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D.C. area mascots snubbed in Deadspin ranking

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D.C. area mascots snubbed in Deadspin ranking

On Friday, Deadspin unveiled its complete ranking of the top 70 mascots in the big four professional leagues of North American sports, using a 1-10 scale.

Averages were calculated and three D.C. area mascots made the list.

Topping the list for the D.C. area was Oriole Bird at No. 9.

The 51-year old mascot is a fan-favorite, so it's no surprise that the Oriole Bird placed in the top 10.

Meanwhile, the Nationals' Screech was listed at No. 63 with a total score of 2.88 and the Wizards' G-Wiz came in at No. 64 with a total score of 2.80. 

Left off the list was Slapshot, the Capitals' mascot. Bird mascots are far too common and although Slapshot knows how to skate, the mascot doesn't have the type of resumé other iconic mascots do.


But the most surprising was that Deadspin ranked Mr. Met at No. 1 with an average score of 9.13. Deadspin did not take into account that Mr. Met was seen flipping off a fan on Wednesday night, but the unoriginal costume of a baseball wearing a Mets' baseball uniform doesn't seem to warrant Mr. Met as the top mascot. Mr. Met is an oversized baseball bobblehead. 

Mr. Met is silly. There, we said it.

CSN Philly even wrote about Mr. Mets' obscene gesture and would be up-in-arms that Deadspin ranked the Phillie Phanatic at No. 2 below Mr. Met with a total score of 8.31.

Similarly, the Wizards' G-Wiz has a striking resemblance to the Phillie Phanatic aside from its green color and should be ranked much higher, despite the discrepancy in history and resume.

Near the bottom of the list was "getting run over by the Racing Presidents."

The Racing Presidents were once a great tradition at Nationals Park, thanks in large part to Teddy Roosevelt's lengthy losing streak. But things have gone downhill since Teddy won and the addition of extra presidents has watered down the product.

Aside from the Oriole, Washington sports appreciates the ranking in the top 70, but also got snubbed. 

Maryland native Frances Tiafoe takes Roger Federer to the brink; nearly forces U.S. Open stunner

Maryland native Frances Tiafoe takes Roger Federer to the brink; nearly forces U.S. Open stunner


On Tuesday night, College Park, Md. native Frances Tiafoe nearly did the unthinkable.

19-year-old Tiafoe took five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer to a fifth and final round at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. before Federer squeaked out the victory, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

Not only did Tiafoe take Federer the distance, but the highly touted American teen took the first set 6-4.

Federer, who has twice as many grand slam championships than Tiafoe has grand slam appearances, won the next two sets with relative ease.

Tiafoe, who began training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Parl at four years old, could not be put away.

He won four of five break points, and only committed 49 unforced errors to Federer's 56. But Federer's 17 aces and 49 first-serve winners were too much for young upstart.

While Tiafoe exits the tournament with a loss, the five-set thriller against one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the Maryland native and breakout star continues on his meteoric trajectory.

Remembering Jim Vance, a Washington institution and the city's guiding light

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Remembering Jim Vance, a Washington institution and the city's guiding light

Washington, D.C. is a city of great institution, and in its human form, there was no greater institution than Jim Vance. 

For 45 years -- the longest of any newscaster in the region -- Vance treated every Washingtonian with courtesy, respect and the ability to not just read the news, but talk with you about it. The latter is an important distinction in this city, one ruled by political grandstanding and ruthless social posturing.

On Saturday, the nation's capital lost its kindest, most charismatic and respected voice of news and information, as Vance passed away at the age of 75.

I am not writing this as an employee of NBC Universal, nor am I writing this as a former intern at NBC4.  I am writing this as the son of a Washingtonian. I am writing this as a 32-year old who was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Someone who took the local bus to high school every day, the same bus adorned with his NBC4 headshot.

I am writing this as someone who loves Washington, D.C. as not the seat of American politics, but the greatest local community in the country.

And Vance was the face and the voice of the local community.

But what made Vance great was not what he did, but how he did it.

Vance was as charming a newscaster as you will ever see. He was polite but direct. He could make you laugh and make you cry. He made you care about the community, whether you grew up on a metro line or simply spent a summer interning on one.

I did not know Jim Vance on a personal level. I met him on several occasions as an intern, and as incredible of a journalist as he was, what always shined was his urbane sophistication and truly warm demeanor.

He was the same person on television as he was in the newsroom, and was that very same person when you ran into him at the local florist. He was Washington D.C.'s guiding light. The city's voice of knowledge and community.

It's why despite hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians not knowing Jim Vance on a personal level, each and everyone felt like he was a part of their extended family.

We welcomed him into our houses every day.

We discussed the local happenings and important world issues.

We groaned when local teams were eliminated from the playoffs and shared imaginary yet all-too-real hi-fives when the teams won. 

He wasn't just a newscaster. He was a Washingtonian. He was the guy whose photo you saw on the wall at local delis and the guy who stood behind you in-line at the very same place. 

Death is human, but influence is forever. Jim Vance truly is a Washington institution, one that will never die.