Predictable Ted

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I wrote this in my last post "Leonsis tweets or blogs during or at the end of a struggling season basically saying "You see, we're a good team" or "This team is going places #dcRising" after a winning streak". And then a couple days later he tweets this

Lets ignore the fact these players are being supported by a bench that ranks last in the league. This bench worth nearly 107 million constructed by Ernie Grunfeld who spent four years saving. Imagine this team with a better bench that could relieve the players Ted Leonsis mentioned. Especially a backcourt which one is injury prone and the other coming from two knee surgeries both logging high minutes.

I remember when Andray Blatche was resigned and Blatche had a couple of good games. Leonsis compared him to Zach Randolf. Another time during the Jordan Crawford era he called the Wall/Crawford/McGee trio his new big 3. We also can't forget the many times at the end of the playoff-less seasons the team would be on a winning streak and Leonsis would gloat. So this latest tweet was real predictable. Right on time Ted like always

With Ted Leonsis, It's Friendship over Championship

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I'm going with the benefit of the doubt that Ted Leonsis is a sane person and not crazy. I say this because I have difficulty trying to understand the actions of an owner that refuses to make a move that would benefit the team as I watch countless other teams do. Leonsis is keeping Ernie Grunfeld as Team President and GM despite the fact for 13 years he is doing a terrible job of fielding a team by signing players who aren't good or are too hurt to play, losing season ticket holders, and seeing embarrassing low arena attendance each game. As all this is taking place Leonsis defends his actions by setting a low bar, blaming it on the building he owns, being condescending towards fans, and even fighting fans. This completely makes no sense as at one time Leonsis was pretty connected and well liked by fans. Why he would become so condescending and combative with fans unless he was protecting someone. Protecting his friend. And that is completely understandable and makes absolute sense. I know I'm going real arm chair psychologist right now but bear with me. I mean it's all there when you really look at it. The constant sly remarks towards his own paying customers, the words he had with a fan last week, the building excuses, and the low playoff bar. He's protecting him. He's protecting his friend. I mean who hasn't done this for a friend or family member? I've protected a friend before. I've got into physical altercations protecting a brother. I've made excuses for friends knowing damn well I shouldn't have. I've set a low bar a couple times for kids just so they can get out of a punishment and play. I've done what Leonsis has done and you probably have too.

Think about it. A fan in the stands that has every right to be disgruntled made a sign showing his displeasure about Grunfeld. Yes he wanted to make sure Leonsis saw it as this fan is confused just as many others why he is still the GM of this team. Leonsis, protecting his friend, insults him and then later gives him a cookie for the attention he received. This is basically "Hey don't talk about my friend" attitude. I understand Ted Leonsis for the first time since he's owned this team. Ted Leonsis needs to understand his friendship with Ernie Grunfeld is stopping the Washington Wizards from progressing. We've actually seen this in another sport. For years Dan Snyder was hated because of his relationship with Vinny Cerrato. The Washington Redskins were the laughingstock of the NFL because Cerrato made terrible decisions for years. Finally he let go of his friend and power. Snyder hired Marty Schottenheimer as head coach with executive and personnel power back in 2000.
Snyder fired Cerrato, started off slow, and finished with an 8-8 season. Things were looking bright for next season until Snyder fired him and re-hired Cerrato. The Redskins became a laughingstock once again for years until he finally let go of his friendship (again) and hired Coach (with exec. and personnel power) Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen (for a time GM), Scot McCloughan, and later on Jay Gruden replacing Shanahan as head coach. This resulted in two NFC East titles, playoff appearances, recently first time back to back winning seasons, and more. These are accolades I haven't seen in my lifetime. An even better example is up I-95. In 2012 the Baltimore Ravens were struggling on offense bad when potentially this should not be an issue. Head Coach John Harbaugh fired his Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron. These guys were real good friends. To quote Cam Cameron "great friends". Harbaugh had a decision to make after losing to a now respectable (and later on NFC East champion because of a decision Snyder made years ago stated earlier) Washington Redskins team. He could either ride with his great friend Cam Cameron or understand that he has a responsibility as head coach to a team and it's fan base to do what is right for the Ravens organization. Harbaugh fired Cameron. Eight weeks later the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl. Ted Leonsis needs to take a note from Snyder and Harbaugh. If this is about friendship he needs to understand he has a responsibility to the players on the floor, season ticket holders, and fans all over. This low bar you set for your friend is always playoffs like that is the end all be all. Leonsis tweets or blogs during or at the end of a struggling season basically saying "You see, we're a good team" or "This team is going places #dcRising" after a winning streak. This team actually had championship aspirations. We were a healthy John Wall wrist away from the Eastern Conference Finals a couple years ago. Since then we have gone backwards (again). A better GM would have seen the cap increase, bring in better players, and take a chance at KD. A better GM would have seen #KD2DC not working and had a better backup plan. Leonsis is wasting the prime years of one of the greatest Wizards/Bullets players of all time because he can't let go of his friendship with Ernie Grunfeld. If all this, all 13 years of mistakes isn't about friendship because that is the only thing I can think of, the only thing I can understand, then maybe.... just maybe.... Ted Leonsis is crazy. This is insanity.

