Does the DC Sports Curse Exist?

Does the DC Sports Curse Exist?

Even Cleveland got a championship, so what gives?
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Super Bowl XXVI Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24. It was the third Super Bowl championship in a decade, but who knew the 1992 Super Bowl would be the last DC championship? In fact, the 24 year drought is second among cities with three or more teams (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL), and Minneapolis, Minnesota beats us by three months. The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Champions in October 1991 to our January 1992 Super Bowl. If you include cities with two teams, Washington DC ranks seventh. This includes cities like San Diego (53 years), Buffalo (51), Milwaukee (45), Charlotte (28 – when they first received a team), and Cincinnati (26). However, we have four teams and therefore twice as many chances as these cities, so where is our next championship? Even Cleveland got a championship, so what gives?

In a city starved with political turmoil - divided by blue donkeys and red elephants - our sports teams sure know how to replicate this. From the constant Redskins quarterback, coach, and owner drama that makes even the Kardashians look normal. The Gilbert Arenas gun saga made the Washington Wizards look more like their old name: the Washington Bullets. (Hey, at least the Bullets won a championship, the Wizards can’t say that right?) Then there are the Nationals and Capitals, probably the two most successful teams of recent time whose playoff disappointments get DC fans just close enough to taste it only to be thrown out of one season into another, hoping for change (i.e. 2012 NLDS Game 5 Meltdown). The Capitals have only had four losing seasons of the past 24, but only one trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, which they lost. Of the 83 sports seasons that have happened since the last championship there have been 38 losing seasons and 23 last place finishes.

The constant losing has given us 22 top five draft picks and five number one picks. Four of these have given us hope for the future: Alexander Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and John Wall. If you go to a game or walk around the city you will find their gear all over. However, their hype has shown promise, but has fallen short of the ultimate goal. Harper’s 2015 MVP season found the Nationals without a playoff berth. Strasburg has performed less than spectacular in big game spots. Ovechkin has been near the top in scoring in the NHL, led the team to playoffs for years, and still found a way to fall apart in the playoffs. At what point is enough, enough?

The fans are here, the fans are passionate, so give us something to be passionate about. No more excuses, no more drama... just go play ball. The future is too long to wait for us fans, the time is now for DC. The time has come and gone for other cities. In a city that has gone through political turmoil for years, let our sports teams bring us all together and maybe, just maybe, the rest of the city will fall into place. So as I sign off, I challenge our teams to unite and bring us home a championship.

Cover Image Credit: The Redskins Blog

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Always Be The Overdressed Person In The Room

You'll make a better impression than being underdressed.

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I recently had jury duty (super exciting, I know) and I was stressing about what to wear. The notice said to wear something "appropriate for an appearance in court" but it also said that comfortable clothing was strongly suggested. I was confused and conflicted by these two sets of instructions, so I asked my family for help.

I had never served jury duty before, so I didn't know what to expect in any sense. I was on spring break from school so I brought home two different pairs of dress pants, two different nice shirts, my blazer, and a pair of black wedges to choose from. I also knew I had one more shirt at home to try out.

I tried on a few different combinations until I ended up with the wedges, fitted dress pants, a tank top, and the blazer. I felt great, I looked great, and I was ready to go.

Sitting in that room for six hours, just looking at everyone made me realize only about ten people were in business professional clothing. A decent amount of people were in business casual, but others were in completely casual clothes. I even saw a guy in Giants sweatpants and hoodie, and I realized that I was overdressed (but still comfortable).

I semi-recently realized that I tend to overdress for occasions. Could be something as simple as going to school or something as big as a celebration or an interview.

As I mentioned in my past article about having thick calves, I wore heels to school a lot in high school and I still do now in college. I love to wear dresses and skirts when it's nice enough to. For Christmas and Easter mass, my family and I wear suits and dresses while other families are in pajamas, sweats, jeans, and t-shirts.

I would always much rather be too dressy than not dressy enough. Heck, I wanted to wear a ballgown to prom (but I didn't). I love dressing up. I'm a very feminine person and I like to reflect that in my clothing style. I know that not everyone is like that and I don't expect you to read this and suddenly dress up every day. And when I say overdressed, I just mean dressier than you need to be.

If you're going somewhere and you're unsure of the dress code, take my advice and always overdress. It beats being underdressed and though you might end up getting looks either way, at least if you are overdressed, you'll have a confidence about you that won't go unnoticed.

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