On Tap Sports
The DMV’s Social Sports Scene: 2016 Fall Rec Leagues
Being cramped in an office is bad for the body. Sometimes you need to jump out the door and let those legs loose on the pavement in order...
All Eyes on Rio: Local Rower Matt Miller Pulls for Gold in the Summer Games
The race begins in silence, the crisp reflections of perfectly aligned boats shimmering off of the water’s smooth surface...
Fun Facts about the Summer Olympics
Did you know, the 2016 Summer Olympics mark the first time the games are being held in South America...
Capital Beer Classic presented by Goose Island
The inaugural Capital Beer Classic presented by Goose Island is coming to FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins...
Brengle Crushing It with The Kastles
Madison Brengle hopes her second season with the Washington Kastles can live up to her first...
DC’s Citi Open is Back in Action
If you’re a fan of fast-paced, top-tier professional tennis, the Citi Open tennis tournament...
D.C. United’s Bill Hamid
The popularity of Major League Soccer has risen rapidly in recent years...
Summer of Soccer
Every four years, planet Earth collectively salivates at the opportunity to guzzle the World Cup...
The Ladies Take the Field in the Redskins’ Burgundy & Gold Flag Football Game
June 12 marks the third annual Burgundy & Gold Flag Football Game hosted by the Redskins...
Race Day Fun Facts
Did you know that while 13 horses tried and failed to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont since Affirmed in 1978, American Pharoah ended the 37-year drought...
Biking in the City
It’s springtime in the city, and bike enthusiasts and newbies alike can reap the benefits of DC’s warmer months.
Nationals Aim High in 2016: New Players, Savvy Vets Raise Expectations
When the Washington Nationals take the field for their home opener...
Fun Facts All About Baseball
Did you know approximately 21 million hotdogs...
Local Bars Pick Their March Madness Brackets
On Tap caught up with some of our favorite bars around town...
Spring Rec Leagues
Work hard, play hard is a way of life in the DMV.
The Washington Capitals Talk Valentine’s Day
Players told On Tap their best gifts ever received...
Midseason Report with Nate Schmidt
Something very special is happening with the Washington Capitals this season...
Players Pay It Forward
The holiday season is upon us and if you’re looking to give back this holiday season, charity is a wonderful way to do so. In this spirit of giving, On Tap caught up with...
Here Come the Clydesdales
Get ready for some football, along with lots of fun activities and events, all surrounding and celebrating the 2015 Military Bowl in Annapolis.
Shooting Star Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards’ fourth-year shooting guard, leaned against the wall at the Verizon Center after an energetic mid-October practice and...
Mr. Game 7 Justin Williams
Last season featured a host of pleasant developments for a Washington Capitals team that is favored to reach the Stanley Cup finals this time around.
Capitals Radio Voice John Walton
One of John Walton’s most memorable occasions as a broadcaster came when he had to lend Bruce Boudreau his pants. Literally, the pants off his body.
Fantasy Sports Could Be Your Cash Cow with a Little Guidance
On the HBO hit show "Ballers," Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry play a pair of Miami financial advisers seeking out NFL superstars to represent (think "Entourage" for football). At a lunch in a trendy restaurant, Rob's character talks about his five fantasy football leagues and how he was even kicked out of a sixth for trash talking with a 13-year-old kid.
2015 Football Guide
Where to Watch All The Games! Are you ready for some football?! If you’re looking for the scoop on where to hang out and watch your favorite teams, both college and pro, then look no further because we’ve got you covered. Get the lowdown on all the bars, the number of TVs, packages and all the hot game day specials.
Washington Redskins and Local Community Support Spinal Cord Injury Foundation
The Washington Redskins are rallying for an incredible cause this month in support of the spinal cord injury foundation Walking with Anthony. The team’s charitable foundation and alumni association are cohosting the Third Annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dinner at the Country Club of Fairfax on September 21 to support Walking with Anthony in its mission to raise funds for spinal cord injury victims.
Local Alumni Groups
For many college football fans, their best memories of watching football are the days they spent cheering on their home team, while in school. There's a special kind of spirit, camaraderie and tradition developed during those days and one that many students miss after graduation.
SHAPE Diva Dash Comes to DC
On your mark, get set, dash! The SHAPE Diva Dash is the first obstacle course-style 5K designed exclusively for women -- and is coming to DC on September 12.
Redskins Favorite Memories From Playing Football
The Washington team is entering the season with a few frustrations surrounding the squad. In an effort to look on the bright side, we asked players their favorite memories of playing football to help us all remember why players play the game in the first place. Check out what they had to say.
Locals Talk College Football
Locals talk college football! What they love, who they support and what keeps them coming back for more.
Hard-Nosed Football with Brandon Sherff
The Washington Redskins enter their second season under Coach Jay Gruden with high expectations, eager to erase the frustration of a 2014 season that saw them finish a disappointing 4-12.
