The Michael Wilbon-Dan “Sports Bog” Steinberg Facebook Fight, Dissected

Washington Post Sports Bog blogger Dan Steinberg just can't catch a break from his Post predecessors. First Tony Kornheiser nicknamed him "The Cheese Boy," and now, Kornheiser's Pardon the Interruption co-host Michael Wilbon has all but called him garbage people.
Wilbon's feud with Steinberg has been simmering since Tuesday, when Wilbon called D.C. a crummy sports [...]

Athletes Don’t Go to Howard University for the Food!

For the partied-out print version of Washington City Paper, I wrote this week about Howard University's new athletic director and the school's historically touchy relationship with its athletes. Mostly, now that I think about it, I wrote about Howard's history of failing to feed its jocks.
Good golly, it's an odd history.
There have been at least [...]

Morning Roundup: The “Gilbert Arenas Gives the Rev. Al Sharpton a Thumbs Down” Edition

Good morning, City Desk. It's the sixth day of January. How you doing with those New Year's resolutions?
So...Mike Shanahan!
Chris Dodd!
Guantanamo inmates from Yemen!
The Post's Michael Wilbon gives the Rev. Al Sharpton a big thumbs up this morning for taking to task the gun-toting Gilbert Arenas, one of the sports world's "misbehaving black athletes."
Sharpton can change [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: What Sort of Clown Would Write an ‘Open Letter’ to Tiger Woods?

Today's Tiger Woods bits:
Michael Wilbon says Tiger's a better sportsman for getting caught with his pants down.
But that ain't the brainlessest thing written about Tiger lately. No, Wilbon's thesis reads like Malcolm Gladwell next to the efforts of CNBC's Larry Kudlow and FoxSports' Robert Lusetich. And the Denver Examiner's Rose Conley. And Rev. Ziegler over [...]

Bill Walsh, Still Respecting Sherm Lewis

Bill Walsh, the "genius" football coach of the San Francisco 49ers, died in July 2007. He'd had an amazing career, turning the 49ers from the worst record in the NFL to the best in just three seasons (1979-1981). That, plus numerous other accomplishments immortalized Walsh as one of the game's greats.
Yet not quite as [...]

Weekend in Review

Joel B. Anthony took the words right out of my mouth. Writing on the Washington Post's Free for All page on Saturday, Mr. Anthony articulated a lingering feel that I'd had about a piece of columnizing by Washington Postie Michael Wilbon.

Scenes from Post-Racial America: The Outburst Edition

Maureen Dowd, in yesterday's New York Times column, "Boy, Oh Boy," on Joe Wilson's outburst during Barack Obama's speech to Congress: "Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it."

Cheap Seats Daily: Monday Morning Coming Down!

Clearest sign that it's about time to crank out the Countdown to Cowher™: Jim Zorn's post-game interview with Sonny Jurgensen, heard on Dan Snyder's WTEM.
Here's the opening:
Sonny Jurgensen: You had one offensive touchdown...
Jim Zorn: Thank you.
Sonny Jurgensen: You've got to get into the end zone...
Jim Zorn: Yes.
Uh oh.
Dan Snyder and Jurgensen are cigar smoking buddies. [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: And If You Break Michael Vick’s Leg, We’ll Throw in a Chew Toy!

Today's Washington Post has a special pro football insert headlined "NFL '09."
The most interesting reading in the 14-page pullout comes in one of its few advertisements. Main Line Animal Rescue, a Philadelphia group that apparently specializes in saving "Bully Breeds" of dogs, bought space in the section.
The ad copy, placed alongside a photo of what [...]

A Reasonable Voice on Phelps (Finally)

After columnists at the Washington Post have been knocking themselves silly over the Michael Phelps "scandal," a voice of reason from the New York Times takes aim at the story. George Vecsey accomplishes conceptual feats that Sally Jenkins and Michael Wilbon together couldn't manage. Those feats are:
*Acknowledging that pot smoking is not such a [...]

Michael Wilbon Heard the One About the Gold Medalist and the Bong — But Didn’t Laugh

Michael Wilbon answered yesterday's Sally Jenkins' column that made light of the Michael Phelps scandal.
Wilbon's piece attempts to slam the bong-sucking swimmer.
Wilbon's been the hardest-working superstar in sports newspapering for a while now. But if his latest column were a Goofus and Gallant panel, Wilbon would own the Goofus role the way Olivier did [...]