Today's Top 5: D.C. Fans are Soft
1) Jerry's Wheelhouse, in a passionate, occasionally profanity-dotted rant, argues persuasively that D.C. is an embarrassingly soft sports town. The lede sort of sums it up:
When compared to cities that are generally of similar size, location and population (Boston, Philly and to a lesser extent New York), can anyone explain to me why DC sportsfans and local media "personalities" are such pansies?
And it goes from there.
2) And in more media attacks, Kissing Suzy Kolber--which has apparently changed its reason for existence from "NFL-based humor" to "Washington Post columnist-based humor"--levels a savage attack on Michael Wilbon, everyone's favorite human, excepting Redskins fans and the people who always used to come up to me at high school volleyball games in suburban Virginia and ask why he always "played the race card."
3) Gilbert launched one of his tamer blog posts. Two points; he says the Cavs are "getting an older Ben Wallace" and hints his Pistons' success may have been based on the system, which ensures that Big Ben will crush the Wiz in Cleveland's inevitable first-round playoff sweep, and he says of the Wiz's season, "it's getting crunchy now," which is about the best way of putting it I've read.
(PS: The Express is our corporate partner, and I love The Express and all its employees, but their "Comment Board" appears to be competing for a spot on Deadspin's ESPN Featured Comment of the Day threads. This was yesterday's highlighted post, concerning the Wiz:
"As long as Gilbert Arenas comes back healthy, we will make the playoffs, but making it to the [NBA] Finals will be a bigger hurdle."
Thank you, "Commenter Pocho." I would have assumed that making the playoffs would be a bigger hurdle than making it to the Finals, but you have set my confused mind straight.
4) Sports by Brooks uses yesterday's DeShawn game-winner as occasion to review some of Buckhantz's best. You've seen these all before, but hey, why not see them again?
5) Deadspin gets to the Nationals in its series of baseball previews, and authentic D.C. person Dan Shanoff says this:
But despite last season's overachievement, the only reason anyone outside of Nats fandom will be paying attention to them this season is for the spectacle of Elijah Dukes -- and the promise that he will inevitably do something insane.
Completely, completely disagree. Lastings Milledge? Tri-boones? Dmitri Young's sons? These aren't national spectacles? Plus, that clubhouse now can meet all your pharmaceutical needs, if you know what I mean, which is definitely going to be a national story when this team heads to Flushing.
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