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A History of Washington, DC Sports since Super Bowl XXVI

This post will be about what its title says. It covers all 4 Washington, DC teams from the Big 4 North American sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL).

A handful of non-sports related items will be thrown in for context. This is intentionally done mostly early on, so you can impress or aggravate people, depending who you talk to, with statements like: “Last time a DC team won a championship, Windows 3.1 hadn't been released yet!”

Feel free to leave comments with suggested additions.


January 26, 1992
The Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24. Mark Rypien is the game’s Most Valuable Player.

February 1, 1992
U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin formally declare the Cold War to be over.

February 7, 1992
The European Union is founded.

April 6, 1992
Windows 3.1 is released.

April 18, 1992
The Washington Bullets season ends at 25-57 after a 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

May 1, 1992
The Washington Capitals lose Game 7 of the first round to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1, completing their squandering of a 3-1 series lead.

May 22, 1992
Johnny Carson's final episode of The Tonight Show airs.

August 24, 1992
Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Florida.

October 16, 1992
Byrce Aron Max Harper is born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Sheri and Ron Harper.


January 9, 1993
The Redskins fall to the San Francisco 49ers, 20-13, in the divisional round of the playoffs.

January 20, 1993
Bill Clinton is inaugurated President of the United States.

March 1993
Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs retires.

April 25, 1993
The Bullets finish 22-60 with a 106-94 loss to the Boston Celtics.

April 28, 1993
The Capitals fall 4 games to 2 to the New York Islanders.

December 31, 1993
The Redskins wasted season under head coach Richie Petitbon ends at 4-12 after a 14-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. It will be Petitbon’s only season as the head coach.


January 25, 1994
After a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins drops the Capitals to 20-23-4, Jim Schoenfeld replaces Terry Murray as head coach.

April 24, 1994
The Bullets win the last game of the season, 117-99 over the Charlotte Hornets, but end up 24-58.

The Redskins draft Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler with the third pick in the NFL Draft. They take Tulsa quarterback Gus Frerotte in the seventh round.

April 27, 1994
The Capitals defeat the Penguins, 6-3, to take Game 6 of the first round series and advance.

May 9, 1994
The Capitals complete their 5-game series loss to the Islanders with a 4-3 defeat.

August 12, 1994
The Major League Baseball players strike. The Montreal Expos are leading the National League East division with a 74-40 record, but the season never resumes as the playoffs and World Series are cancelled for the first time since 1904.

December 24, 1994
A miserable 3-13 Redskins season ends with a 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.


March 21, 1995
A 13-game Bullets losing streak begins with a 111-106 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

April 23, 1995
Another terrible Bullets season concludes with a win. This time a 106-90 victory over the 76ers produces a final record of 21-61.

May 18, 1995
The Capitals complete another collapse from a 3-1 series lead with a 3-0 Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Penguins. #1

December 17, 1995
Shuler starts his last game for the Redskins, in which he completes 10 of 13 passes but is injured in a 35-23 win over the St. Louis Rams.

December 24, 1995
A 20-17 win vs. the Carolina Panthers ends the Redskins season at 6-10.


April 21, 1996
Despite ending the campaign on a 4-game losing streak with a 103-93 loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, the Bullets end the year at an improved 39-43.

April 28, 1996
This time a 2-0 lead over the Penguins becomes a 4-2 series loss with a 3-2 Game 6 defeat. #2

October 27, 1996
The Redskins improve to 7-1 with a 31-16 win against the Indianapols Colts at RFK Stadium.

December 15, 1996
The Redskins fall to 8-7 with a 27-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

December 22, 1996
Eliminated from the playoffs and facing the backups of the Dallas Cowboys (who have clinched their playoff positioning), the Redskins win their last game at RFK, 37-10.


April 13, 1997
The Capitals defeat the Buffalo Sabres 8-3, but at 33-40-9 miss the playoffs.

April 20, 1997
With an 85-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bullets end the year on a 16-5 spree under midseason coaching hire Bernie Bickerstaff, to finish 44-38 and make their first postseason since 1988.

April 30, 1997
A 96-95 loss to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls ends the Bullets’ postseason with a 3-game sweep.

May 15, 1997
The Washington Bullets officially become the Washington Wizards.