Get Back in the Game: A Guide to College Football
After months of living without football, you and your buddies are pumped for the upcoming season.
Go Fast! Formula One Inspired Go-Karts
If you’ve ever wondered what it's like to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon, you can get a taste of fast driving and auto racing at the newest Autobahn Indoor Speedway opening this fall in Manassas Mall.
Fall Rec League Guide
With over 75 organizations in the metro area, On Tap compiled a guide of local leagues that range between easy, moderate and competitive. Also included are interviews with a few experienced players who offer up some reasons why they enjoy their leagues. Check out our guide and decide for yourself which league is right for you.
A Need For Speed Red Bull Rallycross Driver Scott Speed
Red Bull’s Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) has taken the world by storm and is making DC its next pit stop.
Golf Meets Giving: Tiger Woods & the Quicken Loans National
Some of the best golfers in the world will head to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County on July 27 - Aug. 2, to compete for the $6.5 million purse at Quicken Loans National golf tournament.
Entertainment Guide for The Quicken Loans National
So, the Quicken Loans National is at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club this year, but that's not the only thing that's new. Check out this list for cool things to do while at the tournament.
Double the Fun: Talking with Leander Paes
As captain of the four-time defending World TeamTennis champions, the Washington Kastles, Leander Paes feels it’s his job to get the team fired up and sees no reason why this year’s team won’t continue its winning ways.
Meet Rising Tennis Star Jack Sock
When the American tennis star Jack Sock walked off the Roland Garros court at the French Open last month after losing a hard-fought match against Spanish legend Rafael Nadal, something unexpected happened.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
The weather is warm, the hotdogs are sizzling, the beer is cold and baseball is in full swing. We’re amped for summer and for all the excitement shaping up around our local ballparks.
World Police & Fire Games Comes To Fairfax
More than 12,000 public safety athletes from around the globe are expected to trek to Fairfax this summer, as the county plays host to the World Police and Fire Games June 26 to July 5.
Meet Kofi Opare of D.C. United
Ghana-born center back Kofi Opare is enjoying a strong run of performances in his first full season for the Black and Red, and only his third season in the MLS. Just last season he made the switch from the LA Galaxy to D.C. United and the 24-year-old is making a concrete case for a permanent spot on the team.
Washington Wizards 2015 Playoffs
All things #dcRising on the Wizards' run through the NBA postseason.
Washington Capitals 2015 Playoffs
#RockTheRed with the latest news, videos and exclusives from this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.
Off to the Races
"The Most Exciting Two Minutes of Sports” gets underway on May 2 when the jockeys head to the starting gate at the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby. For those two minutes, America’s attention turns to horses and the start of one of sport’s most storied challenges, The Triple Crown.
Racing Presidents Fun Facts
Check out our 10 fun facts about the Racing Presidents!
Rock Solid Wilson Ramos
Venezuelan born catcher Wilson Ramos made his MLB debut on May 2, 2010 with the Minnesota Twins and by July 29 he was traded to the Nationals. He has been with the team ever since. But his early transition into Major League Baseball was turbulent. In late 2011 Ramos was back home in Valencia, Venezuela to play offseason ball with his hometown team, the Tigres de Aragua.
A Recap for the DMV NCAA Tournament Teams
It was a bright regular season year for basketball fans in the DMV area but a disappointing postseason. All five squads were eliminated in the first weekend of games. Even though Virginia, Maryland, Georgetown and co. were eliminated before reaching the Sweet 16, there's no time to fuss. March Madness continues Thursday with a loaded slate of games and you can't predict when the memorable moments will happen.
16 Things You Need To Know About March Madness
Boise State’s Derrick Marks may well be the best player in the country. Marks is the only player in the country who averages at least 10.5 points and shoots 50 percent from the field, 50 percent on 3-pointers and 85 percent from the free-throw line. Those are legit numbers.
Rec Leagues and The Sporting Guidebook
Find the right sport and league for you! Choose from easy to moderate to challenging.
On Point: Talking with NBA All-Star John Wall
Ask NBA experts about John Wall, the Washington Wizards All-Star point guard, and you’ll likely hear a list of familiar adjectives. Explosive. Agile. Quick. Gifted. Dazzling. But as the Wizards’ leader nears the end of his fifth regular season - his team is well-positioned for a second consecutive NBA playoff berth - Wall watchers have added a new word to their list of terms: Mature.
Get Down with SWEATVIBES
Here’s the deal, if you want to look good and be healthy you have to stay active, right?! The problem - most of us think we don’t have enough time, we lack interest, or we just make excuses. Let’s face it, if you’re having trouble getting motivated or finding something to piqué your interest, a gym membership, hours on the treadmill or home workout videos aren’t going to do the trick because what you really need to do is outsmart your bad habits.
