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If you had to buy a jersey from your least favorite team, which one would it be?


If you had to buy a jersey from your least favorite team, which one would it be?

Hating specific teams and specific players is as much of a part of fandom as rooting for your favorite team or player.

We cheer loudly when the Capitals win and cheer just as loud when the Penguins lose. It's the way the world works. But there are a few things you do for your home team that your don't — and won't — do for their bitter rivals.

One of these such things is buy a specific jersey. You will never see a Capitals fan wear a Penguins jersey on purpose. It just won't happen.

But lets say you had to. Let's say that you were forced to buy a jersey belonging to your least favorite team. What team and what player would it be?

It's a question that made the rounds on Twitter Monday afternoon, and it's an interesting one.


What it comes down to is this: Choosing the least offensive player on your most hated team. There are a few alternative solutions: The most outrageous player regardless of like or dislike; a player with the same last name as you; an alumni of the same college or university.

For example, if you had to buy a Dallas Cowboys jersey, a Michael Irvin jersey would be an excellent choice for a bachelor party. Nobody wants to wear an Eagles jersey, but if you had to, a throwback Reggie White jersey would be not terrible.

So, D.C. sports fans, what jersey would you buy?

Let us know in the comments.

Dallas Cowboys:
— Calvin Hill (Redskins RB 1976-77, born and raised in Md./Va.)
— Brad Johnson (Redskins starting QB 1999-2000)
— Drew Pearson (HS teammate of Joe Theismann, all-around good guy)
— Emmitt Smith (It's hard not to like Emmitt)
— Deion Sanders (Played for the Redskins, is a ridiculous person)

Philadelphia Eagles:
— Throwback Reggie White or Randall Cunningham
— Brian Mitchell
— Tim Tebow (Because why not. WHY NOT?)

New York Giants:
— LaVar Arrington
— Brian Mitchell

Pittsburgh Penguins:
— Eric Fehr (Former Capitals forward)
— Brent Johnson (Capitals goalie, current CSN analyst)
— Mario Lemiux (Hey, at least it's not Jagr)

New York Rangers:
— Henrik Lundqvist (He's just so dang handsome)
— George McPhee (1976-79, current Capitals GM)

Cavaliers, LeBron James (Duh)
Duke, Grant Hill (For the Maryland fans)
Yankees, Derek Jeter (For Orioles fans and, well, all baseball fans really)
Phillies, Jayson Werth (We don't want to, but if we had to ...)

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.