Evolution of the Pro Football Single-Season Incomplete Pass Record

Arnie Herber, 1932 (64)
In 1932, the first year of NFL passing statistics, Arnie Herber of the Green Bay Packers completed 37 of his 101 passes, both leading the league. The resulting 64 incomplete passes also led the league, beginning the journey of this dubious record.

Harry Newman, 1933 (83)
The next season, Harry Newman of the New York Giants also led the league in completions and attempts by wide enough margins that the incomplete pass lead was his as well.

Arnie Herber, 1936 (96)
Herber came the first of three quarterbacks to set this record twice.

Parker Hall, 1939 (102)
Parker Hall of the Cleveland Rams actually completed 51% of his 208 throws in 1939, pretty good for back then. Yet the 102 passes on which he didn’t connect set a new record.

Davey O’Brien, 1940 (153)
Davey O’Brien of the Philadelphia Eagles shattered the record the next season by throwing 25 times per game and completing 45% of his throws. Once again, the same player led the NFL in completions, incompletions, and attempts.

Bud Schwenk, 1942 (169)
Playing for the Chicago Cardinals, Bud Schwenk became the first player to set the incomplete pass record while not leading the league in completions. He was 126 of 295, but Cecil Isbell of the Packers was 146 of 268 and Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins 132 of 225.

Glenn Dobbs, 1948 (184)
AAFC marks are official. Dobbs was 185 of 369 playing for the Los Angeles Dons.

George Blanda, 1953 (193)
Perhaps not surprisingly, we will meet George Blanda again. Playing for the Chicago Bears in 1953, he led the NFL in both attempts and completions with 362 and 169 respectively, and the resulting 193 incomplete passes were a new record.

Tobin Rote, 1954 (202)
The new mark did not stand long as Tobin Rote of the Detroit Lions became the first player in NFL history to not complete 200 passes in a season, going 180 of 382 (both led league).

Frank Tripucka, 1960 (230)
In a total non-shocker, the AFL produced and reproduced this record multiple times. They wasted no time to do so. In the league’s first year of play, Frank Tripucka of the Denver Broncos led the AFL by completing 248 of his 478 throws..and, of course, by not completing 230 passes.

Al Dorow, 1961 (241)
Al Dorow of the Dallas Texans kicked it up a notch. Tripucka’s 51.9% completion rate was actually pretty good. Dorow, by comparison, was 197 of 438 (45.0%). Both marks led the league, as well as, of course, the incompletion mark.

Babe Parilli, 1964 (245)
Parilli, playing for the Boston Patriots, became the first player to set this “record” without leading the league in either completed or incomplete passes. Those both belonged to Blanda, now of the Houston Oilers, with 262 and 505. By comparison, Parilli was 228 of 473. The 245 incomplete passes from Parilli edged out the 243 from Blanda.

George Blanda, 1965 (256)
Of course, Blanda couldn’t leave well enough alone. For the third straight year, he led the league(s) in completions and attempts. But after the decent 262-505 the year before, this time he was 186 of 442, just 42.1%. And we finally had a record that would last.

Doug Williams, 1980 (267)
Playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Doug Williams completed only 48.8% of his 521 passes, resulting in 267 incomplete throws, breaking Blanda’s now 15-year old mark.

Tommy Kramer, 1981 (271)
However, having emerged from the passing doldrums of the 1970s, but not having reached the prime of the West Coast revolution, this was a good time for those who enjoy passes clanking to the ground. Kramer threw 593 times for the Minnesota Vikings, completing 322. By now, pro football was beyond the point where this record could be obtained just by throwing a lot more than anybody else. Neither Kramer nor Williams led the NFL in either completions or attempts, but they nonetheless set these incomplete pass marks.

John Elway, 1985 (278)
The third-year Denver Broncos quarterback threw 605 times, more often than even Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins with 551 attempts, but Marino completed 348 passes and Elway just 327. Thus Elway set the incomplete pass mark anew. He would keep it for a while, but not as long as Blanda maintained the mark after 1965.

Drew Bledsoe, 1994 (291)
Bledsoe threw an unheard of 691 times as second-year quarterback for the New England Patriots. In a call back to the old days, he set the incomplete pass mark by throwing more than anyone else, and his 400 completions were…almost unheard of. (Warren Moon had completed more than 400 a couple times.) But the 400 did lead the league in 1994. However, it wasn’t enough to keep Bledsoe from the new record. Not that he minded, because…

Drew Bledsoe, 1995 (313)
Bledsoe’s 1995 season remains the only time an NFL quarterback has thrown 300 incomplete passes. He was 323 of 636 in his third season. Despite missing a game, he led the league in attempts, throwing 30 more than anyone else, and was seventh in completions, behind: Warren Moon, Brett Favre, Scott Mitchell, Jim Everett, Jeff George, and Jeff Blake.

Given the explosion in passing since even 1995 (which was a crazy year itself), perhaps it’s surprising nobody has come remotely close to this mark. Yet even while pass attempts rise, pass accuracy has shot up perhaps even more quickly. The current second-highest mark for incomplete passes in a season is Matt Stafford’s 292 in 2012. That is just one more than Bledsoe’s 1994 season. Andrew Luck threw 288 incomplete passes in 2012. The two next highest marks are those of Kramer and Elway.

Stafford in 2012 completed 59.8% of his passes. Luck in 2012 completed 54.1% of his. Even in 1994, Bledsoe completed 57.9% of his throws. To throw 636 times and complete barely half is a feat that will be hard to duplicate. It will probably take a situation like Bledsoe’s or Luck’s: a young QB who is asked to throw the ball a ton but can’t yet complete them at a steady rate. But even then that will be difficult.

Perhaps one day a second- or third-year QB will throw the ball 700 times and complete only 53% of them. But Bledsoe’s mark has now stood for 19 years, itself a record. It certainly won’t fall this year: through Week 8 of the 2014 season, Nick Foles leads the league with 122 incomplete passes. Geno Smith, who is clearly struggling and just got benched, has the NFL’s worst completion percentage this year at 56.2%.

Records, even dubious ones, are made to be broken, but we might wait a while for this one.

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A History of Washington, DC Sports since Super Bowl XXVI

1992

January 26, 1992
The Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24. Mark Rypien is the game’s Most Valuable Player. Ninth-year All-Pro cornerback Darrell Green makes one of Washington’s four interceptions; more than half of his career is in front of him.

The Washington Bullets are 14-26, but the Washington Capitals are 29-16-4. The Bullets have not made the playoffs since 1988. The Capitals made the playoffs nine straight seasons entering the 1991-92 season, but only advanced so far as the conference finals once, in 1990. Major League Baseball hasn’t been in Washington since the Senators moved to Texas and became the Rangers for the 1972 season.

The team owners in the city are Jack Kent Cooke (Redskins) and Abe Pollin (Bullets, Capitals).

The coaches are Joe Gibbs (Redskins), Wes Unseld (Bullets), and Terry Murray (Capitals).

“All 4 Love” by Color Me Badd is the #1 single in the United States, while Ropin’ the Wind by Garth Brooks is the #1 album. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the #1 film at the box office. It is January, after all.

The Cold War is still going on (sort of). Johnny Carson is the host of The Tonight Show. The European Union is still just the European Community. Windows 3.0 is the latest Microsoft operating system.

And many Washington stars from 2010 and later weren’t yet even born.

February 1, 1992
U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin formally declare the Cold War to be over.

February 7, 1992
The Maastricht Treaty establishes the European Union, with the United Kingdom among its 12 founding members.

April 6, 1992
Windows 3.1 is released by Microsoft.

April 15, 1992
The Capitals conclude their regular season with a 45-27-8 record.

April 18, 1992
The Bullets season ends at 25-57 after a 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Pervis Ellison, who averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds during the season, is later named Most Improved Player.

April 25, 1992
The Capitals win 7-2 to take a 3-1 series lead in their first-round series vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.

May 1, 1992
The Capitals lose Game 7 of the first round to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1, completing their squandering of a 3-1 series lead.

May 22, 1992
Johnny Carson’s final episode of The Tonight Show airs.

September 6, 1992
John Wall turns two years old.

October 16, 1992
Bryce Aron Max Harper is born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Sheri and Ron Harper.

1993

January 2, 1993
The 9-7 Redskins defeat the Vikings, 24-7, in Minnesota in the wild card round of the playoffs. (Minneapolis/St. Paul is the only metro area with 4+ Big 4 teams that currently has a longer title drought than Washington, one that dates back to the 1991 World Series.)

January 9, 1993
The Redskins fall to the San Francisco 49ers, 20-13, in the divisional round of the playoffs.

January 20, 1993
Bill Clinton is inaugurated President of the United States.

March 5, 1993
Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs retires with a 124-60 career record, 4 NFC titles, and 3 Super Bowl championships in 12 seasons.

Richie Petitbon, an assistant head coach, is named as Gibbs’ replacement.

April 16, 1993
The Capitals end the year at 43-34-7 with a 4-2 win.

April 18, 1993
The Capitals win Game 1 vs. the New York Islanders, 3-1.

April 24, 1993
The Capitals fall behind 3 games to 1 vs. the Islanders with a 4-3 double overtime loss. The Capitals also lost Game 2 in double overtime, 5-4, and Game 3 in one overtime, 4-3.

April 25, 1993
The Bullets finish the season 22-60 after a 106-94 loss to the Boston Celtics.

April 28, 1993
The Capitals fall 4 games to 2 to the New York Islanders with a 5-3 regulation defeat. A 6-4 win in Game 5 was not enough.

June 3, 1993
Otto Porter Jr. is born in Haywood City, Missouri, to Elnora and Otto Porter.

June 28, 1993
Bradley Emmanuel Beal is born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Besta and Bobby Beal.

June 30, 1993
Trea Vance Turner is born in Boynton Beach, Florida, to Donna and Mark Turner.

October 6, 1993
Michael Jordan retires from the Chicago Bulls for the first time.

December 11, 1993
The Redskins lose to the New York Jets, 3-0, falling to a 3-10 record. It is the first time they have been shut out since 1980.

December 31, 1993
The Redskins wasted season under Petitbon ends at 4-12 after a 14-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Rypien (3-7), Rich Gannon (1-3), and Cary Conklin (0-2) all start games at quarterback in 1993, which will be Petitbon’s only season as the head coach. Norv Turner will come over from the Dallas Cowboys to replace Petitbon.

1994

January 25, 1994
After a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins drops the Capitals to 20-23-4, Jim Schoenfeld replaces Terry Murray as head coach. The Capitals went 163-134-28 in 4+ seasons under Murray.

February 5, 1994
Peter Bondra scores 5 goals in a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, tying the franchise record set by Bengt-Ake Gustafsson in 1984.

April 13, 1994
QB Mark Rypien is released by the Redskins.

April 14, 1994
The Capitals end the season on a three-game winning streak for a 39-35-10 record.

April 24, 1994
The Redskins draft Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler with the third pick in the NFL Draft.

The Bullets win the last game of the season, 117-99 over the Charlotte Hornets, but end up 24-58. Head coach Wes Unseld steps down immediately following the game, after seven seasons at the helm with just a 202-345 record. He will be replaced by Jim Lynam. Pervis Ellison is down to averages of 7 points and 5 rebounds and released. Don MacLean (no relation the singer) averages 18 points and 6 rebounds; he is later named Most Improved.

April 25, 1994
The Redskins take Tulsa quarterback Gus Frerotte in the seventh round, 197th overall, 194 picks after Shuler.

April 27, 1994
The Capitals defeat the Penguins, 6-3, to take Game 6 of the first-round series and advance. As of 2017, this is the only time the Capitals have won a playoff series vs. the Penguins.

May 9, 1994
The Capitals complete a 4-1 series loss to the Rangers in round 2 with a 4-3 defeat in Game 5.

June 3, 1994
WR Art Monk signs with the New York Jets. Monk caught 888 passes in 14 seasons with the Redskins from 1980-93, including a then-record 106 in 1984.

August 12, 1994
Major League Baseball’s players go on strike. The Montreal Expos are leading the National League East division with a 74-40 record, but the season never resumes as the playoffs and World Series are canceled for the first time since 1904.

