• Events,  Sports

    Soapbox at the Capitol

    It’s great to see Congress pass at least one bi-partisan resolution, and that’s what it takes to allow the local Soapbox Derby to be run on Constitution Avenue by the Capitol, in an area under the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police. On Saturday, we watched as the cars went speeding downhill:     The race goes right by the Capitol:     At the end of two downhill blocks, the cars roll past the finish line and gradually stop where the street becomes flat: The kids and their helpers spend a lot of time prepping the cars and giving encouragement:     There were three winners of the Derby –…

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    Getting their kicks in the Stonewall league

      Kickball is wild fun as you can see from these photos from Stonewall’s recent All Star and Championship tournaments. Seriously, if there’s a way to have more fun with a big red, bouncy ball, someone let us know. All images © John Jack Gallagher. You can see more of his work on his website and Facebook page.

  • Meetups,  Sports

    Rain, soggy field can’t stop the DC Breeze

      The DC Breeze romped their way to a lop-sided 28-14 victory over the Montreal Royal on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon. While the conditions weren’t terrific, it didn’t keep some of our die-hard Meetup members from coming out to shoot the Breeze, one of two professional ultimate frisbee teams in the DC area. The 6-2 Breeze currently stand in 2nd place in the American Ultimate Disc League’s East Division. They play their home games at Galludet’s Hotchkiss Field. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

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    Rack ’em

    Stonewall Billiards wrapped up its winter season with the recent championship match at Buffalo Billiards in DuPont Circle. Congratulations to the winning team of Skip Perry, Sean Wieland, Robert Turner, Daniel Chobert, Matt Raymond and Rodney Shaffer. Registration for the summer season is now open. Here’s a look back at some of this past season’s action. All images © John Jack Gallagher. You can see more of his work on his website and Facebook page. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]…

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    Let’s Go Caps!

    Images from our DC Focused fans:       Thanks to Tim Brown, Clif Burns, and Victoria Pickering for contributing these photos to DC Focused. To be featured, please put photos in the DC Focused pool on Flickr or tag them #dcfocused on Instagram.

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    Bocce ball in Logan Circle with the Stonewall League

    [nectar_dropcap color=””]C [/nectar_dropcap]olorful, matching t-shirt?  A smooth, steady throwing motion with the ability to impart either a forward or backward spin? Team name that incorporates a witty innuendo or pun, preferably with the word “ball” in there? If so, then you’re probably at Logan Circle on a Thursday night. The Stonewall Bocce League, now in its 10th season, plays at the circle on Thursday nights. The bocce league is part of the Stonewall Sports League, which since its founding in 2010 has grown to have leagues in 10 different cities. In addition to bocce, in DC, Stonewall Sports offers billiards, darts, dodgeball, and kickball. All images © John Jack Gallagher. You can…

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    Ultimate reach …. by Kevin Wolf

      Gorgeous light and a fast shutter helped Kevin Wolf capture the above image of a Toronto Rush player stretching for the frisbee during Saturday’s match against the DC Breeze, one of two professional ultimate frisbee teams in the Washington metro area. Despite battling back to tie the game late, the Breeze lost in overtime 25-24. The two teams will rematch this weekend in Toronto. All images © Kevin Wolf. You can see more of Kevin’s work on flickr and on Instagram at @wolfkann. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””]

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    A rough and tumble Thanksgiving weekend with the DC Rollergirls

      Photographing roller derby in a dimly lit skating rink, adorned with disco balls and a mirrored wall? Yeah, no sweat. Give us the choice between less than ideal lighting conditions and the rough and tumble world of roller derby and, well, we’ll stay right there on the sidelines. These are some of the photos from our DC Focused Meetup group at Sunday’s DC Rollergirls scrimmage. We were lucky enough to have official DC Rollergirls photographer Pablo Raw on hand to give us some tips on the finer points of roller derby photography.  You can see the full set on Facebook.. [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small Line” custom_height=””] [divider line_type=”Small…

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    Dog day afternoon at the Nationals Park

    Frequent DC Focused contributor Jim Havard reports from the recent “Pups in the Park” game at Nationals Park: “Several times a year the Nats allow dogs (the canine kind) to join their owners at Nationals Park. I brought our dog Seneca once (last photo) and, while she seemed to enjoy being with me, the environment was a bit too foreign and overwhelming for her. She’s an old dog now and can get pretty jittery. But the dogs I captured one evening last week seemed to (mostly) soak up the scene and the opportunity to hang with their owners. The promotion is called “Pups in the Park” and there is one…

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    There’s ‘tough’ and then, there’s Rollergirl tough

      The first reaction when I mention Roller Derby is often some sort of gesture: clenched fists, swinging elbows. “Those women are tough” and indeed they are! About 2 years ago I decided it was time to get some experience in sports photography, and hearing about skaters with names like Nasty Pelosi, Rocky Brawlboa, Yankee Scandal and Kung Pow Kitten, I knew I had found the sport I was looking for. It’s challenging: low light, fast pace, constant movement; but there’s more than that. My skater friend “Surly Jackson” can explain it better: “We’re ordinary women doing extraordinary things. People think we’re a different breed, but all roller derby requires…

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    DC’s Soap box Derby brings downhill thrill to Capitol Hill

      Baseball and apple pie really don’t have much on the Soapbox Derby when it comes to American traditions. The soapbox derby has been a rite of passage for countless boys and girls ever since the first race was organized in Ohio in 1933. Back then, some kids built their cars out of orange crates and actual soap boxes. It’s unlikely that any had hot-pink flames painted on them like one of the cars at this past weekend’s 74th running of the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby. Boys and girls 7 through 17 brought their kit-made cars out to Capitol Hill on Saturday to compete in three divisions for the…

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    Roller Derby, DC Armory by Lorie Shaull

    Sure, the Washington Nationals opened their season this week with lots of fanfare and a military flyover. The Nats have legitimate championship aspirations and the games at Yards Park are a blast … but let’s not forget about some of the less celebrated athletes in the city beautiful. The Washington Spirit open their soccer season this Friday on the road in Houston. In June, the Washington Mystics will start their 18th season in the WNBA and a month later the Washington Kastles, our professional tennis team featuring Venus and Serena Williams!, will play their 14 match schedule, including seven home matches at GW’s Smith Center. And last but not least,…

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