I Don't Know What To Do Anymore

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I'm coming to the realization Ernie Grunfeld is never going to get fired. After this flame dumpster season what would it take? Not sure if Ernie has incriminating pictures of Ted Leonsis, threatened his life, or there BFF's ♥(more on this later). It would have to take someone like John Wall to force a trade or a coach challenging his baffling mistakes. Whatever it is I'm done. This season's done. The season after that. I just don't care anymore. Ernie's still here




Unfortunately, I'm back

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So unfortunately I updated the Ernie's Horrifically Bad Decisions page. I say unfortunately because I never wanted to come back to this site. 2013 - 2014 Washington Wizards were so fun to watch. The playoff run was exciting and the future was bright. The team had holes but I was looking forward to the following season so I can see those holes patched up (so excited I forgot who was doing the patching). As excited as I was why would I update this depressing site? A couple times during the season I would check on this site.... with me standing 5 feet away.... typing in the url with the top of a broom. When I saw the page still up from far away I hit the close button with the quickness. This site ain't gonna blow my high! Yet the team (and Grunfeld's bad decisions) has certainly done that. So I'm back with an update on a couple things. A few I have been holding onto for a year.


  • Signing Eric Maynor within the first seconds of the 2013 opening of free agency. Wizards were in desperate need of a backup PG and signed him in the first day of free agency when there were a number of better options around the same price such as Will Bynum, Nate Robinson, CJ Waston, Darren Collinson, John Lucas III, Mo Williams, and etc
  • Drafting Jordan Clarkson a Point Guard which could act as a Combo Guard in the 2014 NBA Draft. A Wizards team in desperate need of guard depth trades Clarkson away for cash considerations to the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson is currently averaging 10.2 PPG and 2.8 AST for the Lakers
  • Ernie Grunfeld as Washington Wizards GM has never drafted a player which became an All-Star after using 18 draft picks (input via ThePGPhenomenon - Bullets Forever Member)
    • UPDATE – John Wall became the starting PG in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. Currently, using 22 draft picks Grunfeld now has only one player which he has drafted become an All Star
  • Drafting Tomas Satoransky with the #32 Pick of the 2012 Draft. Currently overseas and played in the 2012 NBA Summer League whom did not look very impressive
    • UPDATE – Passed up on proven college prospects especially Draymond Green who is currently playing a significant role on the Golden State Warriors averaging 11.8 PPG and 8.1 RPG

As the season closes I hope this is a countdown of Ernie Grunfeld not returning this season.

Ernie Grunfeld's Bad Pixels

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Bad Magical Pixels Ernie Grunfeld does not want you to see...



Backups consist of drafted players Jan Vesely, Keveen Seraphin, Chris Singleton, Glen Rice Jr., Trevor Booker, and Otto Porter. Free agent acquisitions Al Harrington and Eric Maynor. Fall over from last year Martell Webster and Garrett Temple. Good job Ernie!

Ernie Grunfeld's Record as #Wizards GM

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.....as of 11/22/2013 11:41 PM EST

*317-499

Fire Ernie........ That is all

*Corrected