Archive for November, 2010

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.