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  1. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    Scherzer would be close to Ovechkin if he had started his career here. He's literally over-performing a $200M contract past age 30. Incredible. Last thing re: hockey - in 1971 the NHL was 2.5% American; this past season the NHL was 27% American. And that sure as hell isn't because Canadians are less interested in playing. Despite the NHL's failure to market its game to a broad audience, and its inability to accept that it needs to increase scoring ASAP, the game is without a doubt growing in America.
  2. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    When a lacrosse league has enough fans to generate more revenue than all but four sports leagues in the world that will be a valid comparison. It doesn't sit at "your" adult table is what you basically are saying, which by the way is 100% fine. There's a legion of people in the south that think auto racing is relevant too, and to them it is and that's all that matters. You're not going to give up the Yankees despite baseball's rapid decline in relevance and the fact that the All Star Game's average viewer age was like 55 last year. That doesn't bode well for 2030. What is the threshold for relevance and who decides it? If media organizations are willing to dedicate a reporter to the sport, and cities are able to organize parades where upwards of a million people or more will attend (2.5 million for the Blackhawks in Chicago), then I'd say it's relevant enough. The rest of the world does not care about American football. I find it laughable to call a Super Bowl a "world championship". But I'm still going to cheer for the Skins this fall. To each their own of course, but I just will never get why you need other people to tell you it's entertaining. If you've watched and personally decided this isn't for me, I don't find it fun a la @Mr. Sinister that is 100% understandable.
  3. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    And by the same token, 45% of all TVs in D.C. were tuned into Game 5 of the Cup not including the hundreds of thousands downtown outside the arena. I don't really care if people outside the D.C. area are engaged in our playoff games, why does that matter so much to you? It's the opposite of why I can't get how Mournblade cares so much if people in D.C. focus on the Capitals nonstop for 12 months after their title to the point where he wants the Nationals to lose. Anyway, I could write an essay on how the NHL fails to market itself and its stars, and how old Canadians drag down the personality of the league and make it less fun for kids. I'm not one of those hockey is perfect and if you don't see it you're an idiot fans. Seriously, there's so much wrong there it's ridiculous. But as long as I find it entertaining, if others don't, whatever. And I'm not going to judge its worthiness based on what some random guy in Nebraska or Alabama might think. The Redskins get outdrawn in ratings by random teams in their own market now - but you're not going to start caring less are you (well besides the trash on field product).
  4. That was lip reading after Game 7 vs. Tampa. Who knows. Either way, this is disappointing BUT it's certainly not some death blow to chances of a title repeat. I'm guessing Riordan gets promoted and they keep things simple.
  5. If we weren't willing to pay him after a championship, that is a Redskins-level move and unacceptable.
  6. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    Hockey is absolutely the fourth of the Big 4 in the U.S. (though NHL is 5th highest revenue league in the world) but after the last 2 months, there is no way Ovechkin would not be universally recognized throughout the D.C. area if he was out and about. This isn't 2006.
  7. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    Thanks for posting this - I don't think we should just completely sweep what he did under the rug regardless of era.
  8. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    +1 to me for seeing that post coming
  9. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    Lol that's cruel. I don't wanna pretend like he didn't play - I won't go that far. Also we've got the "hockey hater" browsing the thread so cue the "I don't care about hockey so Ovechkin can't be the choice" post likely incoming.
  10. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    Wayne Gretzky had a 130 point season in 1993-94 post-Russian embargo and was a productive player throughout the 90s so the comparison is not that great on his part. And even so, the NHL in the 80s had more talent than the NFL in the 1930s.
  11. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    It'd be more fun if you said who you think it is good sir. We want good discussion.
  12. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    I don't think it matters much whose decision it was. I see it like this: If we compare Johnson and say Greg Maddux (this is just a random name) on an even scale 5 and 5, I won't knock Johnson down off the bat to a 4 because he played pre-integration BUT I will absolutely give 1 point to Maddux and bump him up to a 6. So I'd have it off the bat as 6 to 5 but not 6 to 4 if that makes sense.
  13. Greatest Athlete in D.C. History (team sports)

    Johnson is the most dominant but to me, ignoring era is being purposefully dishonest. I will never give segregation-era players the same credit as those who played against full talent pools.
  14. With the Capitals bringing home the first championship in 26 years, this debate has reignited. What are people's thoughts? This does not include individual athletes like Sugar Ray Leonard or Katie Lidecky, and it's not most "beloved" or "revered" or "popular". It's greatest. Two columns written in the past week: Kevin Blackistone, Washington Post –– Close the debate: Alex Ovechkin is Washington’s greatest team sport athlete ever One more title Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin cemented last week: greatest professional team sport player in Washington history. Ever. I reached the surety of making that declaration in a moment of clarity, and not in the rapturous vapors of euphoria wafting through the D.C. area in the wake of Ovechkin finally leading the Capitals to the Stanley Cup. Thom Lovero, Washington Times –– LOVERRO: Ovechkin is great, but the GOAT? Slow down, people Now that things have calmed down a bit in the aftermath of the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship celebration, perhaps we can now clean up some of the mess that was left behind — some of the foolishness perpetuated in the local pom-pom waving media on an unsuspecting public already confused by fake news. Look, Alex Ovechkin is great, but suddenly he’s the GOAT? The greatest athlete, all-time in the history of Washington sports?