Major Bog Public Service: Free Gilbert Donut Posters
So after last night's game, Caron Butler stuck around to give autographed Caron photos to the first 150 fans who brought coats to his coat drive. More than 1,000 coats turned up, incidentally. One of the people running the autograph event kept telling the fans "no personal items, no photos," and so Caron signed about 100 personal items and posed for about 40 photos. Meanwhile, his two-year-old daughter Mia ("short for Miami") sat next to him, autographing a Caron photo of her own. And by "autographing," I mean "drawing all over daddy's head with a black magic marker."
"You're covering me up," Caron told Mia, who paid him no mind. "She does that on the wall at home, too," he said.
Anyhow, while I was standing there, a young gent getting an autograph (whom I've never met) came up and addressed me as Agent Steinz, which was nice. Despite the fact that he turned out to be the son of a WaPo employee, and despite the fact that he once entered an NCAA tournament pool
that I organized that I've never even heard of, since the idea of people wagering money on sporting events has never occurred to me, this had me feeling charitable for the rest of the night.
So anyhow, the Wizards had handed out a great number of huge, folded-up posters last night. The posters featured Gil posing behind a pile of powdered donuts. (Yes, we've now entered the era where official Wizards giveaway items might as well have been designed by the Wizznutzz.) The donuts referred to the baby powder stunt Gil used to pull in Golden State, which he told Ahmad Rashad about in this interview, and Roy Firestone about in this interview, and which Troy Murphy talks about in this story:
"They used to make him get doughnuts, a rookie thing," said Golden State forward Troy Murphy. "I would come in early and he'd be putting baby powder [as if it was powdered sugar] on the doughnuts or licking them and putting them back in the box. He would look at me and laugh whenever someone would eat one. That's when I shut down eating doughnuts."
Anyhow, yesterday's poster says "Gilbert Arenas Poster 1 of 4," and like I said, it's kind of huge, but it's probably worth keeping. Which is why I was so shocked to see about 4,000 of 'em left behind, underneath seats, after the game. So, still feeling charitable b/c of that Agent Steinz thing, as the cleaning crew cleaned, I went around the arena and collected about 30 of the posters for you. Some have a few wrinkles or stains on the back, but they're mostly in fine condition. I gave a few away to Post copy editors last night, so I have about 25 left. The first 25 people who e-mail me can have one. Send me your mailing address, and put "Gilbert poster" in the subject line.
And I don't remember who, but someone in the arena last night wondered whether the doughnuts referred to Zero, donuts being 0 shaped and all. Well, they didn't before, but they do now. Start planning your Agent Donut signs.
[Edit: Ok, all gone. Sorry to disappoint. And all you government workers, get back to work. Those are my tax dollars you're wasting by reading about Gilbert.]
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