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Pictures From Today's OTAs

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2010 – 1:54 pm

Here are a few pictures from today’s OTA session. Not a lot of specific notes: attendance appears to be roughly the same as it’s been — pretty much everyone besides Albert Haynesworth is here, with the understandable exception of a rookie or two whose classes haven’t wrapped up yet. Tempo is still excellent. Coaches still seem fierier than in the last two years. Spirits remain high. That kind of thing.

Oh, and as you can see from this picture, the defensive backs are still doing push-ups when they drop a pass, even in drills.

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Showing My Work On The 'D.C.'s Second-Most Popular Athlete' Question

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2010 – 11:15 am

So the D.C. Sports Bog has asked who would be considered D.C.’s second-most popular athlete. Here’s bogger Dan Steinberg’s reasoning behind the question:

The drama used to be about who was No. 1. As far as I’m concerned, that debate is long-since settled. But I was thinking the other day that we suddenly have a gaping, jarring, depressing hole at No. 2.

Think about the previous names who populated such lists. Gilbert Arenas finished his NBA season in a halfway house. Clinton Portis is widely regarded as a locker-room cancer. Chris Cooley played just seven games a year ago, and has three touchdowns over his last two seasons. Mike Green had a sub-par postseason as the Caps flamed out. Ryan Zimmerman has the local profile of a wheat-germ pancake. Jason Campbell, Chris Samuels, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Ben Olsen are no longer D.C. athletes.

Steinberg throws to question out to the public by way of internet poll (and you should all go vote!), but before he reached that point he emailed a bunch of people who blog about D.C. sports to get their opinions on the subject. I was one of that bunch (as you’ll see if you read the piece), and I figured I’d go ahead an show my work over here.

So here’s my current top 5 athletes in D.C. sports, with my reasoning behind the choices:
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