September 4, 1994
The Redskins season begins with a 28-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Neither Shuler nor Frerotte starts, but rather former San Diego Chargers QB John Friesz.

October 2, 1994
The 1-3 Redskins start Shuler at QB for the first time. He completes just 11 of 30 passes for 96 yards as the Redskins are blown out by the Dallas Cowboys, 34-7.

October 16, 1994
Shuler completes 11 of 32 attempts with 5 interceptions in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

October 23, 1994
Frerotte gets his turn to start after Shuler’s disastrous performance the week before. Frerotte throws for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns and the Redskins defeat the Indianapolis Colts, 41-27, to move to 2-6 on the season.

November 17, 1994
The Bullets trade for forward Chris Webber, giving up Tom Gugliotta and three first-round draft picks (1996, ’98, 2000) in the deal with the Golden State Warriors.

November 20, 1994
Frerotte starts his final game of the year, a 31-7 loss to Dallas. He completes 1 of 6 passes and is replaced by Friesz in the first half. Shuler also gets playing time.

November 27, 1994
Shuler is the starting QB in a 21-19 loss to the New York Giants. He finishes out the year.

December 24, 1994
A miserable 3-13 Redskins season ends with a 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Redskins go 1-3 with Friesz (77.7 passer rating), 1-7 with Shuler (59.6 rating), and 1-3 with Frerotte (61.2 rating).

1995

April 13, 1995
The Bullets lose their 13th consecutive game, 110-100 to the New York Knicks.

April 23, 1995
Another terrible Bullets season concludes with a win. This time a 106-90 victory over the 76ers produces a final record of 21-61.

May 2, 1995
The Capitals finish a lockout-shortened season at 22-18-8 after a 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

May 12, 1995
The Capitals defeat the Penguins by a 6-2 score for the second straight game, taking a 3-1 series lead.

May 16, 1995
The Penguins rout the Caps, 7-1, to force a Game 7.

May 18, 1995
The Capitals complete another collapse from a 3-1 series lead with a 3-0 Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Penguins.

June 28, 1995
The Bullets select Rasheed Wallace of North Carolina fourth overall in the NBA Draft, one pick before high schooler Kevin Garnett goes to the Timberwolves.

July 11, 1995
The Los Angeles Raiders move to back to Oakland after 13 seasons in L.A.

August 24, 1995
Windows 95 is released.

October 30, 1995
The Bullets trade 1993-94 Most Improved Player Don MacLean. MacLean lasted one more season of declining play with the Bullets before the team cut ties.

December 17, 1995
Shuler starts his last game for the Redskins, in which he completes 10 of 13 passes but is injured in a 35-23 win over the St. Louis Rams. He ends his second season with a 55.6 passer rating.

December 24, 1995
A 20-17 win vs. the Carolina Panthers ends the Redskins season at 6-10.

1996

April 8, 1996
The Redskins trade their first-round pick, sixth overall, for St. Louis Rams DL Sean Gilbert.

April 13, 1996
The Capitals end the year with a 39-32-11 record. 21-year-old Jim Carey will be awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender, the first Capitals player to do so.

April 19, 1996
The Capitals win Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series against the Penguins by a score of 5-3, taking a 2-0 series lead.

April 21, 1996
Despite ending the campaign on a 4-game losing streak with a 103-93 loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, the Bullets end the year at an improved 39-43. Gheorghe Muresan, Washington’s 7’7” center who led the league with a 58.4 field goal percentage, is later named the NBA’s Most Improved Player.

April 24, 1996
The Capitals lose Game 4 of their playoff series with the Penguins, 3-2 in four overtimes, and their series is tied at 2-2.

April 28, 1996
This time a 2-0 lead over the Penguins becomes a 4-2 series loss with the Capitals’ 3-2 Game 6 defeat.

May 1, 1996
Wes Unseld returns to the Bullets, this time as general manager, replacing John Nash.

July 15, 1996
The Bullets trade last year’s first-round draft pick Rasheed Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers.

August 19, 1996
Gus Frerotte is named the starting quarterback of the Redskins for the 1996 season.

October 2, 1996
The Bullets sign undrafted free agent C/F Ben Wallace.

October 27, 1996
The Redskins win their seventh straight to improve to 7-1 with a 31-16 win against the Indianapolis Colts at RFK Stadium.

November 24, 1996
Heath Shuler takes his only snap of the season; he fumbles. The Redskins suffer a 19-16 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers and are now 8-4.

December 15, 1996
The Redskins fall to 8-7 with a 27-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals that extends their losing streak to four games.

December 22, 1996
The Redskins play their final game at RFK Stadium in Washington in front of 56,454 fans. Eliminated from the playoffs and facing the backups of the Dallas Cowboys (who have clinched their playoff positioning), the Redskins win, 37-10.

1997

February 2, 1997
Gus Frerotte, who threw for 3453 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 starts in the ’96 season, is one of five NFC quarterbacks at the Pro Bowl. (RB Terry Allen, CB Darrell Green, LB Ken Harvey, and P Matt Turk also participate.)

February 5, 1997
Jim Lynam is fired as head coach of the 22-24 Bullets and replaced by interim coach Bob Staak.

February 14, 1997
In their first game under new coach Bernie Bickerstaff, the Bullets defeat the New Jersey Nets, 125-107.

March 1, 1997
The Capitals and Boston Bruins complete a major trade; the centerpieces of the six-player deal are G Jim Carey to Boston and C Adam Oates to Washington.

April 6, 1997
Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke dies at 84 years old. Cooke had been part of the Redskins ownership group since 1961, and sole owner of the team since 1985.

April 13, 1997
The Capitals defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 8-3, but miss the playoffs at 33-40-9. Jim Schoenfeld is let go after the season and replaced by Ron Wilson as head coach.

April 17, 1997
The Redskins trade Heath Shuler to the New Orleans Saints.

April 20, 1997
The Bullets finish 44-38 and make their first postseason since 1988 with an 85-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team went 22-13 under Bickerstaff, including winning 16 of their final 21 games.

April 30, 1997
A 96-95 loss to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls ends the Bullets’ postseason in a 3-game sweep. Jordan averages 37 points a game in the series, including 55 in Game 2.

May 15, 1997
The Washington Bullets officially change their name to the Washington Wizards.

June 17, 1997
Art Monk retires.

September 14, 1997
The Redskins open Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Landover, MD with a 19-13 overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals in front of an attendance of 78,270. Frerotte completes a 40-yard TD pass to Michael Westbrook for the win.

November 16, 1997
Heath Shuler makes the final appearance of his career for the Saints. He completes 6 of 14 passes with 2 interceptions, ending the year with 14 INT and just 2 touchdowns.

November 23, 1997
QB Gus Frerotte head-butts a wall and injures himself celebrating a second quarter touchdown against the New York Giants. The game will end in a 7-7 tie after backup Jeff Hostetler throws 3 interceptions.

November 27, 1997
The Capitals play the final NHL game at the US Airways Arena (Capital Centre) in Landover, MD. They lose to the Montreal Canadiens, 6-5.

November 29, 1997
The Wizards play the last NBA game at US Airways Arena, losing to the Chicago Bulls, 88-83. Attendance is 18,756.

December 2, 1997
The Wizards play the first NBA game at the new MCI Center in Washington in front of 20,674 fans. The Wizards defeat the 13-3 Seattle SuperSonics, 95-78, to improve to 6-11.

December 5, 1997
The Capitals play the first NHL game at the MCI Center. They defeat the Florida Panthers, 3-2 in overtime, moving to 15-10-4 on the year.

December 21, 1997
A 35-32 win against the Philadelphia Eagles will give the Redskins their second straight winning season at 8-7-1, but still no playoff berth.

1998

April 18, 1998
A 4-game winning streak to end the season concludes with a 112-95 win over the Celtics, but the Washington Wizards end their first season with the moniker out of the playoffs at 42-40. Gheorghe Muresan misses the entire season with injuries.

April 20, 1998
Franchise-tagged Redskins defensive lineman Sean Gilbert signs with the Carolina Panthers. Washington gets Carolina’s first-round picks in 1999 and 2000 as compensation.

May 3, 1998
The Capitals topple the Boston Bruins in round 1, winning Game 6 in overtime, 3-2, to advance. Brian Bellows scores the winner 15:24 into OT.

May 14, 1998
The Wizards trade Chris Webber to the Sacramento Kings for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe.

May 15, 1998
The Capitals win another playoff series, this time in 5 games vs. the Ottawa Senators, advancing to their first-ever Eastern Conference Finals. Washington wins the decisive game 3-0. Through the 2017 NHL season, a Washington-based Big 4 team has yet to win multiple playoff series or NFL playoff games in one postseason since, nor have any of the teams been one of the final four teams in their league to be playing.

June 4, 1998
The Capitals advance to their first-ever Stanley Cup Finals. A 3-2 win, the Capitals’ third overtime victory of the series, gives them a 4-2 series win vs. the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference Finals. C Joe Juneau scores the winning goal for Washington off of a rebound 6:24 into the overtime period.

June 16, 1998
The Detroit Red Wings are crowned Stanley Cup champions for the second straight year, completing a 4-0 sweep of the Capitals with a 4-1 win. It is the only game of the series decided by more than one goal.

June 25, 1998
Windows 98 is released.

September 6, 1998
Gus Frerotte turns the ball over on each of the first three second-half series in the season opener against the New York Giants (interception, pick-six, fumble). He is concussed on the final play of the sequence and Trent Green takes over at quarterback. Green’s two late TD passes are not enough in the 31-24 loss.

October 18, 1998
The Redskins fall to 0-7 with a 41-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. It is Gus Frerotte’s final start and appearance with the team.

December 27, 1998
A 23-7 loss to the Cowboys ends the Redskins’ season at 6-10. Green threw for 3441 yards and 23 touchdowns in 15 games as the Redskins won 6 of their last 9.

1999

January 13, 1999
Michael Jordan retires from the Chicago Bulls for the second time.

January 25, 1999
The Wizards release Gheorghe Muresan, who did not play in a single game for the team after his “Most Improved” 1996-97 season.

February 15, 1999
The Redskins trade three draft picks, including 11th overall in 1999, for Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson, while allowing Trent Green to sign with the St. Louis Rams.

March 23, 1999
Dale Hunter, who joined the Capitals in 1987 and was named captain in 1994, is traded by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche.

April 4, 1999
The Wizards fall to 13-19 with a 90-79 loss to the Miami Heat, after which Jim Brovelli replaces Bernie Bickerstaff as head coach.

April 17, 1999
The Redskins acquire every single one of the New Orleans Saints’ 1999 draft picks, as well as New Orleans’ first- and third-round picks in 2000, in the Ricky Williams trade. The Redskins then move up from 12th to 7th to pick CB Champ Bailey of the University of Georgia.

April 18, 1999
With a 3-0 loss to the Sabres, the Capitals finish an ignominious 31-45-6 in the follow-up to their 1997-98 campaign.

April 26, 1999
Daniel Snyder reaches agreement to buy the Redskins from the Cooke estate for a then-record $800 million.

May 5, 1999
The Wizards’ lockout-shortened season ends at 18-32 with a 100-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

May 12, 1999
Ted Leonsis buys the Capitals, as well as a minority stake in the Wizards, from Abe Pollin, who was the hockey team’s founding owner.

June 30, 1999
The Wizards draft G Richard Hamilton of Connecticut 7th overall in the NBA Draft.

July 23, 1999
Charlie Casserly steps down as Redskins GM, effective September 3, as Snyder hires Vinny Cerrato to be director of player personnel.

August 11, 1999
The Wizards trade Ben Wallace, three-point specialist Tim Legler, and two other players to the Orlando Magic for C Isaac Austin. Austin had been the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 1996-97 season.

September 12, 1999
The Redskins blow a 35-14 lead in losing their season opener, 41-35 to the Cowboys in overtime.

November 2, 1999
The Wizards win their season opener with head coach Gar Heard, 94-87 over the Atlanta Hawks.

December 26, 1999
A 26-20 overtime win against the 49ers clinches the Redskins’ first NFC East title since 1991. Brad Johnson throws for a team-record 471 yards and the game-winning 33-yard touchdown to Larry Centers.

