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Punching Bagginess Continues

Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese, throwing haymaker after haymaker in our direction this AM. I mean, at least our badness is now a topic of regional discussion. Like I've said many times, better to be truly wretched than merely mediocre. Truly wretched will yield national coverage. Mediocre will be quickly forgotten. Here's hoping Rick's column is the first of many. Among his choicer lines:

Suggested new motto for Washington: "We put the amateurism back into professional sports."

Have you noticed what has been happening to D.C. sports? From league to league, sport to sport, they've become the nation's lumpy punching bag. They're the small kid who doesn't wash behind his ears and smells like old mustard, the one every other kid picks on at recess. Even the girls are giving D.C. noogies.

Except he fails to mention that the Mystics have won a total of four playoff games in nine seasons. Plus, the Washington Freedom's league got disappeared after they won a title. So I don't see this in gender terms, Rick, and you shouldn't either.

Empty the Bench does an analysis of last year's NBA first rounders, and Pecherov's write-up starts thus: "Like many NBA observers, we don't know a whole heckuva lot about the 6-11 Ukranian." That's inspiring.

The Chicago Sun-Times does capsules of all the teams the Bulls might face in the first round. Here's the Wizards:

The Wizards would be a welcome sight for just about any team now that guards Gilbert Arenas (28.4 points per game) and Caron Butler (19.1 ppg, 3.7 assists per game) are out with injuries. This would be the easiest road to the second round for the Bulls, who play at Washington on Sunday and lead the season series 2-1.

Mets Geek takes a look at the road ahead, and likes what it sees:

Even had [the Mets] lost the last two games of the series, their losing streak wouldn't last much longer: the slump-busting Washington Nationals (2-8) are the next team on the horizon. The Nationals, who are looking like easily the worst team in the senior circuit, have allowed a league-leading 61 runs, while scoring just 23 times over the first ten games of the season. The team can't hit, can't pitch, and can't play defense....


By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2007; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Wizards  
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