Word on the Street - Updated: Sheen visits Nats

Word on the Street - Updated: Sheen visits Nats
April 20, 2011, 1:22 pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:34 a.m.UPDATED 11:21 a.m.By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comMr. Sheen Comes to WashingtonThe Warlock himself, Charlie Sheen made a duh, winning appearance (at least according to Tony Kornheiser on his Wednesday radio show) in town as his Torpedo of Truth tour stopped at Constitution Hall Tuesday night. Hmmm, considering the Roast Master General Jeff Ross was there slaying all things Sheen, bummed I didnt pony up. Whats the opposite of buyers remorse?Rick Wild Thing Vaughn also visited the Nationals clubhouse and tweeted out this epic photo with him and a fellow F-18, Ryan Zimmerman. Second Round FindFrom 2004 to 2010, the Redskins unloaded their second round pick five times, most in the NFL. So instead of simply pondering what player they will select in this months draft, celebrate the fact they simply still have the pick. (Washington Times)The Mike Wise Show wHolden KushnerThe fellas talk Capitals with radio play-by-play man Steve Kolbe, specifically what the locals lose if Mike Knuble is sidelined (Getting others to fill the void in front of the net, with Eric Fehr looking like one of the prime candidates). But if the Caps are going to win this series, Kolbe said its all about getting Alex Ovechkin open shots. The Great Eight has been limited to three shots over the last two games.The Knuble injury buzz broke while Wise and Kushner were interviewing Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, in studio to discuss his charity bike ride event this Saturday. They asked the One Man Gang if hockey players were crazier than their football counterparts. Quicker than he blitzes a quarterback, Alexander replied with a resounding yes. I couldnt lose two-to-three teeth and decide to keep playing, Alexander sanely said.Afternoon LeftoversThe Chaka Khan references will return when VCU coach Shaka Smart sings during the seventh-inning stretch at a Chicago Cubs next month.George Washington University hired former America East Commissioner Patrick Nero as its new athletic director. (Washington Post)McNabb Moving On?The Donovan McNabb-to-Vikings buzz has been steady the past couple of weeks. Sports Illustrateds Peter King concurs.Whether Minnesota is the destination or not,McNabb isn't likely return to Redskins Park and Rex Grossman isn't under contract. So, who's left at quarterbackfor the Redskins? Oh yeah... (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)Cam Newton is the favorite to be the number one pick, but Colin Kaepernick is the better athlete? (NFL.com)Capital IdeaNothing beats the excitement of a game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. At this point, the Capitals would be wise to deprive their fans of such pleasure. (Washington Post)Between games three and four, there certainly has been a whole lot of edgy talking going on. (New York Times)Yet with all the conversation, the defensive-minded Capitals are not panicking about their lack of offense. (Washington Times)The noise emanating from Madison Square Garden may not be deafening, but it's certainly doesn't sound whiny, like a certain coach. (New York Daily News)St. Louis Remains Gateway to Ankiel's PastThe Nationals centerfielder returns for the first time as a visiting player to the city where his career began andfor all the worldended. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)To show his respect, Ankiel took out a half-pagead thanking the Cardinals fan base in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (via Post-Dispatch reporter Derrick Goold)Ankiel is the only Nationals player to start all 15 games this season. Surprising perhaps, but that's nothing compared to his journey from wild pitcher to left-handed power bat. (Sporting News)His play in centerfield has been solid enough to avoid any type of panicked move from the front office, though reportedly theNationals are scouting Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton all the same. (MLB.com)Yi to Be Set Free?The Wizards continue their plans to build a winner in Chinatown, but it's unlikely their initial plans included retaining their 7-foot forward rental, especially since he came off the worst statistical campaign of his career. (Washington Post)Kick ThisThe initial hopes that Chris Pointus would go from college star to MLS Rookie of the Year to U.S. national team member were hamstrung along the way. But after scoring two goals in a 3-0 win last weekend,the D.C. United striker is looking like his rise through the ranks might simply have been delayed. (Washington Examiner)Major League Soccer adds another U.S. World Cupper to its midfielder ranks. (Washington Post)The District's "Jock Tax" PlanThelikes of Alexander Ovechkin pay "athlete-specific" taxes to states where the Washington Capitals play on the road. Now D.C. is looking for their share from nonresident pro athletes. (Washington Times)NBA PlayoffsCarmelo Anthony's game 2 performance was epic, but his Knicks still trail the Celtics 2-0. (Sports Illustrated)At least for now, the general manager that took on Gilbert Arenas and his bloated contract can breathe easier thanks to Superman. (Sports Illustrated)Prior to his Mavericks taking a 2-0 series lead over the Trail Blazers, Dallas forward Caron Butler says he's "confident about playing again this year". The former Washington Wizards star has missed nearly four months with a knee injury. (Dallas Morning News)Camden Yards Part of Schaeffer's LegacyThe late William Donald Schaefer may not have been the greatest sports enthusiast, or even much of one at all. But during his tenure as Mayor of Baltimore, the former Maryland governor was highly influential when it came to transforming Charm City's professional sports scene. (Carroll Country Times)Ravens to be part of the nation's Thanksgiving football feast. (Carroll County Times)Speaking of Batlimore area sports, Towson's new basketball coach has Big East ties and looks to end the Tigers run of 15-consecutivelosing seasons. (Washington Times)Where Are They Now?Some 15 years after arriving in the United States with a 10-word English vocabulary,this local andlate 1990's era college basketball star has returned to finish off his Master's degree.