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[Edit: Caps giving away pizza coupons, not pizzas, sorry for any confusion.]

Gil says he watched "Bambi II" instead of the all-star announcement last year? Gil says he'd score 84 or 85 against Duke? (And bloggers not named Dan are getting sick of all this?). Anyhow, tonight he'll face the Pistons, whom Antawn Jamison calls the Eastern Conference favorites. Chauncey, incidentally, says Gilbert is playing "as good as anybody in the world," while Flip Saunders calls the Wiz "an elite team," and a Detroit columnist says the Wiz pose the greatest challenge to the Pistons in the East. Also, as noted below, Gil is giddy upon becoming an all-star starter, although his late surge seems sorta fishy to me, and Ivan Carter says this all but guarantees a spot for Caron Butler. Tom Knott says the Wizards are either half-full or half-empty, and as Bullets Forever notes, John Hollinger doesn't think Caron should be an all-star. And here's another massive Gilbert profile from an AZ paper, in which Gene Edgerson tells of Gil letting the air out of his tires and Tommy Sheppard calls Gil "The king of D.C."

Poll voter Yoni Cohen says Local No. 4 VCU should be in the Top 25, Gary Williams explains why people shouldn't lose faith in the Local No. 5 Terps (whose freshman guards continue to mature), Local No. 6 Virginia has better guards but the Cavs often completely rely on them, Local No. 10 Gary Neal is talking about the CAA championship game, unranked UMBC gets a last-second win over New Hampshire, VMI beats Radford for its third straight win, and Hampton has an improved non-conference record. In sister news, the GW women are getting production from the Adair sisters, who can hardly compare to Liberty's triplets, and it was a big week for the Yow sisters. Also, the Maryland women are 21-1 for the first time in program history and sell out Comcast for the first time in program history, and Virginia Tech's long snapper has a one-interview-per-year policy.

The Caps (minus Pothier and Bradley) are back against the defending Stanley Cup champs, and their beat writer is talking about passion, while the franchise will give free tickets and pizza coupons to 368 college kids on Saturday.

The Maryland Nighthawks' owner wants to build an 8-10,000-seat arena in Montgomery County, the Baltimore Sun is super excited about Tony's return to radio, Boz says this year's Nats could be "shockingly unprofessional," and the Nats' Caravan heads to Hagerstown, where, amazingly, fans were able to eat lunch in close proximity to real MLB players.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2007; 9:38 AM ET
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Reading Boz's column, I couldn't help but think of Major League. We just need to find our own Rene Russo to motivate Brian Schneider. The thought of a life-size cutout of Mark Lerner in the locker room doesn't really inspire dreams of a pennant race.

Posted by: Duke Frankencow | January 26, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh you're on to something. Nook is now Willy Mays Hayes. Guzman is Dorn. Restovich is the white Serrano. And Agent Steinbog is Jobu.

Posted by: Marc | January 26, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I might be bordering "dumb" for this but...

why is it exactly 368 tickets?

Posted by: smperk | January 26, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Why would the Nighthawks need an 8000 to 10,000 seat arena if even the optimistic team owner only expects to draw a small fraction of that amount?

Posted by: Everett W. | January 26, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

god bless Gilbert, but the last team he played Duke his line was 10 points, 4 boards, 4 assists, 5 steals... and that's with Richard Jefferson and Loren Woods on his team

then again, Duke '07 is not quite Duke '01

Posted by: MDT | January 26, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

"Who are these %$@#ing guys?"

Please tell me one of the roster invites is actually dead.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 26, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"then again, Duke '07 is not quite Duke '01"

And Gilbert '01 is not quite Gilbert '07! It's all a bit of silliness and a fun talking point.

Posted by: Kev | January 26, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Goff is blogging smack, and he's only been at this for a little over a week!

11. When is the Goff/Steinberg "Crossbar" Death Match?

SG: Any day now. Serious blog/bog smackdown.

Posted by: Kim | January 26, 2007 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"And Gilbert '01 is not quite Gilbert '07! It's all a bit of silliness and a fun talking point. "

I'm just saying 65-70, tops, maybe 75 if Paulus is guarding him

Posted by: MDT | January 26, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

the gary williams chip on his shoulder routine is getting kinda old. another must win @ fsu on tuesday

Posted by: | January 26, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Caron's a great player and happy Ivan's led the bandwagon for him, but I don't think he's a lock for the All-Star game: making that first team is the toughest. And Hollinger's been getting pummeled for putting David Lee forward as a viable All-Star, but Lee's no slouch--he's led the Knicks to a split with the Wiz this year, and is the biggest reason that team isn't in the cellar again.

Posted by: DD | January 26, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Easy there, DD. There are two reasons the Knicks aren't in the cellar again this year: Philadelphia and Boston.

New York is playing .409 ball, putting them on pace for 33 wins. The Caron-led Wizards (that's right, I said it) are on pace for 50.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 26, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone read Hollinger's take on Butler a week or two ago? It might have been on the daily dime. The man despises Caron for some reason.

Posted by: AV | January 26, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Sold out? Awwww "bleeeeeep*! There goes my Sunday night.

The Duke game to. Wonderful.

Posted by: EricS | January 26, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

More like 34 and 48, but I see your point. I'm thrilled with Tough Juice setting the tone--that we got him for Frosted Cake is unbelievable. Since All-Star teams are picked as much for wins as name recognition, I think Caron will get his due.

But consider the case for Lee, Hollinger stats aside: Knicks are two games out of a playoff spot, have nearly as many wins as all of last year, and just played the Suns a heck of a lot closer than the Wiz did. They're still bad, but much better than last year's terrible.

Posted by: DD | January 26, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Gil's beginning to see the other side of celebrity - The Smoking Gun website has posted his mugshot from the Miami arrest last summer. I want them to leave Agent Zero alone!

Posted by: thebigc1982 | January 26, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

At least the Smoking Gun refers to Arenas as "Agent Zero" in its mugshot index.

Posted by: Everett W. | January 26, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Hollinger's argument is based mostly on the type of production Lee would have if he played 40 minutes. He's saying that it's borderline incredible that Lee is 7th in the league in rebounding despite playing 30 minutes a game. That's all fair and well, but the all-star game is not about rewarding potential production, it's about rewarding production, period.

If Lee played as many minutes as Caron, he'd be an all-star caliber player. But he doesn't, so such an argument is worthless and pure speculation. I like Hollinger, but he's way off base here. Emeka Okafor over Butler is a legitimate argument, because Okafor is actually producing good numbers in extended minutes. David Lee over Butler...not so much.

You can't be an all-star if your coach doesn't believe you should play a major majority of the minutes. We can debate whether Isaiah is delusional, and whether he's wrong to play Lee only 30 minutes, but the fact is that he just does. Therefore, since an all-star caliber player has to play a majority of the minutes, Lee has to be excluded. If he were really an all-star caliber player, wouldn't he play all-star minutes?

Bullets Forever, your Washington Wizards blog

Posted by: Pradamaster | January 27, 2007 3:21 AM | Report abuse

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