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D.C. area mascots snubbed in Deadspin ranking

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D.C. area mascots snubbed in Deadspin ranking

On Friday, Deadspin unveiled its complete ranking of the top 70 mascots in the big four professional leagues of North American sports, using a 1-10 scale.

Averages were calculated and three D.C. area mascots made the list.

Topping the list for the D.C. area was Oriole Bird at No. 9.

The 51-year old mascot is a fan-favorite, so it's no surprise that the Oriole Bird placed in the top 10.

Meanwhile, the Nationals' Screech was listed at No. 63 with a total score of 2.88 and the Wizards' G-Wiz came in at No. 64 with a total score of 2.80. 

Left off the list was Slapshot, the Capitals' mascot. Bird mascots are far too common and although Slapshot knows how to skate, the mascot doesn't have the type of resumé other iconic mascots do.


But the most surprising was that Deadspin ranked Mr. Met at No. 1 with an average score of 9.13. Deadspin did not take into account that Mr. Met was seen flipping off a fan on Wednesday night, but the unoriginal costume of a baseball wearing a Mets' baseball uniform doesn't seem to warrant Mr. Met as the top mascot. Mr. Met is an oversized baseball bobblehead. 

Mr. Met is silly. There, we said it.

CSN Philly even wrote about Mr. Mets' obscene gesture and would be up-in-arms that Deadspin ranked the Phillie Phanatic at No. 2 below Mr. Met with a total score of 8.31.

Similarly, the Wizards' G-Wiz has a striking resemblance to the Phillie Phanatic aside from its green color and should be ranked much higher, despite the discrepancy in history and resume.

Near the bottom of the list was "getting run over by the Racing Presidents."

The Racing Presidents were once a great tradition at Nationals Park, thanks in large part to Teddy Roosevelt's lengthy losing streak. But things have gone downhill since Teddy won and the addition of extra presidents has watered down the product.

Aside from the Oriole, Washington sports appreciates the ranking in the top 70, but also got snubbed. 

Virginia Tech's Edmunds brothers make NFL Draft history in first round

Virginia Tech's Edmunds brothers make NFL Draft history in first round

The most popular night in the NFL offseason took Dallas, Texas by storm Thursday. 

There were plenty of big storylines at the 2018 NFL Draft, held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Sure, Baker Mayfield being taken first overall by the Browns, Saquon Barkley joining Big Blue in the NFC East and a total of five quarterbacks coming off the board in the first round created plenty of buzz. 

But the story of the night belonged to a pair of brothers who carried on the NFL tradition within a small-town family from Danville, VA. 

Edmunds brothers, Tremaine and Terrell, became the first members of the same family to be drafted in the first round, per Elias Sports Bureau. 

The former Virginia Tech Hokies are set to join their big brother and current Saints running back, Trey, in the league next season. 

In what was a surprise to many, Tremaine fell to Buffalo at No. 16 after being listed as a projected top-10 pick. 

A bigger surprise, though? Terrell being selected by Pittsburgh at No. 28 after being projected by many to fall somewhere in the second round, or later. 

The biggest surprise of the evening? Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walking out on his own power after suffering a severe spinal injury in December to announce the team's 28th pick. 

Over Easter weekend earlier this month, the Edmunds family was generous enough to invite our crew at NBC Sports Washington to their Danville home. 

From visiting their old high school where they grew up playing football under their father as head coach to breaking down old footage from their early days playing pee-wee football, we dove into it all and put together a four-part web series. 


Maryland native Frances Tiafoe takes Roger Federer to the brink; nearly forces U.S. Open stunner

Maryland native Frances Tiafoe takes Roger Federer to the brink; nearly forces U.S. Open stunner


On Tuesday night, College Park, Md. native Frances Tiafoe nearly did the unthinkable.

19-year-old Tiafoe took five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer to a fifth and final round at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. before Federer squeaked out the victory, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

Not only did Tiafoe take Federer the distance, but the highly touted American teen took the first set 6-4.

Federer, who has twice as many grand slam championships than Tiafoe has grand slam appearances, won the next two sets with relative ease.

Tiafoe, who began training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Parl at four years old, could not be put away.

He won four of five break points, and only committed 49 unforced errors to Federer's 56. But Federer's 17 aces and 49 first-serve winners were too much for young upstart.

While Tiafoe exits the tournament with a loss, the five-set thriller against one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the Maryland native and breakout star continues on his meteoric trajectory.