The Nation's Capital has been a long, depressed sports city. We have watched for two decades as the Redskins fared no better than third place, but mostly dwelled in the cellar in the NFC East. We have watched head coach after head coach fail. We have watched 21 different players take the helm of quarterback. Since 1992, with very blips here and there, Redskins football has been nothing short of, well, quite depressing.
Over that same twenty year period, we have watched a small weasel on the other side of the beltway, Peter Angelos, block this city from hosting major league baseball. That finally gave way in 2005 when the lowly Montreal Expos relocated to the District. The bad news for Washington baseball fans was the fact they inherited a franchise run into the ground by former Expos owner Jeffrey Loria. After his completely inept ownership, Major League Baseball took control of the franchise and absolutely sucked the franchise of young talent. The Lerner family brought Washington's it baseball franchise, but warned that it would take at least five years to rebuild a completely destroyed franchise. Washington fans labored through come pretty awful baseball. Still, the Lerner's preached patience.
At the same time, Daniel Snyder gave the Redskins fans the biggest gift they received in ten years, he fired incompetent GM Vinny Cerrato. Redskins Nation celebrated. They celebrated further when Snyder announced the hiring of Mike Shanahan as Team President and head coach and GM Bruce Allen. The Redskins could finally boast a competent front office run by football people. Dan Snyder had made amends, telling Redskins fans, he realized the error of his ways and turned the football operations over to Shanahan. Yet, Shanahan fired similar warnings to the Redskins faithful that the Lerner family sent to the new Nationals fan base, that it would take time to fix the messy state of the Redskins franchise.
While both franchises embarked on rebuilding depleted talent franchises, the fan bases of each grew weary and impatient. The Nationals rebuild took the six years. The Redskins appeared to not improve under Shanahan, posting a 6-10 and 5-11 season in his first two years.
Fast forward to 2012, the year we are about to say goodbye. The Redskins and Nationals shared very similar, eerily so, the paths they took. yes, the Nats were a bit different. They dominated from the start, while the Redskins faltered early. However, both teams won their respective division titles, while literally no one projected either. Additionally, both teams were led by two stud youngsters, the Nats by Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the Redskins by Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.
So as we head into 2013, we first thank the fan bases of both teams for exercising the patience and following the trust placed by the fans to the respective front offices. Second, we thank the Ownership of both teams, the Lerner family and Daniel Snyder. The Lerner family had a plan and exercised the patience to see than plan through. For Snyder, he learned how to become an effective and successful owner, by entrusting his front office to professional people and by exercising patience himself.
What we got are two division championships, four incredibly gifted, young, bright superstars to thrill us for years and years to come, and two franchises built on youth and built to make runs for years to come.
So as we look forward to 2013 and the Redskins playoffs, we look back on 2012 with a smile. DC Sports seemingly broke out of its depression and found a whole lot of joy; joy that the Nation's Capital deserved so very much and for so very long. And it all was led by young talent on both franchises. We head to 2013 with much enthusiasm, hope, and and energy as fans. We thank the Washington Nationals and Washington Redskins for a great 2012!.