I’m trying to think of which D.C. athletes of recent vintage might have been cross-over enough stars to appear on “The Tonight Show.” Wizards-era Michael Jordan, obviously. Stephen Strasburg after his rookie campaign, perhaps. Anyone else in the past decade?
Robert Griffin III has yet to play a game in Washington, but he’ll be on with Jay Leno this week. He’s scheduled to appear Thursday night, along with Hugh Laurie of “House,” who is also the musical guest but is not, so far as I know, a Skins fan.
I’m not sure there’s much more to say about this, other than to offer thanks that this kid will apparently provide us with content 12 months a year.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Kilgore on Hot Stuff: “The sense in the Nationals’ clubhouse was that no one would have pulled a prank on Strasburg on the day he pitched, and that the ointment had found the wrong place by accident. Strasburg, who seemed miffed that Johnson had brought up the incident, didn’t address what had gone wrong.”
Boz on Hot Stuff: “Surely, this is the end of the Nats’ spring-long imitation of the afflictions of Job. After this, all that’s left is an outbreak of biblical boils.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on maligned closer H-Rod:
“He’s fine. You know, he cares a lot. He hides it really well. But his motor is running pretty hard.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Pirates at 7 on MASN. The Orioles are in Kansas City at 8 on MASN2. D.C. United hosts Colorado at 7:30 on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Stephen Whyno in the Wash Times: “The next step in the transformation of the Caps could be to trade Ovechkin, something they should seriously consider depending, of course, on who becomes the next coach.”
Famous rock music person Steve Albini, on who he likes in MLB this year: “[Bleep] me the Nationals are an exciting team right now. A young team full of promise with some genuine studs. I envy DC now and for the next 5 years.”
DREW MAGARY ON JUSTIN BIEBER
This GQ profile by the Bethesda-based sports blogger person is very, very well done. And it starts like this: “I have been told specifically that I will be able to punch Justin Bieber in the face....He’s due to arrive at any minute now, which is good, because I can’t wait to draw some Canadian teenybopper blood.”