Washington, DC


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Speaking of hometown pride, thanks to Pierce for passing on word from Sports Business Daily:

Scott Van Pelt‘s midnight “SportsCenter” will move to the host’s hometown of DC in August.

“I’m reaching out to Trouble Funk,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out how we can get a Go-Go version of the ‘SportsCenter’ theme. I want to have that in the bag of tricks. I want to be able to come back from commercial and have Go-Go music playing. That will say to anyone who understands that we’re back in the District.”

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From the Burgundy and Gold Owner Dan Snyder:

“As this season concludes, Bruce Allen has been relieved of his duties as President of the Washington Redskins and is no longer with the organization. Like our passionate fan base, I recognize we have not lived up to the high standards set by great Redskins teams, coaches and players who have come before us. As we reevaluate our team leadership, culture and process for winning football games, I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead to renew our singular focus and purpose of bringing championship football back to Washington D.C.”

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Full release from the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 31, went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and struck out a career-high 251 batters in 33 starts in 2019. He led the National League in wins (18) and innings pitched (209.0) and ranked among National League pitchers in strikeouts (2nd, 251), opponents’ OPS (4th, .620), opponents’ batting average (5th, .210), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (5th, 10.81), walks and hits per innings pitched (5th, 1.04), opponents’ slugging percentage (6th, .349) and opponents’ on-base percentage (7th, .271).

“We are very excited to welcome Stephen Strasburg and his family back to the Washington Nationals,” said Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner. “His tremendous talent, work ethic and leadership have been a staple of our organization since the day we selected him in the 2009 MLB Draft. We would not have won the 2019 World Series or accomplished everything we have these last 10 seasons if not for Stephen’s many contributions.” Read More

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1815 Adams Mill Road, NW

Southern Hospitality closed after 7 years here back in July. The space was previously home to Adams Mill Bar and Grill which closed back in 2011. But the big potential news comes from a recent ANC meeting (thanks to Gordon Chaffin for the heads up about it) – Ben Sislen – an Adams Morgan resident and one of the owners of the excellent The Crown & Crow in Logan Circle said that he is in the process of looking at bringing a sports bar with betting to the former Southern Hospitality space. And all I can say is STAY TUNED!!

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From the Nationals:

“The Racing Presidents are an iconic part of every Washington Nationals home game, and it is that time of year again for candidates to get their shot at joining the race.

The Nationals Entertainment department is looking for applicants to “run for office” and tryout for their chance to join the 2020 Racing Presidents. Read More

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From a press release:

“The 2019-2020 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink will begin November 15 and continue through March 15, weather permitting. Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the ice rink remains a favorite DC destination, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m not sure if this is his doppelgänger, but I’m pretty sure Max Scherzer got out of the parade to dance with and take photos with everyone around us. Could put this out to see if anyone can confirm it?”

Ed. Note: Wasn’t Scherzer wearing a blue shirt? I also saw a photo of a Max Scherzer doppelgänger with two brown eyes…

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