Step up to the Mic: Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan
Whether on the radio or doing stand-up comedy, Danny Rouhier is comfortable expressing his views...
Kickoff Spring with The ALUMRUN
Kick off spring with a race like no other: the ALUMRUN. This premier event is a weekend-long celebration that will reunite alumni from universities both local and nationwide. Get ready to throwback to your college days with parties and a 5K or 10K race through DC.
Take Advantage of the Cold: 5 Winter Weekend Getaways
Are you tired of feeling stuck inside the house on weekends? Don't huddle up in fear of the cold anymore, get out there and embrace the winter wonderlands that surround the DC area. Here are five resorts that are close enough for a weekend trip that offer plenty of fun winter sports, good food and great entertainment off the slopes.
5 Things You Should Know About Champions League
It’s been six months since World Cup mania swept the DC region as the US team stormed into the round of 16, eventually losing to Belgium 2-1 in extra time. The exciting play thrilled thousands of Americans – and thousands more from abroad who live in the Washington area – who came out to bars, clubs and local restaurants to watch the action and enthusiastically cheer their teams.
Winter Classic Pre-Party
Country music artist Joe Bachman will be performing before the Winter Classic on the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk level. Catch his boot stomping, party time tunes and get ready for the game. Show starts at 10 a.m. Visit www.joebachman.com or find him on Facebook for more details.
New Year's Day Winter Classic in DC
Washington is buzzing with excitement as the city prepares to host its first Winter Classic hockey game. The Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks will square off New Year’s Day at Nationals Park as part of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The game represents the seventh annual outdoor game since the National Hockey League started the tradition, and it has quickly become one of the most popular sporting events around.
Inside this Year's Military Bowl
Sports fans look forward to holiday bowl games almost as much as children look forward to Christmas. Thanks to the new college football playoff format, 76 teams will take part in 39 bowl games in 2014, though only two of these games will take place in the Northeast—the Pinstripe Bowl in New York and the Military Bowl in DC.
Wizards Primed for a Strong Season
Following their first playoff appearance in five years, the Washington Wizards hope to conjure even more magic – and a deeper run into the postseason – in 2014-15.
A Dynamic Duo: Ovechkin & Trotz
Ovi and the Coach. Sounds like the title of an ’80s television detective show, but in reality, it could be the formula for the Washington Capitals’ first Stanley Cup championship.
Notre Dame vs. Navy comes to FedEx Field
Notre Dame-Navy is the oldest, longest running rivalry in all of college football. The Rip Miller trophy is once again up for grabs in primetime at FedEx Field in Landover, MD in only the second night game in the rivalry’s history. This matchup is no stranger to big venues, playing in several NFL stadiums in the East and twice in Dublin, Ireland.
First Ladies of Football 2014
Hey fans! This official Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Calendar brings the First Ladies of Football 2014 swimsuit wall calendar to your iPhone or iPod Touch. View a slide show of the 2014 swimsuit photo shoot while navigating the events in your personal calendar.
New Coach & Star Defensemen Look to Propel the Caps
The Washington Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons in 2013-14, which motivated ownership to shake things up. After 17 years as general manager, George McPhee was let go. Second-year head coach Adam Oates was also dismissed.
Ovechkin Skates with ASHA Adolescents
Most of us recognize Alex Ovechkin as one of the a greatest hockey players in the game, but what we might not realize is he’s doing some pretty amazing community and charitable work as well.
Pitch Perfect Tanner Roark Says Nationals Bullpen is “Lights Out”
It’s hard to believe that 2008 marked the opening of the first new ballpark in DC since 1962, and now, just six short years later, we’ve got a baseball team heading to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. This year’s Nationals team is electric and they have given DC a lot to get excited about (NLDS tickets sold out in just 17 minutes.)
Getting to Know the Redskins Cheerleaders
There’s more to the First Ladies of Football than meets the eye. Not only are all 37 Washington Redskins Cheerleaders absolutely stunning, but they’re also smart, talented and driven. And most importantly, they value their teammates. On Tap caught up with three WRC ladies who truly are the total package. From a nutritionist pursuing her fourth professional degree while striving to run a half marathon in every state to an eighth grade science teacher who plans to become a pediatric oncologist focused on finding a cure for childhood cancers, these ladies are kicking derrières and taking names.
The Redskins: What You Didn't Know
DID YOU KNOW... Think you know everything there is to know about the ‘Skins? Think again. We asked players to answer one question, “What is something fans might not know about you?” Check out what they had to say.
Quarterback Greg McGhee Talks AT&T Nation’s Football Classic
Fall is around the corner and college campuses around the country are gearing up for football season. In DC, September marks the anniversary of a special football tradition - The Nation’s Football Classic, started in 2011 and presented by AT&T. This event is “a new age black college football classic which showcases the tradition, service, unity and heritage of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).” The rivalry - Howard University (Washington, DC) and Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia).
