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Arenas Goes All In

This "Go All In" sloga of the Wizards is kind of confusing. It's a poker reference, I guess, so maybe it's a nod to Agent Zero's purported half-time activities, but I'm not sure if this is the right year to go all in. There are several scenarios that would make you go all in in poker, right?

1) You have the best made hand, someone else is on a draw, and you want to end things.
2) You're bluffing.
3) You're short-stacked and desperate.
4) You actually do have the best hand and want to get paid.

I don't see any of these scenarios applying to the Wizards, circa 2006. They don't have the best team, they have no reason to bluff or be desperate, and it's not like they're ahead in this hand, metaphorically or otherwise, although I have no idea what that means. Anyhow, as our poker-related interview with Gilbert Arenas from last spring shows, a better slogan for the Wizards might be "I take all my crap into the flop." Now that would sell tickets.

In one of the team's promotional spots, The Stealth says "you go all in 'cuz you love it," and in another he says "we go all in in my house," which I suppose is as good an explanation as any. (Does "my house" mean the Verizon Center, as in, the team plays all out at home? If so, what about the road? And if he's talking about his literal house, does that mean he goes all in while reading Harry Potter and doing jigsaw puzzles?)

More importantly, in this other spot, you can see Gilbert throwing jerseys at naked mannequins, which ought to at least convince Mark Foley to buy a partial season-ticket plan.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 9, 2006; 1:44 PM ET
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Do you think Gil will trade his jersey for a Zero bar? I'm counting on it.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | October 9, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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