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Posted at 2:02 PM ET, 02/14/2011

The most Wizards story of 2011

By Dan Steinberg

This is how Flip Saunders began his press conference after the Wizards got stomped at home by the Spurs:

"Words can't totally explain how I feel. Disappointed. Embarrassed. And I feel bad from a fan standpoint. Realistically, I look, there's 8:40 left in the game, we were down 36, and our fans were cheering for them to miss shots from the free-throw line, which says a little bit something about how your fans are trying their hardest to do whatever they can, and just want to see you go out and just play."

It's a touching sentiment. Except, as Kyle Weidie from Truth About It pointed out on Twitter, there was a different reason the fans were cheering for Gary Neal to miss that free throw with 8:41 left, when the Wizards actually trailed by 34 points. At some point late in games, the Wizards game ops crew runs a promotion after the opponents miss a free throw. If the player misses the second free throw, everyone in the stands gets some sort of discount swag from Chick-fil-A.

So the fans weren't actually trying to do whatever they could to help the Wizards rally. They were trying to get discounted chicken. They failed, when Neal made his free throw. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the most Wizards story of 2011.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 14, 2011; 2:02 PM ET
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Cool story.

Posted by: PropJoe | February 14, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Great post. This is a fitting indictment of the Flip Saunders era, which has about a week left before it's over. Saunders has been a complete and utter failure and it's time to cut him loose. I thought he'd go down as the greatest coach in Wizards history when he was brought in, and couldn't have been more wrong. He has turned out to be the worst. Worse than Wes. Worse than even Gar Heard. Yes, even worse than Gar.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 14, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Here Wiz fans, have a feee chicken sandwich!

P.S. We're closed tomorrow.

Posted by: tha_prophet | February 14, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, the Cavs winning on Friday sort of sums it up for me. I mean, Sunday could've been the most exciting game of the season because of the historical losing. Instead, the matchup significance was totally deflated.

So in sum, a) I relied on another team b) so that I could salvage excitement from this epic losing streak c) and I still lost in this endeavor.

Posted by: ThisGuy | February 14, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 14, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Barno blames Flip? I'm shocked

Posted by: jpfterps | February 14, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Why? I watch every game and he's killed me the last 1 1/2 years. He has been a terrible coach at every aspect. But the number 1 reason to fire him is he was brought in to do one job (lead us to a championship with a team of all stars and veterans) and instead now has ended up having a very different gig (rebuilding with a bunch a youngsters and projects). He's not the coach for a rebuilding team.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 14, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Use of a "Wizards" as an adjective? But unfortunately, I knew exactly what he meant.

Posted by: DKSW | February 15, 2011 8:39 AM | Report abuse

This is hilarious

Posted by: trousers | February 15, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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