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Possible Wiz Blogocalypse

So I'm sitting in an amazingly power outlet-deprived Union Station, having been already scolded by a woman from Club Acela for using their power outlets while waiting for a train to NYC. Why NYC? 6:30 p.m., NBA store, Fifth Avenue and 52nd Streets.:

"Gilbert Arenas to sign autographs/discuss shoe with customers and store emcee."

There will also be a raffle for a pair of Gil-Zeros, aka Agent Zeros. We think the shoe will also be for sale, for the first time. There's a VIP reception at 6.

I thought I'd have the field to myself--even wizardsdotcom isn't going--but then Unsilent Majority invited Deadspin and With Leather and SlamOnline, although at least With Leather has offered to buy me a beer. So it could be a real blog fest.

In the meantime, to keep myself occupied on the train, I stopped by Wizards practice. There was excitement in the air. James Madison was there for its morning shootaround in advance of tonight's game with Local No.5 Georgetown; some JMU staffers asked if they could check out the Wiz practice court. Various Caps were around; I asked the banged-up Dainius Zubrus (who was carrying two enormous bags of ice) whether he's looked at Ovie's AIM page, and he asked me for the Web address, and I didn't have it. But he promised to check it out.

Also, I had another Wizznutzz mission:

But one mroe assignement for you: What is the big blotch of a tattoo on Caron's, uh, right shoulder? Or his left shoulder? Left & right is so confusing!!! You know, the blotchy shoulder that looks like the Crypt Keeper if the Exxon Valdez crashed into him. WHAt is it???? Prison tat? Awvee Story's ballpoint work?

xoxox, wntz

Plus, a colleague at the Style section is doing a story on the favorite Shakespearean plays of various Washington celebs, and she asked whether I could ask Etan Thomas for his favorite play, so I had to do that.

"Is there a Shakespeare tragedy about an army that was great on its own soil but couldn't win on the road?" Official Beat Writer Ivan Carter wanted to know.

Ivan, it turns out, was filled with one-liners today. He was at the Vikings-Bears game on Sunday, and was crushed by the Vikings' loss.

"I was at the 'Skins game," lifelong 'Skins fan Roger Mason said sympathetically. "Even worse."

"We're not mathematically out of it," Roger added, hopefully.

"Hey, there ain't that much math in the world," Ivan said.

"I hear you," Roger said, unhopefully.

Also, Ivan is thinking of doing a piece on the Wizards' center play. And he decided he had the perfect way to describe it. So we're talking to Eddie Jordan, and Eddie says he's been very, very pleased with Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood.

Ivan: "So it's a nice one-two punch then for you?"

Eddie: "It really is, it really is."

[Pause. Media members start snickering.]

Ivan: "Yeah."

[Open laughter.]

Eddie: "Boy I got sucked into that one for about half a second."

That Ivan. Ok, more Wiz wonderfulness later.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 5, 2006; 1:47 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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