|Two of D.C.'s top athletes (Robert Griffin III and Marcin Gortat pictured here) having a quick conversation after the Wizards playoff game from last postseason.|
Being a life long resident of the Maryland, mainly staying in P.G. county around FedEx Field I feel the pain of not having a championship team in one of the four major sports for a LONG time. I know and understand that the D.C. United has won some championships for the DMV but MLS in my opinion is not a major American sport....yet. I'm speaking of the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Nationals. The Nationals are the newest to the bunch but as of right now they have the greatest chance of hoisting a trophy during a championship parade with fans screaming everywhere. Sounds good don't it. I know I've missed the championship parades. In my eyes there will be some parades coming soon. All four franchises are turning the corner or mediocrity and rebuilding to become actual competitors and hearing talk of possible championship runs now and into the future. I look at the state of Massachusetts as inspiration. Since 2000 Massachusetts (Boston) has won at least one championship in every major sport and to me that makes it a major sports town. Washington has always been known as a football town but the recent success and playoff runs of the other three teams, D.C. has now become more of a sports town but still doesn't get the credit that we deserve. I'm gonna take a quick look at all four franchises and see how realistic is it for a championship within the next five years. Let's start with my favorite team the Redskins.
|Since taking over ownership of the the team there hasn't been much|
success but with the new regime at Redskins Park they are looking
to change that.
|Since bringing baseball back to D.C. its been a learning and slow|
process but the Lerner's have build a solid team that's poised to be
good for many seasons to come.
|Ted Leonsis had built a perennial playoff contender (except for last season) in the |
Capitals and looks like he's aiming to do the same with the Wizards.
The one lone bright spot of the D.C. sports scene for the last few years has been the Capitals. Putting up outrageous offensive numbers, winning the SouthEast division five out of six straight seasons until the realignment last season and always in the conversation of possible Stanley Cup contenders. This year the Capitals also hired a new coach and general manager with fresh approaches to help this team make it to the next level and hopefully the Stanley Cup. The hiring of Barry Trotz and promotion of GM Brian MacLlenan was a step in a different direction but I feel right direction. Trotz being a defensive minded coach with plenty of playoff appearances and known for not being afraid of calling out his players for bad play, superstars or fourth liners. MacLlenan has been with the team for 10 years, seven of those under former GM George McPhee and already he has made moves that McPhee just couldn't find a way to pull it off. We all knew the offseason for the Capitals would be a crucial one after not making the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons and I believe they answered the bell very well. Adding what the team actually needed....Defense and a steady backup goalie to help push and tutor Braden Holtby. They believe he is the franchise goalie they need to make a return to the playoffs and a Stanley Cup run. In this case the new coach might be the biggest boost to them finally making a sustained run to the promise land.
|With the power change in the Eastern Confernce this core|
could be set to surprise the NBA.
The last piece to #dcrising is the Wizards and the great playoff run they made last year. They have a young core of talented players and savvy veterans that know how to win and play the game the right way. Now this franchise has frustrated me to the point that I actually stopped following them after the Jerry Stackhouse trade for Richard Hamilton a few years back. Some of the decisions the front office and play on the court really upset me and I'm a loyal fan to the end. With that being said I am pleased with the recent moves and believe that this team is a prime position to make a title run. Last years success should be a sign of things to come for this franchise that had no direction for so long, but now with Ted Leonsis things seem different. With a young talented duo in the backcourt, veteran presence on the front lines and coming off the bench I think this team has the perfect combination to take this team to the playoffs and beyond. With the Wizards they have the same coach an GM returning after a good run last year but know that they have to improve in order to reach their ultimate goal of a NBA title. The team has been active in free agency and have lost a few pieces but have gained more then they've lost. As long as they can build chemistry, stay healthy and the young developmental players can shine during the season this upcoming season will be something to watch.
I'm a hometown guy and love all my local teams and going forward I see some good times for these four teams. All four fan bases are loyal and love their team and now it's time for those teams to bless those fans for their patience, loyalty and support with good play, solid execution and hopefully within the next five years will be adding to the trophy case or hoisting for the first time a championship title like these.
|Via the hogs.net|