Washington sports fans sit every season with bated breath and pregnant with hope that any one of their local sports teams would bring home the bacon. The Washington football team did it in 1992 when they won the Super Bowl title against the Buffalo Bills 37-24. They’d seen victory before, just five years earlier in 1987, when Doug Williams, the first African American Super Bowl quarterback, led the way with a 42-10 victory against the Denver Broncos. But few few fans could remember the euphoria that consumed the D.C. area until 2018 when the Washington Capitals, the local NHL hockey team reminded them of what victory looks like, after winning their first-ever the Stanley Cup championship title against the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3.
Today, D.C.’s house is on fire with excitement following last night’s Washington Nationals 7-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals, clearing the way for them to play in their first World Series. Many wished, but who could have predicted that the Nats’ win would also come on the heels of last week’s Washington Mystics 89-78 victory over the Cleveland Sun gaining them their first ever WNBA Championship. And, they won it at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, their brand-new home in Southeast in Ward 8. How sweet does it get? No one seemed happier that Mystics co-owner Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET, and the only African American woman to have a principal shareholder stake in three professional sports teams: the Wizards, the Capitals and the Washington Mystics.
As a long-standing media institution, reaching thousands of African American readers throughout the DMV for more than half a century, we, too, have watched, cheered and even critiqued these teams, their management, and players’ performances on the field and in the community. We also know that winners come from diverse backgrounds. So, it must also be said that we observe and celebrate the efforts of the owners and managers to ensure diversity throughout the franchise.
Hats off to D.C.’s home teams. Your success makes us all winners!