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For Michael Wilbon, a fond farewell to The Post

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:05:02 EST

This is the first column I ever dreaded writing, the only time I can recall experiencing that thing known as writer's block. It's my last column for The Washington Post, 20-some years after my first one and 311/2 years after I walked in the door as a summer intern. It's not Shirley Povich's 75 years...

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Who's laughing now, Miami?

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Even the people who resented the Super Friends for hooking up in the first place couldn't have seen this coming. Even folks who hated LeBron James for taking his talents to South Beach and found completely tacky Miami's presumptuous midsummer celebration wouldn't dare have predicted a three-game...

Super-powered Miami Heat may need a spark only Pat Riley can provide

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 23:49:01 EST

Even with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami is still lacking a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Time will tell if McNabb extension is latest in long line of bad decisions from Redskins

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 01:54:00 EST

There couldn't be a stranger string of events, really, from the inexcusable benching of Donovan McNabb in Detroit to the bogus reasons given later to the Washington Redskins signing the same quarterback to a $78 million contract extension to the historically lopsided butt kicking McNabb's old tea...

For Allen Iverson, Turkey could be a positive move - especially if it leads back to the NBA

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 23:01:00 EST

The look on Allen Iverson's face in that moment he was introduced to his new life was one of pure amazement, equal parts shock and fear. And that gave way to the realization that these people halfway around the world - in a place he never thought much about and would never have reason to - loved ...

BCS deja vu: TCU, Boise State are getting snubbed once again

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:36:05 EST

It's the same old lies and promises as ever with the BCS and the cartel that props it up. It was supposed to be different this year, we were told, because Boise State and TCU began the season so high in all the rankings, in the top five or six in most polls. That level of preseason praise meant t...

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Wizards' season depending heavily on rookie John Wall

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:09:02 EDT

The Wizards may not be ready for a playoff run yet, but rookie John Wall has a lot of promise and should be fun to watch.

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Mike Shanahan's benching of Donovan McNabb is completely dumb

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 01:40:00 EDT

Sometimes very smart people do very dumb things. That's the only way you can explain Mike Shanahan's benching of Donovan McNabb . Shanahan, by any measure, knows what he's doing when it comes to coaching professional football, which is why he owns two Super Bowl rings.

As super as they are, the Miami Heat's big three have to learn as they go

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 23:41:11 EDT

The third game of the season -- a blowout win over the Orlando Magic -- laid out the possibilities of what the Miami Heat can become.

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Miami Heat needs time, practice and patience

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:13:00 EDT

BOSTON - Three practices and three minutes of game time together won't allow for greatness, no matter how talented you are. The only conclusion to draw about the stacked Miami Heat one game into their presumed march to multiple championships and basketball domination is that the boys need work. L...

From day one, this NBA season bears watching

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:59:01 EDT

Usually the right time to start paying attention to the NBA is Christmas or even the all-star break. But this season bears watching from day one.

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For NFL, stopping concussions means changing the game's culture

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 23:59:03 EDT

A league that for most of its existence has celebrated violence, sold it, marketed it, even set it to music is continuing its abrupt U-turn. The NFL, slow as a tortoise when it comes to altering the way it goes about business, is moving with red-alert urgency by announcing midseason that violent ...

Brett Favre saga: However it ends, might this be the final chapter?

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:53:00 EDT

Regardless of whether he did anything wrong, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre might be seeing his time on the field drawing to a close.

The Heat is one of those irresistible teams

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 00:29:00 EDT

Every now and then, perhaps only once a generation, circumstances will conspire to deliver an absolutely irresistible team. It's perfectly clear that the Miami Heat is one of those teams.

Gilbert Arenas can be a productive player again - but not with the Washington Wizards

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:14:00 EDT

With Gilbert Arenas's drama starting even earlier this season, the Wizards need to do right by him and their young team and cut ties with their former star.

