Years from now, nobody will pad their jock resume by bogusly claiming they played in the 2011 Capital Classic.

That’s but one way of saying that the area’s premier high-school all-star basketball game ain’t as premier as it once was.

The 38th rendition of the Classic will take place Sunday.

It’s at a new venue this year: Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro.

That’s not that far as the crow flies, but worlds away, prestige-speaking, from the Capital Centre, Abe Pollin’s dearly departed Largo arena.

In the 1970s and 1980s, back when the Cap Centre hosted the Capital Classic, the best players in the land gathered there for the game year after year, and sellout crowds showed up.

Capital Classic alumni from its Heyday Era include Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Grant Hill, Ralph Sampson, Dominique Wilkins, and Patrick Ewing — but not Michael A. Brown.

Dang, that story still mystifies me…

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