Are the Wiz All In Or Not?!?!
So in the fourth quarter of last night's heartbreaking Wiz loss I was chatting with a Wiz PR type about the team's new slogan--"Go All In"--which was discussed in this space yesterday. The new slogan, of course, replaced "One Team, One Goal," which the team had used for the past two seasons. "Go All In" was meant to suggest more confidence, more toughness, etc.
So a few minutes later, G-Wiz and the cheer people started chucking t-shirts into the stands. One landed in my hands; I gave it to a fan behind me without untying it. But Bog friend Lauren Houlon of Triple X ESPN Radio (Home of the Redskins), who was highly insulted that her cheese comments didn't make their way into yesterday's cheese tasting post, pointed out that a woman a few rows in front of us had completely laid out in a full-body dive to grab one of the t-shirts away from a friend.
So I went down to talk to the woman, Avanti Fernandez, and she showed me her hard-earned t-shirt. "One Team, One Goal," it said. "Washington Wizards '05-'06," it said. Last year's slogan. She dove over a row of folding chairs for last year's slogan.
"I thought it was special," Avanti said. "It's not. I feel like I dislocated my shoulder for an '05-'06 t-shirt."
Now obviously she was joking, but seriously, are the Wiz going all in or not? If they are, and if they're supposed to be showing more confidence and more toughness through the use of this slogan, shouldn't they lose those remnants of the old, less-confident, less-tough regime?
And aren't the Redskins in charge of trotting out worn-out things that should have been retired a year ago?
October 10, 2006; 1:22 PM ET
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