Morning Roundup: Maya's First Victory, Haynesworth Fails Physical, Caps Need A Sellout

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Morning Roundup: Rough Start For Wang, Wizards Install New Practice Court

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Blogs With Balls is running the first annual "Untitled Sports Media Awards Project" (#USMAP). The project aims to find the nation's best sports sites and personalities in a variety of different categories.

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LIVE D.C. Sports Guys August 1 at 8pm

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Go to http://www.dcsportsguys.com/p/live-video.html to watch The D.C. Sports Guys live, Monday August 1 at 8pm.

Before the show you can send an email to mailbag@dcsportsguys.com or leave a message on the D.C. Sports Guys Rant & Rave line, (202) 642-2591, with any questions, comments or topics you would like the guys to discuss.

Morning Roundup: All Redskins Draft Picks Sign, Nationals Drop 5th Straight

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Morning Roundup: Haynesworth Traded To New England

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Morning Roundup: Nationals At 'Boiling Point', Moss Signed, McNabb Could Be Headed To Minnesota

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Morning Roundup: Are You Ready For Some Free Agency?

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Let's be honest, there is no need for a Morning Roundup today.  Unless you live under a rock, you know that NFL free agency starts today at 10am.  There is a ton of speculation flying around on who has agreed to sign and who is going to be traded.  The bottom line is that nothing "official" can happen until 10am.  Starting then there will be a whirlwind of moves and anything I would have posted here would have been instantly out of date.

Enjoy what will be crazy day in signings and trades.

If you must have some non-NFL news here you go:

  • The Nationals and Orioles did not play yesterday saving baseball fans throughout the area from watching early leads slip away and runners in scoring position never make it home.
  • NBA players are still locked out and planking everywhere.
  • Intelligence is still investigating whether Alex Ovechkin will need to join Jenny Craig before the season starts.

Morning Roundup: NFL Lockout Could End Today

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Episode #126 3/3 - Roethlisberger and Team Fandom

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Episode #126, Segment 3/3 The guys end the show with comments on Roethlisberger and general team fandom.

Episode #126 2/3 - NFL Lockout, Terps

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Episode #126, Segment 2/3 The guys talk about the latest move by the NFL Owners then turn to commenting on Terps Football and the debt the athletic department needs to climb out of.

Episode #126 1/3 - Orioles & Nationals

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Episode #126, Segment 1/3 Orioles & Nationals

Morning Roundup: Gorzelanny Pulled Early In Nats Loss

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  • Nationals
    • What’s next for Tom Gorzelanny? [Nationals Journal]
    • Los Angeles Dodgers Tie It Late, Win 7-6 Over The Washington Nationals In The 9th. [Federal Baseball]
    • Nationals trade deadline: Ryan Zimmerman on B.J. Upton, updates on Ian Desmond, Jason Marquis, Livan Hernandez [Nationals Journal]
    • Phil Wood: Can't give up on Desmond [Examiner Sports RSS]
    • Quick Washington Nationals/B.J. Upton Chatter Update. [Federal Baseball]
    • Another Article About Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper's Early Struggles At [Insert Minor League Level Here] [Federal Baseball]
  • Orioles
  • Redskins
    • John Beck game film review: Is Mike Shanahan truly serious that John Beck could be the Redskins’ 2011 starting QB? [Blogging the bEast]
    • Lockout End Nears Closer [Hog Blogs]
    • NFL Free Agents 2011: Reviewing Players Redskins Could Target This Offseason [SB Nation DC - All Posts]
    • Chris Cooley Is Tired Of Talking About Donovan McNabb, Not Albert Haynesworth [SB Nation DC - All Posts]
    • Packers Quarterback Matt Flynn: Possible Trade Target for Redskins? [Hogs Haven]
    • Is Now the Time to Trade Chris Cooley? [Hogs Haven]
  • Worth Noting
    • NFL players hoping to vote on CBA by Monday or Tuesday [NFL Football News : CBSSports.com]
    • There Was A Nude Rugby Match With A Blind Referee In New Zealand Yesterday (NSFW) [Video] [Deadspin]
    • Today Is The Day That A Reformed Ben Roethlisberger Makes A Physician's Assistant His Bride [Vows] [Deadspin]

LIVE D.C. Sports Guys July 24 at 3pm

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Go to http://www.dcsportsguys.com/p/live-video.html to watch The D.C. Sports Guys live Sunday July 24 at 3pm.

