Video: Ken Burns narrates and John McCain featured as ESPN E:60 profiles the Let Teddy Win movement

As usual, Teddy Roosevelt pulled up the rear but stole the show, as  ESPN’s E:60 ended  Tuesday night with an eight minute Ken Burns-narrated feature story on the conspiracy surrounding Nationals racing  president Teddy Roosevelt.

Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt ESPNTeddy Roosevelt's great great grandson Winthrop RooseveltJohn McCain with Teddy Roosevelt DollTeddy Roosevelt Presidents Race Abe CheatsESPN’s Michael Johns set out to produce the definitive piece on the Let Teddy Win movement, and by all accounts, a new bar has been set. The mini-documentary featured the Let Teddy Win blog along with interviews with Senator John McCain and the great great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt himself, Winthrop Roosevelt.

“Theodore Roosevelt is one of the great presidents in history,” McCain says in the video. “I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the fact that one of the truly great presidents in history has never won a race. I’m outraged. That’s why I’m calling for congressional hearings to right this horrible wrong.”

The Arizona senator called Teddy’s losing streak “one of the more traumatic experiences I’ve had as I watch my hero, my childhood idol, being treated in such a cavalier fashion.”

“He is Mount Rushmore’s Rodney Dangerfield,” Burns intones has he describes Teddy’s lot in modern day Washington, “a legendary president that gets no respect.”

Moments after the feature aired on ESPN, it had already inspired a “Make Teddy Win” charity campaign.

Video: The Post Profiles some seriously insane Nats fan

When The Washington Post asked me to stay mic’d up during yesterday’s game, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Here it is. The Post released the companion video to presidential speechwriter Paul Orzulak’s must-read opinion piece on the Let Teddy Win movement, and well, the video speaks for itself.

I am amazed by how quickly producer Brad Horn pieced this together.

Thomas Jefferson collides with Abe Lincoln at the finish

One night after Washington Nationals fans cheered Teddy Roosevelt to victory, then saw him disqualified, our favorite #26 returned to form, trailing early and failing to finish the presidents race.

It was nonetheless one of the more exciting finishes of the ’09 season. Abe Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson battled to the finish line, with Tom diving at the tape and Abe collapsing on top of him.

STANDINGS NOTE: The Nationals Park presidents race standings remained unchanged from the night before, suggesting that Abe was not credited with last night’s victory after Teddy’s disqualification.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

Video from Monday’s presidents race on ice skates

From YouTube member dcfd3694 comes this terrific video of the Presidents Day presidents race on ice skates at Nassau Coliseum.

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The chaotic two-lap race featured two knock-downs of Teddy, who scuffled not only with Abe Lincoln but with Thomas Jefferson as well, before cheating and cutting across the ice. You have to give credit to Teddy. Despite falling and fighting, he gave it his all and almost caught George Washington at the finish line.

A great addition to the presidents race videos page to kick off 2009.

Presidents Race Video: Extra Innings Yawner

From YouTube member Swirlywand comes this video of Friday night’s extra-innings presidents race in which the few fans who were still at Nationals Park at midnight watched Abe, Tom, and Teddy give up and turn around before the race was half-way through.

New video of Tuesday’s presidents race takedown

Thanks to Vimeo member tigerlilies for capturing great video of Tuesday night’s melee between the racing presidents at Nationals Park (video added to the presidents race videos page).

Video: Pirates’ Pierogies vs. Nationals’ Presidents

Thanks to psugradgirl for uploading this video of Tuesday night’s race from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, when the Pirates’ racing pierogies, led by anchor runner Jalapeno Hanna, won a relay race vs. the visiting Washington Nationals’ racing presidents. Unfortunately, the change of venue did nothing to inspire Teddy Roosevelt, who ran the anchor leg and blew the presidents’ big lead.

Presidents Race Panther Attack Video

Thanks to scubasteveo887 for this new video of Thursday night’s presidents race from Nationals Park, in which a panther attacked Teddy Roosevelt during a wild game between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Digg ThisHoping to see your video soon from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, where the racing presidents were scheduled to appear tonight with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies.

Teddy Roosevelt Panther Attack Video

It took a couple of weeks, but alert youtube user squidpants has finally emerged with a video of the end of the April 27, 2008 presidents race, in which a person in a panther suit raced out of the stands to tackle Teddy Roosevelt as he approached the finish line.

