The Great Book of Washington DC Sports Lists (Google eBook)

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Running Press, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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Sports talk in America has evolved from small-time barroom banter into a major media smorgasbord that runs 24/7 on TV and radio. With hundreds of billions of dollars generated annually by pro and college teams in major markets nationwide, sports fans across the country are more dedicated than ever to their teams. And when it comes to sports talk—especially all-sports radio—it’s all about entertainment, information, prognostication, analysis, rankings, and endless discussion. Prominent sports-media figures in each of the three target cities—Cleveland, Detroit, and Washington, D.C.—engage in this phenomenon with a compilation of sports lists sure to delight as well as stir up debate within these already-buzzing sports communities.

List topics include:
• What were the most lopsided trades in local sports history?
• Who were the most overrated athletes to play in our town?
• What local athlete had the best appearance in TV or film?
• What was the most heartbreaking loss in local sports history?
• What was the greatest single play in local sports history?
• Who are our team’s most hated rivals?
• Plus dozens of “guest” lists contributed by famous local sports and entertainment celebrities.

Following each of the four major pro sports teams—the Redskins (NFL), the Capitals (NHL), the Nationals (MLB), and the Wizards (NBA)—plus prominent college sports programs such as Georgetown and Maryland, D.C.’s fans have a vast array of choices, and Andy Pollin and Leonard Shapiro are the guys who help sort them out.

  

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Contents

CONTENTS
10
Why We Loved RFK Stadium
16
Redskins Ass Whoopings
22
Best and Worst Hair
29
Ed Werder
35
Al Koken
42
William Gildea
48
Shame Shame Shame
54
The Washington Media Launching Pad
134
Pipeline to Bristol
142
Erik Rydholm Matt Kelliher
149
Love to Hate NASCAR
156
Johnny Holliday
164
Best Movies Set in Washington
170
Ten Who Came Late
178
Best Redskins Quarterbacks of All Time
185

Steve Spurriers Top 10 Quotes as Redskins Coach
60
John Ricca
66
Herman Boone
69
Scott Van Pelt
76
Ten Reasons to Love Baltimore
82
Presidential Jocks
88
It Takes Two
94
The Top 10 D C Jewish Jocks
101
Worst Redskins FirstRound Draft Picks
107
Ten Great Washington Sports Traditions
113
The Top 10 White Guy Montgomery County Shooters of the 70s
119
Our ABA Dream Team
121
D C Playgrounds John Thompson
128
Brian Mitchell
191
Most Hated Sports Personalities NonNFL
200
Not That Guy
206
Most Memorable Moments as a Public Address Announcer
212
Charlie Brotman
218
Jim Hage
226
The Greatest Washington Olympians
232
Head Coaches Who Got Their Start Here
236
Reasons Why Gibbs I was Better Than Gibbs II
249
Worst Washington Sports Tragedies
263
Sammy Baughs 1943 Season
277
The Top 100 D C Area Athletes of All Time
290
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About the author (2008)

Andy Pollin is a leading sports-talk personality in Washington, D.C. He has co-hosted The Sports Reporters (3–7 p.m.) on Sports Talk 980-AM since 1999, and has been with the station since its inception in 1992.

Leonard Shapiro is a Washington, D.C. sports media legend, covering sports for the Washington Post since 1969. He has written several sports books and his work has appeared in Pro Football Weekly, TV Guide, Inside Sports, The Sporting News, Readers Digest, and more. They both live outside Washington, D.C.

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