Wizards make more height history
When I was watching Tuesday's loss to the Heat, I was thinking that it felt very much like the pre-Arenas era to me. It just felt more like the weirdly bad old days--when everything always went wrong, everyone always got hurt, the results were laughably awful and 9-20 was an annual touchstone--than last year, when some small berries of hope still remained.
Sure, Wiz fans I know insist that the team always starts slow, and that this is just a blip, but golly, it's a might turbulent blip.
Anyhow, the point of this post is that the presumed signing of Earl Boykins--reported by ESPN's Marc Stein and others--will be yet another blast from the bizarre past. I'll quote Joel Achenbach, writing in the Style section in 1993:
The Bullets have a history of taking a chance on the alternatively statured; this is the franchise that picked 5-3 Muggsy Bogues and 7-6 Manute Bol. Muresan might seem, at first glance, a sideshow, just another gimmick to boost attendance at Bullets games, like the novelty halftime acts, the T-shirt giveaways or the remote-controlled Lay's potato chip blimp that flies through the arena and drops coupons on the fans.
Indeed, if the Internet is to be believed, this will mean that the Bullets/Wizards franchise will have dressed the two tallest and the two shortest players in NBA history. It's just an amazing accomplishment, something I can't imagine any other franchise in any other sport would be able to say. It makes me proud to be a resident of this
city metro area, and really, proud to be a sports fan.
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