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The Chat House

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon
Washington Post Sports Columnists
Monday, June 23, 2003; 1:30 PM

Sports talk time in The Chat House!

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon joined you to talk sports. It all happened right here in The Chat House.

Tony Kornheiser

The transcript follows.

Editor's Note: Washingtonpost.com moderators retain editorial control over Live Online discussions and choose the most relevant questions for guests and hosts; guests and hosts can decline to answer questions.


Baltimore, Md.: Give me an "L"

Give me an "A"

Give me a "T"

Give me an "E"

What's that spell ?!?!?!?


Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Thank you Baltimore. We'll open w/that cheery note. Since today is our last chat for the summer, we'll take the whining in stride. Let me round up the stars and we'll get started. --Mary


D.C. Metro: TK, Wilbon, Mary ...

To all the idiots whose only reason for contacting TCH is to complain about the start time --

GET A LIFE!;!;!;

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Ahhh.. Sweet justice. Thank you DC. Enjoying the sun? Tony is here. He just came over from his radio show so he's getting settled in and he'll join us in a little bit. I don't know where Mike is, but I'm working on tracking him down. He knows this is the last chat.--Mary


Branson, MO: Say it ain't so!;!;!;!; If you're off for the summer, when do you return?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's true. Chat House returns late August. Same day, same time so Chat House ferrets set an alarm in your Palm Pilots to check LiveOnline's schedule at washingtonpost.com in August for an update. We'll miss you too. --Mary


DC: damn, i'll miss chathouse this summer. what am i supposed to do, work?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Hmm. That's an option. --Mary


Alexandria, VA: So Mary, what do you do all summer, is that when you get your pictures taken for the swimsuit issue?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's true. Off to St. Bart's for tanning and work-outs. Mike is running late today b/c he had some sort of shaving accident at the club. He's fine, but he's getting patched up and will be w/us shortly. Tony is here. He's doing some PTI pre-production work and he'll jump in in a sec when he's done. Thanks for your patience. --Mary


Thomas Circle, Washington, D.C.: Tony,

Just wanted to pass along a comment from Wendy Reiger's chat this morning. Any comments?

Glenn Dale, Md.: Wendy

Tony Kornheiser talks about you all of the time. Have you ever met him? You could probably knock him out with one punch!

Wendy Rieger: I love Tony. He talked about me when I first started anchoring the weekends. He's the genesis of the newsbabe stuff. It was the best publicity I could have had. He really helped put me on the map. Years ago when his show was just local... I would visit periodically. But I've gotten older and he's gotten bigger... ah well, we'll always have Rockville.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Tony is here. He's not late. He's actually never late, btw. He always tells me he can give The Chat House some time during the hour long slot. Anyway, he's here...--Mary

I LOVE HER. I LOVE HER. And this stuff about "enough w/the newsbabe already" is nonsense. What a big-time chick she is. --Tony


Arlington, Va.: Did Tony's shaving accident involve getting a Brazil wax for his impending summer vacation?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's not my shaving accident. It's Mike's. What the hell is a Brazil wax? --Tony

You don't want to know. --Mary


Beltsville, MD: Tony, Mike....

Please complete this analogy...

Jagr is to the Caps as _______ is to the Redskins.

Maybe the Caps should just change their name to Les Boulez


Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Well I hate to say this but probably Deion. Though, I loved him, he didn't do much. I would say Heath Schuler, but he wouldn't qualify b/c he came to the Redskins as a rookie, not as the greatest player in the league like Jagr. --Tony


Sterling,VA: Congrats on making the Entertainment Weekly "It List". Are you going to their party? Are you going to get a gift bag?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I'm not going to the party. It just couldn't work out w/radio and TV on Tuesday. I'd love to go and I'm thrilled to be on the "It" list since I'm usually on another list that ends in "It." --Tony


Bethesda, Md.: I thought Sally Jenkins' column on Friday was on-the-nose about ACC expansion. I'm a Maryland alumnus, and I'm opposed to ACC expansion.

I've been following The Washington Post's coverage of the expansion issue, and writers often speculate on how ACC presidents will vote or what ACC Athletic Directors will do, but I can't remember seeing any comments or quotes from University of Maryland president C.D. Mote or athletic director Debbie Yow in the paper. Not even that they were unavailable or declined to comment.

