Here we are. The 2008 and 2009 seasons. The low point of our existence as DC sports fans. The funny thing is my personal life was at an all time high. I was engaged to be married to the woman that I loved and who is loved by everyone who has met here. In fact whenever I see anyone they always ask me where my wife is. People will tolerate me but they want to see my wife. I am simply the price they have to pay. I am something to be endured in order to be in the company of my wife who is loved by everyone.Read More
The Redskins are bad in a way that is both all encompassing and incomprehensible. They are bad on the field, off the field, in the media, and behind the scenes. Things have a way of coming out about the Redskins years later that shine a new light on already bad moments and somehow make them worse. If the failures of the Wizards, Nationals, and Capitals are about getting close but never finishing the job the Redskins is about never being close and getting even further away. The other three teams are seemingly never able to be as good as their advertised to be and the Redskins are somehow worse than they’re thought to be. If the other teams are Sisyphus never able to get the boulder up the hill then the Redskins are Prometheus chained to the mountains and eternally pecked to pieces.Read More
In typical 2005 Nationals fashion the only runs were scored on a Nick Johnson homerun and Livan Hernandez gave way to the Washington bullpen for Chad Cordero to close it out. I would go to a couple more games that season, the Nats would lose both, and watch many more on TV. I still curse the name of Khalil Green and wonder what would’ve happened if Nick Johnson didn’t bruise his heel against the Toronto Blue Jays. Still 81-81 in their first season in town, and exciting first half, and a ten game winning streak. I had a baseball team and at the age of 24 I felt like my sports fandom was complete.Read More
So here we are with Jordan coming in and the Wizards having a number one overall pick and then they bring in Kwame Brown. As a rookie Brown averaged 4.5 points, 0.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds a game. I don’t even think disappointing sums up his career. It was an abysmal failure, and yet it was a precursor for good things to come. Really what it was is that Jordan left and Ernie Grunfield signed Gilbert Arenas and then traded Jerry Stackhouse of Antwan Jamison and then in the most miraculous deal in NBA history Grunfield was able to trade Kwame Brown, and not only did he trade Kwame Brown he got in return Caron Butler. Jamison, Arenas, and Butler would form what would be come to known for the Wizards as the big three, and this is when I started to really root for them. When they become more to me than an image of failure symbolized by a giant poster of Chris Webber in a uniform he wore for one season.Read More
At one point in time in my past my father owned the most successful photography story in the Washington DC area. I once asked my dad where the original building was and he said, “The floor of the convention center.” The company had moved from DC to Fairfax in the 1970’s but had existed in the area since 1915. Because of this Kodak, Keronite, and Fuji were always giving my father gifts and trips. We went to Disney World with the only stipulation being we had to go on a 4D ride featuring Michael Jackson sponsored by Kodak. I’m currently wearing a watch my father earned by selling the most Hassleblad in 1982. So it was that at some point around 1997 or 1998 we got free tickets to the club section of the MCI Center to watch the Washington Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes. I remember it so well because I’ve been in that building so many times since then and I’ve seen many hockey games. This was the beginning of a rising. We didn’t know it then but we were about to be sucked in and my father was going to milk the free tickets for all they were worth.Read More
Humans have a terrible penchant for having to make sense of things, and heartbreaking sports loses are no different. That Nationals latest ouster from the playoffs is a familiar refrain. Whether it is the Capitals being shutdown by Jaroslav Halak, Pete Kozma with a game winning hit, LeBron James whispering in Gilbert Arenas’ ear, or RGIII laying motionless and broken on the turf DC has had it’s share of heartbreak and we’ve all told stories to make sense of things. Humanity has to make sense of things. We need stories. We can’t accept the fact that the world is really just a collection of random events that happen for no rhyme or reason and sports are no different. Whatever the story you choose to believe that DC is a cursed sports town and nothing will ever go right or that the teams collectively lack fortitude and are all choking dogs understand you’re telling yourself a story to make sense of a collection of events that otherwise makes no sense.Read More
tl;dr: Help us help sick kids at Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Donate here.
It’s that time again: summer is quickly fading to fall, the Nats are gearing up for a Postseason run, and our yearly Extra Life marathon benefiting the Children's National Medical Center located in Washington, DC, is just around the corner.
If you’re a new reader to the site this season, or just haven’t seen our previous Extra Life endeavors; Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We specifically chose all proceeds donated to our campaign to benefit Children’s National Medical Center; where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.
Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease. Tragically, Tori passed away in January 2008. Later that year, Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori, was born. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000; 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at the Texas Children’s Hospital.
While thousands of gamers, more than 100 websites, and more than 12,000 donors were happy to support Extra Life, many expressed their desire to raise money to help kids closer to home.
I personally got involved in Extra Life in 2012 just a day before the event and set my goal at $100. On short notice, with generous donations from friends and family I managed to raise $211 by the end of my 24 hour marathon. Last year, Citizens' fifth 24 hour marathon, we raised $1,000 for Children’s National. In five years we've raised a total of over $3,600 for Children's National.
Five years and five Extra Life’s later I am still amazed at just how gratifying it is to be able to raise money for the cause. More importantly the event continues to make me want to do more, to be able to raise more and once I’ve caught up on sleep I’m already eagerly awaiting information about the following year’s event.
On November 4th, 2017, I (along with the rest of the Citizens staff) will again be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to Children’s National. We are looking break the $1,000 barrier again and honestly, we’d love to blow that goal away; but we can’t do this with YOUR help. There are a few things you can do to help the cause:
– First If you’d like to donate the process is safe, fast, and easy:
- Head to the Citizens of Natstown team page,
- Select the team member you’d like to sponsor,
- Make your donation.
– Second, get the word out. Twitter and Facebook are phenomenal ways to get more people aware. RT's and Shares on Facebook are extremely helpful.
I also encourage you to learn more about your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and to meet some of the kids we’ll be working to help. When you donate, you won’t just be raising money for kids. You’ll be supporting LOCAL kids and their families. Kids right in your own backyard.
Last year, Extra Life raised more than $9.6 million to save kids, but in 2017 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher.
Thank you Natstown for caring for our kids!
The Citizens are back to discuss the last two weeks in Nats news, Robles' call up, postseason bullpen musings, the state of the rest of the NL as it relates to playoff seeding, and more!
Early in the show O'Hara plugs the the Half Street Irregulars' Field Day at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday September 24th. If you're interested in attending reach out to Frank Latucca on twitter and he'll get you squared away. If you'd prefer to just donate you can do so here.
The Citizens are joined by Citizen Alum Frank Latucca (@Nationals101) to chat about the last two weeks in Nats news, our hopes for September, musings on playoff rosters with two more weeks of data, Dan Haren, and more!
Early in the show Frank brings up the the Half Street Irregulars Field Day at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday September 24th. If you're interested in attending reach out to Frank on twitter and he'll get you squared away. If you'd prefer to just donate you can do so here.
With everything going on around the Nationals recently you can be excused for not noticing their biggest problem. To start, being 13.5 games up in the division does not call for close analysis of a team. Add on a whole host of injuries and the most obvious problem, the bullpen, being solved it’s easy to miss. But the Nationals are getting almost unbelievably bad production from their catchers and it’s not looking like it will get better any time soon.Read More