November 23, 1997
QB Gus Frerotte injures himself celebrating a second quarter touchdown against the New York Giants by head-butting a wall. The game will end in a 7-7 tie after backup Jeff Hostetler throws 3 interceptions.

December 21, 1997
A 35-32 win against the Philadelphia Eagles will give the Redskins their second straight winning season at 8-7-1, but still no playoff berth.


April 18, 1998
A 4-game winning streak to end the season concludes with a 112-95 over the Celtics, but the Washington Wizards end their first season with the moniker out of the playoffs at 42-40.

May 5, 1998
The Capitals topple the Bruins in round 1, winning Game 6 in overtime, 3-2, to advance.

May 15, 1998
The Capitals win another playoff series, this time in 5 games vs. the Ottawa Senators. A Washington-based Big 4 team has yet to win multiple playoff series or games in one postseason since.

June 4, 1998
The Capitals advance to their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals. A 3-2 win, the Capitals’ third overtime win of the series, gives them a 4-2 series win vs. the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Finals.

June 16, 1998
The Detroit Red Wings are crowned Stanley Cup champions for the second straight year, completing a 4-0 sweep of the Capitals with a 4-1 win. It is the only game of the series decided by more than one goal.

October 18, 1998
The Redskins fall to 0-7 with a 41-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

December 27, 1998
A 23-7 loss to the Cowboys ends the Redskins’ season at 6-10.


April 18, 1999
With a 3-0 loss to the Sabres, the Capitals finish an ignominous 31-45-6 in the follow-up to their 1997-98 campaign.

May 5, 1999
The Wizards’ lockout-shortened season ends at 18-32 with a 100-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

May 25, 1999
Daniel Snyder buys the Redskins for a then-record $800 million.

December 26, 1999
A 26-20 overtime win against the 49ers clinches the Redskins’ first NFC East title since 1991.


January 8, 2000
The Redskins win their first playoff game since 1992, a 27-13 victory over the Frerotte-led Detroit Lions.

January 15, 2000
Trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round, 14-13, the Redskins line up for a 50-yard Brett Conway field goal attempt with 1:17 remaining. They botch the snap and lose the game.

January 29, 2000
First-year head coach Gar Heard coaches his last game for the 14-30 Wizards.

April 9, 2000
The Capitals end the year with 102 points at 44-24-12.

April 19, 2000
And the Wizards’ season ends at 29-53 with a 110-105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

April 21, 2000
And the Capitals’ season ends quickly with a 2-1 loss in Game 5 to...the Pittsburgh Penguins. Again. #3

December 3, 2000
The Redskins lose to the Giants, 7-6, falling to a 7-6 record.

December 4, 2000
Redskins head coach Norv Turner is fired, the only NFL coach after 1970 to be fired during a season with a winning record.

December 10, 2000
Cowboys 32, Redskins 13 – Redskins 7-7, 0-1 under interim coach Terry Robiskie

December 16, 2000
Steelers 24, Redskins 3 – Redskins 7-8 and eliminated from playoff contention

December 24, 2000
The Redskins defeat the Cardinals, 20-3, to end the year at 8-8.


January 20, 2001
George W. Bush is inaugurated President of the United States.

April 18, 2001
The Wizards end the year 19-63 with a 98-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

April 23, 2001
The Penguins knock the Capitals out of the playoffs again, winning Game 6 in overtime, 4-3. #4

June 27, 2001
The Wizards select Kwame Brown, forward, Glynn Academy (Brunswick, GA) with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft.

September 11, 2001

September 25, 2001
Michael Jordan announces second un-retirement, to play for the Wizards.

October 15, 2001
The Redskins lose to the Cowboys, 9-7 on Monday Night Football, falling to 0-5 while being outscored 144-32.

October 30, 2001
Michael Jordan scores 19 points on 7-21 FG in his first game for the Wizards, a 93-91 loss to the New York Knicks.

December 29, 2001
Jordan scores 51 on 21-38 FG in a 107-90 win vs. the Charlotte Hornets.


January 6, 2002
The Redskins beat the Cardinals, 20-10, pulling off their 8th win in 11 games to reach an 8-8 season.

January 13, 2002
Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Redskins. Steve Spurrier is hired the same day, to a record contract.

April 13, 2002
The Capitals lose the season finale to the New Jersey Devils, 4-3 in overtime. They miss the playoffs.

