“This is Christmas all over for him, I’m sure, to finally reach this point. You could see the spark in his eyes — finally. So we just got to be patient. He’s got to be itching to push this as fast as he can. We got to be careful with that.” – Randy Wittman
“He’s still the same player. Fast. Aggressive. He looked good. Looked like his old self.” – A.J. Price
“Everybody was excited. Everybody played with a lot of intensity today. Everybody wanted to be here. Everybody was excited to practice, so that’s a good thing.” – Trevor Ariza
“It felt good. Me and [Wall] on the court at the same time in practice, we just love talking junk to each other. Now I got somebody to talk junk to.” – Trevor Booker
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* A look at Pete Carroll, Shanahan’s adversary this weekend.
* Sally Jenkins breaks down this season’s three rookie quarterbacks.
* John Wall practiced yesterday.
* One of the area’s top football recruits announces his commitment today.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
If you built a house with your work ethic, dedication & preparation, would you trust its foundation enough to live in it?
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 4, 2013
PHOTO OF THE DAY
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Here’s John Wall practicing. Hooray!
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Nets at Wizards, 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. Andray Blatche back in the house! All TV/Radio listings here.
LIGHTEN UP, FRANCIS
Adam Carriker has since removed his silly tweet seen here. Not sure why Strahan ended up in a bunch over it. I mean, making the playoffs has to give you some bragging rights, no?
OF COURSE THEY DID
The NBA put together a compilation of the top ten bloopers or 2012, and Nick Young and JaVale McGee both made the list.