By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
The Potomac will be filled with Everstart tournament anglers with their 3-day event starting on Thursday. According to Bass Cat Evinrude pro Bill Chapman, while anglers can expect to catch a lot of largemouth bass, larger fish might be harder to come by.
For the anglers this week, the tides will be favorable for an early morning topwater bite as tides will be low in the morning. And with the expected cloud cover, the topwater bite should be solid until the tide rises with water temperatures in the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cool in the morning with lows overnight around 70 and daytime highs in the mid to upper 80s. The pattern is wet for the week with scattered thunderstorms until Friday with clouds into the weekend.
Buzzbaits with white skirts cast along grass, pads, docks and riprap for a solid early morning bite. Poppers are good too in clear water, but keep them moving. Lucky Craft G- Splash can be worked quickly. Gunfish walked fast can also trigger bites.
Dont forget white spinnerbaits and chatterjigs, even white swim jigs to fill in the rest of the morning. With sun, pitch to higher tide shoreline cover. Docks and wood are good targets. If theres sun and high water, look to punch the mats with Round Valley Tungsten weights. A Mustad 30 Mega bite hook with a Manns HardNose Flippin Craw will get bigger fish.
Also at higher tides, try Manns Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Manns Waker on braided line will also work if the water is fairly clear at higher tides. A slow crawl will bring fish out of thick grass. Otherwise, white Manns Super Frogs on braid over matted grass will work!
With the big-ticket item put to bed with Bradley Beal’s max contract, the Wizards are entering a dead period where little will take place leading into Sept. 27 training camp. But there still are key issues to be decided and one is filling out the roster.
By league rule, they can carry as many as 20 players during the offseason at one time. While they still have two spots open for the 15-man regular season roster, it's unlikely the Wizards will pay more players to attend camp.
So when they are said to have "signed" players from this point forward to a "training camp deal," it'll strictly be what's called a "make good" deal. In other words, it's non-guaranteed and the only way that player gets the money is if he makes the final 15.
The reason for this is because the Wizards have locked in Jarell Eddie, Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu on deals with partial guarantees -- basically payments to bring them into training camp so if they don't make the cut they'll walk away with something -- that total about $400,000. Although the sum still is relatively small it does count against the $94 million salary cap. Any quality players still looking for a place to attend camp are more likely to go somewhere they have a better chance to make the cut or take guaranteed money now to go abroad like Aaron White did Friday.
Micheal Eric played for the Wizards at Las Vegas summer league and was their best center. Even though he has had an invite on the table from the Wizards, the 28-year-old appears unlikely to accept because he wants money to attend, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.
Three-star North Carolina running back Javon Leake has committed to Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Saturday.
Leake becomes the third player to commit to Maryland on Saturday and the fourth to commit over the weekend. He joins North Carolina kicker Jonathan Doerer, Washington, D.C. offensive lineman Johnny Jordan, and Maryland running back Tayon Fleet-Davis.
Leake is the No. 26 running back in the country's class of 2017, per Rivals.com, and is listed at 6-1, 192 pounds.
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Is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo fat? That's the question of the day on the NFL Internet.
It all started with this photo of the 36-year-old jogging onto the field at the start of training camp.
At first glance, yes, Romo does look quite porcine. The 6-foot-2 veteran has been listed at 230 pounds, significantly slimmer than this image would suggest.
Could missing the second half of last season with a fractured collar bone have kept him from staying in shape? Twitter, of course, had jokes.
Laughs aside, it's hard to determine from a single image whether someone has gained weight. Any number of factors can make a person look fat. Angle, lighting, the way clothes hang, etc.
In this case, it seems some confluence of those forces created a misleading shot. Here's another from that same moment.
Yeah, not so fat here.
Cowboys alum Michael Irvin also insisted that he'd seen Romo recently and he looked "fine."
The verdict of our investigation: unflattering photo, nothing to see here. Let's all go back to picking at Eddie Lacy, shall we?