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Skins fans wait til next year, Caps dominate Penguins, Wiz look to get back on track, Hoyas face Red Storm in NYC, Colonials look to ascend Atlantic 10 standings

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The 2010 Washington Redskins season came to an end Sunday at FedEx Field. The New York Giants defeated the Skins for the second time this season. Four turnovers certainly did not help the Skins as they fell 17-14. This season was a roller coaster with a lot of distractions. The lengthy injured reserve roster, the Albert Haynsworth saga and the benching of Donovan McNabb are worth mentioning. The Skins will now use the most common phrase in sports, “There is always next year.”

The Washington Capitals played in one of the most exciting sporting events on New Years Day. The 2011 Brigestone Winter Classic was sold out at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Caps faced rival Penguins who had beaten the Caps in a dramatic game Dec. 24. After the Pens scored the first goal, it was all Caps. With nearly 70,000 fans watching in person and an outstanding NBC audience in most markets, the Caps scored three unanswered goals and defeated the Penguins, 3-1. The Caps Eric Fehr scored two goals for the good guys. This week the Caps face two Southeast Division opponents when the Tampa Bay Lightning hit the Verizon Center ice Tuesday and the Florida Panthers come to D.C. Saturday.

Two winnable games are coming up this week, so the Wizards can hope to get up to ten wins. After two straight losses, the Washington Wizards look to regain a double-digit win this week as they travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday and return to Verizon Center to face the New Jersey Nets Friday.

After the 86-75 win vs. DePaul on New Years Day, the Georgetown Hoyas look to go two in a row tonight at the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York. Tonight they face St. John’s on nationally televised ESPN 2 at 7:00 p.m. After tonight’s game, the Hoyas face West Virginia on Saturday at Verizon Center with an 11:00 a.m. tip off.

After two straight wins the George Washington Colonials look to make it three in a row as they face LA Salle on Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center in Foggy Bottom.

Caps serve a victory to starving DC pro team fans, Wiz choke on Heat, Skins fall to Cowboys, Hoyas romp over Greyhounds

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Washington Capitals
The 17-game pro D.C. sports losing streak is finally over! The Washington Capitals snapped there eight-game losing streak Sunday as they faced the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. The Caps won the game 3-2 and rookie Mathieu Perreault scored two of those goals. The Caps got there first win since Dec. 1. This week the Caps try to go two in as they welcome the New Jersey Devils to the Verizon Center on nationally televised Versus, Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. Also, on Thursday the Caps play the first game of the four-game series against rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards fell short of defeating the Miami Heat and its big three in front of a sold out house, 95-94, Saturday night at Verizon Center but. The Wizards were up 4 with less then 30 seconds to go, but turnovers, and missed free throws led them to defeat. Before the game however, there was breaking news as Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was traded to the Orlando Magic for Rashard Lewis. The Wizards have not won a game since Dec. 3. They try to snap out of there six-game losing streak tonight as they face the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Washington Redskins
With two games to go in the NFL season, the Washington Redskins looked to defeat archrival Dallas Cowboys at Cowboy Stadium. On Friday, Donovan McNabb was benched for Rex Grossman. Grossman went 25/43 throwing 322-yards and four touchdowns. However, he had two critical interceptions. The Skins fell 33-30. Next up, the Skins travel to the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff on Fox.
Georgetown University Hoyas
The 8-1 Georgetown Hoyas improve to 9-1 as they defeated Loyola Maryland Saturday at Verizon Center in front of a crowd exceeding 11,000. The first few minutes of the game was close, but then G’town took control. With four players in double figures and a 78 percent field goal success, the Hoyas blew the Greyhounds out, 99-75. Next up, the Hoyas travel to face Memphis Thursday, Dec. 23, with an 8:00 p.m tip on ESPN2.

BB&T Classic: great triple header; Nats sign Werth; Skins, Caps and Wizards disappoint

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The 16th annual BB&T was on Sunday, Dec 15 at the Verizon Center featuring three NCAA men’s basketball games in a triple-header. The first game was between the University of Florida and American University. Florida defeated AU, 67-48. YDC asked AU head coach Jeff Jones about playing in the larger arena versus the smaller Bender Arena on the AU campus. Jones replied, “No. We could have come over this morning and shot around, I think our time was 7:00 a.m. To change our schedule around that much for 45 minutes of shooting didn’t make sense. So we got over here early, got on the court as early as we could. To be quite honest, I thought we shot the ball pretty well. In general, we got good shots for the most part when we weren’t turning it over. Sometimes they go and sometimes they don’t. But I don’t think it’s because we played in a bigger arena.”

Game two featured two local schools as the George Washington Colonials faced the U.S. Naval Academy. The final score of the game was Navy defeating GW, 64-57. GW came close to tying it up before the half and looked to take the lead in the second half, but Navy took control of the game and never gave up the lead. 

Game three, the game of the tournament, featured Temple University and the University of Maryland. The Terps were down most of the game, but four non-starting replacement players found their way to cut the lead to two late in the second half. They managed to tie it, but then Temple scored with a foul shot for a three-point lead. The final score of the game was Temple, 64, Terps, 61.

The Washington Nationals achieved breaking news on Sunday as they signed Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year $126 million contract.

The Washington Redskins fell to 5-7 on the season as they lost to NFC East opponent the New York Giants. They lost 31-7 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Next Sunday, the Skins face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00 p.m. at FedEx Field.

After losing to Dallas on the road, the Washington Capitals looked to get back to winning ways Saturday night at Verizon Center but fell in the final meeting of the season to South East Division opponent, the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-1.

