Morning Pixels: Racing Presidents racing to Mt. Rushmore

February 12, 2013

Say this for the Nats’ Racing Presidents: They have a knack for generating terrific photo opportunities. And now, just days after they crashed the Cupid Undies Run wearing boxers, the Nats announced plans for the greatest photo op yet.

“For the first time ever, the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents — George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and the newest member, Bill — will celebrate Presidents Day from America’s definitive presidential landmark when they visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota,” reads the press release, which someone actually had to type with a straight-ish face. “To kick off the Bill-Teddy rivalry, the two Presidents will ‘race’ from D.C. to Mount Rushmore beginning Friday, February 15 and join the other Racing Presidents at the monument on Presidents Day. Fans can cast their ballots for ‘Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure’ on Twitter by using #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy to identify which of the two presidents they think should win.”

And so on. Can’t imagine any media outlets would be interested in running images of four giant-headed presidents chilling with their even gianter-headed stone brothers on Presidents Day. Not sure where Taft fits in here, but I’m sure he’ll have a nice trip.

“What a great way for me to get my first win AND put you back where you belong… in the loss column!” Taft wrote on Twitter.

“That’s funny, I don’t remember you being on Mount Rushmore!” Teddy replied, although really it was probably the same person who typed both messages, making him or her like one of those weird message board trolls with multiple user names who argue with themselves.

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Bradley Beal scores a career-high 28 and the Wizards win their season-high fourth straight.

* Tracee Hamilton on the Caps’ front office: “Does Leonsis give McPhee time to fix this, and does McPhee deserve it? I think the answer is yes to both.

* Ovechkin is looking more comfortable on the right wing.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Nene heard the critics at the beginning of the campaign:

“I remember, in the beginning of the season, everybody cursed us, they say bad things about us, they call us terrible team, but I always say, they don’t know the future. We have the potential. We have the talent and we start playing together. We start recognizing each other. When you don’t know the future, you’re going to say things and you’re going to regret after that.”

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Caps are in Florida at 7:30 on Comcast SportsNet. Virginia Tech is at Virginia at 7 on ESPNU. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Almost 1,500 people favorited this tweet from the Redskins’ quarterback.

 

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT

This is an amazing D.C. baseball shirt that everyone can wear proudly, even jaded journalists who worry that they should not appear in branded team apparel. Buy it here.

 

RGIII MOST LIKELY TO DECLINE?

“Player Most Likely To Significantly Decline in 2013?” asked Football Outsiders, as part of its year-end reader-voted awards. “Robert Griffin III” answered the site’s readers, as RGIII narrowly beat out Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson.

 

ON WONK BLOG
The New Republic says Wonk Blog “has arguably become the Post’s most successful project, bringing in over four million page views every month. “It’s ‘[bleep] you traffic,’” one of Klein’s Post colleagues told the mag. “He’s always had enough traffic to end any argument with the senior editors.” Hey senior editors, how many page views do I need to bring in to reach that point?

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