle officially starts tomorrow.

By Jeff Maurer  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Catching the Wizards in L.A.

At a Clippers game you’re constantly reminded that they’re not the real L.A. team. Imagine if the Wizards had to share the Verizon Center with a more popular and successful team (besides the Caps).

By Jason Woodmansee  |  11:43 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  wizards, jason woodmansee

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/23/2011

The NFL believes in change

The NFL and the Players Association did not come to an agreement after sixteen days of mediations, but even without football, the game is still changing.

By Evan Bliss  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, Redskins, Evan Bliss

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 03/21/2011

D.C. United vs. Columbus match diary

At 8:47 on March 19, it’s officially fun to be a United fan again.

By Jeff Maurer  |  09:48 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Who can say they got a triple-double?

Unlike some, I have no problem with McGee going for the stat in a blowout loss.

By Kevin Broom  |  05:11 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Kevin Broom

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Limiting head injuries in the NHL: is it in our hands?

Most of us share a sense of loathing towards players like Trevor Gillies but in less cut and dry cases, are you willing to commit to protecting players?

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Franchise ownership 101

Owners of professional sports teams are in dire need of an image enhancement and need to take a serious look at how they operate their business and treat their fans.

By Lee Friedman  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL, NBA, Redskins, Lee Friedman

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Giving credit where it’s due

In merely half-a-season Boudreau has transformed the Caps from a one-dimensional, run-n-gun style to a team that can employ multiple systems based on the situation and score.

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  04:53 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Kareem El-Alaily

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/17/2011

D.C. United-Columbus match preview

This year, I'm drinking the Kool-Aid. I'm completely behind just about every move that was made this offseason.

By Jeff Maurer  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 03/16/2011

The Nationals player shirt selection process

Last year, I made the simple decision of going with a Strasburg shirt. I know I’ll feel kind of sad pulling it on this summer, so it’s important that I pick a player that gives Nats fans hope.

By  |  05:51 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Canadien driftwood

Lost in all the hubbub over Bruce Boudreau’s “outburst” was that it seemed as if no one in the mainstream press had the chutzpah to call out these protesting fans.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/15/2011

D.C. United deserves a Washington Post avatar

United fans are young (mostly), growing in number (probably) and worldly (impossible to disprove). We are exactly the type of group who should have our own avatar.

By Jeff Maurer  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 03/14/2011

No longer Gary-land

You know a program has fallen on hard times when the thing that makes you notice them is how far they’ve fallen.

By Ryan Cooper  |  03:32 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Terps, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/14/2011

NFL lockout: the bright side

Sure, there are lots of negative things about the NFL lockout. But for Redskins fans, there are actually some bright spots.

By Jason Woodmansee  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/11/2011

D.C. United preseason lessons

Going into the preseason, I had no idea how United would line up on opening day. Now it seems we have a few answers.

By Jeff Maurer  |  05:20 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011

A night to celebrate

Instead of 20-game victory lap a the end of the season before claiming the President's Trophy, the Caps are still trying to find their stride, integrating new players with players returning from injuries to try to get the chemistry right.Last night was the first time I felt enthusiasm for the coming post-season.

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Minute by Minute -- A Look At Javale McGee

In cyberspace the past couple days, a season-long conversation about Javale McGee has flared up.

By Kevin Broom  |  03:44 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Kevin Broom

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/10/2011

On Chara/Pacioretty

Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty once again calls into question the brutal nature of hockey.

By Ryan Cooper  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NHL, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 03/10/2011

NL East position rankings: left field

Are you ready for this? I think the Nationals have a shot to have the best left field play in the NL East.

By Ryan Korby  |  12:21 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Let the kids run

The Wizards had a bad February. A very bad February. Only the L.A. Clippers 2-12 record was better then their 2-10 one.

By Lee Friedman  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 AM ET, 03/09/2011

CONCACAF doesn’t have time to rig Gold Cup draw

You just finished turning the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying process into a cash cow for smaller countries (and neglecting the U.S.-Mexico rivalry in the process), and then you turn around and it's already time to fix the Gold Cup groups! Who's got time to rig THAT?

By Jeff Maurer  |  06:17 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeff Maurer, Soccer

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Ticket to ride

I read Steinberg's Sports Bog post today about the Caps raising ticket prices, and I have to admit that it bums me out. I can understand why they would raise prices, mostly because the team is really, really good and their ticket prices are already really low compared to the rest of the league.

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Ignoring the burning wreckage, part 4: the strikers

Four of the five strikers on United's 2011 roster weren't on the team last year. And, amazingly, our options look pretty good on paper (let's hear it for parity!).

By Jeff Maurer  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Buzz Bissinger is a big fat idiot

Well, not really. But when someone writes with the thoughtfulness and sophistication of Rush Limbaugh, it seems fair to lump them together. Bissinger wrote the seminal book on high school football, Friday Night Lights in 1990 and was considered a...

By Lee Friedman  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  , | Tags:  Lee Friedman, NBA, Wizards

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Trevor Gillies has no place in the NHL

It came out yesterday that former NHL tough guy Bob Probert suffered from CTE, the degenerative brain condition that has been so prevalent in former NFL players and other assorted athletes. Concussions are a major issue in sports right now,...

By Ryan Cooper  |  09:35 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  , | Tags:  NHL, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/01/2011

McPheerless

Well, that deadline day sure turned out to be a dud. Seriously, the two most entertaining things that happened were when the inimitable Down Goes Brown got his followers to all wish Joffrey Lupul well on Long Island at the...

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  , | Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/01/2011

First impressions from spring training

Spring Training games can be fascinating to watch or a good replacement for Lunesta, depending on what you focus on. Being one of the probably 10 fans nationwide who recorded the Nationals-Mets game on my DVR, here’s my impression on...

By Ryan Korby  |  11:10 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  , | Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

 

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