Morning Pixels: NYT blogger pokes fun at Wizards fans

March 8, 2013

Ben Rothenberg, NBA blogger for the New York Times, took advantage of cheap tickets on Stub Hub to make fun of write about the Wizards fan experience. After buying some $2 tickets, Rothenberg headed to Verizon Center to take in a game.

Along the way, he made sure to take notice of certain things. Like the lack of fans on the Metro:

The lack of interest in the team was also apparent on the Metro ride to the Verizon Center, which offered no sign of any major sporting event about to begin. Not a single Wizards jersey, T-shirt or cap could be seen anywhere in my train car.

And the concessions:

I found an even more desolate landscape on the upper concourse for the 400 Level of the Verizon Center. Several of the concession stands were shuttered, presumably because of a lack of demand. I bypassed the few that were open, where even a bottle of water cost $4.50. That would clearly be out of my price range for the night.

And how bad the fans where that night:

An early command by the announcer of “Get on your feet and make some noise!” was ignored by most in attendance. But when a 5-point Wizards lead turned into a 14-point deficit after the the home team was outscored 31-13 in the third quarter, there were boos.

I’m not saying that the Wizards offer the best fan experience, but using a Wednesday night game against the Pistons as your backdrop is pretty much guaranteeing you’ll be seeing a less-than-stellar fan showing. Perhaps one might want to sit through more than two games before making fun of the fans who sit through dozens.

Besides, making fun of local teams is our beat, Rothenberg.

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Caps scored 7 goals in their win against the Panthers.

* Danny Espinosa spent the offseason working on his swing.

* Tracee Hamilton says London Fletcher will know when it’s time to retire.

* Here’s that awesome oral history of the Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry, which comes to an end after Saturday’s game.

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT II

 

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Alex Ovechkin on the Caps’ 7-goal win:

“Of course everybody happy, but we don’t jumping around. In that kind of game it was kind of easy.”

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Last night’s Caps goal-a-palooza.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

Wizards at Nets, 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.

 

CAPS CONVENTION

Caps Convention is scheduled for Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale Monday on the team’s website.

 

SILLY THING OF THE DAY

I don’t know what they’re saying, but it still made me laugh.

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