Posts Tagged ‘Washington Redskins’

The Needle: Vote Edition

Get Out The Vote: If an election is held in D.C. and nobody notices, does it make a sound? Early indications were that today's primary for D.C. Council (and GOP presidential nominee) was drawing light turnout. Polls are open until 8 p.m., so you still have time to go cast a ballot; chances are you [...]

The Needle: Bulldog Edition

Elephant In The Room: For once, news about a circus and D.C. government that involves an actual circus. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is demanding that the District look into whether the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is violating city laws against animal cruelty, specifically with its treatment of elephants (who [...]

The Needle: No Parking Edition

Parking Profits: It turns out you're not making it up—D.C. actually does issue more parking tickets than most other cities. That's according to data AAA Mid-Atlantic got via a Freedom of Information Act request, which showed the District collected more in fines last year than ever before and that the city's 17,000 metered spaces generated [...]

In Which Two Washington Post Sportswriters Debate Post Policy, Over Twitter

If you're not following Mike Wise and Dan Steinberg on Twitter, you may have missed their discussion this afternoon of allegations that former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid bounties for his players to hurt opponents. Wise said he had more dirt than that on Williams; said dirt then followed.
Read the exchange here:
Gregg Williams [...]

The Needle: Vance on the Warpath Edition

Can You Hear Me Now?: Add cell phone bills to the long list of ways the D.C. Council has managed to waste money this year (besides Lincoln Navigators and trips to New Hampshire, of course). Roaming charges and extensive messaging added up to $61,000 in cell phone bills over the last year for the council [...]

One Man’s Crusade to Bring Peyton Manning Here

Although the Washington Redskins didn’t have the worst record in the NFL this season (thanks, Rams and Colts), after another disappointing season fans and sports pundits are looking for a savior. And what better savior for a team that likes nothing better than to win the offseason than Peyton Manning?
After sitting out the entire 2011 [...]

The Needle: “You Know, The Redskins Suck” Edition

#Fail To The Redskins: The New York Giants won the Super Bowl Sunday night, but most of the D.C. Council seemed to be thinking about a different football team, one that wasn't eligible for the sort of playoff run the Giants made this postseason even though two of their five victories in 2011 came against [...]

The Needle: Doh! A Deer! Edition

Is Our Deer Learning?: Maybe it's not too late to change the award-winning designs of some of the new libraries around town. Because, apparently, the local fauna have trouble with lots of windows. A deer crashed through the plate glass in the interim library in Washington Highlands today, shattering the window; the deer had to [...]

Hail to the Old Days

Twenty years ago, the Washington Redskins starting quarterback was Mark Rypien, their wide receivers were Art Monk, Gary Clark, and Ricky Sanders, their running back was Ernest Byner, and their owner was Jack Kent Cooke. And Dan Snyder was just another fan, rooting along with the rest of the city as the team marched through [...]

A Cranky Fan’s Guide to the NFL Playoffs

Only four teams remain in contention to win Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, and despite the best efforts of owner Dan Snyder, the Washington Redskins are not among them. But Sunday's NFC and AFC championship games may feel especially bittersweet for local fans: This week marks 20 years since the last time [...]

The Needle: A Fire in Her Belly Edition

Taxi Commission Über Alles: iPhone-friendly car service Uber made a big splash when it arrived in D.C. from San Francisco, with lots of friendly tweets and a fancy lunch for the media. And then New Year's Eve happened. Customers complained that the service's "dynamic pricing" resulted in outlandish bills to get home early on Jan. [...]

The Needle: Go to School Edition

College For All—Or Else: For better or worse, a college degree is becoming an essential credential if you want to get the kind of job that can provide a middle class standard of living (before it's eventually outsourced somewhere else and/or your employer goes out of business). So when D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" [...]

Time to Rename the Streisand Effect?

There's a phenomenon known on the Internet as the "Streisand effect," which dates to 2003. Singer Barbra Streisand sued, unsuccessfully, to try to keep photos of her beachfront mansion out of a collection of images of the California shore. Streisand sought $50 million in damages for the alleged invasion of privacy. Before she sued, the [...]

The Worst Redskins Roster Since the Replacements?

Mike Shanahan has to win out the last two games of the 2011 season to pass the winning percentages racked up by Jim Zorn and Steve Spurrier during their two-year stints as Redskins coaches.
But as cruel as the standings have been to Shanahan's reputation as a coach since he got here, the recent box scores [...]

The Needle: White Cab Edition

You May Be Rich: Someone somewhere in the District is walking around with $200,000 in their pocket. A winning ticket to Saturday's Powerball drawing was sold at the 4 Seasons Convenience Store on South Dakota Avenue NE. The good news: More proof real people do actually win the lottery occasionally. The bad news: If you [...]