The Debut of Buck and Phil
[Here, Phil Chenier wears a "Lumberg Collar" while a lobster tempts Steve Buckhantz with buttery lobster flavor.]
Not only will this Wizards team have the opportunity to grow each game, they’ll have the opportunity to grow each quarter, each minute, each play. And part of this is why Thursday’s embarrassment against the Orlando Magic was so disappointing, several players didn’t take the opportunity to get better. Some … no, most … and by default, the entire team (because that’s how they win and lose), came out in the third quarter with the same lack of focus and energy that plagued their squad for the first 24 minutes.
But those opportunities are behind the Wizards. No sense dwelling on wasted opportunity when there will always be another one around the corner, such tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Of course, new opportunity doesn’t preclude us from reflecting upon the past, especially when the statistics start compiling to show who isn’t doing their job.
Nonetheless, enjoy and celebrate these new opportunities, especially because this young team will be fun to watch, they just need to know how to channel their efforts. And tonight, lest we forget, will really be the first “official” game of the season … because the hometown television voices of Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier will be back in action, ready to guide us through the basketball that we love.
Phil, with your smooth voice that’s sure to have talked a mean game to a lady within the 24-second shot clock before, and roots in the team’s history, we are ready to be kindled by your expression of the finer things in basketball.
Buck, dear Buck … How many daggers of joy will you pierce us with this year? Do you have a goal? A quota? No, they come natural, they come from within. Daggers come straight form the heart and are just like the end of relationships, it’s never good to be on the receiving end. Steve Buckhantz, the originator of fair and balanced, Mr. Straight Talk Express, will be your pilot for the next three or so hours.
Gentlemen, welcome to the season. Do what you do.
This year, the D.C. local Fox 5 television station is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sue Palka, an all-purpose report and weather lady. On one particular evening broadcast, they brought back some station alumni to shed praise on Sue. Steve Buckhantz, who was done a ‘solid’ by the station in their placement of a picture from his older days on screen, gave Sue a shout out in classic Buckhantz form:
“We spent a lot of time together at Channel Five. We experienced the good times, we celebrated your Emmy Award. We experienced the bad times, your daughter Liz throwing up in my Corvette.”