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The Wizards' Inaugural Giveaway

You could make a serious argument that the two organizations most crucial to my career, such as it is, have been the Washington Post and the Washington Wizards. The former pays my salary, and the latter has provided many of the clicks that encourage the former to keep paying my salary.

But let's be honest, it hasn't exactly been a banner few months for either the fishwrap biz or the Wizards. Which is why, when I heard the Wizards would be giving out free copies of the Nov. 5 commemorative Post to all fans at Friday's Wiz-Knicks game, my initial feeling was some sort of "misery loves company" cynicism. And sure, I was planning on coarse jokes about how if you thought local hoops crowds had been bad lately, wait until you start offering free newspapers.

But instead, I'll argue that post-election day was the one glorious day of the newspaper business last year. With lines for the paper stretching around the block at our shop, the more optimistic scribblers imagined that maybe there was a way out of this funk. Even if the long-term trends stayed the same, it allowed you to re-remember that time when you were important, and a success, and when you mattered.

So maybe the Wizards are hoping for a similar jolt of good cheer. Hope, and all that. Maybe we all can recapture the magic on Friday night.

And I know what you're thinking: "I'm going to Friday's game, but I don't want the newspaper that much? I already own that paper, or maybe I'm a hard-core Republican, or maybe I read all those stories online. What's in it for me?"

Well, cynic, you're in luck, because Friday is also Chipotle Fuzzy Dice night. Talk about holding history in your hands.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2009; 11:19 AM ET
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I cover history, and all I get is a chance to play "Where in the World is Mark Texeira Going?"

- C. Harlan

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 14, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Who do I have to bribe with what to get a copy of the paper and the dice from the game? Fish tacos? Various San Diego microbrews?

- Mike in SD

Posted by: tigerquoll | January 14, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama-mania is making me nauseous. The fawning over this charlatan is way beyond ridiculous.

I'm not all that surprised that the blog touches on Obama topics since it covers professional athletes which has a much higher percentage of African Americans than any other profession save the hip-hop industry. I realize these athletes want to talk about Obama. I get that. But, when an entire organization goes out of it's way to tout one of the most socialist and liberal presidents we've ever elected then I've gotta call foul.

And what's so "historic" about Obama's presidency? The color of 50% of his skin? I thought we were trying to move to a color blind nation. Besides, save the melonin, Obama is more white than John McCain. He was raised by his white grand-parents in a middle-class white neighborhood. He went ivy league schools. How many of the aforementioned athletes say they had a similar experience growing up? I'd say none to next to none.

I guess I should prepare myself, though. It's going to be a long four years of the media and popular entertainment engaged in an open mouth tongue kiss with President Obama. Ugh.

Posted by: davekempson | January 14, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

how ironic that davekempson says that we should be color blind then goes on to mention in the next sentence that Obama is more "white than John McCain." Thanks for keeping it real.

Posted by: tedunni1 | January 14, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic that tedunni1 doesn't understand sarcasm. Thanks for being a moron.

Posted by: davekempson | January 15, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Besides, technically I didn't say we should be color blind. It is liberal democrats that claim they want that. And yet on every major political issue/vote it seems only conservatives practice judging a man by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin.

Posted by: davekempson | January 15, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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