— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) March 7, 2014
Caps traded Neuvy for Halak … so many Caps goalies … Caps lose to Flyers, again … the game featured a line brawl in which Philly fought dirty … the Flyers were so proud … Wiz beat Jazz thanks to old guys … John Wall isn’t that great, yet … maybe don’t bank on Zach Walters, Nats fans … noted cereal fan Trevor Booker weighs in on cereal rankings … O’s may still be interested in Ervin Santana … O’s have the AL’s best under-25 talent … should the Skins sign Champ Bailey?
In advance of tomorrow’s trade deadline, the Caps have acquired lefty forward Dustin Penner from the Ducks for a fourth-rounder.
Reaction from the Caps Twittersphere:
Penner isn't a defenseman and that's what the Caps need… doesn't mean they shouldn't also try to get better elsewhere. Good trade.
— JapersRink (@JapersRink) March 4, 2014
— JapersRink (@JapersRink) March 4, 2014
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 4, 2014
Getting Dustin Penner is nice business by GMGM but not exactly what we needed. Erat definitely on his way out now. #caps
— Valtteri Kivinen (@KivinenV) March 4, 2014
O’s sign rehabbing Johan Santana to minor league deal. [O's Insider]
Good for the O’s. Why not take a flyer on Johan? [Sweet Spot]
Nats sign LHRP Michael Gonzalez to minor league deal. [Nats Insider]
A quick look at the payroll challenge facing Rizzo. [Nats Journal]
Hey, Otto Porter actually did something. Anything. [Bog]
Evgeny Kuznetsov and wife will live with Ovechkin. [Caps Insider]
“So how do we feel about ‘Redskins Nation’?” Not great! [Bog]
So today was interesting. This site was knocked offline for much of it, and our previous, seven-year-old design (!) is unsalvageable (!!), so now we’ll need a new one. Until then, here are your links du jour …
Skins slap the franchise tag on Orakpo. He’ll make $11.5 million. [Insider]
Franchising Orakpo doesn’t end debate about what to do with him. [Keim]
Trevor Ariza scored 40 Saturday. Yeah, I don’t know how either. [WI]
John Wall named Eastern Conf. Player of the Week. [Bullets Forever]
Caps blow lead and win streak with bad loss to the Flyers. [RMNB]
Dimitry Orlov suspended two games for ill-advised boarding. [Caps Insider]
Evgeny Kuznetsov may be coming soon, but chill out. [Caps Insider]
A fun little Answer Man interview with Bryce Harper. [Big League Stew]
The O’s are kicking the tires on brokedown Johan Santana. [O's Insider]
After winning CAA Tourney in ’13, JMU finishes seventh. [JMUSB]
Benchmarking Orakpo’s value vs. other 3-4 OLB’s who got paid. [Keim]
I usually disagree with Wilbon, but I agree with him on this. [Bog]
Wiz beat Magic to move back over .500. Wall’s on fire. [Bullets Forever]
Looking at the Wizards’ playoff chances, post-Nene. [Bullets Forever]
Sounds like the Wiz are bringing Drew Gooden in for 10 days. [BF]
Read all about Lucas Giolito, the Nats’ 19-year-old prospect. [WaPo]
Hey, Ryan Zimmerman got some work at 1B yesterday. [Nats Insider]
The stats show Bryce Harper improved in Year 2. [Baseball Analytics]
O’s prospect doesn’t know O’s legend. Hilarity ensues. [Larry Brown]
Another O’s prospect is making the move to knuckleballer. [FTW]
Maryland did another “flash mob” at Comcast Center. [Terps Insider]
Nene is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. Damn. [Truth About It]
Wiz lean on Seraphin, Booker in Nene’s absence. Uh oh. [Wiz Insider]
Terps get another quality near-win, lose close one to Cuse. [Testudo]
Werth, LaRoche and Mattheus all have really terrific beards. [Bog]
Nats Park gets a new beer-and-sausage bar, The Big Stick. [WBJ]
There will never be a shortage of Kirk Cousins non-updates. [Insider]
Caps defenseman Karl Alzner isn’t even locally famous. [RMNB]
If Caps want to make playoffs they need to go streaking. [Peerless]
Neil Young playing D.C. at the height of his powers? Yes please. [AD]
Spy photo: Chris Cooley at the Terps game, wearing a Chris Cooley hat pic.twitter.com/ulatrUL4qc
— Mr. Irrelevant (@MrIrrelevantDC) February 25, 2014
This is a cake that my sister-in-law made for my wife’s baby shower yesterday that I thought should be shared with you all. Although for our purposes we can pretend she made it for this blog’s 10 year anniversary. Congrats, Blog! (Note: You can hear someone ask if Chris is coming. No, Chris did not come. Chris stayed home to watch NASCAR and play cornhole. Chris is going to be a great father.)
You should recognize all of those logos, except maybe “AJ.” It’s Andrew Jackson high school in Kershaw, S.C, where my father-in-law is the head football coach and your 2013 Tri-County Coach of the Year. He’s been trying to get me to write about his team for years, so here you go!
*This post is in no way an endorsement of Team Cake. I stand firmly on the side of Team Pie and no amount of D.C. sports-related flair can change this.
As some of you noticed, I’ve been busy not posting anything lately. That’s because my wife had our third child two weeks ago. As it turns out, having a newborn and two children under six isn’t conducive to hobby blogging about D.C. sports!
Alas, here’s most of the big and/or interesting stuff that happened while we brought more Mottram into the world …
1. John Wall won the dunk contest. I was thrilled when he double-pump reversed over G-Wiz, who I never thought would figure prominently in All-Star Weekend. The dunk itself wasn’t that great. Live and in context, though, it was easily the dunk of the night, converted on the first try and shutting down the contest. The Wizards actually won something!
2. The Skins gave D-Hall a four-year deal. Four years is a lot of an old corner, and I’ve been known to dislike DeAngelo Hall quite a bit, but if John Keim thinks it’s a fair deal then it’s probably a fair deal. It’s not that much guaranteed money anyway. Burgundy Blog delves further.
3. Peter Angelos is spending some of that MASN money. Fifty million over four years for Ubaldo Jimenez, and $8 million over one for Nelson Cruz. The former is in line with the going rate for starting pitching, and the latter is pretty much no-risk. Both are nice to see, considering the O’s hadn’t spent a dime despite being on the cusp of playoff contention.
4. Maryland is going out with a whimper. The Terps’ last trip to Durham, as an ACC school at least, provided a great game and ultimate disappointment. Still not sure how Charlie Mitchell’s would-be game-winner didn’t drop.
5. The Wiz traded Jan Vesely for Andre Miller. Goodbye, 23-year-old lottery pick. Hello, 37-year-old journeyman. Mixed feelings here. On one hand, it cements bust status for yet another Wiz draft pick. On the other, they’re making moves to solidify the rotation for a playoff run. I’ll take it, and we’ll always have Jan’s greatest hits.
6. Fred Davis is not doing great. Get right, Sleepy.
What’d I miss?