Sports: Monday, June 24, 2024

LL Play Resumes Tonight On 1450, Nats Rally In The Ninth To Down Rockies, O’s Swept By ‘Stros…

Lane Thomas and Joey Meneses deliver clutch 9th inning hits in the Nats’ 2-1 win over Colorado. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…

Rooting For Vince

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Greetings from The Booth!

If you want to root for an athlete with local ties tomorrow (Monday) night, look no further than Vince Ciattei, who has made his way through his opening heat and the semifinals and will run in 1500 meter final at the Olympic Trials. If the last name is familiar to you, it should be. Vince’s uncle is Nick Ciattei, who was a mainstay of local radio for years, and now runs Mid Atlantic Golf Getaways. Nick also joins me on The Sports Dogs Podcast on the week’s of golf’s major tournaments for analysis and predictions.

Vince, who now calls Flagstaff, Arizona home, has an impressive running resume. At Virginia Tech, Ciattei was the NCAA 1500 meter and indoor mile runner-up in 2018. Vince, a 2013 grad of Perry Hall in Baltimore, was also a member of the Hokies’ NCAA-winning Distance Medley relay team. In 2021, he was a 1500 meter finalist in the Olympic Trials, and in 2023 finished 4th in the prestigious New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. This year, Vince won the Trials of Miles race in a personal-best 3:50.3, and captured his second USA Road Mile title at the Grand Blue Mile, setting a course record in the process.

But at 29, Ciattei is getting long in the tooth in “miler years,” and this may be his last shot at Olympic glory. His personal best in the 1500 meters is 3:34.57, set in 2021, and with runners like Yared Nuguse in the finals field, Vince will need to run the race of his life. “The Goose” is the North American outdoor record holder in the mile and 1500, and the North American indoor record holder in the mile, 1500, and 3000 meters.

Nuguse, who ran a 3:34.09 in the semis, will be joined in the finals by Cole Hocker, who easily won his semifinal in 3:37.89, setting up a much-anticipated Nuguse-Hocker matchup tomorrow night. For Ciattei to make Team USA, he will need to keep the front-running Nuguse in his sights, and then rely on his typical strong finish to finish in the top 3.

Vince will be an underdog, for sure. But on a given night, even the world’s best runners can have an off-night, setting the stage for some unexpected heroics. All the years of training, toil, and heartache have come down to one night for Vince Ciattei. A trip to Paris is just 1500 meters away.

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO VINCE!


Note: Tomorrow’s Olympic Trials can be seen on NBC, starting at 8:45 pm, and on Peacock from 1-3 pm and from 8-11 pm. Credit to¬† and Nick for the info on Vince.

Sports: Friday, June 21, 2024

VBL Scores and Schedule, Nats Drop 2 Of 3 To D-Backs, O’s Embarrass Yankees 17-5

Lane Thomas’ 430-foot blast gives the Nats an early lead in a 5-2 loss to the D-Backs. Courtesy Nationals’ Radio Network…

Sports: Thursday, June 20, 2024

VBL Update, Nats Down D-Backs 3-1, LL District 3 Coach Pitch Scores

Jesse Winker smacks a go-ahead homer in the Nats’ 3-1 win against Arizona. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…


Sports: Monday, June 17, 2024

VBL Scoreboard, Red-Hot Nats Sweep Miami, Dechambeau Wins US Open

Jacob Young and Lane Thomas go deep to lead Nats to a Sunday win over the Marlins. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…

A Dad’s Diary

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Happy Father’s Day from The Booth!

Best wishes to all the Dads out there, who have offered such sage advice over the years to your kids, like “go ask your mom.” It’s your weekend, and your day, so I hope you have been able to do what you enjoy, whatever that might be. Maybe a round of golf, grilling steaks, or just relaxing in the Lay-Z-Boy.

Congrats are in order for my fellow “Sports Dog,” Ryan Rutherford (a.k.a. The Duke), who tied the knot this weekend. I wish him a long and happy marriage, and hope he gets to someday enjoy the ups (and downs) of fatherhood.

My Father’s Day weekend has been a good one. It started Friday with a visit from my son, as we celebrated an early Father’s Day and his 24th birthday. The pizza, ice cream cake, and gifts were secondary to the visit itself. 24 years has gone by in the blink of an eye, and it’s the time spent that matters, not material things.

Saturday was my annual “Guy’s Day Out,” as me and “my buds” went to DC for a baseball game between the Nats and Marlins. After figuring out how to put money on a Metro card, and which trains would get us to the ballpark, we made it to Half Street for a quick beverage and some wings at B-Dubs, then a short walk to Nationals Park. Our seats were incredible, just several rows up from field level along the first base line, and we basked in the sunshine, as the Nats blanked Miami 4-0. The Nationals are a fun, young, aggressive team, with a nice rotation of starting pitchers. Their rebuild is definitely trending in the right direction. Overall, a great day, except for the trouble we had finding peanuts. That seemed almost un-American.

Sunday was my day, and after a morning of doing “Dad” stuff like weed eating, and chain-sawing (can you hear my Tim Allen-like manly grunt?), I settled in to watch the 124th US Open Golf Championship, as Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau dueled down the stretch. This is the 25th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s US Open win in 1999. Payne’s victory was certainly memorable, but even more so was what happened as the tournament concluded. Instead of immediately celebrating his win, Stewart consoled a dejected runner-up Phil Mickelson with a memorable embrace. Payne reminded Phil, who was about to become a Dad, with the memorable words, “You’re going to be a father.”

On Father’s Day 1999, Payne Stewart had it all in proper perspective…

Until next visit from The Booth…Dad’s rule!




Sports: Friday, June 14, 2024

VBL Scoreboard, Nats Fall To Tigers, Cantlay and McIlroy Share First Round Open Lead

Lane Thomas is given the “heave-ho” in Nats’ 7-2 loss to Detroit. Courtesy Nationals Radio Network…