The Chat House With Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon
Washington Post Sports Columnists
Monday, March 10, 2003; 1:30 pm ET
It's time for another edition of The Chat House!
Tony and Mike are here to talk about all things sports related. For example? The Caps, college hoops or anything else that strikes you fancy. So, come on into The Chat House.
The transcript of the discussion follows:
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Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Good afternoon Chat House peeps. How are you? Lots to dish on today... Let me round up TK and Wilbon. --Mary
Sterling, Va.: Is this thing ON?!?
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Is your computer on? Yes, this "thing" aka The Chat House is on. Tony is here prepping for "PTI" so he'll come and chat with us shortly. I'm waiting for Wilbon to surface. He isn't answering his cellphone... so sit tight. --Mary
Chicago, Ill.: TK/Mike,
So now you're adding a chat? So the newspaper, books, TV, and radio aren't enough, huh? What I want to know is, when's the pay-per-view?
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Where have you been Dan? We've been doing The Chat since 1999. Wilbon still MIA.... very weird. He always answers his cell... OK. Update. I just found out that Wilbon had a meeting with the Wizards at 12:30, but it wasn't supposed to last more than an hour.... so, he's at MCI Center on his way over to "PTI." Tony says he'll come and chat in a little bit...--Mary
Silver Spring, Md.: So Mary, how 'bout this crazy weather! My crocuses are coming up, and the lawns across the street are still under snow.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I'm so sick of winter! How many people out there watched the UVa-Maryland game last night? Great game, but it seems like UVa needs some help in the free throw department. Thoughts? --Mary
Takoma Park, Md.: Mary,
If you got a dollar for every person who complained about TK and MW not being here, or for them being late, how close could you come to paying the $79 Million remaining on Ken Griffey's contract.
washingtonpost.com: Within about $10.
Back away slowly from the computer. Breathe deeply. Come back later and read the transcript. It's not exactly a national emergency. -- Lisa
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I would be rich, it's true. Luckily, I have my supermodel contract to fall back on. --Mary
Chandler, Ariz.: Enjoy listening to Tony's show in the morning on my way to work. It is interesting that the local radio station advertises his show as "an irreverent look at sports." I personally don't find him irreverent on most topics that need serious consideration. However, I am struck by that label because it seems that most of the sports talk shows today are becoming irreverent. It seems everybody is trying to one-up others in terms of how well you can put somebody else down. There is very little focus on bringing out the "real" (good or bad) from a situation. Everything in sports world seems to be about how smartly you can knock somebody or some situation. (Chuck Wilson is an exception.) Would like to hear Tony and Mike's views on this.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Sports radio is a hell hole. It exists strictly to fire coaches and trade players. If my show is irreverent at all -- and I don't think it is -- it is irreverent only in that we don't give vent to these childish animosities and we are not "a caller-driven" scandal sheet. I hope the show is both smart and funny. But if you don't like it, you can always turn the dial to the right and get someone else. --Tony
Suitland, Md.: Do you think that the Wizards should trade Kwame Brown to a team with a high draft pick, in order to pick Mike Sweentney in the upcoming draft?
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: No. At his best, Sweetney will not be as good as Kwame at his best. Kwame won't be great here. But he could be great somewhere else. You don't ever trade him for anything other than a proven player. Not a draft pick to get Mike Sweetney. --Tony
Alexandria, Va.: Tony, how long before you invoke the "curse of Les Boolez" is your column again?
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Well, it's obvious what's going on here. It's obvious they are cursed. It's obvious now, sadly, they probably won't make the playoffs and they will have wasted Jordan's fabulous last 40 games. The only explanation is the curse of Les Boulez. --Tony
Annandale, Va.: Why don't you two co-author a column telling MJ to shut up and stop whining. He picked the players and the coach -- now they are not playing up to his level. Boo hoo. This is your team MJ. You can't blame Jerry Krause anymore. By simply walking on the court, MJ thought he could elevate the Wiz. Guess his "will" isn't what it used to be.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I'll write that, but Wilbon won't. You KNOW that. --Tony
Ashburn, Va.: What is up with Jerry Stackhouse? Is his injury bothering him this much? Do you think Jordan was referring to him regarding his effort comment? Also, I hope this does not turn into the Juwan Howard situation where a good player get franchise player money. Your thoughts?
