Bulls Down Wizards 98-86

January 10, 2009

I didn’t see the game tonight, but the Wizards got off to another slow start and never recovered. Same old story and the box score shows that Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison both had an off-night. Caron only had 2 points and Jamison had 11. The Wizards relied on scoring from Nick Young with 28 points. Javale McGee didn’t play again and I’m really starting to get annoyed about that. Etan Thomas is a waste and has had enough time to develop in the NBA, but has showed no progress since he came into the league. He hasn’t developed any kind of shot around the basket and he shows he has no idea where he belongs on defense. Why are they wasting McGee’s minutes on Thomas? When a team is in last place at this point in the season they need to start planning for the future.

Watching the Wizards used to be fun…

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Clinton Portis Characters

January 9, 2009

Hopefully the Redskins front office is spending the off-season figuring out how they can improve the offensive line. In the meantime, I wonder what Clinton Portis is up to? This video clip could have some answers:

Portis shows off new characters Dr. Do Itch Big, Prime Minister Yah Mon, Bud Foxx, & Electra.

Extreme Urinal Makeover

January 9, 2009

I wish I understood hockey, because the Capitals are the only play-off team in DC right now. I also wish I understood hockey fans. Apparently, the Verizon Center urinals have been newly decorated with New York Rangers logos for this past Saturday’s game. Now dedicated Caps fans can can work on their aim and support the caps at the same time. I have a theory that giving drunk fans something to aim at in the urinals might actually help keep the bathrooms a little bit cleaner. Maybe we should all start paying more attention to hockey. The tough guys on skates representing DC are actually good, so good that Wizards fans should pay their respect the next time they are in a Verizon Center bathroom. Something tells me that you won’t be able to find the same type of Capitals propaganda in the women’s room, but I’ve been wrong before when it comes to hockey.

Photo taken from www.washingtonpost.com. Decorating urinals with the opposition’s logo is considered the ultimate act of loyalty to a team.

P.S. Don’t shake the hand of the guy who gave the urinals a facelift.

Nats Aren’t Signing Free Agents

January 9, 2009

The free agent market is still pretty large with a lot of talent that hasn’t signed yet. However, the Nats are no longer seeking the services of Adam Dunn and Orlando Hudson. In fact, sources have stated that the Nats are no longer looking to the free agent market for solutions. Dunn has been linked to the Dodgers and Hudson is believed to be talking with the Mets. Both guys are no longer in the Nationals price range. Furthermore, the Nats have stated that they aren’t willing to pay Derek Lowe $10-$15 million a season because he is 35. Any roster moves that the Nationals make at this point are likely to come through trades.

A lot of people are griping about the Nationals not being willing to spend big money on free agents. I’ve heard people say things like “I’m not going to pay big league ticket prices to go see Triple-A talent.” I can sympathize with this type of thinking to a certain extent. Yeah, I would’ve liked to see the Nats be able to get some of these guys, but AT THE RIGHT PRICE. Bowden has made it no secret what his plan has been. He said he was unwilling to spend big money on mediocre talent so that he could spend more resources on developing young talent. It might come as a surprise to some people, but Dunn, Hudson, and Lowe are not going to put the Nats on everybody’s radar as a pre-season play-off pick. Of course, all of these guys are capable of helping any team win and they will all do fine wherever they end up. Signing Teixeira wouldn’t have put the Nats in the play-off picture either, but Bowden was willing to offer him big bucks because he fit into their long-term plans.

I would still like to see the Nats try and find a first baseman who can stay healthy. A healthy Nick Johnson is a great player, but he doesn’t take care of his body and hasn’t been able to stay on the field. I think he’s probably lazy and doesn’t rehab his injuries seriously. He looks more like professional beer drinker than a professional athlete. The Nats could benefit a lot by putting more resources into their team doctors, trainers, and strength training to keep more guys on the field. They have plenty of young talent, but have suffered a lot from guys on the disabled list.

The Nats are not going to the World Series this year and probably not the next year either. But in a couple of years the Nats are going to be a play-off contending team. They have completely revamped their minor league system and will start to see it pay-off. They might not sit on top of the NL East over the course of the next two years, but they still have the potential to be a fun team to watch. A guy like Derek Lowe may guarantee a few more wins, but isn’t going to be a part of the Nats long-term. A few more wins would be nice, but only at the right price.

