These Caps and D.C. sports history
There aren't too many sportswriters with a greater obsession with the history of D.C. sports than Tom Boswell, and he regularly produces the nuggets to match that obsession. You had to travel deep down into his Penguins-Caps column to find this one, so in case you missed it....
How good are the Caps right now? Since World War II, only two pro sports teams in Washington -- whether in the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL -- have had the top regular season record in their sport and led their league in scoring differential, too. Both were Redskins teams under Joe Gibbs that went to the Super Bowl after the '83 and '91 seasons -- one won, one lost.
Before that? All the way back to 1901, when the Senators joined the American League, only two other Washington teams had the best records and the best scoring margins in their sports -- true dominance -- the '40 Redskins of Sammy Baugh and the '33 Senators. No, this doesn't happen often.
And most of those teams reminded me of another item I wrote early last month. Only two Redskins teams have won 11 straight regular-season games: the same two mentioned by Boz above. The last D.C. baseball team to win at least 11 straight was those same 1933 Senators mentioned by Boz. And, of course, the only Caps team ever to win at least 11 straight is this one right here.
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