As the Washington Redskins wrapped up training camp in mid-August, the team’s disappointing 2013 season seemed nothing but a distant memory. Armed with a healthy quarterback in Robert Griffin III, an enthusiastic new head coach in Jay Gruden and a good mix of veterans and young talent fighting for roster spots, the team’s camaraderie and energy was obvious. After connecting on a quick strike for a touchdown to finish up a late morning scrimmage, Griffin and DeSean Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver acquired from Philadelphia in the off-season, ran toward each other and soared skyward for a celebratory chest-bump.
Hey Maryland! Welcome to the Big 10
For the first time in 60 years, the University of Maryland football program is the new kid on the block. The Terrapins will be entering the 2014 college football season, not in the familiar surroundings of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which the school helped establish in 1953, but on the much larger stage of the Big Ten Conference.
Meet On Tap's Sports Challenge Experts
On Tap's Football Challenge with local bars - a season long contest!! Pick 5 games each week against these local sports experts. Each week pit your picks against the pros. Readers choose who they think has the best picks. If your picks are best, we give away a $100 gift card to your bar.
Premier League at a Glance
Over the summer, millions of Americans excitedly watched as the U.S. battled against Ghana, Portugal, Germany and Belgium in World Cup action—doing better than many soccer pundits expected.
Changes Afoot at the DC Triathlon
For those who’ve always dreamed of participating in DC’s only annual triathlon, but just felt they didn’t possess the stamina for such a race, will be pleased to hear that for the first time in its nine-year history, Events DC Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will offer an option for a sprint race on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Social Sports by the Numbers: Rec League Roundup
In the DC area, Rec Leagues have steadily grown in popularity - so for this seasons guide, we decided to have some fun with numbers. Since sports is all about stats, we did some in-depth research and analysis of social sports around the beltway to get a real sense of where we are. Bear in mind some of these are estimates.
Guy's Weekend: Ace Adventure Resort
Alright guys, it’s August and we are at the pinnacle of summer. If you and your buddies are looking to capitalize on a chance to make this summer the one to remember, look no further than ACE Adventure Resort. Covering a whopping 1500 acres in southern West Virginia’s beautiful New River Gorge National Park, this is any outdoorsman’s dream come true.
Head of the Class... Meet the Potomac Nationals All Star Players
First Baseman Shawn Pleffner, Shortstop Stephen Perez & Pitcher Derek Self
Meet Infielder Anthony Rendon
The weather’s warm, the days are long and America’s favorite pastime is in full swing. If you follow baseball, you've probably noticed that the Washington Nationals have developed a knack for bringing up exceptional players, noticeably top prospects like Anthony Rendon.
Queen of the Court Martina Hingis
Teams in the Mylan World TeamTennis league were salivating last summer when Martina Hingis’s name was among those available in the 2013 roster draft. After having played the previous six seasons for the now-defunct New York Sportimes, the star was suddenly within reach.
Futbol Fanatics Guide
Hey Soccer (or Futbol) fans, to keep the World Cup momentum going we’ve created a special quick-find guide that makes it easy for you to find the country you want to support and the corresponding bars. In addition, with Premier League coming up, we’ve added popular individual clubs and the bars that favor those teams to give you an easy way to find where to watch your favorite teams all year long.
D.C.’s Great Defender: Meet Bobby Boswell
In 10 years with the MLS, Bobby Boswell has done just about everything. He was named 2006 MLS Defender of the Year, has been an All-Star, was selected as Best XI Starting Center Back for 2011, and was on the 2012 MLS Cup finalist squad.
100+ Places to Watch World Cup Soccer
Welcome to On Tap’s Inaugural World Cup Soccer Guide. With over a 100 listings of where to watch, our guide doesn’t disappoint. Now get out there and get in the game!
World Cup Aspirations: Alexandria Native Clarence Goodson
The U.S. will play its first game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on June 16 squaring off against Ghana, and will follow that game up with matches against fellow Group-G participants Portugal and Germany on June 22 and June 26 respectively. Currently ranked No. 14 by FIFA, the U.S. team spent the final weeks of May on the fields of Stamford, as coach Jurgen Klinsmann had 30 of the country’s best players competing for the final 23-man roster that would head to Brazil.
World Class Rock Climber Sasha Digiulian
Attempting a climb for the first time, world champion Sasha DiGiulian plans each move like a game of chess, visualizing three to four moves ahead of her next. At times hanging by only one hand from 60 to 80 feet in the air, the Alexandria native uses her impressive athletic ability and mental focus to navigate climbs that are rated among the highest degree of difficulty in the world.
All-Star Sports Moms
This month, in recognition of extraordinary women and Mother's Day we talked to local pro athletes whose moms have greatly impacted their success as athletes. These local players stepped up and told us some heartfelt stories about their all-star sports moms.
