|Kyle Weidie [Bio]
|Rashad Mobley [Bio]
|Adam McGinnis [Bio/Pics] Reporter/Writer/Media
|John Converse Townsend [Bio]
|Arish Narayen [Bio]
Jan Vesely/Czech Correspondent
|Beckley Mason [Bio]
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Hi there, thanks for stopping by this humble site.
My name is Kyle Weidie (pronounced WEE-DYE … as in “I die. You die. We die.” — I know, morbid) and I’ve been a Bullets/Wizards fan since moving to the District of Columbia at the age of 10 in 1990 (and that’s DC, DC … not VA or MD, DC).
And no, I have not said this while standing in front of people at some sort of AA-esque meeting, except for Wizards fans. But I’m willing to.
Although I’ve certainly wallowed in the famed Curse O’ Les Boulez (which will no longer be mentioned on this site because said purported curse was concocted by Tony Kornheiser), I have many fond memories of following the Bullets/Wizards franchise. Why? Well, I’m passionate about the game of basketball. I love to play and I love to watch. I’m also passionate about what I now consider my hometown, Washington, D.C.
Truth About It.net was started in a rather impromptu manner in October of 2007, using the format of a “live” game blog as the basis (I say “live” because I didn’t always post live and thanks to the magic of DVR, I didn’t always watch the games live.) These game blogs conveyed a detailed account of the various happenings during Wizards games.
Since, the site has evolved to incorporate statistical analysis, Photoshops/graphic design, game coverage (such as screen shots), commentary, historical perspective, and other team hi-jinks that would otherwise be left uncovered by main stream or official team media.
In June 2009, Truth About It.net was invited to be apart of ESPN’s TrueHoop Network, which has driven me to provide even better coverage of the Wizards. In September 2009, I was granted media credentials to cover the team up close and in my first season, I covered all 41 home games. So, here you will also find cool things like exclusive player interviews (on video), live Twitter blogs from home games, and other aspects which more resemble up-close journalism.
From Spring to Summer 2010 several new staff were added to TAI, and they all do awesome work. Read about them below.
Otherwise, thanks again for stopping by. For Wizards news, among other random goings-ons in D.C., you’re welcome to follow me on Twitter.
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My name is Rashad Mobley and I have been a Washington Bullets/Wizards fan since 1987. From Steve Colter, to Bernard King to Michael Adams, to Webber/Howard/Strickland, to Gilbert Arenas and now to John Wall I’ve experienced just about every emotion there is to feel when following a sports team–except the elation that comes with winning a title. That’s coming soon I hope.
From 1987-2007, I was simply a fan(atic) of the Bullets/Wizards. I would talk to friends and family about the team, and analyze them from afar, but the concept of writing down my thoughts and views for all to see really never dawned on me. Then in 2007, Rashad decided to finally step his game up, give 110% and take this talents to the World Wid Web. I joined the basketball site, Hoops Addict, obtained media credentials, and for three years I covered the NBA, but mainly focused on covering the Wizards. I attended 95% of their home games, interviewed countless players, and I got a chance to put that 20 years of fandom to good use.
During that time I interviewed every Wizards player who has been on the roster the past three years, I was on a conference call with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and interviewed my hero, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I have also appeared on KRNU Radio at the University of Nebraska, Fox Sports Radio, and most importantly Truth About It.
Kyle was nice enough to accept me on his site in July 0f 2010, and I hope to bring that same passion I brought as a fan and a writer with Hoops Addict, to the Truth About It/True Hoop family. Well I cannot promise you that you’ll agree with everything I write, I can promise you that I will do my very best to convince you to do just that. I love encouragement but I can appreciate a good, old-fashioned argument as well.
My name is Adam McGinnis and I have lived in DC since 2001. I immediately became a fan of every local sports team, sans Redskins. (Packers BABY!) Growing up in Nebraska/Iowa as a basketball lover, there was not really an area pro basketball team so I usually picked a national team to like and one to hate. The Magic led Lakers were my first love and despised the Celtics. I picked MJ & the Bulls over the Bad Boys, and later the Mailman/Stockton Jazz. Randomly, I always rooted for the Bucks and culminated in me owning a dope Big Dog jersey. (Straight Cash Homey, what?)
I possess a journalism degree from the University of Iowa and have written about sports my entire life. In order to stop bothering my friends with ranting spam emails, I started writing online and became immersed in the infancy of the sports blogs culture rise to popularity and relevancy in the mid to late 2000′s.
My Wizards fan street cred street has been earned in many different ways. I was 2nd row at the infamous Michael Ruffin Raptors game and actually recorded the play on my piece of crap cell phone. Still to this day, WHY MICHAEL WHY?
I own an autograph Arenas jersey and shoe that Gil hooked lucky fans up with for free. They have been displayed proudly in my pad ever since. I attended Agent Zero’s MLK Day GW over the Jazz and the Okur/Arenas shoot out in the final minutes was unbelievable.
I was unfortunately at the Cinco De Mayo 2006 Game 6 playoff series clinching loss to the Cavs. Watching Damon Jones game winning shot go in felt like 20 daggers to the heart and countless post game cocktails could not ease the pain.
I get upset when the Wizards lose and pumped when they win. My coverage of the Wizards will always be from a fan’s perspective but provide even-handed criticism and just praise when they are deserved.
The best part of Kyle’s and Mike Prada’s Wizards coverage since they gained media credentials last season has been their ability to still be fair without turning their new found access into Wizards PR puff piece posts.
I just hope to follow in their creative, professional footsteps.
John Converse Townsend is a social change devotee, international traveler and N.F.L. owner. It wasn’t until John, a long-time N.B.A. fan, moved to D.C. from New Delhi that he took interest in the Washington Wizards; first mesmerized by Rip Hamilton’s mid-range jumper, John has since developed a strong appreciation for the team’s history and colorful characters. You can reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @JohnCTownsend.
Arish Narayen is currently a student at the University of Maryland Law School in Baltimore. Arish grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland, and has been an avid Baltimore/Maryland sports fan for as long as he can remember. In fact, he still hates Jeffrey Maier. At the University of Maryland (College Park), Arish majored in English Literature, leaving him with entirely too much time to dissect local sports. As a freshman, Arish first became enamored with the Wizards after watching Gilbert Arenas take Game 5 from the Chicago Bulls in ridiculous, fadeaway fashion. Since that moment, Arish could not idly stand by while the team deteriorated — instead, he decided to use his powers of perception for awesome, and contribute to Truth About It. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beckley Mason defines fair-weather fandom. I’m an NBA Eunuch. A former Seattle Sonics fan, I had my manhood removed by David Stern and Clay Bennett, forcing me to roam aimlessly for the past two years, appreciating the league without forming emotional ties to any one team. However with the arrival of John Wall and the return of Gilbert Arenas (my middle school basketball camp counselor), I may be ready to love again. This will be my first full NBA season living in DC, and I’m stoked to support and analyze an energetic young team in a city full of basketball junkies. I’m also excited/juiced/pumped/mindfreaked/psyched to be helping out TAI, one of the most comprehensive and well written team blogs around.
In addition to my contributions to TAI, I am also the founder of HoopSpeak.com, a national NBA blog, and have contributed to Dime Magazine (in print!). You can get at me through my email: email@example.com, or by following me on twitter: @BeckleyMason.