Wizards beat Sixers with heavy hearts

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another loss for the Sixers makes them 5-9. Getty Images

Defensive lapse proves costly to Sixers - Philly.com
Short Story: Sixers' rally falls short in loss - CSNPhilly.com

I am not sure exactly how many Washington Wizards fans there are out there, but my heart goes out to you today. Much like the Phillies picked up a win on the same day Harry Kalas passed away, the Wizards of the NBA last night picked up a win against the Philadelphia 76ers on the same day their owner died.

D.C. sports icon, Wizards owner Pollin dead at 85
- Washington Times
When it comes to Pollin, think big picture - ESPN (J.A. Adande)

I can not sit here and tell you that I knew anything about the owner of the Wizards. Honestly the first time I heard his name came after he had died. So I can not attest to you the tremendous impact he had on the nation's capital, but it seems like he was an important figure in the community. If there is anyone out there who wants to chime in on Pollin, feel free to do so.

RIP Abe Pollin - WFY

On a personal note, I can not help but find a somewhat strange coincidence in all of this. Pollin seems like he was a man who loved his franchise and he passed away before his Washington team hosted the Sixers, from Philadelphia. Harry Kalas, long time voice of the Phillies, passed away in D.C. prior to the start of a Nationals-Phillies game. Two long time fixtures in their respective organizations passing away before a Phladelphia-Washington game.

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