Monday was one of those nights when D.C.’s sports community comes together online to celebrate a minor but treasured victory, chuckling over communal memories, reminiscing about some of the bad times, but mostly just digitally smiling that something nice happened, and sharing the moment with friends. Or with strangers, really. But online strangers are all friends in the end.
I don’t know how many other cities could have produced such an outpouring of happiness over an NBA team cresting past the .500 mark in early February, but history matters, and history hasn’t always been kind to D.C.’s pro basketball team.
Anyhow, amid the giddiness after Washington’s home win over Portland, the Wizards came in with a digital karate chop for the Blazers. This was in response to a months-old tweet from Portland.
Is it too late to join the Eastern Conference? Asking for a friend.
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 4, 2013
I found the joke to be pretty flawless. The Blazers, I guess, wished the Wizards had made a more current reference. And thus….
Still. What a night.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
The Post’s Ricky Carioti captured Bradley Beal going way past horizontal after a dunk.
STATS OF THE NIGHT
The list of teams that have beaten the Heat, Thunder and Blazers by double digits this season: the Wizards. That’s the list.
— Joe Yasharoff (@JYash) February 4, 2014
Entering tonight, the Wizards had been at or below .500 for 355 straight games, easily the longest streak in the NBA (2nd- Bucks, 62)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 4, 2014
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
More expressions of happiness.
0.511 keep rolling DC — Jan Vesely (@JanVesely24) February 4, 2014
YEAH MAN — Wizards over .500? (@WizOver500) February 4, 2014
FINALLY!!!! Wizards are now a 0.51063829787 NBA club! — Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) February 4, 2014
A CHEESE CRIME
Forgive me for straying from the Wizards, but this is serious.
— Colin Donohue (@cmdonohue) February 4, 2014
TWO NEW H STREET SPORTS BARS
The thriving H St. corridor is apparently on track for not one but two new sports bars, according to Prince of Petworth. Sin Bin Sports Bar & Restaurant will be at 1336 H St. NE. And Halftime Sports Bar will be at 1427 H St. NE.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Caps host the Islanders at 7:30 on NBC Sports Network. Maryland visits North Carolina at 8 on WDCA and WNUV. James Madison is at Towson at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. All radio and TV listings are here.