The name of Caron Butler’s new blog at NBA.com is called THE REAL JUICE. He came up with the name after breaking an addiction that had seemingly taken over his life:
To try and give this up was CRAZY for me! I was going through withdrawals. I was in the bed sweating. My wife would turn over in the bed and ask “Are you OK?”. Honestly, those first two weeks without The Dew was the roughest two weeks of my life. I’m talking headaches, sweats and everything. Before that I drank at least six 12 ounce Mountain Dews a day.
So why did Butler give it up in the first place?
Of all the stange goings-on in Washington right now — and anyone who has seen a live shot of the National Mall in the past two days can attest to the fact that a lot of weird crap is going on — none can compare with one Brooklyn entrepreneur, who decided the best way to make a quick buck was to rip off Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star 2K shoe design (remember those?) and hastily adapt it to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration.
(Yes, the inauguration festivities have officially jumped the shark.)
Not surprisingly, the entrepreneur in question, one Mitchell Rose, had the shoes made in China and shipped over for the inauguration, where he’s peddling them throughout D.C. According to NBC NEW YORK, he’s charging a whopping $60 per pair for what amount to Payless knock-offs with a bad rubber portrait of the president-elect.
Yet, as mad as prospective buyers of Rose’s cheapo kicks may be, they’re not as upset as a group of D.C. natives who are just mad that they can’t even be there: The Washington Wizards.
Dan Steinberg of DC SPORTS BOG keeps us current on night club advice by quizzing local pro athletes about how to make the scene. Or more specifically, how to avoid ending up on your friendly neighborhood slumming sports blog the next morning.
(Chris Cooley doesn’t dance for wife Christy, but he does walk their Westie)
Redskins Tight End Chris Cooley tells Steinberg that eschewing alcohol you can’t see through is a good start:
“Everyone wants to drink a shot,” Cooley explained. “Don’t drink whiskey. I used to drink Jack Daniels. Bad decision. You get too filled up.”
“Everyone wants to do a shot with me,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s my image or what it is, but I can’t drink shots any more, because it wound up being 20 shots. Everywhere I go, ‘Do a shot with us!!!’ No more. That’s my tip as a pro athlete, don’t do a shot. And don’t dance if you’re [bad] at it, because everyone watches.”
“Everyone watches” is now code for “Everyone has a cellphone camera and a Youtube account.”
Meanwhile, Washington Wiz forward Caron Butler imparts evening-out wisdom that could also be taken to heart by your local garden variety mafia hit man and/or Pacman Jones and/or Plax: Read more…
SKATEBOARD RAMP ENGINEERS CAN FINALLY BREATH EASY: Dan Steinberg of DC SPORTS BOG has the reason why Caron Butler might’ve stopped spiking his hair and riding skateboards: He’s no longer allowed to drink Mountain Dew.
Butler: “Before every game at Connecticut, I drank a two-liter of Mountain Dew. I’m dead serious. Ask my wife what she would have to go get me before a game. I’d be like, ‘Hey, stop by the 7-11, bring me a two-liter.’“I’d be wired. I’d drink half [before the game], and then I’d drink half at halftime. Because, you know, it shoots you up. And then there’s a down, and you’re flat-lining, and you’ve got to go back up again. That’s what I’ve been doing, but they don’t want me to drink it any more. They done took my Mountain Dew from me.”
The Washington Wizards officially banned Butler from Doing The Dew two months ago, which also of course means no more skydiving, snowboarding - and dating underage teenies (so he won’t be hitting the food court at the mall with teammate DeShawn Stevenson until the offseason).