Morning Pixels: The actual story of the Bullets’ 1978 championship trophy

April 11, 2013

Last week, Dave Sheinin wrote a great story about the 1978 Bullets Championship trophy and its journey to it’s current resting place. The tale, as told to Sheinin by Ted Leonsis, was that the famed trophy was found in a closet at an ex-employee’s house when Leonsis took over the team.

The story was picked up by a slew of other outlets, including USA Today and Yahoo, and the idea that the champioship trophy was rescued by a “carload of team employees” was fun.

It turns out it wasn’t exactly true, and Irene Pollin wasn’t having any of that.

However, according to the family of the late Bowie — as well as Irene Pollin, Abe’s widow and a part-owner of the Bullets and Capitals — none of that is true. They say the trophy was never at Bowie’s house and in fact was displayed — in a different case, built by a construction crew overseen by Bowie’s son, Mike — for most of the 2000s at Verizon Center.

“It never left the Verizon Center,” Irene Pollin said.

Sheinin, still on the trophy beat, has the really real details here, including Leonsis’s explanation of the discrepancies in his account.

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Wizards lost to the Heat, with LeBron, Bosh, and Wade on the bench.

* The Nats won and Harper hit a ridiculous homerun.

* The Masters starts today. Can Woods win it?

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Davey Johnson, on Harper’s home run:

“I’m not measuring. That was fun to watch that one.”

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Just RGIII and Pooch Hall being tough guys.


via @Iam_POOCHHALL

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

White Sox at Nats, 7 p.m. on MASN2. Hurricanes at Caps, 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.

 

FEAT OF THE DAY

Prince Fielder legging out a single is awesome.

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