1) I know of at least one person that actually tried to get Gilbert Arenas into a movie project. There are reality TV ideas swirling all about. In the meantime, Rumors and Rants has some movie ideas Gilbert might want to consider. Most of the jokes go way over my head, since I've seen about nine movies in the past decade, but I'd like to see Gilbert in "Blue Chips II," anyhow.
2) The news is by now old, but the D.C. United Offside blogger did a nice job of predicting the departure of Kasali Yinka Casal, who really had an amazingly awesome accent and who will be missed, at least by those looking for nicely accented soundbites. The reason I point this out, though, is that my Real World: Fort Washington house has already lost 40 percent of its members, before the all-star break. Even the real Real World doesn't lose people this quickly.
4) This isn't a blog, but it was pointed out to me by a prominent WaPo colleague. Check out the quote from Mike Hargrove's wife, in the AP's "Resigned!" story:
"We've been married for 37 years. Gone together since junior high," she said, fighting back her own tears. "He's slept in his own bed four days in eight months. I don't know too many people who would sign up for that. And he's done that for 35 years."
From my colleague: "Funny. I instantly thought of 160,000 people who signed up for much worse. They are called American troops in Iraq. They are doing 15-month tours. They don't make much money. And unlike Mike Hargrove, people are trying to kill them every day--and succeeding all too often, with roadside bombs, sniper fire, and rocket-propelled grenades.
I have nothing against the Hargroves. From what I've read, he is a terrific manager. But I'd suggest they do a tour of the troops in Iraq--preferably in July or August--to gain some perspective on life and the dues people pay."
5) There's really no local connection here, but I like these guys at The Realests, and so here's some of their proposed celeb/athlete couplings, in the wake of Eva/Tony. Britney and Shawn Kemp, for example. Plus, Anderson Varejao & Miss USA Rachel Smith seems like it could actually happen.