During my haste to argue that nothing could unseat the Redskins's dominance of this weekly list of our Web site's most-viewed sports stories and columns, I forgot some basic lessons about the Internet. Anything that allows for commenters to trade racially charged language? A 213-word brief buried deep inside the printed sports section about racial tensions in a high school football game? Why, that's Internet gold.
Excluding our sports columnists, three of our top 10 sports stories on the Web last week concerned that ill-fated Dunbar-Fort Hill high school game. Each of those three stories out-performed the news story confirming that Juan Dixon would return to the Wizards. Those three stories (first day, follow-up and attorney-general involvement) were thus the top three clicked sports links that had absolutely no Redskins elements.
And I really wish the Lerner family and Bud Selig could take a look at one of these reports some day.
Final point: during all of the Jason La Canfora excitement last week, at least one brave anonymous commenter said that JLC's third-place standing in the byline rankings should somehow be held against him. Just for the record, his average blog traffic--for a single day--usually ranks higher than all but the top two or three stories on this list. So he's doing just fine.
Anyhow, here's last week's list:
1. Steady as They Go, by Thomas Boswell. Redskins column, following the classic day-after-a-home-win script: maybe these guys are better than we thought? Maybe this year won't be a step back? Or maybe they'll lose by 21 to the Cowboys?
2. On Hochuli, NFL Drops The Ball, by Michael Wilbon. NFL column, praising Ed Hochuli for being accountable for his officiating gaffe, and blaming the NFL for having stupid rules.
3. One Play Tips the Scales, by Jason Reid. Redskins game story, focusing on how Carlos Rogers's
miraculous interception helped lead to Washington's 24-17 win over the Cardinals.
4. Victory Raises Stakes for Dallas Week, by Les Carpenter. Redskins psychologically probing A1 story, which posited of the Skins that "their self-belief is not such that they were ready to wish for a game they normally dread."
5. After Gaffe, Zorn Gives Brooks an Earful, by Dan Steinberg. Redskins sidebar. Jeez, boss, sorry I rolled my eyes when you told me to do a sidebar about the punter. Guess you were right.
6. Taylor Balked at Emergency Surgery, by Jason Reid. Redskins news story on the frantic events that led to Jason Taylor's early-morning emergency surgery in the hours after the Cardinals win. Had to figure Dr. James Andrews would be involved somehow.
7. Redskins Campbell is Playing it Cool, by Jason Reid. Redskins feature, pre-Cardinals game, about the growth of Jason Campbell. Not height-wise.
8. Dunbar Quits Game, Cites Racial Taunts, by Alan Goldenbach. High school news story, about Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies pulling his team off the field against Fort Hill because of alleged racial taunts.
9. Foes Gather No Moss, by Mike Wise. Redskins column, in praise of Santana Moss, "the draw-it-up-in-the-dirt deep threat Washington craved since the Fun Bunch in the 1980s," who still gets drafted too late in almost every fantasy league.
10. Dropping Only the Act, by Mike Wise. NFL column about the growth, maturity, and surreal makeover enjoyed by Terrell Owens. *
* Until anything goes wrong.
Most read topics:
1. Redskins (78 top-10 links)
2. Olympics (17)
3. Other NFL (6)
Most read authors:
Jason Reid (30.5 top-10 bylines)
Mike Wise (18)
Jason La Canfora (13.5)
Barry Svrluga (6.5)
Les Carpenter (6)
(Joint bylines are given 0.5 credits.)