Paul McCartney is coming to Washington! Well, Raljon, anyway: He’s playing on August 1 at the home of the Redskins, FedExField. Tickets go on sale next week.

Back to me: Yesterday’s press release announcing the show featured two testimonials of McCartney’s greatness, from Dan Snyder…and “Dave McKenna.”

Snyder got quoted (“I’ve been a fan of Paul’s all my life, so it’s going to be a memorable night for us all.”) because he owns the stadium. Makes sense. Me? I guess because whoever put out the press release was under orders to find a quote about McCartney blander than Snyder’s. And they hit gold with something I wrote about McCartney’s voice (“still strong enough to leave listeners awestruck”) for the Washington Post in 2005.

If it’s mine, I’m embarrassed by that clause, for sure. But I’ve never felt so close to Snyder. Turns out we have a bond.

Now I want to know if Snyder’s a “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” or “He Said She Said” guy? And how many times he played “Revolution #9” backwards just to hear “I buried Paul!”?

I wonder if he had a Beatles belt buckle!

We’ll be picking out furniture soon! Text me, Dan!


Every little thing he does is magic, so…Nightspots are sending out press releases to let folks know ALEX OVECHKIN WAS HERE! I got this email from a Vegas  restaurant/club yesterday, a few hours before the Caps star was named MVP again.

“The NHL invasion arrived in Vegas and it is not surprising that hot spot LAVO inside The Palazzo was the destination of choice for the ice hockey stars, including Washington Capitals’ own Alexander Ovechkin. At LAVO Nightclub, NHL star Jeremy Roenick hosted a slew of on ice stars from teams across the NHL, including Vancouver Canuck Mats Sundin, and Edmonton Oiler Sheldon Souray, but one of the most notable almost didn’t make it into the club.  Twenty-three year old Russian phenomenon Alexander Ovechkin who is up for the league’s MVP award, arrived a bit underdressed  wearing flip flops.  Luckily those manning the velvet ropes recognized Ovechkin, who in 2008 signed the most lucrative contract in NHL history with his 13 year, $124 million contract extension, and made an exception so that the superstar and his group could join Roenick’s table upstairs.  Once safely inside, the league’s scoring leader danced on the banquettes to the sounds of DJ Crooked and made his rounds to visit various tables of hockey players throughout the club.”

Ovechkin’s the new Paris and Lindsay.

(DANG! Looks like the great Dan Steinberg got the same memo!)


Via Quinn Cook from, where else?, DeMatha led the U.S. Under-16 National basketball team to a rout of Venezuela yesterday at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mendoza, Argentina.

Is there any prep sport NOT dominated by DeMatha? Well, besides field hockey?

If Quinn wasn’t so good, he might have been able to join teammate Victor Oladipo and a group of DeMatha classmates at the White House today for BBQ/cooking session with Michelle Obama and Bobby Flay. True story!


These guys must be smarter than the fish: The FLW College Fishing tour is coming! Teams of anglers from a few dozen schools, including many I’ve never heard of (Messiah, anyone? Chestnut Hill? Glenville State? Geneseo?), are entered in a bass tournament on the Potomac next Saturday, June 27. Takeoff and weigh-in are at Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Md.

I can’t mock kids who fish their way through school. The only thing I learned in college was that I was a loser at poker.


Triathlons are not fun. Proof? Well, here’s what’s tagged as a “Fun Fact” from the press kit of the Dextro Energy Triathlon, which will be clogging our arteries all over town on Sunday:

• The only person ever to beat Emma Snowsill of Australia since 2005 in an ITU sanctioned event has been Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal, who is sidelined through injury this weekend.

Who is that fact fun for? Other than Emma Snowsill, being free of her nemesis Vanessa of Portugal and all…


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