If this modern age can cause athletic feuds through poorly thought-out tweets and rampant electronic misunderstanding, it can also douse feuds through lightning-fast communication and public statements of understanding.
So it was on Monday, when Roy Hibbert and John Wall were briefly thought to be feuding, and then quickly made up, leaving everything right with the world.
See, first Wall said something harmless about how the Pacers’ big men were playing “soft” on Saturday, which meant something about defensive positioning and not about heart.
Then Hibbert, thinking his manhood had been challenged, made a funny about the Wizards, saying, “We have a chance to compete for a championship. They have a chance to compete for the No.1 pick.”
Then everyone made loud noises, and then almost immediately the two feuding stars mended fences.
@hoya2apacer appreciate it big homie..never said Indy has soft bigs just said they play a soft concept in pick and roll…they got good bigs
— John Wall (@John_Wall) April 8, 2013
So efficient! So wasteful! Think of all the page views and headlines and radio interviews these two jerks left on the table by being reasonable and respectful! The feds should institute a 24-hour feud waiting period, during which feuds are not allowed to be quashed before everyone at least has a little fun.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Fans are still lamenting the loss of Michael Morse, but the Nats are taking the long view.
* Wall also had a brief feud with Emeka Okafor, which also did not lead to web traffic.
* Post-Milbury, Alex Ovechkin has 17 goals and 11 assists in 20 games. So Tracee wants more criticism.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Not sure exactly what’s happening here, but Bryce Harper evidently spent his off day at an ESPN the Magazine photo shoot, because he must appear in every glossy magazine America produces. Via @slp1313.
A good lesson for the young kids watching at home: Never miss an opportunity for a sports-related ceremonial resolution. Thanks, Vincent Orange, for the reminder.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
I guess I can see the resemblance, now that he mentions it.
“NFL Live” interview today at 4pm on ESPN2. According to my man @rgiii I look like Prince Charming from Shrek-haha-check it out!
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) April 8, 2013
JOSHUA MORGAN IS A PARADE MARSHAL
Not a lot to add to this other than what the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade web site says: “Washington Redskins 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Joshua Morgan, serves as Grand Marshal.”
HOW OVECHKIN GOT HIS EVEN-STRENGTH GROOVE BACK
Japers Rink explains. The short version: “Ovechkin is having more success now that he’s letting others lug the mail and he’s going to dangerous spots that he couldn’t get to with the puck.”
THE SANDLOT TURNS 20
The Sandlot is now 20 years old. Here are recollections from the cast. I would make some poignant remark about aging and lost youth and magical nostalgia, except I’ve never seen it.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the White Sox at 7 on MASN. The Wizards are at the Knicks at 7:30 on Comcast SportsNet. The Caps are in Montreal at 7:30 on CSN+. All TV and radio listings are here.