Caron Butler and "D.C., Stand Up"
This isn't a radio transcript about the Redskins. Seriously.
Comcast SportsNet's excellent My Life 365 series dealt with Caron Butler this week, and if you haven't seen the episode, it's definitely recommended. (One of my favorite oddball parts; when Caron and Ronnie Thompson were playing pool in Caron's house, among his Wizards photos and his three-foot tall Caron Butler bobblehead, and Washington Post Live was playing in the background, with Steven Goff talking about soccer.)
Anyhow, the episode ended with Caron looking into the camera and saying "D.C., Stand Up," which has become something of his signature phrase. Thursday at Wiz practice, I asked him about the phrase.
"Call me clever, man, call me clever," he said. "That's just something that I always say. After we Won game 5 in Cleveland with the game winner [in 2008], I was like, 'D.C., stand up!' It's just one of those things. It's time. It's time for the momentum to change in our favor and for good things to start happening for us. So, D.C., stand up. We're gonna do it big for y'all this year."
Here's Mike Wise's column from the time:
When Butler was finished with his TNT interview on Wednesday night -- when he was finished stealing Game 5 from LeBron James, hitting that rugged bank shot in traffic that rolled in with 3.9 seconds left and sucked every drop of enthusiasm out of the Q -- he ran down an almost-empty corridor. After the most implausible victory of this Wizards era, he flexed his pectorals and screamed: "D.C., STAND UP!! D.C., STAND UP!!"
Good times. I completely believe it's a Caron original, although I will quote one passage from something I wrote at a Floyd Mayweather press conference in 2007.
Butler shadow-boxed a bit when Mayweather took the stage, and pounded his chest when Mayweather said "D.C, stand up, talk to me."
So maybe give an assist to Mayweather. Anyhow, for two perspectives on the D.C. basketball crowd, here were Butler and Brendan Haywood's takes.
Butler: "The D.C. crowd is unbelievable, you can expect a great crowd night in and night out. Fans gonna come and support. You saw it still last year obviously during The Recession, still coming out and showing love. So you can expect a great crowd, they're gonna comment, you're gonna hear them. They're very vocal and they speak their mind."
Haywood: "If you watch the Washington Redskins, the thing you need to know is you better win, or the fans are gonna be on you. You better win, play hard, give the fans a product they can be proud of."
(I love--LOVE--that Caron is now referring to last season as The Recession. Also, that Brendan Haywood continues to have his finger on the pulse of D.C. sports. Also, that this item isn't a transcript of Redskins radio interviews.)
And also, to satisfy the two complaints about the recent lack of mildly (to put it charitably) interesting observations about the Wizards, a few things I learned today:
* JaVale McGee was wearing Haywood's jersey during practice, while Haywood was wearing a blank shirt. "He put my jersey on by accident and had a good practice and I haven't been able to get it back," Haywood said. "I don't want his jersey. I'm good, I've got my own."
* Fabricio Oberto writes "ChuChu" on his sneakers. It's his daughter's nickname.
"Like Choo Choo train," he said. The " I keep changing, sometimes it's like a spell that protect me
"I love him," Butler said of Oberto. "I don't understand what he's saying all the time, but I know he's talkin' to me, so we got great dialog,"
"Speak Spanish," Oberto later said, as he walked past Butler. Butler looked confused.
"See what I'm saying?" Caron asked. "What did he say?"
* Speaking of Oberto, Nick Young calls him Roberto. I thought he just didn't know his name, but he said he explained that Roberto "sounds better than Oberto to me."
Young also calls Mike Miller "Killer."
"He came in with his favorite word, killer," Young said. "Everybody he sees, he says, 'What's up, killer?' "
* Speaking of Miller, his long blond hair is still long, but is losing the blond. I asked if he had scheduled a new treatment.
"We're gonna keep it, I'm gonna be rugged, rough and rugged this year," he said. "I don't deserve to pamper myself too much."
October 22, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
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