It’s been a great couple of days for sports in our nation’s capital:
1) Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to their first last-minute, come-from-behind win since 1999, which was also the last season the Redskins won the NFC East. I’m not saying they’ll win the division this year—the competition is really tough—but it’s nice to be on the winning end of one of these games for once. To know that no matter what happens in the first 59 minutes, if RGIII has the ball at the end of the game we’ve got a shot at winning. Crazy to think that we could be 4-0, but I’ll settle for 2-2 and hope for a promising season with an outside shot at a playoff berth. Who knows? But whatever happens, 2-2 beats 0-4.
2) The Nationals clinched the first pennant for Washington since 1933. They didn’t win yesterday, but neither did the Braves and that was enough to drop the magic number to zero and bring Washington a postseason baseball series for the first time in 79 years. First in war, first in peace, and first in the NL East: I’m still getting used to that. Now let’s see how far this young team can go.
3) The Cowboys lost. It’s true for every diehard Redskins fan (and a lot of other NFL fans too) that our second favorite team is whoever’s playing the Cowboys this week. Well yesterday that was the Chicago Bears and they dominated in Cowboys’ Stadium. The final score was 34-18, and the highlight was Tony Romo’s five interceptions. Ah the sweet stench of failure.
Now it’s only one weekend, and a lot can change in a few days. The Redskins host the unbeaten Falcons this Sunday, the Nationals face a tough road through the playoffs without their top pitcher, and the Cowboys? Despite yesterday’s road apple of a game, they’ll still be in the thick of the NFC East race until they inevitably choke in December.
So as the song says: “Fight on . . . Sons of Washington!” But for the next few days, rejoice! Because, short of a Superbowl ring, a World Series trophy, or a long-awaited win by Teddy in the Presidents’ Race, this is as good as it gets in D.C.