Tag:Ted Leonsis
Posted on: April 27, 2010 4:38 pm

Double standard? Hypocrisy? Makes one wonder...

     The one time I actually listen to LaVar Arrington's radio show, and they hit on a topic worthy of my coming back to blogging here.Tongue out
     And wouldn't you know, it involves Dan Snyder (indirectly)...
     Here's what it's about: apparently last night, after the Capitals all but bent over for the Canadiens to bring about a Game 7 in their Stanley Cup playoff series, the message boards on the Caps' website shut down. The explanation came this afternoon from the Caps' PR people, that (perhaps) threats were made against either players/coaches/fans. (Take your pick.)
     Having done enough contributing across the Internet, I know what is and isn't allowed on boards/chat rooms/etc. So I can see where the Caps could shut down the board. But here's why I'm writing this piece...
     The question was posed on LaVar's show today: if it were the Redskins shutting down their board(s) in a similar situation, would we make a big deal of this?Surprised Damn right we would...and here's why...
     There are sports owners who are in it for the money, and who have NEVER given a rat's a*s*s about the fans. (Dan Snyder, anyone?Money mouth) And then there are those owners who are what I would call "fan-oriented" owners...who care about what the fans think. Ted Leonsis is in the second category, no doubt. Shutting down the Caps' message board in the long run, may have been a good idea.
     (BTW, let me offer thanks to the Pollin family for finally selling controlling interest in the Wizards to Ted. 3 years from now, the Wiz will be the 3rd-hottest sports ticket in D.C.--after the Caps and Nationals. Trust me on this one, gang.Wink)
     But I started this blog by mentioning the "Prima Danna", didn't I? Well, if you looked up at the previous statement, you'll see I point out where the Redskins stand (at the moment) as far as respect in the D.C. sports scene. All because Dan Snyder has a major-league bug up his a*s*s about Jack Kent Cooke's legacy (and the 3 Lombardi Trophies @ Redskins Park)...Yell
     Taking JKC's name off the stadium he built, and then firing Frank Herzog (the longtime radio voice of the Skins), was enough to turn me against Snyder. I won't go into the product (???) he put out on the field the last 10+ years, believe me. But my point is, there are still Redskins fans mad enough to want to line the "Prima Danna" up against the wall and shoot his pathetic a*s*s.
     (I'm sorely tempted at times...Laughing)
     So I have a question to ask of all of you: at what point did/do you lose respect for your team(s)?? (And yes, I'll even let the CBSSports.com people chime in on this, too!!) Just curiosity, is all...

Posted on: January 8, 2010 5:03 pm

I'm at a crossroads now, because of "Agent Zero"

     I'm amazed people actually read this little blog of mine. So, as not to disappoint those of you who do read...and enlighten those who don'tLaughing...this next piece should do the trick.
     Up until now, I've remained silent of the whole Gilbert Arenas/Javartis Crittenten brouhaha. But the more I keep reading (and hearing, and seeing) about it, I can't stay silent any longer. It's gone too far.
     I could put up with Gil's extorting Ernie Grunfeld (and Abe Pollin) out of $111 million for so little to show for it. (Personally, I wish Gil would've given back the money for the first year of the deal...but that's just me.) Even up to a few days ago, I would've been proud to wear a Gil jersey around the neighborhood.
     But now...after hearing how Javartis Crittenten had a gun of his own, locked and loaded...it's no longer a laughing matter.Embarassed
     The last straw for David Stern (and for that matter, Wizards fans) came Tuesday night in pre-game warmups. Hope some of you had the chance (before the NBA took it down) to see the picture of Gil using the "finger gun" technique, surrounded by his teammates. Bad taste? Damn right it is.Frown I guess Gil and Javartis didn't get the memo concerning the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players' union.
     It specifically states: NO guns, anywhere on or near a NBA facility. No excuses, no exceptions.
     The question now is not so much how long the suspension lasts, but rather WHEN "Agent Zero" will be sent packing by Wizards management. Guess I could always hold a bonfire for my jerseys. Just pick the day, is all. Head for www.radio-free-ashburn.groups.cb
ssports.com, and leave your comments and/or suggestions as to where I should hold the bonfire.
     (Oops. I forgot. You have to join the group first. I need members, to be honest with you.Tongue out)
     But back to the purpose of this blog. At some point Ted Leonsis (the moment he actually takes over ownership of the Wizards) has to cut the dead wood out of this franchise. He can start by showing Gil the fricking door...NOW!!!Yell Don't wait on David Stern; do it as soon as you take over, Ted!!Frown
     Put your money where your mouth is.Money mouth You did it with the Capitals. Do it here with the Wizards.
     I've never felt so sickened and disgusted by an athlete as I feel right now concerning Gil Arenas. Christ, do I feel sick??Cry

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