As soon as the Ravens polished off their Super Bowl win late Sunday night, Redskins fans starting posting the inevitable stat: This was the third straight year their team had beaten the eventual NFL champion during the regular season. And Washington is now 4-0 against the eventual champs during that span, with December’s win over Baltimore added to a sweep of the Giants last season and an overtime win over the Packers in 2010.
Of course, this is actually the seventh straight season Washington has faced the eventual champ during the regular season. The Redskins are 5-4 against those eventual champions, with losses to the Saints, Steelers and Colts and a 2007 split against the Giants.
Also, some sports fans get satisfaction when the team they lose to in the playoffs goes on to win the whole thing. For Redskins fans, their team lost to the Seahawks, who lost to the Falcons, who lost to the 49ers, who lost to the champs. Not exactly the same thrill there.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* The Caps’ matinee meeting with the Penguins was a rancid bowl of goat-milk pudding. More or less.
* Chris Singleton finally gets another chance to actually play in a Washington Wizards game.
* Wise wrote a column about the Ravens. They won the Super Bowl, FYI.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Adam Oates explains why he didn’t yank Braden Holtby from that goat-pudding rodeo:
“I really felt like last year when Holts came up, he really gave this team a rallying cry and I thought, ‘You know what, he’s earned the right to stay in there and fight through this.’ ”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards host the Clippers (and Caron Butler) at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Here’s the blurriest picture of Jayson Werth and his beard at a Caps game you will ever see in your life. Via @DCbrady.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Perhaps the most joyous moment of the Caps game came when John Carlson attempted to dump the puck into the Pens’ zone and take a line change, and Tomas Vokoun went behind the net to retrieve the puck, and it somehow ricocheted off a stanchion and into the empty net.
KEN ROSENTHAL’S AVATAR
Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal had featured the Phillie Phanatic as his Twitter avatar for ages. Nats fans asked him to change. He challenged them to provide a replacement. They did, featuring Taft and the Racing Presidents. And then Phillies fans freaked out.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SHIRTS FOR SALE
The Redskins are selling RGIII Rookie of the Year t-shirts. They’re only $30, plus $6.99 shipping.