Yesterday, we shared a list of things Wizards fans don’t like on a scale of 1 to 5. Today, we’ll share you a list of things Wizards fans on that same scale. A 1 is something you’d like, and a 5 is the “best thing ever.”
1 - I like this.
People referring to the Wizards as the Bullets - This is something we’re split on, but if you want to see a return to the old name, this is something that you like. Either way, the Wizards enjoyed their best moments when they were the Bullets in the 1970’s.
The Chick Fil-A promo in and of itself - An element of this made the hate index when road team fans wanted to see their team miss two straight free throws so they could get a $2.69 sandwich the following afternoon (unless it’s a Saturday game). However, the promo is still a good thing overall. It forces the home crowd to support the home team at a certain point if nothing else.
2 - I really like this.
Bullets merchandise - Some of the Wizards’ most popular merchandise sellers aren’t current styled merchandise at all. It’s the Bullets relics from jackets to hats that Ted Leonsis is proud to wear while on vacation.
WIZ50 - When the Wizards win and score 100 points, you get half price off all items at Papa John’s. Office managers throughout the D.C. area are grateful that the Wizards are helping their bottom lines with the food budget. So thank you!
3 - I Love this!
Michael Jordan working and playing for the Wizards - As a GM, he cleared a lot of cap space from the disastrous Juwan Howard contract. And as a player, Jordan wasn’t an MVP. But he did make the Wizards a box-office attraction, and even at the age of 40, Jordan was still better than at least 80 percent of the other guys out there. Though Jordan may not talk too much about his time in D.C., he certainly made an impact here.
Marcin Gortat ticket giveaway on Twitter - The Polish Machine doesn’t get noticed often for his acts of charity. But he has given tickets to fans at seemingly impromptu moments. The most recent was in late February when he gave several fans tickets at the Polish Embassy. We even interviewed Douglas Reyes-Ceron, the first winner of that giveaway.
John Wall is a Man of the Community - Wall has been known around D.C. for his acts of kindness. He missed a preseason game last year for a charity event around the late Miyah Telemaque-Nelson and ultimately won the 2015-16 NBA Community Assist Award.
Gilbert Arenas’ 60 point game vs. the Lakers
Those black and gold jersey were atrocious. But this was their best moment ever. Perhaps this should be higher on the scale. But Gun Gate and Arenas’ social media snafus have tainted a lot of the good he did do in Washington.
Free Nene Chant
Sure, Nene fell for something he shouldn’t have in Game 3 of the Wizards’ first round playoff series against the Bulls. But in Game 4, Wizards fans chanted Free Nene anyway when the game was in hand. The Verizon Center crowd will rally around the Wizards too, esp. when there is promise.
4 - I REALLY LOVE THIS!
John Wall’s Miyah Game - Miyah Telemaque-Nelson was a young girl who died too soon to cancer on December 8, 2014. On that night, Wall had a tribute performance as he willed the Wizards to a 133-132 double overtime win over the Celtics.
Drafting John Wall - After Gun Gate, drafting Wall was just about the best thing to happen to the Wizards. The Lottery Result was great, but you never knew John Wall would be a Wizard until he wore a Wizards cap and shook then-NBA Commissioner David Stern’s hand.
Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier calling games on TV
Buckhantz has been calling “Daggers” and “Unbelievable” calls for 18 seasons. Chenier has been a broadcast analyst for 33 straight seasons. The two have developed to become one of the most respected local broadcasting tandems in the NBA. It’s kind of a shame that the Wizards’ play hasn’t matched their standard.
Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor calling games on the radio
Johnson will be the Wizards’ radio play-by-play announcer for the 20th straight season and he’s one of the best. Glenn Consor — who once played for Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino at Boston University — will be the radio color analyst for the ninth straight season. That said, he has been a Wizards broadcast analyst for years before assuming his current role. The two make up one of the strongest radio teams in the NBA.
Jamison spent nearly six whole seasons in Washington and was their best post player during that time. When Arenas was hurt after that knee injury against the Bobcats, Jamison became the number one option for most of those games. In addition, he was seen as the emotional leader of the team, a role that Arenas was never truly able to replace.
After his playing career ended, Jamison joined the Wizards alumni association and is now a part-time analyst for the team as well. It’s great to see that he is continuing his relationship with the team after his playing days.
Like Jamison, Caron Butler came to Washington and had a blue collar mentality, hence his “Tuff Juice” nickname. It’s a bit of shame that he wasn’t able to take the Wizards far in the playoffs while he was here. But like Jamison, he was one of the level-headed leaders of the team during the Arenas years, and he apparently stopped Gun Gate from being catastrophic.
Wizards sweep the Raptors in the 2015 NBA Playoffs
The Wizards never swept a team in four games in a best of seven playoff series before. It finally happened in 2015, which remains the best season in most fans’ lifetimes.
5 - THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!
“The opera isn't over 'til the fat lady sings” - Former
Wizards Bullets head coach Dick Motta was quoted saying this before they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder Seattle SuperSonics in the 1978 NBA Finals. Motta wasn’t the first to say that line. But he certainly made it quite famous. For those of you history buffs out there Washington wasn’t exactly the favorite to win it all that season. They also finished the regular season with a 46-36 record.
“I Called Game” - Paul Pierce made this shot in Game 3 of the second round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard asked Pierce a question, and:
For those of you who are younger, this moment is clearly the pinnacle of our Wizards fandom. Hopefully we’ll be able to see more moments like this beyond the second round.