When I moved to D.C. several years ago, it was from one of the biggest sports cities in the country. Nine different major pro teams shared space in one media market, and while some got more play, they all commanded respect. Here, sports news and talk radio were largely dominated by the Redskins.
“Oh, this is a Redskins town,” was the explanation I always got when I asked. There was no questioning it. It was as if the entire city was in on a decision made long ago to let this one team rule sports.
Well, the Redskins are one day away from their first preseason game, and the Nationals are what everyone was talking about when they woke up this morning. There’s a shift happening, and that’s a good thing.
The Redskins are still the driving sports force in town, and maybe they always will be on some level.
But D.C. is no longer just a Redskins town.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Aly Raisman won gold in floor exercise.
* Sally Jenkins says that the criticism of a few ignorant people may have gotten into Gabby Douglas’s head.
Nigerian Algerian who was ejected from the Olympics for not trying hard enough was reinstated. Oh, and he won the gold.
* Another game in extra innings, another ridiculous Nats win
* The Redskins want to become a top defense this season.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Bernadina. That’s why otherwise sensible people (on vacation) stay up after midnight to watch pennant race baseball.— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) August 8, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Craig Stammen on Bernadina’s catch:
“He caught it. And I was like, ‘OK, is he dead or alive?’”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT II
Davey Johnson on his reaction to the catch:
“He disappeared and came out holding the glove high. I said, ‘Man, this is great. Let’s get out of here.’”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
It would be absolutely ridiculous to have anything but Bernadina’s catch in this space. See the catch, and player reactions, here.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Seattle at Baltimore, 7 p.m. on MASN. Nats at Astros, 8 p.m. on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.
U.S. Olympic runner Alysia Montano explains why she wears a flower in her hair while competing. “Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them. As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.”
COOL THING OF THE DAY
This is some pretty genius interactive street performing.