That's The Reason I'm a Wizards Fan
For anyone who gets the title reference to Wizards (well, technically, Bullets) jingles of the past, last night was an especially sweet evening. Because with their victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards - the sorry, no-account Washington Wizards, to borrow a phrase from Michael Wilbon - are playoff-bound. For most teams, this wouldn't be such a big deal. After all, the NBA is one of those leagues where over half the teams make the playoffs each year. But the Wizards haven't made the playoffs since 1997. They haven't actually won a playoff game since 1988. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here, and just enjoy the fact that MCI Center will be hosting its first ever postseason NBA contest.
It's been a rough few decades for Wizards fans. We've seen many of our players get fat (Ledell Eackles, John "Hot Plate" Williams, Rod Strickland), get arrested for drunk driving (Juwan Howard, Rod Strickland) and just generally disappoint (Chris Webber, Pervis Ellison, Mitch Richmond, Michael Jordan, Kwame Brown, Rod Strickland ... I think I'll stop there). It's been so bad that our most lovable player, gentle giant Gheorge Muresan, suffered a career-ending injury during the filming of an alleged comedy starring Billy Crystal.
But better times are upon us, with the loveable - if slightly insane - Gilbert Arenas, defensive whiz Larry Hughes and the workmanlike Antawn Jamison leading the way. Playoff tickets are available now, and even though the date, time and opponent are still up in the air, they are going fast, so get them while they're hot. And there are still two more chances to catch the Wiz at home during the regular season. I'll most certainly be in the nosebleeds, rooting them on at tomorrow night's pivotal battle against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has major home-court advantage implications. Home-court advantage implications? The Wizards? What's next, Washington gets a baseball team?
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