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Today's Papers, and Blogs

[To those who would like me to branch out, topic-wise, bear in mind that I'm sort of on full-time Wizards duty until their season ends. Insert joke wherever you'd like. If you choose to leave, I'll see you back here after the Wizards wrap up their championship parade.]

Anyhow, Cleveland is lovely in the drizzle. Highly recommended. Also, my hotel is flush in the middle of the Bud Light Party Zone, which rules.

The Wash Times thinks Haywood will get a shot tonight; me, I wasn't convinced by Eddie Jordan's media availability yesterday, but we'll see. Tom Knott's take on the situation involves toilet paper, Sheryl Crow, nuts, and spring. He's clearly struggling as much as I am to think of something to write about. Also in the Times, Antawn Jamison likes logging major minutes, while in the Examiner, Jamison discusses what it's like to be The Man again.

Ivan Carter writes on the need for another scorer to emerge. Based on what we've seen this year, I think it can only be DeShawn Stevenson. He just has to make shots. Maybe he should switch wrist bands, try the home on the road or something. Ivan also has a notebook, in which, controversially, he links Brendan Haywood's "Russian Sickle" comment to a wrestler named Evgeny Lyder. Like me, the AP thought this was a Nikita Koloff reference.

Then comes Mike Wise column, about LeBron, which is well done, except I have two issues

* This passage:

The Plain Dealer and its online arm last week unveiled "The King James Statistical Bible." It's a new searchable database of LeBron's career statistics. No word yet whether it was translated from Hebrew.

A reader complains that, based on the King James Bible reference, the punch line should have ended with "Greek." Here is that Statistical Bible, incidentally.

* This passage:

Ohio cares about the Cavs, more at this moment than the Browns or the Indians.

I find that impossible to believe. The huge display on the front of the local paper's sport's section today was about Brady Quinn and the Browns. All the bars are advertising for Indians specials. The best Cavs nugget I've seen is that you can get some Cavs garden tool by spending $75 at the mall. C'mon.

In the paper, Akron's Brian Windhorst writes about the strategy of focusing on LeBron defensively. In his blog, Windhorst offers a news summary remarkably similar to the one you're currently reading.

The Plain Dealer focuses on the Jamison-Gooden matchup, and also on the health of LeBron's ankle and his involvement in "Idol Gives Back."the legal ticket scalping going on in this series and others. And the paper unleashes a new Cavs blog, the Wine and Gold Report.

Gilbertology finds an old Gilbert Q&A in which he addresses the Obama question:

3. Who'd you put in your cabinet if you were president?

- Secretary of State - Aww, who's the guy, who's the guy who was president on "24"? David Palmer [played by Dennis Haysbert]. He's the man.

- Secretary of Defense - Jack Bauer, he's the man.

- Treasury - Hmm. Tough one. Dave Chappelle! [Laughs]. Dave Chappelle turned down 50 million bucks from Comedy Central [to continue doing his TV show]. If that dude can walk away from that kind of money, [golly], man.

Basketbawful defines "Game-1-itis," although the Wizards don't seem to be on the list of teams suffering from that affliction.

DC Optimist points out that the Cavaliers are doomed, referencing King Pyrrhus. Here's my notion of a Pyrrhic victory: you get a bunch of Marriott points (good) but you have to travel to rainy Cleveland to get them (bad).

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 25, 2007; 10:39 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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