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Sports: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
HS Hoop Tonite On 1450, Caps Beat Isles In OT, Dallas Takes Down Tampa
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ALL-NEW FOX SPORTS RADIO 1450, FEATURING DAN PATRICK, WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOCKEY…AND LOCAL HS BASKETBALL. WILLIAM MONROE VISITS SKYLINE ON TUESDAY…WITH RYAN RUTHERFORD ON THE CALL.
IN GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOOP YESTERDAY
STRASBURG ROUTED RAPPAHANOCK 54-31
THE CAPS SNAPPED A 2-GAME LOSING SKID WITH A 4-3 OVERTIME ROAD WIN AGAINST THE ISLANDERS. THE CAPS CLIMBED OUT OF A 3-0 HOLE AND GOT THE GAME WINNER FROM DIMITRY ORLOV IN THE EXTRA FRAME. THE CAPS ENTERTAIN THE WILD TONIGHT AT 7.
THE NFL SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND CONCLUDED LAST NIGHT WITH DALLAS ELININATING TAMPA BAY 31-14. COWBOYS QB DAK PRESCOTT THREW FOR 304 YARDS AND 4 TOUCHDOWNS IN THE VICTORY AS DALLAS WON IT’S FIRST ROAD PLAYOFF GAME IN 30 YEARS. BUCS QB TOM BRADY THREW FOR 351 YARDS IN THE LOSS, AS THE SPECULATION BEGINS AGAIN ABOUT HIS RETIREMENT. THE COWBOYS NOW WILL TAKE ON SAN FRANCISCO SUNDAY IN THE DIVISIONAL ROUND…
THE WIZARDS DROPPED A 127-118 DECISION TO GOLDEN STATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
Sports: Monday, January 9, 2023
Sports: Friday, December 30, 2022
Greetings from The Booth!
I have no major topic this week, but I did want to weigh in on a few things, so here goes…
Let’s start with Dallas-Washington week, which used to be a big deal. It really isn’t anymore. George Allen and Tom Landry are long gone, and it’s been almost 30 years since the end of the Joe Gibbs era (not counting his mini-comeback in the early 2000s). Championships haven’t been on the line in this rivalry for awhile. And Dallas seems to own Washington recently. There’s absolutely no buzz about the game this week, and that’s a shame. Random thought: given all the team name changes recently, shouldn’t Dallas have to change it’s name to “Cowpeople”?
I’ll admit it. I’m a golf geek. I must be, because I watched way too much of the President’s Cup this past weekend. I know this because my wife’s irritation meter was about an 8 on a scale of 10. In case you don’t know, the President’s Cup is the team event that is held every other year, alternating with the more popular Ryder Cup, and is formatted in similar fashion. Unlike the Ryder Cup, which pits the USA versus Europe, the President’s Cup has the USA playing the International Team (minus Europeans). On paper, this year’s PC looked like a rout, an it ended up that way, as the Internationals were overmatched by an American team made up of the top names in golf: Thomas, Scheffler, Schauffele, Speith, Finau, etc. I’m sure only us golf geeks were watching on Sunday, when the only drama was how many points the USA would win by.
I have an idea for spicing up the President’s Cup. Let’s do away with the nationalism and have a PGA Tour versus LIV Golf event. The bad blood between the rival organizations is well documented and this would make for some great drama. Who wouldn’t want to see Rory McIlroy (my new favorite golfer) against Patrick Reed (my new favorite heel)? Man, this would be Flair versus Hogan stuff and the ratings would be off the charts. The only hurdle to making this a reality would be getting the 2 organizations to sit down and hammer out the details. Come on guys, make it happen!
Finally, on the date of this writing in 490 BC, the Greeks defeated the Persians at Marathon. A Greek soldier named Phidippides ran over 26 miles to tell the good news to Athenians, dying after his announcement, but was the inspiration of the marathon race. So it’s only fitting that this week, Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon, breaking his own world record with a time of 2 hours, 1 minute, and 9 seconds. There are a lot of us who would celebrate a time of 2:01 in the half-marathon.
