Ted Leonsis is the Billy McFarland of Fyre Festival

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And like the Fyre Festival was trying to pose as a real music festival the Washington Wizards are trying to pose as an actual NBA team. Nothing against any player on the Wizards just like nothing against some of the Fyre staff and the Bahamian men and women that worked day and night to try and make the festival work. It's not their faults. Both the Wizards and Fyre Festival failures are due to bad ownership and management. I mean, who gives the approval on signing a player like Ian Mahinmi to a big contract to backup and later replace a player like Marcin Gortat? You might as well go from sushi to a cheese sandwich.

The Mahinmi Sandwich

Comparing Ernie Grunfeld to Ja Rule would be real easy. After watching both documentaries on Hulu and Netflix (highly recommend watching both) that would be also the wrong thing to do. I don't think Ja really knew what was going on. He didn't sign anything or falsify documents. I just saw him doing interviews, partying, and having fun. Ja was more of a face of the company then a co-owner. He was damn near the mascot. Ja Rule is G-Wiz. Ernie Grunfeld is more like the Chief Marketing Officer Grant Margolin. Like Ernie is the right hand man to Leonsis, Grant was the right hand man to Billy. Billy had the vision while Grant executed similar to how Leonsis had the Ten Point Plan while Ernie executes. Similarly both Ernie and Grant showed they were utter failures at their job except for one of them being fined $35,000 and banned from being a director by the FBI while the other gets secret extensions and continues on being the longest tenured GM in the NBA without a title.


How Fyre Festival attendees were promised a luxurious stay, 5 star food, big time acts and models to goggle at Wizards fans were promised a competent run organization competing for a championship. But how can you compete for a championship when you can't bring in All Star caliber players? Kevin Durant backed out of a Ernie Grunfeld meeting faster then Blink 182 backed out of Fyre Festival. They both saw the dumpster fyre (pun intended) from a mile away. It didn't matter if you hired his high school coach, have his high school team play during a halftime, or shamefully show fan made #KD2DC signs on the big screen. Durant or any star for that matter is not coming here as long as it's being run by an incompetent GM. It doesn't matter how much money you could pay them. Even Kendall Jenner took Billy McFarland's money for a tweet.

Lineup Subject To Change

Billy McFarland and his team were quick to either fire or silence any person that talked negatively about Fyre Festival. Even if it was constructive criticism that would actually help the festival work. A member on his team Marc Weinstein, tried to persuade Billy on issues such as not over selling the tents and stop giving out free stays to Influencers. It was ignored to the point he was not allowed to talk directly to Billy anymore. Silenced. The best idea I saw was from the self taught pilot Keith. I thought he was crazy but man did he have one of the best ideas to save the festival. He came with 10 years of experience on the island to suggest bringing in a cruise ship to handle restrooms and stay arrangements due to the lack of plumbing on the island. He strongly suggested against the ridiculous plan of purchasing a thousand toilets. Not only was he silenced but he was told to stay away. Hey Wizards fans, we're the crazy pilot suggesting we bring in a cruise ship instead of purchasing a thousand toilets at Home Depot. We're Marc screaming to not sell draft picks for cash considerations, oh, I mean to not give out stays to Influencers for free. Just like Marc or Keith we were silenced faster than a rich millennial asking for flight information before it gets deleted off of Instagram. Ted Leonsis is notorious for blocking fans on Twitter. It's to the point now it is a badge of honor to get blocked by Leonsis. We are only suggesting to do the same thing of firing Ernie and not to stick with the equivalent of buying a thousand toilets.

"We're going to sign a thousand toilets for 4 years $60 Million"

As fans from watching on TV to Season Ticket Holders are we no different than the rich kids that spent millions of dollars to fly to an island to see Blink 182? Why are we still supporting this? Ted promised no excuses, Eastern Conference Finals, and 50 wins. Now it's please just make the playoffs (which in the East isn't hard to do). This is another setup to keep Ernie Grunfeld. It feels more and more that Ted is just in this for the money from the 2 home playoff games this team will get swept from. That's the only thing that makes sense because no real NBA team would continue with Ernie Grunfeld as their GM. It's like Ted needs the playoff money to cover his AOL debt like Billy needed Fyre Festival money to cover his Magnesis debt.

Capital One Arena is going cash and card less. Add $800 to your WizardsBand now

To quote Marc Weinstein when he talks about Billy McFarland "He's unflappable but he's also entirely delusional". "Is this guy a genius or is he a mad man"? "He's a liar". That is pretty much how I see Ted Leonsis. The man is a constant liar. You can't say you are building a championship and still have Ernie Grunfeld as your GM. The man wasted nine years of John Wall's career with bad drafts and signings. There are countless more reasons why that has already been addressed on this site or anywhere else (like here and here). Ernie should not get another chance of rebuilding this roster again. Cleaning up his own mess again. This team is a fraud and like Billy, Ted is scamming the fans. The only thing different between Billy and Ted is Ted isn't being investigated by the FBI. I can't wait for the Netflix documentary.

Trevor Ariza Is The Only Thing To Show From Five 1st Round Draft Picks

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It all led to this

First Round Draft Picks from 2013-2017 so far has resulted in Trevor Ariza, Bobby Porter, Wesley Johnson, and Jabari Parker. The 2019-2020 season is expected to have only Ariza left due to expiring contracts. So five first round draft picks = Trevor Ariza. Bringing back Trevor Ariza is the only player we got from this. How? I'll expand on this in the future but I thought I'd have you think about this while you enter the weekend. Good work Ernie



New Addition to the List

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I have to admit I had fun during the #KD2DC movement. I took it as fun as others took it as something serious. Compared to other teams who had the cap space why would he come here to a team that has a GM like Ernie Grunfeld? You think KD wanted to kick the ball out to Marcus Thorton and Ramon Sessions? 

After Plan B failed (Al Horford) Ernie Grunfeld went big heavy for some strange reason. Already with players like Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris he had an epiphany. Ernie decided completely to go the opposite way of today's NBA. He decided to get even more big and slower signing 3 more cement footed paint congesting bigs when John Wall was begging (and still is) for some athleticism. You know Ernie likes to do the opposite of common sense. Remember when John Wall needed shooting and Ernie drafted Jan Vesely? Anyways here is the new addition to the list.
  • In a failed effort to sign Kevin Durant in 2016, (when everyone knew KD was not coming to Washington except for Ernie) Ernie signed these 3 players which yet again set the Wizards back for years to come
    • Signed Ian Mahinmi for 4 years, $64 million. A career average of 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. One of the worst contracts in the league right now next to....
    • Signed Andrew Nicholas for 4 years, 26 million. A career 6 points and 3 rebounds.
    • Signed Jason Smith for 3 years $16 million.
A combined $106 million dollars....

I'm Back... Unfortunately

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Another year, another secret Ernie Grunfeld extension. When I say this site is depressing I mean THIS SITE IS DEPRESSING! I stay away from it as much as I can but it is calling me back in. I will update Ernie's Horrifically Bad Decisions this weekend. It must be done. For history purposes. One day 100 years from now this will be turned into a scary story told around a campfire in the abandon area in Chinatown where Capital One Arena once laid. For the district

"And then he traded away another first round pick to get rid of Andrew Nicholson whom he just signed a couple months ago..."

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




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