May 30, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Names Tarik El-Bashir as Redskins Insider

May 30, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Names Tarik El-Bashir as Redskins Insider

TARIK EL-BASHIR JOINS COMCASTSPORTSNET AS REDSKINS INSIDERLONGTIME WASHINGTON POST REPORTERTO PROVIDE REDSKINS COVERAGE ACROSS NETWORKS MULTIPLE PLATFORMSBethesda, Md. (May 30, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has named veteran sports reporter TarikEl-Bashir as Redskins Insider. In this position, the longtime Washington Post sportswriter will lead coverage ofthe Washington Redskins across Comcast SportsNets digital media platforms,which are highlighted by, and serve as a contributor for thenetworks news and entertainment programs.El-Bashir, who has more than15 years of experience as a sports reporter for major newspapers, will provide dailyRedskins news, analysis and features to, including itsRedskinsTalk blog, and across the networks mobile and social media platforms.He will also make regular appearances on the networks daily news andentertainment shows, such as RedskinsNation, and will deliver news and interviews for the award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. El-Bashir willalso serve as sideline reporter for the networks live coverage of Redskinspreseason games.Tarik has demonstratedsignificant abilities and knowledge as a reporter and writer in more than a decadecovering sports in this market, said Comcast SportsNet Vice President ofDigital Media Mark Lapidus. Adding someone of his experience and skill levelto our digital media coverage of the Redskins, and to our network, is anotherexample of why Comcast SportsNet is the regions leading multiplatform sportsmedia organization. A Washington-area native, El-Bashirjoins Comcast SportsNet after 13 years in the sports department of The Washington Post.Most recently, he spent two years as the newspapers beat writer for Georgetown University mens basketball andcontributor to its Washington Capitals coverage. Prior to that, El-Bashir wasThe Posts beat writer for the Capitals from 2005 to 2010 and spent six years asthe lead reporter covering high school sports. A Howard University graduate, hejoined The Post in 1999 from The New York Times, where he covered the New YorkIslanders for two years.El-Bashirjoins a talented team that provides multiplatform coverage of the Redskins forComcast SportsNet, which includes Chick Hernandez and blogger Rich Tandler.Hernandez, an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has covered the Redskins fornearly two decades, is entering his first season as the networks televisionbeat reporter for the team. Hernandez will provide extensive Redskins coveragefor the networks news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central, and willcontinue to host Redskins Kickoff andRedskins Postgame Live. El-Bashiris the latest addition to a rapidly growing digital media department thatoperates two regional sports websites, and,and a portfolio of successful mobile and social media platforms. Theseplatforms feature exclusive written, video and interactive content from severalprominent sportswriters, including Tandler, Ravens Insider John Eisenberg,Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley and Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, as well asa stable of digital media reporters and producers.

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Morning tip: Bradley Beal laments Wizarrds losing so many games in crunch time

Morning tip: Bradley Beal laments Wizarrds losing so many games in crunch time

It's easy to point to the disparity in foul shots or foul calls after a loss, but the Wizards did everything possible to win at the San Antonio Spurs for the first time in 17 years. 

They just didn't. They had plenty of blunders at the end of quarters to keep the Spurs in the picture. 

"We didn't even play a great game," said Bradley Beal, who had a team-high 23 points on 11 shots in limited minutes of a 107-105 loss. "We get tired of saying we played hard, we did enough to win the game. We didn’t win the game."

The Wizards (6-12) had an 11-point lead and had a 43-37 rebounding edge. But they took 15 fewer foul shots (18) than the Spurs, who benefitted from getting nine more fouls called (26) in their favor.

Beal shot six free throws, but his backcourt mate John Wall didn't attempt any despite 37 minutes of attacking the basket rather than settling for jumpers. 

The NBA office determined in its last two-minue report, made public when games are within five points or less in the final two minutes and overtime, there weren't any incorrect or missed calls in the game. 

Beal didn't get to take the last shot. It was called for him, but instead the broken play on the inbounds ended up in the hands of Otto Porter as he had a good look at the rim in the lane that could've forced overtime. 

After just 18 games, Beal sounds a lot like he did towards the end of a 41-41 season in 2015-16. They had Wednesday's game at the Oklahoma City Thunder won, but allowed that to go into overtime in what became a loss for the Wizards, too. 

"We know what to do. We’re just not doing it," he said. "Until we do, we’re going to keep losing."

College Football Playoff projections: Let's not overthink this


College Football Playoff projections: Let's not overthink this

Did Penn State play their way into the playoff? Michigan has to be in, right? Did Ohio State fall out of top four? Will Washington hang on?

Following all the action on Saturday, there was plenty of debate over who the top four teams should be. Most of the questions surround what to do with the three Big Ten teams contenders.

Ohio State and Michigan are clearly two of the best teams in the country, but neither of them won their division. That honor went to Penn State who also won the conference championship on Saturday, the same Penn State team who beat Ohio State but who also lost twice this season.

For the first time since the College Football Playoff started, there is a real, genuine debate over who the top four will be.

But not really.


If you're just asking who the committee will put into the playoff, the committee actually tipped its hand last week with its rankings:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Washington
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State

For everyone saying Michigan should be in the top four, well, they weren't in the top four last week, they didn't play this week, none of the four teams ahead of them did anything to hurt their respective resumes, so what makes anyone out there think the Wolverines are suddenly going to vault into the top four? It's not going to happen.

If Penn State were to make the playoff, it wouldn't be over Washington or Clemson who were already ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions and also won their respective conferences on Saturday. Neither team did anything to hurt themselves, so Penn State won't vault over them. Could they jump Ohio State who they beat head-to-head? That seems doubtful considering the committee declared the Buckeyes the second-best team in the country on Tuesday. That tells me the committee sees them as "unequivocally" one the top teams.

So debate away. When it comes to college football, that's what makes it so fun. But really, there's not that much to debate about. The committee showed last week who they thought the four best teams were and there's no reason to think that will change based on what we saw Saturday.

Find out who will make this year's playoff here with the final College Football Playoff projections.