Washingtonian says the Wizards are a reason to love our city

Many D.C. sports fans and media members have speculated that a golden era of D.C. sports is dawning, with the Nats, Redskins and Caps reigning division winners boasting young, MVP-caliber stars.

Many D.C. sports fans and media members have left the Wizards out of this worldview.

And yet, here comes Washingtonian to disagree. The magazine just published its annual ‘Best Of’ edition, which includes a ‘Best of Washington’ article, featuring ’62 Reasons to Love Our City.’ The Caps don’t make the cut. Neither do the Redskins. The Nats are featured twice: for the Racing Presidents — who “may be the best mascots in baseball” — and the water taxis to Nationals Park.

And yet No. 10 on the list is, yes, the Wizards, who “may return to the playoffs yet.”

“We only just endured the heartbreak of a fifth straight season without a team in the NBA playoffs,” the magazine writes. “But hopes soared anew when the Wizards scored an against-all-odds, number-three pick in May’s draft lottery. With two of the top prospects from local universities — Alex Len at Maryland and Otto Porter from Georgetown — the hot new star may not have far to go.

Well, those words are all true, I guess. But a possible Wizards return to the playoffs based on finishing third in the draft lottery is just not one of the 62 best parts about Washington, not in any serious universe. Though I guess they got me to write about their list. So good job, Washingtonian.

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT

Joe Theismann and Mick Jagger. Yes yes yes yes yes.


(Via @Theismann7)

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Kirk Cousins reacts to the Stanley Cup Finals. Appropriately, I might add.

OVECHKIN AND MCILROY

Two of the most famous fans at Wimbledon are getting buddy-buddy. Near treadmills

(Via @Ovi8)
(Via @Ovi8)

A POST POLL ON ‘REDSKINS’

Via Jon Cohen and Rick Maese, “A large majority of Washington area sports fans say the Washington Redskins should not change the team name, according to a new Washington Post poll, and changing it might undermine support from some of the team’s most ardent fans.” Whatever you think about this issue, I think we can agree that media members and fans are not seeing eye-to-eye right now. More like eye to elbow. Or ankle to shoulder blade.

CHRISTMAS IN WOODBRIDGE

Bryce Harper will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday night at Class A Potomac, General Manager Mike Rizzo said.” Coincidentally, it’s also “Two For Tuesday,” in which fans can get “2 Tickets, 2 Hot Dogs and 2 Small Sodas for the price of one.” Plus, it’s “Halfway to Christmas” night, “which features a toy drive to benefit the Salvation Army of Prince William County, and the first Community Night of the summer. To celebrate Halfway to Christmas, there will be Christmas decorations throughout the ballpark, carolers will sing holiday songs and the Salvation Army will bring out red kettles for fans to make donations in.”

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Hope you like baseball. Get ready for six weeks of it. The Nats host Arizona at 7 on MASN. All TV and radio listings are here.

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