Catching up around the Natosphere:
Eucalyptus is like flying across the country for almost a week and returning home to leaf through the newspaper, catching up on the news you missed while you were away. Except Brick's writing is creative, rather than functional, and it's hard for your computer monitor to be wet and somewhat moldy, unless you accidentally shut off the dog instead. Anyway, this post on a minor league basketball game deserves one of those blogging awards they hand out on teh internets. Every paragraph is quotable, but I'll just pick this one:
Distinguished Senators, speaking of good writing, gives Jim Bowden a classical beat-down. Anyone can tell Bodes he sucks or refer him to Leatherholics Anonymous, but it's not often someone tells him this:
Beltway Boys continues a multi-part series on Bill Ladson radio interviews. Farid does us a service by providing the raw info; from there, spin (or infer the spin) at your own risk.
Curly W is going through what I'd imagine many of us are at this point: deep cynicism and confusion over the direction of the franchise. I'm with you, brother. The Curlymeister sums it up well:
Oleanders & Morning Glories, as usual, is a repository of really fine stuff. J.P. takes us back to some sorrowful and bittersweet Montreal memories, and Harper provides a thorough break-down of the Schneider deal, especially compared to the catcher's peers. Summation: good defense, so-so offense, four years is a bit much, but a good deal.
Nats Triple Play looks at Marion Barry's latest travails with one eye toward sympathy and one eye toward schadenfreude---actually, scratch that: both eyes are mocking da house:
Capitol Punishment addresses something I've also wondered from today's arbitration headlines:
Then Chris gets in a nice Blue Moon beer dig on yours truly. So opportunistic, he is. By the way, the Yankees suck and Alfonso Soriano is an overrated piece of colon blop.
Ball-Wonk is back---new look, apparently, but same Wonkster:
Nationalz is not enamored of the Sammy Sosa rumors:
Just a Nats Fan feels guilty about trashing an MLB.com writer, who apparently got trashed by fans of another team for another article he wrote, when all the while his original article that prompted the trashing from MissChatter now carries the byline of Bill Ladson. Weird. I'm confused---or, at the very least, squicked out.
Nats Blog looks at Sosa, Soriano, and motivation.
Finally, let's give a big Natospherian welcome to National Interest, one of the additions to my sidebard Version 3.12 (or whatever) last night and not to be confused with Nationals Interest. (Speaking of which, where are they? I like that blog.) Caleb runs National Interest, singular, and is doing a singularly fine job. Check out his fantasy preview. Among other things, Caleb provides five tips for a successful draft. Now, I don't do fantasy, but if I did, I'd probably remember rule two:
So, run on by National Interest, as well as the other news ones on my sidebar I somehow missed before, including Nationals Baseball Fan.