The team, as you might have heard, is 0-5. Some wicked pixels about that fact:
* This is the fourth time in six seasons that the Wizards have started a season 0-5. As much as Tony Kornheiser trumpets his 9-20 statistic, I’m not sure the Bullets/Wizards ever reached that mark four times in six years.
* This is also the sixth straight season the Wizards have had a losing record through five games. (In addition to the four 0-5s, they have a 1-4 and a 2-3 in there.) In the 2006-2007 campaign, they started off 3-2.
* Since Oct. 1, the Wizards are 0-5, the Redskins are 1-4, and the Nationals are 4-4. You usually don’t want to reach, say, Thanksgiving as an NBA franchise without having won a game more recently than the local nine.
* The Wizards haven’t been so much as a game over .500 since the morning of Nov. 3, 2009. That means they have never been over .500 since Abe Pollin died, or since John Wall became part of the franchise.
* The Wizards have had a losing streak of at least five games in 26 straight seasons. There have been a total of 79 losing streaks of at least five games in that span. The last four seasons alone saw 18 losing streaks of at least five games. So this one makes 19 since the fall of 2008
It all changes on Tuesday night, though.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Garcon, Meriweather and Brown were all on the practice field! For the Redskins! Not just to watch!
* Boz on Bryce: “Winning rookie of the year at 19 is the first solid chapter of a truly special career. Many more will be needed — and demanded. From everything Harper’s shown so far, they will probably be provided.”
* The Terps rout Morehead State at home.
* Adam Oates enters the Hockey Hall of Fame.
* I wrote a story about how Caps fans are staying busy during the lockout.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper, on his ROY award:
“ This is a great award, and I’m so excited and proud of it. But my biggest thing is I want to win a World Series. I want to put that ring on my finger and give that to the town and city of D.C. They deserve that.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY I
Via several readers, the University of Maryland Alumni Association would like you to come watch the Terps take on the Florida State Gators.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards are in Charlotte at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. There is college basketball on every minute of the day on ESPN. This includes VCU hosting Wichita State at 7 on ESPNU. All TV/Radio listings are here.
The Shirley Povich journalism summit thing is Tuesday night at the University of Maryland. Speakers include Maury Povich, Gary Williams, Scott Van Pelt, Michael Wilbon, Mark Ein, Lara Potter, Jill Sorenson and Tony Wyllie.
NL EAST RUNS THROUGH PHILLY?
Jimmy Rollins on the NL East: “It still runs through Philly,” Rollins said. “[Washington] had one year to win it….Everyone’s a little angry, which is good to get a chip on your shoulder and just go back out there and prove that this is still our division, but not only that, but that we’re still World Champions.”
JEWISH DELI NEWS
The long-awaited DGS Delicatessen in DuPont had a soft launch over the weekend. Chef Barry Koslow has promised that “he’ll be brining, curing, and smoking all the meats, fish, and pickles in-house.” Plus, there are lentil knishes and kasha varnishkas. Please be good.
SETH GREENBERG WILL MOTIVATE YOU
New ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg offers up a sample pregame coach pep talk. I love Seth, but I wasn’t too fired up, actually. Definitely more fired up over lentil knishes.