D.C.’s Greatest Fan contest winner: John Mann

For their final challenge John Mann , Michael Ortman and John Pence. each took a timed 30-question quiz (in the Post’s downtown office with no access to the internet). Almost every question was submitted by a reader and by all accounts it was hard. Out of 54 possible points, John M. scored a 32, Michael had a 30 and John P. scored a 29. Read what they had to say about it.

Here’s your chance to see how you’d do on the quiz. . Read and comment on the tougher, mostly fill-in-the-blank version they took or take the interactive multiple-choice version .

D.C.’s Greatest Fan Contest: Round 2 results

The judges trimmed the field from six to our final three: John Mann , Michael Ortman and John Pence.

Read what they liked about the three who advanced.

The challenge was to create a 90-second (or less) video in which they displayed their most-prized piece of D.C. sports memorabilia and told us the story behind it. The videos were judged on the quality and originality of the story the contestants told, their creativity in telling it and your input.

The three finalists will each take the Post’s trivia quiz and the one who scores the highest will be declared “D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan”. Results will be posted by Monday afternoon.

D.C.’s Greatest Fan Contest: Round 1 results

The judges trimmed the field from nine to six. Read what they liked about the six who advanced .

The challenge was to write a 350-word (or less) essay on the following topic: “Describe one thing you would change about one of the local pro teams.” The essays were judged on originality, insight, and the quality of the argument.

Round one winners

Allison Bagot

“Give back to Redskins fans, through an increase in promotional giveaways, a simple, cost effective, team spirit enhancing change that will appeal to a younger generation of fans.”
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John Mann

“Frequent flyers don’t expect to pay the same price for each flight from DC to LA. Why should fans expect to pay the same price for an April baseball game on a cold Tuesday night as they would for a Saturday night game in July?”
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Michael Ortman

“New coach? New QB? Quick and easy ways to fix the Redskins! Truth is, the fix is neither quick nor easy. It requires a patient, unwavering focus on the offensive line.”
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John Pence

“In our uber-interactive entertainment world where teams bend over backwards to find ways to connect with fans, it’s ironic that one of the game’s basic staples of fan interaction has become extinct. I urge the Caps to bring back the decibel meter.”
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Tracy Tran

“If there is one thing I would wish for D.C. United, it would be for them to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, near Nationals Park.”
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Colin Wilcox

“I would turn Sections 138-143 (the lower level above the out-of-town scoreboard at Nats Park) into a student section/Euro soccer-type environment... I call it: The Red Sea.”
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Failed to advance

Scott Allen

“I would like for the Redskins to go back to this year’s NFL draft and select a quarterback, any quarterback, with one of their 11 non-first-round picks.”
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Mike Kerdock

“When you look at [Redskins] history, we were most successful when our head coaches were here for at least 6 years.”
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Mike Rapier

“Tear down the Armory and RFK Stadium, and build an 80,000+ capacity, retractable roof, green-building-construction stadium with below ground parking.”
Should Mike advance?
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D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan Contest

We're looking for the D.C. area sports fan who has the best combination of spirit, local-sports knowledge and loyalty to their team(s). Finalists, chosen by a panel of judges, will compete in three rounds of challenges to win the title of D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan and $1,000 in tickets. Our final live trivia challenge will determine the winner.

The Finalists

Scott Allen

“I was a Racing President, won Wizards season tickets in a Halloween costume contest, and share Caps season tickets with friends.”

Allison Bagot

“I realized I've taken on part-time jobs only to fund travel plans and tickets for sporting events, leaving my current ticket stub collection at 104 at age 22.” 

Bobby DeGeorge

“I am currently serving in the USMC as a helicopter pilot; however, I don't let multiple deployments negatively impact my home team devotion and sports knowledge!”
Not eligible for Round 2 due to DMV residency requirement.

Michael Kerdock

“I got the 1978 Bullets that won the world championship to sign our wedding pictures. We were married on May 27,1978 and followed the Bullets on our honeymoon.”

John Mann

“I was 8 years old and obsessed with the Redskins. I recorded the entire radio broadcast of the game onto cassette tapes and would fall asleep listening to the tapes over and over.”

Michael Ortman

“Many are fans of certain D.C. teams. Few are fanatics of all. This passion has lasted a lifetime. My dad instilled it in me, and I passed it on to his grandchildren.”

John Pence

“I vividly remember begging my mother to and later attending the Washington Redskins victory parade in February of 1983 ... I felt the love on that day.”

Mike Rapier

“They are not my life, but I want them a part of my life. Now, go tell my wife this is okay and not some weird thing.”

Tracy Tran

“I breathe D.C. sports. I even have dating guidelines: First, you have to be Catholic, then you must love DC sports to get a date with me.”

Colin Wilcox

“Being a DC sports fan unfortunately goes hand in hand with being heartbroken...As much as a team can break your heart, you’ve got to stick with them.”

Meet the judges

Cindy Boren

Cindy Boren blogs at The Early Lead and is PostSports’s social media editor.

Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton is a PostSports columnist who hosts a weekly sports chat on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Dan Steinberg

Dan Steinberg writes the D.C. Sports Bog, a quirky look at D.C. sports.