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The Fans the Wiz Deserve: No. 1

This Wizards team, it would appear, is generating some excitement. 20,173 last night, on a Wednesday. MVP chants. Lots of signs.

"Agent Zero MVP," for one.

"Agent Zero is My Hero," for another.

"Gilbert Arenas, Throw Me Your Jersey," and several variations, everywhere around the arena.

And maybe I'm seeing what I want to see, but what I'm seeing is that the team is getting fans in its own image; i.e., a little bit, well, different. Like Matt Hollinger. He came dressed as "Captain Quirk," said costume consisting of a bright blue sort-of warm-up suit affixed with the letters C and Q. He seemed a bit miffed that no one understood what he was supposed to be.

Captain Quirk, after the game. (By Sports Bog)

"I don't think anyone got it," he admitted after the game. "I think it was too subtle."

Ya think? Honestly, go around town dressed like that, people are liable to think you work for Congressional Quarterly and ask for your thoughts on the House smoking ban, or some sort of subcommittee hearing or something. Although, for the record, National Journal is the Official Wonky Magazine of the Bog, because NJ publications have quoted me more frequently than CQ.

Anyhow, the other CQ had stuck around for about an hour after last night's game so he could get a wave from Caron Butler, Caron being his favorite player and the subject of the sign he was carrying, even though his costume was meant to honor GIlbert. Confusing, I know. Caron, though, had him twittering with excitement; "I've never been, like, star-struck over an athlete," he said as he attempted to dodge the clean-up crew. And sure enough, after finishing all his Coat Drive autographs, Caron turned toward the empty stands and gave Captain Quirk a wave.

And Captain Quirk thus became No. 1 in my three-part series on The Fans the Wiz Deserve.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2007; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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