State of D.C. Sports

A quick look at what 2018 held for D.C. Sports

By J. Batka

Capitals

The Capitals were by far the best D.C. Sports story to come out of 2018.  After years of playoff disappointment, Alex Ovechkin and company finally broke through and ended the Washington D.C. championship drought. What ensued was one of the greatest parties D.C. has ever seen which included fountain swimming, Stanley Cup keg stands and one epic Nationals game that saw the team crush beers until the final out.

After an off season filled with partying, the Capitals could have been forgiven for a “championship hangover” going into the 2018-19 season. That’s the real kicker; the Caps are red hot and show no signs of slowing down. Truly, the Caps are the pride of D.C. sports…. Now for the other teams.

Redskins

For years the most popular team in the D.C./ tri- state area was by far the Redskins. But 2018 just may go down as the year that the fan base officially quit. TV ratings were down, ticket sales continued to decrease and the number of opposing team’s fans seem to double or even triple in the past 3 years climaxing in one terrible home field “advantage” in 2018.

What makes the Redskins 2018 season even more bitter to swallow is that this team was in first place. Sitting at 6-3, the Alex Smith led Skins seemed destined for at least a wild card spot in the playoffs. However, after Smith’s season ending injury, which eventually led to Mark Sanchez starting a MEANINGFUL game in December, it was clear this team would miss the playoffs for the 4th time in 5 years under Jay Gruden.

But probably the most jarring thing that Redskins fans should be worried about is the recent front office firings. Like a cold-hearted Montgomery Burns, Dan Snyder fired multiple business personal less than a year into their employment. Shows them for trying to fix the team! Unfortunately, between an arrogant front office and many quarterback issues leading into the offseason, 2019 is not looking bright for the Redskins.

Nationals

The highlight of the D.C. baseball summer was by far the successful hosting of the All-Star Week festivities which culminated in Bryce Harper wining the homerun derby in dramatic fashion. The winning of a meaningless contest being the highlight of your season tells you all you need to know about how the Nationals faired in the games that mattered. 2018 saw the rise of a young and talented Atlanta Braves team who eventually went on to win the NL East. The Phillies also looked like contenders for the majority of the season and have money to spend this offseason, how aggressively they spend that money has yet to be seen. The point is that the Nationals are no longer the perennial favorite to win the NL East and contend for a world series; other teams are catching up if they haven’t already.

Of course, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room, the free agency of one Bryce Harper. Harper may decide to leave D.C. and if that happens the Nationals are actually in a good position for life without Harper. One of the good stories that came out of 2018 was the emergence of young outfield star Juan Soto. Combined with Adam Eaton, Victor Robles, and Michael A. Taylor, Soto would lead a crowded outfield sans Harper. Adding Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez will go a long way in bolstering a starting rotation that frankly underperformed (unless your name is Max Scherzer) in 2018.

Wizards

What can you say about the year that was 2018 for the Wizards that you can’t say about 2017? Lets see if all these check out…

  1. John Wall is hurt
  2. The team plays no defense
  3. Ernie Grunfeld continues to make trades that seem like he is picking names out of a hat.
  4. Beal is reportedly unhappy
  5. They could play well enough to get close to the 8 seed in the East which will lead to no major changes in the offseason and another year of the “we are good on paper” argument.

Is that about right? The Wizards seem to be caught in mediocrity and for the first time in years, there is no Lebron James led team in the East that makes the finals every year. Unfortunately the Wizards are unable to bring in high quality talent. This past year Grunfeld went out and got Austin Rivers to help out the bench. Rivers was traded well before the All-Star break because, eh why not? The Wizards need to blow it up and start again, if they were smart, they would be doing everything in their power to tank for Zion Williamson but that would require them leaving mediocrity, a place their owner Ted Leonsis, seems to be happy with.

2019 should continue to be bright for the Caps. The Nats continue to reload and have a chance at a good 2019 if they can compete with the Braves. The Wizards and Redskins however…. well let’s check back in 2020 shall we?

Episode 18 – (NFL, Nationals, Capitals, Wizards)

Back together again with football, beer and a whole new food review for the masses, check out the duo as they converse about food, old PC games, and wedding gaffes from friends hired as DJ’s. With more plans to come for the near future, that include but are not limited too, video elements, more guests etc., check back each and every week for all the new things we have in store!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Food Review (“The Habit Burger Grill”) – (19:30)
  • Redskins Update/NFL Championships – (37:12)
  • Nationals/Kris Bryant Discussion  – (53:32)
  • Capitals Struggles – (1:09:00)
  • Wizards Current Outlook – (1:23:13)
  • “What Grinds Our Gears/Pine-Pony Express” – (1:36:10)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 17 – (Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, Nationals)

The snow has put a damper on traveling to do our in-person show but the show must go on. Through the technology of cellular phones, we brought you a show that includes Kentucky natives throwing ham at one another, what we do on “snow-days” and much more to do with the actual product, D.C. Sports. Check it out!