April 16, 2002
The Wizards beat the Knicks but are out of the playoffs at 37-45. Jordan ends the year averaging 22.9 points per game.

June 27, 2002
Then-prospects Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore are among the players Monteal Expos GM Omar Minaya trades to the Cleveland Indians for Bartolo Colon. The Expos will end up missing the playoffs anyway.

September 8, 2002
The Redskins put up 442 yards of offense in Spurrier’s first game, a 31-23 win over the Cardinals.

September 16, 2002
The Redskins put up 179 yards of offense in Spurrier’s second game, a 37-7 Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

December 15, 2002
Another loss to the Eagles drops the Redskins to 5-9. They will win their last two games.


April 16, 2003
Jordan scores 15 points in 28 minutes in the final game of his career, a 107-87 loss that ends the Wizards’ season at 37-45 for the second straight year.

April 20, 2003
The Capitals lose in triple-overtime, 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, completing a 4-2 series loss after having taken a 2-0 lead.

May 7, 2003
Wizards owner Abe Pollin fires Michael Jordan as President of Basketball Operations.

August 8, 2003
Gilbert Arenas signs with the Wizards as a restricted free agent.

December 27, 2003
The Eagles beat the Redskins, 31-7, ending the second season under Spurrier at 5-11.

December 30, 2003
Spurrier resigns from the Redskins with 3 years remaining on his contract.

December 31, 2003
Joe Gibbs comes out of retirement to coach the Redskins.


April 4, 2004
The Capitals lose the last game of the season to the Penguins, 4-3. At least this time it only means they end the year 23-46-10.

April 14, 2004
The Wizards lose to the New Orleans Hornets, 94-78, ending the year 25-57.

April 24, 2004
The Redskins draft Sean Taylor, safety, University of Miami with the fifth pick in the NFL Draft.

June 26, 2004
With the first pick of the NHL Draft, the Capitals select Alexander Ovechkin.

September 12, 2004
Clinton Portis’ 64-yard run triggers a 16-10 win over the Buccaneers in Gibbs’ second head coaching debut.

September 16, 2004
The NHL lockout begins and will ultimately wipe out the entire 2004-05 season.

September 29, 2004
The Montreal Expos lose their final game at Stade Olympique, 9-1 to the Florida Marlins. That same day, Major League Baseball announces that the Expos will move to Washington, DC.

December 3, 2004
The Major League Baseball owners approve the relocation of the Expos to Washington, 28-1. Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos casts the lone dissenting vote.


January 2, 2005
The Redskins beat the Vikings, 21-18, but only end the year at 6-10.

January 23, 2005
Johnny Carson dies.

April 4, 2005
The Washington Nationals lose 8-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first MLB game for a Washington team since September 30, 1971.

April 6, 2005
The Nationals beat the Phillies 7-3 in the first MLB victory for a Washington team since September 28, 1971.

April 14, 2005
The Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, in the first MLB game in Washington since September 30, 1971.

April 30, 2005
Trailing 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs, the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 117-99 behind 32 points from Gilbert Arenas. It is the franchise’s first playoff win since 1988.

May 4, 2005
Gilbert Arenas drains a 14-foot jump shot over Tyson Chandler as time expires for a 112-110 Wizards win over the Bulls in Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.

May 6, 2005
A 94-91 win and the Wizards advance in the playoffs for the first time since 1982. With 34.9 seconds to go and the game tied at 91, Bulls guard Chris Duhon inbounds the ball off of teammate Kirk Hinrich’s back. Jared Jeffries steals it and lays it in for the lead with 31.9 seconds left.

May 14, 2005
The Wizards are swept by the Miami Heat after a 99-95 loss.

June 7, 2005
The Nationals select Ryan Zimmerman, infielder, Unversity of Virginia with the fourth pick in the 2005 MLB Rule 4 Draft.

July 3, 2005
The Nationals improve to 50-31 at the midway point of the season with a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

August 2, 2005
The Wizards trade Kwame Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers.

September 19, 2005
Mark Brunell hits Santana Moss for fourth quarter touchdowns of 39 and 70 yards as the Redskins complete a miraculous 14-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium.

October 2, 2005
A 9-3 loss to the Phillies concludes the Nationals’ second half fade to an 81-81 record.

November 13, 2005
After blocking an extra point but being ruled offsides, the Redskins lose to the Buccaneers 36-35 after Mike Alstott reaches the end zone on Tampa Bay’s two point conversion attempt.

