With the wound from Caps-Rangers Game 7 still gaping like a Braden Holtby-protected net, let’s chronicle the repeated failures of D.C.’s pro sports teams over the past seven or eight months. A few notes before doing so:
— The United and Mystic and whoever else need not apply for the purposes of this discussion, because we don’t really care.
— I suppose the headline means we should include last spring’s Caps Game 7 loss in the semifinals too, but, I don’t know, that wasn’t so much “GODDAMN!” as it was “darn.”
— There’s still plenty of time in 2013 for the Nationals to grab another spot on this list. Fingers crossed!
Now, onto the show, in ascending order from least fail to most …
4. The John Wall Injury
I know what you’re saying. “John Wall was hurt? The NBA had a season?” Yes and yes. Wall missed the first 33 games with a knee injury, and the Wiz went 6-27. After he returned they went 23-26. Still not good, but that was with other injuries too. They could’ve made the playoffs for the first time since Gil.
3. The Caps’ Game 7 Debacle
This one probably ranks higher for others, but I’m just not that into hockey, and did the Caps really have great expectations? The series with New York was a toss-up from start to finish, at least until the second period of Game 7. Then it got painful, quick.
2. The Nats’ Game 5 Debacle
The slow leak of air coming out of Washington’s lead was so brutal it actually felt like weird relief when Pete Kozma popped Drew Storen’s balloon. Making it more painful: The Nats had a real shot to win the World Series; they were the No. 1 seed, you know. At least it was just their first time around. (Keep telling yourself that.)
1. RGKnee’s Seattle Blowout
A Redskins playoff loss is bad enough. A Redskins playoff loss coupled with their phenomenal franchise quarterback blowing out his knee? It’s almost too much to bear.
(“Where the — Is the Finish Line?” image taken with love from RMNB.)