The young sports stars in D.C. have enough potential to make even certain grizzled sportswriters feel faint.
“Okay, I confess. I doubted D.C. would ever have four stars as remarkable as Griffin, Strasburg, Ovechkin and Harper to compare to each other,” Boz wrote last week. “It’s our turn to show off.”
And the national outlets are taking note. Deadspin’s indispensable weekly log of SportsCenter topics revealed that last week, Robert Griffin III and Stephen Strasburg were 5th and 9th, respectively, on the list of most-mentioned SportsCenter personalities. Even if this was largely about the Shutdown and Griffining, mentions are mentions.
And if that’s not evidence enough, how about this: next month, ESPN the Magazine will come out with a D.C. themed issue.
“DC has always been a town where sports is currency. Going to a game isn’t just about being a fan, it’s an avenue to power and connections,” an online editorial summary explains. “As the election approaches we will examine the cross-section of these relationships and how they impact sports.”
A magazine spokeswoman added that “for the first time in decades, D.C. sports is driving the national conversation in a way that is about high-quality, buzzworthy performances,” which is an even stronger endorsement.
Of course, the one thing that’s still missing is some sort of actual championship-type thingy, which is probably more important to fans than a magazine cover. But if you can’t have the former, might as well take the latter. I’ll have more on the D.C. themed issue closer to the publication date.
(Note: A reader who’s a stickler for details notes that the editorial calendar linked above indicates that this issue was planned far before D.C. sports were actually hot. Fine, fine. ‘Tis a nice coincidence, anyhow.)
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
RGIII says he’s proved that he can take a hit. Now stop proving it, please.
Josh Morgan talks about receiving death threats.
Kilgore on the Nats’ double-header split: “the cool air made October baseball feel vividly near.”
Ovechkin, making friends: “I think it’s a stupid idea and stupid decision by NHL, [Commissioner Gary] Bettman.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Wale has so much Natitude.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
RGIII, on whether he’s covering up the Nike logos intentionally, via Tarik.
“Nah...it’s just...ah...Yes. There’s no way around that one.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
The Orioles won their nine millionth straight extra-innings game, thanks to this Adam Jones homer in the 11th.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats host the Dodgers at 7 on MASN. The Giants are at the Panthers at 8 on the NFL Network. All TV/Radio listings are here.
I’ve been meaning to link to this Extreme Skins poll, which asks if you’d be willing to cut off the tip of your pinkie or little toe in exchange for a Redskins Super Bowl win. Please say no.
THE OPENING NIGHT THAT ISN’T
Caps fans are planning to don their gear and head to Verizon Center on the night of the non-opening night. Then they’ll go visit restaurants and bars.