Cheap Seats Daily: Nats Blow Late Deficit! Can Bobby Knight Protege Handle Agent Zero? What’s the Penalty for Fighting Satan?
All things must pass: Adam Dunn singled (!) home Nick Johnson with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th, and Joel Hanrahan closed out (!) the Pittsburgh 9th to give the Nats their first win (!) in 8 games.
Even with the win, Washington sits six-and-a-half games out of second-to-last place in the NL East, and on the season have an amazing 125-run run-differential-differential with the Los Angeles Dodgers — that's nearly a three-run run differential differential per game.
Think anywhere on the planet there's a baseball nerd so nerdulous that he keeps track of per game run differential differentials?
The Wizards have brought in Randy Wittman as an assistant to Flip Saunders. Wittman was a number one pick of the franchise, then the better-named Bullets, back in 1983. Don't call it a comeback, however. Wittman was traded to the Atlanta Hawks right after the draft for Tom McMillen, one of many young-for-old swaps engineered by Bullets GM Bob Ferry.
Like pretty much all coaches, Wittman played for Bobby Knight. I wonder how Bobby Knight would treat the sort of player who wouldn't come out of the locker room until the middle of the second quarter and then tell the Coach he was ready to play. Maybe now we'll find out!
"Chang We Can Believe In!"
A proposed sign to bring to Saturday's DC United game to celebrate carpetbagger developer Victor MacFarlane's selling out ownership shares to Will Chang, taken from a commenter on the Washington Post's soccer blog.
All the best writing is in the comment sections...
Crisis? What crisis?
For this week's Cheap Seats column, crisis management guru Eric Dezenhall graciously gave me a crisis management guru's outlook on why Dan Snyder and Ted Lerner aren't beloved by sports fans here and anywhere. Dezenhall has helped folks at Exxon/Mobil and Enron when the going go tough, but he admits that, because of their set ways, there isn't much anybody in his field could do to make either Snyder or Lerner look better.
"Everybody thinks there's some sort of magic PR you can use to fool everybody," Dezenhall told me. "That doesn't exist. Absent actions, nothing changes."
The surest action a sports owner can use to get out of a PR crisis? "Win," Dezenhall says. "That always works."
Then again, if Snyder changed the team's name, his approval rating would spike. Wouldn't it?
I love my neighborhood pool at the Upshur Rec Center.
So, what with the mysterious recent firing of former Department of Parks and Recreation head Clark Ray, I was worried that Upshur might not be opening this Memorial Day weekend, as public pools in DC started doing under Clark Ray, and as public pools anyplace with an efficient government do.
I was even more worried when I went to the DPR Web site, which said Upshur will be opening on June 2...2007.
So I went old school and called up DPR on my rotary dial phone and whoever answered in the aquatics division promised me that, Ray or no Ray, Upshur Pool will open for the season at noon tomorrow.
Just like it's the suburbs!
I just got a press release from DCAC for a new photo exhibit called "The Twelfth Man."
According to the blurb the photos "address alternative mythologies of play and maleness through varying degrees of agency that offer compelling recapitulations of boyhood informed by the development of a virtual, cyber world, as well as humorous respite from the mundane obstacles of adult life."
I don't know what that means, but my sense is this 12th Man isn't a tribute to the sort of crowd support the Pittsburgh Steelers got last year at FedExField. The exhibit runs June 12-July 12.
With a little over a minute left in Carolina's loss last night to the Penguins, the Hurricanes' forward Patrick Eaves did something quite righteous.
He fought Satan!
And he got penalized for it! Five minutes! For fighting Satan!
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