These are the people actually making the decisions about expansion; these two people shoulder a lot of personal responsibility for what is going on. Debbie Yow was one of the leaders in the group of ACC representatives who went on those campus visits to Miami, Syracuse, and BC. Mote has been very quiet and behind the scenes, but he is one of the nine ACC presidents with a final vote on the matter, isn't he? Why isn't anyone directly asking them to speak up publicly about what they're doing?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I'm sick of this story. I think everyone in it is villianous certainly including Debbie Yow and C.D Mote, whoever he is. Worst of them all is Miles Brand who simply fiddles while Rome burns and says nothing. A pox on all of them. --Tony


Wiz Town: Mike & Tony,
Thank you both for serving our metropolitan area for the last, what 20 years. Now nationwide and you guys still don't forget your roots and that's great.

Wouldn't the Wizards get better quick by trading their pick and a player for a proven point guard or small forward. I am sick of being patience with young projects, plus usually our projects leave when they are good to go.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I would always trade a pick for an established veteran starter under the age of 25 b/c you know what you are getting w/him and where the Wizards draft, you don't know. Having said that, if Kurt Heinrich was available somehow, you pick him and you don't trade. --Tony


Washington, D.C.: Tony,

Wendy Rieger held a chat this morning that I think further revealed what a truly phenomenal news-babe she is. Obviously she?s really attractive but in her chat she came across as intelligent, easygoing and a class-act. She also credited your observations and comments for her surge popularity. Tony, is there anyone who can come close to her as queen of the news babes?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Well I've always thought of Katie Couric as a saucy babe. Who wouldn't want to be on the beach w/Katie Couric? And Campbell Brown, I saw her in person at the White House Correspondent's Dinner. What a babe she is. She didn't appear to be wearing clothes under her clothes. Gotta like that in a war room situation. Plus, she smokes. I like a woman who smokes and drinks. Oh come on, we kid b/c we love. On that note, have a good summer. --Tony


Brazilian Wax: Mary,

Quick. Set up a webcam so we can see Tony's reaction when you describe a Brazilian wax to him. It would be a priceless Mastercard moment!

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I just can't even go there. --Mary


Kornheiser's friend Nancy: Mary: you have my sympathies today.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Thank you Nancy! I love you! --Mary


Olney, Md.: Since there won't be any new CH's during the summer, why not just post "CH Classics" on the Post website -- so we can at least re-live some of the highlights of the past year's chats? It works on radio and TV, and maybe you guys can collect royalties!

washingtonpost.com: You can access the Chat House archives 365 days a year. -- The Management

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's true. Rock on liveonline and their fabulous staff who keep it all up to date for you. --Mary


Dallas, Texas: Hey fellas,

Sad to hear there won't be a Chat House for two months. It always helps me get through my Mondays.

Anywho, two questions:
1. Do you expect any surprises (if any) in the draft this Thursday?

2. How would you rate this draft compared to others in recent memory (say in the past 5-10 years or so)?

You guys are the greatest,


Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Hi everyone, sorry I'm late. Colby, there are no surprises in this year's draft b/c other than the first 3 picks, nobody knows what's going to happen anyway. Beyond LeBron, Darko and Carmelo, it's open season. It's a free-for-all. We quote in this morning's newspaper several scouts who say they have no idea what's going to happen and I take them at their word. --Mike


Washington, D.C.: I totally disagreed with Wilbon's article today on the Lewis fight. I thought that was one of the ugliest heavy weight fights I had ever watched. Klitschko's skills are not as close to Lewis' as everyone thinks. That is why he was able to "hang" with the very out of shape Lewis. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way a fan of Lewis. But when I watched the fight, it seem'd that Kitschko was starting to loose most of his power where as Lewis was starting to get his, let's say third wind. Yet, Lewis' punches were still very effective.

Since Wilbon feels like this was a great heavy weight boxing match, I will ask Tony this; was Saturday night's fight the best we are going to see of Heavy weight Boxing? Will we ever see the glory days of the past where both contenders had actual boxing skills and enough Professionallism to come to a bout in shape?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I didn't say the fight was a classic. It had drama. And ultimately that's why most of us watch big time prize fighting. It's for the drama. This had so much of what we tune in for.... at least what I tune in for. It had blood and guts and the threat of an upset and great theater. So, if you don't like that then you watch soccer or tennis or something else. I thought the action was compelling, even if the skill level wasn't Ali vs. Frazier. --Mike


Herndon, Va.: Michael,

Great article this morning regarding the fight Saturday night. Something is bugging me about the fight though -- how come HBO could not pull away from it's self advertising to show the doctor stopping the fight? Just curious if that bothered you as well.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: GREAT point and yes, it bothered me. But that's what all networks do, including the one I work for part-time. Promote themselves ad nauseum and we just have to live w/it, but it was so bad to miss the doctor while watching some promo. I'm totally w/you. --Mike


Washington, D.C.: What are the odds the Wiz will have a new President or GM in place before the draft?
Any guesses on who they'll pick?

