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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Verizon Center
The Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) is a sports and entertainment arena in Washington, D.C., USA, named after telecommunications sponsor Verizon Communications, and has been nicknamed the "Phone Booth" because of its association with telecommunications companies. It is located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington and sits atop the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on the Washington Metro. The arena is home to the Washington Capitals of the NHL, Washington Wizards of the NBA, Georgetown University men's basketball, and Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and was formerly home to the Washington Power of the NLL from 2001–2002. It seats 20,173 for basketball and 18,398 for hockey. The arena is now owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, on land leased from the city of Washington. It was built and originally owned by Abe Pollin from 1997-2009. Following Pollin's death in 2009, on June 10, 2010, the Pollin family sold the Verizon Center, the Wizards, and the Washington-Baltimore area Ticketmaster franchise to Monumental Sports & Entertainment, controlled by Ted Leonsis. The arena is largely considered a commercial and cultural success and is regarded as one of the driving catalyst's of the revitalization and gentrification of Washington's Chinatown neighborhood. - Source: Wikipedia
The Capitals released their eight-game preseason schedule today. Check it out.
Jordan McRae last played at Verizon in an ugly 37-36 loss to the Hoyas. He fared better in his return Monday for a pre-draft workout with the Wizards.
Despite their rebounding woes, the Pacers don't plan to crash the glass with more bodies. Defending John Wall in the open court remains top priority.
In shooting just 33 percent, missing 10 free throws and having John Wall commit seven turnovers, the Wizards set a franchise playoff low in a 85-63 loss to the Pacers.
Lady Gaga was no match for the NBA's playoff schedule.
The Big Ten tournament will take place at the Verizon Center in 2017, a source confirmed to CSN on Monday evening. Details here.
Washington has lost every game it has played against the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 12 in all, dating back to the final game of the 2006-07 season.
Though the Wizards emerged from their opening series against the Bulls moderately healthy, they have not had a break of such length since the All-Star weekend in mid-February.
The Chicago Bulls played the role of spoiler on Friday, emerging with a 100-97 Game 3 victory over the Wizards in a game that, as was the case in the first two meetings, wasn't decided until the final minute.
By the numbers, Bradley Beal makes history, sellouts are a good thing and Trevor Booker takes down Taj Gibson (except on the boards).
The biggest edge for the Bulls could be on the bench because Tom Thibodeau has been to the postseason four consecutive seasons while this is the first trip of Randy Wittman's career.
The Wizards end the regular season with a four-game winning streak by beating the Boston Celtics 118-102 and moved into a first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls.
The playoffs should harden this blossoming team, giving it an opportunity to gauge not only where it stands against the league's best, but also an understanding of what it will take to one day get there.
Jay Beagle recorded the first two-goal game of his NHL career and Jaroslav Halak answered his critics with a 28-save shutout.
Marcin Gortat tends to play better when the competition is tougher, and it won't get much more difficult than Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.