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D.C.'s biggest busts of the decade

It was pretty easy to get to 20 candidates on this one. Disappointment has been a constant theme in Washington area sports over the past 10 years, as the 20 entries below make clear.

You can rank them on the jump -- and if you feel especially passionate about one bust, state your case in the comments or email us. We'll publish the best reader takes as separate Bog posts as long as you include your full name and city and state in the comment/email.

A couple explanatory notes follow the rankings.

Notes: "Jordan the executive" refers to Michael Jordan's time running the Wizards ... "Redskins 2000 FAs" refers to the free agents signed by the team in 2000 -- including Deion Sanders, Jeff George and Bruce Smith.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 9, 2009; 3:00 AM ET
Categories:  Decade's Best  
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Biggest bust of the decade: the Washington Post sports section.

Posted by: section309 | December 9, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Seconded, section309. Watching EVERYTHING about the once proud WashPost -- particularly the sports coverage -- go down hill over the past 10 years has easily been the biggest bust.

Somewhere, the late Mr. Povich is rolling over in his grave.

I'm not sure if it's good news or bad news that this is almost certainly the last of these end-of-decade navelgazing exercises we'll see from the Post.

Posted by: wahoo2x | December 9, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

How is Heath Shuler not on here?

Posted by: HogsHaven | December 9, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I agree with HogsHaven. Heath Shuler is a HUGE omission. Jeff George, too. Redskins recent history is rife with QB busts, maybe we should generalize that category too instead of singling out Gus Frerotte or Patrick Ramsey.

And I DON'T agree with the inference that Bruce Smith was a bust. The rest of the 2000 FA class, sure, but not Smith. At the time, I thought he was the only FA signing that actually had some potential. He was here a few years, gained his all-time sack crown under our watch, and played some pretty good football for someone closing out his career. Certainly there have been MUCH bigger busts than that here and elsewhere.

-- t

Posted by: taupecat | December 9, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This is a multi #1 listing if I ever say one.
Easily between Adam Archuleta, Kwame Brown, Jason Taylor, Brandon Lloyd, Jordan the executive, Steve Spurrier, Redskins 2000 FAs, and the 07-08 Wiz. Any of those could be the #1 bust.

Posted by: law3 | December 9, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Heath Shuler played for the Redskins from '94 to '96. And was out of the NFL after '97 ... (according to


Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | December 9, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I would add (or rather, specify) Mark Carrier as part of that 2000 class -- he was the biggest bust of the bunch.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | December 9, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Yea, I'm an idiot. Still nursing a hangover.

Posted by: HogsHaven | December 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

michael nylander needs to be on this list. he's definitely in the top 3...

Posted by: RussianMachineNeverBreaks | December 9, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Somehow the sad decline of Terps football after setting such high expectations should be noted...

Posted by: jhorstma | December 9, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I think the real #1 is whatever local pornstar Tiger was sleeping with while playing in the AT&T. Oh wait, what kind of bust are we talking about?

Posted by: Section104 | December 9, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. Nylander has to be on this list.

Also, why is Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder not on this list?

Posted by: HogsHaven | December 9, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I wouldnt put Nylander on the list, he was a disappointment, sure, but that was mainly because he was injured, and then couldnt adapt to new coach Boudreau's type of game, so was benched.
But I totally agree that Heath Shuler should be a top 5!!!

Posted by: peabody2 | December 9, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

1)Kwame Brown,EASILY. A NUMBER ONE (#1)OVERALL DRAFT PICK who stunk up the joint the entire time he was here, didnt even TRY to play hard!!
2) And nobody else
3)even comes close
4)I'd prob. vote for Jordan the exec for number 2.
Those of you Caps fans itching to vote for Jagr,dont forget he had OK years here (80+points)but was signed as "arguably the best player in the NHL."

Posted by: peabody2 | December 9, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Nice call on including Bruce "Butch" Cassidy--what a terrible coaching hire that was.

Posted by: TheFingerman | December 9, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

How can Joe Gibbs II be considered a bust? He was working with Dan Snyder and his merry band of idiots! If anything, Joe got blood from a turnip in his time here, and his two playoff appearances should be viewed as miracle-working.

Posted by: CapsFan771 | December 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

How did Dolly Parton not make the list? Or Pam Anderson?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | December 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder, in some capacity, belongs at the top of the list.

Next might be the Nats greedy ownership.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 9, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Where is Bruce Smith?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 9, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I think the Nats as a franchise should be on this list. In the 5 years (1/2 the decade) they've been in DC, they've had 0 winning seasons, 4 last place finishes 2 years at the worst in MLB (with over 100 losses), failed to sign a first round draft pick, signed Austin Kearns, Wily Mo Pena, Felipe Lopez, Paul LoDuca, Dimitry Young, Johnny Estrada, Daniel Cabrera, Christian Guzman (I know a lot of people like him, but this was a terrible contract) and more bad players to bad contracts, signed a 16 year old Dominican prospect for over $1mill who turned out to be a 20 year old player who isn't going to be very good, kept Jim Bowden for 3 years longer than he deserved, traded for Lastings Millege, spelled the team name wrong on their own jerseys and more. Really, I think I could write a book about how bad this franchise has been in only 5 years. I don't see how they are not among the biggest busts of the decade.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | December 9, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Why is Gibbs on the list? He didn't win the Super Bowl but he got to the playoffs twice and the coaching job he did after Sean Taylor's murder may have been his best ever.

