MINNEAPOLIS—As my friend and colleague Chase Hughes pointed out on Tuesday night, no Washington-based team has reached their league or conference final since the Capitals played for the Stanley Cup in 1998.
That’s right. While the Capitals, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards have all had some good teams that have had success in the regular season, none have reached the final four.
As another CSN colleague, Troy Machir tweeted, Washington is alone among cities with three or more major sports franchises in its lack of conference or league title appearances since 2000.
Reminder: Washington, D.C. is not allowed to have nice sports things. pic.twitter.com/UhJH3plHoJ— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) May 11, 2016
But, while Washington has suffered, Baltimore has prospered.
Despite having only two major league franchises, the Orioles and Ravens, Baltimore has had five appearances in conference or league title games or series.
That’s as many as Minneapolis, which also has NBA and NHL teams, and more than Atlanta, Cleveland, Toronto or Houston.
The Ravens have two Super Bowl titles in 2001 and 2013, and two appearances in the AFC championship game.
Despite 14 straight losing seasons, 12 of them in this century, the Orioles reached the American League Championship Series in 2014.
The Nationals have another good team this year with the third best record in the National League, and there’s hope they can break the streak this season.
But, don’t forget about the Orioles. Entering Wednesday’s game, the Orioles have the second best record in the AL.