Wizards, Adidas start selling ‘House of Guards’ t-shirts

Many people in Washington are obsessed with ‘House of Cards,’ an obsession that seems to have peaked over the past month or so.

A smaller number of people in Washington — at least, judging anecdotally — are obsessed with the Washington Wizards, although those numbers are also rising.

Anyhow, L.A.-based comedian and writer Joe Mande cleverly combined these two things about a month ago, creating a ‘House of Guards’ motif.

Many people thought this was fun and amusing and started using the phrase and Mande’s image. But this was an internet-only goof.

Then, on Saturday, Verizon Center’s in-arena team store began selling Adidas ‘House of Guards’ T-shirts. Which was pretty startling. According to a team spokesman, these shirts were a collaboration between Adidas and the Wizards, with the initial idea to use the phrase coming from Adidas.

They cost $35, according to @HoopDistrictDC. And Mande would like a cut.

(Via @RyanJKelly)

GORTAT AT THE WHITE HOUSE

In other Wizards news, Marcin Gortat went to the White House.

JOHN THOMPSON AND RONALD REAGAN

One of the best images from Sunday night’s “30 for 30″ on the history of the Big East. Read more about Thompson’s role in the movie.

AMAZING MIKE WISE MOMENT OF THE DAY

Mike Wise, 2013:

“My Final Four: Indiana, Georgetown, Gonzaga and Michigan State.”

In case you’ve forgotten, his four Final Four teams won a total of five games; none made it past the Sweet 16.

Mike Wise, 2014:

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The women’s tournament selection show is at 7 on ESPN. All radio and TV listings are here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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