Sure we all wanted a win for the Nationals. What a great story it would have been. But would they truly have been a Washington, DC team if they went from perennial also rans to champions of the world? To be a team from Washington, DC you need to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. That is what it means to be a DC team and the Nationals historically epic collapse lets them join the club.
It is right up there with the countless collapses over the years by the Capitals. Most recently for the Caps was the blowing of a 3 games to 1 lead against the 8th seeded Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs after being the number one overall seed in the playoffs. An NHL first. That isn’t even mentioning Joel Ward’s late game penalties against the Rangers this past spring, the multiple overtime losses in game 7s to the Islanders and Penguins, or the repeated blowing of 3-1 series leads.
The Redskins bucked that trend for about a decade under Joe Gibbs in the1980s and early 90s, but since they have basically been a disaster that can’t get out of their own way. One of the few times they make the playoffs they go against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January 2000 in the Divisional Round. They blow a 13 point lead, but still have a chance to win and set up for a 52 yard field goal with just over a minute left that will give the Redskins the lead and likely a spot in the NFC Championship Game. Does the kick miss wide, fall short, get blocked? Nope, Dan Turk snapped the ball low and Brad Johnson couldn’t handle it and the Redskins lose without letting Brett Conway even make an attempt.
The Wizards…need I say more?
So, as heart breaking as the loss is at least we can finally say that DC truly has its own baseball team.