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Leonsis compares losing to death

An awful lot of Leonsis in these parts lately, but he is sort of the man of the hour in D.C. sports, plus I just can't get into college baseball.

And so, Ted Leonsis's recent blog about the loss, again:

When you lose in the first round of the playoffs it honestly feels like death. One goes into mourning. Then there is a grieving period, and then anger and then some level of acceptance, and then you try to get busy to move forward and improve.

Some folks showed empathy. Some folks showed anger to me. Some folks criticized. Some folks were honest and forthright. Some folks were supportive and some folks were nasty. You get to see the full spectrum of human emotion. "This is the business that we have chosen". Thanks for showing me all of your colors. I think right now I am in the anger stage. I hope to never get to the acceptance stage.

Well, call me crazy, but I think it's hard to honestly know quite what death feels like. If it feels like Game 7, I can only assume death carries the odor of spilled beer and rotten rancid poutine and shattered dreams plus a little bit of spring flowers. Still, I've always been sort of scared of death, and while Game 7 was no joyride, I'd take those three hours over a hauntingly-scored chess match against the grim reaper.

Because no one likes to be around depression, Sirius XM's Mike Ross attempted to convince Leonsis that this season really wasn't a failure during his NHL Home Ice appearance earlier in the week.

"Well, that's very gracious of you," Leonsis said. "I mean, I will consider this season a failure, simply because we didn't improve on our performance in the playoffs from last year. It starts at the top, and we're ambitious, we want our team to do better year over year for our fans. This was a setback.

"I certainly thought that we could, after finishing the year that we did, get past the first round of the playoffs. But it's very humbling. The day after, last Thursday, was very difficult for us, but you have to face the music, and you have to go in and deal with fans and deal with the media and deal with the organization. I think we're doing the best we can under the circumstances.....

"We all have to sit down and assess clinically and analytically what do we have to do to get better, because I don't want anyone to be satisfied with having a great, fantastic regular season and then flaming out in the playoffs. I'm happy with the direction of the team, because we're still quite young....

"I'm concerned, organizationally, from the top down, perhaps we started looking forward to the next series. And if you don't respect the process and you don't respect enough the teams you're playing against, you'll end up on the short end of the stick, and that's what happened to us. And we have to make sure that something like that doesn't happen to us again."

Leonsis was also asked how he'll possibly have the time to manage two franchises, a question he's faced several times in recent days. Hint: multiple DVR sets, all tuned to CSN.

"When you think about it sincerely, it's like being a season-ticket holder to both teams," he said. "We have some of those, they're called club seat holders, and I'm hoping it's 100 nights out of 365 nights a year at home....

"And I don't want to minimize the amount of time and energy and passion, but I'm young, and I have a lot of intestinal fortitude. I'm gonna double or triple the amount of e-mails I get and the amount of interviews we have to do, and I'm just gonna have to learn as I go on how can I make sure that the right balance is set, that I'm able to provide 110 percent to both teams, to all three teams, just to make sure that all the fans are served and all of the franchises get the best."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 5, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Wizards  
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Comments

82 games to figure it out....we'll be willing and ready come playoff time next year...

Red Sox fans never gave up...Caps fans wont either.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the analogy to death is overdone, but as a fan, I think it's exactly the reaction I want to see from the owner of the Caps -- no excuses but simply saying, "We let you fans down, I feel as bad about it as you do, we thought we were better than we were, we promise we're going to figure out what went wrong and fix it." What more could you want to hear?

Posted by: TheFingerman | May 5, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The theme was 16 wins..nothing else matters...

next year it's gotta be 1 game...1 night...1 win....cant look ahead at all..

Even Boudreau talked pre-playoffs about how a long playoff run needs a quick first round to allow for rest...he lost focus on the task at hand...and that was 1 game at a time.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Dan - don't be quite so quick to write off the pain of these losses. Another few Crosby cups plus none for your boy Ovie, and death will look good.

I know it hurts, I really do. And that makes me smile.

Cheers!

Posted by: popopo | May 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Leonsis is saying that losing in the playoffs is anything like experiencing his own death, because how would he know? I think he's suggesting that it's like trying to deal with the death of a loved one.

Posted by: TheSecretWeapon | May 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@popopo

It's better to be from DC and have a losing hockey team, then be from Western Pa with a winner...thats just common sense quality of live facts...

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

@popopo

It's better to be from DC and have a losing hockey team, then be from Western Pa with a winner...thats just common sense quality of life facts...

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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