Lastly, The Washington Wizards looked to go two in a row after defeating the Portland Trailblazers Friday. For Fridays’ game, it was John Wall bobble head night for the first 10,000 fans. The Wizards looked for that second consecutive win on the road against the Phoenix Suns, but lost their tenth road game of the season. They have not won on the road yet this season.

Caps win three straight, Skins drop to 5-6, heads up: BB&T back at Verizon Center Dec. 5

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

After three straight losses, the Washington Capitals have won three straight. More importantly, these victories were against Southeast Division opponents. The night before Thanksgiving, the Caps defeated on the Carolina Hurricanes on the road. On Friday, the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-0 on home ice. Sunday, a win over the Carolina Hurricanes came in the shoot out as Alexander Ovechkin was the only goal scorer of the shoot out. The Caps open the month of December on the road visiting the St. Louis Blues, and the Dallas Stars before returning home Saturday vs. the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Washington Redskins dropped to 5-6 on the season and 2-4 at FedEx Field as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings 17-13. The Skins had only one turnover in the game to the Vikings’ zero, which was one reason why they lost. One improvement, however, has been the Skins third-down conversions. On Sunday, they went 7-15. Redskins quarter-back, Donovan McNabb went 21-35 throwing 211-yards. He had one touchdown and one interception. The Vikings quarterback is 41-year-old Brett Favre. The 20-year veteran went 15-23 and threw 172 yards. He had no touchdowns or interceptions. Lastly, the Redskins rushing attack was nonexistent – only had 29 rushing yards the whole game.

Next up, The Skins travel to the New Meadowland Stadium and face NFC East opponent the New York Giants for the first time this season. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Fox.

In other D.C. sports news, the Washington Wizards fell 100-99 to the Orlando Magic Saturday night due to a successful last second shot by Magic center Dwight Howard. DC United named Ben Olsen as team manager for next season.

Lastly, this Sunday marks the 16th annual BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center. Three games will be taking place starting at 2:30 p.m. University of Florida takes on American University, following that is George Washington vs. Navy, and lastly the University of Maryland takes on the Temple University.

Skins improve conversion percentage, Caps break winning streak, Wizards fizzle in Detroit

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

After last Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins looked to change the tables at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. With the game tied at 16 in the fourth quarter, Redskins kicker Graham Gano tried to kick a game winning 47-yard field goal. He came up short. He had a chance to redeem himself in overtime and did so. Gano knocked in the game winning 48-yard field goal to give the Redskins its fifth win of the season, one more then last year. The final score was 19-16.

Last week the Redskins went 0-10 on third down conversions. The team was last in the league coming into Sunday’s game at 22 percent. The worst team on third down conversions did not show up in Nashville. The Redskins went 8-16, a solid 50 percent. The Skins also won the penalty match up as they had three penalties for 20 yards and the Titans had 11 penalties for 81 yards.

Even with the win, the Skins lost eight players due to injury. The major injury was to running back Clinton Portis who re-injured his groin.

Next Sunday the Redskins return to FedEx Field to face the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 p.m. on Fox.

The team with the best record in the NHL did not look like the best team on the road Friday as the Washington Capitals got blanked 5-0 by the Atlanta Thrashers. They had to rebound after that awful performance and travel back to the Verizon Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. With the Caps down 4-3 and 40 seconds left in regulation, Eric Fehr tied the game with a slap shot to send the game into overtime. The rebound fell flat when the team had to kill a 4-3 penalty with 90 seconds remaining in the game and did not score in a shootout. The loss broke the Caps seven-game home ice win streak. This week the Caps play New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, and Tampa Bay Lightening.

After winning Friday to the Memphis Grizzlies at Verizon Center 89-86, the Wizards looked to go two in a row and to get their first win on the road this season. Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Mich. the game was tied. Andray Blatche had a chance to hit the winning three-pointer at the buzzer to win it. He missed. The Wizards fell in overtime 115-110. Rookie John Wall sat out his fourth straight game with sprained ankle. He was active before the game, but decided to rest it one extra day. The Wizards return to the Verizon Center Tuesday to host the Philadelphia 76ers.

Eagles soar over Skins, Caps dominate division, Hoyas launch season

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

About five hours prior to the Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles ESPN Monday Night Football kick-off, quarterback Donovan Mcnabb signed a five-year $78 million extension with the Redskins. This contract extension came after being benched for the final two minutes of Oct. 31 game in Detroit and a bye Nov. 9.

Then things got ugly. On the first play of the game, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw an 88-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. The Redskins’ first few possessions ended without a first down. The Eagles scored 28 unanswered points by the end of the first quarter.

By halftime, the score was 45-14. It was raining. Many of the 84, 912 fans had fled to the FedEx Field gates before the half was even over. When it was all said and done, the Redskins lost 59-28. The Skins were 0-10 on third down conversions and gave up 592 yards to the Eagles.

The Skins now sit in third place in the NFC East and will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. With luck, running back Clinton Portis will return to the roster. He’s been recovering from a groin injury suffered in the Oct. 3 victory over the Eagles.

The Washington Capitals continue to cruise and are in first place in the NHL by one point over the Philadelphia Flyers. On Sunday, the Caps defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 6-4 at Verizon Center giving the Caps a record of 8-1 at home this season. The Caps have an eight-point division lead.

In the NCAA, the Georgetown Hoyas 2010/2011 season got underway with victories over Old Dominion 62-59, and Tulane, 69-53.