The Washington Post conducted a poll to get a sense of what kind of sports town Washington is. We'd like to hear what you think of its fans and teams, and what you think of the results of the poll. What would make Washington a better-than-average sports town? For Capitals fans, is it anything more than a Stanley Cup?
If you’re Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, D.C. is great the way it is. From his personal blog, Ted’s Take:
I never believe totally in polls like this. The sample sizes are quite small. Sports are all about emotion, dedication, belief and commitment. Our community is huge and growing. It is tough to encapsulate it by making a few random phone calls. That is an old school methodology and one that has failed politicians for decades.
And who cares what people who used to work and live here and now live and work elsewhere have to say about us? ...
I think DC and VA and MD are GREAT sports communities. I think you are the best fans. I respect you. I want to earn your love and support. I am unabashed in that belief. I didn’t grow up here but I would never live anywhere else. I have been connected to Washington, DC since 1975. This is my home. A place with great sports fans!
But many have said D.C. is known as a bandwagon town, particularly when it comes to the Capitals’ recent success.
“The so called ‘Caps’ fans are just front runners who hardly know the sport,” wrote reader bluecountry, whose post was quickly shot down by a lifelong fan.
Said former Capitals PR director Nate Ewell: “There’s definitely a sense that if there’s a cool team to root for or a cool place to be, that team is going to get attention, whether people grew up rooting for them or not.”
But Ewell didn’t say that’s a bad thing. Is it? And if it is, what would make D.C. a better sports town — or a better hockey town? Share your thoughts in the comments below.