Here’s some exciting D.C. Sports Bog news: More than five-and-a-half years after launching this blog as a solo endeavor, I’m finally getting a partner. Her name is Sarah Kogod, and before Monday ends, her picture will be up there next to mine. Don’t see it yet? Check back often.
Sarah has written for sites like Deadspin and NBC Washington, interviewed all the major D.C. sports figures, attended way more Wizards games than is healthy for the average adult, and lost to me more than once in fantasy football. (Full disclosure: She’s also beaten me more than once in fantasy football.)
Sarah has uncovered D.C. sports stories that are serious (LeBron James threatening to beat up a Verizon Center heckler), ridiculous (Karl Alzner likes to stick his tongue up his nose) and super ridiculous (Jordan Crawford is bad at Valentine’s Day advice, because he usually gets “rid of my shorties around” then.)
She’s a bit younger than me, has one fewer kid than I do, is a different gender and hails from a different part of the country. So while we share certain sensibilities about the whole sportswriting thing, we’ll also likely have slightly different styles.
What will this mean for you? Well, now that I won’t be the only one transcribing radio interviews all day, we hope to increase both the quantity and quality of blog posts. We will introduce a daily morning roundup post, called Morning Pixels, with thoughts and links and images of stuff that happened overnight. We’ll have more first-person reporting, since we’ll take turns sitting behind a desk in the office. And possibly there will be more pop culture and puppy references.
We’re also going to be working with Lindsay Applebaum, who will turn the Bog’s Facebook page into a real thing, with actual updates written by a human, and some extra stuff that won’t appear here.
Sarah will introduce herself later on Monday, and after that, we’ll just get right to the sports blogging thing. Suggestions continue to be welcome, and I hope you all love and/or hate her just as much as you all love and/or hate me. On to the Pixels.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
Alex Ovechkin now has nine goals in his past seven games (more on that later), and the Caps are tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference. The team they’re tied with, Buffalo, comes to town on Tuesday.
Because the Wizards are forever cursed, Nene is already missing games with back spasms.
Jayson Werth hit a massive home run that hit his own truck in the parking lot, and if it didn’t, Boz says a reliever will go smash the track in some sort of baseball tradition.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Maryland point guard Pe’Shon Howard reacts to some recruiting news about Sam Cassell’s son.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Little-used Celtics reserve Avery Bradley made his first seven shots against the Wizards, but Randy Wittman wasn’t impressed:
“I could have scored those layups. I’m being serious,”Wittman said. “I mean, we didn’t have anybody guarding him. When I was a player, if you gave me four layups to start the game, I’d have a pretty good groove on to make some jump shots. He ought to send us a postcard of `Thank you’ or something.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Alex Ovechkin provided the highlight of the Caps’ home win, and it was on defense, which is weird.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards host Detroit in the third of three games in three days. It’s on Comcast SportsNet at 7. All TV/Radio listings are here.
OUTSIDE THE POST
After the Wizards blew two massive leads, Ted Leonsis wrote “it pains me to lose these close games. I feel terrible and I lose sleep.” VCU and George Mason “have had discussions with the Atlantic 10 and indicated to the league they have potential interest in joining for the 2013-14 school year,” according to CBSSports.com. Giants owner John Mara says the Redskins and
Giants Cowboys are “lucky they didn’t lose draft picks.” And here’s the first thing I’ve seen suggesting London Fletcher’s free-agency act is getting old, from The Son of Washington.
AMAZING MAD MEN THING
The Post did a live blog of the season premiere of Mad Men, featuring Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee (the live blog, not the season premiere), and it included this dialog:
Quinn: “Are you going to stick it out to the end?”
Bradlee: “Nope. Good night!”