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Gil and DeShawn: Still Friends

As predicted, last Friday's DeShawn Stevenson-Gilbert Arenas three-point contest proved popular. More than 43,000 views made it the week's 14th most popular YouTube sports video, barely ahead of the Royal Rumble and well behind an Italian soccer riot. And it got considerably less than five percent of the traffic of a UFC commercial.

Still, I figured a brief update was in order for those who worried that DeShawn looked legitimately mad at Gilbert as he stormed off the court last week.

(Since I never had time for transcription before I posted my recap, here were DeShawn's thoughts about Gilbert at the time:

"He kind of cheated me, everybody on the team said it. He was in my face. I think he was kind of scared I was gonna win. But you know, that's Gil. Gil's going to try to find a way to try to win. It was a tough loss....But he knows what he did, and I'm not talking to him right now.")

Anyhow, I asked DeShawn this morning whether they were friends again, and he assured me that they were.

"That's my boy, man," DeShawn said. "I could never get mad at Gil, man, that's my boy. You know, me and him are very competitive, so we're gonna go back at it."

In the meantime, DeShawn went over to Gil's house for the Super Bowl party last night. If you didn't read Bog friend Dan Morse's Metro story about Super Bowl televisions, this was the party preview:

Washington Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas said he invited the whole basketball team to watch the Super Bowl at his Great Falls home because the players wanted to be around his TVs. Arenas owns a 120-inch high-def projection screen, a second 100-plus-inch screen and six more TVs scattered about. All eight will be showing the game.

The confirmed attendees included Donell Taylor, Antonio Daniels with family, and DeShawn. Donell reported that they played dominoes, talked smack and played card games, including Tonk, Spades and Bourre, which Donell was convinced DeShawn and Gil had made up but which turns out to be a real game. Hey, I've never heard of it either. Donell counted at least six TVs turned to the game, and said the spread was impressive.

"Aw man, he had the full layout," Donell said. "Macaroni and cheese, chicken wings, steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, ribs.... Aw man, I ate four times. Ate four times and took a doggie bag home."

"The food was awesome," DeShawn confirmed. "He brought everything: shrimp cocktail, buffalo wings, macaroni and cheese, greens, he had everything man."

Anyhow, I can't guarantee that the Wiz will win tonight, but I can guarantee that, $20,000 bet or no $20,000 bet, Gil and DeShawn are still friends.

(Eddie Jordan, incidentally, is making a big deal out of this game. "We're treating this like we've lost 10 in a row, not two in a row, and it's a sense of urgency," he said this morning. Which means that if they somehow lose, it would be the equivalent of a 15-game losing streak, and we would have missed the all-star break.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 5, 2007; 12:24 PM ET
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Comments

Can we get confirmation whether or not Antonio had to pay a $14.99 flat cover charge or $14.99 per family member?

Posted by: AV | February 5, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. Appreciate the update, especially since I was worried about the DeShawn thing. I'm probably just projecting. (I too had an annoying little brother -- still do!)

You quote Eddie Jordan as saying: We're treating this like we've lost 10 in a row, not two in a row. You state that this means that if they lose, it would be the equivalent of a 15-game losing streak, and we would have missed the all-star break.

Hmmm. Double hmmm. Looks like someone is beginning to do some basic number manipulations, as if, say, preparing to hone one's gambling skills for a roadtrip to a gambling mecca. Hmmm.

And so it is written. The Gilbert/DeShawn three-point video does not reveal a rift. And if it did, DeShawn's superior 3-point shooting in the Lakers game should settle the matter! The contest was practice, we're talkin' about practice. Notta game. Notta game. We're talking about practice. Practice. Notta game.

Posted by: Nancy | February 5, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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