Kipchoge has actually broken the 2-hour barrier in the 26.2, but it doesn’t count as a World Record, because the feat came in a Nike-orchestrated event specifically created to have him break 2 hours. The Nike Sub2 Project had Kipchoge running on a controlled course with pacers, and generated some controversy in the running community. World Record or not, a sub 2-hour marathon was once unimaginable.
Come to think of it, I once had a pacer. It was an AMC Pacer. I barely broke the 4-hour barrier from college to home…
Until the next visit from the Booth…GO Phidippides!
Sports: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Sports: Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Remembering “Mr. August”
Greetings From The Booth!
Well, the NFL Preseason is underway, and how strange was it to see the Washington Commanders in action last Saturday in the new uniforms that look nothing like the ‘Skins of old. It’s going to take some getting-used-to, as the saying goes. While the Commanders dropped their preseason opener 23-21 to the Carolina Panthers, which really is no big deal, one player stood out. Rookie QB Sam Howell played the entire second half, and led a Commanders comeback with 145 yards passing and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Now, before we crown Howell the next Tom Brady, let’s dial the excitement back just a bit. As we know, the second half of preseason games are filled with second and third stringers, some of whom won’t be playing pro football come September, at least not in the NFL. That being said, Howell seems to have all the tools necessary to be a quality pro quarterback. He has a strong arm, pocket awareness, and escapability, and athleticism. Let’s not forget that at one time Howell was projected to be a high draft pick before his stock fell a bit at the end of last season. A few more performances like last Saturday, and Howell might move ahead of Taylor Heinicke as the Commanders’ backup.
Watching Howell Saturday made me think of a Washington quarterback who was nicknamed “Mr. August,” and though he never played a regular season snap for the burgundy-and-gold, became a folk hero in DC because of his exciting preseason play. Babe Laufenberg led many a Redskins comeback in games that didn’t count in the 1980’s. If you look up his NFL stats, you’ll see that Babe only played in 16 “for real” games, throwing for a grand total of just over 1,000 yards and had a less-than-stellar 45.9 passer rating.
Laufenberg was also a footnote in 2 of the ‘Skins Super Bowl appearances. In 1983, his rookie season, the Indiana University product was declared inactive in every contest, as Washington reached Super Bowl XVIII. After bouncing around with several teams in 1985 and 1986, including another stint with the Redskins, Babe was signed by Washington to be Doug Williams’ backup in 1987, but the players’ strike interfered, and replacement players were used. Long story short, Laufenberg was only on the roster for 2 games that year, and when the ‘Skins eventually won the Lombardi Trophy, he missed out on a Super Bowl share by one game.
Laufenberg would go on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and again, was the bridesmaid, but never the bride, backing up the likes of Troy Aikman. It was in Texas that Babe would earn his fame after football, becoming a highly regarded broadcaster, earning several awards from the National Sports Media Association and working as a color analyst beside Cowboys play-by-play man Brad Sham. Laufenberg also suffered personal tragedy in 2019, losing his son Luke to lymphoma. But it’s those great Redskin comebacks that Babe Laufenberg will be remembered for in Washington.
Sam Howell has big shoes to fill…
Until the next visit from The Booth…GO COMMANDERS!
SABF announce Sports Breakfast special guest speaker
An email from Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) representative Brenna Taylor announced the Sports Breakfast Special Guest Speaker 2022.
Dallas Cowboy’s Hall of Fame member Tony Dorsett will make his third appearance at the SABF.
Dorsett happens to be the father of the reigning Queen Shenandoah 95 Mia Dorsett and will also serve as the guest speaker for SABF’s Sports Breakfast.
Dorsett was the first Sports Breakfast guest back in 1985 and later crowned his daughter Jazmyn as Queen Shenandoah in 2012.
Tickets for all SABF events are available at thebloom.com.
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Mia Jenelle Dorsett named Queen Shenandoah
Mia Jenelle Dorsett will serve as Queen Shenandoah for the upcoming Apple Blossom Festival.
She is the youngest daughter of Janet and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.
Her sister Jazmyn Dorsett was Queen Shenandoah for the 2012 festival.
Mia originally accepted the nomination to be the Queen in 2020 before the festivities were canceled.
The Dorsett family will be accompanying her.
This will be the Dallas Cowboy legend’s 3rd trip to the area as he first came to Winchester for the Festival in 1985.
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