The Capitals have finally gotten over the championship hump, and they see more championships to come for the city of Washington.
The Caps’ Stanley Cup run ended a lengthy championship drought for any of the four major sports teams in Washington that stretched all the way back to January 1992 when the Redskins last won the Super Bowl.
Given the painful ways in which Washington teams have just fallen short since that last Super Bowl, the city’s inability to win a championship began to feel like a sports curse.
Well, that curse is now over for the Caps and over for the city, so says Barry Trotz.
“Let's not look back,” Trotz told reporters during the Caps’ visit to Nationals Park on Saturday. “We're not going that way anymore, so don't tell us about, 'Hey you're up 3-1, you feel any pressure you might blow it?' We're not blowing it anymore. It's done. And that goes for all the teams. Let's get the positive vibe and go forward. Don't look back. That's not the direction we're going and that goes for all the sports teams.”
One of the great things about the Capitals’ endless celebration since winning the Cup is how much they have brought that celebration to the fans. They recognize how important this championship is to the city.
Can the positive vibes from that championship spread to the other sports teams? Trotz thinks so. After all, if the Caps can get over that hump, why not the Nationals?
“It's not just the team, but I think [winning the Stanley Cup is] for the fans, the organization, the district in general, the sports community,” Trotz said. “I feel really good that the Nats, they've got a really good team, and they've got a shot. They could be the next team. And we've got a good basketball team, football team, go down the list.
“Let's start making some championships in this area.”
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