The Baseball Guide | Denard Span!
Find a hard copy the 2014 Baseball Guide at your favorite spots all over town. Click here for where to find the guide.
Support a Different Ball Team | Quick Find Team Guide
Support a Different Ball Team | Quick Find Team Guide
Pregaming It | Friday Nights at the Ballpark
Miller Lite Party nights totally rock!
Amped Up | Denard Span, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen Ready for Action
The Washington Nationals enter the 2014 season with sky-high expectations from fans and baseball pundits – including some talk of a first-time World Series birth - and the team is ready.
Beards & Baseball | Love it or hate it?
Over the years and across all sports, players have colorfully entertained Americans with their flair and personality. When it comes to beards and sports it’s not exactly a new phenomena. Playoff beards have been a long-standing tradition in the National Hockey League, but in recent decades the fad has become increasingly popular across the sporting world namely in baseball. Seemingly, the appearance of burly facial hair represents the character of players, at least in the public eye and it’s thought to provide a sense of camaraderie among teammates. Does team beard growing work to build togetherness and morale among a team, especially during a post-season run? We think it must. So if we want a winning team, does this mean the end of our clean cut American men or is this just a passing trend? We went to the streets to find out what locals think. Beards and baseball...Love it or hate it?
Ready to Kick In | Steven Birbaum
Fans of D.C. United were ecstatic last fall when the team selected University of California defender Steven Birnbaum as their top pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, fortifying an area of weakness for the black and red.
Bracket Busters | Predictions and Hot Players
With the NCAA tournament just weeks away, March Madness brings out the basketball fanatic in all of us. Whether you follow the sport religiously, only watch your school’s games or you haven’t seen a single second of an NCAA basketball game all season, most likely everyone you know will be filling out brackets and in many cases, multiple brackets. We’ve even heard stories such as billionaires like Warren Buffet are offering a billion dollars to the lucky person who’s actually able to fill out a perfect bracket. In case you’re curious, BusinessInsider.com predicts the chances of you filling out a perfect bracket are 1 in 576,460,752,303,423,488. Statistically, you have a better chance of winning the lottery multiple times than you do of filling out a billion dollar bracket. But hey, there’s a chance!
10 Things to Try This Spring
Add Some Color to your Wardrobe
DC Represents! Olympian John Carlson
It only took 39 seasons, but for the first time, the Washington Capitals can proudly say that they have an American hockey player representing their team in the Winter Olympics. John Carlson, 24, has been chosen to represent Team USA Hockey in the upcoming games in Sochi, Russia, home country of Washington captain and fellow teammate, Alexander Ovechkin. By default, Alex has become the face of the games for his country, but for American hockey fans, Carlson’s roster spot speaks volumes about his play on an international level. While this may be his first Olympics, the five-year blue line veteran is no stranger to representing his country in international tournament play. Four seasons ago, he scored two goals, including the overtime game winner in Team USA’s victory over Canada in the World Junior Championship.
Gearing Up for Sochi! Winter Olympics 2014
Gearing Up for Sochi! Winter Olympics 2014
Marshall Defeats UMD in 2013 Military Bowl
Military Bowl MVP, Rakeem Cato, said it best. “Big-time players make big-time plays in a big-time game, and this was a big-time game.” The junior quarterback for Marshall University certainly stepped up when his team needed him the most.
Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle with Vida Fitness
Vida Fitness isn't just a gym, it’s a lifestyle choice. The staff at Vida teaches “empowerment that is congruent with goals,” and aims to “debunk diet myths.” They work with you to find “strategies to fit in with your lifestyle for continued sustainability. In other words, their goal is help people move away from quick fads and fixes and instead teach members how to make lifestyle changes.
The Polls are Open • Vote John Wall
The polls are open! Have you received your “I voted” sticker yet?
Gabriel Rosado Facing Off In DC
Gabriel Rosado is heading to the DC Armory on January 25 to face off against Jermell Charlo.
Military Bowl 2013 UMD vs. Marshall
The Northrop Grumman Military Bowl, for the first time in 6 years, will not be played at DC's RFK Stadium. It has been moved to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
All I Want for Christmas | Caps and Wizards Wish Lists
Caps & Wizards players tell fans what they hope for this holiday season.
Closing the Gap - Talking with the Wizards
After a five-year playoff drought, the Washington Wizards enter the 2013-2014 season with their best roster in years and legitimate expectations for a return to the post-season.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Phase II
Monumental Sports & Entertainment is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country. They currently have such shows as the Emmy Award-winning Caps Red Line plus Wizards Magazine, Mystics Magazine, Press Row, Monumental Today and Monumental Memories. The featured syndicated blogs and shows are Wizards Courtside Report, Capitals Rinkside Update, Mystics Minute, Wizard’s Fast Break, Capitals Two-Man Advantage, Ted’s Take, Dump ‘n Chase, Capitals Voice, Wizards Blog and Daily Wizdom. They are the first platform to do live streaming of Mystics games and streamed the DC United at Toronto FC match. They also have one of the most diverse collaborative partnership groups in all of sports including SB Nation and its nine DC and Baltimore based sports sites.
