September already? What has it all gone? This was supposed to be the ‘Summer of George‘ … what happened to all the things I was supposed to do? Post work drink soirees in the sunlight … trips to the beach … pick-up basketball games outside. They are no more (well, almost).
At least football season is here, and more importantly, Wizards training camp is less than a month away. Instead of crying over the passing Summer’s spilt milk, I suppose I should appreciate the crisp fall before the bone-chilling wintertime bus rides arrive.
At the beginning of August, I took time to remember the Wizards goings-ons during 2008′s August. Initially, the idea was to cover subsequent months in the days following that post. However, I decided it would be better to do a month-by-month reflection … thus, I now present ‘Past Year Wizards Memories: September 2008′ (with some other historical Sept. tid-bits included):
Early Sept.: Nick Young went to Singapore and all we got was a single post from the DC Sports Bog. Just imagine the fun/hi-jinks we missed out on from Young being his goofy self in a foreign land … (tear)
Sept. 6, 1963: After playing one season for the Chicago Zephyrs, Don Nelson’s contract was sold to the Los Angeles Lakers.
September 9/10: DeShawn Stevenson sported a tattoo of a bridge across his stomach and claimed being “the new Dennis Rodman. Without getting in trouble.”
Sept. 10, 2002: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em … Bryon Russell signed to play for the Wizards with a guy who hit a famous shot on him.
Sept. 12, 2002: Rip Hamilton, Hubert Davis, and Bobby Simmons were sent to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal, and Ratko Varda.
Sept. 17: Gilbert Arenas casually announced that he had a third knee surgery to clean out “debris” and that he wasn’t planning on playing until January anyway.
Ernie Grunfeld set absolutely no timetable for Arenas’ return. S.O.S. Surprise!
“Keep in mind that today’s news came as such a shocker because neither Arenas nor the team gave any impression that his rehab process was going at a pace that would lead to a return later than the opener.” -Ivan Carter, Washington Post
Sept. 18: Gil wondered, “Why’s everybody tripping out?” Bullets Forever responded with a laundry list of reasons to trip out. The DC Sports Bog gave us ‘Gilbert’s Knee: A History of Misplaced Optimism‘.
Sept. 20: Arenas tricked his girlfriend of several years and two kids into proposing to him … good one. A date was never really set (publicly), and has yet to happen as Arenas cited some man law, which says, “You should prolong your engagement as long as you can.”
Sept. 21: Brendan Haywood called Andray Blatche a swagger jacker.
Sept. 22: The Wizards re-upped Eddie Jordan, extending his contract through ’09-’10.
Sept. 23: Thinking that Arenas will miss at least a month of the season, the Wizards brought back Juan Dixon. Since his #3 was taken by Caron Butler, Dixon opted for the number 12 he wore in high school … also worn by past franchise players such as Tom Hammonds, Chris Whitney, Bob Ferry, and Kevin Pritchard.
Sept. 24: ESPN aired the Nick Young documentary, Second Chance Season — thoughts.
Sept. 24: Randy Foye’s birthday. He will be 26 this year, and shares a birthday with Drew Gooden, the disgraced Rafael Palmeiro, the deceased Phil Hartman, Mean Joe Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals, and Cedric Lewis (who played at Archbishop Carroll, the U. of Maryland, and one year for the Bullets).
Sept. 26: DeShawn Stevenson swagger-jacked Lil’ Wayne.
Sept. 26: All you need to know about 2008 media day via Wizards Outlet: “Veterans like Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood gave rather comical ‘yeah, right’ looks upon hearing that Blatche thinks he has matured and is ready to become serious and mature.”
Oh, and Arenas didn’t show up for media day, his pockets got a little less straight with a $15K fine.
Sept. 28, 2005: Wizards decline to match Portland’s offer to Steve Blake.
Sept: 30: Gilbert Arenas appeared on the cover of Dime Magazine, entitled “Gilbert Strikes Back” … rumblings of a cover curse commenced.
And now, for your viewing/listening pleasure, a song about September: