Dips Fan Day

Dips Fan Day

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ane & Sakib

In the late 1970s, Saturday Night Live had a recurring sketch in which Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd would portray Yortuk and Georg Festrunk, two brothers who had immigrated from Yugoslavia to the United States. Their catchphrase, "two wild and crazy guys," was ubiquitous during my junior high school years.

With two Yugoslavs on the Dips roster, the temptation proved too great for Washington Star writer Kathleen Maxa not to have a little fun with.

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One local Star reader took great umbrage to the piece for a variety of reasons: A perceived swipe at Xerox salesman, the questionable reputation of the female clientele at two Georgetown nightspots, and the Dips need for positive coverage, rather than "this garbage."

Ms. Maxa's unprinted reply may have been something to the effect of, "lighten up."

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Danzansky Collection

WashingtonDiplomats.Blogspot is proud to announce it is the new home of, and archivist for, the Danzansky Collection of team records and memorabilia from Mr. Stephen Danzansky. Mr. Danzansky served as President and CEO of the Washington Diplomats from 1975 until the team's dissolution in December, 1980.

In the resolution of appointment, Mr. Danzansky stated he, "desires to publish and make more publicly available the collection of artifacts and information in his possession and provide a more open and accessible vehicle and agent for the maintenance and dissemination of information concerning (the) Diplomats."

Resolution of Appointment and Agreement 

Pieces from the collection:
The only competitive trophy awarded to the franchise in their history, from the 1978 Presidents Cup, Seoul, Korea.

Johan Cruyff Match Jersey.

Circa 1977/1978 team warm up suit.

1977 D.C. City Council Resolution honoring the Diplomats.
Press Archive.
WashingtonDiplomats.Blogspot gratefully thanks Mr. Danzansky for his generosity in keeping this chapter of Washington, D.C. sports history alive and available.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Two Sides of Six Lights

Two photographers caught Andries Maseko in midair from different angles during a April 23, 1978 match at RFK Stadium between the Dips and the Minnesota Kicks.