December 18, 2005
The Redskins annihilate the Cowboys, 35-7, behind 4 first-half Mark Brunell TD passes.


January 1, 2006
Sean Taylor’s 39 yard fumble return caps a 31-20 win over the Eagles and a 5-game Redskins winning streak that gets them to the playoffs at 10-6.

January 7, 2006
The Redskins avenge the Buccaneers with a win in the Wild Card game, 17-10, despite 43 passing yards from Brunell. Taylor returns a fumble 51 yard for a touchdown in the game.

January 14, 2006
The Seattle Seahawks end the Redskins season, 20-10.

April 18, 2006
The Capitals end their season 29-41-12 and out of the playoffs.

May 5, 2006
The Wizards fall 114-113 in overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers, falling in six games in the first round after a 42-40 season.

October 1, 2006
The Nationals lose to the New York Mets, 6-2, ending the season at 71-91.

December 30, 2006
A 34-28 loss to the New York Giants ends the Redskins’ season at 5-11.


April 7, 2007
The Capitals lose to the Sabres, 2-0, ending the year 28-40-14.

April 23, 2007
Boris Yeltsin dies.

April 30, 2007
The Wizards are swept by the Cavaliers in the first round, losing Game 4 97-90.

September 30, 2007
The Nationals end the year at 73-89 after a 6-1 loss to the Phillies.

November 26, 2007
While recovering from a knee injury, Sean Taylor is shot in the femoral artery during a burglary of his home.

November 27, 2007
Sean Taylor dies at 24 years old.

December 2, 2007
The Redskins defend the first play of the game vs. the Buffalo Bills with ten players. Leading 16-14 with 8 seconds to play, an illegal timeout by Joe Gibbs turns a 51-yard field goal attempt into a 36-yard try and the Bills win, 17-16.

December 30, 2007
A 27-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys gives the Redskins a four-game winning streak, a 9-7 record, and a wild card playoff berth.


January 5, 2008
After trailing 13-0, the Redskins take a 14-13 lead over the Seattle Seahawks but allow two interception returns for touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 35-14 playoff loss.

January 8, 2008
Joe Gibbs retires as head coach of the Redskins.

March 30, 2008
Nationals Park opens with Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off home run to beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2.

April 5, 2008
The Capitals end the season with a 7-game winning streak to reach a 43-31-8 record.

April 22, 2008
The Capitals lose in Game 7 of the first round, 4-3 in overtime, to the Pittsburgh Penguins. #5

May 2, 2008
The Wizards fall again to the Cavalers in the first round, this time in six games after a 105-88 loss, after a 43-39 campaign.

September 28, 2008
The Nationals secure the worst record in Major League Baseball at 59-102, falling 8-3 to the Phillies.

October 26, 2008
The Redskins improve to 6-2 with a 25-17 win over the Detriot Lions.

December 28, 2008
The Redskins fall to 8-8 and out of the playoffs with a 27-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.


January 20, 2009
Barack Obama is inaugurated President of the United States.

February 7, 2009
Albert Haynesworth signs a 7 year, $100 million contract with the Redskins.

March 1, 2009
Jim Bowden resigns from the Nationals, and Mike Rizzo is named interim GM 3 days later.

April 15, 2009
The bottom has fallen out from under the Wizards, who end the season at 19-63 with a 115-107 loss to the Boston Celtics.

April 17, 2009
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn don “Natinals” uniforms for the first three innings of a 3-2 loss to the Florida Marlins.

April 28, 2009
The Capitals complete a comeback from a 3-1 first round series deficit to the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory in Game 7.

May 13, 2009
The Capitals drop Game 7 to the Penguins, 6-2. #6

June 9, 2009
The Washington Nationals select Stephen Strasburg, pitcher, San Diego State University with the first pick in the 2009 MLB Rule 4 Draft.

August 20, 2009
Rizzo becomes fulltime GM of the Nationals.

September 27, 2009
The Nationals fall to 51 games below .500, 52-103.

October 4, 2009
The Nationals end the season on a 7-game winning streak but nonetheless end up with MLB’s worst record at 59-103.

December 21, 2009
The Redskins lose to the Giants, 45-12, on Monday Night Football. The second quarter ends with punter Hunter Smith getting intercepted on a fake field goal attempt, a play on which the Giants end up nearly scoring.


