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.
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