I’ve written before about the heartache of being of long-time loyal Kansas City Royals fan. I may also have mentioned that I’m a long-time fan of the Washington Bullets-Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Capitals (NHL). While the Royals season is yet young (and they’re above .500 still), I actually have something to be happy about on my other sports fronts: with the Caps victory last night, they clinched their division and a number three seed in the playoffs. The Wizards clinched their playoff berth earlier in the week.
Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve been able to root for both teams in the playoffs in the same season since 1987-88. They’ve had some playoff experiences, and even some successes, during that time, but never in the same year. The Caps have been hot hot hot for the past couple of months, and their squeaking into the playoffs was primarily a function of their slow start. The Wizards are, like most teams in the Eastern Conference, just jostling to see who will be the sacrifice set before whoever emerges from the far dominant Western Conference. They do have Gilbert Arenas back, so maybe they’ll get through a series if they get a good first round draw.
Either way, it’ll be nice to root for two of my favorite teams for the first time in two decades, however short lived the experience may be!