Wiz Pre-Game Reading Material
Two big stacks of magazines at the front of the Wiz locker room last night. Stack one (the more popular stack): ESPN The Magazine. Stack two (the less popular stack): OT; The Business and Lifestyle Guide for Professional Athletes.
A few people (Cal Booth, DeShawn Stevenson) were reading ESPN The Magazine. I didn't see anyone reading OT besides me, and I'm not even a professional athlete.
(Aside: I've also seen the Wiz reading news stories on handheld devices in the locker room. Like, after one game, I saw several Wiz gathered around one handheld device reading a news story about a certain frosted-dessert-throwing NBA player.)
(Aside two: While some players were reading before last night's game, Jarvis Hayes was throwing grapes across the locker room at Antonio Daniels. DeShawn Stevenson, aside from reading The Mag, was bragging about how he was going to be on Cold Pizza.)
Anyhow, I guess I should have known that professional athletes had their own magazine, but I didn't. And once Bog friend John Keim noted that OT had an advertisement for a 103-inch Panasonic plasma TV which retails for $69,999.95, I figured that OT really deserved its own post. Here are a few things I noticed.
1) An ad for an auction of a 29,000-square-foot, 3.5-acre Vero Beach estate.
2) An advice column on whether and when to hold out for more money. (Subhead: "Skipping training camp or pre-season games isn't always the best way to re-negotiate your next deal.")
3) An article about Chris Webber's restaurant dreams, which led me to the Center Court with C Webb Web site, whose menu includes a 44 oz. "Fab Five" burger which goes for $29.50, and also "C Webb's Game Day Chicken Sandwich," which is a chicken breast with American cheese, lettuce, ketchup and tabasco, which C Webb apparently eats three hours before every game.
4) An ad for a charity Texas Hold'em tourney featuring Barry Bonds, Kenny Lofton, both Gary Matthewses and Chili Davis.
5) Ads or promos for Aston Martin, Bulleit Bourbon, $15,000 custom luxury golf carts, $500,000 yachts, $40,000 books about the Super Bowl, James Bond "Ultimate 007" trips, $525 "Cellular Radiance Pure Gold" moisturizer featuring 24-karat gold microparticles, an $899 guitar, a $1,490 pendant, a $299.99 Fisher-Price Cadillac Escalade EXT riding toy, a $10,500 custom-made Doggie Mansion ("Carson Palmer's pooches got one over the holidays"), and the D-Wade and Diddy all-star weekend party at Tryst. (No, not the Tryst in Adams Morgan).
6) A profile of Christian Laettner and his business dreams. No interesting DCU details, but there is a picture in which Laettner and Brian "Fade to Balls" Davis are wearing suits and holding shovels.
7) Music picks "suitable for any clubhouse DJ." This issue's recommendations include Bob Marley's "Songs of Freedom," the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" 40th Anniversary edition, and a 12-disc Tommy Boy "Hip Hop essentials" collection.
8) Advice columns on mental preparation, when to leave the team for personal reasons, and how to relieve knee pain without drugs or surgery.
9) A first-person piece from former Ravens receiver Patrick Johnson. The piece was apparently his final exam for a journalism course he completed after his playing career ended. My favorite passage:
I am a firm believer in the notion that the power of the pen is mightier than the sword. ESPN, CNNSI and the NEW YORK TIMES foolishly hand over power to people that don't deserve to have it. In a sense, these people kill others daily through their venomous and malicious words.
All in all, it's a great magazine, and the good news is that OT is moving from four issues a year to six, so that "there will be more useful, life-altering information to help you on and off the field on a bimonthly basis."
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