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They're sleeping in the stands in D.C.

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08:08 AM ET 01.19 | How bad are things in Washington? Before the opening quarter had grown eight minutes old [Wednesday night], a female fan seated in Section 119 pulled out a stack of papers and a purple highlighter. While her boyfriend appeared focused on the action that actually brought the couple out, the woman deemed it a better use of her time to review a market report for her consulting company. By the midway point of the third quarter, an adult male fan halfway down Section 102 was slumped in his seat ... sleeping. Throughout the remainder of the arena, rows and rows of empty seats represented the apathy that has set in for fans of the professional basketball team in our nation's capital.

The Oklahoman

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January 19, 2012  08:24 AM ET

They're sleeping in the stands in D.C.

And... that's during a Bullets WIN.

January 19, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Tough times in D.C.

January 19, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Even the Cavs fans were into the games last yr (during that losing streak). This is just sad in DC.. and they have John Wall too..

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January 19, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They actually beat the best team in the league.

So Does that Make them The Best Team in the NBA???? No... It's the Regular Season Most of these games right now aren't a big deal...

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January 19, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Rows and rows of empty seats? Over 15,000 showed up at the 'Phone Booth' for a potential mismatch and the game was exciting from half-time on. Not sure what game this okie writer was watching.

January 19, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Worse, Flip was observed sleeping on the bench when he wasn't correcting his kids' homework.

January 19, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Yeah, this team sucks! Every man for himself. There's no leadership on the floor, a bunch of out-of-control players looking for the high light film on ESPN. Wall is a joke, every time I watch a Wizard game Wall is playing at break-neck speed, none of his team mates can keep up or he does not slow down to allow the offense to work.

I feel for the coach because he took over a team that had a few players whom are now playing elsewhere or currently out of the league (Agent Zero). The situation is unthinkable in DC with no hope in the near future.

January 19, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Just be glad there is anyone in the stands

January 19, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Rows and rows of empty seats? Over 15,000 showed up at the 'Phone Booth' for a potential mismatch and the game was exciting from half-time on. Not sure what game this okie writer was watching.

What game were you watching? I watched most of it and it looked like like there were at least 10,000 empty seats. I agree, it was at least an interesting game, if not exciting though.

January 19, 2012  10:10 AM ET

A Number One Pick Awaits You, Bros.

January 19, 2012  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Even the Cavs fans were into the games last yr (during that losing streak). This is just sad in DC.. and they have John Wall too..

The Cavs were one of the top teams very recently, just two years ago. The Wizards on the other hand haven't been title contenders in a long, long time. Wait a few more years and if the Cavs are still bad, apathy will set in

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January 19, 2012  10:48 AM ET

Nothing about this team excites anyone. Their owner is an idiot, the GM is clueless, and the players seem more interested in highlights than W's....so why should the fans be excited??

January 19, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Guess there's no better place to take a nap in D.C.

January 19, 2012  11:13 AM ET

Professional sports in some venues is getting old. You're watching pampered whiney men half your age making more in one game than you make in a year, get raped on ticket, parking, and concession prices, and see every trivial sports story and non-story get beaten to death on ESPN and the like. It's all gonna come crashing down one day and the market will correct itself. The whole system is busting at the seams right now.

January 19, 2012  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

What game were you watching? I watched most of it and it looked like like there were at least 10,000 empty seats. I agree, it was at least an interesting game, if not exciting though.

Any game that the 'bullets' are not sleep-walking through (rare) and ACTUALLY show some life is exciting since the outcome came down to the last shot (by Durant). As for attendance, since the fans were standing for parts of the contest, it appeared to be a good size crowd and attendacne figures 'says' there were 15,075 there.

January 19, 2012  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Professional sports in some venues is getting old. You're watching pampered whiney men half your age making more in one game than you make in a year, get raped on ticket, parking, and concession prices, and see every trivial sports story and non-story get beaten to death on ESPN and the like. It's all gonna come crashing down one day and the market will correct itself. The whole system is busting at the seams right now.

We can only hope.

 
January 19, 2012  11:55 AM ET

mmm people tanking for the top draft pick... good luck fellas

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