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The Calvin Booth Era Ends

There are many reasons I will miss Calvin Booth on the Wizards. Ivan Carter would be much better positioned to write this appreciation, but he is off somewhere sunning himself and cashing fat Comcast SportsNet checks, so I'll temporarily fill in.

1) He had an unequaled knowledge of basketball history. Ivan is convinced that Booth has a future in an NBA front-office, and just listening to him discuss NCAA Tournaments gone by convinced me that, at a minimum, he would be an asset in a sports trivia contest and could even give Patrick Stevens a run for his money.

2) This fake photo of him with a Leprechaun hat and a Moomin on his head.

3) The real photo, above, of him dressed like a Wizard. He wasn't real happy about it, but it was for charity, and he did it. The Wizard was supposed to be Mike Hall, but Mike backed out, and Cal stood tall.

4) The college-era cartoon of Calvin Booth in a dorm bathroom. So weird.

5) His Urban Dictionary entry, which says "Calvin Booth" means "The best blocker in the world."

6) His part in the Haywood vs. Mason NCAA Tourney debate, in which he wisely issued the following ruling: "Twenty over one does not equal an average. I played one NCAA tournament game, I had 20. I did not average 20 in the NCAA tournament. I played one game and had 20."

7) This Antonio Daniels quote, uncovered by Michael Lee on the WI: "Calvin Booth can only do what Calvin Booth does. That's what Calvin Booth did," he said.

Sadly, his signing was but a footnote in the Philly Inquirer today. Ditto for the Daily News. We, however, will miss him.

(See also: Mister Irrelevant, Bullets Forever, D.C. Pro Sports Report.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 11, 2007; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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