Posts Tagged ‘TED LEONSIS’

District Line Daily: Mayor Barry’s Send-Off

Ted Leonsis says the Olympics will prove we're not "dysfunctional."

District Line Daily: Gray Reportedly Rejects Plea Deal

The D.C. school chief says next year's budget is the year for high schools.

The Needle: Perks of Marion Barry

Above the Law: Marion Barry was able to get his Jaguar out of the impound lot free of charge after a weekend car collision highlighted thousands of dollars in unpaid parking and traffic tickets for that one car. The owner of D.C. Towing and Recovery says he comped the impound for the mayor-for-life because he wanted to show [...]

The Needle: What’s This Guy Smoking?

Calm Down, Bro: Rep. John Mica and other House Republicans are expected to single out the District’s marijuana decriminalization bill during a May 8 hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, which Mica chairs. “It’s against federal law to do certain things on federal property, versus now the District is looking at [...]

How to Hop on the Wizards Bandwagon

The Washington Wizards are in the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2008. Last week, they won the first game of a playoff series (for the first time since 2006), then won the second one (for the first time since 1982), both on the road against the fourth-seeded Chicago Bulls, to bring a 2-0 [...]

The Needle: Mall Mats

Grass or Cash, Nobody Mall's for Free: New orders from the Secretary of the Interior mandate new grass installation on the National Mall, and require groups holding events on the Mall to repair or replace any damaged grass. +1
Alternative to Energy: Healthy new downtown restaurant Energy Kitchen doesn't have any menu items with more than [...]

Wizards Misery Report: The New Most Miserable Record

The Wizards won a game! And promptly lost another one. But that second game doesn't matter as much, since a 1-13 record is innumerably better than a 0-12 record. No one's expecting the Wizards to win rings this year, but at least they won't have the longest futility record in NBA history.
Alas, there's no rest [...]

The Needle: Obama on H Street NE

Penn Social Philanthrophy: Penn Quarter comedy club-turned-bar Penn Social is throwing a football watch and fundraiser Sunday afternoon to benefit two of the business's bar backs, injured last weekend by a drunk driver. +3
Scuttlebutt: Is Barack Obama dining at H Street's Smith Commons tonight? Rumors say yes. +2

The Needle: Nats Miss On Metro

Strikeout: The Nationals continue to not pay for extended Metro service after games, and it's not clear why (other than the money, obviously). -3
Imagined Communities: More news on the as-yet-unnamed "sports bar for women" concept from Bachelorette contestant and Bachelor Pad villain Chris Bukowski. At a Bachelor Pad screening last night, Bukowski said he hopes his [...]

District Line Daily: Mikulski Mad at Metro

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I have sad news on this Tuesday: Caps and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is giving [...]

Racism, Twitter, and Joel Ward

So, last night, Caps winger Joel Ward became a local hero after scoring an overtime goal that will take the team into the second round of the NHL playoffs. Since Ward is black, and some people can't seem to help but say racist things when black people do awesome things (see: Rue, The Hunger Games), [...]

The Wizards Meet the New Boss

On Tuesday afternoon, Washington Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld fired Flip Saunders, the only coach he’s officially hired during his eight-plus seasons in D.C., after a 2-15 start to this season and a 51-130 cumulative record over Saunders’ tenure with the team. (This post originally misstated Saunders' record.) “We felt the team had become unresponsive,” [...]

Ted Talks

Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals, is one of those members of the District elite who transcends politics.
Which isn't to say that Leonsis, a tech mogul turned sports tycoon, doesn't have the skills to make it in his city's main game. Last night, I watched the owner of the 1-12 [...]

The Needle: Domestic Oil Edition

That's No Oil Spill, That's Our River: D.C. officials and the Coast Guard responded last night to reports of an oil spill on the Anacostia River. The good news: There was no oil spill. The bad news: The river is sufficiently polluted that they thought there was. Keep toting those reusable bags. -3

The Wizard is Dead, Long Live the Wizard

The Washington Wizard isn’t gone—he’s just officially buried in a sea of red, white, and blue, likely never to be heard from again.
Ted Leonsis’ ownership group finally unveiled the much-anticipated new look for the city’s basketball team today, with dim lighting, pop music, balloons, and customized cupcakes giving the Verizon Center's practice court a feel [...]