It's officially 2016 now, so we can all put last year behind us, right? Well, maybe not so much if you're a sports fan in the DMV. That's because 2015 was full of dramatic moments that'll keep us talking well into the new year.
The proof is in the page views. Just check out some of CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015:
Ahh, such foreshadowing in this post, folks. Back when the Nationals acquired ace Max Scherzer in the offseason, a cocky Bryce Harper famously asked "where's my ring?" A boast at the time turned into motivation for the Mets, who wound up dominating the Nationals on their way to a World Series appearance.
The most memorable moment from 2015's Redskins-Ravens game was a hard tackle that touched off a scuffle between the teams (and coaches). Steve Smith, Sr. of the Ravens and Chris Culliver of the Redskins were both ejected, despite neither being involved in the actual play. Smith didn't actually leave the stadium, though.
Wizards center Marcin Gortat is a great quote in ordinary circumstances, but talk to him during a frustrating losing streak and he'll write headlines himself. That's what happened after a November loss to the Raptors, when Gortat gave a refreshingly honest, insightful take on Washington's struggles.
This post was always going to get a lot of page views. First, it involved both NFL teams in the DMV. Second, everyone loves coaches squabbles. Third, we have video!
Is Ovechkin's relationship status as important as anything that happens on the ice? Absolutely not. But for every person that wants to read about the Capitals' top line combinations, there are dozens more that will click on a story about a Russian superstar's new lady love. Welcome to the Internet!
NBA salaries have increased by leaps and bounds in recent years, with the biggest jump in the salary cap still to come in the summer of 2016. That led to contracts like Reggie Jackson's five-year, $80 million deal with the Pistons -- the same as Wall's deal with the Wizards signed two years earlier. Except that one of the players is objectively much better ...
The writing was probably on the wall, but the official end of the Robert Griffin III era was still huge news. The quick rise and fall of RG3 became a topic of national interest and intense local debate. It also launched Kirk Cousins' spectacular year as the Redskins' starter.
Yeesh -- where to start? Jonathan Papelbon's arrival in Washington looked like a mistake from the jump, but the situation devolved into a disaster when he choked eventual-MVP Harper in the dugout ... in late September. The way Nationals manager Matt Williams handled the situation contributed to his firing. Now, the team's dealing with Papelbon's giant contract and an absolute mess at the closer position.
2015 was a breakout year for Cousins and the Redskins, but on the flip side, everything fell apart for Griffin in Washington. But that doesn't keep fans from tracking any and all news about the former Rookie of the Year. Especially if he could end up with a division rival next season.
Here it is: the Holy Grail of CSNmidatlantic.com's year. The video that launched 1,000 memes, t-shirts and FedEx Field chants. This is the blog of the original 'You Like That!' video (you can check out the story behind it here), and if you count the 30.5 million loops of the original Vine, it's far and away the most viewed item of the year.