The Washington Nationals lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2016 National League Divisional Series after being unabkle to rally back from a 4-1 deficit, falling 4-3 after Clayton Kershaw came in to close the game out.
What does that mean?
It means that 1) The Nationals season once against in heartbreak and,
2) CSNMA gets to trot out the ugliest sports statistic in the city.
Washington, D.C. remains the only city with four major sports team to fail to reach a conference final since 2000.
Washington has not had a major professional sports team reach the conference finals since 1998, when the Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres to reach the Stanley Cup Final.
In that time, all but five cities with at least one major pro sports team has reached a conference finals, but Washington, D.C. is the only city with more than two teams to fail to do so.
If the heartbreak wasn't enough, the fact that Cleveland, arguably the most downtrodden pro sports city in the country, overcame demons to win their first professional championship since 1964. The Cavaliers appeared destined for heartbreak, but then the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, and Cleveland was no longer the laughing stock of pro sports.
With Cleveland hoisting a title banner, Washington, D.C. remains firmly entrenched in the top 5 among least successful pro sports cities.
Buffalo has never welcomed a championship team back to town. Despite the Braves dominating the N.L. in the 1990's and the Falcons making a Super Bowl, the town's apathy for their pro sports teams keep them firmly in the running.
But D.C. stands alone when it comes to even sniffing a championship series, at least for another few months.
- Grouping the New York and Bay Area teams could go any of a number of ways. The Mets/Jets/Islanders were grouped together as were the Yankees/Giants/Rangers/Knicks given traditional but not guaranteed fan allegiances. The same applies to Oakland/San Francisco/San Jose.
Green Bay was grouped with Milwaukee because the Packers are Milwaukee's football team, even with the close proximity of Chicago.
The professional teams in Tennessee were grouped together to create a adequate sample size for the area.
Certainly, there is overlap, especially in major markets on the East Coast, but this is the most adequate way to get a strong sample size of the major sports cities.