Verizon Center experienced two RAIN DELAYS on Saturday night as a leaky roof dripped water on the court during a Washington Wizards vs. Houston Rockets game. During one of them, Rockets center Dwight Howard played one-on-one with a kid from the stands:
I remembered the kid getting a layup through. The Wiz lost 107-114.
Sunday, another boy, Braden Nienaber, got to do a ceremonial faceoff before the Washington Capitals game with Alex Ovechkin and Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott.
Sending the visiting player out of the faceoff was the highlight of the game. Naturally, the Caps went to a shootout, but lost 2-1. I hope Sabres goalie Ryan Miller plays like that in the Olympics for the US team.
As for the hole in the roof, I blame The Post‘s Nationals beat writer Adam Kilgore:
Did you ever think that maybe it's you… RT @AdamKilgoreWP: A damn rain delay at the FIRST NBA GAME I'VE EVER COVERED. Come on!
— William F. Yurasko (@doubleuefwhy) January 12, 2014
He related it back to his beat as well:
The whole roof thing? Not all it's cracked up to be, Ted Lerner.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 12, 2014
His lede on the gamer was also strong:
Verizon Center had shown uncommon rudeness toward the Washington Wizards all season, but at least it had the decency not to spit on them. It’s one thing for the Wizards to rarely win at home relative to the rest of the league. It’s another for the building to turn against its tenants.
Well played, Kilgore, well played.