The Nats are a young team and most players still have their best years ahead of them, but here is what the Nats current players have done in their best years:

Outfield:
Josh Willingham (2006): .277, 26 HR
Wily Mo Pena (2004): .259, 26 HR
Elijah Dukes (2008): .264, 13 HR
Lastings Milledge (2008): .268, 14 HR
Austin Kearns (2005): .240, 18 HR

3B:
Ryan Zimmerman (2007): .266, 24 HR

SS:
Christian Guzman (2008): .316, 9 HR

2B:
Angel Hernandez (2008): .333, 0 HR (Out of 81 AB’s)

1B:
Nick Johnson (2006): .290, 23 HR

UTILITY:
Ronny Belliard (2005): .284, 17 HR
Willie Harris (2008): .251, 13 HR

C:
Jesus Flores (2008): .256, 8 HR
Will Nieves (2008): .268, 1 HR

Wizards Considering Name Change

January 8, 2009


NBA marketing has leaked a new name and jersey design for the Washington Wizards. They are looking for a new image that is loyal and fearless to represent Washington DC. Apparently, they decided to go with something that’s all bark and no bite, as well. Brace yourself for the…um, Washington DC Dachshunds? The announcement of new jerseys and official name change is scheduled for Gilbert Arenas’ return.

Agent Zero

Vote Butler and Jamison to All-Star Team

January 8, 2009

Butler and Jamison still need votes to make the All-Star game. Last year both players made the All-Star game with roughly the same numbers they’ve been putting up this year. The only difference was the Wizards record at this point last year. Check out their All-Star credentials:

Caron Butler
20.6 PPG
6.4 RPG
4.5 APG
1.7 SPG
Two Time All-Star ’07 & ’08

Antawn Jamison
20.9 PPG
9.4 RPG
19 Double-Doubles
Two Time All-Star ’05 & ’08

For more All-Star credentials check out this site. You can vote here.

Roger Mason in San Antonio

January 8, 2009

The thing that may have hurt the Wizards the most this year may have been not re-signing Roger Mason. Right now he’s doing great for the Spurs averaging 12.2 points per game. He had a season high of 29 points on November 21 in a Spurs victory over Utah. Its hard to say where the Wizards would be right now if they had been able to re-sign Mason, but one thing’s for sure–DC misses him.

NCAA: BC beats #1 Heels; Harvard downs BC

January 8, 2009

Since the Wizards aren’t doing much of anything right now, I thought I’d add in a little blip on college hoops…

Earlier this week #24 Boston College handed the #1 ranked North Carolina Tarheels their first loss of the season at the Smith Center. 72 hours later they lost to Harvard 82-70 on their home court. This marks Harvard basketball’s first win ever over a ranked opponent. Harvard is now 8-6 after finishing last season 8-22.

Wizards lose to Toronto 99-93 at home

January 8, 2009

Once again the Wizards got off to a slow start. They battled back, but Toronto never gave up the lead. It was good to see young guys like Crittenton and McGuire get a lot of minutes. I’m starting to like McGuire a lot. He’s an unbelievable athlete and fun to watch because you always see something you’ve never seen before on a basketball court with that guy. Whenever he jumps you never know where he’s going to end up and its unclear whether he does either.

The Wizards announcers deserve a lot of credit for doing what they do. They don’t have the option to change the channel when the game starts getting sloppy. Buckhantz hasn’t had the opportunity to shout his patented, “DAGGER!,” this year. But I really feel for Phil Chenier. Nobody is happier than good old Phil when the Wiz get a win. I still root for the Wizards just to see Phil smile again.

I wish I had a Phil Chenier bobblehead!

Recap:
Wizards
Jamison-32 pts
Butler-15 pts
Blatche-12 pts

Toronto
Bargnani-25 pts
Bosh-18 pts
Parker-15 pts

Injuries:
Brendan Haywood just had the pin taken out of his wrist and can begin rehab.
DeShawn will be out 2 weeks.
GILBERT, WHERE ARE YOU?

Patterson Retires

January 7, 2009


Former Nationals pitcher, John Patterson, retires at age 30 due to persistent pain in his right forearm. He compiled an 18-25 record with a 4.32 ERA over 6 seasons. His best year was with Washington in 2005 in which he went 9-7 with a 3.13 ERA.

Its too bad he couldn’t come back from his forearm injury. The Nats could have benefitted from a healthy Patterson.