Author Archive for Dave McKenna

D.C. Youth Football Teams Going to the Show

While D.C.'s high school football scene has been debacle-friendly of late, our little boys of fall are showing there's still scads of gridiron talent in the city.
Two teams sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will play in the Pop Warner National Championship tournament beginning this weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fl. ESPN3 [...]

Boudreau Just the Latest Bruce to Not Get Along With Euros and Get Canned by the Capitals

Looks like Bruce Boudreau's last stand as coach of the Washington Capitals came when he sat an uninjured Alexander Semin out of a game with Phoenix last week. The move woke up nobody, and Boudreau's gone.
A lot of folks pointed out at the time that the last time Semin was a healthy scratch came in [...]

George Allen Finds It Politically Safe to Pick the Cowboys Over the Redskins?

The Allen kids have something in common: Neither of 'em pick the Redskins!
Bruce, the ostensible general manager, doesn't pick the players on the roster.
And brother George, the former and possibly future U.S. Senator and oldest of former Redskins Coach George Allen's brood, doesn't pick the Skins in his betting pool.
Over the holiday the Washington Post [...]

What Does Bruce Allen Do?

Bruce Allen was ostensibly hired to be the general manager of the Washington Redskins.
But since taking over the back of the shop late in the 2009 season, Allen has never gotten any credit for doing basic general managerial tasks, the basicest being putting together a team's roster.
Instead, he's been seen doing PR tasks, like glad-handing [...]

How Long Has Graham Gano Got?

Graham Gano is among the easier scapegoats for the debacle that is the 2011 Redskins.
Gano, who-last season was the worst kicker in the NFL statistically and has had more kicks blocked or shanked this season than anybody else with his job, missed a 52-yarder with the game on the line against Dallas.
Mike Shanahan, the [...]

Dan Snyder Not on RFK Gala Guest List

The highlight of RFK Stadium's season-long 50th Anniversary celebration comes tomorrow night with a dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Earlier today, Events DC, the quasi-governmental body that which now operates the stadium and is putting on the anniversary shindig, released a list of featured guests and expected attendees.
The roster's full of vintage local [...]

St. John’s President Addresses Football Rumors, Says No New Coach

Sometimes rumors are just rumors.
For the last few days there's been scads of internet r-mongering regarding DeMatha football coaching legend Bill McGregor allegedly talking with various Catholic schools about making a coaching comeback at a rival school.
The noise started on the message board over at the fab, where the most knowledgable and wackiest prep [...]

Safeway Gobbles Naming Rights to Turkey Bowl

Sign of the times: The city's public schools championship game is no longer just the Turkey Bowl. It's the 42nd Annual Safeway Turkey Bowl.
This year's game, featuring Coolidge and Dunbar, will be the first Bowl held since Mayor Vincent Gray sold the naming rights of the biggest event on D.C.'s scholastic sports [...]

Why Isn’t Stu Vetter a Household Name Around These Parts?

For the imminently passe print issue of Washington City Paper, I wrote a column on Montrose Christian basketball coach Stu Vetter. Pick up a copy if you can still find one. Pick up two if you can find two. Read the story. Get a D1 hoops scholarship.
I've been aware of Vetter since I was in high [...]

DCPS Gets New Athletic Director

Stephanie Evans will be the next athletic director of D.C. Public Schools. Mayor Vince Gray is scheduled to announce Evans' hiring this morning.
Not counting interim directors, she is the fourth person to hold the job in the last four years.
Unless I've missed somebody, Evans is also the first female athletic director in the school system's [...]

Bombshell in Rumorville: DeMatha Legend Bill McGregor Returning to Prep Football With Rival School?

The editors and readers at DC Sports Fan have been way ahead of the curve in essentially every big personnel move on the prep athletics scene for a while now.
Posters there, for example, were predicting Bill McGregor's odd departure last season from DeMatha, where he'd built up one of the premier prep football programs in [...]

Mike Shanahan’s Shockingly Unimpressive Record Among Washington Redskins Coaches

Mike Shanahan's got 3 1/2 years left on his five-year deal with the Redskins, but his honeymoon around these parts appears over already.
Reporters aren't willing to let him rest on the "Mastermind" laurels he earned when he staked his reputation on a John named Elway and not Beck.
Forget the anti-Shanahan rants that local columnists [...]

Jason Reid Goes Ground and Pound On Mike Shanahan

Yesterday afternoon on WJFK-FM's "LaVar and Dukes Show," the hosts took a short break in between LaVar Arrington's JoePa-enabling monologues (seriously, the Penn State Board of Trustees would have removed Arrington from the airwaves if he said "He followed protocol!" one more damn time) to bring on the Washington Post's Jason Reid.
Awesome radio ensued.

Reid [...]

Sidwell Friends Football Team No Longer a Slaughter Magnet

Sidwell Friends football got some attention after Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton showed up for the season-ending game with rival Maret last weekend.
Things didn't go so well for the Fighting Quakers under the spotlight, with Maret doling out a 42-0 beating.
That meant Sidwell finished up 4-5. While that mark shows the squad's not yet ready to [...]

Jerry Sandusky Wanted to Come Here, But Debbie Yow Turned Him Down Twice!

It's pretty clear that, barring some miracle performance from Joe Paterno, the pope of State College, at today's scheduled press conference, everybody involved in Penn State football, from the ballboy on up, will soon be gone. Everybody. UPDATE: The press conference has been canceled.
The core allegation to come out of investigations so far is that [...]