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


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.


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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Week 12 Redskins vs. Giants Thanksgiving Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Week 12 Redskins vs. Giants Thanksgiving Game Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Redskins enter Week 12 against the Giants on Thanksgiving looking for a lot of thanks. 

The Redskins were up by 15 points with less than 5 minutes to go against the Saints in Week 11. Despite being major underdogs, they thought they had the win in hand.

Then, as D.C. fans have witnessed all too often, everything fell apart.

Even after their terrific Week 9 win in Seattle, the Redskins still probably needed to split the next two against the Vikings and Saints.

It seemed like they had done exactly that, right up until Drew Brees reminded everyone why he's one of the greatest passers in NFL history.

The loss was doubly painful, as everybody's favorite breakout star Chris Thompson suffered a fractured fibula and will undergo season-ending surgery. Thompson has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season, and his loss will be felt by a team clinging to its playoff hopes.

Despite seeing yet another key cog go down with an injury this season, the team will look to bounce back against one of their NFC East rivals. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, but are coming off a 12-9 win over a quality Chiefs squad, so the Redskins will have to show up ready to play.

On a short week against a division rival, anything can happen. Every game matters, but this is as much of a must-win for the Redskins as it gets. It's Thanksgiving night, and the Redskins will have the stage all to themselves. 

Before the Week 12 Redskins-Giants matchup, here's a preview of everything you need to know, including game time, TV channel and live-stream info.


WEEK 12 Redskins vs. Giants

Who: New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD

What: Week 12 of the 2017 NFL season

When: Thursday, November 23, 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Live Stream: Fubo.TV: Online with no cableTV: fuboTV (Try for free)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Betting Odds: According to, the Washington Redskins are 7.5-point favorites against the New York Giants.

Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)

Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK

Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)

Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)

Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)

Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)

Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m. 

Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. 

Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 p.m. 

Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): vs. Denver Broncos, 1:00 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. 


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An ankle injury has ended Terrelle Pryor's first, and probably last, season with the Redskins


An ankle injury has ended Terrelle Pryor's first, and probably last, season with the Redskins

As high hopes for the Redskins season seem to be slowly slipping away, the high hopes for wide receiver Terrell Pryor can now officially end.

Jay Gruden announced Monday that Pryor will undergo ankle surgery and be placed on the injured reserve. That means Pryor will not be eligible to play for at least eight games, and considering it’s already late November, that closes the book on Pryor’s 2017 season.

When Pryor signed with Washington this offseason, fans grew quite excited. The 6-foot-5, 240 lbs. wideout went for more than 1,000 receiving yards last year on a terrible Browns team, and most expected that production to increase playing with Kirk Cousins.

It never happened.


In nine games for Washington, Pryor grabbed only 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. What made matters worse for the former quarterback-turned-receiver, Pryor displayed subpar hands, and drops plagued him throughout the season. He was targeted 37 times, and barely caught more than 50 percent of those passes.

As things deteriorated for Pryor, he maintained a respectful professionalism. Eventually his ineffective play led him to the bench and reduced snaps, and in his final game of the season against the Vikings, Pryor did not even land a target.

Signed to a one-year deal, Pryor rolled the dice on a season in Washington to boost his free agent profile in 2018. It didn’t work, and now after surgery, it seems unlikely either the player or the organization would pursue a second contract.