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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

Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

SPOTTED: The Mark Plotkin Edition

D.C. had a big college basketball weekend. While Georgetown destroyed Syracuse, George Washington University faced a big game, themselves with their final home game against the Dayton Flyers. After the game went into overtime, GW scored with a thunderous dunk, with less than 2 seconds remaining, that won the game.

As the happy crowd streamed out of the arena, our spy snapped a pic of former WTOP political commentator, Mark Plotkin. You may remember that Plotkin was canned from the station for his repeated angry outbursts.

Upon first viewing, we weren’t sure if it was actually Plotkin, since the subject in the photo seems to have less hair. Then again, the history of Plotkin’s rage issues may explain the balding.

 

HuffPost’s Ward Has Saditude

Sports fans around the country watched in disbelief as the Washington Nationals blew a 6-0 lead on Friday night to end their season with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. It was a sickening collapse to watch if you were a fan of the baseball team, which had the best season in baseball this year.

As mourning fans filed from the ballpark, several people, including Yahoo’s Chris Moody and HuffPost’s Sam Stein caught a sad sight on TV as they watched the game. It was the sight of a pouting Jon Ward, senior political reporter for HuffPost, decked out in a Nationals jersey and hat. The pained look on his face sums up how all Nationals fans felt at that moment.

Tweets of sympathy came in from around the Twitterverse, but Moody captured the moment best by tweeting “Ich bin ein @jonward11.” Moody also changed his Twitter avi to a pic of the saddened Ward.

This lasted for about a day.  On Saturday, Moody tweeted,

And with that, the Nats season came to a crushing close, but Ward stays positive. After the loss, he tweeted, “We’ll get em next year. But wow, that was pretty brutal.”

Yeah Rigghht, Luke

A recent profile of sports super agent Drew Rosenhaus on 60 Minutes elicited the attention of NBC’s Luke Russert. To be sure, Rosenhaus is a divisive figure in sports. He is the real-life agent that inspired Tom Cruise’s character in Jerry Maguire. Some people point to him as the reason why professional athletes make as much money as they do. He is the very definition of a love-him-or-hate-him kind of guy.

Rosenhaus tells interviewer Scott Pelley that he really believes that “the NFL would fall apart without me.” Obviously, social media reacted and had several not-very-nice things to say about Rosenhaus. But in the middle of the fracas, Russert, who likes to sometimes play defense, jumped in. One thing about Russert: He likes to play up and down his famous surname depending on the circumstance. In this case, he’s just a regular, unknown kid from Buffalo. He tweeted:

 

Among the things they make clear in the profile is that Rosenhaus has a client on almost every NFL football team. That means he has a LOT of clients… Read more

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