The Top 12 Sports Stories of ’13
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The D.C. sports landscape was full of drama and controversy this past year. From the never-ending story-lines on RGIII to the Nationals disappointing season, we need your help deciding what was the biggest sports story of 2013.
Read the choices, then vote below:
RGIII Knee Injury
Griffin injures his knee during January’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, prompting a national debate over whether coach Mike Shanahan endangered Griffin’s career by not taking the team’s franchise player out of the game sooner.
Ovie Named MVP
The Capitals right winger won his third Hart Trophy this past June, beating out Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals during the regular season.
Redskins Name Debate
It seemed like everyone had an opinion on the Redskins name controversy this past year. From Pres. Obama to Rob Ford, the debate gathered national attention.
Bryce’s Ongoing Knee Injury
Nats’ outfielder Bryce Harper crashed into a wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13, suffering a lingering knee injury that lasted for much of the season.
Shanahan Benches RGIII
With a 3-10 record, and no chance at the playoffs, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan decided to bench Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins for the final three games of the season.
New Skipper in D.C.
The Nationals named Matt Williams as the team’s manager in late October, signing the five-time All Star and former Diamondbacks coach to a long-term deal.
RGIII Is “All In For Week 1″
The slogan was originally crafted by Adidas long before Griffin’s injury, but it took on a life of its own when the offensive rookie of the year battled back from reconstructive knee surgery. Indeed he was back for Week 1 — the first loss of a disappointing season.
Wiz Sign John Wall To Max Contract
When John Wall returned to the lineup from a suspect knee, the desperately slumping Wizards began playing playing nearly .500 ball. He was rewarded with a huge new contract and set his sights on bringing a title to Washington.
Wizards Get Lucky In Lottery, Draft Porter
Sometimes you do win the lottery. Just ask the Washington Wizards who cashed in their good fortunes by selecting Georgetown’s Otto Porter with the third overall pick in the draft.
Georgetown Stunned By Florida Gulf Coast
It was supposed to be Georgetown’s year, but Florida Gulf Coast sent the Hoyas home early with a stunning upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. FCGU became just the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.
Davey Johnson’s “World Series Or Bust” Was A Bust
It was all or nothing for Davey Johnson in his final season. Unfortunately for him, it was the latter for the Nationals who failed to reach the postseason and live up to the lofty expectations.
Caps Blown Out In Another Game 7
New York contained Alex Ovechkin in the latest of Washington’s long history of playoff collapses. The Rangers beat the Capitals 5-0 in Game 7.
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