DC Fire Hockey
Saturday, October 12th, DC Fire Hockey played the MD Police Department in a charity game at the Verizon Center in DC. This fundraising event benefitted all of the Navy Yard victims and MPD officer Scott Williams who was shot in the line of duty. Sections were filled up for the game as family, friends, and loyal fans cheered on players as they battled one another looking for a win (and bragging rights).
USA Warriors Hockey
Wayne Gretzky, arguably the greatest hockey player of all-time, was once quoted as saying “Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.” When the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Team hits the ice, there is no denying the truth in Gretzky’s words. The all-volunteer-run program is dedicated to using ice hockey as a form of therapy and rehabilitation for wounded veterans, and ignites a passion in players and hockey fans alike.
Back in Action: Talking with John Carlson and Calle Johansson
Last season was a wild ride for the Washington Capitals. Under a new head coach, the team stumbled early but caught fire at the end to win the Southeast Division. The playoffs, however, ended in an all-too-familiar refrain – a flat 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the first round at the Verizon Center.
Team Locator Grid
We’ve made finding where to watch your favorite football team quick and easy. Our new team locator grid is simple to use, just find your team and voila! you’ll see a listing of bars who support your team.
The Football Guide 2013
If you’re looking for player interviews, cheerleaders, a place to catch your favorite college or pro team our ultimate football guide will help you find where to go.
Up Close and Personal: The Washington Redskins
Complied by Adrianne Morris, Gary Utley, Kevin Ewoldt and Mike Coleman
In Defense of the Defense
Given the NFL-mandated salary cap penalty endured by Washington the past two seasons it is remarkable that Bruce Allen has been able to keep both the starting offense AND the defense intact. But while the offense was truly amazing last year, the defense struggled. A unit that managed to be great even in the down years saw its 2012 stats read like an EKG hooked up to a massive heart attack.
Kilroy's: Fanatic about the Redskins
This season, Kilroy’s plans on taking Redskins game day viewing to the next level by providing an experience that feels like the next best thing to being at the game according to Wes Neidig of Kilroy’s. He tells On Tap “Skins fans are encouraged to paint those faces, wave those flags and rock that “Burgundy and Gold” each and every week when coming to Kilroy’s. The Motto of course, HTTR!” Plus he notes, “fans can look forward to the Kilroy’s Burgundy and Gold Tailgate Club w/ Kevin and Rock Radio featuring “All You Can Eat” specials and much more three hours before every Skins game.” Read more to find out what else the Kilroy’s crew had to say.
Run for Your Lives
Are you someone who watches 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead (the remake or the original) or The Walking Dead and instantly starts to prepare for a zombie apocalypse? This doesn’t need to entail building a panic room in your basement or buying all of the canned tuna at Whole Foods. It may just mean mentally preparing a list of who would be the best companion(s) to escape with, deciding what makeshift weapons you would be able to create, or thinking through whether it actually makes sense to siphon gas from a car. If any of these thoughts have ever popped into your head then this event is for you.
The DC Hoos
It’s almost fall and that means football mania, and for college alumni, this means planning events with their fellow alums to cheer on their alma mater. DC is host to a multitude of alumni networks, but one of the largest is that of the University of Virginia. Just a short drive down the road in Charlottesville, these alums keep their ties strong with trips back to campus and local game watches. On Tap recently sat down with members of the DC Hoos, the local UVA alumni club to find out what being a Wahoo is all about!
Experience the Ride · Patriot Harley-Davidson
Are you yearning for freedom? Do you find yourself looking for new adventures or seeking ways to get an adrenalin rush? Perhaps you’re tired of running with the same old crowd and doing the same old things. Why not try something new and learn to ride a motorcycle. Sound intimidating? What if there were a program that removed the intimidation factor? Patriot Harley-Davidson® in Fairfax offers just such a course - the Rider’s Edge® training program. This four day, part classroom, part hands-on program delves into the basic concepts of motorcycling and gets you ready to ride. Not only does Harley-Davidson® represent the iconic cool factor but these guys are backed by over one hundred years of experience in biking. I had the chance to take part in the course, here is part one of my adventures!
Up for the Challenge: Griffin, Morris and Morgan
One of the defining plays of the 2013 Washington Redskins season came just four days into the team’s training camp in Richmond.
Up Close and Personal: Meeting the Redskins Cheerleaders
It’s a new football season and you know what that means, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have released their new calendar. This is the 16th year of the First Ladies of Football calendar and this year the photo shoot took place in the beautiful city of Guanacaste, Costa Rica at the Occidental Grand Papagayo Hotel and Resort.
