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Box Seats: June, 2011

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Zimmerman’s ‘Night at the Park’

Ryan Zimmerman’s second annual Night at the Park, set to take place Thursday evening at Nationals Park, has captured more than just my attention. Already the Post has featured his inspiring story of giving back, and Thursday fans will come out to help Zimmerman raise money to fight multiple sclerosis.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:33 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 06/28/2011

One happy Caps fan

The Caps have resigned Brooks Laich to a 6-year, $27 million contract, and I couldn’t be more excited. I don’t need to tell you why, but indulge me.

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:30 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Brooks and Done

In March, I wrote of Brooks Laich’s impending contract negotiations that ‘if got 4.5 million a year, I would be concerned, but still okay’ with the deal. Looks like the Caps hit the offer right on the nose today.

By Ryan Cooper  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 06/28/2011

D.C. United trades McCarty for De Rosario, New York watches, giggles

I don’t know what might be going on behind the scenes — a contract dispute, lazy training sessions, parking in Thierry Henry’s parking spot — so I have to evaluate this trade at face value. And at face value: duh, yes, absolutely do this trade.

By Jeff Maurer  |  02:41 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 06/27/2011

U.S. vs. Mexico match diary & player ratings

Let’s be realistic: the Mexican team is basically the Primera Division all-star team. Bornstein currently rides the bench for Tigres. When LeBron James schools the 10th man for the Toronto Raptors at the Olympics, nobody acts surprised.

By Jeff Maurer  |  10:58 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 06/24/2011

U.S. vs. Mexico match preview

Here’s how much I dislike the Mexican national team: I don’t feel at all guilty rooting against them. And by all rights, I should feel guilty.

By Jeff Maurer  |  03:38 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/24/2011

Riggle me this

Jim Riggleman’s abrupt departure won’t make attracting top talent to D.C. any easier. Reputation and reality can be two vastly different things sometimes, and the former can stick with you for a long, long time, justified or not.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/24/2011

U.S. vs. Panama match diary & player ratings

International soccer tournaments are the Shamrock Shake of sports: they’re not around most of the time, so you really have to enjoy them when you can. If we can’t beat Panama tonight, we’ll all be robbed of two great soccer moments: 1) a meaningful USA-Mexico match, and 2) The USA in Confederations Cup 2013.

By Jeff Maurer  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 06/23/2011

NBA Draft: Live from Newark

The NBA draft kicks off tonight and once again, Ernie Grunfield and the Wizards’ front office will be under a tremendous amount of pressure to make the right choices for a team with plenty of holes to fill.

By Lee Friedman  |  12:59 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Lee Friedman

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Caps community relations roundup

As promised, here’s a summary of recent community relations activities.

By Nicole Weissman  |  05:13 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Biased legacy

The ultimate tragedy of Len Bias’ death is that he became a symbol, a puppet and a tool of the privileged in this country to make war on those who are not privileged, and for the further erosion of civil liberties.

By Ryan Cooper  |  01:42 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Terps, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 06/21/2011

USA vs. Jamaica match diary & player ratings

Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey’s sisters both got married this past weekend. Not to each other. But a sister’s wedding is a pretty big deal, and they’d both be back in time for the game. I think US Soccer made the right call. Now onto the game...

By Jeff Maurer  |  05:28 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/21/2011

D.C. United at Real Salt Lake match diary & player ratings

One down side of being a soccer fan: when you’re traveling, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to duck into a bar or restaurant and find the game you’re looking for. Since I spent the past week at a comedy festival in Norfolk, Nebraska, I knew that my odds of catching the United match were pretty much zero.

By Jeff Maurer  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Despite advertising message, the Nationals are hard to define

A fun part of being a fan is having borderline-delusional expectations for your team. That’s why there are still Cubs fans. If the Nats continue to hang close to the wild card pack, what’s wrong with thinking they might get hot at the end and contend for a playoff spot?

By Ryan Korby  |  10:38 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 06/20/2011

O’s, Stroh’s and Racing Presidents

For years the Post covered the Orioles as their hometown team. They gave them front page coverage, assigned a beat writer, and columnists regularly wrote about them. Then the Nats came to town, and like an aging first wife, they were shown the door.

By Lee Friedman  |  04:54 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Lee Friedman

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Nats have limited options for inevitable roster move

Washington must brace itself for the loss of the best pitcher on its current staff when Jordan Zimmermann reaches his innings limit and is shut down for the season.

