THIS WEEK IN ANCIENT MEDIA GUIDES
The guide: 1976-77 Washington Bullets
The discovery: The type of copy that might have been written by a bitter, out-of-touch, 40-something Pete Campbell after washing out at Peggy Olson Media Enterprises in '75.
Let's just say that some of the player bios included commentary that wouldn't make it past the first draft today.
I mean, some of it was fine. Dave Bing is described as an "intensely proud man ... classy individual ... says what's on his mind ... extremely intelligent ... handles his own business affairs."
That almost sounds like LaDanian Tomlinson talking about himself after a playoff loss to the Patriots.
Some are more candid:
Kevin Grevey: "Good-looking bachelor ... one of the most gregarious Bullets, socially and publicly."
Elvin Hayes: "Carries a Bible with him and quotes from it liberally ... sensitive person."
In other words: Does not hang out with Kevin Grevey on the road.
Jimmy Jones: "Another Bullets card player."
Mike Riordan: "Sets the standard for sloppy-jeans look among NBA style-watchers ... Nicknamed "Bags" because he always takes one bag on road trips, whether it's an overnight trip or a West Coast swing ... extremely non-materialistic and that's a source of his happiness."
Tom Kozelko: "Dry sense of humor ... says his 19 points forced Dave DeBusschere to retire ... not the team's best dresser ... buys his clothes at the same place Mike Riordan does ... Just a good guy."
And now for the doozy:
Nick Weatherspoon: "Keeps his thoughts to himself ... Has well-rounded ghetto vocabulary."
That might seem inappropriate now, sure. But I am pretty sure the '86 Celtics guide said the same thing about Greg Kite.
Until next Sunday, the mailbox is closed. Exit (and at-bat) music, please:
Don't worry/'Bout a thing/'Cause every little thing/Gonna be all right. ...
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.