Like most of my Twitter pals, I spent a chunk of this past Thursday night watching the 30 for 30 documentary, "Bad Boys" about the two-time NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. Unlike most folks, I then spent time cobbling together a list of D.C. themed topics^ worthy of, but yet to receive the "What if I told you" treatment. With the help of colleagues and Twitter followers, here's my list. No, this Wizards-Bulls series is not on it...yet.
In no particular order...
*Redskins/Joe Gibbs 1.0 era: When the NFL's best teams/dynasties are mentioned, seems like the three-time champion Redskins don't get enough love. Moreover, it's another excuse to revisit "The Hogs" and "I'm bored, I'm broke, I'm back."
*Gilbert Arenas: "Agent Zero," coin flipping, dropping 60 points on the Lakers in Los Angeles, sharks, knee injuries, the last contract which still netted him crazy money this season, social media, how initial reporting on guns in the locker room shaped the reaction and of course, DAGGER!!
*John Thompson Jr. - Obviously there's the rise of the Georgetown men's basketball program as a national power and cultural presence. Here's more: Playing on the Celtics with Russell and Red, closing Manley Field House, hugging Fred Brown, cutting down the nets, the sweater game, walking off the court for Prop 42, Allen Iverson, Rayful Edmonds, 1988 Olympics, his son taking over the program and umpteen other things from a fascinating life.
*Caps limo ride: The decision to let Scott Stevens sign with St. Louis in free agency is a major "What If" moment in the history of D.C. sports. The rugged defenseman eventually won three Stanley Cups and the Caps are still looking for their first. In May of 1990, Stevens was also in a limousine with teammates and a teenage girl after a night out in Georgetown. What followed played a part in the Capitals decision to let Stevens and others walk and break up a promising, possibly banner-raising squad.
*Freddie Adu: Crazy transcendent-player hype after DC United selected the then 14-year-old from Ghana via Rockville No. 1 in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Turns out only the expectations were crazy, though Adu would make some noise here and there.
*Jack Kent Cooke: "The Squire" clearly had lots of fun during his days roaming Planet Earth. About the only item not on the former Redskins owner's Wikipedia page is that his puzzling final will ultimately led to Daniel Snyder buying the Redskins.
*Georgetown vs. Maryland: What set off the rivalry to the point it's one that never actually plays out. Seriously, who deserves the next home game???
*Baseball returns to D.C. - Start with Walter Johnson, middle with brutal seasons and worse ownership, conclude with the American Pastime once again becoming part of the nation's capital. Somewhere include Stephen Strasburg's shutdown, "Let Teddy Win," Jayson Werth's beard (and contract?), Bryce Harper and of course, Joey Eischen.
*Chris Webber-Juwan Howard led Washington Bullets: Michael Jordan once said this was the NBA "team of the future" after the Bullets pushed the Chicago Bulls in the 1997 NBA Playoffs. That group only played together for one more season.
*Sean Taylor - R.I.P.
*Sugar Ray Leonard: Palmer Park's own. Montreal, the retirements, detached retina and of course, Hearns, Hagler and "No Mas."
*Chamique Holdsclaw: Thought to be a franchise and league game-changer after a magnificent career at the University of Tennessee. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mytsics, Holdsclaw would finish her 12-year career as a six-time All-Star. But a severe bout of depression curtailed hopes she would raise the profile of the league and the Mystics.
*Worst NFL Draft pick ever?: Busts happen all the time and the Redskins have had their share. But trading into the first round of the 1996 draft an offensive lineman - Penn State's Andre Johnson - who would only play three NFL games and none with Washington, now that's a bust.
*Bullets Fever - At this point, the Washington professional basketball franchise has but one NBA title. That 1978 squad not only became one of the last underdog champions, but Wes, Bobby D and the Big E also inspired a Bethesda-based future member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band to compose the greatest team-themed song of all-time.
*Jerrod Mustaf and Walt Williams: With Maryland basketball headed to lengthy probation, one rising junior bolted for the NBA, the other stayed in College Park and became a legend.
*Michael Jordan's last ride: The return, Kwame, sell outs, Abe's knockout punch, All-Star, Illinois tags
*The Jewish Jordan
*George Michael and Glenn Brenner
*The Goodman League/Barry Farms
*Wil Jones, Earl Jones, UDC national champs
*From Norv to Marty to the Ball Coach and beyond
(^Len Bias trumps all, which is why ESPN already went there)