January 3, 2010
The Redskins’ 4-12 campaign concludes with a 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

January 5, 2010
Mike Shanahan hired as head coach of the Redskins.

January 27, 2010
Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are suspended from the NBA for the season for their run-ins with NBA rules and Washington, DC gun laws.

April 4, 2010
The Redskins trade for Donovan McNabb.

April 11, 2010
The Capitals’ season ends at 54-15-13, for a league leading 121 points and the Presidents Trophy.

April 14, 2010
The Wizards’ season ends at 26-56.

April 21, 2010
Capitals 6, Montreal Canadiens 3 – Capitals lead series, 3-1

April 28, 2010
Canadiens 2, Capitals 1 – Capitals lose in first round of the playoffs again, 4 games to 3

June 7, 2010
The Washington Nationals select Bryce Harper, outfielder, College of Southern Nevada, with the first pick in the 2010 MLB Rule 4 Draft.

June 8, 2010
Stephen Strasburg strikes out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates in 7 innings in his MLB debut, a 4-2 victory.

June 24, 2010
The Washington Wizards select John Wall, guard, University of Kentucky with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

October 3, 2010
The Nationals end their season with a 14-inning, 2-1 win over the New York Mets, ending at 69-93.

November 15, 2010
The Redskins trail 35-0 to the Eagles after one play of the second quarter on their way to a 59-28 defeat on Monday Night Football. During one Eagles touchdown, Albert Haynesworth lays on the ground, uninjured, after a block.

December 5, 2010
The Nationals sign Jayson Werth to a 7 year, $126 million contract.

December 12, 2010
Donovan McNabb starts his 13th and final game for the Redskins, a 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is replaced by Rex Grossman.


January 2, 2011
The Redskins lose to the Giants, 17-14, ending Shanahan’s first season at 6-10.

April 13, 2011
The Wizards lose 100-93 to the Cavaliers, ending a 23-59 campaign.

April 23, 2011
The Capitals complete a 4-1 series win in the first round over the New York Rangers.

May 4, 2011
The Capitals are swept 4-0 by the Lightning in the second round.

June 6, 2011
The Nationals take Anthony Rendon, infielder, Rice University with the sixth pick of the rule 4 draft.

July 28, 2011
The Redskins trade Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a fifth round draft pick.

September 28, 2011
The Nationals end the season at 80-81 after a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins.


January 1, 2012
The Redskins end Shanahan’s second season at 5-11 after a 34-10 loss to the Eagles.

April 25, 2012
The Capitals topple the Bruins in seven games in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 overtime victory.

April 26, 2012
The Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor University with the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Wizards end the lockout-shortened season at 20-46 after a 104-70 win over the Miami Heat.

April 28, 2012
The Redskins draft QB Kirk Cousins of Michigan State in the fourth round and RB Alfred Morris of Florida Atlantic in the sixth round.

May 12, 2012
The Capitals fall to the Rangers in seven games in the second round of the playoffs with a 2-1 regulation defeat.

September 9, 2012
Robert Griffin III throws for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns in his debut, a 40-32 win vs. the New Orleans Saints.

September 20, 2012
The Nationals improve to 91-58 with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, guaranteeing the first playoff berth for a Washington MLB team since 1933.

October 1, 2012
Despite falling 2-0 to the Phillies, the Nationals’ 96-64 mark secures the 2012 NL East title as the Atlanta Braves lose. The Nationals will win the final two games of the season to end up with the best record in baseball at 98-64.

October 7, 2012
The Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, in the first playoff game for a Washington, DC MLB team since October 7, 1933, and the first playoff win since October 5, 1933.

October 10, 2012
Washington, DC hosts its first Major League Baseball postseason game since October 7, 1933.

October 11, 2012
With the Nationals trailing the Cardinals two games to one, Jayson Werth ends a 13-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run for a 2-1 win, tying the series at two games apiece.

October 12, 2012
The Nationals take a 6-0 lead vs. the Cardinals in the third inning of Game 5 via a 2-run home run by Michael Morse at 9:38 p.m.

By 11:33 p.m., the score is 6-5.

