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On Gil's Robe, and Other Stuff

Well I've been meaning to ask Gil about the origins of his robe, but now he's gone ahead and blogged about it. If I had been forced to speculate on the origins of the robe, I would have guessed that it probably had something to do with Gil playing parlor games with an ex-teammate. I would have been correct:

I was planning on doing it last year, but I just thought the way this year was going, it's just The Takeover. I'm trying be mentioned. If I came out in that robe and had a bad game, they was gonna make fun of me. That's how I was getting pumped for the game. I want all of this to come back on me. A lady made it for me for my birthday two years ago. I used to use it when I used to beat Chucky Atkins in dominoes. I used to come out to the gym after I'd beat him and I'd say, "I'm the king!" and I'd hold the belt. And Chucky used to die laughing from it.

The other worthy nugget from this blog, which manages to be more interesting than Fred Barnes's 4,800-word profile in one-sixth the words, is that Gil's hoping to have buildings and leagues named after him. Even Isiah didn't think of naming the CBA after himself, instead being satisfied with fashioning the league in his own image. Anyhow, Gil writes:

The Takeover is just about everything. From taking over the city, I'm trying to take over the league, taking over sponsors, taking over you know ... Just the industry of everything ... Getting buildings in my name, getting leagues in my name ... This is the time where, you know, me as a person is gonna go get bigger.

Get bigger? We really don't need another enigmatic Wiz point guard getting bigger. (Btw, Rod Strickland is now an assistant director of basketball operations at Memphis? Missed that. Sorry.)

And speaking of Bigger Thomas, I'd ask you to go read Free Darko on NBA players' favorite books, in which we learn that Ron Artest's favorite book is not "Native Son" (flawless transition, Dan), but is actually "Black Boy," although Ron says:

I can't remember the story--he was going through slavery or something--but every time somebody asks me what my favorite book is, I say Black Boy.

If you're so inclined, you can also read up on some NFL players' favorite books and look at a picture of Kevin Carter reading "The Grapes of Wrath" while resting on his helmet and shoulder pads, a scene which no doubt plays out virtually every day in the NFL.

Also, Steve Spurrier's favorite book is "The Art of War," which "essentially advises to crush one's enemies so harshly that their ancestors will fear your memory." Just wagering a guess here, but I'd say that Spurrier succeeded in causing Washingtonians and their ancestors to fear his memory.

Anyhow, I'm merely using all this as a jumping off point to note that this recently fired sports talk radio host from Baltimore lists his favorite books as "anything by John Feinstein" and "Penthouse Forum." Junior must be so proud. (Not sure exactly what the link is between a Feinstein opus and Penthouse, although I seem to recall "A Season on the Brink" involving heavy use of a certain word that might appear in the occasional "Penthouse Forum.")

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 9, 2006; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins , Wizards  
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