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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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 25, 2010; 11:14 AM ET
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The Capitals are freakin' good! Washingtonians are continuing to fiddle while the greatest athlete they will see in their lifetimes tools in relative DC anonymity. Wake up people!

Posted by: mjwies11 | March 25, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

DC United did this in 1997, 1999, 2006, and 2007.

Obligatory mention. Resume normal service.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

By "continuing to fiddle," do you mean that DC-area residents are selling out the Verizon Center regularly and pushing TV ratings to their highest point in years?

Or do you mean that a large amount of us continue to pay attention to the teams we liked before we moved here instead of a team we have no reason to root for, save for proximity?

Posted by: Incredulous2 | March 25, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Chest. We may need to gently poke Boswell with our four supporters shields (and they look rather sharp) until he pays attention.

Posted by: M__N | March 25, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse


Im gonna guess you moved here from Pittsburgh and have a few jerseys in your closet.

You cant live your sports life through a TV...get some tickets...Rock the Red

Posted by: SA-Town | March 25, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

None of it means anything unless they win the Cup. Without that, it is all eye wash.

Posted by: poguesmahone | March 26, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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