Washington D.C. Sports Lists

In his book The Great Book of Washington, D.C. Sports Lists, co-authored by ESPN 980's Andy Pollin, washingtonpost.com special contributor Leonard Shapiro and many other area sports observers ranked the best and worst of Washington sports. This week, we're giving you a chance to do a little ranking yourself. And check out the transcript from Shapiro's live discussion on the book and the lists.
In the Book
Pollin and Shapiro went with the late Len Bias at No. 1, and we're guessing there will be widespread agreement on that -- hence the two polls at right. The list tilts heavily to the last 40 years, so maybe Gene Shue (a two-time All-American and the No. 3 pick in the '54 draft) is underrated?

1. Len Bias
2. John Lucas
3. Tom McMillen
4. Len Elmore
5. Joe Smith
6. Buck Williams
7. Albert King
8. Gene Shue
9. Juan Dixon
10. Walt Williams
Your Voting
In the Book
Joe Gibbs grabs the top spot, based mostly on the Gibbs I era, we assume. Only one baseball manager makes it -- Bucky Harris of the World Series-winning '24 Senators -- and no soccer coaches (Gordon Bradley? Bruce Arena?). We added Arena for polling purposes ...

1. Joe Gibbs (Redskins)
2. John Thompson Jr. (Georgetown)
3. Morgan Woottenn (DeMatha)
4. Gary Williams (Maryland)
5. Lefty Driesell (Maryland)
6. Ray Flaherty (Redskins)
7. George Allen (Redskins)
8. Bucky Harris (Senators)
9. Red Auerbach (Roosevelt H.S./Washington Capitols)
10. Vince Lombardi (Redskins)
Your Voting
In the Book
William Gildea, who covered a lot of Capitals games in his years with The Post, selected the top 10 Caps, and we ran his list by current beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir. They agree on the top five, but not necessarily the order. And El-Bashir names two guys who should have been in the 6 - 10 range: Larry Murphy and Dino Ciccarelli.

1. Rod Langway
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Olie Kolzig
4. Peter Bondra
5. Dale Hunter
6. Mike Gartner
7. Calle Johansson
8. Scott Stevens
9. Kelly Miller
10. Yvon Labre
Your Voting
In the Book
Shapiro and Pollin understandably pick Sammy Baugh -- considered the best player in NFL history when he retired in 1951 -- in as No. 1, but some might say Kilmer is a bit low. And Brad Johnson?

1. Sammy Baugh
2. Sonny Jurgensen
3. Joe Theismann
4. Mark Rypien
5. Eddie LeBaron
6. Billy Kilmer
7. Doug Williams
8. Brad Johnson
9. Norm Snead
10. Jay Schroeder
Your Voting

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