I’m not sure if this is actually an *annual* ranking of the five major D.C. pro sports teams, but it is a nice time of year to do such a thing.
5. Washington Redskins
As Tom Boswell so kindly points out, the past two Redskins seasons were the franchise’s worst since 1961. Incredible.
But! Short of Dan Snyder selling the team, the best possible thing that could happen just happened: They finally hired a real GM. And a highly regarded one to boot!
Of course, he has a drinking problem, and this is the Redskins. Our enthusiasm is curbed by hopelessness.
4. D.C. United
I don’t know if the United are closer to the top of the league or the bottom, nor do I care enough to Google it. In fact, I’m not even sure if the MLS season is happening right now. I’m certain, however, that they’re better off than the Redskins.
And I like how they identify with “D.C.” instead of “Washington” — nobody says Washington.
3. Washington Capitals
After last year, it’s refreshing to see them with the sixth-most points in the East behind new guy Barry Trotz. They’ve been on fire lately, the Winter Classic was fun and Alex Ovechkin is the D.C. sports athlete of the century.
As good as things may be, though, does anyone think they have a shot at the Cup? They have the 13th-best odds of winning it all, which is to say it’s probably 2008-13 all over again.
2. Washington Wizards
Last year, as a 44-win team in the playoffs for the first time in six years, they fell two victories shy of the conference finals. Now they’re on pace to win 57 games and have a legit chance at the NBA Finals. That sounds absurd, given the franchise’s history, but it wouldn’t be shocking.
John Wall and Bradley Beal make up a very young, already awesome backcourt. They’ve got an imposing and versatile frontcourt with Nena and Marcin Gortat. There are shooters on the wing in Paul Pierce, Rasual Butler and Martell Webster. And they have depth galore in Kris Humphries, Otto Porter, Prof. Andre Miller and an improved Kevin Seraphin.
They even play defense. These are not the Wizards we’ve known and loathed.
1. Washington Nationals
D.C. is home to one of the youngest and perhaps the best team in baseball. What more could you ask for? Aside from, you know, postseason success.
(MLB graphic taken with love from SB Nation.)