Posts Tagged ‘DC sports’

DC Sports hit a crossroad.

January 8, 2010

2008 was the year of change on the Hill.

2010 is the year of change for DC sports.

DC sports have it a crossroad. In the past decade, teams in the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have won only won title and that was Gary Williams and the Terrapins in 2002. Other than that, DC sports have been nothing short of futile.

Growing up in the DMV, I understand the frustration that arises from being a DC area sports fan. First there was optimism when Snyder bought the team and started trying to completely rebuild the franchise. Then Michael Jordan came and everyone was in awe of arguably the greatest player to ever grace Dr. Naismith’s court. Leonisis’ front office drafted what was supposed to be the greatest player since Gretsky. Oh, and DC United won a championship (which apparently no one cares about) and drafted the 16 year-old phenom named Freddy Adu.

Now, things are different. Mike Shanahan was introduced as head coach of the Redskins, weeks after salary cap genius Bruce Allen was brought in. Alex Ovechkin was granted the captains badge on his sweater for a team that has shown brilliance in the past few years. Abe Pollin is gone and while the Wizards looks promising, Gilbert Arenas has taken all the headlines with his upcoming gun possession charges. Oh, and if you care, Curt Onalfo was named head coach of DC United. But again, I’m guessing you don’t care.

So where do we go from here? No doubt Shanahan is expected to win a Super Bowl and bring back the glory to the Redskins. Will it happen? Possibly.

The Capitals are looking like a team that is poised to make a deep playoff run. Will it happen? Possibly.

Abe Pollin is gone, god bless his soul, and the Wizards are in more turmoil than ever. Flip Saunders was brought to town to stablize everything, yet things have fallen apart as they are near the cellar of the Eastern conference and Arenas has threatened the franchise with extreme possibilities of failure for the next decade.

Where do we go from here?

Up. Hopefully.

But will it happen?

Will Snyder be able to take a step back and understand he doe not have to be as hands on?

Will Bruce Boudreau finally have a team worthy of Lord Stanley’s cup?

Will Leonsis be able to reorganize the Wizards after a fiasco as enormous as the Arenas situation?

All of these are interesting story-lines for a city desperate for a championship?

Will they be asnwered? Who knows.

Will Washington fans be happy if they are?

Probably not, but it will be a huge turnaround i any of these franchises find their way out of the professional sports cellar.

Oh, did I not mention the Nationals. Yeah, probably for the best.

Rolling Stone should stick to music.

November 2, 2009

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Rolling Stone ran a piece about the Redskins this month, an article I refused to read because, well, I don’t care what a magazine about music thinks about a football team. Matt Taibbi penned the article, ripping the Redskins ownership and DC Sports altogether. The worst part is Taibbi fails to recognize the only successful franchise in the district. Yeah, he ripped the caps. Via DC Sports Bog:

You have a responsibility to deliver as a football owner when you live in a city whose only other diversions are a basketball team that used to be called the Bullets and a once-good baseball team that used to be called the Montreal Expos (before someone decided to douse its players in [stink] juice, dress them up in bright-red uniforms that appeared to have been stolen off the backs of two-and-a-half-star-hotel bell captains, and bus them to Washington). The Redskins are the only real pro-sports franchise in the nation’s capital….

The Capitals have been the biggest draw for DC sports fans with higher attendance in 2008 than the ‘Skins, Wizards and Nationals. Let’s be honest, the Capitals are one of the best teams in the NHL and have a great young team headed by one of the most recognizable hockey players in the world.

Maybe next time Taibbi should do some research or actually present himself as a rational sports fan that knows what he’s talking about. If he wanted to make a good point about how terrible the Redskins ownership and front office, he would have been better off comparing it to the Capitals ownership group. Ted Leonsis has done a phenomenal job since buying the team from Abe Pollin and deserves some respect. Good thing actual DC sports fans respect that and have bought season tickets at a record rate.

Tuesday Links brought to you by THE CHOPS.

June 2, 2009

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Sorry for the lack of posts today but I will be out of the theoretical office for the rest of the day. Have fun with these links from around the interweb and if you get too excited over Erin Andrews, don’t forget the tissues.

Erin Andrews works the room at the NCAA Football 10 Draft Premiere. You’re welcome. [Inside EA Sports Blog]

SHOCK OF A LIFETIME: Penguin fans are complaining [Detroit 4 Lyfe]

In case you missed it, Conan treks the U.S. to kick of The Tonight Show. [Yes But No But Yes]

Danica Patrick makes me uncomfortable and signs some man-boobs. [Fan IQ]

Rally car crashes are only fun when no one gets hurt. The driver in this one comes close. Watch now! DIDDY MAU! [With Leather]

The NCAA found there wasn’t any problem with Derrick Rose’s SAT’s, pretty much letting Memphis off the hook. Here’s a list of teams that weren’t so lucky and had to vacate their tournament appearances [Rivals]

DC sports teams aren’t very good at retaining their coaches, in fact they’re the worst. Manny Acta will be gone soon too. [DC Sports Bog]

The Illini are backing out of their rivalry games in St Louis against Missouri. Did they really expect to win when they started it? [ESPN Big 12 Blog]

If all else fails, just blame The Simpsons. [Warming Glow]

Stephanie Rice is a cutie. Yeah, I said cutie, do something. [Holy Taco]

Babes of the French Open. [COED Magazine]

Yeah, have fun with that.

CAPS TAKE GAME SIX IN OT OVER THE PENGUINS 5-4.

May 12, 2009
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) via DCProSportsReport

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) via DCProSportsReport

I THINK I’M STILL WRITING IN CAPS RIGHT NOW, THAT SHOULD wear off in a little, okay we’re back to normal now. I may be a little too into this series based on my allegiances but let’s be honest, there hasn’t been this much hype around a series in the second round of the NBA playoffs. If people aren’t noticing (which I find highly unlikely) they should be ashamed of themselves.

To be frank, this is the best thing that’s happened to DC sports since the Redskins won it all in ’93. People are getting into this and some of them finally know who Ted Leonsis is. I hate do go with the crowd talking about twitter but if you could hear random people yelling in the district, this is the kind of stuff they would be saying at 9:57 last night:

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Yeah, I felt the same way. The team just can’t get lazy in our house and let this slip away. If there was desperation in game 6, there should be a lot more in game 7. It’s been bad enough the fans have been pushed to their fifth elimination game in just two rounds of the playoffs. For a split second, I thought about reminiscing about this series but that would have highly premature because we’re still in for the chance to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. With the way things have been going so well this season, there should be a lot of faith in this team.

It really seems like everyone has come out in support for the best team in DC sports and that’s always a good

ZORN GOT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ON THE JUMBOTRON.

ZORN GOT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ON THE JUMBOTRON.

Other Notes:
3-Stars
(Wash) Viktor Kozlov 2 Goals
(Wash) Alexander Oveckin 3 assists
(Pitt) Sidney Crybaby 1 goal, 1 assist, lots of crying

Other DC Sports News:
-Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 29 games in the first inning last night.
-We didn’t have to watch the Wizards play. Thank god.
-Daniel Snyder is laughing at the other area sports teams. They’re not the Redskins.

Also:
Apparently they have nothing better to do in western Pennsylvania.

And don’t forget to follow me on twitter @RedZou