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Dec
24

Episode 43 – The End of an Era Show (Redskins Week 15 Review)

Matt and Mark are back to discuss the ending of two Washington sports eras – the Redskins Donovan McNabb Era and the Wizards Gilbert Arenas Era. They also discuss mounting injuries for the Redskins defense, recap the Cowboys game, and preview the Jaguars game.

*Note this episode has some PG language.

Topics

Redskins loss to the Cowboys recap

Game analysis

Game MVP

Game LVP

Preview of the Jaguars game

Injuries

Donovan McNabb benched

Gilbert Arenas trade to the Magic for Rashard Lewis

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Oct
8

Episode 33 – Redskins Week 4 Review

Matt and Mark recap the Skins upset over the Eagles, make their predictions for the Packers games, and discuss the Clinton Portis injury, the Hunter Smith signing, and the Devin Thomas controversy. They also call out LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes. As a reminder we are now podcasting weekly during the NFL regular season so make sure to subscribe!

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Sep
30

Episode 32 – Redskins Week 3 Review

Matt and Mark are back for the 1st podcast of the regular season! They review the Redskins disheartening loss to the Rams, preview the Eagles game, and the Wizards media day.

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Feb
27

A Fresh Start for the Wizards

With two recent trades the Wizards have blown up almost all of their starting lineup. The first trade on February 13th traded C Brendan Haywood, SF Caron Butler, and SG DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks for Josh Howard,Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton. A few days later on February 17th the Wizards participated in a three-team deal that sent Antawn Jamison to Cleveland, Drew Gooden from DC and Sebastain Telfair from Cleveland to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Zydrunas Ilgaukas, Al Thornton, and a 1st round pick here to DC. The only remaining starter from last season and the Wizards playoff run two years ago is Gilbert Arenas. Every Wizards fan knows that Gil is suspended for the rest of the season and is on his way out of Washington. Or he may not be according to a recent Washington Post article.

Many fans are disappointed with the drastic changes to the Wizards roster  but I think the moves have been for the best for a few reasons.

1. The young core of players has been retained. C JaVale McGee, F-C Andray Blatche, SG Nick Young,and G Randy Foye are all still on the roster. Al Thornton is a young forward in only his third year who also has potential.  Next year’s starting lineup could be Arenas at PG, Nick Young at SG, Thorton at SF, Blatche at Power Forward, and McGee at C. That may not be a formidable lineup next season but with an average age of 25.6 there will plenty of time for it become one. Blatche is blossoming in to a solid player on offense and defense who’s capable of putting up huge games. Young and McGee have been inconsistent but have shown flashes of brilliance and are a both potential superstars.

2. The old lineup had peaked. The core lineup of Arenas, Butler, Jamison, and Haywood had never passed the 2nd round of the playoffs. The previous two seasons Caron Butler missed starts in 39 regular season games and Arenas only played in 15 games. Last season Brendan Haywood only played in 6. The  old lineup had a tendency to break down late in the season.  And to be frank, the front-court of Haywood and Jamison wasn’t built to go deep in the playoffs. There just wasn’t enough power to match up well against Dwight Howard and the Magic or Shaq, LeBron and the Cavs.

3. Financial and Draft flexibility

The Wizards did not get much immediate value from their trades but  they did clear a lot of cap space and will now have four draft picks in the 2010 draft. Ilgauskas has already been bought out of his contract and Mike James will likely be bought as well. Josh Howard has a team option so the organization can decide whether his play before his season-ending injury justifies bringing him back. Quinton Ross has a player option next year and Mike Miller,Fabricio Oberto, and Earl Boykins contracts all expire as well. Wizards insider estimates that the recent moves have reduced the team payroll from around $79.3 to $68 Million. The big shakeup will likely continue.