2000

January 8, 2000
The Redskins win their first playoff game since 1992, a 27-13 victory over the Frerotte-led Detroit Lions. Stephen Davis runs for 119 yards and 2 TD on just 15 carries as the Redskins jump out to a 27-0 halftime lead. As of 2017, this is the last home playoff win for the Redskins.

January 15, 2000
Trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round, 14-13, the Redskins line up for a 50-yard Brett Conway field goal attempt with 1:17 remaining. They botch the snap and lose the game after blowing a 13-0 lead. The Redskins’ only touchdown was a 100-yard kickoff return by Brian Mitchell to open the second half.

January 19, 2000
The Wizards hire Michael Jordan as President of Basketball Operations. GM Wes Unseld stays in the organization but is effectively demoted as Jordan gets final say in all personnel decisions.

January 29, 2000
First-year head coach Gar Heard coaches his last game for the 14-30 Wizards. He is replaced by Darrell Walker.

February 12, 2000
The Redskins sign free agent and future Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, 36, to a five-year contract.

April 9, 2000
The Capitals end the year with 102 points at 44-24-12. Olaf Kolzig will win the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender.

April 10, 2000
The Redskins sign Jeff George, 32, to a four-year contract despite Brad Johnson’s 4000-yard Pro Bowl season in 1999.

April 15, 2000
The Redskins end up with two of the top three picks in the NFL Draft. They selected LB LaVar Arrington second and T Chris Samuels third.

April 19, 2000
The Wizards’ season ends at 29-53 with a 110-105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

April 21, 2000
And the Capitals’ season ends quickly with a 2-1 loss in Game 5 to…the Pittsburgh Penguins. Again.

June 5, 2000
Free agent and future Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, 32, signs a seven-year contract with the Redskins. He joins Smith and George as acquisitions in the team’s offseason spending spree. The team now has Smith, Dan Wilkinson, and Dana Stubblefield on the defensive line and Sanders, Champ Bailey, and Darrell Green in the secondary, along with rookie linebacker LaVar Arrington, to go with an offense that scored 486 points the previous season and since added Chris Samuels.

August 3, 2000
The Detroit Pistons trade for ex-Wizard Ben Wallace.

August 22, 2000
After one season averaging 6.7 points on 43% shooting, Isaac Austin is traded by the Wizards to the Vancouver Grizzlies for four non-descript players.

October 22, 2000
The Redskins improve to 6-2 with a 35-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

December 3, 2000
The Redskins lose to the New York Giants, 7-6. With four losses in their last five games, the Redskins are now teetering with a 7-6 record.

December 4, 2000
Redskins head coach Norv Turner is fired, the only NFL coach after 1970 to be fired in the middle of a season with a winning record. Turner’s record six-plus years was 49-59-1.

December 10, 2000
Cowboys 32, Redskins 13: Redskins 7-7, 0-1 under interim coach Terry Robiskie

December 16, 2000
Steelers 24, Redskins 3: The Redskins are now 7-8 and eliminated from playoff contention.

December 24, 2000
The Redskins defeat the Cardinals, 20-3, to end the disappointing season at 8-8.

2001

January 3, 2001
The Redskins hire Marty Schottenheimer as head coach, who also takes over for player personnel decisions from Vinny Cerrato.

January 20, 2001
George W. Bush is inaugurated President of the United States.

March 5, 2001
Redskins free agent QB Brad Johnson signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

April 18, 2001
The Wizards end the year 19-63 with a 98-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Leonard Hamilton resigns as head coach after the game.

The Capitals even their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins via a 4-3 overtime win.

April 19, 2001
Michael Jordan hires Doug Collins to coach the Wizards. Collins coached Jordan as a player with the Bulls from 1986-89.

April 23, 2001
The Penguins knock the Capitals out of the playoffs again, winning Game 6 in overtime, 4-3. The goal that ends Washington’s season is scored by Martin Straka.

June 27, 2001
The Wizards select Kwame Brown, forward, Glynn Academy (Brunswick, GA) with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Like the Collins hire, the Brown pick is portrayed as a unilateral decision by Michael Jordan.

July 11, 2001
The Capitals trade for Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr, who is coming off four consecutive scoring titles.

July 20, 2001
Mitch Richmond signs with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. After making six straight All-Star Games in Sacramento, Richmond made none in three years with Washington while his scoring average declined every season.

July 27, 2001
Deion Sanders retires from football after just one season in Washington, during which he had 4 interceptions and a 57-yard punt return. He did not make the Pro Bowl.

September 11, 2001

September 24, 2001
The Redskins fall to 0-2 with a 37-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers. It is the team’s first shutout since 1993. Starting QB Jeff George throws for just 102 yards and takes 5 sacks.

September 25, 2001
Michael Jordan announces second un-retirement, to play for the Wizards.

September 26, 2001
Marty Schottenheimer cuts George from the Redskins. Tony Banks will start at QB for the rest of the season.

October 15, 2001
The Redskins lose to the Cowboys, 9-7 on Monday Night Football, falling to 0-5 while being outscored 144-32.

October 25, 2001
Windows XP is released.

October 30, 2001
Michael Jordan scores 19 points on 7-21 shooting in his first game for the Wizards, a 93-91 loss to the New York Knicks.

November 6, 2001
The MLB owners vote 28-2 to contract two teams, reportedly the Montreal Expos and the Minnesota Twins, who have been in the state since moving from Washington, DC in 1961.

November 13, 2001
The Capitals allow their most goals in a game since 1975 in an 11-5 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

November 18, 2001
The Redskins win their fourth straight game, 17-10 over Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos, behind two fourth-quarter TD passes by backup QB Kent Graham, the last scoring tosses of his career.

December 29, 2001
Jordan scores 51 points on 21-38 shooting in a 107-90 win vs. the Charlotte Hornets, becoming the oldest player to score 50 points in a game in NBA history.

2002

January 6, 2002
The Redskins beat the Cardinals, 20-10, pulling off their 8th win in 11 games to achieve a .500 season.

January 13, 2002
Despite the late run, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Redskins.

January 14, 2002
Steve Spurrier is hired to a record contract to replace Schottenheimer. Cerrato regains control over personnel.

February 1, 2002
The sale of the Florida Marlins to Expos owner Jeffrey Loria is approved by MLB owners.

February 5, 2002
Major League Baseball officially cancels its plans to contract teams in 2002.

The same month, MLB takes ownership of the Montreal Expos.

February 7, 2002
A 108-101 win over the Sacramento Kings gives the Wizards a 26-21 record at the All-Star Break. Jordan is averaging 25.1 points per game. Jordan sustains a knee injury in the second quarter when teammate Etan Thomas runs into him, but he remains in the game.

February 24, 2002
Jordan aggravates his knee injury and sits the last 6:27 of a 92-80 loss to the Miami Heat with an impending trip to the injured list. Jordan had scored 37 in a loss the night before, but was still averaging just 19 points in seven games since the All-Star Break, with the Wizards losing six.

March 13, 2002
A 96-75 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers is the Wizards’ 14th defeat in their past 17 games as they fall to 29-35.

March 19, 2002
The Capitals trade Adam Oates to the Philadelphia Flyers.

April 1, 2002
The University of Maryland Terrapins win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 64-52 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

April 13, 2002
The Capitals lose the season finale to the New Jersey Devils, 4-3 in overtime. They miss the playoffs at 36-33-11. Bruce Cassidy will replace head coach Ron Wilson, whose Washington coaching career ends with a 192-159-51 record and one Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

April 16, 2002
The Wizards beat the Knicks but are out of the playoffs at 37-45. Jordan’s injury ended up limiting him to playing in just 14 of Washington’s 35 games after the All-Star Break, as the Wizards went 11-24 in those games. Jordan ends the year averaging 22.9 points in 60 games.

April 20, 2002
The Redskins draft QB Patrick Ramsey of Tulane with the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft.

June 27, 2002
Then-prospects and future All-Stars Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore are among the players Expos GM Omar Minaya trades to the Cleveland Indians for Bartolo Colon. The Expos will end up missing the playoffs anyway.

September 8, 2002
The Redskins put up 442 yards of offense in Spurrier’s first game, a 31-23 win over the Cardinals. Shane Matthews throws for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns.

September 11, 2002
The Wizards trade guard Richard Hamilton to the Detroit Pistons for G Jerry Stackhouse in a six-player deal. Hamilton averaged 20.0 points in 63 games in 2001-02.

September 16, 2002
The Redskins put up 179 yards of offense in Spurrier’s second game, a 37-7 Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Matthews throws for 62 yards on 22 attempts and is replaced by Danny Wuerffel. Matthews and Wuerffel were both coached by Spurrier at the University of Florida and acquired after Spurrier’s hiring.

October 6, 2002
Patrick Ramsey debuts in relief of Wuerffel, and throws for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 31-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

October 13, 2002*
Ramsey makes his first career start in a home game vs. the New Orleans Saints. The Redskins turn it over on their first four possessions, including three Ramsey interceptions, and trail 20-0 on their way to a 43-27 defeat.

December 15, 2002
Another loss to the Eagles drops the Redskins to 5-9.

The old Capital Centre in Landover is demolished.

December 29, 2002
The Redskins end the season on a two-game winning streak, defeating the Dallas Cowboys for the first time since 1996, 20-14. It is the final game in the 20-year career of legendary cornerback Darrell Green. He retires with 54 career interceptions.

2003

January 11, 2003
The Capitals tie the franchise record for goals in a 12-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Jagr scores a hat trick and 7 points.

January 26, 2003
Former Redskins QB’s Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon start Super Bowl XXXVII. Johnson’s Buccaneers defeat Gannon’s Raiders, 48-21.

The Capitals score a franchise record 5 power play goals in a 7-2 win over the New York Rangers.

February 21, 2003
A 40-year-old Michael Jordan scores 43 points on 18-30 shooting in an 89-86 win over the New Jersey Nets.

April 11, 2003
The Montreal Expos play what is officially their home opener at Estadio Hiram Bithorn in Puerto Rico. The team’s days in Montreal are clearly numbered. Today, however, they defeat the New York Mets, 10-0.

April 12, 2003
The Capitals take a 2-0 series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 6-3 victory.

April 16, 2003
Jordan scores 15 points in 28 minutes in the final game of his career, a 107-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers that ends the Wizards’ season at 37-45 for the second straight year. Jordan averaged 20.0 points in all 82 games (67 starts) in his final season.

April 20, 2003
The Capitals lose to the Lightning in triple overtime, 2-1, completing a 4-2 series loss after having taken the 2-0 lead. Martin St. Louis scores the winning goal for Tampa Bay.

May 7, 2003
Wizards owner Abe Pollin fires Michael Jordan as President of Basketball Operations.

May 30, 2003
Doug Collins follows Jordan out the door in Washington as he is fired as head coach.

June 19, 2003
Eddie Jordan is hired as coach of the Wizards.

June 30, 2003
Ernie Grunfeld is hired as the Wizards’ new President of Basketball Operations. Grunfeld had been GM of the Milwaukee Bucks since 1999 after 17 years in the New York Knicks organization. Grunfeld remains with the Wizards as of 2017.

August 8, 2003
Guard Gilbert Arenas signs with the Wizards as a restricted free agent.

November 23, 2003
The Redskins lose to the Miami Dolphins, 24-23, when they allow Miami to outscore them 14-0 in the fourth quarter. Tim Hasselbeck replaces a concussed Ramsey during the game. Hasselbeck finishes out the season.

December 14, 2003
Hasselbeck posts a 0.0 rating in a 27-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that drops the Redskins to 5-9.

December 27, 2003
The Eagles beat the Redskins, 31-7, ending the second season under Spurrier at 5-11.

December 30, 2003
Spurrier resigns from the Redskins with three years remaining on his contract. The Redskins were 25th and 22nd in the league in points scored in Spurrier’s two seasons there.

2004

January 7, 2004
Joe Gibbs comes out of retirement for a second stint as head coach the Redskins.

January 23, 2004
The Capitals offload Jagr to the New York Rangers.

February 9, 2004
Ex-Bullet Rasheed Wallace is traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Atlanta Hawks.

