Two Septembers ago, Andray Blatche passed out Play Off Starts Here T-shirts to his teammates in September. That didn’t end well.
John Wall’s playoffs-inscribed gear will be more individualized, and less team-oriented. And will also have less awkward phrasing. Via Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck:
When the Washington Wizards open the season Oct. 30 in Detroit, Wall will take the court with the word “playoffs” scribbled on his shoes. He will repeat the exercise every day, through 82 games, lest he or anyone else lose sight of the goal.
“You will see it on all my shoes,” Wall said last week. “Every game pair is going to have ‘playoffs’ on it. That’s my main determination.”
“Playoffs or bust,” you might say. Except no one is ever allowed to say “[Anything] or bust” again in this town.
(Via Wiz of Awes.)
BOZ ON THE WIZARDS
Meanwhile, from the first answer in Thomas Boswell’s weekly chat.
The Wizards have Not Done Anything. They look better. Wall had a wonderful last 20 games which has started to alter my view of him. But I doubt this is a .500 team.
WRITE “BOSWELL” ON YOUR SHOES, JOHN.
SMOOT ON SHANAHAN
Hey, here’s Fred Smoot’s suggested headline for the next day’s paper after Sunday night’s loss. It was offered on Comcast SportsNet’s postgame show. Smoot continues to have a way with words.
MIKE GREEN WITH BOSTON COP
Mike Green went head over heels into the Washington bench on Monday night. The resulting image — face down, legs up — was amusing, especially given that nobody was hurt. But the best part was the guy who photoshopped the Boston bullpen cop into the image. (Thanks, @CanucksFin56.)
BALTIMORE ON RGIII
FAITH AND FOOTBALL
My colleague Roman Stubbs has a really interesting read on faith and football at area public schools. The lead anecdote features a Muslim team leader at Suitland, who regularly leads his teammates in the Lord’s Prayer. “I’m not even supposed to be saying the prayer,” Steven Rivers said. “But I do it for my team, because I’m a captain. I say my own prayer.”
YAY PORT CITY
Popular local brewery — and Verizon Center and Nats Park concessionaire — Port City did mighty fine work at last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. Via the Going Out Guide:
Port City Brewing Company took home four medals, including a gold for its popular Optimal Wit. The Alexandria brewery also won a silver for its Oktoberfest in the Vienna-Style Lager category, and its two Colossal beers — one-time-only ales created on the brewery’s anniversary — also medaled. Colossal One, a strong Belgian ale, won bronze in the Aged Beer category, and Colossal Two, a smoked imperial porter, won bronze in Smoke Beer.
Flying Dog, Lost Rhino, Devil’s Backbone and Sweetwater Tavern also received honors. Why do I feel like it’s ok to root for local breweries, but not for local sports teams? That’s an interesting question, Dan. I don’t have a good answer.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
The Wizards host the Heat at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. Boston is at Detroit at 4 on Fox, and the Cardinals visit the Dodgers at 8 on TBS. All TV and radio listings are here.