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A Wizards Bobblehead Tale

Perhaps this is common knowledge, but there are three little mini Wizards bobbleheads that sit on press row by the scorer's table at home games: Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. When each of those three players checks into the game, he love-taps his own bobblehead on the head. Sort of a ritual. The bobbleheads are maintained by a person on press row who prefers to remain anonymous, but who told me I could refer to him or her as "L Train."

Three healthy bobbleheads, reporting for action before Tuesday's game.

[I swear, everyone thinks they're some sort of Deep Throat nowadays. I mean, we're talking about bobbleheads.]

Anyhow, there's no Gilbert bobblehead on press row. Instead, "L Train" puts the names and numbers of that day's officials on a little piece of paper, and that's what Gilbert stares at before he checks in.

Here's where the story gets freaky. The bobbleheads tend to bobble-over backwards at times, occasionally sustaining serious injuries. Antawn Jamison has had at least one accident, and Caron's legs broke twice, most recently just a few weeks ago, when another player accidentally bumped into him. (This was after the hand injury, so don't go all voodoo doll on me here.) But seriously, how bad are things going when even your bobbleheads can't stay healthy.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending. "L Train" took broken-down Caron to a fine china shop (really), where the craftsmen inserted rods into each of his broken legs (really), and he was back and ready to go for Tuesday's game against Orlando (really).

"Caron will never break again," "L Train" told me, proudly.

If you don't get chills about this foreshadowing Butler going all Willis Reed by the end of the first round, you, friend, have no soul.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 19, 2007; 11:33 AM ET
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Who knew Lionel Simmons worked for the Wiz?

Posted by: alex | April 19, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I think you're taking the wrong angle on the voodoo bit. Something bad happens to the player, and THAT forecasts doom for the bobblehead.

Posted by: Kim | April 19, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

can we get in depth reporting on the miraculous hand healer everyone says Caron walks around with?

Posted by: CreditZard | April 19, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse


A better thing to buy than postage stamps.

Meaning, Gilbert Arenas postage stamps -- if you try to buy them, you find that they are backordered.

Good news: Caron Butler stamps available.

Better news: people that wake up at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday can get an Arenas jersey on Gil's website for a reasonble rpice.

Posted by: Nancy | April 19, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Are Bog bobble heads out yet!ha?

Posted by: WGDC- | April 20, 2007 1:00 AM | Report abuse

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