February 18, 2004
The Capitals trade Peter Bondra to the Ottawa Senators for Brooks Laich and a 2005 second-round draft pick. Bondra, an eighth-round pick of the Capitals in 1990, scored 472 goals in 13+ seasons with the team and twice led the league in goals (1994-95 and 1997-98).

February 19, 2004
The Detroit Pistons trade for Rasheed Wallace. Three of Detroit’s five starters are now former Wizards: PF Rasheed Wallace, C Ben Wallace, and SG Richard Hamilton.

February 24, 2004
The Redskins release DE Bruce Smith in a salary cap move. Smith recorded 29 sacks and no Pro Bowl berths in his four seasons in Washington. Smith’s release effectively closes the book on the Redskins’ disastrous 2000 offseason and campaign.

March 3, 2004
The Redskins trade for Jaguars QB Mark Brunell.

The Capitals continue to offload stars, trading Sergei Gonchar to the Boston Bruins for Shaonne Morrisonn and a first- and second-round pick.

March 4, 2004
The Redskins trade CB Champ Bailey (four Pro Bowls in five seasons) and a second-round pick to the Denver Broncos for RB Clinton Portis (1500 yards on 5.5 per carry in each of his first two seasons).

March 17, 2004
Kwame Brown has a career game with 30 points, on 12-16 shooting, and 19 rebounds (7 offensive) in a 114-108 home win over Chris Webber’s 49-18 Sacramento Kings.

April 4, 2004
The Capitals once again lose the last game of the season to the Penguins, 4-3. At least this time it only means they end the year 23-46-10.

April 14, 2004
The Wizards lose to the New Orleans Hornets, 94-78, ending the year 25-57. Brown ends up averaging career highs of 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds during the 2003-04 season. (Unlike some other Washington big men, he does not win the Most Improved Player award.)

April 24, 2004
The Redskins draft Sean Taylor, safety, University of Miami (FL) with the fifth pick in the NFL Draft.

June 15, 2004
The Detroit Pistons win the NBA title with a 100-87 Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. In the Finals, Detroit’s trio of former Wizards average a combined 45 points, 27 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks per game. Ben Wallace has the best game of the clincher with 18 points and 22 rebounds.

June 24, 2004
The Wizards trade for Dallas Mavericks forward Antawn Jamison. The Wizards use the fifth overall pick on G Devin Harris and trade him, along with F Christian Laettner and G Jerry Stackhouse, to Dallas for Jamison. During the 2003-04 season, Stackhouse only played 26 games, averaging a career-low 13.9 points per game on less than 40% shooting. Meanwhile, Richard Hamilton, whom Stackhouse was traded for, was helping the Pistons win a championship.

June 26, 2004
With the first pick of the NHL Draft, the Capitals select Alexander Ovechkin.

August 31, 2004
Three years after he retired from the Redskins, Deion Sanders signs with the Baltimore Ravens.

September 12, 2004
Clinton Portis’ 64-yard touchdown run on his first-ever carry with the Redskins sparks a 16-10 win over the Buccaneers in Gibbs’ second head coaching debut.

September 16, 2004
The NHL lockout begins and will ultimately wipe out the entire 2004-05 season.

September 29, 2004
Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington, DC.

That evening, the Expos lose their final game at Stade Olympique, 9-1 to the Florida Marlins. The announced crowd is 31,395, which brings the final three-game series total attendance to 40,734.

October 10, 2004
The Redskins gain just 107 yards and 9 first downs in a 17-10 loss to the Ravens, moving to 1-4. Deion Sanders intercepts a Mark Brunell pass in the third quarter.

December 3, 2004
Major League Baseball owners approve the relocation of the Expos to Washington, 28-1. Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos casts the lone dissenting vote.

December 22, 2004
The D.C. Council approves, by a 7-6 vote, the construction of a baseball stadium on the Anacostia River, allowing the new team to move forward.

2005

January 2, 2005
The Redskins beat the Vikings, 21-18, ending the year at 6-10.

January 23, 2005
Johnny Carson dies.

March 5, 2005
The Redskins trade WR Laveranues Coles to the New York Jets for WR Santana Moss.

April 4, 2005
The Washington Nationals lose 8-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first MLB game for a Washington team since September 30, 1971.

April 6, 2005
The Nationals beat the Phillies 7-3 in the first MLB victory for a Washington team since September 28, 1971. The game at RFK Stadium attracts a paid crowd of 45,596.

April 14, 2005
The Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, in the first MLB game in Washington since September 30, 1971.

April 20, 2005
The Wizards conclude their first season with the Arenas-Jamison core at 45-37, making the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

April 23, 2005
The Redskins trade up in the NFL Draft to select Jason Campbell (QB, Auburn) 25th overall.

April 30, 2005
Trailing 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs, the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 117-99 behind 32 points from Gilbert Arenas. It is the franchise’s first playoff win since 1988.

May 4, 2005
Gilbert Arenas drains a 14-foot pull-up jump shot over Kirk Hinrich and Tyson Chandler as time expires for a 112-110 Wizards win over the Bulls in Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs and a 3-2 series lead.

May 6, 2005
With a 94-91 win, the Wizards advance in the playoffs for the first time since 1982. With 34.9 seconds to go and the game tied at 91, Bulls guard Chris Duhon inbounds the ball off of teammate Kirk Hinrich’s back. Jared Jeffries steals the ball and dunks it two-handed for the lead with 31.9 seconds left.

May 14, 2005
The overmatched Wizards are swept by the Shaquille O’Neal–Dwyane Wade Miami Heat with a 99-95 loss.

June 7, 2005
The Nationals select Ryan Zimmerman, infielder, University of Virginia with the fourth pick in the 2005 MLB Rule 4 Draft.

July 3, 2005
The Nationals improve to 50-31 at the midway point of the season with a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

August 2, 2005
Kwame Brown, who regressed in every statistical category in the 2004-05 season, is traded by the Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers. The full trade sends Brown and Laron Profit to the Lakers for Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins.

September 12, 2005
Patrick Ramsey starts his last game for the Redskins in a 9-7 win over the Chicago Bears.

September 19, 2005
Mark Brunell hits Santana Moss for touchdowns of 39 (on 4th and 15) and 70 yards in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter as the Redskins complete a miraculous 14-13 Monday Night victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium.

October 2, 2005
A 9-3 loss to the Phillies concludes the Nationals’ second-half fade to an 81-81 record.

November 13, 2005
After blocking an extra point but being ruled offsides, the Redskins lose to the Buccaneers 36-35 when Mike Alstott barely reaches the end zone on Tampa Bay’s two-point conversion attempt.

December 7, 2005
The Nationals trade for Alfonso Soriano, sending Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge to the Texas Rangers.

December 18, 2005
The Redskins annihilate the Cowboys, 35-7, behind 4 first-half Mark Brunell TD passes.

2005

January 1, 2006
Sean Taylor’s 39-yard fumble return caps a 31-20 win over the Eagles and a 5-game Redskins winning streak that gets them to the playoffs at 10-6. Santana Moss sets the franchise record with 1,483 receiving yards on the season.

January 6, 2006
Verizon buys MCI, including naming rights to the basketball and hockey arena, which becomes the Verizon Center.

January 7, 2006
The Redskins avenge the Buccaneers with a win in the Wild Card game, 17-10, despite just 43 passing yards from Brunell. Taylor returns a fumble 51 yard for a touchdown in the game, but also gets ejected for spitting at Tampa Bay RB Michael Pittman. It is the last playoff win for the Redskins as of 2017.

January 14, 2006
The Seattle Seahawks end the Redskins season, 20-10.

February 13, 2006
Deion Sanders retires for good.

March 7, 2006
The D.C. Council, by a 9-4 vote, approves the financing for the baseball stadium.

April 18, 2006
The Capitals end their season 29-41-12 and out of the playoffs.

May 3, 2006
Major League Baseball accepts the bid from Ted Lerner’s investment group to buy the Nationals.

The Wizards drop Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 121-120 in overtime. The Wizards now trail the best-of-seven series 3 games to 2. Arenas scores 44 points, but LeBron James puts up 45 for Cleveland, including the winning layup with 0.9 seconds remaining.

May 5, 2006
Damon Jones hits the game-winner for Cleveland as the Wizards lose 114-113 in overtime to the Cavaliers, falling in six games in the first round after a 42-40 season. With 15.1 seconds left leading 113-112, Arenas misses two free throws, opening the window for Jones’s two-point winner.

June 18, 2006
Ryan Zimmerman hits the first walk-off home run of his career, a 2-run shot off of Chien-Mien Wang to defeat the New York Yankees, 3-2.

June 24, 2006
The Capitals draft Nicklas Backstrom fourth overall.

September 16, 2006
Nationals outfielder Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player in MLB history with 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season, joining Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez.

October 1, 2006
The Nationals lose to the New York Mets, 6-2, ending the season at 71-91. Soriano ends the year with 46 homers and 41 steals.

November 5, 2006
Sean Taylor’s 30-yard return of a blocked field goal helps the Redskins win a dramatic 22-19 victory over the hated Cowboys. Tied at 19 with six seconds to play, the Redskins block a 35-yard Dallas field goal try. Taylor’s face mask is pulled during the return, resulting in a 47-yard Washington field goal attempt on a final untimed down. Nick Novak makes the kick to win the game. However, the Redskins are still only 3-5 on the year.

November 7, 2006
Former Redskins QB Heath Shuler wins election to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from North Carolina’s 11th district. Gus Frerotte is still in the NFL as a backup with the St. Louis Rams.

November 20, 2006
Soriano leaves Washington in free agency, signing an eight-year, $136-million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

December 17, 2006
Gilbert Arenas scores 60 points in the Wizards’ 147-141 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Arenas shoots 17-32 from the field, 5-12 on three-pointers, and 21-27 from the foul line. He adds 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Kobe Bryant has 45 for the Lakers. (Kwame Brown scores 3 points in 25 minutes for L.A.)

December 30, 2006
A 34-28 loss to the New York Giants ends the Redskins’ season at 5-11.

2007

January 30, 2007
Windows Vista is released.

April 4, 2007
Gilbert Arenas sustains a knee injury in the first quarter of a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. He misses the rest of the season, including the playoffs.

April 7, 2007
The Capitals lose to the Sabres, 2-0, ending the year 28-40-14.

April 23, 2007
Boris Yeltsin (Борис Ельцин) dies.

April 30, 2007
The 41-41 Wizards are swept by the Cavaliers in the first round, losing Game 4 97-90.

June 23, 2007
The Nationals lose 4-3 to the Cleveland Indians when OF Nook Logan runs into a game-ending double play. It would just be another loss in this era of Nationals baseball if not for an exasperated Charlie Slowes’ excited radio call. (“Here’s the pitch. Ground ball, flagged by Borowski. He throws home, and that’s all they’ll get. Now rounding third Logan, what is he doing?! The throw to third, he’s out, and the game is over!”)

August 7, 2007
Barry Bonds hits his record 756th career home run off of Mike Bacsik of the Nationals, but the Nats win the game, 8-6, improving to 52-61.

September 30, 2007
The Nationals end the year at 73-89 after a 6-1 loss to the Phillies.

October 29, 2007
Ex-Capital Peter Bondra retires after spending 2005-06 in Atlanta and 2006-07 in Chicago.

November 22, 2007
The day after a 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers drops the Capitals’ record to 6-14-1, head coach Glen Hanlon is fired and replaced by Bruce Boudreau.

November 26, 2007
While recovering from a knee injury, Sean Taylor is shot in the femoral artery during a burglary of his home. He is in the midst of a breakout season with 5 interceptions in 9 games.

November 27, 2007
Sean Taylor dies at 24 years old.

December 2, 2007
The Redskins defend the first play of the game vs. the Buffalo Bills with ten players in honor of Taylor. Leading 16-14 with 8 seconds to play, an illegal timeout by Joe Gibbs turns Buffalo’s 51-yard field goal attempt into a 36-yard try and the Bills win, 17-16. The Redskins fall to 5-7.

December 6, 2007
Jason Campbell dislocates his knee against the Chicago Bears and is replaced at quarterback by Todd Collins. The Redskins defeat the Chicago Bears, 24-16.