By Ryan Korby  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2011

Mark Recchi: End of an era

Mark Recchi has retired. Recchi was the second-to-last active player who played in the 80s, a time when hockey “grew up”

By Ryan Cooper  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Seventh heaven

I don’t know if there’s any “secret” or magic formula required in order to win a Stanley Cup. The older I get, and the more I see every year, the more I’m convinced it just comes down to plain old luck

By Ryan Cooper  |  09:10 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/15/2011

U.S. vs. Guadeloupe match diary & player ratings

I’m glad that I’m not still in touch with my English friends from school. I wouldn’t want to have to explain the state of our national team. “Yeah, we lost to Panama at home, so we need a result against Guadeloupe tonight or we won’t get out of our group.”

By Jeff Maurer  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/14/2011

U.S.-Guadeloupe match preview

Nothing involving small Caribbean islands is supposed to cause stress. This match against Guadeloupe was supposed to be a breather for the U.S. But that’s all out the window now.

By Jeff Maurer  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011

U.S. vs. Panama match diary & player ratings

The only thing Panama should be able to beat us at is number of Van Halen songs about your country per capita.

By Jeff Maurer  |  03:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Hitting the reset button in the NBA

With the NBA heading toward a work stoppage this summer, here are some suggestions for how the league can improve its financial and player development systems as they negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.

By Lee Friedman  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Lee Friedman

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/13/2011

D.C. United vs. San Jose match diary & player ratings

United have clawed their way back to respectability: they’re 4-4-4. San Jose are also 4-4-4. Both teams are unbeaten in their last five matches. But United are the favorite tonight because they’re at home and because San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski is with the US National Team. If you’ve been in a coma for two years: Chris Wondolowski is a National Team player now. A lot of other stuff has also happened in the last two years, but nothing more surprising than that.

By Jeff Maurer  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Nix, Coffey are commodities in trade market

If General Manager Mike Rizzo follows his modus operandi near the trade deadline, don’t be surprised if Laynce Nix and Todd Coffey are dealt for prospects as the Nats continue to build for the future.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:13 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Ovechkin leads fundraising in NHL-Autism Speaks partnership

This postseason, Autism Speaks has partnered with the NHL for an exciting fundraising campaign running through the end of the playoffs, and though Alex Ovechkin is leading the pack, I’m not sure I’m impressed by the overall results.

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:11 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 06/10/2011

U.S.-Panama match preview

What do Mexico’s players suspensions have to do with the U.S.-Panama on Saturday? Everything. A week ago, you had to give the slight edge to Mexico. Now, you have to give the slight edge to us.

By Jeff Maurer  |  02:00 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/10/2011

D.C. United-San Jose match preview

If United were a restaurant, they’d be a: Chili’s. San Jose: Cheesecake Factory. It’s a battle of the middling! Come see who will be crowned slightly-above-average!

By Jeff Maurer  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/09/2011

No good options to solve Nats’ hitting problems

Futility at the plate seems to be the rule, not the exception for the Nats.

By Ryan Korby  |  10:28 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nationals, Ryan Korby

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 06/08/2011

U.S. vs. Canada match diary & player ratings

The Gold Cup matters. The road to the World Cup starts here, three years before the tournament. This is Tantric soccer.

By Jeff Maurer  |  08:56 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/07/2011

U.S.-Spain review/U.S.-Canada preview

The only good news for U.S. soccer last Saturday came at the box office; once the receipts from the 60,000-plus tickets sold were cashed, it was all downhill.

By Jeff Maurer  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 06/07/2011

D.C. United vs. L.A. match diary & player ratings

I’ve seen this before: when a terrible team transitions to respectable or even good, the first thing that happens is they stop hemorrhaging goals. You fix your defense first, the offense comes later.

By Jeff Maurer  |  01:08 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 06/03/2011

U.S. vs. Spain match preview

The U.S. plays Spain Saturday. To get an idea of what this match will look like, you’ll need a laser pointer and a cat, or better yet, eleven cats. Have the cat(s) chase the laser pointer around frantically -- but ultimately futilely -- for 90 minutes. You just saw the U.S.-Spain match.

By Jeff Maurer  |  05:34 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 06/03/2011

D.C. United-L.A. Galaxy match preview

Unbeaten in their last four and going against a Donovan-less Galaxy, United have a chance for a positive result tonight in Los Angeles. But can they make it out of L.A. with their hamstrings still in tact?

By Jeff Maurer  |  12:38 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 06/02/2011

A plea: add Detroit to the Southeast Division

The idea of shifting the Detroit Red Wings into the Southeast Division following the Atlanta Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg has me salivating already.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:03 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

 

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