Arenas gun story kicks off 2010
You could make a decent argument that 2009 was one of the worst years for D.C. sports in the past two decades. Yes, the Caps were fantastic, but the Redskins had one of their most embarrassing seasons in modern history, the Nats had their second straight 100-loss season, the Wizards consistently flailed about, D.C. United missed the MLS playoffs, the biggest stars like Clinton Portis, Gilbert Arenas and Chris Cooley all had significant injuries,Terps football crashed and burned, and no local basketball team made it to the NCAA's second weekend.
But the New Year is all about starting over. Fresh slate, and all that. For one day, at least, you can hope that things will improve.
Well, this year, that hope lasted approximately one hour and 44 minutes. That's how long it took before Yahoo! Sports published the following update to the Gilbert Arenas gun story:
An NBA investigation into Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas'(notes) possession of guns inside the team's locker room has been linked to a confrontation with teammate Javaris Crittenton(notes), multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports. The league's ongoing probe hopes to determine whether Arenas had accessed any of his unloaded firearms while engaged in the dispute prior to a team practice at the Verizon Center on Dec. 21 in Washington. Tensions between Arenas and Crittenton escalated because of a festering disagreement between the two players, sources said.
That's bad. An hour later, The New York Post made it a whole lot worse.
NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washing ton Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team's locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute over a gambling debt, The Post has learned. League sources say the pistol-packing point guards had heaters at the ready inside the Verizon Center, the Washington, DC, home of the Wizards -- whose name was changed from the Bullets over gun-violence concerns. It was the three- time all-star Arenas, 27, who went for his gun first, sources said, drawing on the 22-year-old Crittenton, who quickly brandished a firearm as well.
Bear in mind, we were still less than three hours into the fresh-slate New Year's Day period of D.C. sports hope and optimism. I mean, is it really too much to ask for one stinking day of optimism? (Bear also in mind that these two accounts differ wildly in the dramatics, with the tabloid account a whole lot more dramatic. So caution is probably recommended.)
Still, the heck of it all is that Gilbert Arenas had provided his first burst of old-school Agent Zero-ness in weeks by beginning to Tweet on New Year's Eve, despite his pledge to wait until he had one million followers. (He has about 10,000.) He showed much promise, too:
i know i said i wouldnt text til i get a mil..but [man] this is takin 4ever...Happy New Years...ps who do i hav 2 sleep with 2 get a mil....if one more person ask me where the club is..im gonna cry..becuz im stuck at hm with 3 kids..and a girlfriend who still looks pregnant lmao....yea i guess ur right men with kids party a diff way on new years...it usually starts and ends with the (jergens natural lotion) bottle
And so on and so forth.
Anyhow, this all made me think back to possibly my favorite Gilbert blog post of all time, from two years ago, when he discussed how to approach a new year. The NBA seems to have deleted much of his blog from its Web site, but luckily I excerpted part of it back then.
You have to write down everything whether you are happy or not. Just if you were happy or not, that's it. Write down if it was a full day of happiness, a half day of happiness or if you were just sad and something happened to mess up your day. You just write it down every day....
I'm just saying, it let's you know how many days you was actually happy in that month. So if you get 25 out of 30 days happy in that month, you're doing good. Even 20 days out of 30, that's pretty good. It lets you know that you're doing OK. If you're at 15 and 15, you need to reevaluate yo' life. If you're happy every other day, that ain't too good....
I want to try something different. I want to be happy. I'm going to start with 20 days a month, and if that's too easy I'll go for 25. I want to get my grown-man on and I want to be happy.
I think it's a great life philosophy. But I think we're all starting off 2010 with an 0-for-1.
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