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Ranking 2012-13 D.C. Sports Fails

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.)

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. WFY

    May 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Game 5 was harder for me because I’m a bigger Nats fan than the other teams and because THE NATS CHOKED. Players, manager, etc.

    In the Skins case, their best player got hurt which is easier to process than the shortcoming of fortitude the Nat had.

  2. D.Fox

    May 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Surprised that the Nats game is winning so far. I was at both, and while the Nats game HURT, the Redskins game felt like there was no hope.

  3. JDP

    May 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    The Nats loss was an upset. The Skins one was not.

  4. d$

    May 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Well I thoroughly expected the Skins to lose to the Hawks. That one bothers me less, especially because RG3 is apparently “superhuman.” Nats still stings bad.

  5. drewtabaga

    May 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Tim Kurkjian on Game 5- “There’s been 200,000 baseball games played. That may be as depressing of a loss in MLB history.”

  6. drewtabaga

    May 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The Nats basically did in baseball what the Leafs did in hockey last night. Equal misery

  7. TeeFizz

    May 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    RGIII felt the worst. In the weeks following the game, rumors (from relatively credible sources) were flying around, saying he might not play the 2013-14 season. As a lifelong Skins fans, after tasting the sweetness of success, there was honestly nothing worse.

    Though as a Caps fan living in NYC, yeah, last night was up there too.

  8. Illformula

    May 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    It wasn’t so much that the Skins lost to Seattle, it was how they lost. For a franchise that hasn’t been respectable in forever, they came out as underdogs and dominated the 1st quarter of the game. Then RGIII appeared to be injured, they lost mo-mo, and a lowpoint was reached when his leg bent the wrong way during a turnover(!). That sucked.

    I’m not a huge Nats fan – dont root against them – so the Orioles finally making the playoffs only to lose to fucking NY was a killer. Fuck the Yankees.

  9. Roy Derply

    May 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    The Nats collapse hurts worse for me over time. Yes, the RGIII fiasco isn’t feeling too good, either. But, the Nats collapse was textbook D.C. sports tease. Go up big. Look invincible. Pull you in. Start to fantasize about a world series in D.C. (Everyone forgets, we OWNED the Giants last year) And then it just gets chipped away like an ice statue. Even for a place that hasn’t had a baseball team for most of the last 50 years, it felt like watching your dog get run over in slow motion. Add the fact that we are mediocre this year despite sky high expectations, the mega fiasco of the Strasburg shutdown, the fact that Drew Storen hasn’t been the same since and it is easily the worst I’ve felt about a D.C. sports loss in years. The RGIII thing was brutal, but after the Ravens game last year, it was easy to see that was going to happen sooner or later. Once Shanny left him in to run around hobbling, it was clear as daylight. The moral of the story, of course: the D.C. sports curse is real. And it is scary.

  10. Bryce Adams

    May 15, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Honorable Mention- Georgetown loses to Florida Gulf Coast.
    With no clear cut favorite in the field the Hoyas had a legitimate shot to win the title. We had one of the five best players in America, who knows when/if we’ll be able to say that again, and tripped over our own offensive ineptitude for their customary early March exit. JT3 doesn’t recruit one & dones he just coaches them in March.

  11. KBNC

    May 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    That Nats loss is still hurting the team, and I don’t know any Nats fan who has yet gotten over it. It is the single worst sports moment of my lifetime. And now it doesn’t look like there will be another opportunity to shake until at least 2014.

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