Monthly Archives: June 2010

Do not want: Redskins fans just say no to Vincent Jackson.

[Update: Remember those two DUIs I mentioned could be a problem? Well, Jackson will be suspended for the first three games of the season.]

I really don’t understand it, but apparently Bruce Allen and the Redskins are looking for a way to trade for the San Diego Charger’s Vincent Jackson. The franchise has already stocked up on a number of receivers from young and inexperienced to mediocre and pretty old, so why are they looking for another one? Especially one that has two DUIs and is disgruntled about his contract (remind you of anyone?)

Whatever does happen, Redskins fans made it pretty clear on Hogs Haven that they want nothing to do with the troubled receiver. After over 700 votes Wednesday, 88% of readers of the blog say they would not want to give up a first round pick in 2011 or 2012.

Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty definitive. It’s no Gallup poll, but I’d say it makes a statement.

Jackson is obviously a stud and there’s nothing I would love more than a receiver that is not only taller than six feet tall, but can catch over 1,000 yards in a season. Unfortunately, it would cost too much to bring him to Washington, sacrificing precious first round draft picks. Ever heard that one before?

Donovan McNabb has done an amazing job making mediocre receivers looks amazing, so why keep trying to add to the receiver corps when there are other obvious personnel problems with the switch to the 3-4?

It confuses Redskins fans when the mission statement seems to be changing to a development franchise vs a reload Rambo one and trade rumors as big as these come out. The direction obviously hasn’t changed and even seems to be getting worse. We’ll see how this shakes out and keep you updated if Jackson will be wearing burgundy and gold in 2010.

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“Welcome to DC, John Wall” video is all kinds of awkward.

Just to put this out on the table, the John Wall dance is one of the dumbest things dances I’ve ever seen. No one looks cool doing it, not even Mr. Wall himself. With that being said, I’m glad John Wall was drafted by the Wizards and so are a lot of other people. I guess that’s why they put the above video together.

This video, though, is all kinds of awkwardness. You’ve got a bunch of random people and area athletes doing the dance on video, which usually adds up to exactly what we got in this video: weirdness.

Which is why I posted the video and took screen grabs throughout it. .gif’s would obviously be able to show the awkwardness better, but this is what I’ve got, so no complaining. Special appearances from Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Donovan McNabb, Adam Dunn, Ted Leonsis and Alex Ovechkin!

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Capitals look to Russia again in NHL Entry Draft.

Capitals bag another goofy Russian.

If it wasn’t already apparent the Washington Capitals love to draft talented and goofy Russians in the NHL Entry Draft, it is now. With the 26th overall pick, the Capitals selected Evgeny Kuznetsov, a pick General Manager George McPhee said was “unanimous” once the time came.

Kuznetsov is still under contract for Chelyabinsk of the KHL, though McPhee said he may get the chance to play as early as next year for the Capitals. McPhee had been scouting Kuznetsov since the world junior championships and considered trading up as high as 10 picks to take the Russian. Kuznetsov compares his game to that of fellow countryman Evgeni Malkin while others have compared him to the Capital’s own Alexander Semin.

The Capitals already boast three Russian first-round picks on the roster and in a few years, the 18-year-old center could be the fourth. While other teams look to amateur league ranks and prospects from Canada, McPhee has picked from a pool of Russian players other GMs shy away from.

“People are concerned about signing and drafting Russian players, but we just feel that what we’re doing in Ovechkin that he’ll play in Washington,” McPhee said. “We can do some things that other teams are afraid to do.”

The Russian influence has been undeniable for the Capitals, especially with Alex Ovechkin, Semyon Varlamoz and Semin playing great hockey in the district. The pipeline to talented young Russian players is wide open and McPhee has done a great job to facilitate their development to the top level of play in the Verizon Center.

The question is, why would any Russian prospect not want to play in the district?

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Build your own franchise, part 2: Wiz Kids pick up Heinrich and #17 pick.

