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Ask Gilbert, and Get Muresan Shirts, and Two Gil Videos

Because I keep forgetting to note this, let me note that, in conjunction with the Bog, the Wizznutzz have launched an "Ask Gilbert" promotion, which could transform into an "Ask James Lang" promotion, depending on Gilbert's availability. The idea is you post your bizarre and/or clever questions on this link, and we all laugh at how bizarre and/or clever the questions are, and then theoretically I pose the winning question to Gilbert, although past experience indicates that his most interesting answers result from the least bizarre and/or clever questions. So if, say, someone were to submit "What's your favorite carbonated beverage?" we'd probably have more success.

Anyhow, there are other pieces of Wizznutzz news I've been meaning to get to, so let me use this occasion.

1) After a reader complained about the lack of Muresan shirts, WNTZ stepped up. Team officials expect at least 50 percent of the crowd tomorrow night to be wearing Ghitza 77 shirts.

Large t-shirts deserve large images. (From the Mothering Hut)

2) The New York Times finally attempted to compete with its more powerful Southern rival on the Wizznutzz beat. From the Jan. 14 paper:

Looking for a basketball blog with a truly bizarre sense of humor? Searching for the whereabouts of Tyrone Nesby or God Shammgod? Then is for you. The site, which is written by a group of anonymous Wizards fans, is most famous for coining the nickname Agent Zero for Washington guard Gilbert Arenas -- Wizznutzz's favorite player. Arenas's lavish birthday party Jan. 6 was blogged about extensively, as is Wizards center Etan Thomas's poetry or anything having to do with Michael Jordan -- the site's least favorite player. Wizznutzz was started in 2002 ''as a tribute to two decades of losing,'' and the site has a fondness for some of the more obscure Wizards over the last few years like Shammgod, Nesby, Darvin Ham, Ledell Eackles and Ike Austin.

Although I would quibble with the "anonymous Wizards fans" description. Um, hello? By the way, the New York Times really can manage to make almost anything seem boring, no?

3) Newsday, not wishing to miss out on the media madness, rushes its Wizznutzz mention into the paper. From yesterday's Gilbert profile:

"Whoever came up with that is a genius," Arenas said of his superhero nickname, which first belonged to a comic book mutant but was assigned to Arenas by a blogger. "Whoever came up with that, thank you. I appreciate it."

And later...

Nickname: Agent Zero. He wears the No. 0 because everyone urged him to choose Kansas State over Arizona, where they told him, "You would get zero minutes." According to online lore, the nickname originated with New York graphic designer James Morris, who posted it on

Online lore?

4) For whatever reason, I never watched this NBC video clip from Gilbert's birthday party. So if you're someone that reads this blog a lot but doesn't look elsewhere for D.C. sports news (i.e., my dad), maybe you'd be interested in watching it. If for nothing else, it's worth a look to see James Lang playing Dwight Schrute to Caron Butler's Jim on the red carpet.

5) This Voice of America Gilbert video is also a few days old, but it's notable for several reasons. WashTimes columnist Tom Knott is interviewed extensively, and he appears to have dressed quite formally for the occasion. Gilbert is interviewed next to the women's bathroom in the VC. Wizards PR guy Daren Jenkins, who is already a media star, appears for a long stretch at the end of the video. Also, Gilbert manages to use the phrase "we're where we're at," which is a very unusual construction. Trying to think of something similar. All I could come up with was this: if someone asks you to deliver a pair of objects to the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, but you get a bit confused, and, seeking more clarity, ask "two to Tutu?"

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2007; 3:53 PM ET
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There is no James only's all a setup.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 22, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Fuhr four-for-four in save attempts.

After Ballesteros overdoes his workout, "Save salve for Seve."

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | January 22, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

At is where we are.

For me, this game tonight is definitely a four-sock (two pairs) game.

Let's do it!

Thanks for the link to the Wizznut Gilbert question post. So very very many questions . . . but you're right, I think the most straightforward questions could lead to the most provactive answers.

Posted by: Nancy | January 23, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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