Video: Let Teddy Win on The Today Show

Alert YouTube member lfahome spotted and captured his own video being featured during Len Berman’s “Spanning the World” segment on this morning’s Today Show on NBC.

The video includes the Let Teddy Win contingent cheering Teddy during his June 1 disqualification for riding a Segway.

Teddy comes up short in first California presidents race

Presidents race in Anaheim - Teddy on TricyclePresidents race in Anaheim - George WinsThe Nationals’ racing presidents joined the team in Anaheim, California Monday night as the Nats kicked off the Davey Johnson era vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Fans at Angel Stadium cheered as the presidents took the field in the middle of the 5th inning wearing oversized versions of the Nationals new road uniforms; but those looking for Teddy’s luck to change on the road were extremely disappointed.

Teddy entered the field riding an oversized tricycle, and fell behind the other presidents before they reached the right field corner.

As they hit the home stretch, George Washington shoved Abe Lincoln into the stands, preserving the first victory in Anaheim for the father of our country.

Presidents to race in Anaheim next week

Angel StadiumThe Nationals’ racing presidents are hitting the road and heading to California, where they will run three unofficial races during the Nats’ series against the Anaheim Angels beginning Monday night, the Angels announced this afternoon.

It will be the presidents’ first appearance at Angel Stadium. They have previously made guest appearances at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and Baltimore’s
Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Monday’s race will mark the first time the racing presidents have appeared on the road without the presence of another teams’ mascot. The Angels are one of only four major league teams that do not have a mascot.

Photo by Flickr user Kwong Yee Cheng

On hearing about Riggleman, Hitler is not pleased

Hitler is upset about Jim RigglemanWith apologies in advance to all those who are sure to be offended, we present the Jim Riggleman version of Downfall, and learn a little about who’s pulling the strings in the presidents race.

Warning: This one is just a little less kid-friendly than our usual posts.

Video: Samurai takes out Washington, Jefferson

Presidents Race Samurai - Nationals ParkSamurai in the Nationals Park Presidents Race - Photo by Cheryl NicholsDominique Dawes and Rocky MacIntoshIn the real-life obstacle course that has become the Washington Nationals’ presidents race, it’s hard to be surprised by anything anymore.

So in the middle of the race Wednesday night, with Thomas Jefferson in the lead, he couldn’t have been surprised when the bullpen door opened and a Samurai warrior emerged to chase him down.

The black-clad Samurai tackled Jefferson with ease, then hopped up to pursue and take out George Washington, who’d been following close behind.

In the subsequent footrace to the finish, Teddy Roosevelt had no chance, and Abe Lincoln took the win.

Also on hand for tonight’s race were special celebrity guest finish line holders Dominique Dawes and Rocky McIntosh.

Yes, the presidents race has become a celebrity draw, akin to throwing out the first pitch. Here’s hoping we see more local celebs holding the finish line at Nationals Park.

Video by YouTube member lfahome
Samurai photo by Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network

Video: Teddy sends That Cat to stop George Washington

George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson in the Washington Nationals Presidents RaceWashington Nationals Presidents Race: That Cat tackles George Washington as Teddy Roosevelt looks onRacing president Abe Lincoln leaps over That Cat to take the presidents raceWith George Washington coming off a recent 4-game winning streak and challenging Abe Lincoln for the season lead, Teddy Roosevelt decided he’d seen enough.

While George was taking an early lead in Tuesday’s 4th-inning race at Nationals Park, Teddy was waiting in foul territory, hiding in ambush along with long-time presidents race conspirator That Cat.

With George entering the home stretch, the t-shirt-clad panther lept out at Teddy’s urging, knocking our first president soundly to the ground. Lincoln, who was running close behind, made a nifty leap over the cat to jump into the lead.

“You been winning too many races lately George,” Teddy tweeted, “and I was tired of hearing about it!”

Abe and Tom didn’t seem to object, holding hands and skipping together at the finish line, but Abe crossed first and was awarded the victory.

And the slo-mo version:

Videos courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George Washington fails to deliver again on Fathers Day

Nationals fans approached Fathers Day with an heightened level of excitement Sunday as the Nationals took an eight-game winning streak into their series finale vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park.

What followed was a series of disappointments, from the rain that dampened the stands, to uncharacteristic lapses in pitching and defense, to yet another Fathers Day no-show by George Washington.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day 2011Team officials have denied it for years, but it’s no secret the presidents race result has been fixed on occasion. We don’t call this blog “Let Teddy Win” for nothing.

So it’s fair to ask the question: Why has the father of our country NEVER won a presidents race on Fathers Day?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day at Nationals ParkIn the middle of a rain-soaked fourth-inning Sunday at Nationals Park, it was Teddy Roosevelt who got the crowd to its feet, cutting the outfield corner and hanging onto the lead through most of a tight race, only to go off course and lose the lead at the finish.

But it was Thomas Jefferson and not George who stole the victory. After winning the previous four consecutive
races, Washington finished last.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

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