December 30, 2007
A 27-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys gives the Redskins a four-game winning streak behind Collins, producing a 9-7 record and a wild card playoff berth. Collins averaged 222 yards per game and 8.5 per attempt with 0 interceptions in his four games.

2008

January 5, 2008
After trailing 13-0, the Redskins take a 14-13 lead over the Seattle Seahawks but allow two interception returns for touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 35-14 playoff loss.

January 8, 2008
Joe Gibbs retires as head coach of the Redskins. Although the team went 30-34 in Gibbs’ second stint, they made the playoffs twice in four years after doing so just once in the 12 seasons between his first retirement and his comeback.

January 26, 2008
The Redskins hire Jim Zorn as their offensive coordinator, but have yet to name a head coach.

February 9, 2008
The Redskins settle on Zorn as their head coach.

February 10, 2008
The NFC wins the Pro Bowl, 42-30. The Redskins are represented by Clinton Portis, TE Chris Cooley, and OL Ethan Albright, all of whom wear #21 in honor of Sean Taylor.

March 30, 2008
Nationals Park opens in front of an attendance of 39,389. Ryan Zimmerman blasts a 2-out walk-off solo home run off of Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Pete Moylan in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2.

April 5, 2008
The Capitals end the season with a 7-game winning streak to reach a 43-31-8 record. They went 37-17-7 under Boudreau.

April 16, 2008
The Wizards end their 2007-08 campaign at 43-39. Arenas plays only 13 games all season due to his knee.

April 22, 2008
The Capitals lose in Game 7 of the first round, 4-3 in overtime, to the Philadelphia Flyers. Joffrey Lupul scores his first goal of the series on a Flyers power play after 6:06 of overtime to end Washington’s season. The Capitals fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to no avail.

May 2, 2008
The Wizards fall to the Cavaliers in the first round for the third straight season, this time in six games after a 105-88 loss. Arenas misses the final two games of the series with his knee troubles.

June 13, 2008
Alex Ovechkin wins his first Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player of the NHL. Ovechkin’s 65 goals were the most for a player in an NHL season since Mario Lemieux found net 69 times for the Penguins in the 1995-96 campaign.

July 1, 2008
Olaf Kolzig signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning after 711 games with Washington.

August 2, 2008
Redskins greats Darrell Green and Art Monk are among five players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

August 16, 2008
The Nationals fail to reach an agreement with first-round draft pick Aaron Crow.

September 28, 2008
The Nationals secure the worst record in Major League Baseball at 59-102, swept by the Phillies with an 8-3 loss as the Seattle Mariners complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics to finish 61-101.

October 26, 2008
The Redskins improve to 6-2 with a 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions, one day after a USA Today article calls QB Jason Campbell an “elite” quarterback.

November 3, 2008
The Redskins lose at home on Monday Night Football to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6. Pittsburgh backup QB Byron Leftwich is 7-10 for 129 yards and a touchdown in relief of Ben Roethlisberger while Campbell is 24-43 for 206 yards and takes 7 sacks.

November 24, 2008
Eddie Jordan is fired as coach of the 1-10 Wizards and replaced by interim coach Ed Tapscott. The Wizards went 197-224 but made the playoffs four times in five-plus seasons under Jordan.

December 14, 2008
The Redskins dip to .500 at 7-7 with a 20-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In the last six games, the Redskins have scored 13 or fewer points five times, and no more than 20.

December 28, 2008
The Redskins fall to 8-8 and out of the playoffs with a 27-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Washington scored just 100 points while going 2-6 in their last 8 games. It’s the third time since 1996 that the Redskins have won at least six of their first eight games but missed the playoffs.

2009

January 20, 2009
Barack Obama is inaugurated President of the United States.

February 7, 2009
Albert Haynesworth signs a 7-year, $100-million contract with the Redskins.

March 1, 2009
Nationals general manager Jim Bowden resigns.

March 4, 2009
Mike Rizzo is named interim GM of the Nationals.

April 11, 2009
The Capitals finish the regular season with a 50-24-8 record, second-best in the Eastern Conference.

April 13, 2009
The Wizards hire Flip Saunders as head coach for the 2009-10 season. Saunders enters the job with a 587-396 career record.

April 15, 2009
The bottom has fallen out from under the Wizards, who end the season at 19-63 with a 115-107 loss to the Boston Celtics.

April 17, 2009
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn don “Natinals” uniforms for the first three innings of a 3-2 loss to the Florida Marlins, a mistake which comes to encapsulate the ineptitude of this era of Nationals baseball.

April 28, 2009
The Capitals complete a comeback from a 3-1 first-round series deficit to the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory in Game 7.

May 13, 2009
The Capitals drop Game 7 of their second-round playoff series vs. the Penguins, 6-2. It is the fifth time in 15 years that the Capitals have been bounced by the Penguins in the playoffs.

June 4, 2009*
The Nationals lose to the San Francisco Giants, 5-1, in the 300th career win for pitcher Randy Johnson. In a 2-1 game in the eighth inning, Adam Dunn strikes out looking on a full count with 2 outs and the bases loaded vs. Giants reliever Brian Wilson. The borderline strike call keeps Johnson in line for his milestone victory.

June 9, 2009
The Washington Nationals select Stephen Strasburg, pitcher, San Diego State University with the first pick in the 2009 MLB Rule 4 Draft. They draft pitcher Drew Storen 10th overall.

June 17, 2009
Alex Ovechkin is awarded his second consecutive Hart Memorial Trophy. His 56 goals led the NHL for the second straight season.

August 17, 2009
Strasburg signs a record $15-million contract with the Nationals just before MLB’s midnight signing deadline for draft picks.

August 20, 2009
Rizzo becomes full-time GM of the Nationals.

September 23, 2009
Ex-Capital Olaf Kolzig retires after playing just 8 games for Tampa Bay in the 2008-09 season.

September 27, 2009
The Nationals fall to 51 games below .500, 52-103, with a 6-3 loss in 10 innings vs. the Atlanta Braves.

October 4, 2009
The Nationals end the season on a 7-game winning streak but nonetheless end up with MLB’s worst record at 59-103.

October 19, 2009
A day after the Redskins lose to the Kansas City Chiefs, 14-6, head coach Jim Zorn loses his play-calling duties to recently-hired consultant Sherman Lewis. In six games at this point, the Redskins have yet to score more than 17 points in a game and sit at a 2-4 record.

October 22, 2009
Windows 7 is released.

November 24, 2009
Wizards owner Abe Pollin dies at 85. He had been principal owner since their days as the Baltimore Bullets. Ted Leonsis takes over ownership of the team.

December 17, 2009
Vinny Cerrato resigns as the Redskins’ VP of Football Operations, ending his time with the team for good. Bruce Allen, son of former Redskins coach George Allen, is hired for the role soon after on the same day.

December 21, 2009
The Redskins lose to the Giants, 45-12, on Monday Night Football, falling to 4-10. Trailing 24-0, punter Hunter Smith is intercepted on a poorly-designed fake field goal attempt on the final play of the first half, a play on which the Giants end up nearly scoring.

2010

January 3, 2010
The bottom has fallen out from under the Redskins, whose 4-12 campaign concludes with a 23-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

January 4, 2010
Jim Zorn is fired as head coach of the Redskins.

January 5, 2010
Mike Shanahan is hired as head coach of the Redskins. It took 33 days in 2008 to replace Gibbs but just one day to replace Zorn.

January 27, 2010
Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are suspended from the NBA for the season for their run-ins with NBA rules and Washington, DC gun laws.

February 17, 2010
The Wizards trade Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

April 4, 2010
The Redskins trade for Donovan McNabb, giving up their second-round pick in 2010 and a conditional third-/fourth-round draft pick in 2011.

April 11, 2010
The Capitals’ season ends at 54-15-13, for a league-leading 121 points and their first-ever Presidents’ Trophy.

April 14, 2010
The Wizards’ season ends at 26-56.

April 21, 2010
The Capitals take a 3-1 series lead in the opening round of the NHL playoffs with a 6-3 victory over the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens.

April 28, 2010
The Capitals complete another collapse as the Canadiens stun them, 2-1, in Game 7 of their playoff series.

May 12, 2010
At least the Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, too, also in seven games. They will lose to the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference finals in five games.

May 18, 2010
The Wizards convert a 10.3% chance of getting the #1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, moving past four teams with better odds and worse records.

June 7, 2010
The Washington Nationals select Bryce Harper, outfielder, College of Southern Nevada, with the first pick in the 2010 MLB Rule 4 Draft.

June 8, 2010
Stephen Strasburg makes his MLB debut in front of a sold-out crowd at Nationals Park. He strikes out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates, including the last seven batters he faces, in 7 innings of a 4-2 victory.

June 24, 2010
The Washington Wizards select John Wall, guard, University of Kentucky with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

August 16, 2010
Harper signs with the Nationals for $9.9 million just before the signing deadline.

August 21, 2010
Stephen Strasburg exits a start against the Phillies with what is called a right forearm injury. The injury turns out to be to his UCL, requiring Tommy John surgery and ending the phenom pitcher’s rookie season with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings.

October 3, 2010
The Nationals end their season with a 14-inning, 2-1 win over the New York Mets, ending at 69-93. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will earn his second straight Silver Slugger award.

November 10, 2010
In just his sixth career game, John Wall records a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, and 6 steals against only 1 turnover in a 98-91 win over the Houston Rockets.

November 15, 2010
The Redskins trail 35-0 to the Eagles after one play of the second quarter on their way to a 59-28 defeat on Monday Night Football. During one Eagles touchdown, Albert Haynesworth lays on the ground, uninjured, after getting blocked.

December 5, 2010
The Nationals sign OF Jayson Werth to a 7-year, $126-million contract.

December 12, 2010
Donovan McNabb starts his 13th and final game for the Redskins, a 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is replaced by Rex Grossman the following week.

December 18, 2010
The Gilbert Arenas era ends in Washington as the Wizards trade him to the Orlando Magic.

2011

January 2, 2011
The Redskins lose to the Giants, 17-14, ending Shanahan’s first season at 6-10.

February 13, 2011
The Wizards defeat the Cavaliers in Cleveland, 115-100, snapping a 26-game road losing streak that dates back to the previous season. Washington moves to 15-38 overall and Cleveland to 9-46 in their first year without LeBron James.

April 13, 2011
The Wizards lose 100-93 to the Cavaliers, ending a 23-59 campaign. The Wizards went 20-21 at home and 3-38 on the road.

April 23, 2011
The Capitals complete a 4-1 series win in the first round over the New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory.

May 4, 2011
The Capitals are swept 4-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round, losing the series finale by a 5-3 score.

June 6, 2011
The Nationals take Anthony Rendon, infielder, Rice University with the sixth pick of the rule 4 draft. Widely considered the best talent in the draft, Rendon slips to the Nationals due to injury concerns.

June 23, 2011
The Nationals defeat the Seattle Mariners, 1-0, moving to 38-37 on the season. However, manager Jim Riggleman quits immediately following the game in an apparent contract dispute. John MacLaren is named interim manager.

The Wizards take F Jan Vesely sixth overall in the NBA Draft.

June 26, 2011
Davey Johnson becomes manager of the Nationals.

July 28, 2011
The Redskins trade Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth-round pick in 2012. The Redskins will end up going into the 2011 season with Rex Grossman and John Beck as their quarterbacks. Beck has not played since an 0-4 stint with the Miami Dolphins in 2007.

July 29, 2011
The Redskins trade Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick. Haynesworth recorded 6.5 sacks and forced 0 fumbles in 20 games (12 starts) in just two seasons in Washington.

September 6, 2011
Stephen Strasburg returns from Tommy John surgery and shuts out the Los Angeles Dodgers in five innings on just 56 pitches. He exits with a 3-0 lead but the Nationals ultimately lose, 7-3.

September 28, 2011
The Nationals end the season at 80-81 after a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

October 18, 2011
Donovan McNabb loses his job as starting quarterback of the Vikings to Christian Ponder after the team’s 1-5 start. McNabb never appears in another NFL game.

October 30, 2011
The Redskins are shut out by the Buffalo Bills, 23-0. The team is outrushed 138-26 and starting QB John Beck takes ten sacks in the second-to-last start of his career. It is the first time that a Mike Shanahan-coached team is shut out in a game.

