It’s been pretty obvious for years that D.C. basketball fans prefer the “Bullets” nickname to the “Wizards” nickname. One poll on MisterIrrelevant.com resulted in an 84-15 split, which I don’t think is out of line from the comments I hear from fans.
If you want a different method to display this sense, you could visit the Wizards online team store. Seeing as how the franchise is called the Wizards, and has oodles of new gear reflecting the new logos and color scheme, you might expect the most popular items to, you know, reference the Wizards.
But of the 24 “most popular” men’s items listed by the store, here’s the breakdown: 12 say “Bullets,” 5 say “Wizards,” 4 say just “Washington” and 4 say just “D.C.”
That means less than a quarter of the team’s most popular men’s apparel items even mention the team’s horrible nickname. Which sort of suggests that the nickname is indeed horrible.
The breakdown is the same when you look at individual categories. Like, 5 of the 8 most popular t-shirts feature the “Bullets” name while only one mentions the “Wizards,” as shown above.
Two of the 4 most popular hats are “Bullets,” and one is “Wizards.”
Two of the 4 most popular long-sleeve shirts are “Bullets,” and one is ”Wizards.”
So the choice is clear. Of course, Ted Leonsis’s most recent statement on the issue, in October, went like this: “There’s no change that’s being contemplated.”
In other apparel news, I have no idea where the “W” logo on this hat came from. It’s not included in the team’s official collection of logos.
And also, reader @PStew ordered a long-sleeve “DC” logo t-shirt from the NBA Store, and instead received this long-sleeve “D” logo t-shirt. It’s being replaced, but the stand-alone “D” is kind of an interesting look.