October 13, 2012
At 12:14 a.m., a Daniel Descalso single ties the game at 7-7. At 12:17 a.m., a Pete Kozma single gives the Cardinals a 9-7 lead. The score becomes final at 12:28 a.m., ending the most successful baseball season for a Washington team in 79 years.

October 14, 2012
Robert Griffin clinches a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings with a 76-yard touchdown run with 2:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.

November 4, 2012
A three-game losing streak drops the Redskins to 3-6 before their bye week.

December 30, 2012
The Redskins beat the Cowboys, 28-18, to improve to 10-6 and win the NFC East. Morris rushes for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game.


January 6, 2013
Robert Griffin III tears his ACL and MCL in a 24-14 Redskins wild card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Redskins’ third straight playoff defeat at Seattle’s hands.

April 17, 2013
The Wizards drop their sixth straight game, 95-92 to the Bulls, to end their season at 29-53.

May 13, 2013
The Capitals are shut out by the Rangers 5-0, ending their first round in seven games.

September 9, 2013
Griffin returns from his knee injury as the Redskins lose to the Eagles, 33-27, on Monday Night Football.

September 29, 2013
The Nationals end a disappointing 86-76 campaign with a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, missing the playoffs.

December 8, 2013
Griffin’s season ends in a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that drops the Redskins to 3-10.

December 29, 2013
The Redskins go 0-3 under Kirk Cousins after a 20-6 loss to the Giants, ending the year at 3-13.


April 13, 2014
The Capitals end a disappointing 38-30-14 campaign with a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, missing the playoffs.

April 16, 2014
The Wizards end their first playoff-bound season since 2008 with a 118-102 over the Boston Celtics, finishing 44-38.

April 29, 2014
The Wizards finish off the Bulls in 5 games with a 75-69 win.

May 15, 2014
The Wizards lose in 6 to the Indiana Pacers, 93-80, missing out on an Eastern Conference Finals berth vs. the Miami Heat.

September 14, 2014
Robert Griffin dislocates his ankle in the first quarter of a 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

September 16, 2014
The Nationals beat the Braves, 3-0, improving to 87-63 and clinching the NL East title.

September 25, 2014
Kirk Cousins throws 4 second-half interceptions in a 45-14 loss to the New York Giants.

September 28, 2014
Jordan Zimmermann throws a no-hitter vs. the Miami Marlins in a 1-0 win in the last game of the season. Stephen Souza Jr. makes a diving catch with his back to home plate for the final out of the game. The Nationals end the year 96-66, the best record in the National League.

October 7, 2014
The Nationals lose to the San Francisco Giants 3 games to 1 in the National League Division Series, Washington’s 90th straight season without a World Series championship, and guaranteeing its 22nd straight calendar year without a Big 4 championship of any kind.

December 28, 2014
The Redskins finish 4-12 after a 44-17 loss to the Cowboys, for a 7-25 mark since winning the division in 2012.


April 26, 2015
The Wizards crush the Toronto Raptors, 125-94, to sweep their first round playoff series in 4 games and advance in the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1979.

April 27, 2015
The Capitals defeat the New York Islanders, 2-1, to take the first round series in seven games.

May 3, 2015
The Wizards defeat the Atlanta Hawks 104-98 in Game 1 of their second round playoff series.

May 5, 2015
John Wall is a late scratch for Game 2 and the Wizards lose, 106-90.

May 6, 2015
The Capitals defeat the New York Rangers, 2-1, to take a 3-1 lead in their second round series.

May 7, 2015
The Wizards announce John Wall has five fractures in his left hand and wrist.

May 9, 2015
Bryce Harper hits a 2-run walk-off home run to lift the Nationals over the Atlanta Braves, 8-6. It is his 6th home run in 3 games. At 16-15, the Nationals are above .500 for the first time all season despite high expectations entering the campaign.

That night, Paul Pierce makes a 21-foot bank shot from the left elbow to lift the Wizards to a 103-101 win over the Hawks, despite Wall missing his second straight game with his injury. The Wizards take a 2-1 series lead.

May 13, 2015
In Game 5 vs. Atlanta, John Wall returns for the Wizards. Pierce makes a three-pointer with 8.3 seconds left to give the Wizards an 81-80 lead with 8.3 seconds to play, but they lose 82-81 on an Al Horford second-chance layup with 1.9 seconds remaining, falling behind 3 games to 2.

