BY ERIC GARLAND, JP FINLAY AND J.J. REGAN
So you think getting stuck in traffic during a snowstorm is bad? Check out these D.C. sports moments that are surely worse than #SnowTraffic.
1. Jonathan Papelbon chokes out Bryce Harper, September 2015
Returning to the dugout after flying out, Bryce Harper was confronted by an angry Jonathan Papelbon, who accused Harper of not running the ball out down the first baseline. An argument ensued, ending with Papelbon choking out Harper.
2. DeSean Jackson gets hurt by blocking sled in training camp, August 2015
After proclaiming “no one could stop me,” Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson met his match: A blocking sled. The Redskins wide receiver went down on the first play of one-on-ones in training camp with a separated shoulder after hitting a blocking sled.
DeSean Jackson goes down on the first play of 1-on-1s. pic.twitter.com/BuQEfNlBfi
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) August 6, 2015
3. Redskins fight Texans in training camp, August 2015
Why can’t we all just get along, right guys?
The Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans got together during August in Richmond, Virginia to hold joint practices during training camp. What could go wrong? Well a lot, apparently. The two teams had to be separated numerous times before the two teams had a physical clash. Luckily both ESPN and Hard Knocks had cameras there to document it.
— Craig Shelton (@1DeepMedia) August 8, 2015
4. Gruden, Harbaugh get in shouting match during preseason game, August 2015
Just because the Ravens and the Redskins don’t play each other often, doesn’t mean there isn’t a little tension between the two teams. During a preseason game, Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson delivered a vicious, pile-driving tackle to Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken. That irked Harbaugh, and the Ravens coach marched over to the Redskins' sideline to let Gruden know. The teams got into a mini brawl that saw the ejection of Steve Smith Sr. But don’t worry, Smith Sr. still got to watch the game.
5. Refs call off Paul Pierce shot in the playoffs, May 2015
YES! Oh wait, NO… NO. That was the reaction of almost every Wizards fan after Paul Pierce hit the game-tying shot in Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks, only for the shot to be called off. The score would have sent the Wizards into overtime, but it instead ended their season after the referees determined that Pierce didn’t get the shot off in time.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 16, 2015
6. John Wall breaks hand in playoffs, May 2015
There’s nothing like the excitement of rooting on your team in the playoffs. But that excitement was quickly dampened for Wizards fans when John Wall fractured his hand and wrist in Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Wall wanted to play, but the swelling never went down. Wall returned for Game 5, but the damage was done. The Wizards never made it out of the series against the Hawks, losing the series 4-2.
— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) May 19, 2015
7. Terps lost two best football recruits in same day, January 2016
This one hurts especially, because the wound is still fresh. After getting two verbal commitments from prized recruits Dwayne Haskins, a four-star quarterback and Keandre Jones, a four-star linebacker, all things seemed to be looking up in College Park. That was until Ohio State came along and scooped up both recruits from the Terrapins. Haskins and Jones both flipped to become Buckeyes, sending the Maryland coaching staff into a frenzy to find replacements in positions of need.
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr ♚ (@dh_simba7) January 18, 2016
8. Alex Ovechkin's record-breaking goal gets waved off...twice
Goal No. 500 was not the only milestone Alex Ovechkin reached this season. He also surpassed Sergei Fedorov's 483 goals to become the all-time leading scorer among Russians in NHL history. Getting goal No. 484, however, was a bit of a challenge. Ovechkin thought he had broken the record with a goal against Toronto, but it was waved off on a coach's challenge because of goaltender interference.
Luckily Ovechkin scored two games later...only to see it waved off again after another coach's challenge.
9. DeSean Jackson runs backwards on punt return, fumbles against Dallas on Monday Night Football
The stage was set. The fourth quarter of a tie game between the Redskins and Cowboys, Dallas was punting the ball to DeSean Jackson. Jackson was not going to let anything stop him from making the big play...even if it meant running in the wrong direction. Jackson fielded the punt at the Redskins 16, ran backwards, then across the field to the 9, fumbled the ball and the Cowboys promptly recovered the ball. Officially it was a return of minus-seven yards. Dallas scored a touchdown two plays later.