The footage is grainy and there is a problem with the sound, but this has definitely earned its place on the Presidents Race Videos page.


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Abe Lincoln Taunts Fellow Presidents But Fails to Deliver

The Washington Nationals presidents race has been nothing if not puzzling in the month of May. Abe Lincoln raised suspicions by kicking off the month on an inhuman tear, running like the wind and taunting the other racing presidents. Yesterday he rather abrubtly returned to earth, but tonight at Nationals Park, our 16th president was back to his speedy, aggressive and risk-taking ways.

As the presidents race began in the 4th inning, “Honest Abe” stepped back and let the other racing presidents pass him by. After spotting the others a healthy lead, Abe took off at breakneck speed, attempting to catch and pass the other presidents. However, his overconfidence got the best of him, and while he passed Teddy and Tom, he did not reach the finish line in time to pass George Washington.

This video by YouTube user unbleachedbrun misses the beginning but shows Abe outpacing the field from behind. We heard some other fans shouting “Abe is on the juice!” after the game, so Abe’s odd behavior has obviously not gone unnoticed.

Photos by flickr user Scott Ableman.

Presidents Race Featured in First Post Hunt

Our beloved racing presidents continue to entrench themselves as fixtures in Washington, DC culture.

High culture, I might add…

Sunday brought thousands of people to downtown Washington for the first-ever Post Hunt — a live, brainteasing, scavenger hunt/puzzle founded and hosted by humor columnists Dave Barry and Gene Weingarten, and Washington Post Magazine editor Tom Shroder.

The contestants picked up clues which led them through downtown DC, and eventually to Washington Square, where they found puzzle #4 — a race being run repeatedly the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents and a man in a deer costume.

As the race was run again and again, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place “in the money” finishers were repeatedly announced as the deer, followed by George Washington and Abe Lincoln. A sign “Presidents Race: A Time For Change” was an additional clue that participants were to consider the money values of the winners — the buck, followed by Washington (the quarter) and Lincoln (the penny).

The solution to this puzzle: $1.26.

Photo by flickr user afagen

Equilibrium at Nationals Park

Could it be that we are seeing a state of order and balance established at Nationals Park? Time will tell, but the signs this week are very strong.

The first month at DC’s newest monument was certainly tumultuous. The spectacular collapses, jinxed batters, and injuries on the field were nothing next to the presidential booing, papal blessings, and cavemen and gorillas in the stands. Teddy Roosevelt showed his chops as an athlete, taking big leads in the presidents race only to be tackled by a panther and tripped by a giant banana.

Now out of nowhere the Nationals are stringing together wins and Shawn Hill is pitching like a staff ace. Even the scoreboard has started showing the correct information; but unfortunately, the surest sign that things are returning to normal is that Teddy is once again trailing the other racing presidents from wire to wire:

It’s hard to say which is more heartbreaking…

Teddy, Teddy, Teddy…


Thanks Miss Chatter for capturing and sending me this additional footage from the broadcast. As you can see at the end of the clip, the Let Teddy Win! contingent was out last night.

Comparing the 2 videos, it’s easy to see why fans on the first base line thought Teddy was robbed, while fans in other parts of the stadium had a better view of his cheating behavior.

Teddy, Teddy, Teddy… You didn’t have to cheat. You had the lead! We’ll see if he’s learned his lesson by tonight’s game.

The Season Begins with a Bang at Nationals Park

Nationals Park Grand OpeningI will post more later today, but suffice to say the grand opening of our new Nationals Park was nothing short of a smashing success for every Washington Nationals fan in attendence.

Every Washington Nationals fan, that is, except Teddy.

Though Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off home run thrilled and delighted the crowd, our great and much misunderstood 26th president disappointed his loyal fans once again. Whether he was trying to cheat or was just confused about the rules is uncertain; but while George, Abe, and Tom began their sprint along the warning track, Teddy simply shot across center field.

Had he not stopped to chat with a couple of members of the Atlanta Braves outfield, Teddy might have beaten George across the finish line, though whether he would have been disqualified remains an open question.

George’s achievement as the first racing president to win the presidents race at Nationals Park has been reflected in the newest section of letteddywin.com — the Presidents Race Standings page, which will continue to be updated throughout the season.

Video by YouTube user jrgwx

Flickr photo of opening day at Nationals Park by Scott Ableman

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