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50 US Senators Sign Support for Washington Redskins Name Change

Washington-RedskinsAn ongoing debate in DC centered around the Washington Redskins – its name and proposed renaming – has gained new light as 50 Senators have signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for DC’s NFL team.

“This month, Americans applauded the rapid and decisive reaction from new National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver to the racist remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Commissioner Silver sent a clear message that racism will not stand in the NBA.”

The letter goes on to read, “Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.”

Those who signed the letter include Senators Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Claire McCaskill, and Kay Hagan.

Check out the full letter here.

Democrats Top Republicans By One

20140408_capitol_classic_ff_007_605Democrats and Republicans are used to playing dirty -but not like this. Last night at RFK Stadium, Members of Congress from both parties went head to head in The Capital Soccer Classic, hosted by the US Soccer Foundation and POLITICO. Read what you will into this pundits: Democrats beat Republicans, 7  to 6.

According to POLITICO’s Lucy McCalmont,

It was a scoreless first half, largely because of the efforts of Swalwell, who as the goalkeeper for the Democrats made numerous saves against the Republicans’ strong offense. However, the Democrats scored three goals in quick succession to open the second half. The Republicans answered with one goal, but following another goal by the Democrats with just over a minute left, the score was 4-1 by the end of regulation time.

The list of sporty member who took to the field includes:  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). They were joined by DC United coach Ben Olsen and former US Olympic athlete Staci Wilson.

(Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr./POLITICO: Rep. Dave Reichert jumping in the air)

Hey Isn’t That…

20140326_155556Washington Capital’s Defenseman Mike Green enjoying a beer and burger at Ted’s Bulletin on 14th? Why yes it is!

Where else would he be after last night’s upset to the Los Angeles Kings?

WJLA’s Britt McHenry to ESPN

Stop the presses, Britt McHenry is headed to ESPN. But don’t worry, she’s not leaving DC.

The WJLA Sports Reporter announced on Facebook as did the ESPN MediaZone that starting St. Patrick’s Day she’s switching to ESPN.

Washington has been completely abuzz about McHenry’s next steps for months, after hints of a career move started whirling (example 1 & 2) on her Facebook.

Thank God we finally know. We’ve not been sleeping since the rumors started. Good night, and good luck, Britt!

STATS: Her Facebook post garnered more than 700 likes and 135 comments.

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Lawmakers and Lobbyists Face Off on the Ice

Lawmakers and lobbyists may have a cozy relationship most of the year, but on Wednesday, that relationship will be put on ice -literally.

The 6th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge will commence at 7:00 PM on Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, practice home of the Washington Capitals. The game raises money for the NHL Scholarship of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Now, we know what you’re thinking – a team composed of Members of Congress (where the average age is 57 in the House, 62 in the Senate) doesn’t seem very intimidating. But they won’t play alone. Congressional staff, administration officials, USA Warriors Hockey team members and Canadian Members of Parliament will all take to the ice as well. That’s right -Congress has got Canadians on their side. NHL Veteran and Capitals Alumnus Peter Bondra will also be donning the home colors for the Lawmakers.

For their part, the lobbyists have Comcast SportsNet Commentator and fellow Washington Capitals Alumnus Alan May.

The Lobbyists lead the series 3 games to 2, making this match an opportunity for the Lawmakers to even things up.

To buy tickets or donate, go here.

WJLA’s Britt McHenry Is Such A Tease!

Here in the Fishbowl, we’ve been hearing for a while now that WJLA sports reporter Britt McHenry is planning a career move. Thing is, we’re mostly hearing it from her.

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In late January, we did report that someone other than McHenry said she was in talks with ESPN to be a reporter and wanted out of her WJLA contract early to take the gig.

More than a month after her January 10 tease, McHenry is still at it on her social media, declaring an upcoming final travel trip with ABC7 and ending the post with “then… You’ll see :)

Our guess, she’s soon to be named ESPN’s first Emoji Correspondent. Make sure to let us know when it’s official, Britt. :)

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Britt McHenry Eyeing the Exit at WJLA

Britt McHenryIf you are a devoted follower of WJLA sports reporter Britt McHenry‘s Facebook page -and we are -then you know she’s been teasing for a while now about a potential career move. Well, a little birdy tells us that this is more than just wishful thinking. Apparently, McHenry is in talks with ESPN to be a reporter and wanted out of her WJLA contract early to take the gig. That contract should be expiring soon -no word on how long ESPN is willing to wait.

*We reached out to Britt for a comment on the situation, but, as of press time, she hadn’t gotten back to us. We’ll keep you posted if she does.

Fear Not Football! Daniel Flynn Will Save You!

Daniel FlynnIf you thought sports was the one area in American public life relatively immune from politicization, think again. Breitbart.com announced yesterday that author Daniel Flynn is coming on as editor of Breitbart Sports. Flynn is most well known for his book, The War on Football: Saving America’s Game, which attempts to refute the slew of negative stories reported recently about the health effects the game has on players, and the NFL’s handling of the situation. To say that Flynn’s reporting style is combative is a bit of an understatement -but perhaps that’s appropriate for his new beat.

“Dan Flynn is a historian who has built his career by conducting deep-dive research to debunk myths fed to Americans by the media class, in the sports world and beyond,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow.  “His knowledge base, natural skepticism, and abundant energy make him an ideal person to lead our coverage of sports and enable Breitbart to penetrate the sports media echo chamber serving as gateway to introduce a new audience to the Breitbart News brand.”

We’re not sure how sports fans will take to the Breitbart News brand, but the NFL commissioners, at least, will probably be glad to have Flynn around.

Read the memo announcing the hire after the jump.

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FishbowlDC Has Nothing to Do With This Ridiculous New Show

Don’t like football? Sick of the Puppy Bowl? Don’t like kittens? Well no worries, there’s a new absurd four hour animal-focused television event to stare at on Superbowl Sunday. DC-based NatGeo WILD will be airing “The Fishbowl” on February 2nd from 6 – 10PM, which is a show comprised entirely of -you guessed it -a fishbowl.

We would just like to make it very clear that this not our doing.

Political Rivals Bond Over Pooch

lost_dogTucker Martin is the communications director for Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia. Over the weekend, he set out to do a little hunting and, in the process, lost Blue, one of his hunting dogs.

So he did what any savvy person would do in that situation.

He tweeted about it. In a series of tweets, Martin wrote, “Need help. Lost Blue dog on trail run at Poor Farm Park in Hanover. Hr ago. Please RT. Worried as lots of woods beyond this park. Thanks folks. Anyway if you know folks in western Hanover, Ashland area please pass word on. 50 lbs. Short legs. UVa collar. Brown, black, white markings.”

Naturally, when we first saw that tweet, we were less than optimistic, but this story has a happy ending. Clark Mercer, political director of Democratic Party of Virginia, sent a tweet saying he was near that area and would head out to see if he could find the hound.

So, what happened to Blue? Read more

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