November 28, 2011
The Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau as head coach, despite a 12-9-1 record, and replace him with Dale Hunter. The Capitals went 201-88-40 with Boudreau in the regular season, but just 17-20 in the playoffs.

December 22, 2011
The Nationals trade for Oakland Athletics P Gio Gonzalez.

2012

January 1, 2012
The Redskins end Shanahan’s second season at 5-11 after a 34-10 loss to the Eagles.

Albert Haynesworth, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plays the final game of his career in Tampa Bay’s 45-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

January 24, 2012
The day after a 103-83 loss to the 76ers drops the Wizards to a league-worst 2-15 record, Flip Saunders is fired and replaced by Randy Wittman as head coach. The Wizards went just 51-130 in Saunders’ 2+ seasons with the club.

February 26, 2012
Ryan Zimmerman signs a $100-million contract extension with the Nationals which runs through the 2019 season with a team option for 2020.

March 14, 2012
The Redskins swap selections in the 2012 NFL Draft in a trade with the St. Louis Rams. The Redskins move up from the sixth overall selection in 2012 to the second pick. To do so, they give up their second-round pick in 2012 and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

April 7, 2012
The Capitals finish the season with a 42-32-8 record, their fewest points since 2007, but do squeeze into the playoffs.

April 10, 2012
The Nationals defeat the New York Mets, 6-2, to improve to a 3-2 record. Their record will remain above .500 for the rest of the season.

April 25, 2012
The Capitals topple the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 overtime victory.

April 26, 2012
The Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor University with the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Wizards end the lockout-shortened season at 20-46 after a 104-70 win over the Miami Heat.

April 28, 2012
The Redskins draft QB Kirk Cousins of Michigan State in the fourth round and RB Alfred Morris of Florida Atlantic in the sixth round. The Morris pick is actually the one the Redskins had acquired from the Vikings in the McNabb trade the previous year.

Bryce Harper, 19, makes his MLB debut at Dodger Stadium. He goes 1-3 with a double and sacrifice fly, but the Nationals lose to Los Angeles, 4-3 in ten innings.

May 12, 2012
The Capitals fall to the Rangers in seven games in the second round of the playoffs with a 2-1 regulation defeat. The Capitals never held the series lead against the 51-24-7 Rangers.

May 14, 2012
Dale Hunter quits as head coach of the Capitals.

June 4, 2012
The Nationals draft high school pitcher Lucas Giolito 16th overall in the MLB Draft. Like Rendon the prior year, Giolito fell to the Nationals due to injury concerns. He already needs Tommy John surgery.

June 26, 2012
Adam Oates is hired as head coach of the Capitals.

June 28, 2012
The Washington Wizards select Bradley Beal, guard, University of Florida with the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

August 23, 2012
Clinton Portis officially retires. He last played for the Redskins in 2010 and ran for 6824 yards and 46 touchdowns in 84 games with the team.

September 8, 2012
The Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg for the rest of the 2012 season after the pitcher hits a club-imposed innings limit. A media firestorm, which will reverberate for years, surrounds the decision.

September 9, 2012
Robert Griffin III makes his NFL debut. He throws for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 40-32 win vs. the New Orleans Saints and is named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

September 20, 2012
The Nationals improve to 91-58 with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, guaranteeing the first playoff berth for a Washington MLB team since 1933, when the 99-53 Senators lost the World Series to the New York Giants.

September 22, 2012
Gio Gonzalez pitches 7 innings of 3-hit, 2-run ball (0 earned) with 5 strikeouts to get his 20th win of the season in a 10-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Gonzalez becomes the first 20-game winner in Washington since Bob Porterfield won 22 games for the Senators in 1953. Gonzalez will end the season with 21 wins.

October 1, 2012
Despite falling 2-0 to the Phillies, the Nationals’ 96-64 mark secures the 2012 NL East title as the Atlanta Braves lose. The Nationals will win the final two games of the season to end up with the best record in baseball at 98-64.

October 7, 2012
The Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, in the first playoff game for a Washington, DC MLB team since October 7, 1933, and the first playoff win since October 5, 1933.

October 10, 2012
Washington, DC hosts its first Major League Baseball postseason game since October 7, 1933. However, an 8-0 defeat puts the Nationals in a 2-1 series hole.

October 11, 2012
With the Nationals trailing the Cardinals two games to one and tied at one in Game 4, Jayson Werth ends a 13-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run for a 2-1 win, tying the series at two games apiece.

October 12, 2012
The Nationals take a 6-0 lead vs. the Cardinals in the third inning of Game 5 via a 2-run home run by Michael Morse at 9:38 p.m.

By 11:33 p.m., the score is 6-5.

October 13, 2012
At 12:14 a.m., a Daniel Descalso single off of Washington closer Drew Storen ties the game at 7-7. At 12:17 a.m., a Pete Kozma single gives the Cardinals a 9-7 lead. The score becomes final at 12:28 a.m., ending the most successful baseball season for a Washington team in 79 years.

October 14, 2012*
Robert Griffin clinches a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings with a 76-yard touchdown run down the left sideline with 2:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Redskins improve to 3-3.

October 26, 2012
Windows 8 is released.

November 4, 2012
A three-game losing streak drops the Redskins to 3-6 entering their bye week.

November 18, 2012
The Redskins rout the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-6. Griffin completes 14 of his 15 passes for 4 touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

November 22, 2012
The Redskins beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, 38-31, behind 304 yards and 4 touchdowns from Griffin.

December 3, 2012
Griffin’s 8-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon gives the Redskins a 17-16 Monday Night win over the Giants, as they reach .500 at 6-6.

December 4, 2012
Davey Johnson is reported to say that 2013 will be a “World Series or bust” season for the Nationals.

December 9, 2012
Robert Griffin hyperextends his right knee on a clean hit from Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter and the Redskins trailing 28-20. Kirk Cousins enters the game and completes a 31-28 overtime comeback for Washington’s fourth straight win.

December 16, 2012
Cousins starts in place of Griffin in a 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.

December 23, 2012
Griffin returns from his injury and the Redskins defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20. The Cowboys lose to the Saints, 34-31 in overtime, setting up a decisive season finale in Washington the next week.

December 30, 2012
The Redskins beat the Cowboys, 28-18, to improve to 10-6 and win the NFC East. Alfred Morris rushes for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game, ending the season with a team-record 1,613 rushing yards. Griffin, meanwhile, only has 298 combined passing yards in the 2 games since returning from his injury.

2013

January 6, 2013
Robert Griffin III tears his ACL and MCL in a 24-14 Redskins wild card loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Redskins’ third straight playoff defeat at Seattle’s hands. The Redskins lead 14-0 after the first quarter behind two Griffin TD passes; Seattle gets to within 14-13 after three quarters before a touchdown and two-point conversion give them a 21-14 lead with 7:08 left in the game. Griffin suffers his devastating injury (without contact) on the ensuing drive, losing a fumble in the process, and the Seahawks put the game away with a field goal. Washington gains 134 yards of offense on their first two drives and just 69 yards on eight drives after that.

February 2, 2013
Robert Griffin III wins the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award with 29 of 50 votes. In 2012, Griffin threw for 3200 yards on an 8.14 per-attempt average, to go with 20 touchdowns vs. just 5 interceptions. He also ran for 815 yards and 7 touchdowns on nearly 7 yards per carry.

February 20, 2013
Former Wizard Kwame Brown plays the final game of his NBA career, scoring 0 points in 6 minutes for the Philadelphia 76ers.

March 25, 2013
John Wall scores a career-high 47 points on 13-22 shooting in a 107-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

April 17, 2013
The Wizards drop their sixth straight game, 95-92 to the Bulls, to end their season at 29-53.

April 21, 2013
Anthony Rendon debuts for the Nationals.

April 27, 2013
The Capitals conclude a lockout-shortened season with a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins, finishing 27-18-3.

May 4, 2013
A 1-0 overtime win gives the Capitals a 2-0 series lead over the New York Rangers.

May 12, 2013
Another 1-0 game, a loss this time, evens the Capitals-Rangers series at 3-3.

May 13, 2013
The Capitals are shut out by the Rangers, 5-0, ending their first round in seven games.

June 15, 2013
Alex Ovechkin wins the Hart Memorial Trophy for the third time after scoring 32 goals in the shortened season.

June 27, 2013
The Wizards take F Otto Porter of Georgetown third overall in the NBA Draft, going for the local product in a thin rookie class.

July 31, 2013
The Wizards sign John Wall to a five-year max contract extension starting in 2014-15 worth nearly $85 million.

September 9, 2013
Griffin returns from his knee injury in the season opener as the Redskins lose to the Eagles, 33-27, on Monday Night Football.

September 23, 2013
A 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals eliminates the Nationals from playoff contention. Bust it is.

September 29, 2013
The Nationals end a disappointing 86-76 campaign with a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Davey Johnson’s managerial career comes to a close.

October 31, 2013
The Nationals hire Matt Williams as manager.

December 8, 2013
Robert Griffin’s season ends in a 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that drops the Redskins to 3-10.

December 29, 2013
The Redskins go 0-3 under Kirk Cousins after a 20-6 loss to the Giants, ending the year at 3-13.

December 30, 2013
Mike Shanahan is fired as head coach of the Redskins. Shanahan’s four-year tenure ends with a 24-40 record—12-16 when Griffin starts and 12-24 with the other four starting quarterbacks (McNabb, Grossman, John Beck, and Cousins).

2014

January 8, 2014
Jay Gruden is hired by the Redskins as head coach.

February 6, 2014
John Wall becomes the first Bullets/Wizards draft pick to represent the team in an All-Star Game since Juwan Howard in 1996. Wall scores 12 points in a 163-155 East victory.

February 20, 2014
The Wizards trade 2011 first-round pick Jan Vesely, who averaged 3.5 points in 141 games with the Wizards over 2 ½ seasons, to the Denver Nuggets.

April 13, 2014
The Capitals end a disappointing 38-30-14 campaign with a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

April 16, 2014
The Wizards end their first playoff-bound season since 2008 with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics, finishing 44-38.

April 26, 2014
Adam Oates is fired as head coach of the Capitals and George McPhee is out as general manager.

April 29, 2014
The Wizards win their first-round playoff series vs. the Bulls in five games, concluding with a 75-69 win.

May 5, 2014
The Wizards win Game 1 vs. the Indiana Pacers, 102-96 in Indiana.

May 9, 2014
An 85-63 home loss to the Pacers in Game 3 drops the Wizards into a 2-1 series deficit.

May 13, 2014
Trailing 3-1, the Wizards keep their season alive with a 102-79 road win over the Pacers.

May 15, 2014
The Wizards lose in 6 to Indiana, 93-80, missing out on an Eastern Conference Finals berth vs. the Miami Heat.

May 26, 2014
The Capitals hire Barry Trotz as head coach and promote Brian MacLellan to GM.

September 14, 2014
Robert Griffin dislocates his ankle in the first quarter of a 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

September 16, 2014
The Nationals beat the Braves, 3-0, improving to 87-63 and clinching the NL East title.

September 25, 2014
Kirk Cousins throws 4 second-half interceptions in a 45-14 loss to the New York Giants.

September 28, 2014
Jordan Zimmermann throws a no-hitter vs. the Miami Marlins in a 1-0 win in the regular season finale. Stephen Souza Jr. makes a spectacular diving catch with his back to home plate for the final out of the game. Zimmermann walks 1 and fans 10 on 104 pitches, 79 strikes. The Nationals end the year 96-66, the best record in the National League.

October 4, 2014
The Nationals trail the National League Division Series, 1-0, to the San Francisco Giants, but hold a tenuous 1-0 lead entering the ninth inning of Game 2. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann walks Joe Panik with two outs and is lifted from the game for closer Drew Storen. Buster Posey singles and Pablo Sandoval ties the game with a single, but Posey is out at home trying to take the lead. The game lasts nine more excruciating, scoreless innings before Brandon Belt homers off of Tanner Roark in the 18th inning for an eventual 2-1 San Francisco win.

