Heartbreak City 2015
This has been a calamitous week for Washington, D.C. sports fans. On Wednesday May 13, 2015, the New York Rangers eliminated the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 7. The win capped a comeback from a 3-1 Capitals series lead. It is the fifth time the Caps have blown a 3-1 lead and second time against the Rangers.
Two nights later, the Washington Wizards appeared to have postponed elimination when Paul Pierce hit a three pointer as time was running out in Game 6 of its conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks, but a review showed it was after the buzzer.
I cannot think of another city that has endured such heartbreak in such a short period.
But wait – it gets even worse.
Last November, D.C. United, who had the best record in the MLS’ Eastern Conference fell to the New York Red Bulls in the Conference Semifinals.
Last October, the Nationals, who had the best record in the National League fell 3-1 to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series. After losing Game 1, the Nationals had a 1-0 lead with 2 outs in the 9th but the Giants tied it. A home run in the 18th inning gave the Giants a 2-1 victory in the longest postseason game in baseball history.
After the National won Game 3, a wild pitch enabled the winning run to score in Game 4 as the Giants won the series 3-1.
But wait – its happened before.
In 1986, the then-Washington Bullets and Capitals were eliminated on the same day.