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Hanlon vs. Jordan


Why do coaches always look so serious? Oh, because the Internets keep calling for their jobs? (Joel Richardson - TWP)

For the record, I am never ever ever going to call for anyone's job based on a brief slump, because if that were the only criteria for losing one's job I would have been fired at least six times since June. In fact, I believe performance should never be linked to job stability, because my biggest fear is being canned for incompetence.

But you have to admit that a popular bar-side conversation in recent days among the 15 or so D.C. residents who care about both the Wiz and the Caps has gone something like this: "So, who gets fired first, Glen Hanlon or Eddie Jordan?" I've heard that conversation in several press settings. If we were really holding a contest, you'd have to say Hanlon did not help his cause with back-to-back losses to start this most recent road trip, making it 10 out of 12. Eddie Jordan's troops haven't lost in days.

Here's another way to measure things: the Caps' official team-sponsored message board currently has threads called "Fire Hanlon" (6,000 views), Official Hanlon Count Down Thread (9,400 views), Poll: Fire Hanlon If? (950 views), The Official Glen Hanlon/Pothier Go Fall Into a Volcano Thread (5,800 views), and Fire the New Uniforms (80 views). There are also threads on possible Hanlon replacements, but regardless, that's something on the order of 22,600 page views for various Fire/Volcanoize Glen Hanlon thoughts.

Whereas in Wiz land, all we have thus far is Why Eddie Jordan Must Be Fired (9,300 views), And the next coach of your Washington Wizards is... (2,000 views, and Jeff Van Gundy, really?), Why aren't we firing Ernie Grunfeld too? (1,200 views) and The Amazingly Sucky Eddie Jordan Thread (9,700 views), which, at best, is 22,200 page views, but you really shouldn't count the Grunfeld number, and Amazingly Sucky isn't the same as Falling Into a Volcano.

So for now, to these eyes, Jordan seems on steadier, less lava-covered ground. Still, if things keep going like they're going, anyone wanna guess on the odds for both of these guys being in D.C. 12 months from now?

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 7, 2007; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Wizards  
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