December 19, 2014

District Sports Page introduces new Twitter and Facebook icons


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District Sports Page is proud to announce our new Twitter and Facebook icons. These babies were professionally produced by Brendan Sheridan of Capitals Hill and purveyor of fine photoshops, gifs and memes all over the Internets.

All of the new logos are based on the same theme and replace our random collection of semi-ironic, attempt at humor or just plain ripping-off-the-teams-we-cover logos and pictures that have accompanied our individual team Twitter feeds since the start of time.

The logos are seven-sided, which represents the seven disciplines we cover at District Sports Page: The six pro teams (Nats, Caps, Skins, Wiz, DCU and Mystics) plus our Beyond the Games column.

But the seven sides logo is also representative of one of the most iconic images of Washington, DC — the Pentagon. While seven sides technically is more than five and therefore a polygon, I think you get the idea.

Also, incorporated in the logos, in the individual team colors, is the flag of the District of Columbia. The three stars and two stripes are prominently and proudly displayed on our new Twitter and Facebook logos.

The new logos also incorporate the excellent-but-little- used interlocking DSP logo that Pam Storen designed for us a couple of years ago and we’re happy the DSP will take on a much more prominent role in our branding.

Below, please take a gander at the new logos and let us know what you think. I’m sure everyone will miss Bryce Harper running into the wall at Dodger Stadium, or the Caps Southeastern Division Champion banner from ’11-’12, but we think the new logos are groovy, and much thanks goes to Brendan for the feverish two hours of work he put in on these.















CAPS: Braden Holtby Takes Over Capitals Twitter

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


Washington Capitals Goalie Braden Holtby (@Holts170) will take over the @washcaps Twitter account on Wednesday, September 25 from noon – 1 p.m. to answer fan questions. Tweet your questions with #AskHoltby to participate.

NATS: Vote for Ian Desmond! #DesiIn13

The Deadline is quickly approaching so get voting! Deadline is this, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Vote Ian Desmond in the 2013 All-Star Game Final Man Vote! VOTE HERE. Or text N1 to 89269.
***There is no limit to the number of votes.***

Desmond All-Star Final Vote Logo


From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag (#DesiIn13) will be tabulated as part of the overall vote total used to determine the AL and NL winners. Fans may follow @MLB on the popular social networking service for the latest standings updates in advance of the 4 p.m. ET balloting deadline.

CAPS: Washington Capitals Launch NHL’s First Social Rewards Program

capitals_secondary_logoCapitals Launch NHL’s First Social Rewards Program
Washington partners with Activ8Social to create #CapsPowerPlay

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals announced today the launch of a comprehensive social loyalty program that will reward fans for engaging with the team via social media and at the Verizon Center.

The free #CapsPowerPlay program is the first of its kind in the National Hockey League and offers Caps fans an opportunity to win exclusive team prizes and experiences through a variety of social actions including checking into games on Foursquare, using team hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and sharing Caps content on Facebook.

“The Capitals have one of the most loyal and engaged fan bases in professional sports and we are excited to offer this unique opportunity for them to compete and showcase their passion,” said Joe Dupriest, chief marketing officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We are always seeking new ways to enhance the fan experience and reward fan loyalty and we think this is a great step forward.”

The #CapsPowerPlay rewards program was developed in partnership with Activ8Social using its proprietary FanScore platform that allows brands to identify, activate and reward their fans across social platforms.

“We’re very excited to have the Washington Capitals as a FanScore launch partner,” said Steve Cobb, partner and co-founder of Activ8Social, a creative digital agency that specializes in fan engagement and loyalty. “The Capitals have a reputation as being one of the more digitally savvy teams in professional sports and are always seeking innovative ways to give back and add value to their diehard fans. The #CapsPowerPlay rewards program is just another example of their willingness to find cool and unique ways to recognize and reward the best fans in the NHL.”

Caps fans can sign up for the rewards program by visiting and connecting their Facebook or Twitter account. Fans have the ability to connect additional social media accounts for more opportunities to engage and earn points for prizes. Point-scoring actions across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare will be available at launch with additional actions being announced over the course of the season. Simply by signing up, fans will have the chance to win random giveaways that include Caps game tickets and merchandise.

Those fans who top the leaderboard each period will be entered to win exclusive team prizes. Monthly winners will receive two (2) Caps game tickets, a ride on the Olympia and an autographed stick, puck, or jersey. One lucky grand prize winner will receive the Ultimate Caps Fan Experience, which includes four (4) tickets in a catered suite to a Caps game, access to watch pregame warm-ups from the penalty box and an autographed jersey.

