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Plenty of drama in CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015


Plenty of drama in CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015

It's officially 2016 now, so we can all put last year behind us, right? Well, maybe not so much if you're a sports fan in the DMV. That's because 2015 was full of dramatic moments that'll keep us talking well into the new year. 

The proof is in the page views. Just check out some of CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015: 

10. Mets' Wheeler: 'I guarantee you we all saw what Bryce Harper said' 

Ahh, such foreshadowing in this post, folks. Back when the Nationals acquired ace Max Scherzer in the offseason, a cocky Bryce Harper famously asked "where's my ring?" A boast at the time turned into motivation for the Mets, who wound up dominating the Nationals on their way to a World Series appearance. 

9. Smith watches game from stands with son after ejection

The most memorable moment from 2015's Redskins-Ravens game was a hard tackle that touched off a scuffle between the teams (and coaches). Steve Smith, Sr. of the Ravens and Chris Culliver of the Redskins were both ejected, despite neither being involved in the actual play. Smith didn't actually leave the stadium, though. 

8. Gortat: 'Not even fun coming here anymore. So much negativity'

Wizards center Marcin Gortat is a great quote in ordinary circumstances, but talk to him during a frustrating losing streak and he'll write headlines himself. That's what happened after a November loss to the Raptors, when Gortat gave a refreshingly honest, insightful take on Washington's struggles. 

7. Harbaugh, Gruden exchange heated words on field after big hit

This post was always going to get a lot of page views. First, it involved both NFL teams in the DMV. Second, everyone loves coaches squabbles. Third, we have video! 

6. Alex Ovechkin engaged to Russian model

Is Ovechkin's relationship status as important as anything that happens on the ice? Absolutely not. But for every person that wants to read about the Capitals' top line combinations, there are dozens more that will click on a story about a Russian superstar's new lady love. Welcome to the Internet! 

5. John Wall: 'I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson'

NBA salaries have increased by leaps and bounds in recent years, with the biggest jump in the salary cap still to come in the summer of 2016. That led to contracts like Reggie Jackson's five-year, $80 million deal with the Pistons -- the same as Wall's deal with the Wizards signed two years earlier. Except that one of the players is objectively much better ... 

4. End game? Per report, RG3 finished as starting QB

The writing was probably on the wall, but the official end of the Robert Griffin III era was still huge news. The quick rise and fall of RG3 became a topic of national interest and intense local debate. It also launched Kirk Cousins' spectacular year as the Redskins' starter.

3. Papelbon, Harper explain their fight in Nationals dugout

Yeesh -- where to start? Jonathan Papelbon's arrival in Washington looked like a mistake from the jump, but the situation devolved into a disaster when he choked eventual-MVP Harper in the dugout ... in late September. The way Nationals manager Matt Williams handled the situation contributed to his firing. Now, the team's dealing with Papelbon's giant contract and an absolute mess at the closer position. 

2. Where could RG3 land? Possible new teams for Robert Griffin III

2015 was a breakout year for Cousins and the Redskins, but on the flip side, everything fell apart for Griffin in Washington. But that doesn't keep fans from tracking any and all news about the former Rookie of the Year. Especially if he could end up with a division rival next season. 

1. VIDEO: Cousins loses his mind after win over Bucs: 'You like that!'

Here it is: the Holy Grail of CSNmidatlantic.com's year. The video that launched 1,000 memes, t-shirts and FedEx Field chants. This is the blog of the original 'You Like That!' video (you can check out the story behind it here), and if you count the 30.5 million loops of the original Vine, it's far and away the most viewed item of the year. 

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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow. 


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Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has had his fair share of life changing moments. 

Winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016, being drafted by the Ravens in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and come Sunday, possibly his first NFL start.

With Joe Flacco nursing a hip injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9, the 21-year-old could be leading the Ravens for a full 60 minutes against division rival Cincinnati Bengals in what could be a defining moment of their season.

"I'm just going into it like any other week," Jackson said Wednesday. "Just preparing for whatever."

While Jackson has appeared in all nine games going 7-for-12 for 87 passing yards and one touchdown, he is the only first-round quarterback out of the 2018 draft that has yet to start this season. 

When asked how he would feel if his name is called Sunday, Jackson said he would have butterflies at first but added once the ball is snapped, "it's on."

Through the Ravens' first half of the season, how and when Jackson is utilized at either quarterback or receiver, has lacked consistency. Add in the lack of highlight reel passes from him and many are concerned he's not ready for an NFL start. 

The fast style of NFL play compared to that of college football was something Jackson admittedly struggled with throughout the preseason. But with nine regular season games under his belt, Jackson feels that is the area where he's taken the biggest strides. 

"Calling the plays," Jackson said. "Before I'd have to ask coach a hundred times, 'say it again, say it again,' but now he says it one time to me. Don't get me wrong, sometimes if [the call] is long or whatever I have to ask [coach to] say it again, but other than that I'm getting better with that."

Head coach John Harbaugh offered no insight on who would be their starting quarterback on Sunday and it can be expected he'll keep hush up until the last moment. Flacco was not on the practice field during media availability Wednesday, either. 

But let's not forget the other veteran quarterback on their roster; Robert Griffin III

For the first time since 2009, the Ravens decided to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for this very reason.

After sitting out of football for a year, RGIII was given a second chance in Baltimore, but has been a gameday inactive since the start of the season. If the week progresses and neither Flacco or Jackson seem ready, it could be the comeback of the once Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday on if he feels prepared to possibly start. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Both RGIII and Jackson said that it would be "awesome" if they were named the starting QB on Sunday, but that no matter who it ends up being they're all here for one another.

"I'm going to continue to help [Lamar] just like I have all season because we're about the Ravens here," Griffin III said. "It's not about individuals. We've got a pretty daunting task ahead with this Bengals team and then just with the rest of our schedule, so we've got to make sure we make the most of every opportunity."