A quick Google search reveals that Leap Years occur to keep our calendars and time-keeping in line with the Earth's orbit around the sun — or something like that.
But instead of wasting more time trying to explain this once-every-four-years occurrence, let's just use it as an excuse to celebrate some of the best leaps featuring D.C. sports teams in recent history instead.
- 2016 is a Leap Year, but 2015 was a Jordan Reed year. The Redskins' tight end went off in his third career season with the Burgundy and Gold, and after catching the game-winning touchdown in the "You like that!" matchup with the Buccaneers, a top moment of the team's campaign, Reed triumphantly left his feet after crossing the goal line. Here's the image, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports' Tommy Gilligan:
- Another Washington pass catcher also has a penchant for making highlights when leaving his feet. Pierre Garçon has made a few sweet leaping grabs during his time with the Redskins, including on the first touchdown of RG3's career, versus the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, and this one in 2015's season finale against Dallas (from USA TODAY Sports' Tim Heitman):
- John Wall is a pretty prolific dunker, especially for a point guard. Back in 2014, the Wizards' star won the NBA's Dunk Contest, partly in thanks to this fantastic finish, in which he clears another human before reversing one home:
- Wall's backcourt mate Bradley Beal has one of the prettiest jumpers in the Association, so basically, every time he gets off the ground to shoot, it's a gift sent directly to each viewer's eyeballs. Tremendous stills like this one from Gilligan are commonplace when #3 rises up to let one go:
- It's difficult to jump in skates, but during a December contest versus the Sabres, Caps goalie Braden Holtby leapt across his crease to prevent a goal and make a ridiculous save in Buffalo. It was borderline robbery, as this video shows.
- In one of the most iconic nights in franchise history, Jayson Werth belted a walk-off home run in the 2012 NLDS against the Cardinals to keep his team alive. Sure, the series didn't exactly end well for Washington, but this photo, from USA TODAY Sports' Joy R. Absalon, is one that will make any fan's heart feel all warm and tingly inside: