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CNN’s John King was spotted at the Washington Wizards-Atlanta Hawks game last night. King, a fellow Wiz fan, is one of many recognizable faces from the DC press that are regulars to the Verizon Center, including FOX News’ Bret Baier and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer .

Unfortunately, the Wizards fell to the Hawks 106-102 in somewhat of a sloppy performance.

Let’s go Wizkids! #dcRising

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FOX 5′s Tony Perkins ‘Out’ As Redskins Fan

After Sunday’s loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many Redskins fans were understandably upset with the performance of their beloved football team. FOX 5′s Tony Perkins, however, seems to have renounced his fandom entirely via Twitter.

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As a Redskins fan myself, this is truly blasphemous, however, I can completely sympathize with the frustration surrounding this team.  Although I don’t agree with abandonment, as a hopeless DC sports fan, distancing one’s self emotionally from this team seems prudent, and simply better for one’s own sanity.

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ICYMI – Bloomberg Politics’ Look at Partisanship Among NFL Fan Bases

1406585455318Bloomberg Politics released the partisan findings of every NFL team’s fan base in collaboration with analytics firm Resonate.

Joshua Green writes in his latest piece “The NFL’s Most Republican and Democratic Fan Bases:”

“To measure the partisanship of a team’s fan base, Resonate looked at the stated party affiliation and vote propensity of people in congressional districts that lie within a team’s “designated market area”—essentially its local television market.”

“But, surprisingly, the stereotypical NFL fan is a bellowing, beer-drinking white male in a jersey and face paint—i.e., a Republican—yet the number of ‘Democratic’ teams exceeds the number of ‘Republican’ teams by almost 2-to-1.”

While the fan bases of NFL teams in Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, and Jacksonville, Fla. leaned Republican, those in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Miami were generally Democratic.

For more on the findings, click here.

Hey Isn’t That…Teddy Roosevelt on ‘FOX News Sunday?’

image2A surprising and unlikely Washington personality joined host Chris Wallace and panel guests Brit HumeJuan WilliamsJulie Pace; and George Will for the closing of yesterday’s “FOX News Sunday.”

With his team on the road competing in the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, the Washington National’s Teddy Roosevelt, usually seen racing around Nationals Park, stopped by the set of the Sunday public affairs program.

“We’ve been counting on our lucky Jayson Werth garden gnome to help us root for the Nationals, but now, we’re calling in reinforcements,” said Wallace before the show’s wrap. “So one of the racing presidents from Nats Park, Teddy, is here today to help us urge on our team. Go Nats!”

We too recently stopped by the set of “FOX News Sunday.”  Check out our behind the scenes with Wallace here.

FCC to Consider Punishing Broadcasters that Use Term ‘Redskins’

redskinsFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission is considering a petition filed by GW law professor John Banzhaf III urging it to take away the broadcasting license of WWXX-FM for referring to the Washington NFL team as the “Redskins.”

In August, Banzhaf shared with Broadcasting & Cable several options for having the term removed from broadcast, including a FCC petition to restrict words that are “highly derogatory, racist, and hateful to ethnic and other groups.” Read more

Chuck Todd and Deborah Turness Have Thursday Night ‘Working Dinner’ at Stoney’s

In the final 72 hours before his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where was Chuck Todd? Stoney’s!

In an interview with POLITICO’s Dylan Byers this week, Todd recalled NBC News president Deborah Turness - who just last month announced that he’d replace David Gregory as “MTP” moderator – requesting a staff working-dinner for Thursday.

Thursday being the start of the NFL season, Todd told Byers, “We found a sports bar that gave us a room with a TV…The rest of the staff can have a working dinner. I’m going to be watching football.”

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Former NFL Athlete Donté Stallworth Named Huff Post Politics Fellow

The Huffington Post has named former NFL athlete Donté Stallworth a politics fellow to cover national security. Stallworth played for the Washington-area NFL team through August 2013 and prior, for the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles. Umm…ok?

While Stallworth lacks professional experience in the journalism industry, he’s been active on Twitter, as documented Thursday morning by The Washington Post, commenting on national and international current events. Back in February, he penned a piece for Think Progress on Michael Sam, who was recently released by the St. Louis Rams.

“As an NFL player I was fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest the game had to offer,” said Stallworth. “That same fortune follows me to The Huffington Post where Arianna Huffington is constantly ahead of the game in changing the ways we get our news. I’m blessed and honored to have such a great opportunity to work with some great minds and even better people.” Read more

GW Law Professor’s FCC Approach to ‘Redskins’ Name Change

banzblueGW professor John Banzhaf has a plan to further efforts for a Washington Redskins name change.

Owner Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name, but most recently, criticism of the use of the term has come from The Washington Post editorial board, who on Friday announced that they’ve banned the word from their vocabulary, and 50 US Senators, who in May, signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans. And in June, the U.S. Patent Office canceled 6 Redskins football team trademarks after it ruled the those in question were “disparaging to Native Americans,” which Snyder is appealing.

How exactly will Banzhaf do it? He told Broadcasting & Cable that he plans to challenge the radio station licenses of seven stations owned by Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting. Read more

WaPo Editorial Board Bans Use of the Word ‘Redskins’ in Reference to DC NFL Team

The Washington Post’s editorial board Friday announced that it will stop writing the word ‘Redskins’ in reference to the Washington NFL football team. “Except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board wrote.

In May, 50 Senators signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for the team as many consider it disparaging to Native Americans.

“While we wait for the National Football League to catch up with thoughtful opinion and common decency, we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves,” the board declared Friday. “That’s the standard we apply to all offensive vocabulary, and the team name unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.” Read more

FOX5′s Kevin McCarthy Trades Career with Robert Griffin III

Today on FOX 5′s “Good Day DC,” the network’s entertainment and film critic Kevin McCarthy visited Robert Griffin III this week at team training and attempted to trade careers with the football star.

In the segment, RG3 rated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and almost successfully taught McCarthy to throw the perfect spiral.

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