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Major Announcement: WaPo and Bog Do TV! (Early Evening Cable, Anyhow)

(This is a self-indulgent entry. If you want to read about Gilbert Arenas, check out his half-court shot over at The 700 Level.)

Lemme actually go ahead and quote from an official-sounding news release for one second.

Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports television in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore region, and The Washington Post will collaborate on a new daily sports talk show, which will debut Monday, March 19. Washington Post Live will be a high-energy, interactive sports roundtable covering the stories, trends and topics in the news and on the minds of sports fans throughout the region. Washington Post Live will air live Monday-Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet and simultaneously on www.washingtonpost.com, which receives an average of eight million unique visitors per month. Two or three or maybe four times a week, Washington Post Live will feature a pale-faced, sleep-deprived blogger, who will attempt to start his TV career and become a first-time father within a span of about 12 days, despite the fact that he never wanted to go on TV, doesn't really know all that much about sports, panics easily, is scared of bright lights and owns just one suit, which doesn't really fit around the ol' waist any more and wasn't all that nice to begin with.

All of those sentences are 100 percent factually accurate, although one of them didn't actually come from the press release. Yes, that's right, after our oh-so-successful foray into radio, the WaPo is taking TV by storm, 90 minutes at a time, plus occasional primetime replays. Expect heavy doses of Mike Wise, Saint Barry Svrluga, Steve "blog-a-lot" Goff, BFF's Ivan Carter and Michael Lee, Tarik El-Hockey (who won't appear as often as FS would like), LaCa (assuming he has time between planning birthday parties and meeting with his readers), Maske, and the rest of the gang, excluding any gang members who happen to already have a wildly popular sports talk show airing at the same time on some other cable channel.

Why am I posting this news here? Aside from hoping to be the official DCRTV link for this story, there are two Bog implications.

1) For a reason no one can exactly figure out (lack of breathing humans, presumably), I will have a major role on this show. At least for the first two weeks, until reality sets in. I had planned on complaining about this incessantly on the Bog from now until March 19, but Tony K. sort of set an unreachable standard for complaining about upcoming TV gigs, and then he stopped writing for The Post altogether, so I won't go there. I will say that, despite the assurances of all parties, I fear this may hurt my Bog productivity considerably, until I get fired from the TV show after two weeks. But we'll wait and see.

2) In actual good news, there is a very strong chance that Jamie Mottram (aka Mister Irrelevant) and I will collaborate on a regular feature to spotlight local sports bloggers. We will be assisted in this endeavor by Local Poll voter (and actual CSN employee) Adam Littlefield (aka Littles). Our head producer will be Andy Beanie Siegel, whose cell ring tone is, I'm serious, the music from "The Godfather." So it should be a good time.

Regardless of how quickly I get whacked, this show will be all about the Internets, from the live streaming on WaPo.com to the regular blogger love (quick, someone think of a spring-time equivalent of the Atlantic 11 Local Hoops Poll....) After last week's groundbreaking True-Hoop-to-ESPN news, it's another positive development in sports blogland, and I'll do my best to thoroughly enjoy the first two weeks of the show, plus my going-away party.

And all you local sports bloggers, plan on hearing from me very soon.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 19, 2007; 8:01 AM ET
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