A different Michael Vick awaits for Redskins, Donovan McNabb

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 01:41:00 EDT

The biggest lie a coach can tell is that a man cannot lose his job to injury. Of course he can. It's how history dumped Wally Pipp and gave us Lou Gehrig on the occasion of Pipp's headache. And it's the vehicle, however unfortunate for Kevin Kolb, for reintroducing us to Michael Vick.

Rush to judgment was off mark on '06 No. 1 pick

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Many thought Houston blundered by picking Mario Williams over Reggie Bush in 2006; little did they know.

Texans' Mario Williams: anything but a mistake

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 15:44:00 EDT

You don't hear so much any more that the Houston Texans made the biggest mistake in the world by drafting Mario Williams ahead of Reggie Bush four years ago. Okay, some Houstonians will never get over the fact that the Texans didn't take Vince Young, the hometown kid, who had just won a national ...

Redskins open with a win against the Cowboys that would have been a loss in recent seasons

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:51:00 EDT

It's exactly the kind of game the Washington Redskins have been mostly unable to win over the past dozen years. Nobody ran the ball with any authority. Donovan McNabb had, for him, a very sub-par passing night. But they did play defense and let the other guy make stupid mistakes.

For a change, they know how to win

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Redskins didn't do anything to set the world afire on special teams, and they lost the battles of time of possession and yards gained by a lot. But for a change after recent seasons, they found a way to win.

As colleges' greed grows, so does the hypocrisy

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 01:12:00 EDT

Shame on the NCAA and its ever-more greedy institutions for constantly digging at ways to make more money, while cracking down harder than ever at the players making their wealth possible.

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The NFL rules ingloriously over the sporting landscape

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 15:43:01 EDT

The kids - meaning anybody under 40 - laugh when you tell them baseball used to be America's sporting passion. They stare at you in disbelief when you try to explain that the heavyweight champion was often the most adored athlete in the world, or that tens of millions listened to big horse races ...

Boise State has guts, but is that enough for them to spoil the BCS party?

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 01:12:00 EDT

This college football season offers much promise, and the certainty that if Boise State beats Virginia Tech, the entire BCS world will be gnashing its teeth at the prospect of the Broncos making the championship game.

Old guard feeling encroachment from Boise State

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Broncos are in prime position to end the big programs' monopoly on the national title.

Tiger Woods: His life fell apart, and now so has his game

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 21:24:01 EDT

If "What's wrong with Tiger" is the number one question in sports, the answer is pretty simple. His life fell apart. And now so has his game.

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NFL facing the truth about head injuries

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 19:24:00 EDT

While we've been obsessing over LeBron James's decision and Brett Favre's indecision, a real story - one of staggering importance - has pretty much been ignored. It's a story of the NFL finally facing the truth about the frightening nature of head injuries, a story that could one faraway day lead...

Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth have defined the start of the NFL preseason

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 01:43:02 EDT

You probably couldn't find two football players as different as Brett Favre and Albert Haynesworth, yet they've tag-teamed the first week of training camp.

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Favre and Haynesworth have defined the start of the NFL preseason

Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Usually, these are the dog days of summer in the sports news business.

Miami Heat's talent haul signals shift of NBA power to Eastern Conference

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

While we were gazing at the fireworks of free agency, the recruiting visits and prime-time revelations , the NBA was undergoing a fundamental competitive makeover. The road to the championship still runs through Los Angeles and the Lakers , but the years of Western Conference superiority appear to...

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LeBron James's exit strategy leaves much to ponder

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Now we are left to consider the 360 degrees of fallout, from LeBron's image to owner Dan Gilbert's incivility , to the role of television, to the potency of the Miami Heat, to the unrequited love of Cleveland, to the issue of whether the world's best players should be joining each other or beating...

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Free agency decisions weigh heavily on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I actually do know what it's like, relatively speaking, to be driven crazy by a free agent dilemma. The Chicago Tribune called. Well, actually, a Chicago Tribune editor flew to Washington to visit me some years back and said my hometown newspaper, the one I grew up delivering as a kid with my...

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LeBron James should consider one thing above all: winning

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

This LeBron James decision shouldn't be all that difficult, really. He needs to find the best place for him to win one or more NBA titles, without a wait.