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Coaching/NFL Divisional – (13:50)
  • “New Look” Wizards – (31:30)
  • Capitals Resiliency  – (1:00:05)
  • Nationals Depth Moves – (1:26:06)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (1:40:45)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:45:45)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 16 – (Skins, Nats, Caps, Wiz)

It is 2019 and the boys are back! Check out this fun filled episode to ring in the New Year as Serone & Simpson talk Pixar movies, fast food condiments, and what 2% of our audience come to hear, DC Sports. Check out the timestamps below to fast forward to your favorite parts and/or just listen to the entire episode because you should. Case & Point.

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Overview – (23:15)
  • Nationals Off-Season Update – (55:31)
  • Capitals Near All-Star Break – (1:17:10)
  • Wizards Turmoil – (1:29:54)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (1:39:55)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:49:49)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Episode 15 – (Redskins, Nats, Wiz, Caps)

Join the famous duo as they discuss the Redskins getting back in the win column, Mike Rizzo (Nationals GM) making yet another move to bolster the roster, the Caps winning 5 Straight and the Wizards not shocking us at all with their lack of intelligence. The “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine-Pony Express” are included as always and you can skip ahead to your favorite parts of the show in the timestamps below.

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TIMESTAMPS:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Win – (13:39)
  • Nationals Moves – (36:36)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (56:23)
  • Wizards Shame – (1:10:55)
  • Capitals Hot Streak – (1:20:50)
  • “Pine Pony Express” – (1:26:50)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

Episode 14 – (Redskins, Nationals, Pine Pony)

The Boys are Back and talking about the terrible Redskins loss, the new Nationals news of Bryce Harper doubtful to return, and of course the fan favorite “Pine-Pony Express & 2-Point Conversion.”

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Vacation Starting Early – (11:48)
  • Nationals Lerner Interview News – (33:30)
  • Wizards Update – (47:55)
  • “2-Point Conversion” – (53:20)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:01:52)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

Episode 13 – (Skins, Nats, Caps, Wiz)

Join the boys as they discuss the Redskins collapse, Nationals movement, Caps hot streak and more! Plus you get two very intriguing Pine Pony Express news stories and Ben’s “Fan Fest” experience with the infamous Kevin Long!

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter: (0:00)
  • Redskins Collapse: (16:00)
  • Nationals Movement: (54:13)
  • “2-Point Conversion”: (1:06:30)
  • Capitals Hot Streak: (1:15:00)
  • Wizards Discussion: (1:26:18)
  • “Pine Pony Express”: (1:33:45)

Episode 12 – (Redskins, Capitals, Thanksgiving Ratings)

Serone & Simpson have such busy lives they have to connect through technology that is obsolete in today’s age; Cellular Telephone. Join them as they discuss the Redskins loss to the dreadful Dallas Cowboys, the Capitals resurgence upon Tommy Wilson’s return to the lineup, Over/Underrated Thanksgiving dishes and more!

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Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter – (0:00)
  • Redskins Loss to Cowboys – (2:39)
  • “Two-Point Conversion” – (37:30)
  • Capitals Resurgence – (53:17)
  • Wizards Update – (1:03:03)
  • “Pine-Pony Express” – (1:10:27)

Episode 11 – (Redskins, Wizards, Capitals)

Join Serone & Simpson as they journey through the depths of pizza decision making! Plus, there is some sports talk with the Redskins getting screwed out of a win, the Wizards playing horribly, and of course the “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine-Pony Express.”

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Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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Timestamps:

  • Pre-Show Banter (Pizza, Pasta, Grievances) – (0:00)
  • Redskins Loss to Texans – (15:35)
  • Wizards Discussion with Guest *Alex Harasty* – (50:12)
  • Capitals Update – (1:25:09)
  • “2-Point Conversion” & “Pine Pony Express” – (1:31:53)

Episode 10 – (Redskins, Wizards, VA Tech)

Join Serone & Simpson as they are joined by multiple guests and entertain the masses with their love of pizza, random nice people at adult beverage establishments, and the best news stories you probably have yet to hear about on your local news channel! Subscribe, Download Episodes, Rate and Review!

Timestamps:

  • Danny Nokes (@Danny Nokes) – Virginia Tech Football & Basketball ~ (7:00)
  • Redskins BIG WIN over Tampa Bay ~ (37:11)
  • Marcellus Bowie (@TheLegitCEO) – Wizards Debacle ~ (1:17:25)
  • “2 Point Conversion” ~ (1:31:20)
  • “Pine Pony Express” ~ (1:38:26)

Music By: Kenneth Thomas (www.DJKennethThomas.com)

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