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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. 

2020 Tokyo Olympics officially postponed

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2020 Tokyo Olympics officially postponed

The 2020 Olympics set to be held in Tokyo, Japan this summer have officially been postponed due to mounting concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the postponement Tuesday after consulting with the International Olympic Committee head, Thomas Bach.

The two sides have agreed to postpone the Games to 2021.

Abe and the IOC explained more in a joint statement:

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is "accelerating". There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The Games were scheduled to begin July 24, ending August 9.

Coronavirus: How US-based sports leagues are monitoring outbreak

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Coronavirus: How US-based sports leagues are monitoring outbreak

Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S.

Officials from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball say they are all consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations on a regular basis about COVID-19. Washington State reported Saturday that a man in his 50s died from the virus.

There are no immediate plans to cancel or postpone games or have them held in empty stadiums or arenas. Some of those contingencies have been taken in other countries, including Italy, where soccer matches were postponed until May.

Pro sports in the U.S. for now are going on as scheduled, though leagues are closely monitoring the situation. The NBA and NHL are in their regular seasons and MLB in spring training in Arizona and Florida with Opening Day less than a month way.

"The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount," the NBA said in a statement. "We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely."

The NHL, which has seven teams based in Canada, is in contact with personnel from the CDC and Public Health Canada. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said by email the NHL has not considered any cancellations.

"We are in regular communication with our clubs on the issue and have passed along best practices being recommended by CDC and Public Health Canada medical experts," Daly said. "Most of these steps are common sense precautions, but there definitely involves consciousness raising."

An NHL spokesman added the league "will implement all necessary safety measures as required." Teams have been getting information from the league about COVID-19 since late January.

MLB has also been actively monitoring the outbreak for some time and been in touch with the CDC and Health and Human Services. It is providing guidance to clubs, staff members and players that are mirror CDC recommendations.

Churchill Downs is using the time left before the Kentucky Derby in early May to watch as the situation develops before hosting horse racing's biggest event.

"We still have a great deal of time to monitor and react," Churchill Downs said in a statement. "We also will learn from others as they hold events over the next number of weeks. We are consulting with relevant authorities and will take any and all necessary steps to ensure the safety of all who attend and participate."