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Washington sports fans have had plenty to cheer about recently

Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers takes a shot against Capitals goalie Braden Holtby in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. (Bruce Bennett/GETTY IMAGES)

The past few weeks have provided good times for Washington fans, no matter what your favorite sport is.

Hockey: The Washington Capitals have shown everyone why playoff hockey is so special. Every game in their seven-game series with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins was decided by a single goal. Four of the games went into overtime. Even better, the Caps won four of the seven games.

The series with the Rangers has been almost as close and just as exciting. I’m wearing out the edge of my seat watching the games! Check today’s sports section to see how the Caps did last night. Win or lose, the playoffs have been a blast.

Baseball: The Washington Nationals are off to a fast start. Led by strong pitching, the Nats have one of the best records in baseball. Washington also has some must-see players. Stephen Strasburg is almost unhittable at times with his blazing fastball and knee-buckling curve. Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old whom the Nats recently brought up from the minors, can do it all: hit, run and throw.

Soccer: Surprise, surprise: D.C. United is in second place in Major League Soccer’ Eastern Conference. The team is being coached by Ben Olsen, a former United player, and the team has a lot of new faces. Olsen has them playing together. And, after a slow start, United is scoring, notching 15 goals in the past six matches. United is almost scoring more than the Capitals, or even the Nationals!

Football: I know the Washington Redskins always seem better in the offseason than when the games are actually played. But the Redskins have everyone excited because they drafted college star and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin is better known by his nickname, RGIII. The guy even sounds like a superhero! Rookie quarterbacks are usually not very good, and Griffin hasn’t done anything yet. But he gives Redskins fans something they haven’t had in a long while: hope.

Speaking of hope, even the Washington Wizards won their last six games of the season.

Playing sports or rooting for a team is always full of ups and downs. The key is to enjoy the good times and tough out the hard times. The Washington teams have some exciting new players and are going through a fun stretch.

Like summer vacation, a double scoop of ice cream or extra recess, these fun times won’t last forever. So enjoy them while you can.

Fred Bowen writes the sports opinion column for KidsPost. He is the author of 17 sports books for kids, including stories about baseball, basketball, football and soccer.

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