I wasn’t really expecting the Washington Nationals to make a World Series run, but it would have been nice. It would have been nicer if the Nationals didn’t bow out early in what feels like an annual tradition. Then again, it’d be nice if the Capitals and Wizards didn’t do so as well. It’s hard to ask as much from the Washington football team, considering just making the playoffs is sometimes enough to appease the majority of football fans in the District. 

Washington, D.C. Teams: Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and Washington NFL. (AP Photos)

Actually, any Washington sports area fan should probably lower their immediate expectations, as every single District team appears to be stuck in neutral with no answers on the horizon to help put things into drive. The Nationals lost their last game of the season in typical Washington sports fashion by following the classic steps. Step one: take an early lead. Step two: lose that early lead. Step three: battle back from losing the early lead only to come up inches short in the final moments. It’s like a movie with different characters that every area team has to produce. Excruciating losses seem like an initiation if you want to be a sports franchise in this town. 

I’m convinced the District will never be a “Title Town” like Boston or a hard-wired sports city like Chicago or New York, despite being an emerging market with new casinos, billions worth of new construction and frequent transitions. So what’s the answer? Tough it out as a Wizards fan, or move? Continue to dish out hundreds of dollars at concession stands for the same ole’ Nationals and Capitals reruns, or relocate? Try to talk sports with an out-of-towner and they’ll routinely ask “what’s wrong with (insert any Washington team)?” To which a District habitant can only shake their head and offer up the stock response: “I have no idea.”

The city needs somebody to get over the hump, and it doesn’t matter which franchise does it. Just do it. The Capitals should have at least two Stanley Cup trophies by now and the Nationals and Wizards have two of the biggest payrolls in their respective leagues. The Nationals roster is enormously talented and several baseball figures have called it the most talented in the game. That’s where the frustration sits. The talent is there, but this apparent curse over the teams in the District looms heavy as well. So what’s a fan to do? Move, or stick it out? Some of us don’t have a choice.

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO