It isn't too often when three Big-Four League sports teams from the same city play on the same day. Saturday, December 26, 2015 will be a day that I remember for the rest of my life because the Wizards, Capitals, and Redskins all won their games on the same day. This hasn't happened since December 17, 1983.
How did this all happen?
In the Wizards' game, they defeated the Nets on the road, 111-95 thanks to a big fourth quarter when D-League signee Jarell Eddie scored 12 points, all on threes to break the game wide open. ALL ON HIS FIRST-EVER NBA GAME TOO!
A 22 point-13 assist performance from John Wall and 25-point outburst from Marcin Gortat made this win all the sweeter. The win gets the Wizards on a four-game win streak, and a 14-14 record which is due to a combination of a long list of injuries and a tough schedule.
Right after the Wizards' win in Brooklyn, the Capitals hosted the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center where they won 3-1 thanks to goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jay Beagle, and Jason Chimera. In addition, goalie Braden Holtby had yet another solid performance where he collected 29 saves and leads the NHL in wins (22).
With the win, the Capitals have won seven games in a row and lead the NHL's Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division with a 26-6-2 record.
And as the Capitals' game was coming to a close, the Redskins played the Philadelphia Eagles on the road where they would win the NFL's NFC East title. Though they were leading 16-10 at the half, quarterback Kirk Cousins had the football version of a Shaqtin' a Fool moment at the end of the first half where he accidentally put his knee on the turf instead of trying to make a quick pass for a touchdown.
Ian Eagle describes perfectly the moment that Kirk Cousins lost his mind pic.twitter.com/F2ONyKsewX— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 27, 2015
I get it, crap happens. In past seasons, this would have swung the momentum in Philadelphia's favor and set the stage for a Philly victory. But this year's Redskins team has shown quite a great deal of resiliency despite a ton of low preseason expectations.
But Cousins was able to shake that off as he passed for another two touchdowns in the second half to lead Washington to a 38-24 win. Cousins completed 31 of 46 passes for 365 yards for four total touchdowns and no interceptions while Jordan Reed led Washington's receivers with 9 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. DeAngelo Hall also returned a fumble for a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Redskins are now on a three-game win streak of their own, improve to 8-7 for their 2015 season and clinch the NFC East. It's their first division title since 2012.
So on December 26, 2015, three D.C. professional sports teams played on Saturday, and all three won. That's a great day! But, there's more.
The Wizards, Capitals, and Redskins have combined 14 straight wins since they started their winning streaks. Below is a list of the wins since their streaks started:
|Wednesday, December 2, 2015||Capitals||at Lightning||Win||2-1|
|Sunday, December 13, 2015||Redskins||vs. Bears||Win||24-21|
|Monday, December 14, 2015||Capitals||at Penguins||Win||4-1|
|Wednesday, December 16, 2015||Capitals||vs. Senators||Win||2-1|
|Friday, December 18, 2015||Capitals||vs. Lightning||Win||5-3|
|Saturday, December 19, 2015||Wizards||Hornets||Win||109-101|
|Sunday, December 20, 2015||Redskins||vs. Bills||Win||35-25|
|Sunday, December 20, 2015||Capitals||at Rangers||Win||7-3|
|Monday, December 21, 2015||Capitals||at Hurricanes||Win||2-1|
|Monday, December 21, 2015||Wizards||Kings||Win||113-99|
|Wednesday, December 23, 2015||Wizards||Grizzlies||Win||100-91|
|Saturday, December 26, 2015||Redskins||at Eagles||Win||38-24|
|Saturday, December 26, 2015||Capitals||vs. Canadiens||Win||3-1|
|Saturday, December 26, 2015||Wizards||at Nets||Win||111-96|
That's a lot of wins, discounted pizza, Egg McMuffins, and happy sports fans. Please don't stop winning D.C. sports teams! Thank you for this late Christmas gift!