Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Redskins’ free agent moves

There are plenty of celebrity sports fans whose fandom hardly extends beyond front-row handshakes and free jerseys, who ignore roster deficiencies and offseason transactions in favor of bland platitudes and exclamatory cliches.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not one of those fans. NASCAR’s favorite driver — a newish and yet suddenly avid user of social media — has been talking about his favorite NFL team with fans in recent days. And even though he’s in the middle of his own season, he’s obviously been paying quite a bit of attention to what’s going on in Ashburn.

Now if we could only get him to weigh in on Tanard Jackson….

SPEAKING OF RIGGINS

And speaking of John Riggins, he continues to be Riggo. Here he is, thumbing his nose at this week’s snowstorm.

GEORGETOWN’S NIT REVENGE TOUR

Here’s an amazing point made by Bobby Bancroft at Casual Hoya: Georgetown’s path to a possible NIT championship could theoretically include victories over a former Big East foe (West Virginia), two brutal NCAA Cinderellas who have ended recent Hoyas seasons (Florida Gulf Coast and Davidson), and longtime conference rival St. John’s. NIT runs can sometimes be dreary; that path would be the opposite.

THAT NATS DRONE

The Nats got oodles of publicity for those cool drone photos they collected in the first few days of training camp. But it wasn’t just bloggers who were paying attention. Via the AP:

A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration’s permission first.

“No, we didn’t get it cleared, but we don’t get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did,” a team official said when contacted by The Associated Press.

The drone flights ceased the next day.

GW AND AMERICAN WIN MARCH MADNE$$

The Awl has yet again completed an NCAA tournament bracket based on the tuition costs of every participating school. Lo and behold, George Washington meets American in the championship, with GW triumphing.

In fairness to American, the Eagles are not actually second in the field in tuition costs. Stanford, Villanova and Providence — which all bowed out in earlier rounds — all rank above fifth-place American.

Previous winners of this bracket include Georgetown and Richmond.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Caps are in Anaheim at 10 on Comcast SportsNet. The Wizards are in Sacramento at 10 on CSN+. Thank the circus for the joint West Coast swing. Also, the Hoyas face West Virginia at 7 on ESPN. All radio and TV listings are here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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