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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. 

Delle Donne scores 25, Mystics get 7th straight victory

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Delle Donne scores 25, Mystics get 7th straight victory

Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Kristi Toliver added 19 and the Washington Mystics used an 18-2 fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 76-62 on Wednesday night.

Washington (21-11) has won seven straight and is one game behind second-place Atlanta (22-10), with the top two seeds getting double-byes in the playoffs.

Monique Currie scored 14 points for Washington. She made back-to-back 3-pointers to start Washington's 12-2 game-opening run. The Mystics were 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 9 of 22.

Delle Donne, Toliver and Currie each scored in double-figures in the first half to help Washington take a 48-41 lead.

Natalie Achonwa led Indiana (5-27) with 15 points. Candice Dupree added eight points and became the ninth player in WNBA history to reach 6,000 points. Dupree needs two points to tie Lauren Jackson (6,007) for eighth on the scoring list. Diana Taurasi leads the pack with 8,506.

Indiana started the second half on a 10-0 run to take its first lead at 49-48.

The Washington Valor are Arena League Champions


The Washington Valor are Arena League Champions

Washington, D.C. is still the city of champions.

The Washington Valor defeated the Baltimore Brigade 69-55 in a Ted Leonsis owned battle of the beltways.

The Valor, who had gone 2-10 during the regular season, took on the 7-5 Baltimore Brigade as their underdog heading into Saturday's championship match.

Quarterback Arvell Nelson put the Valor on the board first with a touchdown during the second quarter. Nelson had a record-setting game with 223 yards passing and five touchdowns.

This is the Valor's first-ever championship title.