Rooting Interests: Who are D.C. fans?
The Post set out to answer the question fans often ask: What kind of sports town do we live in?
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PART ONE: A Washington Post poll finds D.C. residents care more about sports than the national average, but many don’t cheer for the city’s teams.
PART TWO | The deep relationship between the Washington area’s black sports fans and the Redskins is supported by a new Washington Post poll.
PART THREE | After plenty of disappointing seasons, less than half of D.C.-area sports fans have a favorable view of the Washington Wizards.
Washington sports fans surveyed by The Post choose Joe Gibbs, followed closely by John Riggins. Who would you name?
GRAPHIC: D.C.’s white fans are favorable toward the hockey and baseball teams, while the basketball and football teams fare better among African Americans.
VIDEO: The Post Sports Live cast discusses the African American community's strong loyalty to the Washington Redskins.
COLUMN: In less than 10 years, major league baseball has moved to the District, as has one of the most exciting pro hockey players. And D.C. fans support the teams, to a point.
COLUMN | What does Joe Gibbs’s selection as the District’s top sports figure say about the town?
COLUMN | Even though the population of the Washington area turns over more than the Redskins’ roster, the fans possess a curious mix of optimism and pessimism.
Help us decide who has the best combination of spirit, local-sports knowledge and loyalty to their team(s).
A Post survey showed significant differences between black sports fans and white sports fans in the D.C. area.
PHOTOS: Over time, the football team’s sensitive racial history has been usurped among African Americans by feelings of civic pride and family.
Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog discusses his story on the nature of sports fans in the Washington, D.C. area.
PHOTOS: From presidents to media members and entertainers, local celebrities love their teams.
PHOTOS: Sports loyalties mirror many of the traits of the region.
All of the questions and a complete statistical breakdown of The Washington Post sports poll of D.C.-area residents.
DISCUSSION: We’d like to hear what you think of Washington’s fans and teams, and what might make D.C. a better sports town.
VIDEO: D.C. area sports fans talk about why they will always root for the home team.
Just more than half of area sports fans say they view the team favorably, but more than a third have negative feelings.
There are a lot of people in Washington who cheer for the home team. There are also a lot of people who don’t.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer has been a Wizards season-ticket holder ever since he convinced Michael Jordan to come out of retirement — or so he says. He discusses being a fan.
We asked you to help us figure out what makes a good sports fan and asked for your opinions on what makes D.C. sports fans unique. Here’s what you had to say.
Area fans, show us your colors. Submit and view fan photos here.
GRAPHIC: A complete explanation of megafans, hometown fans, social fans and drive-by fans, from where they live to which sports they like most.
INTERACTIVE: A demographic portrait of the fans of D.C. sports teams
Rapper Wale discusses why he continues to support the Wizards, his friendship with John Wall and how he remains friends with LeBron James despite history with team.
ROOT D.C.: Fifty years after integrating, black residents are more loyal than white fans, partly because players became unwitting ambassadors.
We’d like to hear from Caps fans. What do you think of D.C.’s fans and its teams?