by Chris 'Blue Shorts' Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Washington, D.C. is in a fever pitch after the Wizards 101-99 overtime victory over the Bulls Tuesday night. With sweaty foreheads shivering under the covers, this town has fallen ill with Wizards Fever! Check that — Bullets Fever!

No, wait. Wizards Fever!

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“I’m definitely feeling chilly because I wore shorts, and I’m committing to the bit by wearing the gown with no shirt underneath,” Cakes of the Junkies said on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday morning, wearing a hospital gown, legitimately shirtless underneath. “I’m gonna be a little bit nipply at some point during the show today.”

“We do have Bullets Fever and we’ve got a bunch of tissue boxes; we have gowns; we have cold compresses,” JP said.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to talk with this thermometer in my mouth the whole time,” EB said.

Yes, the Junkies brought their commitment game hard in the paint this morning.

“I brought an Ace bandage and just wrapped it around my head,” JP said.

“Isn’t that a Bullets head wound?” Lurch asked. “That’s a Bullets head wound. Not a Bullets Fever.”

Bullets Fever, or Wizards Fever, or whatever iteration the Junkies are deciding to go with, dates back to 1978 when the then-Washington Bullets won their first and only title, which predates the Redskins winning its first Super Bowl, and the nation’s capital was overcome with flu-like symptoms.

Here’s a few excerpts of the written history, from Mike Frandsen in the Examiner:

“It happened 32 years ago today,” Frandsen wrote in June 2010. “Before the Redskins won their first Super Bowl, and before Maryland and Georgetown won national championships in college basketball, the Washington Bullets gave D.C. its first championship in 36 years when they won the NBA title in 1978.

Before the blue and bronze of the Washington Wizards, there was the red, white, and blue of the Washington Bullets. Local musician Nils Lofgren wrote a hit song, “Bullets Fever,” that was played day and night during the spring of 1978 on Washington radio stations. The name Bullets was synonymous with winning, as they made the playoffs 18 times in 20 seasons from 1969 to 1988.”

When the team returned to Dulles Airport, nearly 10,000 cheering fans were waiting for them. The Bullets later rode in a victory parade from the Capital Centre to the District Building. Nils Lofgren’s “Bullets Fever” could be heard on radio stations from Manassas to Annapolis, and from Frederick to Fredericksburg

[Kevin] Grevey said the excitement surrounding the Bullets’ win was “unlike anything I’d ever seen in this town. At that time there hadn’t been a championship since the 40s. This was a very hungry city for something to sink your teeth into.”

Below is the original version of “Bullets Fever” by Nils Lofgren, for your listening pleasure. You’re encouraged to wear hospital gowns, and carry around apple juice everywhere you go and just generally complain about feeling “achy” as the Wizards progress through the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

See also … Bullets Fever tweets at the bottom of the post.


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