A Big Premiere for the Premier League
As the world’s most-watched and wealthiest soccer league, the English Premier League (EPL) is taking on new territory as it begins a broadcasting deal with NBC Sports—the most widespread plan yet by any American network.
DC Divas’ Callie Brownson Pursuing Her Dreams On and Off the Field
The D.C. Divas, a professional women’s tackle football team, have been successful since their full-contact football debut in 2001 in the Women’s National Football Association (NWFA). In an interview with D.C. Divas captain Callie Brownson, we asked about her experience with the Divas and how she got involved with football. We learned Brownson started football at a young age on a little league football team but was asked to stop playing because football was considered a boys only sport.
Rec League Roundup 2013
Capital Bocce www.capbocce.com Fall/Winter Sports: Bocce and glow bocce. Teams/Players: 16-32 teams, 300+ players. Where: National Mall, Adams Morgan, Dupont and Georgetown. Why Sign Up? Our balls glow!! We have the largest Glow Bocce League in America that takes place on the National Mall and at the after party the entire BAR GLOWS!!! Don’t worry we have plenty of neon shirts and glow sticks to go around! What Charities Do You Support? We participate in numerous charity events, but the most prominent is the Bocce for Hunger series. These events are held in different cities throughout the US. The most recent event in DC raised over $5,000 alone.
DC Bocce: More than a Game
In 2004, a group of four friends set out to create a sports league where men and women could play equally and socializing was more important than competition. Nine years later, DC Bocce has blossomed, with over 2,500 players per season and massive season-ending parties that rival any in the DC area. On Tap got a chance to sit down with one of the founders of DC Bocce, John Groth, to talk about what this small business has become.
Red Bull Flugtag at the Potomac
Are you interested in watching homemade, human-powered flying machines get pushed off of a multi-story flight deck and, quite possibly, crash into the Potomac River? Well then Red Bull is hosting the event for you.
Balls to the Wall: Social Sports Leagues
Do you want to be a part of the city's most popular social scene? How about joining a social rec league! It's a great way to meet people, create new friendships, get some exercise and enjoy a little competitive fun! Not sure which league is right for you? Check out what these locals had to say about their leagues.
Chill Out: Where to go for Water Sports
As the temperatures throughout the DC area continue to soar, residents flock to pools in an attempt to beat the heat. Unfortunately everyone else has the same idea, and you find that you can only fight over those ten lounge chairs so many times before that pool starts to lose its appeal. If you’re wondering what other options this leaves you with, you’ve come to the right place. We here at On Tap have compiled a list of alternatives to help you stay cool in the hottest of summer months.
Fired Up! Kastles Coach Murphy Jensen Refuses to Lose
By Adrianne Morris and Ben Monarch
A New Level of Racing: Spartan Races
A race is coming to the DC area that is definitely unique. It’s called the Spartan Race, and the name alone should get you psyched! This race is not only full of physical obstacles, but mental ones as well. It is designed to push participants to their limits, forcing them to leave their comfort zones. When participants cross the finish line, they will have earned a new sense of pride and accomplishment.
The Bryan Brothers Return to the Citi-Open
The most successful doubles team in the history of tennis will visit the District from July 27 to August 4 to play in the 2013 Citi Open. Identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are the current world number one doubles team and have won the Washington title for three consecutive years, from 2005 to 2007. Fresh off the heels of winning their 14th Grand Slam trophy in June with their second French Open victory in 10 years, the 35-year-old athletes are ready to head back to the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.
Tiger Woods: Giving back to DC
In just a few short weeks Tiger Woods will be back in DC to defend his title at the AT&T National tournament. Currently Woods is ranked the number one golfer in the world, having delivered a series of solid performances at Torrey Pines, Doral, Bay Hill and the PLAYERS Championship. It’s safe to say that Tiger is officially back. However, what caught On Tap’s attention is not just his performance on the course, but his contributions off the course through his charitable organization, The Tiger Woods Foundation. Started with his father in 1996, his foundation works to serve disadvantaged children by offering opportunities and tools not otherwise available to them such as hands -on learning courses, scholarships and internships. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Tiger about playing in Bethesda, golfing with President Obama and his newly opened learning centers in DC.
The Sky is the Limit: Stephen Strasburg
When Stephen Strasburg took the mound against the World Champion San Francisco Giants at the end of a tough West Coast road swing in late May, the Nationals’ ace delivered the goods.
A First Class Farm League: The Potomac Nationals
A day of baseball is an ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For many residents of Prince William County, Virginia and the surrounding DC and Maryland communities, this means heading south for a good ole’ fashioned minor league ball game. In the intimate environs of Woodbridge’s 6,000 seat G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium – the minor league, Class A Potomac Nationals, are an exciting and competitive squad playing in the shadow of their major league affiliate.