Photo via WashingtonWizards.com

June 24, 2010 is a big day for the Washington Wizards as a franchise. Already with the number one overall pick in the draft and the numbers 30 and 35 selection, the Wizards picked up Kirk Heinrich from the Chicago Bulls and added another valuable pick at number 17.

I wrote yesterday on the Build Your Own Franchise game Leonsis has begun playing since buying the team, and the trade today makes that idea even more realistic. Why yes, I am patting myself on the back right now.

This team will obviously need some growing up before they can compete with the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, though the timeline could be accelerated thanks to the immense talent that will be coming to the franchise.

It should also be pointed out the level of individual talent across the four major sports in DC. McNabb wearing burgundy and gold, Ovechkin as arguably the best player in the world, some kid named Strasburg throwing Mach 1 fastballs and soon-to-be Wizard John Wall gunning it with Arenas (pun intended?), DC is quickly become a haven for elite individual athletes.

Now let’s see these teams win championships.

I won’t be able to watch the draft tonight (seven p.m. on ESPN) because of other obligations and will be going out of town this weekend to spend time in the wilderness. Alone. Without Internet. No phone reception. Bears. Machete murderers. Yeah, my weekend is going to be a horror movie.

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USA! USA! USA! Bill Clinton loves America.

I think this picture speaks for itself. Sorry, Barry Obama. You’ll never be this cool.

Photo via @lukewinn via Deadspin.

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Leonsis and the Wizards: Build Your Own Franchise: NBA edition.

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The Wizards faced nothing but trouble last season for reasons you already know. With Abe Pollin’s passing, the franchise falls into good hands with Ted Leonsis, who bought the remaining 56% of the the Wizards and Verizon Center along with the assets of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. The question going forward is how to rebuild the team with just $29 million owed in contracts for the 2010-11 season.

The likely number one pick, Kentucky’s John Wall will obviously bloat that number for the next few years, but who else will contend in the starting five for the franchise? All indications point to Gilbert Arenas staying in DC because of his large contract (owed $17.7 million next year with that number expanding to $22.3 million in 2013-14). The team has yet to announce whether they will pick Josh Howard’s team option worth $11.8 million, though I believe they will do so.

Andre Blatche ($3.26 million), Randy Foye ($4.79 million), Nick Young ($2.6 million), Al Thornton ($2.8 million), JaVall McGee ($2.46 million) are the other five players with contracts for the 2010-11 season.

Quinton Ross has also informed the team he will pick up the player option on his $1.1 million contract.

Who else?

I’ll come out and say it here: I do not believe they will pick up any other players from the 2009-10 season. That leaves just eight players under contrac and even some of those could be moved.

Add the Wizards #1, #30, and #35 picks and that’s ten players. That’s a Build Your Own Franchise: NBA edition if I’ve ever seen it.

Leonsis already has what he wants in front of him. With the Capitals, Leonsis put people that knew the game in the front office and built the team with the draft. With the current Wizards, he has three draft picks and are also shopping players currently on the roster for another pick in the late first, early second round.

There’s also the possibility of free agency, especially with Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and of course, LeBron James on the market. The only possibility the Wizards could take a player in free agency would be Bosh. He adds power in the paint and can easily detract attention from Arenas on the outside. The team does not need another point guard and we all know DC fans wouldn’t want LeBron in the nations capital.

General Manager Ernie Grunfield has control over what the team will do personnel wise and Leonsis has already said he will stay on the outside of decision makign as it pertains to the squad.

The rebuilding starts tomorrow at seven p.m. Build Your Own Franchise: NBA edition… begins.

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DMV Sports: Be sure to tweet us.

If you didn’t know already, DMV Sports is on twitter, though not under that name. I use my personal account @RedZou for all things DMV Sports and I encourage you to mosey on over and give me a follow. I talk mostly about DC Sports with some random thoughts here and there. This is a warning though: I do tweet a lot. Follow at your own peril.

I’ve also set up a number of twitter lists to meet your DC sports fix. Whether you want to hear what athletes are doing or what some of the best writers in sports think about the latest Redskins trade, these are the lists to get that done.

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So make sure to follow these lists and tweet me if you think I’ve left anyone off.

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