Sports in Washington DC is struggling. awesome.

It wasn’t long ago that Washington’s professional sports teams had their best times.

capital Cities Stanley Cup Winner. Citizens Won the world championship. mystics Won the WNBA title. Spirit Won the NWSL Championship. Heck, even the pathetic NFL team won the division title – Albeit number 7-9.

There was hope and joy. There were rallies.

And now, only a few years later, it seems like the worst of times.

The Hats still look like a strong, competitive team — but they haven’t won a playoff series since that magical tour five seasons ago, and they’re getting older with time.

witches? Since they went to back-to-back Finals in 1978 and 1979, they have not won 50 games in a season nor made it to the Conference Finals. They finished 12th in the Eastern Conference last season and have – may be – Make 10 teams per conference this season’s playoffs.

Even football teams have fallen dramatically. DC United, who won three titles in the first four seasons of Major League Soccer, won a playoff in 2015. This season, they’ve reached the bottom and will finish with the league’s worst record after their last game on Sunday. The Spirit, who had all kinds of coaching, ownership and front office issues, finished 11th in a 12-team league.

But the disappointments – to put it mildly – that most people talk about are the leaders and the citizens.

Barry Svrluga: Citizens and their fans know the bottom. That’s not it.

The Nats made their presence felt during an eight-year period when they made the post-season five times, culminating in winning the 2019 World Championships. Since then, they’ve fallen apart. Even if you let them go 26-34 in the 2020 season that has been cut short by the pandemic, you can’t give them a chance for 97 losses a year ago, and a club in Washington recorded 106 losses (and counting) this season.

General Manager Mike Rizzo’s pledge to reboot fast now looks a lot like Conkline.

Rizzo certainly deserves the credit for winning the world championship, but he also deserves the blame for the meltdown. Trade Max Scherzer may be It made sense because the Lerner family didn’t want to pay him after last season, but would you like to trade Tria Turner? No way.

The same can be said about Juan Soto’s trade this summer. Yes, Rizzo got trapped by his alleged friend Scott Borras, baseball’s biggest villain, but still says here you’re not trading a 23-year-old star who didn’t become a free agent until 2024. Especially when new ownership is willing to pay to keep him .

Some members of the happy media in this town are behaving as if it is a lock in which the expectations earned in those salary pranks will become stars. Meanwhile, the fan base has struggled through two truly horrific seasons with that shift not yet in sight. Joy Minisis It was a pleasure to watch. That’s about it.

Credit manager Dave Martinez for finding something good to say night after night. Martinez is one of those guys who look at a hurricane and say, “But I hear the weather is going to be great once it passes.” He managed to win the world title, but the idea that everything will be better tomorrow can be a bit boring, especially when it’s 100 losses in the rearview mirror.

On top of that, there is potential turmoil ahead as the Learners are still exploring to make a profit of $1.5 billion to $2 billion since they bought the team. selling franchise. If they sell, no one knows who the new owner will be and what decisions he will make. It could be cool — or it could be Danielle Snyder.

Which brings us to the region’s biggest embarrassment: Team Snyder, regardless of name or uniform color.

Ron Rivera says change won’t happen overnight. He spends 1,006 nights.

Since Joe Gibbs first retired in 1993, the team has made the playoffs six times in 29 seasons and won two postseason games – once after the 1999 season with a team put together by Charlie Casserly and Norf Turner before Snyder ransacked it during his first season as an owner, and another after the 2005 season during Gibbs 2.0. Over the past 16 seasons, the team has won 10 matches Once – During the year Electrician Apprentice Robert Griffin III a decade ago.

A day after his team fell to 1-3 in a loss to Dallas, Coach Ron Rivera said:“I understand everyone’s frustration, especially how proud this organization is.”

proud? Once he was very proud. But the last tournament was more than 30 years ago, and the 21st century was a disaster both on and off the field.

It all begins – and ends – with the owner, who has spent most of this year hiding from congress on his yacht. Not only does Snyder hire coaches and fire them the way most of us change our socks, or that he has a reputation as a mean guy. Before Various investigations of his organizational culture began.

It is more than that. He never regrets, never admits guilt. Oh, he released a statement admitting mistakes after the NFL slapped him A fine of $10 million While it is suggested that his wife, Tanya, will run the team for a while.

Tania Snyder gave One A real interview since her husband and the NFL pushed her front and center. She even faced softball quests, somehow Try to blame the media For everything that went wrong in the franchise.

The NFL is guilty of all of this. He visibly protected Snyder after the first investigation by refusing to allow a written report — that’s called a cover-up, folks — and is now in the midst of a lengthy second investigation with no promise that he’ll produce anything other than more hand-wringing. Meanwhile, Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to insist on the franchise Everything is better now. huh?

The NFL is a monolith, and its massive television contracts make the owners financially invulnerable. Without the visiting fans, the leaders would not have come close to filling half the swamp of the stadium. But that doesn’t matter to Snyder and his cohorts.

In 2014, after the 4-12 season, then-team boss Bruce Allen He claimed the team was “winning off the field”. Eight years later, little has changed – other than the racist team’s former name.

He hasn’t won that franchise on or off the field since Snyder bought him. And there’s no end in sight — for the captains or the rest of Washington’s struggling pro teams.

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