D.C. Sports Hit Rock Bottom*
If Jerrico Cotchery catches that overtime pass--a football that was virtually begging to nestle in his arms--the Jets have a first down, are in field goal range, and very likely win the game. And then I'd have no problem declaring the past fortnight the worst in D.C. sports history. Or at least the worst fortnight in the past decade of D.C. sports history. Or at least the worst fortnight in this blog's history (14 months). Consider the evidence:
1) D.C. United, the area's only reliable professional franchise, fails to take advantage of MLS's best regular season record and loses a first-round series to the Chicago Fire, forfeiting a chance to play MLS Cup at home, which could have been a huge boon for the stadium drive. Depression meter: 8 Paxils out of 10 (mitigated by the Supporters Shield for regular season excellence, but let's face it, we don't live in a regular season world).
2) The Wizards, after bandying about an "Eastern Conference Finals or Bust" mantra, lose their first three games for the first time since 1992. Depression meter: 5 Paxils out of 10 (mitigated by the fact that it's early and the Wiz always start slow, but gosh, they look bad).
3) The Caps, after bandying about a "Playoffs or Bust" mantra, lose four out of five and seem thoroughly hapless. (Really, they've lost eight out of 10, but I'm respecting this Worst Fortnight theme). Depression meter: 4 Paxils out of 10 (mitigated by the fact that we're used to them being bad, but jeez, 8 out of 10 is bad).
4) Maryland football gets crushed by Clemson at home, and then loses at doormat North Carolina to fall below .500, with half its wins coming against Villanova and Florida International. Depression meter: 6 Paxils out of 10 (mitigated by the nasty injury bug, I guess, but still, 4-5 is 4-5).
5) The Redskins were staring at a particularly ugly two-fer: one of the worst bottom beatings in franchise history, followed by a near-loss to a 1-7 joke team with a new starting quarterback and a thoroughly indifferent fan base, which would have virtually torpedoed the entire season. Depression meter: would have been 8 Paxils out of 10, easily, with a whiskey chaser to boot.
6) Making matters worse, fan favorite, budding All-Pro and all around American Hero Brandon Lloyd seems to have come to the end of the line, merely for missing a meeting!!!! I mean, who really thinks meetings are that.....bah, forget it, JLC wins.
But Cotchery dropped the ball, CP ran the ball, Shazam made the kick, and now we can just forget about the Wizards and Caps and Terps and United and instead focus on those gritty, gutty, clutch Redskins, and LaRon Landry's hair. (Coming later.) Plus, Fred Smoot, in explaining the "Shazam" nickname, told me he has nicknames for every Redskin who's played in the last seven years, and promised to cough up the goods this week. That's the good thing about a win.
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