Paper bag Wizards fans speak out

From left, Nir Levy, Adam Hammerman and Jonathan Waksman cover their heads with brown paper bags as they watch the Wizards lose to the Spurs. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)


The act of wearing a paper bag on your head during a sporting event is meant to imply that you’re embarrassed and don’t want to be identified with the offending terrible team. Wizards fans are adopting the trend little by little, but at least three don’t mind breaking their anonymity. 

Adam Hammerman, Jonathan Waksman and Nir Levy, all 19 years old and from Rockville, came to Verizon Center equipped with paper-bag masks for last night’s game against the Spurs. They made it through two quarters before being told by an usher that they had to remove them, or they would be asked to leave the arena. Fortunately for the fans, that usher was a bit overzealous, and after clearing things up with security, they were allowed to continue with their paper-bag fun. 

I spoke with a team PR rep, as well as a security rep, who assured me that Verizon Center has no rules against the practice of wearing paper bags, as long as they aren’t offensive or prevent neighboring fans from enjoying the game. 

As for this trio of fans, their cause was noble. 

“We felt as Wizards fans, there’s nothing to really be excited about nowadays,” Hammerman told me. “So if people are spending money to watch a losing team, at least they can get a laugh or two out of it. We just wanted to be funny and make people laugh, and that’s what we did.”



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Sarah Kogod · November 27, 2012

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