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DC Sports hit a crossroad.

January 8, 2010

2008 was the year of change on the Hill.

2010 is the year of change for DC sports.

DC sports have it a crossroad. In the past decade, teams in the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have won only won title and that was Gary Williams and the Terrapins in 2002. Other than that, DC sports have been nothing short of futile.

Growing up in the DMV, I understand the frustration that arises from being a DC area sports fan. First there was optimism when Snyder bought the team and started trying to completely rebuild the franchise. Then Michael Jordan came and everyone was in awe of arguably the greatest player to ever grace Dr. Naismith’s court. Leonisis’ front office drafted what was supposed to be the greatest player since Gretsky. Oh, and DC United won a championship (which apparently no one cares about) and drafted the 16 year-old phenom named Freddy Adu.

Now, things are different. Mike Shanahan was introduced as head coach of the Redskins, weeks after salary cap genius Bruce Allen was brought in. Alex Ovechkin was granted the captains badge on his sweater for a team that has shown brilliance in the past few years. Abe Pollin is gone and while the Wizards looks promising, Gilbert Arenas has taken all the headlines with his upcoming gun possession charges. Oh, and if you care, Curt Onalfo was named head coach of DC United. But again, I’m guessing you don’t care.

So where do we go from here? No doubt Shanahan is expected to win a Super Bowl and bring back the glory to the Redskins. Will it happen? Possibly.

The Capitals are looking like a team that is poised to make a deep playoff run. Will it happen? Possibly.

Abe Pollin is gone, god bless his soul, and the Wizards are in more turmoil than ever. Flip Saunders was brought to town to stablize everything, yet things have fallen apart as they are near the cellar of the Eastern conference and Arenas has threatened the franchise with extreme possibilities of failure for the next decade.

Where do we go from here?

Up. Hopefully.

But will it happen?

Will Snyder be able to take a step back and understand he doe not have to be as hands on?

Will Bruce Boudreau finally have a team worthy of Lord Stanley’s cup?

Will Leonsis be able to reorganize the Wizards after a fiasco as enormous as the Arenas situation?

All of these are interesting story-lines for a city desperate for a championship?

Will they be asnwered? Who knows.

Will Washington fans be happy if they are?

Probably not, but it will be a huge turnaround i any of these franchises find their way out of the professional sports cellar.

Oh, did I not mention the Nationals. Yeah, probably for the best.


Thursday Links: NOW WITH BONUS NHL COVERAGE! and other stuff too.

June 18, 2009


Sorry about the lack of posts today. Lot’s to do with little time to do it in.

Before I get to the links I want to discuss the NHL awards that are to be given out tonight. I’m not going to bore you trying to defend Alex Ovechkin, mostly because if you’re a regular reader you can tell which way I lean. That said, I do expect OVI to take home the Hart Trophy over Malkin and Datsyuk. I don’t think Datsyuk really has a chance of winning so the rce really comes down to Malkin and OVI. It’s so close that just being a Capitals fan sways me to the crazy Russian that is Ovechkin.

The Vezina Trophy (best goalkeeper) seems like a toss-up so I’m just going to jump on board with Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He didn’t play for a great team and was still able to record 10 shut-outs. I don’t really watch a lot of Mason’s games but just the fact that he’s out there working hard, I respect that (terrible adaptation of Hansel’s Sting quote from Zoolander).

The James Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman) will go to Mike Green. I’ve respected this guys play all season and have actually been able to admire it as a Caps fan, considering the limited amount of hockey I watch. He can put the puck in the back of the net and provides excellent leadership for the Capitals.

I hate to do it but I’m taking a guess that Malkin will win the Pearson award. As a Capitals fan it just seemed as if everybody loved Ovechkin, but reading a lot of blogs makes me think otherwise. NBC talked about it during the Caps series with the Rangers that people were aggrivated with Ovechkin for being so out there. He’s won it before, but this may not be his year.

