Red, White, and Blue are the colors of the great U.S and A (Borat reference) and now its going to be the colors again for the Washington Wizards starting 2011-2012 according to Ernie Grunfeld, the General Manager of the Washington Wizards. This is great news for all fans, as they will go back to the original Washington Bullets colors. By no means does this mean that they are changing the name, but one can only hope. Growing up a Bullets fan was the best thing after being a Washington Redskins fans. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, is bringing back the tradition that is the Washington Bullets. Hey if the Washington Redskins can bring back the gold pants and the "real" burgundy color tops, then why not!?
This is pointing forward to a new beginning for this franchise as former owner, Abe Pollin (R.I.P) decided to change the name/logo because of the negative content that the name "bullets" brought to this city. Washington D.C. used to be the murder capital of the world and the events over in Palestine/Israel sparked the change also. Even though those events are tragic events and still go on today, the name Wizards did not bring the flavor or spunk that the old name had. It sure as hell did not bring tradition along with it.
The name Washington Wizards was not always a fan favorite, as I've heard many people complain about the name and colors. Grant it, great logo and all, but what does a Wizard have to do with Washington? Not like we have fixed our health care issues or magically made traffic go away (these are issues for another blog). We could argue all night (actually no we can't) about it, but the simple fact is, the love will always be for the Red, White, and Blue colors in this city. I imagine the Wizards won't have that color scheme all the time, as the alternates will probably be all white and all red (Ted Leonsis LOVES red).
Please dont mind the Juan Howard picture, just look at the jersey, not the player or contract. Thank you.
And this is what it COULD look like! Not too shabby huh!?
^ Thank you to Asad "Tapout" Jawaid for these lovely pictures
Ernie Grunfeld did not go into specifics about the changing of the names, he only stated that they turned in league papers to change the color scheme to red, white, and blue. Now there was nothing said about turning paper work in to become the Washington Bullets. That is something to ponder about. Hopefully they have.
With John Wall being the new face of the franchise, why not change a few things around the house to make it look nicer?
Here is a wonderful BOG about it by our friend Dan Steinberg, talking about the wonderful color change.