Ben's Chili Bowl, one of Washington D.C.'s iconic eateries, is undergoing a facelift.
For the past five years, the U Street diner has displayed the images of former President Barack Obama and longtime patron Bill Cosby. The management team for Ben's Chili Bowl has decided it is time for a new mural, and are asking you, the people to decide who should go up next.
If you take a look at the names on the voting list you may notice that it includes a wide variety of people. There are 59 names on the list, with a wide variety of historically significant people (Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi), local icons (Chuck Brown, Russ Parr), celebrities with local ties (Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle) and a wide variety of famous musicians, artists, politicians and chefs.
There's also four athletes on the list, but only one with local ties.
Joining Muhammad Ali, Misty Copeland and Simone Biles is Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, a native of Prince George's County, Md.
There's a slight problem here: Durant hasn't played basketball in the DC area since high school. Additionally, there's a bit of sour grapes among DC sports fans after Durant didn't consider Washington, D.C. as a landing spot during his offseason free agency.
Perhaps an athlete that represented Washington, D.C. sports more than Durant was worth nomination.
What about Redskins legend and NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green? On top of being an elite cornerback, he was and still is an outstanding person, who gives back to the community on a consistent basis.
What about John Thompson Jr.? The towering former Georgetown coach led the Hoya program to national prominence, with three Final Four trips and a National Championship in 1985, in which he became the first African-American coach to capture a major sports championship.
Washington, D.C. has a solid history of athletic success, and some of the people responsible for that deserve the recognition.