October 7, 2014
The Nationals lose to the Giants 3 games to 1 in the NLDS. In the seventh inning, Bryce Harper victimizes Giants reliever Hunter Strickland with a home run for the third time in the series, tying the game at 2-2. However, the Giants score on an Aaron Barrett wild pitch in the bottom of the inning and win, 3-2.

October 27, 2014
The 2-5 Redskins defeat the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, 20-17 in overtime. QB Colt McCoy makes his first start for the Redskins and completes 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards.

October 28, 2014
Former Redskin Champ Bailey retires, two years after Portis.

November 6, 2014
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond wins his third consecutive Silver Slugger award.

December 19, 2014
In a three-team trade, the Nationals send OF Steven Souza and P Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire P Joe Ross and a player to be named later (PTBNL) from the San Diego Padres. The PTBNL is reported to be SS Trea Turner, San Diego’s first-round pick in July, but MLB rules prevent him from officially being traded until he has been with the Padres for a year.

December 28, 2014
The Redskins finish 4-12 after a 44-17 loss to the Cowboys, falling to a 7-25 mark since winning the division in 2012. It is the last game in the career of WR Santana Moss, who caught 581 passes in 10 seasons with the Redskins. In 2014, Griffin (2-5), Cousins (1-4), and McCoy (1-3) all start games at quarterback for Washington.

2015

January 7, 2015
Scot McCloughan, formerly of the 49ers and Seahawks, is named general manager of the Redskins. Bruce Allen remains in his role as VP of Football Operations.

January 21, 2015
The Nationals sign pitcher Max Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young Award winner in the AL, to a seven-year, $210-million contract.

February 15, 2015
Wall becomes the first Bullets/Wizards draft pick with two All-Star Game selections for the team since Jeff Malone did it in 1986 and ’87.

February 18, 2015
Jay Gruden states that Robert Griffin III will be Washington’s starting quarterback in 2015.

February 25, 2015
Bryce Harper is quoted as saying “Where’s my ring?” in response to the Scherzer signing.

April 11, 2015
The Capitals finish the season 45-26-11 and are back in the playoffs.

April 26, 2015
The Wizards crush the Toronto Raptors, 125-94, to sweep their first-round playoff series in 4 games. They advance in the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1979.

April 27, 2015
The Capitals defeat the New York Islanders, 2-1, to take the first-round series in seven games.

May 1, 2015
It is reported that MLB and the players’ union have agreed to the “Trea Turner Rule,” which eliminates the need to wait a year to trade draft picks.

May 3, 2015
The Wizards defeat the Atlanta Hawks 104-98 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

May 5, 2015
John Wall is a late scratch for Game 2 and the Wizards lose, 106-90.

May 6, 2015
The Capitals defeat the New York Rangers, 2-1, to take a 3-1 lead in their second-round series.

May 7, 2015
The Wizards announce John Wall has five fractures in his left hand and wrist.

May 9, 2015
Bryce Harper hits a 2-run walk-off home run to lift the Nationals over the Atlanta Braves, 8-6. It is his 6th home run in 3 games. At 16-15, the Nationals are above .500 for the first time all season despite high expectations entering the campaign.

That night, Paul Pierce makes a 21-foot bank shot from the left elbow to lift the Wizards to a 103-101 win over the Hawks, despite Wall missing his second straight game with his injury. The Wizards take a 2-1 series lead. When asked if he called bank, Pierce replied, “I called game.”

May 10, 2015
The Capitals lose to the Rangers, 4-3, and the series is now tied.

May 13, 2015
In Game 5 vs. Atlanta, John Wall returns for the Wizards. Pierce makes a three-pointer with 8.3 seconds left to give the Wizards an 81-80 lead with 8.3 seconds to play, but they lose 82-81 on an Al Horford second-chance layup with 1.9 seconds remaining, falling behind 3 games to 2.

Fourteen minutes later, the Capitals lose to the Rangers 2-1 in overtime, losing their second-round series in seven games. Derek Stepan has the winner for New York.

May 15, 2015
Paul Pierce’s game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer is counted at first but then waved off and the Wizards lose Game 6 and the series to the Hawks, 94-91.

May 19, 2015
Ryan Zimmerman hits his 11th career walk-off home run to beat the New York Yankees 8-6 in ten innings as the Nationals move into a tie for first place for the first time all season.

June 14, 2015
Trea Turner officially joins the Nationals organization. Joe Ross, the other player acquired in the trade, has already made his MLB debut.

June 20, 2015
One start after shutting out the Milwaukee Brewers on one hit with 16 strikeouts, Max Scherzer throws a no-hit, no-walk game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-0 victory. The only batter to reach base for the Pirates is Jose Tabata, who leans his elbow into a 2-2 pitch with 2 outs in the ninth inning, reaching base on a hit by pitch. Scherzer strikes out 10 on 106 pitches, 82 for strikes.

July 4, 2015
A 9-3 Independence Day win over the San Francisco Giants ends up giving the Nationals a 4.5-game lead in the NL East, which will prove their largest of the season.

July 28, 2015
The Nationals trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon and demote Drew Storen from the role. Storen has two good games immediately following the acquisition of Papelbon before his numbers collapse.

July 29, 2015
Windows 10 is released.

August 2, 2015
A 5-2 loss ends a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Mets in New York, evaporating Washington’s division lead.

August 20, 2015
Robert Griffin III, who had been named the starting quarterback for the Redskins for the 2015 season, is concussed against the Detroit Lions in the team’s second preseason game. It is his last appearance as quarterback of the Redskins. Kirk Cousins retains the starting job and Colt McCoy becomes the backup as Griffin will only be on the active roster once during the season.

September 12, 2015
The Nationals lose to the Marlins, 2-0, dropping them 9.5 games back of the Mets.

September 26, 2015
The Nationals walk off to beat the Phillies 2-1, but a 10-2 Mets win over the Reds clinches the NL East for New York. At just 79-75, the Nationals are not in the wild card hunt.

September 27, 2015
The day after elimination, Jonathan Papelbon wrings Bryce Harper’s neck after starting an altercation in the 8th inning of a 12-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon continues to pitch in the ninth inning; it turns out Nationals manager Matt Williams is not made aware of the fight until after the game. The Nationals fall 9.5 games back of the division again.

October 3, 2015
Max Scherzer throws his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 win vs. the New York Mets in the second game of a doubleheader. Once again only one runner reaches base, after a Yunel Escobar throwing error in the sixth inning allows Kevin Plawecki to reach first. Throwing just 109 pitches (80 strikes), Scherzer strikes out 17 Mets batters, tying Nolan Ryan for the most strikeouts in a no-hitter in MLB history.

October 4, 2015
The Nationals’ disappointing campaign ends at 83-79 after a 1-0 loss to the Mets. No ring for Harper.

October 5, 2015
Matt Williams is fired as Nationals manager after two seasons with a 179-145 record.

October 25, 2015
After falling behind 24-0 in the first half to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Redskins rally to a 31-30 win, culminating with Kirk Cousins finding Jordan Reed for a 6-yard touchdown with 24 seconds remaining and the ensuing extra point. It is the largest comeback in team history as the team improves to 3-4 just before their bye week.

October 29, 2015
Media reports indicate that Bud Black has been hired as the next manager of the Washington Nationals, even though the two sides have yet to actually agree to terms of the contract.

November 3, 2015
The Nationals announce Dusty Baker as their next manager.

November 5, 2015
A 47-14 win over the New Orleans Saints is the Redskins’ biggest win since 2005. Kirk Cousins throws for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns with a perfect 158.3 passer rating and is named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three games.

November 19, 2015
Bryce Harper wins the National League Most Valuable Player award in a unanimous vote, making him the first Expos/Nationals MVP in franchise history and the first Washington player to win the award or its American League equivalent since Roger Peckinpaugh was AL MVP in 1925. Harper hit .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs in 2015.

November 22, 2015
A week after routing the Saints, the Redskins are routed by the Carolina Panthers, 44-16.

November 29, 2015
Jordan Zimmermann signs with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. Zimmermann struck out 903 batters with 4 shutouts in 1094 innings for the Nationals over seven seasons and 178 starts, making the All-Star Game in 2013 and ’14.

December 7, 2015
A 19-16 Monday Night loss to the Cowboys drops the Redskins to 5-7.

December 26, 2015
The Redskins defeat the Eagles, 38-24, to win their third straight game, improve to 8-7, and clinch the NFC East division title.

2016

January 3, 2016
The Redskins end the year 9-7 by defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 34-23. Kirk Cousins throws for 176 yards, all in the first half, ending the season with 4166. He breaks Jay Schroeder’s old franchise record for passing yards in a season, 4109, set in 1986.

January 8, 2016
The Nationals trade Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays for CF Ben Revere.

January 10, 2016
In the wild card game vs. the Packers, the Redskins take an 11-0 lead, their seventh straight playoff game with a lead , before falling behind 17-11. They score again to make it 18-17, but ultimately lose the game, 35-18.

February 14, 2016
John Wall participates in his third consecutive All-Star Game. Phil Chenier, who was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets, was the last of the team’s draft picks to represent Washington in three All-Star Games (1974, ‘75, ‘77).

February 29, 2016
Free agent Ian Desmond, coming off a poor 2015 season with the Nationals, finally lands with a team, signing a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Desmond hit 110 home runs and stole 122 bases in 6+ seasons with the Nationals.

March 3, 2016
Kirk Cousins signs his one-year franchise tag tender contract to return to the Redskins.

March 8, 2016
The Robert Griffin III era ends in Washington as the Redskins release the quarterback.

March 15, 2016
The Capitals clinch a playoff berth with a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

March 22, 2016
Free agent Alfred Morris signs a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

March 24, 2016
Griffin signs a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

April 1, 2016
The Capitals defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, winning their franchise-record 55th game of the season. They end up 56-18-8 to win the Presidents’ Trophy with 120 points, 17 more than any other team in the Eastern Conference.

April 8, 2016
Despite high hopes entering the season, the Wizards are eliminated from postseason contention after falling to 38-41 with a 112-99 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards never had a winning record after November 25, but do win their final 3 games to salvage a .500 41-41 season.

April 14, 2016
Randy Wittman is fired by the Wizards, who went 178-199 in 4+ seasons with him at the helm. Speculation is immediate that Scott Brooks might be the team’s next head coach.

April 24, 2016
The Capitals defeat the Flyers, 1-0, to win their first-round playoff series 4 games to 2.

April 26, 2016
The Wizards hire Brooks to be head coach. The move to hire Brooks, who coached the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008-2015, is widely seen as a large part of the Wizards’ attempt to lure free agent and DC native Kevin Durant to Washington.

April 28, 2016
The Capitals win Game 1 of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3 in overtime.

May 4, 2016
A 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins puts the Capitals in a 3-1 series hole.

May 9, 2016
News breaks during a Stephen Strasburg start that the star pitcher has signed a 7-year, $175-million extension with the Nationals (although he can opt out of the contract after its third or fourth year). The deal is made official the next day. Strasburg had been widely expected to become a free agent after the 2016 season.

May 10, 2016
Down 3 games to 2 to the Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Capitals make up a 3-0 deficit in the final 22 minutes of Game 6 to force overtime, but are eliminated in OT for the second straight year. Nick Bonino scores the winning goal for Pittsburgh.

May 11, 2016
Max Scherzer becomes the fourth pitcher ever with 20 strikeouts in a 9-inning pitching performance, after Roger Clemens in 1986 and 1996, Kerry Wood in 1998, and Randy Johnson in 2001. James McCann grounds out to complete a 3-2 Nationals victory over the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer throws a whopping 96 of his 119 pitches for strikes.

June 19, 2016
The Cleveland Cavaliers break the city’s 52-year championship drought.

June 22, 2016
Braden Holtby wins the Vezina Trophy, the third Capitals’ goalie to do so.

June 23, 2016
The United Kingdom votes 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. The U.K. has now both joined and left the EU during the DC drought.

June 28, 2016
Lucas Giolito makes his MLB debut for the Nationals. He allows no runs but goes just 4 innings with 2 walks and only 1 strikeout.

July 7, 2016
Kevin Durant signs with the Golden State Warriors without having afforded the Wizards a meeting despite years of speculation and salary cap maneuvering.

