New Nationals license plates invite”Curly W” wordplay

Washington Nationals Vanity License Plate VirginiaWith the availability of new “Curly W” Nationals license plates in the state of Virginia, look for clever Nats fans to quickly take advantage of the team’s Curly W logo to create previously unavailable vanity messages beginning with the letter W.

The “good” ones, depending on your point of view, should go quickly, but as of this afternoon, a great many wordplay opportunities were still shown as available on the Virginia DMV website.

Long-suffering Nationals fans might go for (W)INNERS, (W)IN NOW, or simply (W)ORLD S.

Fans of particular players might go for (W)ERTH or (W)ILSON, and pessimists might opt for (W)OEFUL, (W)IMPY, or (W)HIFF.

Are you a conflicted NBA fan still waiting for your own vanity plate? (W)IZARDS is up for grabs. And if you’d just like to skirt the Old Dominion’s restrictions against inappropriate language, it’s not too late to grab (W)HUPASS.

As of this moment, all of these and more are available for the new plate design:

Washington Nationals Vanity License Plates

Nats roll out the red, and Teddy falls on wet, cold opening day

It’s fair to say that the 39,055 Nationals faithful who packed the home park for opening day are accustomed to end-of-game suffering. Unfortunately, a near-freezing drizzle forced them to suffer non-stop from Thursday afternoon’s opening pitch.

The home team sported a new look for 2011, with six new position players, an improved defense, new home uniforms, and a variety of other changes to the stadium experience; yet these improvements were little consolation for failing to score against the Atlanta Braves pitching staff.

While the team’s refreshingly solid defensive performance may portend good times ahead, there were no such signals from Teddy Roosevelt.

The 2011 presidents race season kicked off with an unusual relay race in which Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson jumped over hurdles in the outfield before attempting to push Teddy and George, respectively, to the finish line aboard rolling carts.

As Tom pushed George over the finish line, Teddy failed to gain his balance and fell off the cart onto the warning track.

The shared victory knocked winless fan-favorite Teddy into 3rd place in the presidents race standings after just one race. It could be a long season ahead.

The Nationals promised changes to the in-stadium experience for 2011. Unfortunately, letting Teddy win does not appear to be one of them.

This fan captured his own video from the upper deck. It’s notable not for the camera work, but for the drunken despair expressed over Teddy’s fate.

When the team introduced its new uniforms back in November, they also promised a renewed marketing focus for the Nationals around the color red and the Curly W logo.

Today, further progress was revealed in the form of new uniforms for the Nat Pack, new Curly W signage around the parking garages, Curly W backgrounds on all of the featured HD scoreboard videos, and revised scoreboard graphics featuring bright whites and reds to match the uniforms.

To this observer, these changes are well done and help to solidify the Nats’ marketing identity.

Now if only we could get Teddy’s Barbeque back…

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Abe Lincoln gets pummelled by Teddy and George

The Nats and the presidents brought the fireworks back to DC tonight as they kicked off their homestand with a Curly W against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Another great bullpen effort capped home runs by Josh Willingham, Adam Dunn, and Ian Desmond, but for pure aggression, you couldn’t beat the 4th-inning presidents race.

Power problems knocked out all of the stadium scoreboards for an extended period tonight, but not before the presidents got in their usual multimedia introduction.

Nationals racing president George Washington Body Slams Abraham Lincoln at Teddy Roosevelt looks onTeddy Roosevelt jumped out in front and held the lead for much of the race before being passed by Abe in the stretch; but as Lincoln approached the finish line, the original Rough Rider tackled him from behind.

George Washington could have had a clear shot to victory, but instead chose to join Teddy in the beating, delivering a serious body slam to the Great Emancipator while he was down. The message was clear: nobody’s handing Abe the title without a fight.

Thomas Jefferson stayed above the fray and moved into a second place tie with George for the season. He was the only president to reach the finish line.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

New Nationals Uniforms

New Nationals uniforms were unveiled in a ceremony this afternoon at ESPN Zone in downtown DC. Nationals radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes was on hand along with manager Manny Acta, outfielder Lastings Milledge, and members of the Nat Pack to show off changes which included new home white uniforms and new home red uniforms with minor changes, plus entirely new alternate blue uniforms, and new road gray uniforms with a script “Washington” across the chest.

New Nationals road uniforms feature a curly W and script Washington to replace the old uniform's block letters.

New Nationals uniforms include this "alternate blue" uniform with red, white, and blue DC logo to be worn for a select few home games in 2009.

New Nationals uniforms include this sure-to-be-controversial new alternate blue uniform with red, white, and blue DC logo to be worn for a select few home games in 2009.

I’m not sure how the Nationals players will look in the new alternate blue uniform, but I’ll bet it would look good on Teddy. It looks sort of slimming…

I was not able to make the event, but intrepid Nationals fan SBF over at Nats320 has a comprehensive review of the day’s festivities.

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