While D.C. may not be one of the  most attractive options for the big name free agents like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, etc…the Wizards may be one of the few teams able to pay a superstar salary next year. SI reported recently that a hard cap may be put in place before the 2011-2012 season. If owners and GMs begin to feel like that is a real possibility during the off-season, they’ll be even less likely to pay out for a big name.

The lingering question remains is what will happen with Gilbert Arenas? It seems like almost anything can happen. They could try to create a third “Big 3″ of him, Josh Howard, and another star brought in during the off-season. But Arenas was the most oft-injured and most expensive player of that old Big 3. He is only in the second year of a 6 year, $111 Million dollar contract. Unless they can renegotiate his contract he will be impossible to move through trades. The Wizards could still pursue voiding his contract but that is starting to seem more and more unlikely.

If Arenas stays or if he goes, I still think the Wiz will be in good shape next season. It’s hard right now as a Wizards fan to see some of our favorite faces shipped out, but I think these moves will help the team in the long run. Two years from now I really believe that the Wizards can be in playoff contention. But if the management had stayed the course with the current lineup I think it we would be watching a steady decline. So let’s not overreact. In the long run I think the Ernie Grunfeld and the ownership are doing the right thing for the team.


Jan
8

Bad Decisions Abound in Arenas Incident

Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, Gilbert made a stupid and arrogant mistake in pre-game warmups.  It was irresponsible and immature of him to turn a criminal investigation into a joke with his teammates. There’s no denying that. But Arenas isn’t the only one who has handled this situation poorly, the Washington Wizards organization and David Stern have made decisions too quickly and offer no attempt at finding the truth of what happened on December 21st.

The Commish: Does Stern know best?

As the Commissioner of the NBA, David Stern clearly has the authority to discipline players.  Stern reacted to Arenas’ attitude and comments regarding the investigation by suspending him indefinitely, just a few hours before the tipoff against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Mind you this is  probably before the criminal investigation is even halfway through and before Gilbert has even formally been charged with a crime.  It has been noted that the NBA has an image problem: thuggery, but those who have watched Agent Zero during his career in D.C., know that he is not a thug.  David Steele lays it out clearly here and Adrian Wojnarowski does the opposite here.

Often times league commissioners get high marks from the public when “swift justice” is served on the players that sacrifice their body for the games they play.  Fans see the privileged, multi-million dollar athlete in legal trouble and before the whole story is out, scream for judgment.  But in this specific instance, the whole story isn’t out yet.  Let the legal system do what it’s set up to do! Why should Stern think he knows better than the American justice system? While the legal system in America isn’t perfect, it’s made to find the truth and to administer true justice. You can’t tell me that the NBA League office is equipped to find truth better than the U.S. legal system.  Stern acted too quickly here, and like I said, his comments on Gilbert being “unfit” to be on an NBA Court are absurd.

The Club: Betrayal for the sake of rectifying a heavy contract?

Unfortunately, the NBA Commissioner isn’t the only one who reacted poorly in the Arenas situation.  The Washington Wizards who are, supposedly looking into ‘voiding’ Arenas’ contract have quickly condemned him and his teammates for the 76ers pregame.  They’ve stripped Verizon Center of his likeness and are doing whatever they can to push him away right now.  I understand keeping some distance but completely disowning him before the facts are out?  Bogus betrayal.

Really, which is worse?

What should have been done was to wait until the facts were out on the issue and hold the person responsible for the wrongdoing accountable (which more and more seems to be Javaris Crittenton according to some reports).  Instead Stern decided to make an example of the wrong man and the Washington Wizards are using this as an opportunity to try and unload a contract as if it were a strictly financial decision.  As wrong as it was for Arenas to have guns in the locker room, I find the actions of Stern and the Wizards reprehensible.

Related Links

***MUST READ***Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports offers a reality check on people trying to kill Gil’s career.

Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News is one of those people who needs a reality check.

Mike Wise from the Washington Post gives reports on Crittenton’s possible actions in the incident.

For all the latest Wiz and Arenas news: Wizard Insider by Michael Lee at the Post.