Tough year for D.C.'s captains
With one obvious exception, this has been another poor year for D.C. pro sports. Why look, ESPN.com just used photos of Dan Snyder and Gilbert Arenas to illustrate its list of 2009's sports vampires. I have no idea what that means, but it seems bad.
So I don't want to suggest that the year has been particularly bad for D.C.'s pro sports captain, but there have been some notable downers. These are the captains I can think of.
Caps captain Chris Clark: Traded to Columbus, no replacement named.
D.C. United (alternate?) captain Ben Olsen: Dealt with lingering ankle issues, retired.
(Dang, a commenter points out that Olsen wasn't actually the captain. My fault. Bad year for bloggers, too, apparently.)
Wizards captains Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison: Their team is struggling, their coach just said he could take them all in one-on-one, they have a worse winning percentage than the Nats, and after 30 games, and despite three recent all-stars as tri-captains, they'll start the next decade with the exact same record they started this decade, 10-20. That '99-'00 team was led by Gar Heard, Mitch Richmond, Juwan Howard and Rod Strickland. Also, Jamison missed nine games with injury, Butler's been beefin', Arenas is being investigated for bringing guns to the Verizon Center, and an NBA exec says the team is "open for business" on trades.
Redskins captain Chris Samuels: Injured reserve, might retire.
Redskins captain Jason Campbell: "I'm very worried about the situation I've been put in. I've been hit so much, it's not even fair."
Redskins captain Rock Cartwright: Lost positions as starting RB and starting kick returner, has speculated that his time in D.C. might be over.
Redskins captain London Fletcher: Despite a groundswell of media support, we found out Tuesday that he missed the Pro Bowl again. "Somebody cheatin', man," Warren Sapp said of that result, according to the Skins Blog. "Come on, man. Come on. How much longer to we have to get on here and rant and rave like this? This man is a Pro Bowler in every sense of the word." Terl has the complete Fletcher SnubHub.
I guess everything's ok for Mike Sellers and Cornelius Griffin, the other two Skins' captains. Relatively speaking.
December 30, 2009; 11:06 AM ET
Categories: Caps , D.C. United , Redskins , Wizards
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