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The best beefs from recent D.C. sports history

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The best beefs from recent D.C. sports history

BY PETER HAILEY

The past handful of days have had radio listeners and social media users asking the same question as that old lady from those 1980s Wendy’s commercials: “Where’s the beef?”

That's because the ongoing battle between rappers Drake and Meek Mill has totally taken over the Internet as of late. The dispute started when Meek Mill accused Drake of not writing his own lyrics, and went on to spawn three diss tracks that were greeted with various levels of excitement. (A full summary of the Drake/Meek Mill feud can be found here). 

Besides forcing us to check Twitter every six minutes and causing us to look at the deeper, deeper meaning of every lyric from the two artists, the fight between Drake and Meek Mill got us thinking: What have been some of the most notable beefs in recent D.C. sports history?

Below, we answer that question by examining some of the best beefs involving each of the four major sports teams in the nation’s capital over the past year. These issues may not have involved Nicki Minaj or ghostwriting, but they still mattered quite a bit to fans from the DMV.

The Redskins

DeSean Jackson vs. Basic people

That awful Bucs game from last year didn’t just ruffle the feathers of Gruden: it sparked a feud between DeSean Jackson and people who are ordinary, too.

After the game, Jackson took to Instagram and posted this picture to (presumably) call out his teammates after their dismal effort against one of the NFL's worst groups. Nothing really came of it in the end, though, except for the realization that #11 doesn’t get along well with basic people.

This beef may very well resurface if Washington gets off to a slow start this year, however, so 'Skins supporters must be wary of that.

The Wizards

Paul Pierce vs. Drake

As it turns out, Toronto’s favorite rapper doesn’t limit his beefs to those inside the rap game; he got into it a bit with Pierce during a February contest between the Wizards and the Raptors, too.

Before the game’s final play, Drake tried to get all buddy-buddy with Pierce on the sidelines as #34 prepared to throw an inbounds pass. The Truth, however, wasn’t in the mood for fun and games, and he gave the rapper a nice shove to let him know he was too busy to joke around. 

Keep an eye on all Clippers-Raptors matchups next year to see where this feud goes next.

The Wizards backcourt vs. The Cavaliers backcourt

Before the 2014 NBA season, an argument between Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters broke out over one subject: Who is the league’s best backcourt?

It began when Beal said him and Wall were the Association’s premier guard pairing. But Waiters disagreed with that statement, and called it “nonsense.” Wall came back with a vengeance, though, and ended the beef with a terrific response: “You gotta win a playoff game first before you can talk. You gotta be a starter first.”

Chalk that one up to the Wizards.

The Nationals

Bryce Harper vs. Every MLB homeplate umpire

The Nationals’ stud right fielder and the guys behind homeplate have been going at it all year long: Harper’s been ejected three separate times for arguing balls and strikes, and each time he got the thumb from the umpire responsible for judging the strikezone.

Watching Harper get in the faces of the umps is pretty exciting, but in the end, this is a beef that needs to stop -- with the NL East race now as tight as ever, #34 can’t keep getting thrown out and leaving his teammates hanging.

Nationals fans vs. Jose Tabata

Back in late June, Max Scherzer had gotten himself within one out of throwing the 24th perfect game in major league history. But Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata -- and his elbow -- prevented the Nats’ ace from completing the feat on a very controversial hit-by-pitch.

There was much debate about Tabata’s actions -- did he make enough of an effort to get out of the way? -- but there’s no debating this: he’ll be the enemy of Washington baseball fans for the rest of his career. The very next day proved that fact, as Tabata was booed heavily every time he came up to hit or made a play in the field.

Scherzer said he had no issue with what Tabata did, but it’s obvious that his fans don’t feel the same way. This beef could last a long time.

The Capitals

Tom Wilson vs. New York players, media and fans

Back in the Capitals’ first round playoff series against the Islanders, Tom Wilson delivered a hit on New York defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky that fired up just about everyone associated with the Islanders’ organization.

The hit -- which was deemed worthy of a charging minor but nothing more -- knocked Visnovsky out of the rest of the playoffs, and led to Islanders players calling Wilson an “idiot” and many media members questioning Wilson’s integrity. Wilson, meanwhile, defended the hit, and did a good job of not pouring too much more fuel on the fire.

With that being said, there’s a decent chance that Wilson gets the Tabata treatment from Islanders fans the next time the two teams play -- and every time after that as well.

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199

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Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Miami tagged Jarvis Landry, but what does that mean for the Redskins?

Everything in the NFL feels like a powder keg, but the reality of Tuesday's opening of the franchise and transition tag period will play out as much more of a slow burn.

Few teams ever actually make moves on the opening day of the tag period, though the Dolphins bucked that conventional wisdom and used the non-exclusive franchise designation on wide receiver Jarvis Landry. 

Astute Redskins fans know the tag system all too well. Landry can now sign a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dolphins worth more than $16 million, the average of the top-five paid receivers in the NFL.

They can also trade Landry and the compensation discussion with a non-exclusive tag begins at two first-round draft picks, though it can eventually be settled for much less. 

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What, if anything, does Miami's move mean for the Redskins? Let's take a look:

  1. Not gonna work here - Landry never really seemed like a great fit for the Redskins as a free agent, and that was before the franchise tag. He's a really good slot WR, but Washington already has that in Jamison Crowder. Whether or not Landry actually gets a deal done with the Dolphins or gets traded, it seems highly unlikely the Redskins are his next team. 
  2. "Spirit of the tag" - Miami putting the tag on Landry so early in the process signals that the team might be trying to trade him instead of actually trying to sign him. If that's the case, and plenty of people are suggesting just that, it would seem to be in contrast with the "spirit of the tag." The idea is that a franchise or transition tag is supposed to be used as a tool by an NFL franchise to get a long-term deal done with one of their own players facing free agency. Using the tag as a mechanism to pull of a trade seems very different. Why does any of this matter for Redskins fans? As reports emerged that Washington might look to use a tag on Kirk Cousins and work to trade him, the Cousins camp has made clear they would file a grievance against that technique. Why? Because it would violate the spirit of the tag. Well, it sure looks like Miami is doing the same thing, and as of now, nobody has complained. The situations aren't identical; few resemble the Redskins long, slow, awkward dance with Cousins. But it's certainly worth monitoring. 
  3. Wide Receiver$ - The Redskins could use a veteran wideout to help their young group of Crowder and Josh Doctson. Well, with Landry getting tagged, the price tag just went up. The player that seems to make the most sense in Washington would be Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson. Coming off a knee injury in 2017, some thought Robinson could be signed on a somewhat team-friendly deal. If Landry can get franchised after a season where he didn't even get to 1,000 yards receiving, any thought of a team-friendly deal for Robinson is dead. Make no mistake, Landry and Robinson are good players, but the ever-increasing NFL salary cap will make both young receivers very well paid. 

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