Picking John Wall: A great starting point for the Washington Wizards

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With a can't-miss prospect in John Wall, the Wizards should bask in the glow of a no-brainer draft on Thursday.

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Game 7: Still turning grizzled veterans into nervous wrecks

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A Game 7 brings out the nerves and the quest for solitude on the eve of the Celtics and Lakers meeting in the decisive game for the NBA title.

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Back in Los Angeles, the Lakers are teetering on the brink of disaster

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LOS ANGELES Anything with this much drama needs to be played out in Hollywood, so Lakers-Celtics resumes exactly where it ought to . . . with greater Los Angeles freaking out, with Kobe Bryant saying his team's defense is so MIA it belongs "on a milk carton the last two games," with the Lakers' shot...

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2010 NBA Finals: Lakers guard Derek Fisher shows that the pros care quite a bit

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Lakers guard Derek Fisher is anything but a mercenary, and he wasn't afraid to show emotion in helping his team take the series lead in the NBA Finals.

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LeBron James sharing spotlight with NBA Finals

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LeBron James didn't play his way into the NBA Finals, but he's everywhere and the circus-like speculation on where he will next suit up is sharing at least equal stage time with the Lakers and Celtics.

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Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden's lessons on basketball ring true today

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LOS ANGELES The NBA Finals , quite appropriately, became a sidebar to the mourning and celebration of a legend. The big boys watched film and plotted strategy Saturday afternoon with an eye on the game's biggest prize, just as Coach John Wooden would have wanted them to. It was the most appropriate...

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Celtics vs. Lakers: Legacies are on the line

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

For teams with so many championships and so many players who already have Hall of Fame credentials, one more title matters tremendously in Boston and Los Angeles.

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As Celtics slip, is Boston becoming Choke City?

Fri, 28 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Boston Celtics, the most decorated team in pro basketball, are perilously close to becoming the first to blow a 3-0 series lead in NBA history.

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Magic is a mess, with little time to fix it

Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

One game from elimination against Boston, the Orlando Magic finds itself with many problems and little time remaining to fix them.

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Michael Wilbon: After decades without a true headliner, D.C.'s teams could each have someone front and center

Sun, 23 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

For most of the last 30 years, the true superstars of sports have been entirely a road show. They've existed pretty much everywhere except Washington. You could see them on a weekend trip to the Bronx, or on holiday in Miami, or on television being beamed in from Chicago or Green Bay, Wis., or when...

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Michael Wilbon: Fast-forward to the NBA Finals

Thu, 20 May 2010 16:34:36 EDT

LOS ANGELES -- The story of the first two games of the Western Conference finals can be told with two simple numbers.

Michael Wilbon: Maybe John Wall will save the Wizards

Wed, 19 May 2010 11:41:59 EDT

I've been operating under the impression that John Wall is a nice player, but not a special one, not a kid who makes you think your ship has come in because you just won the NBA draft lottery.

Will LeBron James make a basketball decision or a personal one?

Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Will LeBron James make his free agent decision based on basketball factors or personal ones?

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LeBron James, Cavaliers showed they weren't ready in Game 6 vs. Celtics

Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

They weren't ready to win a championship, as it turns out, not the great LeBron James and not the Cleveland Cavaliers. And now the city is left with another agonizing failure.

2010 NBA playoffs: Cleveland's LeBron James reaches a level no one else can touch

Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LeBron James had easily the single best performance of these playoffs his last time out. He has curbed the panic in Cleveland and shown why he's the best player in the NBA.

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The Spurs are back, whether we like it or not

Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It was silly to think the San Antonio Spurs were really gone. Even when Tim Duncan looked old and Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker limped in and out of the lineup, the Spurs were always in the rear view mirror, where objects are closer than they appear to be.

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Upstarts bring out the best in the NBA playoffs

Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Once upon a time, the big boys were never threatened in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Losing a single game in the opening round was a sign of weakness for Bird, Magic and Jordan. It was a sweat-breaker, a warmup, little more than the varsity beating down the JV.

