I'm getting all these things in my e-mail box that demand responses, responses I often do not have, so I throw it open to anyone with inside information.
From reader CK:
Any idea where a group can go to watch the NBA draft tonight (bar with sound preferred)?
I assume CK is looking for something in the D.C. area. Myself, I would attempt to find the Wizznutzz, who surely will be celebrating the selection of Petteri Koponen out of Makelanrinne Senior High in Finland, so I'd recommend a continuous circuit of all of Washington's Finnish bars. But maybe someone else has real advice.
(Speaking of the Wizznutzz, did you see how they made Stuff magazine? Congrats, guys.)
From reader Eric, who has previously inquired about cricket viewing venues in D.C.:
Unfortunately, I'm dead in the water again. My West Indies team is in the middle of a tour of England. There are two 20 matches followed by a One Day International series later this month. I need to call on the knowledge of your readers once more. Where can I watch the Windies play? Someone mentioned something about a West Indian Market in Silver Spring, but I cannot find any information about such a place.
My only experience with cricket comes from a summer camp at which I was an equipment manager, and there was a mostly plastic cricket set. I was eventually fired for allowing too many kids to come into the equipment shack. What's a 20 match, anyhow?
From reader Kara:
I'm trying to settle an argument: When was the first televised NBA draft?
You know, I can't find this out, due to my circa-1984 Washington Post laptop, which I plan to reference at least six or seven times a week until I get some better technology. Can anyone with a 21st century laptop figure this out for Kara?
From reader and Team Wiz equipment manager Rob Suller:
Basically I'm trying to get a cheap plug in for my second child, first son, born on June 11th to my wife Amanda and Me: Jaden Espn Suller.
Rob's idea was for me to explore unique names sports figures give to their children. I don't have any thoughts off the top of my head, except to note that a Barra Brava Elder recently had a son named Marco, which I can only assume was a tribute to Etcheverry and which is tremendous. But Rob Suller is a class act, and here's a plug for his second child, first son, Jaden Espn Suller. Although if I worked for Comcast SportsyNet, the official broadcast partner of the Washington Wizards, I think I'd be wondering why Jaden's middle name wasn't Csn.
From reader and Team Wiz employee Brian Sereno:
The Washington Wizards announced today that Dave Johnson, the radio voice of the Wizards, will give a live play-by-play of Thursday night's NBA draft via the blog at WashingtonWizards.com, live from the Wizards draft room.
Man that steams me.
From reader and Team Wiz employee Whitney Van Wyk:
Washington Wizards All-Star forward Caron Butler will partner with DC Tobacco Free Families to help launch the Quit Smoking Campaign at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 28, 2007. Butler will join Facundo Erpen of D.C. United and members of the DC City Council in a press conference to announce this landmark $10 million dollar tobacco prevention and cessation campaign.
Wait, on Tuesday Gilbert announces to the world that he wants to start training with DCU, and on Thursday Caron Butler and Facu join together in a stop-smoking campaign, possibly joined by a council member named Kwame Brown? I can't wait for Michael Ruffin and Devon McTavish's joint mission to collect wildlife in Rock Creek Park, or for the Darius Songaila-Ben Olsen beard-growing contest, or for the argument about who has delivered more stinky bombs, the Barra Brava or Brendan Haywood. Btw, hopefully Facu convinces Caron to grow a mullet.
From reader Dan S. in NYC:
Is the over-under on ACC players taken in the first round tonight really 5.5? If so, where can I get that action?????
I don't get it. The two Ga. Tech guys are locks, so is Brandon Wright, so is Al Thornton. That's four. I can't imagine two out of Josh McRoberts, Jared Dudley and Sean Williams aren't first rounders. This seems like free money.
From reader Dan:
I know you're a Comcast SportsNet employee (sort of)...so I don't know if you can help me spread the word...but if you can, please check out the link. Trying to mobilize the blog-world to get Comcast to put the NFL Network back where it belongs.
I have intense loyalty to Comcast SportsyNet, but I don't know if that loyalty necessarily extends to Comcast the Cable Stuff, so there's your link. Outraged NFL fans, have at it.
From reader, or at least e-mailer, DraftKevinDurant:
I won't beat around the bush because you're a busy man: This weekend I wrote a 3,800 word, 11-page essay entitled "The Case For Kevin" summarizing the financial, basketball and team-ethos reasons that the Blazers should draft Kevin Durant. This is a relatively serious (for a blogging fan) look at a critical moment in Blazers history and I would appreciate any feedback, criticism or publicity you could muster for this effort.
Yes, there are footnotes. One of the bedrocks of my life philosophy, which doesn't have many bedrocks, is that no one should ever, under any circumstances, write a footnoted 3,800-word essay unless they're getting paid. But there's a link, DKD, and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us after tonight.
From reader [Washington Times employee, name redacted]:
One of our designers just had his old 1994 dodge caravan rusted-all-over-the-place minivan stolen... I think someone is targeted DC area media figures.
Yowzers. This is serious. Someone tell Kornheiser to lock up all his minivans. Anyhow, for those who are curious, the Metropolitan Police Department located my stolen minivan off Bladensburg Road. The extent of the damage is unclear. Good luck to any similarly afflicted Washington Times employees.