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: I think that Jordan was clearly referring to Stackhouse, among others. And if you read Stackhouse's quotes in Steve Wyche's story today, you'll see that he lit up Doug Collins. I never thought Stackhouse would be here next year and nothing that has happened lately has changed my mind. --Tony
Sorry I have not been able to be with you so far today. I was at Wizards practice listening to Doug Collins and Jerry Stackhouse and Kwame Brown talk about the meltdown over the last two games that led to MJ's pointed criticism. And, my position is Jordan should have done this six weeks ago and I'll be writing that in a column in tomorrow's newspaper, which you can read here on washingtonpost.com tomorrow. This is one of the things you hope to get when you have Jordan playing for you. He is at times sharp and public criticism of teammates and his willingness to take them on personally in practice. My read on the individual teammates Jordan was criticizing in terms of effort are clearly: Kwame Brown and Brendan Haywood for starters. And he's talking about effort in practice and film study and extra shooting. He's talking about playing through injury and coming back early. I wonder if Jordan think that Etan Thomas should be playing with a plastic faceguard to protect his fractured orbit socket. So, Jordan did this in Chicago and he ripped much better players in Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant and Ron Harper and B.J. Armstrong. I think he should have done it weeks ago... maybe the end of December. --Mike
Fairfax, Va.: Tony,
Were you stunned to hear that a colleague (Bill Rhoden) actually endorsed the actions of the St. Bonaventure players? What was the Villanova controversy alluded to by John Saunders on "The Sports Reporters"?
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: No. And Bill Rhoden is not the first colleague to endorse the action of the St. Bonnie's players. Steven Smith of the Philly Enquirer and Fox Sports played college basketball and said that he understood the players trying to strike back at adults who had screwed up ROYALLY. I don't agree with Steven and Bill, but I'm glad someone is representing the other side of this, otherwise it would be a walk-over. --Mike
Washington, D.C.: Mike --
Saw you at the Georgetown movie theater Saturday night. What did you see? My group opted for "Old School." How do you feel about being approached by fans in public? A bunch of us thought about telling you how much we enjoy your work, but figured you'd prefer to be left alone when you're not on the clock.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Hi, I saw "The Hours." And I loved the performances, though I didn't think the story itself was as spectacular as most people do. Meryl Streep is my favorite actress, probably of all time. And I just thought every single performance was riveting. This is a tough movie season for me because while I love theater, I don't particularly love musicals as movies. So, I recognize how great "Chicago" was, but it didn't do anything for me because I don't like musicals. I need to see "About Schmidt" and I need to see Spike Lee's "25th Hour" and I'll try to do both this week. There are a lot of things out there that are probably well done that don't appeal to me personally, like "Lord of the Rings." But I'm going to try to see like four movies in the next six days. --Mike
Berserkeley, Calif.: Mr. Wilbon and Mr. Kornheiser,
Last night, for the second time this season, my beloved Terps lost a close game against Virginia. This comes a week after a too-close-for-comfort game against NC State. Heading into March Madness, should these things bother me?
At least I can find comfort in the fact that Duke lost.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Winning close games is not a bad thing. It's a very good thing, particularly in the road in a season in which even the good teams struggle to win on the road. You think Duke would have liked to have won a close game against St. John's? Or at Carolina yesterday? Now Maryland should have won last night and the problem for the Terps with losing that game is it drops them a couple of spots which may make them a 5 seed in the NCAA, which means they'd have to win a 12 seed in the first round. And 12 seeds win games. When what Maryland should really have been shooting for was to win at Virginia, then win the first two rounds of the ACC Tournament and be a 3 seed which means they'd play against a #14 seed in the first round. So, the loss to Virginia could be costly in 10 days. --Mike
Takoma Park, Md.: Finally a new bar room debate to replace the Ginger vs. Mary Ann debate, and the Wilma vs Betty.
Lisa vs Mary. I'm going with Lisa, as I am not into supermodels.
washingtonpost.com: How do you know I don't have a supermodel contract too? -- Lisa (doubling over with laughter)
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: It's true! --Mary
P.S.: Two good foreign films to catch. "Rabbit Proof Fence," an Australian movie and "Talk to Her," a Spanish movie. Both are fabulous.
Arlington, Va.: No question today, just a comment.
It was amusing to see seven-year veteran Jerry Stackhouse get two quick fouls in a critical game, shoot one for seven, play passive defense (per MJ), and get one assist in 30 minutes, then complain that his teammates did not get the ball to him.
The Wizards should not re-sign Stackhouse. He typically takes high-risk, forced shots (resulting in a low shooting percentage). When the offense breaks down, he is frequently the culprit. I hope that the Wizards can do better than him in the free agent market.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Thanks for the comment. I have to go and start my column. Sorry today was such a wash. I'll make it up to you next week. I'll do the regular chat and maybe a short half hour chat before the tournament starts. Stay tuned to washingtonpost.com. Have a good week. --Mike
Thanks Chat House chatters. Keep the faith. We'll do better next time. --Mary
Re: Seeing you at the mall: Please answer the part about whether you like to be approached. I too have see both Mike and Tony out in public and I wasn't sure what to do, (after genuflecting for the appropriate amount of time of course)
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Sure. It's fine with me. I mean if you're not going to enjoy the fame, what's the point of having it? You can approach me, yeah. --Tony
Yeah, me too. Of course. --Mike
Washington, D.C.: Today wasn't a wash. Anything and everything you guys do is important and informative.
Keep up the good work.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon: Ahhh. Thank you. We'll talk to you next week. Have a good one. Stay warm. --The Chat House
That wraps up today's show. Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion.
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