Lakers have the upper hand

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

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In a career of ups and downs, Grant Hill is happy to still be along for the ride

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

PHOENIX -- You wouldn't think a team with serious postseason aspirations would turn to a 37-year-old to help rescue it physically, but that's exactly what the Phoenix Suns did after losing Game 1 of their first-round playoff series to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Under difficult circumstances, Adrian Dantley takes charge of the Denver Nuggets

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Adrian Dantley has the single most difficult job in this NBA postseason and he knows it. His players know it, as does everybody who plays against his Denver Nuggets. All Dantley is being asked to do is lead a team of headstrong characters with championship aspirations deep into the playoffs while...

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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are on a collision course to meet in the NBA finals

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Every now and then something truly shocking happens in the NBA playoffs, such as Golden State tossing top-seeded Dallas in the very first round three years ago. But a looming threat of the great surprise isn't what drives professional basketball's second season. It isn't like the Stanley Cup...

Washington Redskins' trade for Donovan McNabb is a perfect fit

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The only reservation in Donovan McNabb's voice Sunday night was over finding and talking to Jason Campbell. After all, when things were going rotten for Campbell, when he was being benched and booed, it was McNabb, after an Eagles-Redskins game in Washington, who sought out Campbell to buck him u...

Arenas, Wizards must now put on a happy face and reunite

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Gilbert Arenas is the Wizards' greatest asset. So what to do with and about him is a true dilemma. Since spending $40 million or more to buy him out isn't likely, the Wizards are going to have to put on a happy face while taking him back.

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Michael Wilbon: Don't mess with perfection

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:36:20 EDT

Only a fool would want to mess with the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Only a fool would goof around with the size, the structure, the balance or the drama of the thing.

Michael Wilbon: Analyzing tonight's NCAA matchups

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:45:29 EDT

While most of your NCAA men's basketball brackets are flat-out busted because you went chalk-city and picked Kansas to reach the Final Four, my bracket is just fine, thank you.

Washington Wizards' Andray Blatche just doesn't get it

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Blog excerpt from We now know Andray Blatche is a liability. It doesn't matter that he can get you 30 points, 12 rebounds and a half-dozen assists in a game and at times look like the next Kevin Garnett. It doesn't matter that he's 6 feet 11 and only 23 years old. Just t...

Led by Murray State, NCAA tournament's lower-seeded teams make their presence felt

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

SAN JOSE Danero Thomas was about 10 feet away from me Thursday afternoon when he left his feet with two seconds left and fired a foul line-extended jump shot. He was so close I could have reached over the press table and grabbed him. What I really wanted to do, after his shot fell good as the buzzer...

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Morgan State Coach Todd Bozeman is making the most of his second chance

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Todd Bozeman is on the other end of the phone and he wants to talk about the team he's coaching right now, Morgan State, which is a perfectly reasonable request since this Bears team has one of the best players in school history, a kid named Reggie Holmes, and it's 27-9 and heading into the NCAA...

Tiger Woods's Masters plan is good for golf, but is it best for him?

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

That Tiger Woods is returning to golf is great news, Michael Wilbon writes. That he's returning at Augusta is odd.

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This year's NCAA tournament is wide-open

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Thursday and Friday can't get here fast enough because the NCAA tournament is wide, wide open. If we've learned anything over these first two weeks of March, it's that not all that much separates the best from the rest.

Coolidge's new coach, Natalie Randolph, stands out for all the right reasons

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

The members of the search committee weren't looking to make a political statement or even a big splash. They were trying to decide between 20 or so candidates with nice résumés, some of them long and impressive, who wanted to be head coach at Coolidge High in Northwest Washington. The only problem,...

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This March, college basketball might truly be mad

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

With no clear-cut favorites, this season's NCAA tournament might be the most wide open in history and any team with experience has a legit shot to win it all.

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Hoyas star Austin Freeman is far from alone in living with diabetes

Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Georgetown star Austin Freeman is one of more than 285 million people living with diabetes, and he also has a long list of company from around the athletic world.

