No Washington DC sports team has won a conference title since 1998. It’s the longest active streak in sports.
The Washington Nationals, after a triumphant Game Four win, looked to finally advance to the National League Championship Series on Thursday. Despite a priest (!!!) blessing their bats, the Nats lost to the Cubs 9-8 early Friday morning. After taking a 4-1 lead in the second, the Nationals suffered an epic, difficult-to-explain collapse, which included its former Cy Young winner giving up four runs during the fifth inning in relief and a Matt Wieters throwing error on a swinging third strike which led to a run (that may or may not have been a blown call). Despite clawing back and showing heart as a team, the Nats could not tie or win, making them no different than any other sports team in the DC area over the last 19 years. None of Washington DC’s “big four” (hockey, baseball, football, and basketball) sports teams have won or advanced to a conference title since 1998.* According to ESPN, it’s the longest active postseason streak in sports. Today is Friday the 13th by the way.