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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Morning pixels: The origins of the ‘clown question’ phrase


Bearing in mind that I will be accused of massive, horse-beating, clown-grimacing overkill, I was interested to read Bryce Harper’s older brother Bryan talking about the etymology of “That’s a Clown Question, Bro.”

Bryan, of course, is a farmhand for the Nats rookie ball affiliate. Kilgore described him as “a 6-foot-5 left-hander” who “made two appearances last year for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate” and “will pitch as a reliever at Auburn.”

And when the Auburn paper sat down with him for a longish feature, TACQB earned its own section and the headline treatment.

“That is actually from one of my good friends,” Bryan Harper said referring to Donn Roach, a friend from the Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas. Roach was drafted by the Angels and is now in the Padres system.
“That is one of his (Roach’s) words. He has always used ‘clown’ as an (adjective),” Bryan Harper said.
As for how his brother used the reference in context: “That is some saltiness. A little bit of veteran swagger right there for Bryce.”

Read the full Bryan Harper story here. With thanks to @sportsyack.

Coming next week, no doubt, 5,000 words on when, where and how Donn Roach began to use “clown” as an adjective. This is important.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
From our friends in Local: “Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s $6.4 million deal to keep the Washington Redskins’ corporate headquarters and August training camp in Virginia is not sitting well with House budget-writers, who on Monday accused the governor of doing an ‘end run’ around the General Assembly.”

Catching up with Alan Webb, who’s 29, expecting his first child, and struggling on the track.

The Nationals are on a 96-win pace with the third-youngest roster in baseball.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT I
Obviously Wale is pals with Bryce Harper already.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
Possible best-ever use of Natitude comes from Drew Storen.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Here are Bryce Harper and Rick Ankiel playing rock paper scissors before a game at Fenway. Scissors cut paper. Not to give it away.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Gio Gonzalez and Jesus Flores spent their off day at Top Golf. Nice shirt. Via @LoraGravatt via @LetTeddyWin.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Rays are at the Nats at 7 on MASN2. The Orioles are at the Mets at 7 on MASN. The NBA Finals are on ABC at 9. All TV/Radio listings are here.

OTHER STUFF
Ted Leonsis writes at length on the new Verizon Center signage, calling it a potential new source of revenue that “will generate less illumination than the current GEICO sign and we believe will add to the vibrancy and excitement of the area that has become the sports and entertainment district in Washington, D.C.”

Elsewhere in D.C. ownership, Deadspin’s Drew Magary — a frequent ESPN 980 guest — savages Dan Snyder’s official bio, calling it “rapturous canonization fit for atom-smashing scientists and Danish monarchs.” Language warning.

From a Grantland e-mail exchange on Nats-Yankees: “It’s the middle of June, the Nats are in first place, and the kids are alright.”

Finally, thatsaclownquestionbro.com officially launches as a real blog, with real content.

RABID SKUNKS
Via NBCWashington.com, “When patrons dining outdoors Thursday afternoon at a St. Mary’s County restaurant saw a skunk heading their way, they did the smart thing and went inside. One problem -- so did the skunk.” And it was rabid.

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