Maryland-Duke rivalry continues to be one of the best in college basketball

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

If I could have a ticket to one college basketball game around here this season, just one game, I'd want to see Maryland play Duke. Once upon a time it would have been St. John's-Georgetown or Maryland-North Carolina. For a stretch of time Georgetown-Syracuse was must-see stuff. But right now I w...

Ovechkin needs to be checked

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Blog excerpt from One of the biggest Olympic winners has to be Canada's Sidney Crosby, who at 22 years old has already won Olympic gold, a world championship and the Stanley Cup. And for the second straight time Crosby went through Alex Ovechkin en route to winning. If this...

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Andray Blatche and Greivis Vasquez have rehabilitated their images with stretches of incredible basketball

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

With their recent stretches of torrid play, the Wizards' Andray Blatche and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez have completely changed how they're perceived.

In Wilbon's World: Crosby miles ahead of Ovie

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 13:46:26 EST

One of the biggest Olympic winners has to be Canada's Sidney Crosby, who at 22 years old has already won Olympic Gold, the World Championship and the Stanley Cup. And for the second straight time Crosby went through Alexander Ovechkin en route to winning.

Antawn Jamison trade means lots of losses, but brighter future ahead for Wizards

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

It set in during the introduction of the Wizards' starting lineup, when there was an intimate smattering of patrons in the arena. The lights were turned down and the music blared, but there was nothing dramatic about the game tipping off. It was as if a D-League game had come to Washington. The M...

already online

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Blog excerpt from It might have been the most efficient half of basketball ever turned in by a Maryland basketball player, and it came against an ACC opponent, coming off a brutal loss in Durham, in the middle of a three-games-in-five-days NBA kind of stretch caused by a...

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Wizards take a much-needed first step

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

It's officially over now. The team that began to take shape six seasons ago as a contender Saturday became a footnote in Washington basketball history. The trade of Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks dropped the curtain on the whole run. The team featuring...

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Lakers-Cavaliers are a likely match for NBA Finals

Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

It's difficult to imagine the two best teams in basketball being any more clearly identifiable at the all-star break than they are right now. We can try to make a case, since it would make a better story between now and April, for the Denver Nuggets in the West, for the Orlando Magic or Atlanta...

Another view of Super Bowl, where it's not hard to root for Big Easy

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Blog excerpt from After covering the Super Bowl for 19 straight years for The Washington Post, this is the fourth consecutive game I've watched in my hotel room after doing the Sunday pro basketball show on ABC.

Super Bowl prediction: Peyton Manning and the Colts will get it done vs. the Saints

Sun, 07 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

MIAMI Whenever the Indianapolis Colts have tried to win a football game this season, they did. Fourteen times in the regular season and twice in the playoffs, teams have tried their best to beat the Colts and couldn't.

Possible NFL lockout in 2011 is hot topic on eve of Super Bowl

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The NFL and NFL Players Association have their work cut out for them as they continue to discuss a new labor agreement.

With Gregg Williams and the Saints defense, the pressure is on

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Gregg Williams and his New Orleans Saints defense will spend Sunday's Super Bowl trying to keep the heat on Peyton Manning and the points off the board.

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads, and wins, by example

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Saints' Drew Brees might be the "other" quarterback in this week's Super Bowl, but all he's done is distinguish himself at the highest level everywhere he's been.

Suspension and suspense

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

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Michael Wilbon: For Wizards, more questions than answers

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:46:55 EST

It's difficult to imagine a franchise in any sport plunging any deeper into the unknown than the Washington Wizards did Wednesday with the NBA officially announcing its decision to suspend Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of the season. While the announcements regarding Arenas and Javaris Critten...

Fans come out to see the Wizards, but more who the Wizards are playing

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

We've reached that point of the season where the primary reason to attend Wizards home games is to go and see the opposition, and all the visiting all-stars.

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Favre is too good to retire now

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

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Michael Wilbon: Should Brett Favre call it quits?

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 13:09:28 EST

Don't try to separate Brett Favre's full performance from the interception that essentially ended his team's best chance to win the NFC Championship game Sunday. That's who Brett Favre is.

