Bidding Basketball: How To Be A Superfan In The Southeast Division

By: 10.25.12
Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards (photo. ggstadium)

Live Auction: 1978 NBA Champs WASHINGTON BULLETS “… The Fat Lady Sang” 30″ Pennant
Buy It Now: $85.00, plus shipping
If the fat lady sang in 1978, it’s been pretty quiet in Washington since her solo. But, as is becoming a recurring theme in these posts, vintage collectibles tend to conjure nostalgic memories of the “glory years” for fans of struggling NBA franchises. The 1977-78 Bullets featured one of the greatest frontlines in NBA history. They had four-time NBA All-Star Bob Dandridge (acquired midseason), 12-time All-Star Elvin Hayes, and at center, five-time All-Star and 1968 NBA MVP and Rookie of the Year, Wes Unseld. Injuries hampered the Bullets throughout the regular season, but the team managed to slide into third place in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record. Washington returned to form in the playoffs, however. They quickly dispatched the Atlanta Hawks in two games, defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the semis, and then beat the Philadelphia 76ers to face the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals. The Sonics-Bullets series was a tightly contested one, going the full seven games. In the seventh and decisive game, Washington prevailed, 105-99, to capture the first (and only) championship in Bullets/Wizards history. Unseld was named Finals MVP. And oh yeah, according to this pennant, a fat lady sang.

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