Fourteen minutes later, the Capitals lose to the Rangers 2-1 in overtime, losing their second round series in seven games.

May 15, 2015
Paul Pierce's game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer is waved off and the Wizards lose Game 6 and the series to the Hawks, 94-91.

May 19, 2015
Ryan Zimmerman hits his 11th career walk-off home run to beat the New York Yankees 8-6 in ten innings as the Nationals move into a tie for first place.

May 20, 2015
A 3-2 win over the Yankees moves the Nationals into first place for the first time all season.

June 20, 2015
One start after a one-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts vs. the Brewers, Max Scherzer throws a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-0 victory. The only batter to reach base for the Pirates is Jose Tabata, who leans his elbow into a 2-2 pitch with 2 out in the ninth inning and reaches on a hit by pitch.

July 4, 2015
A 9-3 Independence Day win over the San Francisco Giants ends up giving the Nationals a 4.5-game lead in the NL East, which will prove their largest of the season.

August 2, 2015
A 5-2 loss ends a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Mets in New York, moving the teams into a tie for first place.

August 20, 2015
Robert Griffin III, who had been named the starting quarterback for the Redskins for the 2015 season, is concussed against the Detroit Lions in the team's second preseason game. It is his last appearance to date as quarterback of the Redskins, as Kirk Cousins retains the starting job and Colt McCoy becomes the backup.

September 12, 2015
The Nationals lose to the Marlins, 2-0, dropping them 9.5 games back of the Mets.

September 26, 2015
The Nationals walk off to beat the Phillies 2-1, but a 10-2 Mets win over the Reds clinches the NL East for New York.

September 27, 2015
The day after elimination, Jonathan Papelbon wrings Bryce Harper's neck after starting an altercation in the 8th inning of a 12-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon continues to pitch in the ninth inning, as it turns out Nationals manager Matt Williams is never made aware of the fight. The Nationals fall 9.5 games back of the division again.

October 3, 2015
Max Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 win vs. the New York Mets in the second game of a doubleheader. Once again only one runner reaches base, after a Yunel Escobar throwing error in the sixth inning allows Kevin Plawecki to reach base. Throwing just 109 pitches, Scherzer strikes out 17 Mets batters, tying Nolan Ryan for the most strikeouts in a no-hitter in MLB history.

October 4, 2015
The Nationals' disappointing campaign ends at 83-79 after a 1-0 loss to the Mets.

October 5, 2015
Matt Williams is fired as Nationals manager after two seasons.

October 25, 2015
After falling behind 24-0 in the first half to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Redskins rally to a 31-30 win, culminating when Kirk Cousins finds Jordan Reed for a 6-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining and the ensuing extra point. It is the largest comeback in team history.

October 29, 2015
Media reports indicate that Bud Black has been hired as the next manager of the Washington Nationals, even though the two sides have yet to actually agree to terms of the contract.

November 3, 2015
The Nationals announce Dusty Baker as their next manager.

November 5, 2015
A 47-14 win over the New Orleans Saints is the Redskins' biggest win since 2005. Kirk Cousins throws for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns with a perfect 158.3 passer rating and is named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.

November 19, 2015
Bryce Harper wins the National League Most Valuable Player award in an unanimous vote, the first Expos/Nationals MVP in franchise history. Harper hit .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs during the season.

December 26, 2015
The Redskins defeat the Eagles, 38-24, to improve to 8-7 and clinch the NFC East division title.

1 comment:

Nimo said...

Hey Nathaniel,

Just wanted to say that this was an awesome read. It really took me through the pain of being a DC sports fan. I really enjoyed how you brought in the information about key players to be in the future, but early on (like Bryce Harper's birth etc) - gave a unique perspective. I'm more loyal to the Orioles as I am sure you could guess, since I left DC before the Nationals arrived. The Orioles would have been equally tragic if substituted for the Nats I'm sure. Since leaving DC however, I am still 100% a DC fan. Living in California for so long, and just being a sports fan, I couldn't help but watch the teams I had on TV. So I definitely have a soft spot for the Dodgers these days (not like that has been very pleasant either). I remember most of the moments you mention for the Redskins, Wizards and Capitals - and I'm still bitter about most of those memories. That 8-0 Redskins start was incredibly painful, along with the Capitals loss to the Red Wings with Kolzig. Here's hoping for 2015! Thanks for a great read man!