Failure to score first hurt Cowboys' chances against Vikings

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Cowboys needed to score first against Minnesota to gain control of the game. They didn't, and the rout was on.

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It's time for a new beginning for Arenas and the Wizards

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

This is the activity we engage in most frequently when it comes to professional basketball around here: looking back and trying to figure out how and why something went so horribly wrong. John Williams's eating, Chris Webber's underachieving, Gheorghe Muresan's aching back, Juwan Howard's contract,...

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Gilbert Arenas's crimes deserve punishment, not a disappearing act

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Gilbert Arenas has unfairly become Public Enemy No. 1, as his actions merit punishment, but not a scrubbing of his existence.

Rooney Rule is having a positive effect

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

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Cardinals and Packers rescue a weak NFL weekend

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

After the first three playoff games were duds, Kurt Warner's Cardinals and Aaron Rodgers's Packers rode into the rescue with a 51-45 thriller.

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Alabama wins it all, but the Tide almost turned the wrong way

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Nick Saban tried his best to give away a national championship Thursday night. But the Alabama Crimson Tide hung on at the end, then pulled away from Texas to triumph.

Michael Wilbon: Gilbert Arenas's career path takes a wrong turn

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

It's difficult to imagine any more laughter coming from Gilbert Arenas on this matter of having guns in the locker room. It's safe to assume there will be no more pulling a fake trigger for the cameras, no more Twittering, no more seeing this gun episode as another prank. Even Arenas knows the la...

Redskins hire Mike Shanahan, but will anything really change?

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Forgive me if I don't break open a bottle of champagne over this latest Redskins coaching announcement. We've been down this road a time or two before . . . five times, to be exact, in the past nine years. Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs, Jim Zorn and now Mike Shanahan.

Michael Wilbon: Al Sharpton speaks wisely on Gilbert Arenas

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

It has all the elements, serious and outrageous, required for a big production in today's theater of the absurd: a hundred-million-dollar athlete, guns, race, the Feds, the NBA, the Rev. Al Sharpton, tabloid headlines and scandalous Internet rumors.

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Zorn's long, sad vigil finally ends

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

The painful, nearly season-long deathwatch of Jim Zorn's coaching career in Washington mercifully ends for a decent man who was set up to fail.

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Wizards should clean house after Arenas's dispute with Crittenton

Sun, 03 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

That's a wrap. The Washington Wizards as we've known them the last five years are over and done. If Ted Leonsis was wondering whether he wanted to completely blow up this team -- oops, maybe I shouldn't have put it like that -- this latest news about Gilbert Arenas and guns in the team locker roo...

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George Michael: The man who was must-see TV

Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Through word of mouth in the community of people that revolved around and adored George Michael, I'd come to know in recent days that he was sicker than he would ever let on. And anyway, when the phone rang one recent Sunday morning George was in vintage form. He was having a good day and was in...

From thrillers to head-scratchers, a look back at NFL Week 15

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Blog excerpt from Colts over Jaguars: Hands down, a thriller. The Colts have won games this year with timely defense, then some like this one, in a shootout. Aren't they glad (we sure are) they decided to forget about resting people and play to win? They're the No. 1 story...

Bruce Allen is worthy, but . . .

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Yes, of course Bruce Allen's résumé makes him a worthy hire as the new general manager of the Washington Redskins. What he did with the Raiders alone is proof he's capable of both building a championship-caliber team and working successfully with a difficult owner.

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Fortune favors the bold: Saints and Colts should strive for 16-0

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Having reached 13-0, the Colts and the Saints shouldn't treat perfection like a burden and approach the remaining three games of this regular season as if this is their chance of a lifetime, which it obviously is.

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Scandal now threatens Tiger Woods's career

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The flames of the brush fire that is the Tiger Woods scandal burn so out of control, they now threaten the career of the greatest golfer and most accomplished athlete on the face of the earth. Certainly he isn't the first athlete to be defeated by the temptation that is infidelity, but it seems...