Author Archive for Ryan Bacic

Georgetown Walk-On, One of Six Kids, Earns Scholarship for Senior Season

It’s a phenomenon that’s followed John Caprio since his first days at Georgetown—and it’s still not one his mother entirely understands. But whenever the seldom-used senior guard has taken the Verizon Center floor over the past four years, he’s never failed to elicit the biggest roar from the Hoya faithful.
At Georgetown’s “Midnight Madness” pep rally [...]

Second and Long: Can D.C. Sustain Another Women’s Pro Football Team?

One breezy October Saturday at T.C. Williams High School, some 300 yards from the Titans' roaring fortress and around the concrete bend, the Washington Prodigy were late.
"Don't walk!” head coach Keith Howard yelled at one straggler sauntering onto the browning practice-field grass. “I’m glad you're here, but don’t walk!” The picture wasn’t quite what the [...]

D.C. United Hosting Free Tours to Fill Empty Seats

D.C. United brought in just 13,731 fans to its Oct. 27 season closer. The team finished 2013 with the lowest average season attendance in the club's history. But with just three United wins over 34 games, who could blame fans for staying home? Absent a winning record, the team had to do something to get a [...]

George Washington University’s Latest Marketing Play: Its Basketball Court

Four minutes into George Washington’s scrimmage Saturday against Bowie State, senior forward Isaiah Armwood received a pass from Kethan Savage, squared his shoulders, set his feet, and sank a three-pointer from the Capitol Building.
“Isaiah’s playing really well this year,” head coach Mike Lonergan would say afterward. “When he shoots and he’s open, I feel it’s [...]

AT&T Says It Upgraded Wireless Service in Verizon Center, Verizon Center Disagrees

Weak cell-phone service in the Verizon Center has long been a sore spot for Wizards, Capitals, and Hoyas fans. So the news today from communications giant AT&T that it had just upgraded its wireless service inside the arena—first tweeted by @casualhoya and reported by DC Sports Bog—was surely welcome.
The problem? The AT&T upgrade was also news [...]

Three-Win D.C. United Fires Two Front-Office Directors

D.C. United just finished the worst season in MLS history, so—naturally—they've decided to fire some people.
In the press office.
Wednesday afternoon, three days after its merciful ending to its 2013 season at RFK Stadium, United canned Communications Manager Sarah Lerner and Chief Marketing Officer Doug Hicks. Head Coach Ben Olsen, who guided the team to a [...]

Wizards Surprised by Preseason TV Blackout

Every Wizards fan in the U.S. had the opportunity to watch the team's first game of the preseason last night, against the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center—except, that is, for those actually living in Washington.
To the surprise of fans and franchise alike, the contest went untelevised in D.C.
The game was shown on NBA TV nationally [...]

Foreign-Language Tour Guides Among Most Affected By Shutdown

Tour guides and companies are mostly taking the government shutdown—which means the closure of the National Mall's monuments, the bread and butter of the local tourism industry—in stride. "This isn't high-high season for us," says Tammy Belden, president of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides.
Foreign-language tours, however, remain a prominent exception.
"What you find this time [...]

Wizards Power Forward Loses His Snake

Adams Morgan, beware: Wizards power forward Kevin Seraphin has lost his snake.
In an interview with Monumental Network reporter Casey Phillips on Friday afternoon, the 6-foot-9 Seraphin revealed that his famous pet snake—appropriately named "Snakey"—is now slithering free, be it in Seraphin's Adams Morgan neighborhood or beyond.

Here’s What’s Still Closed in the Wake of the Navy Yard Shooting

The shooting this morning in Southeast killed 12 people and closed down much of the area around the Navy Yard. With the Metropolitan Police Department having declared one shooter dead, many travel restrictions are now being lifted. Here's what remains closed:

Both sides of the 11th Street Bridge are closed. The inbound side had been shut down [...]