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A Decade in Washington Sports


For years, Washington area sports fans have been waiting for a team to break through in and win the elusive title.  Whether its hockey, baseball, basketball, or football the teams have been unable to rise to the occasion and capture a league championship.  The community has gathered and supported every playoff team hoping this would be the squad to do it.  This has all been to no avail, as no Washington sports team has won a league championship since the Washington Redskins did it in 1991.

So much hope swirls around the city of Washington waiting for a team to break the winless streak.  Since the turn of the century, the Capitals have made the most playoff appearances, 8, but have failed to reach even the Eastern Conference finals.  Much was expected again from the Capitals only to watch them fall short of expectations and fail to reach the playoffs.  On the other hand, the Washington Wizards hadn’t reached the post season since 2008, but finally broke the streak in 2014.  The Wizards showed great development throughout the season and are poised for a breakout playoffs beginning Saturday.

In 2012, the Washington Nationals won their first division title since the organizations inception in 2005.  Expectations were high for 2013, only to watch poor hitting drown out the exceptional pitching rotation.  The Nats have started out 2014 season with mixed results equaling a 8-6 record.

Finally, we reach the culmination of every Washington sports fans’ interest: the Washington Redskins.  The franchise has been the definition of inconsistent in the new century, but hopes remain high after a busy and more importantly cost effective off-season.  With OTA’s quickly arriving, sports fans should remain busy following their favorites teams.

Now, lets go get that championship for the District of Columbia!

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  • Mike Dillon

    DC United, young man, DC United: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004.

  • Art Solano

    Not many cities with this many major sports worse than Washington since 91. Cleveland maybe. I think its hopeless.

  • SactoSteve

    Never hopeless. Teams go through cycles. Skins were great in the 40′s, God-awful in the 50′s and 60′s, good in the 70′s, great in the ’80′s and early ’90′s, and mostly bad since then. Besides, “wait ’til next year” is the mantra of every real sports fan. Keep the faith!