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Thanks to a reader for passing on this bit of awesomeness from Craigslist:

” Are you an Old Geezer with an Extra Nats Ticket? (Washington, DC)

Did you purchase season tickets and are looking for someone to go with you? Have you suddenly found you have an extra ticket because your baseball buddy is passed out drunk on the floor or is now on life support?

Would you rather have an empty seat next to you or would you like to invite me, an avid Nats fan, to enjoy the game with you?

I am a 65-year-old Senior Lady (SWF ~ not interested in married men). I am moderately attractive, at least the villagers haven’t run me out of town with pitchforks and torches yet.

I cry unabashedly during the National Anthem and when the military receives their well deserved recognition. I promise if I catch a foul ball I will give it to you, providing it doesn’t first knock me in the head and give me a concussion.

So, if you have an extra ticket that isn’t going to be used and would like to invite me to stand next to you as we Root, Root, Root for the home team….get in touch…. it would be a real shame to let your unused ticket go to waste…..”

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Upshur and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW

From a press release:

“On September 27th, runners will become a part of history when they join Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson at the first annual Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage! After winning the Boston Marathon twice, Ms. Benoit Samuelson went on to become the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250 acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. All proceeds and donations support preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives such as the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.

The Freedom 5K XC traverses the picturesque AFRH grounds, on roads and paths that wind past ponds, woods, and fields. As a cross country-style course, the running surface will include paved and unpaved pathways. The run culminates at President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” where Lincoln developed his seminal document in our country’s ongoing struggle for freedom.

The Freedom 5K XC will take place on Saturday September 27th at 8:00 am. Early bird registration is $30 and ends on August 27. Registration after August 27th is $40 per person. Registration for the Freedom 5K XC is managed by Potomac River Running Club; to register online and get more information visit here.”

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A reader sends the photo above and writes:

“Only in DC can you watch your team win the World Cup, and then go right up to the sovereign territory of the country you beat to taunt them (well, not only in DC, I guess if you happen to be near the actual country, but you get the idea).”

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“Dear PoPville,

My friend went to the baseball game yesterday and brought all the goods to tailgate, as he has done for already this season as well as most games for the past 4 years. He was told that tailgating AND BEER was no longer allowed in the parking lot. This is unbelievable! Have you or other readers heard anything about this?! Is it just certain lots that you can’t tailgate in???? Was it an April Fools joke in July?! Please advise…”

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Photo from last World Cup in the Circle by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

From the Dupont Festival:

“Dupont Festival will feature the live broadcast of USA vs. GERMANY at 12PM and also intend on screening a second live game tbd at approximately 4PM.”

If anyone goes please send some photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail or upload a few to the PoPville flickr pool. Thanks! and USA USA USA

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From MPD:

“Traffic may be impacted in and around RFK Stadium on Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd in conjunction with the Volkswagen Rallycross DC.

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wish to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution, as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.”

From Events DC:

“A thrilling new track layout was unveiled for Volkswagen Rallycross DC, the third round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series taking place on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds June 21-22. The exciting 0.5-mile, combination tarmac and dirt course features 10 turns of varying radius and speed, and the famous Red Bull Global Rallycross jump.

“We think it’s pretty cool to offer professional racing right here in our nation’s capital, and certainly Volkswagen Rallycross DC will be one of the District’s most exciting events of the summer,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. “Fans all around the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds will have great views of the race course.”

The two-day, action-packed event will feature live music, food, entertainment, a VIP club and plenty of great racing. The main event on Sun., June 22 airs live on NBC at 2 p.m. ET. For tickets and more information, please visit redbullglobalrallycross/dc or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Event attendees are invited to bring non-perishable food items or toiletries to donate to SOME (So Others Might Eat), a D.C.-based charity dedicated to serving the poor and homeless in Washington, D.C. SOME barrels will be stationed at Festival Grounds entrances to accept all donations.”

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kken comments in the rant/revel:

“USPTO just cancelled the Redskins trademarks. Suck it Snyder.”

From the UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE ruling:

“As explained below, we decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled be cause they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered, in violation of Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a). This decision concerns only the statutory right to registration under Section 2(a). We lack statutory authority to issue rulings concerning the right to use trademarks.”

So for our lawyers out there what exactly does that mean?

You can read the full ruling here.

Update Statement by Bob Raskopf, Trademark Attorney for the Washington Redskins:

“The following is a statement by Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Washington Redskins, regarding today’s split decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board:

“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo.

‘Redskins Are Denied Trademarks’

-Washington Post, April 3, 1999

‘Redskins Can Keep Trademark, Judge Rules’

-Washington Post, October 2, 2003

We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.

As today’s dissenting opinion correctly states, “the same evidence previously found insufficient to support cancellation” here “remains insufficient” and does not support cancellation.

This ruling – which of course we will appeal – simply addresses the team’s federal trademark registrations, and the team will continue to own and be able to protect its marks without the registrations. The registrations will remain effective while the case is on appeal. (more…)

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Renderings courtesy DC United

From UniteDC:

“In two weeks, D.C. United fans, supporters and community groups have their first opportunity to tell the city council that it’s time to build A STADIUM FOR ALL. As the World Cup kicks off an exciting summer of soccer, the time is now to let the D.C. Council know you support building a new stadium.

On Thursday, June 26th at 9:30am, the D.C. Council will hold its first public hearing on the D.C. United stadium proposal.

We need your support to demonstrate to the Council how important this project is to the entire District of Columbia.

Sign-up TODAY to speak at the hearing and make your voice heard!

We hope you will take time to register your support at this important hearing to UniteDC to bring A STADIUM FOR ALL! The hearing will be held in the Council Hearing Room on the 5th Floor of John A. Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

You can see the new renderings for the stadium here:

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More renderings after the jump. (more…)