Run or Dye
If this race doesn’t motivate you to get in shape, nothing will! Run or Dye is a 5k where, throughout the race, runners’ clothes (and most likely their entire bodies) slowly change from clean to a colorful piece of art which will take runners back to their tie-dye days. Keep in mind the word “race” is used very loosely. It’s only a 5k run (3.1 miles) and people participate not for a personal best race time, but for the thrill! Unlike other races, if a runner were to start walking halfway through the race no one w
Fleet of Foot - Prepare to Run for Wine Half Marathon
There are tons of races for people to choose from in the running-crazed Mid-Atlantic region. So why are enthusiasts coming from several states away to participate in this year’s Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon.
Love at First Pitch
Feel like you’re looking for love in all the wrong places? Maybe you should join a softball team! Sharon Sealock tells us that tons of singles in the area have met their perfect matches on the field while playing for the Fairfax Adult Softball league.
Resident Expert: Down by Nats Park
Story and Photos compiled by Michael McCarthy
Making the Cut: Auditioning for President
The morning was blustery and cold and the opposition looked fierce. Down at Nationals Park, men and women of all shapes and sizes arrived early in the morning for a competition to decide which lucky few would become the new National’s Presidents. Approximately 300 hopefuls applied for a shot to don the 45 pound, 10-12 ft tall costumes and entertain the crowds as the next George, Abe, Teddy, Tom or Bill.
READY & RELOADED Q&A with with Nationals Players Ross Detwiler and Denard Span
By Kevin Eaton of Ball Hogs Radio It was supposed to be a celebration. Champagne was supposed to be flowing. Instead, the locker room was quiet.
Gameday Guide: Your Guide to the Neighborhood
Story and Photos courtesy Claire Oleksiak, Deputy Executive Director Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District
The Red Porch Report: Talking to the Ball Hogs
Kevin Eaton, founder of the Ball Hogs Radio Network’s Red Porch Report, imagines the Washington metro area, Nats Town, as a spectrum. “On one end are the stats guys, guys a little bit like Ryan [Sullivan],” co-host of the report. Sullivan spent almost eight years out of college as a stock broker, “who [would] watch a baseball game and break down every single pitch. On the other end of the spectrum are the fans who couldn’t tell you why he threw a fastball, but it looks cool when it goes 100 miles per hour.” Right down the middle; that’s where Red Porch Report pitches their podcast. Eaton and Sullivan aim for a strike zone in which seasoned five year veterans and fans coming to Nationals Park for the first time overlap.
March Madness:Where to Watch & Local Picks
Who gets to watch more sports than the manager of a sports bar? Here are their takes on this year’s tourney.
Social AND Sports: 2013 Rec League Rundown
Capital Alumni Network Melissa Coughlin
Hurling: Are you ready for the challenge?
Winter is ending and it’s time to get in shape. Why not try hurling! The Irish sport of hurling is gaining in popularity for good reason. A mixture of soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, hurling is a physical and mental game of extreme intensity, tempered by good natured camaraderie on and off the field.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research – “Don’t Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up”
"You laugh, you think, you cry, that is a full day.” So began Jimmy Valvano’s famous ESPY award speech in 1993. Jim Valvano, (Jimmy V) was one of the NCAA’s most storied coaches. He led the 1983 NC State Wolfpack to an improbable national title against powerhouse Houston. His successful career includes winning seasons at Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, Bucknell and Iona. After leaving NC State in 1990, Valvano became a popular commentator on ESPN. Throughout his career, Jimmy V was known as a passionate man, pursuing his goals with formidable dedication and a lighthearted touch. Nothing typified his persona more than the speech he gave just eight weeks before passing away from cancer at age 47. After accepting the Arthur Ashe courage award, Valvano joked that he wasn’t worried about the time slot allotted to him for talking, he was running out of time to live and intended to use as much as he needed for his speech. He went on to urge people to live with passion and grace and in the speech, announced the partnership with ESPN, that to this day is the backbone of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Foundation now has national reach, and in just 20 years has raised over $100 million for cancer research.
Going All In for Casino Night: Q & A with Lorenzo Alexander and Scott Jackson
Taking action and benefitting the National Kidney Foundation, DC’s 24th annual Casino Night event is back. This year’s Luck of the Irish Casino Night features casino-style gaming, premium silent auctions, complimentary beer and wine, hourly spirit tastings, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, dancing, music and a trendy dress-up photo booth. The event, March 2 at 8 p.m., is black-tie optional and designed to be enjoyable whether you’re a novice gamer or a master at the tables.
Power Play: Talking Tactics with the Caps
Hockey is back, and not a moment too soon for the Washington faithful, who hope their Capitals can make a sprint to the Stanley Cup during this shortened season.
On the Court with Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin - the Washington Wizards’ power forward with a bruising game and good-natured demeanor – has a favor to ask of the team’s long-suffering fans.