Gilbert's Injury: By the Numbers
Apologies for the absence; was talking to some University of Maryland journalism students about how the key to running a good sports blog is posting pictures of athlete private parts. Something news-like seems to have happened while I was gone. Here are a few numbers to put it all in perspective.
20: Months between Gilbert's original injury, in April of 2007, and his latest projected return date, which is now December of 2008.
2-3: Number of months the meniscus tear was originally supposed to cost Arenas.
675: Length, in words, of Gilbert replacement Dee Brown's latest blog post. Not gonna cut it, Mr. One Man Fastbreak. If you're gonna replace Gil, gotta ramp up the blog length. Also, feel free to mix in some punctuation once in a while:
To my new teammates and organization the Washington Wizards thank you and much respect I'm a worker and I'm going to work. And you will see how Illini fans love their players we will pack all NBA arenas no matter what state or city we go to its going to be orange everywhere.
2: Gilbert's current rank among D.C.'s athlete-bloggers. I'm sorry, but he just doesn't play any more, and Chris Cooley is linked on the Drudge Report right now.
600: Approximate percentage by which my item about Gilbert's swimming pool beat every other thing I've ever written in single-day traffic. Today was not a good day for the Steinberg family.
2: Blog items penned by Arenas in the entire offseason, including zero today.
21: Gilbert's rank among the NBA's Top 50 players, according to FanHouse, which is identifying one player a day. What day was 21st on their schedule? Today, naturally.
2: Gilbert's ranking in FreeDarko's latest free-form dream about the NBA.
1: Number of e-mails I got from despondent Wizards fans who said they are now unable to complete their day's work. But it was a good one.
$111 million: A lot of money.
50: After Googling "$111 million," percentage of the first six links that are about Arenas.
$177,000: Gilbert's per-game earnings in this upcoming season.
39-35: Wizards record in 2007 when Gilbert first went down.
45-45 Wizards regular season record since Gilbert first went down.
26: Regular-season games the Wizards will play before their first meeting with the Cavs, on Christmas night in Cleveland. Let's face it, Gilbert probably won't be right this season. Who knows if he'll ever be right again? But if he can come back in time for Game No. 27, jump on the scorer's table while LeBron throws chalk, score 50 points and then take a bow at center court....well, at least we'd have something.
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