Top 10 D.C. Sports Stories of 2011

#10: Stephen Strasburg Returns
#10: Stephen Strasburg Returns
In August of 2010, Stephen Strasburg tore an arm ligament, requiring Tommy John surgery, and about 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation.Strasburg remained patience during the 2011 season, and late in the summer he made his way back to the Nationals’ roster after his rehab treatment. He started five games for the Nats in September, including a 10-strikeout performance in his final outing. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
#9: The Redskins Remove Seats From FedEx Field To Create “Party Decks”
#9: The Redskins Remove Seats From FedEx Field To Create “Party Decks”
In June, word got out that the Redskins were removing large portions of their upper deck seating to create a “party deck.” The organization said it was done to create more room and improve the fan experience. However, The Washington City Paper reported that the Redskins were in fact removing around 10,000 seats because they could no longer sell-out the stadium as is, and wanted to keep the sellout streak alive. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
#8: The Caps Beat Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic
#8: The Caps Beat Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic
The buildup was worth it. HBO documentaries, rain delays, the Winter Classic had it all. Pitt jumped out to an early lead, but the Cap’s answered quickly with a goal from Mike Knuble and Eric Fehr followed with two of his own. The Caps went on to win 3-1, behind Semyon Varlamov 32 saves. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
#7: Dan Snyder Sues The Washington City Paper
#7: Dan Snyder Sues The Washington City Paper
In January, Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder threatened a lawsuit against the Washington City Paper for their inaccurate article titled “The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder.” Snyder demanded dismissal of the sports writer Dave McKenna, who wrote the piece highlighting errors made by Snyder over the years. Snyder also felt the article was anti-Semitic and mocked his wife who battled cancer. In September, Snyder dropped his libel lawsuit. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
#6: Another QB Controversy For The Washington Redskins
#6: Another QB Controversy For The Washington Redskins
Against the Eagles, Rex Grossman threw four INT’s in a loss to the Eagles. Mike Shanahan decided he had seen enough and implemented John Beck as the starter against the Panthers the following week. Unfortunately, we all know how that went. By the Miami game Rex had reclaimed his starting job, and looks to keep it the rest of the season. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
#5: Jim Riggleman Resigns Abruptly
#5: Jim Riggleman Resigns Abruptly
The Nationals’ manager unexpectedly quit in June because he was displeased with his contract situation and the way the organization handled it. At the time, the Nats were in the middle of a hot streak, winning 11 of 12 and competing for the wild card. General Manager Mike Rizzo was forced to scramble and hire and Davey Johnson. Johnson did an admirable job, and got the Nats to 80 wins. He will manage the Nationals in 2012 as well. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
#4: The Caps Are Swept By The Lightning In The Second Round Of The Playoffs
#4: The Caps Are Swept By The Lightning In The Second Round Of The Playoffs
After stunning the Caps in the first two games in the Verizon Center, the Lightning finished off the lackluster Capitals with a clean sweep in Tampa to send them home with another early playoff exit. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
#3: Gary Williams Retires/Mark Turgeon Hired
#3: Gary Williams Retires/Mark Turgeon Hired
In May, Gary Williams stunned the Maryland faithful as he announced that he was retiring after 22 seasons as the Terps head basketball coach. Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson coaching search didn’t go as well as many had hoped but they found their next coach in Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
#2: The Redskins Lose Six straight
#2: The Redskins Lose Six straight
The promising start disappeared in a hurry here in D.C. Losing six straight tends to do that. The Skins went down in order to Philly, Carolina, Buffalo, San Fran, Miami, and Dallas. The torrid slide ended with a victory in Seattle. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
#1: Bruce Boudreau Fired
#1: Bruce Boudreau Fired
Boudreau, who coached the Capitals for parts of five seasons, is the fastest head coach to ever win 200 games. However, after disappointing playoff loses multiple years in a row, the seat was hot going into 2011. The Caps got off to a hot start, winning their first seven games of the year, a franchise record, but only won five out of their next 15 and Boudreau was fired. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
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