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Afternoon Links: Mike Rizzo Shakes Up Winter Meetings, Wizards Fans Are Frustrated

We're going to try something new this afternoon and give you a bunch of cool articles we've read today about our favorite local sports teams. We already do the Starting Lineup, which is our way of showing you what's really interesting out there, but that's in the morning. Over the course of the day, there are many more than five things to read, and many of those things get published at times that aren't conducive to Starting Lineup links the next day. 

So, without further ado, a few good reads on each of the local sports teams. Today's highlights: a Mike Rizzo Sports Illustrated profile, a couple calls for change with the Washington Wizards, some pictures of another Redskins offensive lineman falling down and much, much more.


  • Remember when Albert Haynesworth fell down and was ridiculed? Here are a bunch of pictures of Ma'ake Kemoeatu doing the exact same thing in the game against the Giants. [Hogs Haven]
  • Brian Orakpo says in an interview on Sirius XM Radio that he would love to still play with Albert Haynesworth and that the 3-4 is "complicated," but golden once everything gets picked up. [DC Sports Bog]
  • The Nationals' decision to sign Jayson Werth to a big contract has shaken up the baseball world. Here's a great profile of Mike Rizzo, the man who made that decision. [SI]
  • More details on the Adam Dunn situation. Basically, Rizzo wanted to trade him for Edwin Jackson, Stan Kasten wanted to keep him, and ownership chose neither. [Thomas Boswell]
  • Recapping the Winter Meetings, FAQ Style. [Ben Goessling]
  • Stephen Strasburg is trying way too hard to promote his charity event. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Eric Fehr has gotten off to a slow start this season, so what's up with him? [Mike Vogel]
  • There will be a Caps-Penguins alumni game on the eve of the Winter Classic. Awesome. [On Frozen Blog]
  • Mike Knuble is remaining consistent, even if he's not scoring a lot. [Corey Masisak for]
  • Ernie Grunfeld has failed as Wizards GM for years. So why is he still there again? [Jay Glassie, ESPN 980]
  • Hey Wizards, we're still waiting for inspired performances. [Truth About It]
  • A call to realism that every Wizards fan should read. [Bullets Forever]
  • Chris Wright has been more unselfish this year, and that's been big for Georgetown. [Tarik El-Bashir]