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: That would mean between now and Thursday. Wow. I don't know. We keep hearing the name Ernie Grunfeld. But, I don't know. It would have to happen so quickly. --Mike


Golf Land: Tony and Mike,

Since it's your last chat for the summer, can you help a fellow golfer out?

Have you played anywhere lately that is worth the visit and not a swamp? I played Swan Point this weekend and it's a terrific course but was waterlogged (especially the back nine).

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's all squishy. Just about everywhere you play in this area, but 3 days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of sun will dry it all out. So, fret not. It rained on me yesterday when I was playing. --Tony


Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Have a wonderful summer Chat House. I like you all very, very much and I hope you have great vacations too. We'll see you back here in late August. I'm signing off for now. --Tony

Mike is pulling into the garage so he's out of cell phone range. So, he'll be back w/us in a sec. Thanks. --Mary


herndon, va: Ms. Mary/Mr. Tony/Mr. Mike: Do without you until August!;!;??!;!; I may actually have to get a life!; By the time you get back, Les Boulez may have half their act together, the Redskins may have cut 30 or 40 players, and the Caps may have saved enough in salary to cut ticket prices!;!; (I did say "may") Enjoy the summer!; steve

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Thanks Steve. Have a good summer. --The Chat House


Washington, DC: Mary, please do me a "off for the summer" favor. Please ask Tony & Mike what they think the chances of the Montreal Expo's being relocated to DC, NEXT SEASON, are.
Have fun on the photo shoot!;

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Yeah, I'm looking foward to the sun and cocktails. Ha, ha. --Mary

Hi. I'm here. I sliced my head open while shaving today so I've had about a 45 min mishap delay. Nobody will be able to see it. It's on the back of my neck and I sliced a pimple. --Mike

Sick. --Mary

I'll be fine. But I'm going to dramatically snatch the bandage off to gross Tony out. As to your question, NONE. NONE whatsoever. I don't think the Expos are moving here. I don't particularly believe that DC will have baseball in the next 5 years. I operate on this premise: I'll believe it when I see it here. --Mike


Bethesda, MD: Mr. Tony and Mr. Wilbon,
Enjoy the summer vacation. Well-deserved for all your brilliant work. Any fearless predictions to send us off with? Tiger knocks down another major? Joe Torre gets fired? The Wiz trade up to get Bron-Bron? Give us something for the road, Satchmo. Hope the weather is nice wherever you guys vacation.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Predictions? I don't think I have any predictions. It wouldn't surprise me if Torre gets fired. But, maybe Tiger winning the British would be a nice prediction considering that's the Major he has the most trouble with. --Mike


Sacramento, CA: Good afternoon everyone,

Sorry to hear about Mike's shaving accident - I cut myself shaving this morning too (band aid on the leg = sexy)...

I've got two questions for Wilbon, provided that he's stopped the bleeding: first, when Chris Webber played for Les Boulez, did you ever see or hear about him demanding to play a certain amount of minutes per game? I think Rick Adelman plays Webber too many minutes during the regular season, putting him at risk for injury that keeps him from reaching his potential come playoff time. Is it possible that Adelman plays Webber such big minutes because C-Webb demands it? Any insight you have would be appreciated...

Second, I've read the Barkley book and would love it if you would sign it for me. Since I live in California, how can I get it to you? Thanks, and have a wonderful summer!;

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Great question. But I talked w/Chris a couple of weeks ago and he says that needs 2 surgeries, both what he termed as minor. One on his ankle and another on his knee. And he thinks he'll be able to regain some of his explosion. And he wants to be able to play 35 to 38 minutes. And given that the Kings like to run their offense through Chris he really does need to be in there that many minutes. Thank you very much for reading the book. E-mail me at michael.wilbon@espn.com and we'll figure out a way for me to autograph the book and get it back to you v. quickly. Sorry, I've got to run to prepare for PTI. Have a great summer. See you in August. Thanks. --Mike


Waldorf, Md.: What the heck is going on over there? This is the most disjointed chat house in it's history.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's true, but isn't it fun. We were watching a tape of the fight. So we all got distracted. --The Chat House


Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Thanks everyone. Have a good summer. We love you. --The Chat House


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