Where Does ‘Watergate’ Come From? TAI Investigates
“Watergate” – First it was a fancy Washington, D.C. hotel/apartment complex built in the late-1960s (well, maybe not first; there are other “Watergates” in existence, aside from the literal meaning of the word). Then it was a Presidential scandal in the early-1970s, which took place at said complex. Now, in the early-2010s, it is apparently a basketball expression, one that you’ve likely already seen in pixel form on this very website.
What “Watergate” means in basketball is easy enough to understand. Jumpers have long been “wet,” and the description of a ball going “splash” through the net probably came prior. So, when you’re talking “Watergate,” you’re talking about made jumpers. The term popularized itself around the Wizards locker room this season, but where did it come from?
Garrett Temple and A.J. Price explain…
- Key Legislature: Wizards 117 at Hawks 102 — Peach of a Game in the A-T-L
- The Rise of Markieff — Wizards vs Knicks, DC Council 69
- Key Legislature: Wizards 99 vs Knicks 89 — Defensive Switch Awakens the Offense
- Key Legislature: Wizards 117 vs Bulls 96 — Washington Flushes Chicago, Avoids Stepping in ‘It’