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20 things D.C. sports fans should be really happy about, playoff success or not

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20 things D.C. sports fans should be really happy about, playoff success or not

If this blog post could hug you, it would reach out and hug you. It'd be the warmest, snuggest hug you've ever gotten, too.

You know the Nationals lost Game 5 vs. the Cubs, a showdown that lasted approximately three and a half days and brought pain with it that'll last much longer. Beyond that, you know that D.C. sports teams and playoff success doesn't compute. Often times, neither does being a D.C. sports fan and fun, or satisfaction, or smiling.

You've read enough stories reminding you of those sentiments, though. This one, on the other hand, is here to prop you up and remind you of 20 things that should make you proud to support the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Nationals, happy to support them, regardless of their postseason records.

So open up your arms for this over-the-Internet embrace. Maybe it'll help you just a little bit.

20 things that D.C. sports fans should be really happy about, despite their teams' lack of playoff success

1) John Wall is under contract with the Wizards until the 2022-23 season.

2) Alex Ovechkin is on pace for a decent 164-goal season.

3) While the Tweet may no longer be true the following sentence is: The Redskins have more wins than the Giants.

😂 Factually accurate. . . . . #redskins #nfl #giants

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And that's something to be happy about too.

4) The Nationals are hosting the All Star Game next season.

Bryce Harper said he's going to do the Home Run Derby, by the way, so plan on parking really far away from the stadium.

5) Speaking of the Nats and Nationals Park, it has a Shake Shack inside of it, and Shake Shack is really delicious.

6) Sometimes Braden Holtby gets confused and thinks his crease expands all the way out to the blue line, and that results in highlights like this one:

7) The Redskins play on Thanksgiving this year.

And it's the night game, too, so you can eat, pass out from eating too much, wake up, eat some more and then watch the 'Skins take on the Giants. 

8) Bradley Beal's jumper.

It's so pretty.

9) Anthony Rendon's swing.

It's so pretty.

10) Brandon Scherff's weekly annihilation of an opposing player.

It's so pretty, in its own, scary way.

11) Kirk Cousins has "dad swag," and he's damn proud of it, too:

12) Trent Williams calls Kirk Cousins' shoes in the above photo "mall-walkers," which is the best half-joke, half-insult ever.

13) Kelly Oubre Jr. is only 21 years old, has already carved out a nice role with the Wizards, and he should only get better.

Plus, he's a "pretty dude" and knows it.

14) Craig Laughlin and his love of exclamation points:

15) Jim Tomsula. 

He's a superb coach really helping the Redskins' D-line. He's also a superb human really helping out people who like funny videos, like this one:

16) One of Tomsula's pupils, rookie Jonathan Allen, is looking every bit like the steal everyone thought he'd be when they drafted him in April.

17) The Nationals will soon use a lineup that features Trea Turner and Victor Robles.

All of the bases will be stolen.

18) The Wizards are a nicely-assembled NBA team, and the core of their roster is like your mom's cookies.

Homemade.

19) Capital One Arena is the only place in the world you can get free Chick-fil-A because DeAndre Jordan's free-throw percentage looks like Tim Tebow's completion percentage.

20) D.J Swearinger may be the answer at safety for the Redskins. 

Instagram posts like these should earn him a Pro Bowl nod on their own, on top of the fact that he's playing quite well.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, time, location, odds, TV channel, halftime performer

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?

NBC

Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Online with no cable TV: fubtoTV (Try for free)

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1