With the recent news about Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Wizards fans don’t have much hope left. I hope you’re not a super fan of the teams in D.C. If you are, you’re in for a lot of disappointment.
That recent news reported Saturday about Wall, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic, was that he’ll miss six to eight months as he gets set to undergo heel surgery.
It’s been a problem that was bothering Wall last season as well. Though the Wizards aren’t in the playoff picture, Wall is a huge piece to their success. His injury prone season last year was a prime example of what to expect this season. The Wizards are currently 14-23 and have lost three of their last four games. That places them 11th in the East standings. However, they may not be able to recover from it.
In fact, the D.C. area teams are disappointing all the fans, and they have no control of it. With the Wizards losing Wall for the season and possibly not making the playoffs, the D.C. fans can only wait and watch what the other teams do.
One team that will not be watched, is the NFL’s Washington Redskins. They have faced a lot of different injuries all over the offensive side.
They lost rookie running back Derrius Guice before the regular season even started. All though, they signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson to fill that void and also take over the role as the primary back, with teammate Chris Thompson battling through his own injuries.
Their wide receivers have battled through injuries all season long. They ultimately lost receivers Paul Richardson and Jamieson Crowder. Though Crowder did return from injury, it was too late, as quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy were also injured and placed on the injured reserved list.
The Redskins went from being 5-2 to 7-9 and missing the playoffs.
How about the Nationals? Though they haven’t had to worry about the any issues with injuries, they are at risk of losing the best player on their team, Bryce Harper.
By the looks of it, Harper’s days as a National are over. He turned down a 10 year, $300 million dollar contract with the Nationals, and it doesn’t look like he’s ready to return to the D.C. or settle for that contract.
The Nationals could be losing Harper, and it’s not going to help them if they want to be a competitor in the National League.
Speaking of the National League, Harper is reportedly open to joining the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, all of which are NL rivals to the Nationals. Harper is also expecting to get a nice contract, like the ones the outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Mark Trout received from their clubs. So hopefully Harper and the Nationals can work at deal, because all the teams in D.C. are going through a rough patch.
That rough patch includes Washington’s hockey team, the Washington Capitals, despite their successful season last year.
Yes, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup in the NHL, but it took their beloved Alexander Ovechkin 13 seasons to do so. The Capitals are looking good now, as they lead the Metropolitan division, but it’s still a long season and we might not see a repeat.
That’s one of the hardest things to do in any sport, especially Hockey. Let’s also remember that Ovi is 33 years old and has two years left on his current contract. He may be reaching the end of his career sooner than later. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good for the Capitals and their future.
In fact, I think the only team of these four who has a brighter future is the Redskins. If Alex Smith would have stayed healthy, there’s no saying what would’ve happened over the stretch of those final eight games without him.
How do you feel about the D. C. area teams? Will one or more teams be able to keep the hope alive? Or is it really time to rethink the situations that have been presented? Tell us more in the comment section below!