Before the show you can send an email to mailbag@dcsportsguys.com or leave a message on the D.C. Sports Guys Rant & Rave line, (202) 642-2591, with any questions, comments or topics you would like the guys to discuss.

Morning Roundup: Lannan's First Big League HR Leads To Win

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Morning Roundup: The No Football League

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Morning Roundup: Nationals Drop 2 of 3 in Houston, McNabb's Trade Stock Falling Fast

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Morning Roundup: The Curious Case Of Ovechkin's Gut

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Morning Roundup: Michael Morse Puts One In Orbit, O's And Sox Combine For 25 Runs

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Episode #125 3/3 - The Open Championship, Capitals, NFL Lockout

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Episode #125, Segment 3/3 The Open Championship, Capitals, NFL Lockout

Episode #125 2/3 - Orioles & Nationals

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Episode #125, Segment 2/3 The guys discuss the All Star Game, Orioles and Nationals

Episode #125 1/3 - US Women's World Cup Final

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Episode #125, Segment 1/3 The guys re-cap the Women's World Cup Final

Of Underdogs and Epiphanies

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Is it just me, or does the world seem a little upside down today? Maybe I’ve just watched too many sports movies – Hoosiers, Rudy, Miracle, or take your pick of Sylvester Stallone flicks, Rocky I – IV, Victory. We’ve been conditioned throughout our lives to root for the underdog; the little guy. I know I’ve spent my life rooting for the VCUs, George Masons, and Bemidji States of the world (and anyone playing the New York Yankees). It doesn’t help that Hollywood has dramatized so many moments of the United States filling that role. That makes it hard to reconcile emotionally what happened yesterday in the Women’s World Cup Final. It is made even more difficult by the fact, that despite the USWNT being the number one ranked team in the world (we all know FIFA rankings are joke, but still), the U.S. women had exhibited all the pluckiness, spunk, and fight usually reserved for only the scrappiest of long shots. They were the last team to qualify. They needed a 122nd minute equalizer to avoid defeat against Brazil. Their style had been criticized right and left to the point where many said the best team did not even win their game against France. So it was easy to get the full weight of my spirit behind this team. It was easy to get sucked in and feel emotionally attached to a team that I had no stake in three weeks ago.

But in the aftermath of the U.S.’s defeat, now I feel conflicted. 24 hours ago I was riding high as I watched the U.S. Women play their most technical, attractive, and dominating soccer of the tournament… with nothing to show for it. But when young star-in-the-making Alex Morgan put the U.S. on top in the 69th minute it felt like we were on our way. I say “we” because at this point I was full in – living and dying with every promising cross and wasted finish. When Japan equalized in the 80th minute, it was a blow, but nothing I didn't feel this cast of characters couldn’t overcome. And when Abby Wambach put the U.S. ahead in extra time with another one of her trademark headers, it looked like the Hollywood script was nearly finished. The grizzled veteran, in possibly her last World Cup, scores the game winner to finally achieve the one prize that has eluded her for her entire career. Studios were lining up to buy the rights.

But then the real story happened. Homare Sawa, the grizzled veteran playing in her fifth World Cup, equalized. Ayumi Kaihori put Sylvester Stallone in Victory to shame. And Japan’s young star-in-the-making Saki Kumagai put the game away. It was then that the realization hit me. All the stories and all the stats I had put out of my mind before and during the game all gained terrible clarity. That Japan was still recovering from one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the world. That one of their players, Aya Sameshima, actually worked at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. That Japan had never beaten the U.S. in 25 previous attempts. What does it feel like when in a battle of David vs. Goliath you suddenly realize that your team is Goliath? I feel like the world is trying to tell me I was on the wrong side of this all along. I can argue about which team deserved it more. But I can’t argue that my team lost and the underdogs won. And with that cruel twist, I feel angry and sad and bitter and jealous. But maybe, in this case, that’s okay.

Morning Roundup: Coming Up Short - Lefty, US Women, Nats

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