ICYMI: The Washington Nationals season ended on Thursday with another choke job, blowing an early three-run lead to fall to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NLDS. Another year, another Washington team coming up short.
Among the 4 Washington teams (Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, Redskins), none have reached the final four (conference final/LCS) since the Adam Oates/Peter Bondra/Olaf Kolzig Caps reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1998, where they lost to the Red Wings.
NBC Sports Washington went through what has been nearly two full decades of futility. Here are some highlights:
*Only city with three or more pro sports teams to not reach final four of league playoffs since 2000.
*16 straight losses in elimination games, where said Washington team would’ve advanced with a victory.
*Among the 13 cities with four teams, every team but Washington has made at least five appearances in a league final four.
It’s surprising but it’s not when you think about it. Yes, the Ovechkin Capitals inability to advance past the Second Round is well-documented, as is the Nationals “if they don’t underperform in the regular, just wait until October” thing they’ve had going on during the Bryce Harper era that stretches back to 2012. But if I wasn’t entrenched in that baseball/hockey world, where maybe my eyes are more untrained, I’d say ‘yeah, they’ve been good long enough to have made a run at some point.’ Meanwhile the Wizards and Redskins have ranged from anywhere from playoff one-and-done to mediocre to downright terrible.
Of course, this could all come crashing down come spring if the Capitals were to make a run, which is all entirely possible. While they lost a little bit from last year, there’s still plenty in the tank to make a run. No pressure, Ovi.