July 26, 2016
The Wizards sign Bradley Beal to a five-year, $127-million max contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

July 30, 2016
The Nationals trade for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon, setting the stage for the end of Jonathan Papelbon’s time with the club.

August 13, 2016
The Nationals grant Papelbon his release. Papelbon has yet to sign with another team.

September 24, 2016
The Nationals defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-1, and the New York Mets fall 10-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies. As a result, the Nationals clinch their third NL West title in five seasons. They will end the year 95-67.

October 10, 2016
The Nationals take a 2-1 NLDS lead by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3.

October 11, 2016
Chase Utley’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning provides the Dodgers’ margin of victory in a 6-5 win that ties the Division Series at 2-2.

October 13, 2016
The Nationals lose the NLDS once again. The Dodgers score four runs in the seventh inning to take a 4-1 lead in the decisive Game 5. Chris Heisey hits a 2-run home run after the seventh-inning stretch to make it 4-3, where the score remains into the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen walks Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth and is replaced by Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter. Kershaw retires Daniel Murphy on a pop-out and then strikes out the last available player off the Nationals bench, Wilmer Difo (pinch hitting for Melancon), to end the series and eliminate the Nationals. All three Nationals losses in the series are by one run.

November 2, 2016
The Chicago Cubs break their 108-year championship drought.

November 16, 2016
Max Scherzer wins the National League Cy Young Award. Scherzer led the NL with 20 wins, 228.1 innings pitched, 284 strikeouts, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 5.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Wizards fall to a 2-8 record, losing 109-102 to the previously 1-9 Philadelphia 76ers.

December 2, 2016
The Nationals grant OF Ben Revere free agency. Revere hit just .217 in 103 games with the Nationals after coming over in the Drew Storen trade. The Nats book on Storen is now closed; he was a solid closer but also the goat in the 2012 and 2014 NLDS losses.

December 6, 2016
John Wall scores a career-high 52 points on 18-31 shooting, but the Wizards lose to the Orlando Magic, 124-116.

December 7, 2016
The Nationals trade for Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton. Lucas Giolito (despite posting a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings with 12 walks and 11 strikeouts in 2016) is the key part of the trade. He is also still just 21 and remains a highly touted prospect. The Nationals also trade pitcher prospects Reynaldo Lopez and recent first-round draft pick Dane Dunning in the deal.

December 19, 2016
Kirk Cousins breaks his own Redskins franchise record for passing yards in a 26-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

2017

January 1, 2017
In a win-and-in scenario for the playoffs, and facing a New York Giants team that has already clinched its seeding, the Redskins lose, 19-10, finishing 8-7-1. It would have been the first time since 1991-92 that the Redskins made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Cousins’ team record for passing yards ends up at 4,917.

January 20, 2017
Donald Trump is inaugurated as the fifth President of the United States to preside over Washington’s championship drought, and 45th overall.

February 19, 2017
John Wall’s fourth All-Star Game. Only Elvin Hayes, Gus Johnson, and Wes Unseld have played in more for the Bullets/Wizards.

March 9, 2017
Scot McCloughan is fired from the Redskins under a maelstrom of media controversy and attention.

March 10, 2017
Robert Griffin III is cut from the Browns after just one season with 2 TD passes in 5 starts.

March 13, 2017
Kirk Cousins signs his franchise tag tender for the second straight year.

March 18, 2017
With a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals become the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth in 2016-17.

March 24, 2017
The Wizards defeat the Brooklyn Nets, 129-108, to improve to 44-28. Combined with losses by the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, the victory clinches the Wizards’ third playoff berth in four years.

March 27, 2017
The NFL approves the Oakland Raiders’ relocation bid to Las Vegas. The team will remain in Oakland through the 2018 season. The Raiders have now moved twice during the DC drought.

March 28, 2017
With a 119-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Wizards improve to 46-28 and clinch their first division title since 1979. At this point the Wizards have gone 39-15 since a 7-13 start.

April 9, 2017
Despite a 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers, the Capitals end the season with a 55-19-8 record, claiming the Presidents’ Trophy for the second straight year.

April 12, 2017
Locked into a #4 playoff seeding with one game to go, the Wizards prioritize their health over a chance at the team’s first 50-win season since 1979. The ensuing 110-102 loss to the Miami Heat ends the Wizards’ best campaign at 49-33.

It is also the last regular season game that will be announced by Wizards local color commentator Phil Chenier after 33 seasons, including 20 with play-by-play commentator Steve Buckhantz.

April 16, 2017
Bryce Harper hits the first come-from-behind walk-off home run of his career, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

April 17, 2017
The Capitals lose Game 3 to fall behind 2 games to 1 in the opening round vs. the eight-seed Toronto Maple Leafs.

April 23, 2017
The Capitals finish off the Leafs with a 2-1 victory in Game 6. All six games in the series are decided by one goal, and five of them go into overtime. The sixth game is scoreless through 2 periods before Toronto opens the scoring, but Marcus Johansson ties the game with 7:09 remaining and wins it 6:31 into the overtime period.

April 28, 2017
John Wall scores 42 points and Bradley Beal adds 31 as the Wizards defeat the Hawks in Atlanta, 115-99, to win Game 6 and advance in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

The Nationals lose to the Mets, 7-5, and new acquisition CF Adam Eaton is lost for the year with a torn ACL and meniscus sustained running out a ground ball in the ninth inning.

April 30, 2017
The Nationals set a team record for runs scored in a game as they defeat the New York Mets, 23-5. Anthony Rendon becomes the first player in known history to go 6-for-6 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI.

Ex-Wizard Kwame Brown is drafted fifth overall in the inaugural draft of the BIG3 basketball league. There is actually quite a bit of star power behind the league, headlined perhaps by Allen Iverson as a player-coach.

May 1, 2017
Trailing 2 games to 0 vs. Pittsburgh, the Capitals have a 2-0 lead with two minutes remaining in Game 3. A minute later, the score is tied 2-2. The contest enters overtime before the Capitals win on a power play goal by Kevin Shattenkirk to keep their hopes alive.

May 2, 2017
John Wall scores 40 points, but Isaiah Thomas puts up 53 for the Boston Celtics, who take a 2-0 series lead over the Wizards with a 129-119 overtime victory. Wall and Bradley Beal both miss potential game-winning shots in the final seconds of regulation, tied at 114-114. The Wizards have blown first quarter leads of 38-24 and 42-29 in the first two games in Boston.

May 3, 2017
Nationals “Face of the Franchise” Ryan Zimmerman, who in 2016 hit just .218 with 15 home runs in 115 games for the Nationals, is named NL Player of the Month for April 2017, when he hit .420 with 11 home runs in 24 games.

The Capitals lose Game 4 to Pittsburgh, 3-2, despite outshooting the Penguins 38-18, reaching the brink of elimination in the second round once again.

May 4, 2017
The Wizards return home and win Game 3 vs. Boston, 116-89. Thomas scores only 13 the game after scoring 53.

May 6, 2017
Capitals trail Penguins 2-1 after 2 periods, but three third period goals in the first eight minutes keep the season alive in a 4-2 Game 5 win.

May 7, 2017
The Wizards go on a 26-0 run in a 5:41 stretch of the third quarter of an eventual 121-102 Game 4 victory over the Celtics to tie their playoff series at 2-2. Isaiah Thomas was held to 32 points in 2 games in Washington. The home team has still won every game in the series and it’s up to the Wizards to break that pattern if they wish to advance.

May 8, 2017
Three more third-period goals give the Capitals a 5-0 lead in Game 6, and they hang on for a 5-2 win in Pittsburgh to force Game 7.

May 9, 2017
Former Redskins GM McCloughan in a radio interview claims he and the team had a “mutual” split.

Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes a column headlined “The Troll that’s cursed D.C. sports is on the ropes. But the Capitals (and Wizards) need to knock him out.”

Max Scherzer takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning but the Nationals’ bullpen woes continue in a 5-4, 12-inning loss that gives them their first three-game losing streak of the season.

May 10, 2017
Once again the Capitals don’t get it done in the second round. Pittsburgh scores a goal in the second period and another in the third for a 2-0 Penguins win.

Meanwhile, the Wizards are trounced by the Celtics in Boston, 123-101. They trail by 12 after the first quarter, 33-21, and never get closer. The Celtics now lead the series three games to two heading back to Washington.

The Nationals provide some relief with a walk-off win against the Orioles in the closing seconds of the NBA game. Former Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters lines a two-run single to right field for the 7-6 victory.

May 12, 2017
John Wall’s three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining delivers a 92-91 Game 6 victory for the Wizards to force a Game 7 vs. Boston. Wall’s big trey answers Al Horford’s 20-foot bank shot that occurred with 7.7 seconds to go. Wall and Bradley Beal combine for 59 points, Beal with 33 of them on 15-26 shooting.

May 13, 2017
The Nationals avoid arbitration with Bryce Harper in 2018 with a record $21.6 million contract. That night, Harper walks off the Philadelphia Phillies for the second time in 2017 with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth in a 6-4 victory. It’s the fifth walk-off home run of his career.

May 15, 2017
In the first Game 7 for the Bullets/Wizards since 1979, Bradley Beal’s 38 points are not enough as the Wizards fall to the Celtics, 115-105. Washington’s bench was outscored 47-5 and Boston’s 15-2 run in the late third and early fourth allowed the Celtics to lead the entire fourth quarter.
Postseason Results
1991
Redskins win Super Bowl
1992
Bullets miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins lose wild card
1993
Bullets miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
1994
Bullets miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 2
Redskins miss playoffs
1995
Bullets miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
1996
Bullets miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
1997
Capitals miss playoffs
Bullets lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
1998
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose Stanley Cup Finals
Redskins miss playoffs
1999
Capitals miss playoffs
Wizards miss playoffs
Redskins lose divisional (1-1)
2000
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
2001
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
2002
Capitals miss playoffs
Wizards miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2003
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Redskins miss playoffs
2004
Capitals miss playoffs
Wizards miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2005
Capitals locked out
Wizards lose in round 2
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins lose divisional (1-1)
2006
Capitals miss playoffs
Wizards lose in round 1
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2007
Capitals miss playoffs
Wizards lose in round 1
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins lose wild card
2008
Capitals lose in round 1
Wizards lose in round 1
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2009
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 2
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2010
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2011
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 2
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2012
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 2
Nationals lose NLDS
Redskins lose wild card
2013
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 1
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins miss playoffs
2014
Capitals miss playoffs
Wizards lose in round 2
Nationals lose NLDS
Redskins miss playoffs
2015
Wizards lose in round 1
Capitals lose in round 2
Nationals miss playoffs
Redskins lose in wild card
2016
Wizards miss playoffs
Capitals lose in round 2
Nationals lose NLDS
Redskins miss playoffs
2017
Capitals lose in round 2
Wizards in playoffs, TBD (tied 3-3 in round 2)
Nationals TBD
Redskins TBD

Single-Digit 2014 Fan Scouting Report Grades

Source: http://www.tangotiger.net/scout/index5.php

0

Ryan Howard: Release/Footwork AND Throwing Accuracy
Tony Sanchez: Throwing Accuracy
Ben Revere: Throwing Strength
Pedro Alvarez: Throwing Accuracy
Ryan Zimmerman: Throwing Accuracy

1

Adam Dunn: Hands/Catching
Dan Uggla: Hands/Catching

2

Dayan Viciedo: Hands/Catching

3

Carl Crawford: Throwing Strength
Dominic Brown: Reaction/Instincts
Dayan Viciedo: Reaction/Instincts

4

Coco Crisp: Throwing Strength*
Adam Dunn: Release/Footwork
Dan Uggla: Throwing Accuracy
*With a 58 average, Crisp is easily the best-rated defender on this list

7

Jon Jay: Throwing Strength
Nick Swisher: Hands/Catching
Ryan Raburn: Hands/Catching
Dominic Brown: Hands/Catching

8

Jose Molina: Acceleration/First Few Steps
Oswaldo Arcia: Hands/Catching
Ryan Doumit: Release/Footwork

9

Wilin Rosario: Hands/Catching
Ryan Howard: Acceleration/First Few Steps