Bonus from the Review Journal: “Ovechkin still might be smarting from his team’s loss to the Penguins, because he also had no interest in talking about Pittsburgh’s other young superstar, center Sidney Crosby, who surprisingly isn’t a finalist for any award today.

“I don’t want to talk about it, about him,” said Ovechkin, who gives himself a “50-50 chance” to repeat as the Hart winner.”

Should be exciting and I’m looking forward to the results. On to the links!

“Top 10 Moments in Sports Blog History.” And who would have guessed, ESPN is involved with half of them. Also big ups to The Washington Posts Dan Steinberg for being on the list just because he’s a blogger. [Real Clear Sports]

“Rajon Rondo Out of Boston? His Bad Attitude Has Prompted the Celtics to Shop him.” I’m surprised by this just because he’s a young, talented player on a team who has three major stars that will be out of the league in two years. [North Station Sports]

“Latest Crazy NBA Trade Rumor: Amar’e To The T-Wolves for Al Jefferson and the Sixth Pick.” We all know Amare Stoudamire will be leaving Phoenix, but Suns fans should be very happy with this deal. [Fan IQ]

Terry Holland is the best thing to happen to ECU since… well, ever. “We sort of adopted the idea that we would schedule our own damned bowl games,” Holland says. Hell yes Holland. [News-Record]

“Orioles Might Regret 2005 Media Guide.” Just take a look and laugh for yourself without the encouragement of me. But you should laugh. C’mon just laugh at something you see here once. Please? [Real Clear Sports]

“Playing big-money road football games one of the ways Boise State will try to make money.” Due to budget cuts, Boise State will be looking for some big games with guaranteed money. Maybe this will create a big non-conference game. I sure as hell hope so. [Idaho Statesman]


SCHWING! Ovechkin lands cover to NHL 2k10.

June 12, 2009


Alex Ovechkin landed his third video game cover of his career, coming off an amazing season for the Capitals. While he was unsuccessful in getting the Caps to the Eastern Conference Finals, Ovie was still able to prove that he is the best player in the world, leading the league in goals and winding up second in the points race.

And wow, he really is one ugly Russian.

Crosby? He’s just…

Off-season Caps round up: F-CK THE ‘GUINS.

May 26, 2009

It’s been a while since any there has been any content on the web about the Caps besides head coach Bruce Boudreau counting off the ridiculous amount of injuries the team was dealing with late in the season and into the playoffs. Now the talk is picking up about the season as a whole as well as which players contracts will be on the chopping block.

Ovechkin dug out of his hole for the first time since the Caps were eliminated to give an interview to Sovetsky Sport, a Russian media outlet. Puck Daddy was nice enough to translate the interview which you can see here. Favorite part: Dissing the Penguins.

Who do you feel for if the Stanley Cup? Ilya Kovalchuk confessed that he is rooting for the Penguins.

I wouldn’t say that I am feeling for the Penguins. I actually don’t care who wins the Cup. If it’s Detroit, Chicago or Carolina, I won’t be upset.

But you also told Malkin and Crosby, when they knocked your team out: “Go ahead and win the Cup.”

That’s not what I said. I just wished them luck, that’s all. It won’t be some kind of a bonus for me if Pittsburgh wins the Cup and it will be like Washington lost to the eventual winner. It is a position of a loser.

It’s good to see a Washington player feeling the same way as the fans do about their rivals.

One of the players who will most likely be leaving the team is the fearless 39 year-old Russian, Sergei Federov. It is sad to see him go after he really stepped up and provided experience on one of the youngest teams in the league, but it is his time. His contract is too large to keep and his age is also a big factor. Luckily for the Ruschki, he’ll be going to the KHL to play with his brother while raking in a modest $3.8 million per season for two years of work. I want to wish him the best of luck and I won’t forget that amazing goal he had to eliminate the Rangers in game 7 this year.

Other players who will most likely not be on the roster next season:

Donald Brashear: $1.2 million per year, 39 year-old guy who didn’t produce as much as he should have in the playoffs (granted he was suspended for six games). Provided experience but is expendable.

Michael Nylander: Great player but he didn’t give the team any reason to retain him. $4,875,000 that can be spent somewhere else.

Jose Theodore: Played decently throughout the year until Varlamov stepped up and played 12 amazing playoff games. Varly will be the everyday goalie next year and there’s no reason to justify paying Jose four million.

Those are the three main players I don’t expect to see back. Kozlov may be let lose or traded for some more young players. Pothier, Steckel and Varlamov will be getting larger contracts and room needs to be made. I’d love to see all these back in red but it’s just not going to happen.

Other than that, here are some links from around the internetz:

Player report cards from around the internetz:


How much should the Caps be paying Backstrom?

Summary of all the Caps contracts

DON’T FORGET: This is a young team and will only get better with a solid farm team. And that’s exactly what they have in the Hershey Bears who defeated the Baby Bruins on their way to Calder Cup. Good years to come.



May 12, 2009
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) via DCProSportsReport

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) via DCProSportsReport

I THINK I’M STILL WRITING IN CAPS RIGHT NOW, THAT SHOULD wear off in a little, okay we’re back to normal now. I may be a little too into this series based on my allegiances but let’s be honest, there hasn’t been this much hype around a series in the second round of the NBA playoffs. If people aren’t noticing (which I find highly unlikely) they should be ashamed of themselves.

To be frank, this is the best thing that’s happened to DC sports since the Redskins won it all in ’93. People are getting into this and some of them finally know who Ted Leonsis is. I hate do go with the crowd talking about twitter but if you could hear random people yelling in the district, this is the kind of stuff they would be saying at 9:57 last night:

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Yeah, I felt the same way. The team just can’t get lazy in our house and let this slip away. If there was desperation in game 6, there should be a lot more in game 7. It’s been bad enough the fans have been pushed to their fifth elimination game in just two rounds of the playoffs. For a split second, I thought about reminiscing about this series but that would have highly premature because we’re still in for the chance to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. With the way things have been going so well this season, there should be a lot of faith in this team.

It really seems like everyone has come out in support for the best team in DC sports and that’s always a good



Other Notes:
(Wash) Viktor Kozlov 2 Goals
(Wash) Alexander Oveckin 3 assists
(Pitt) Sidney Crybaby 1 goal, 1 assist, lots of crying

Other DC Sports News:
-Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 29 games in the first inning last night.
-We didn’t have to watch the Wizards play. Thank god.
-Daniel Snyder is laughing at the other area sports teams. They’re not the Redskins.

Apparently they have nothing better to do in western Pennsylvania.

And don’t forget to follow me on twitter @RedZou

This is how we do it (not Howie Do It, that show sucks).

April 5, 2009

This is going to be an extra long post just to introduce the blog. This type of content is what The Nine Commandments is going to be about as well as spotlight athletes who abide buy, but also break The Nine Commandments, which you can see here. Original posts, current links, and basically a bunch of random sports items I find on the Interweb are what you’ll be seeing in the coming months and however long this site stays up.

The above video is SlamBall, which is coming back this summer on Cartoon Network of all places. If you don’t know what SlamBall, read up here. SlamBall is rumored to be coming to CN this summer according to youtube commenters (the most reliable people in the world), but we’ll withhold out review until it airs.

kpowersjrockerawardThe Kenny Powers John Rocker Memorial Award – To put our amazing skills in Photoshop to work for you, we’ve created this award to highlight only the best athletes in sports who believe in diversity hate everyone that doesn’t look like them. These select few show their skills in verbally, emotionally and physically abusing others and new members will be honored from time to time.

So thats why those kids are so fast – Some Florida high school football players go out to the fields and chase rabbits to work on their agility. These are the kids getting the DI sports scholarships, NOT YOU!

NFL Draft coverage – Guaranteed first day draft coverage on April 25th to make fun of your teams picks while the Redskins trade all theirs away for John Elway.

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