DC is going through a period of incredible stress. The political transition affects us here more than any other city in the country. People leaving the area and new people arriving every four years. This has always been so in Washington; this year, even more so.
We, the permanent DC residents will again be adopting a whole new population.
I am probably more sensitive to this constant change in our community because of the business we were in as sports team owners. In other cities, fans are often lifelong residents. Here, whole sections of our community move out and in every four years. Our challenge was always to keep our loyal fans and attract new ones.
Years ago, one of our players, Bob Ferry, told me that we are the only city where half the fans are rooting for the opposite team.
This will always be so; I accept that, but as DC has grown in population we now have a much larger dedicated fan base.
But that’s what makes sports great. Sports has a way of uniting us, giving us something to rally around that has nothing to do with whether you are a Democrat or Republican, a man or a woman, etc. Sports can be a welcome distraction to the “chaos” that sometimes grips our city when we are going through political change.
So, for those of us, who are part of the Washington, DC “permanent” community, our current teams are coming through just when we need them.
Sparks are flying.
How fortunate we are to have two of the GREAT players in sports today anchoring our local teams! And both teams are playing remarkably well, providing
The spirit affects everyone visiting the Verizon Center – the ushers in the arena, the hot dog vendor, the parking lot attendants and, of course, the fans. Sharing these moments when we all talk about the great plays and the winning results of the games brings us all together.
As Jackie Gleason in “The Honeymooners” said, “How sweet it is!” Enjoy!