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Nats' Game 5 loss keep Washington, D.C. in sports success cellar

Nats' Game 5 loss keep Washington, D.C. in sports success cellar

The Washington Nationals lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2016 National League Divisional Series after being unabkle to rally back from a 4-1 deficit, falling 4-3 after Clayton Kershaw came in to close the game out

What does that mean?

It means that 1) The Nationals season once against in heartbreak and,

2) CSNMA gets to trot out the ugliest sports statistic in the city.

Washington, D.C. remains the only city with four major sports team to fail to reach a conference final since 2000.

Washington has not had a major professional sports team reach the conference finals since 1998, when the Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

In that time, all but five cities with at least one major pro sports team has reached a conference finals, but Washington, D.C. is the only city with more than two teams to fail to do so. 

If the heartbreak wasn't enough, the fact that Cleveland, arguably the most downtrodden pro sports city in the country, overcame demons to win their first professional championship since 1964. The Cavaliers appeared destined for heartbreak, but then the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, and Cleveland was no longer the laughing stock of pro sports.

With Cleveland hoisting a title banner, Washington, D.C. remains firmly entrenched in the top 5 among least successful pro sports cities.

Buffalo has never welcomed a championship team back to town. Despite the Braves dominating the N.L. in the 1990's and the Falcons making a Super Bowl, the town's apathy for their pro sports teams keep them firmly in the running.

But D.C. stands alone when it comes to even sniffing a championship series, at least for another few months.

Spreadsheet Notes:

- Grouping the New York and Bay Area teams could go any of a number of ways. The Mets/Jets/Islanders were grouped together as were the Yankees/Giants/Rangers/Knicks given traditional but not guaranteed fan allegiances. The same applies to Oakland/San Francisco/San Jose.

Green Bay was grouped with Milwaukee because the Packers are Milwaukee's football team, even with the close proximity of Chicago. 

The professional teams in Tennessee were grouped together to create a adequate sample size for the area.

Certainly, there is overlap, especially in major markets on the East Coast,  but this is the most adequate way to get a strong sample size of the major sports cities.

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager


Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.


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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season


Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.


National Fans. Thank you!💯 #RedLightRecording

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