Archive for December, 2010

Caps and Pengiuns shoot it out, Wizards snap losing streak, Georgetown, GWU delight fans

Friday, December 24th, 2010

The NHL’s biggest game so far this season turned out to be a show for the fans at the Verizon Center. In the first of four meetings between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, action went all the way to the shoot out. It was a hard hitting affair throughout. Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored the game’s first goal in the first three minutes of the first period. The Caps responded in the second period by a power play goal by Mike Green. Penguins forward Chris Kunitz scored the next goal, but Caps right wing Mike Knuble tied it late in the third period. The game then went into sudden death overtime but neither team scored. The Penguins won it in the seventh round of the shoot out.
In the standings, each team earned one point for regulation play, but the Penguins got a second point for winning in the shoot out. The Caps next face the Penguins Jan. 1 when they travel to Pittsburgh to play in the Bridge Stone Winter Classic at Heinz Field.

On Monday, the Washington Wizards snapped its seven game long losing streak by beating the Charlotte Bobcats at the Verizon Center. The Wizards came out on fire and won the game 108-75. Next up, the Wizards faced the Chicago Bulls and fell short 87-80. This was Rashard Lewis’s first game with the Wizards after being traded from the Orlando Magic for Gilbert Arenas. Lewis had eight points.

Some college basketball news: the number nine Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Memphis Tigers in Memphis, Tennessee. The final of that game was 86-69.

On Wednesday, the George Washington Colonials faced the Eastern Carolina Pirates at the Charles E. Smith Center in Foggy Bottom. In the second half, the Colonials had a 10-point lead but ECU tied the score late in the game. It was an exciting finish as ECU tied it at 80 with 9 seconds to go. After a time out, the Colonials got the ball and scored the winning basket with 2.5 seconds by Tony Taylor. The final score of the game was 82-80 in the favor of GW. Taylor had a career high 26 points. YDC asked winning coach Karl Hobbs after the game, How did you put yourself in position to get the win after falling behind earlier in the half?
“On that shot, we were very fortunate to win the game at that point. But I thought we had great momentum. I felt that if we had the chance to take the last shot, we had a good chance to win the game.”

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.