City Paper released the winners of its “Best of D.C. 2015” reader poll on Thursday and some of the results — specifically the runners-up — are surprising.
John Wall follows in the footsteps of Robert Griffin III (2013) and Bryce Harper (2014) as the “Best Local Sports Player,” beating out Alex Ovechkin and Jayson Werth for the honor.
Ovechkin is a deserving runner-up, but, ignoring the five days Werth spent in jail for reckless driving, the Nationals outfielder wasn’t even the best player on his own team. Perhaps this was a reaction to John Feinstein’s claim that Werth is one of the least likeable athletes in the history of Washington, D.C., or maybe readers thought they were voting for “Best Local Sports Player Honored With a Garden Gnome.”
The Nationals were named the “Best Local Sports Team,” with Scandal Ultimate and the Washington Capitals finishing as the runners-up. That’s right; Scandal Ultimate — an elite D.C. women’s ultimate team — finished ahead of the Wizards, Redskins and D.C. United. Forget football. With Scandal, the D.C. Breeze and the D.C. Current, this is fast becoming a frisbee town. Seriously, “Best Local Semi-Pro Ultimate Team” should be its own category next year.
Matt Williams was named “Best Local Sports Coach,” beating out Barry Trotz and Ben Olsen. (Last year, Adam Oates won, so there was at least some hope for Randy Wittman). Ted Leonsis edged Ted Lerner and “Anyone but Dan Snyder” for “Best Local Sports Owner.”