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Aug
18

Episode 31- Season 4 Opener!

Michael, Matt and Mark with the Season 4 Opener!

After our Summer Break were back with to discuss Redskins Pre-Season, LeBron James “Decision”, Russ Grimm’s Hall of Fame Induction, The Wizards Off-Season Moves, and Matt and Mark discussing attending their first D.C. United game.

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Feb
14

So long Tuff Juice, Haywood, and DeShawn

The Washington Wizards traded away Center Brendan Haywood, Forward Caron Butler and Guard DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks this week.  The Wizards gained financial flexibility as well as players Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross.  So let me get this straight, the Wizards traded away Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson and lost part of their soul in exchange for… well, not much.

Words cannot describe how much I'll miss this...Photo by John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer

Mike Prada at Bullets Forever digs into why this trade is more than awful.  Two things about this make this particularly frustrating for me:

1. Better options seemed to be on the table

2. It’s truly the end of an era.

Over at Bullets Forever, Prada cites Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports who reported that the Portland Trail Blazers were offering: Steve Blake (yeah, the guy from that Terps championship team who actually made it in the NBA) , rookie Jeff Pendergraph (young potential) and a first-round pick (always a good thing) for Haywood.  Instead we got Gooden, Howard (an all star 3 YEARS ago) and two no namers?  That’s almost embarrassing to think about.

Haywood was a rebounding machine this year and someone you could count on to bring his best every game.  He wasn’t an offensive juggernaut, but the man brought board game better than Parker Brothers (compared to what we’ve had before) and played some pretty decent defense.

Butler, has always been one of the toughest guys on this squad.  He’s got grit and guts and even though he hasn’t been on offensively much this year, he’s been one of the only ones on the Wizards willing to play defense.  I’m not sure what wasn’t working out with Flip Saunders’ offense and Caron but I think he was starting to catch on the past two weeks.

To be honest, I’m going to miss DeShawn Stevenson for purely nostalgic reasons.  I will miss him for his hatred of LeBron James, for his amazing defense on some of the best offensive players in the game and for his “I can’t feel my face” taunt after his three pointers.  I loved everything about DeShawn.  I understand the past two years he’s had it rough, and I get that people call him Debrick… Yeah yeah, but he was to me, the most exciting underdog of this team.  Media darling LeBron James was Goliath and Michael Vick jersey wearing DeShawn was our David.  Alright, DeShawn didn’t have the virtues of a regular hero but I’d be damned if you said he didn’t have fight.

A few months ago, after the Wizards got schalacked by Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena (where I unfortunately witnessed it first hand), LeBron James said the “rivalry is over”.  The comment was infuriating to Wizards fans.  Some thought it was acknowledgment of more than just the poor state of the franchise but also of the fact that Antwan Jamison could be a part of the Cavs sooner rather than later.  This team will be unrecognizable in about a month and even though they’ll have more salary cap room, what have we really gained?  I know I’m not the only Wizards fan that is looking forward to the end of the season and is hoping that Leonsis is able to buy this team and right this wreck of a ship.

May
20

Wizards lose the draft too-get the 5th overall pick.

"I hate you Wizards fans!"

After a season long of FAILURE without Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood (as well as other players suffering numerous injuries through the entire year) there was a glimmer of hope: the NBA Lottery Draft (Here’s a helpful explanation of the NBA Lottery).  

Besides the thought that next year might be the year where the Wizards might finally be healthy for a season (oh yeah and the trouncing of Cleveland when we DID have a starting lineup) was the fact that although they only won 19 games out of 82 it wouldn’t go to waste.  No, at least they’d get a good draft pick out of it.  

I, for one spent the remaining games of the Wizards season gleefully imagining Blake Griffin getting some of those sweet assists Arenas was tossing out in the two games he played at the end of the season.  But I wasn’t the only one, the Wizards front office had imagined it too.

Not so fast though, tied for the second worst record in the league doesn’t guarantee anything other than a top 5 pick.  This isn’t the NFL, the lottery reigns.  

So what did the lottery say to the fans in the nation’s capital?

SCREW YOU WASHINGTONand ping pong balls of sadness fell to the Clippers tonight.

Now what?  Many think Ernie Grunfeld will try and package the pick with a player or two(Etan Thomas?) to get a veteran to help out.  Michael Lee with the Wizards Insider thinks they should draft James Harden  (The NY Times likes him at least).

If you need a laugh, continue with the links and reading below.

As always, Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog makes me smile in a sad situation:

Dan Steinberg via twitter:

“Ah, the week that was for D.C. sports fans. Too much joy than 140 characters can contain. http://tr.im/lPER

CURSED

Jamie Mottram of Mister Irrelevant via twitter:

Maybe the Wiz could get Taylor Griffin with the 5th pick, and Blake could come visit sometime?

Mar
17

Top Local Sports Stories of the Week

Top 3 Local Sports Stories

Maryland and American University make the NCAA Tourney

This is pretty big for Gary Williams and the Terps. They’ve had a really up and down year and have been considered one of the most undersized teams in the ACC. During midseason many were calling for Gary’s ouster at season’s end. The Washington Post even did a piece on how Gary had missed a ton of local talent.

This was all before the monstrous win over UNC and the solid showing in the ACC Tournament last week where Maryland beat its first two opponents (NC State and ranked Wake Forest) and put up a fight against Duke (a much better one than eventual ACC Champ contender Florida State).
Now it appears that Garyland is alive and well again with the NCAA berth, even as a number 10 seed. It will be a tough road for the Terps however, because they face Cal in the first round and if they win, the very strong Memphis in the next.

American University is the other local team that made the tournament, they are a 14 seed and will be playing Villanova in the first round.

Redskins Begin Off-season Workouts

Update from Redskins.com

Although Portis was not expected to be there for the early off-season workouts, he was!

However, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly were not! Unfreakingbelievable…

Wizards News

The Wizards are still hurting with injuries and are still awful but not the worst..yet

Butler’s got hamstring problems, Gilbert and Haywood probably won’t play this year and DeShawn is done. That’s four starters folks. Not to mention Etan Thomas, and other players’ health concerns.

Not many teams can compete during the season with such a shakeup of the planned starting lineup. But don’t worry, the Wizards did not rewrite the script and they now have the league’s second worst record with only 16 wins. But hey, we can show the Sacramento Kings (the worst team in the league with 14 w’s) who’s boss.

A lot of fans are calling for the team to give the youngsters (Nick “the young one” Young, Dominic McGuire, JaVale McGee and Javaris Crittenton) more time for the rest of the season. With the injury problems, I don’t think Tapscott has a choice.

On a very much related note, here’s a look at Blake Griffin from Oklahoma through Bobby Knight’s eyes:

Hopefully we get a chance to draft this guy, I think he’s going to be a dynamic player in the NBA. I love the part where Bobby Knight was talking about how Griffin doesn’t complain or whine he gets contact. That’s quite different than another #23 we have all come to know and love!