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 9, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Jagr was the biggest bust hands down. Jordan was second.

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 9, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Poguesmahone re Gibbs.

Also, I think Jordan has to be higher on this list than Kwame Brown. Brown was Jordan's draft pick. He was Jordan's 2nd most significant acquisition behind only Jordan the player. All of Brown's failures must be reflected on Jordan in this poll, then add the other ill-advised decisions he made as an executive and there is no logical way to rank Kwame Brown a bigger bust than Jordan-the-executive. IMO.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | December 9, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

From DC United, not Freddy Adu but Marcello Gallardo, The Million Dollar Donut.

Almost rivals the Colorado Rapids Gilles Grimandi affair for biggest MLS bust ever.



Posted by: jayrockers | December 9, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder should be #1, #2 and #3.

Posted by: EckertA | December 9, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Outside of Jagr and Kwame Brown, every other bust should be courtesy of Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato. Looking at this list only magnifies how big a pile of doodoo our front office has been. And there are probably five more free agents we could add too.

Posted by: Pbonds | December 9, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

#1. The Washington Redskins

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 9, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

How is Kwame Brown ranked so far ahead of Jordan the executive? Kwame was his screw-up and the most visible failure of Jordan's. He was merely a symptom of the plague Jordan unleashed to the Bullets.

Posted by: Josh86 | December 9, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Clearly there's supposed to be some humor about this. And since brevity is the soul of wit, rather than take up a bunch of slots with individual enumerations of the Redskins never ending missteps and failures, why not bundle them all together under the singular heading: "Dan Snyder"?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 9, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Also, where is T.J. Duckett?? He cost just as much as Brandon Lloyd, and produced only slightly more. Another awful decision by Snyderrato.

Posted by: CapsFan771 | December 9, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I would put Nationals at Number#1 as the biggest bust of the decade. I would also include Clinton Portis and Jason Campbell in this list because ultimately they turned out to be busts. That the process of "busting" took more than 5 years, much more than Adam Archelata, Patrick Ramsey and B Lloyd, makes these along with Gibbs-2 makes them all time busts and I would rank them at Number 2 and 3.

Posted by: KarK | December 9, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey where is Vinny Cerrato, Mother and father of all the busts in the list?

Posted by: KarK | December 9, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Washington Post Sports section and Vinny Cerrato.

Posted by: jmy999 | December 9, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs goes to the playoffs 2 times and you dare put him on this list. This shows that you should be on the list.

Posted by: jmy999 | December 9, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs doesn't belong on the list. He got the Skins to the playoffs twice in spite of Dan Snyder. That's better than anyone else before or since.

Posted by: ceefer66 | December 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Cassidy. Just awful.

In truth, he's part of the reason Jagr's on this list.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 9, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Also, I think we can add Garrison's other senior classmates to that list. McCray was academically ineligible, Gilchrest was Gilchrest, and Caner-Medley only showed up when they were playing a weak opponent (although, if he were half as good as he thought he was, he'd be an NBA all-star).

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 9, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Kwame #1
Ted Lerner and Stan Kasten #2
Spurrier #3
Jordan the player #4
Tied for #5 a long list of Redskins

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | December 9, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Gibbs II, Patrick Ramsey or Bruce Smith did not do their job and then some for the Skins is retarded. In fact, anyone who was dumb enough to vote for Gibbs II on this poll should expect Jay & Silent Bob show up at their houses and beat them up at the end of the movie.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | December 10, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg are you high?
2007-2009 Hoyas? That must be a mistake. The 2007-2008 Hoyas WON the Big East regular season title. Yea they got upset by Davidson, but Curry got hot and went banana sandwich in the second half of the game. Bringing home a second consecutive BE regular season title is very far from a bust.
In conclusion, you Steinberg, are a moron.

PS If you just listed the 2008-2009 Hoyas I would be in concurrence with the bust tag.

Posted by: Rooster5 | December 10, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to have a "Jordan the executive" entry, shouldn't you have a "Vinny the executive" & "Bowden the executive" entry on the list?

Posted by: al_kohaulic | December 10, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Kwame Brown & Steve Spurrier have to be the biggest JOKES to hit the area in a long time. They should be thrown in jail for grand larceny.

Posted by: dc4life | December 11, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Was Desmond Howard 2000's? That loser is on College GameDay every weekend bashing Maryland. I can only imagine it is because he was such a BUST and for that reason hates the DC Metro Region.

Posted by: aviscardo | December 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Biggest Bust* THE WASHINGTON POST Sports

Posted by: Lehoi | December 12, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Biggest Bust easily Gibbs 2.0 Sean Taylor died under his watch , what was he doing home in Florida even the murderers knew he shouldn't of been there.

Posted by: probking | December 12, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

#1. Dan Synder and Vinny Cerrato...but they gave us Synderato!!! SHAZZAMMMMM!!!!

#2. Kwame Brown - a distant second.

End of list.

Posted by: regis429 | December 12, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

#1. Dan Synder and Vinny Cerrato...but they gave us Synderato!!! SHAZZAMMMMM!!!!

#2. Kwame Brown - a distant second.

End of list.

Give this man a prize! He got the correct answers and in the right order!

Posted by: Wmcfam | December 13, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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