NATS: “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure

Racing Presidents started with a racewalk to Olympic music and then Tom started to sprint at the corner and others followed. Tom won. Phillies v. Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Racing Presidents started with a racewalk to Olympic music and then Tom started to sprint at the corner and others followed. Tom won. Phillies v. Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)



Fans can follow “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” throughout
Presidents Day weekend

For the first time ever, the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents – George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and the newest member, Bill – will celebrate Presidents Day from America’s definitive presidential landmark when they visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

To kick off the Bill-Teddy rivalry, the two Presidents will “race” from D.C. to Mount Rushmore beginning Friday, February 15 and join the other Racing Presidents at the monument on Presidents Day. Fans can cast their ballots for “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” on Twitter by using #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy to identify which of the two presidents they think should win. One randomly selected user of each hashtag will win a private mascot appearance with their respective Racing President. Official sweepstakes rules will be posted to the Nationals official Twitter account (@Nationals) when the contest launches on February 15.

All five of the Racing Presidents will celebrate Presidents Day at Mount Rushmore with the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association. Bill and Teddy will be tweeting throughout their travels and fans are encouraged to track their adventures by following @NatsBigChief27 and @Teddy26Nats.

Due to the road trip, auditions for the 2013 Racing Presidents – which are traditionally held President’s Day weekend – will instead take place on Saturday, March 2. Fans with presidential aspirations have until Wednesday, February 20 to apply for the chance to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill throughout the 2013 baseball season.

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
– Measure between 5’7” and 6’6” in height
– Be at least 18 years old
– Be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds (approximately 200 yards)
– Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
– Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Racing hopefuls should submit their cover letter, resume and photo to Once these materials are received, applicants will be contacted and required to answer six mascot-related questions. Further details regarding the 2013 Racing Presidents auditions will be released in the coming weeks.

Developed in 2006, the Racing Presidents are 12-foot oversized mascots who race in the fourth inning GEICO Presidents Race during every Nationals home game. The popular figures can be seen promoting the team and its community efforts at Nationals Park and around the Washington region. For more information on the Racing Presidents, visit presidents.

NATS: Minor Leaguer Cutter Dykstra Engaged to Sopranos Alum

According to TV Guide, Washington Nationals minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra is engaged to actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Sigler is best known for her role as Meadow Soprano of The Sopranos.

Dykstra, 23, played for the Hagerstown Suns, the Nationals single-A affiliate, last season.

This will be the second marriage for Sigler, 31, who was married to her manager A.J. Discala from 2003-2006.

Dykstra tweeted that she said yes.


So in love…..


Rachel from Glee tweeted congratulations.

2013 Washington Nationals NatsFest (with fan photos)

“We’re going to the World Series this year.” – Principal Owner Mark Lerner said during a “State of the Nationals” forum for season ticket holders at NatsFest.

The Washington Nationals held NatsFest on Saturday, January 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. By all accounts, it sounded like a big success with more than 7,000 fans (per @NationalsPR).

Fans got a chance to see new Nationals Denard Span and Dan Haren as well as several other Nats players and prospects, including Corey Brown, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Nathan Karns, Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Ryan Perry, Anthony Rendon, Will Rhymes, Matt Skole, Drew Storen, Kurt Suzuki, Chad Tracy, Jayson Werth and Jordan Zimmermann.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner, one of the team’s Principal Owners, as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Phil Wood were also in attendance. [Read more…]

NATS: Bernadina hands over Number 2 to Span

Updated: Bernadina tweeted that his new number will be 33.


Washington Nationals newest outfielder Denard Span will wear number two on his new Nats jersey thanks to Roger Bernadina per Span’s Twitter account. Span has worn #2 for his entire career. No word as to Shark’s new number.

Nationals traded pitching prospect Alex Meyer to the Minnesota Twins for Span in November.

Roger Bernadina after striking out swinging to end the game - Philadelphia Philles v. Washington Nationals, August 1, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Roger Bernadina will wear a new number in 2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

CAPS: Washington Capitals Pumpkin Stencils and Contest

The fall weather is upon us now so it is perfect timing for heading to a pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Fans can even download the Washington Capitals stencils and show your Caps pride by carving a Caps pumpkin! Be creative!

The Washington Capitals invite fans to tweet photos of the carved pumpkins to @washcaps with the hashtag #CapsOLantern for a chance to win a team-signed jersey from the 2011-12 season.

PDF of Caps stencil

PDF of Weagle stencil

PDF of Slapshot stencil

Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page


PHOTOS: 2012 Washington Nationals Rookies

Thankfully, Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez tweeted photos of the Washington Nationals rookies! After Sunday’s game, the tradition continued of dressing up the rookies in costumes to leave Nationals Park and take the train up to New York (Nats face the Mets tomorrow through Wednesday).

Last year it was Smurfs.

Meet the Nats Super Seven “Olympians” that didn’t quite make the cut for London.

Left to Right: Tyler Moore, Corey Brown, Eury Perez, Sandy Leon, Christian Garcia, Steve Lombardozzi with Bryce Harper in front as the flag bearer. Good work by the veterans.

Washington Nationals Rookies 2012 in clubhouse before heading to NYC, 9/9/2012 (Photo tweeted by Gio Gonzalez)

Washington Nationals Rookies 2012 by train before heading to NYC, 9/9/2012 (Photo tweeted by Gio Gonzalez)



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