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Box Seats: November, 2011

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 11/30/2011

D.C. United shopping for holiday deals

I returned from vacation to find out that nobody wants D.C. United’s players. Including, apparently, D.C. United.

By Jeff Maurer  |  05:24 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. United, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 11/29/2011

With NBA lockout all but over, Wizards could make moves

Well the NBA certainly knows how to give its fans a real Thanksgiving. While millions of Americans were fighting crowds to get a buy one, get one free deal on cappuccino machines, the NBA owners and players managed to reach.

By Lee Friedman  |  04:03 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Lee Friedman

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Dale Hunter is Capitals storybook choice, but is he the right one?

I can’t help feeling like the Caps may have gone for the storybook choice in replacing Bruce Boudreau with Dale Hunter, not the sensible one. Hunter’s lack of NHL coaching experience is a serious concern.

By Nicole Weissman  |  09:28 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Why Bruce Boudreau had to go

Bruce Boudreau could never pound home the team concept to the freelancing Young Guns, who thought they were entitled to greatness without having to evolve their games or buy in to a team concept.

By Kareem El-Alaily  |  02:32 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Kareem El-Alaily

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Redskins-Seahawks: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Breaking down the positives and negatives from a rare Redskins win in Seattle.

By Jason Woodmansee  |  11:43 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Capitals say goodnight to Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau was a great coach, and there’s really not much more you could have asked from him as a fan. But there comes a point when none of that matters anymore. It was simply time to make a change.

By Ryan Cooper  |  10:48 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2011

Four years after death, Sean Taylor’s loss still lingers with Redskins fans

It was always awkward to write about Sean Taylor, whose legend was enormous while he lived and grew exponentially when he died; the nerves were still exceedingly raw.

By Matt Terl  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Cowboys de-feet Gano and the Redskins in D.C.

No other player on the Redskins receives as much faith from Mike Shanahan as Graham Gano despite doing so little to deserve it.

By Evan Bliss  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Evan Bliss

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Struggling Washington Capitals inspire fear and loathing

If I can be as blunt as practicable about the Capitals, I’d like to point out that I absolutely hate this team right now. With a passion. And there’s no “easy” solution.

By Ryan Cooper  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Redskins-Cowboys: The good, the bad and the ugly

The Redskins scored 24 points in their overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys and Brandon Banks finally made some plays in the return game. But Graham Gano continues to miss critical kicks while DeAngelo Hall continues to miss critical tackles.

By Jason Woodmansee  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/17/2011

The Cowboys are just as bad as the Redskins

As Redskins fans, we like to complain about the state of the franchise. There are very good reasons for that. But I have convinced myself that the Cowboys are actually in a worse state than the Redskins.

By Jason Woodmansee  |  10:32 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/15/2011

A concession on Capitals benching, scratching and bag skates

Though I’m a fan of discipline, I’m also a believer that the Caps’ players wouldn’t be where they are without extraordinary self-discipline. It may be time to sit back and let them play for awhile, and see whether the kinks work themselves out.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Nicole Weissman

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 11/15/2011

U.S. Soccer vs. France recap

The Jurgen Klinsmann era with the U.S. men’s national team is unfolding like a movie. Specifically, the beginning of a movie, when everything is going wrong and even the protagonist’s most ardent backers are losing faith.

By Jeff Maurer  |  11:10 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Soccer, Jeff Maurer

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Redskins fan therapy: Searching for small victories in big losses

One of the most valuable pieces of advice I ever received is that it’s easy to see what’s bad in people, but more worthwhile to find what’s good. I’ll try to apply that advice to the Redskins current five-game losing skid.

By Evan Bliss  |  01:23 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Evan Bliss

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Redskins, Mike Shanahan need to “speed up the goodness”

I have no idea how the Redskins should get better. Or will get better. I asked my son, who is six and watches a lot of football, what the Redskins should do. He said that the coach should “speed up the goodness. And slow down the badness.”

By Jason Woodmansee  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Inconsistent Capitals are approaching first crisis of the season

I think I can be pretty safe in saying that Tuesday’s Capitals-Stars Caps game was a complete and utter dud on all levels. And the uneven performances have been coming with increasing frequency over the last couple weeks.

By Ryan Cooper  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/07/2011

In wake of Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State coach Joe Paterno must go

We love “winning” in this society so much that we are willing to forget the most appalling and disturbing things and broken lives, and that is the greatest tragedy of all in this story.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 11/04/2011

This is the Redskins team we wanted

The Redskins have done many of the things fans clamored for two years ago in an effort to rebuild their franchise, yet they're losing because they aren't quite good enough yet. As the saying goes — be careful what you wish for. You just may get it.

By Jason Woodmansee  |  12:36 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Jason Woodmansee

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/04/2011

NBA lockout: Time for players to pack it in, live to fight another day

What should have been the opening night of the NBA season passed by, as Chris Paul spent his time “Playing the Feud” instead of making no-look passes. It’s time for someone to give the NBA players the cold, hard facts. You will not win this battle — live to fight another day.

By Lee Friedman  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Wizards, Lee Friedman

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Capitals fast start an encouraging sign of things to come

It’s difficult to write about a hockey team in November, because it’s still so early in the season. And what makes this Capitals team even more difficult to write about is that I still have no idea what to make of it.

By Ryan Cooper  |  05:33 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper

 

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