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A Moment With Mike Wise

I took this photo, so I can re-use it.

Since the blogger in question virtually begged for a link, here's a link to Scott Van Pelt's Q&A with Mike Wise, a rambling affair that runs to way over 3,000 words. Wise might have rattled the bloggers' cages, or whatever that expression is, but he's way too good of a guy not to provide 3,000 words of copy to anyone who asks.

Other than the part where he talks about some life advice he once received ("Manage your drama" - ha!) here's one nice bit, when asked to compare the local sports teams by their owners and media buffets:

I actually think Snyder wants to win more than any owner. Who would spend that much money to lose? Abe Pollin finally opened his pocketbook for some real players the last few years and he's such a legendary philanthropist. The Lerners? We'll see. As far as showmen go, I'm a Leonsis guy. Ted is personable, perceptive and has a good heart. He's probably the most well-liked owner in town, and that's pretty amazing considering how cheap he ran the Caps the last few years. He's one of the guys who can write season-ticket holders a long letter detailing why he's not going to spend money now - and why his team is going to just be putrid - and after you're done reading it, you say, "Gee, Ted took time to write. Okay, I'll renew."

Oh, yeah, game-day spread. Wiz, hands down. They have ice-cream sundaes at halftime and get different restaurants to cater some nights. The skins? They took the people who cater most of their boxes and suites out of the press room, replacing them with cheapee hot dogs, potato chips. It's a travesty, worse than bringing Bruce Smith and Deion here. And I was actually told part of the reason was the organization's dislike of the media for slamming them during their 5-11 season.
If they were smart, they would go back to the old caterers. Food is about the only way you can be bought anymore as a journalist. If they start serving ice cream at halftime, the stories would be much more fair. Honest. : ).

Read the whole thing here, and if you're a blogger, get some questions ready for Wise. He'll oblige. Or at least ask me to ghost-write his answers.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 31, 2007; 1:44 PM ET
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Are Mike Wise and EB from the junkies related? They look alike.

New Redskins theme: "Sundaes on Sunday...sometimes Monday too."

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | August 31, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Is Mike Wise capable of not looking like a tool in photographs? Is this some kind of a running joke between him and the Post? I sure hope so.

Not saying I photograph well -- I don't even have a "good side" -- but then my pic doesn't appear on the web every few days... that I know of.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 31, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need. A critique of DC by a pompous NY ass writer. By the way, if he loves Leonsis so much, why doesn't Wise ever write about the Caps? BTW, tell Wise not to hold his breath waiting for the Redskins name to change. Or better yet, tell him to.

Posted by: Jim | September 4, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What I begged for is to be in the Top 5, but this will do.

You are a dry witted, hurtful man, Steinberg.

Posted by: | September 4, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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