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Bog: History of a name change

On his D.C. Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg goes in depth to find an explanation for why Abe Pollin changed the name of his professional basketball team from the Bullets to the Wizards. Check it out.

I didn't live here when the name was changed, and I didn't undertake a massive investigative project looking back on that process. But I did go back and read dozens and dozens of stories from before and during the name change, and I learned a few things I hadn't previously known. The results are long but fascinating ...

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"Hey, who slipped something in Susan O'Malley's mineral water?"

I never liked her...period.

I think she was one of the reasons that the Bullets suffered all of those years. She used to promote the "other" teams stars and NEVER the Wizards. My friend and I always talked about how he hired her becaue she was just a "pretty face."

I remember very clearly when this all happend and several ex-Bullets were aghast that the name was going to be changed and thought the people around Mr.Polin at the time were giving him bad advice.

Personally, I think the name "Wizards" came about because the Orlando Magic just came into the league (Shaq and Penny Hardaway were in the finals) and that franchise was a success in marketing so good ole Susan O'Malley wanted to get a piece of that. I was SO happy when she quit a few years back.

It was a bad decision. I liked Abe Polin, but his biggest flaw is that he always trusted the wrong people with his "business." It's great to trust your friends (Wes was a HORRID GM by the way) but if they don't know what they were/are doing.....

Anyway, I never once believed they did it because of the violence connotations. I always thought it was another bad business decision by inept advisors.

It's not like they were called the Washington "Porn Stars" or "Pediphiles."

I still say bring back "Bullets."

And while you're at it bring back our old mascot "Hoops!"

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 2, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The wizards should have Harry Potter as the mascot. At least the bullets you couldn't make fun of the name. I take that back with the arenas gun goof but bullets has a stronger name when you just say it. Think of the strong name when you hear mavericks, spurs, etc. but when you hear wizards you think of a bunch of guys goofing around. Remind you of a local team?

Posted by: jefferu | February 2, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Susan O'Malley's My friend and I always talked about how he hired her becaue she was just a "pretty face."
Posted by: rmcazz


Posted by: millineumman | February 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Susan O'Malley's My friend and I always talked about how he hired her becaue she was just a "pretty face."

Dude, why did you mess up my words. :P

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 2, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

JK rowling should make spinoffs on the wizards
Book 1 Harry potter and the rookie of the year.
Book 2 Harry potter and the triple double.
Book 3 Harry potter and the prisoner of D.C. Cwebb.
Book 4 Harry potter and the all star game
Book 5 Harry potter and the order of offense
Book 6 Michael Jordan the greatest player betrayed by Abe pollin.
Book 7 Harry Potter and the showdown of the half blood king lebron.
Book 8 The Weasley brothers (Gil and Javaris) expelled from the school for too much clowning and pranking. They jokingly used forbidden spells

Posted by: jefferu | February 2, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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