If this blog post could hug you, it would reach out and hug you. It'd be the warmest, snuggest hug you've ever gotten, too.

You know the Nationals lost Game 5 vs. the Cubs, a showdown that lasted approximately three and a half days and brought pain with it that'll last much longer. Beyond that, you know that D.C. sports teams and playoff success doesn't compute. Often times, neither does being a D.C. sports fan and fun, or satisfaction, or smiling.

You've read enough stories reminding you of those sentiments, though. This one, on the other hand, is here to prop you up and remind you of 20 things that should make you proud to support the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Nationals, happy to support them, regardless of their postseason records.

So open up your arms for this over-the-Internet embrace. Maybe it'll help you just a little bit.

20 things that D.C. sports fans should be really happy about, despite their teams' lack of playoff success

1) John Wall is under contract with the Wizards until the 2022-23 season.

2) Alex Ovechkin is on pace for a decent 164-goal season.

3) While the Tweet may no longer be true the following sentence is: The Redskins have more wins than the Giants.

And that's something to be happy about too.

4) The Nationals are hosting the All Star Game next season.

Bryce Harper said he's going to do the Home Run Derby, by the way, so plan on parking really far away from the stadium.

5) Speaking of the Nats and Nationals Park, it has a Shake Shack inside of it, and Shake Shack is really delicious.


6) Sometimes Braden Holtby gets confused and thinks his crease expands all the way out to the blue line, and that results in highlights like this one:

7) The Redskins play on Thanksgiving this year.

And it's the night game, too, so you can eat, pass out from eating too much, wake up, eat some more and then watch the 'Skins take on the Giants. 

8) Bradley Beal's jumper.

It's so pretty.

9) Anthony Rendon's swing.

It's so pretty.

10) Brandon Scherff's weekly annihilation of an opposing player.

It's so pretty, in its own, scary way.

11) Kirk Cousins has "dad swag," and he's damn proud of it, too:

12) Trent Williams calls Kirk Cousins' shoes in the above photo "mall-walkers," which is the best half-joke, half-insult ever.

13) Kelly Oubre Jr. is only 21 years old, has already carved out a nice role with the Wizards, and he should only get better.

Plus, he's a "pretty dude" and knows it.

14) Craig Laughlin and his love of exclamation points:

15) Jim Tomsula. 

He's a superb coach really helping the Redskins' D-line. He's also a superb human really helping out people who like funny videos, like this one:

16) One of Tomsula's pupils, rookie Jonathan Allen, is looking every bit like the steal everyone thought he'd be when they drafted him in April.

17) The Nationals will soon use a lineup that features Trea Turner and Victor Robles.

All of the bases will be stolen.

18) The Wizards are a nicely-assembled NBA team, and the core of their roster is like your mom's cookies.


19) Capital One Arena is the only place in the world you can get free Chick-fil-A because DeAndre Jordan's free-throw percentage looks like Tim Tebow's completion percentage.

20) D.J Swearinger may be the answer at safety for the Redskins. 

Instagram posts like these should earn him a Pro Bowl nod on their own, on top of the fact that he's playing quite well.