What did you expect? It’s an election year – and DC’s ballot is stacked for the first time in a long time. Heading into one of the most exciting weekends in DC sports history, the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine on newsstands today explores how now – more than ever before – DC sports matter.
The Mag offers readers an array of stories such as “The long national nightmare is over,” by Howard Bryant, providing insight on how DC sports fans want their city to matter again and that’s why Robert Griffin III is their man – if he can’t do it, no one can; “Out on a limb,” by Buster Olney is an artful display of how this season, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo made arguably the gutsiest (and arguably the dumbest) decision in baseball history. Then again, that’s how he built the Nats into a winner – one provocative move at a time; and “A thin line between love and hate,” where The Mag’s Seth Wickersham writes a story of an overbearing team owner and a relentless DC writer, and how their obsession with the Skins became a $2 million lawsuit.
Editor-in-Chief Chad Millman talks with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo about his decision to sit Stephen Strasburg and The Mag’s Seth Wickersham about his story on Dan Snyder in his weekly podcast: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8454582
D.C. Issue Features
Can John Wall save the Wizards? The Mag battled ridiculous DC traffic with Wall to see if the NBA’s quickest point guard can save its most stagnant franchise. By Kevin Van Valkenburg
The Terps and the Hoyas don’t battle on the court. But off it, the fight for the preps like Roddy Peters can be intense. By Jordan Brenner
Alex Ovechkin used to be the RGIII of DC. Once the rookie sensation, he’s gone seven years without a ring and has lost his luster for fans. Now the gap-toothed grin isn’t so lovable. By Sarah Turcotte
For a century, golf and the presidency have gone hand in glove. Our 44th president lives for hoops, but his sanctuary lies on the links. By Don Van Natta Jr.
If the cutthroat events of the Romney Family Olympics are any indication, Mitt Romney doesn’t wear silver medals well. By Michael Brendan Dougherty
Additional D.C. Issue Highlights:
- “Twist of Fate:” A year ago, IndyCar fan Ann Babenco believed Dan Wheldon would change her life. Columnist Chris Jones writes about the fan Wheldon left behind.
- “Waiting for the One”: The Mag’s Kate Fagan writes on how the courage of several pioneers acting from the inside has set the stage for the first gay male athlete from a major team sport to come out.
- “Political Confidential:” Sixty-two athletes anonymously give their views on the upcoming presidential election, social issues and sports gambling.
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