Over the holidays, the troubled Washington Times began laying off staff by the metric ton and among the victims of the Moonie-family-gone-King Lear purge was the paper's entire sports section. This represents a tremendous opportunity for the Washington Post. First, there will be reduced competition for local sports stories. Second, now there are all these unemployed reporters who might do a better job at obtaining those stories -- and whom the Post can hire, if it wants!
See, also blowing up over the holidays is this bonkers story about Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Jarvaris Crittenden turning the Wizards locker room into a Quentin Tarantino movie. There's a whole lot being said about the incident. What's gone unsaid is that the hometown paper got scooped by the New York Post on what will likely be the only significant professional basketball news to emanate from the Wizards locker room:
Guess they're still the Bullets at heart.
NBA all-star Gilbert Arenas and his Washing ton Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the team's locker room during a Christmas Eve dispute over a gambling debt, The Post has learned.
League sources say the pistol-packing point guards had heaters at the ready inside the Verizon Center, the Washington, DC, home of the Wizards -- whose name was changed from the Bullets over gun- violence concerns.
Jeez. They even got to make the requisite "Washington Bullets" joke! Meanwhile, over at WaPo's ironically-named "Wizards Insider" blog, Michael Lee credits the New York Post as a source, but does not link to their story, which, at this point, is a little bush league.