All year long, Washington, DC has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Verizon Center. The state-of-the-art arena has rejuvenated Chinatown and has quickly become a DC landmark. Unfortunately, the resident teams have not faired so well over the past ten years. We already talked about Georgetown’s past ten seasons in their new home, and quite similarly, the Wizards and Capitals have also had some pretty rough years in that span. Also like the Hoyas, though, the two teams have had a recent resurgence and both are poised to make the playoffs for the first time in Verizon Center history.
This past Saturday, four weeks after Georgetown claimed the Big East Regular Season title, the Washington Wizards defeated the Miami Heat in Miami, clinching an NBA playoff berth.
Then, the next day, the Washington Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1 at a sold-out Verizon Center, clinching their first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2003 in their last game of the season. It’s the first time since 1988 that the Caps and “Wizards” have made their respective postseasons in the same year. Of course, back then the Capitals had their old logo, the Wizards were still the Bullets, and both teams were still playing in the Caps Centre in Landover, MD.
Both teams have some of the best players in the world, and any Hoya fan living in the DC area should try their best to go out and support Georgetown’s Verizon Center roommates as they face the postseason. Gilbert Arenas is returning from injury for the Wizards, and Agent 0 always gives forth maximum effort to ensure victory for Washington. And on the ice, Alex Ovechkin has just picked up the Art Ross Trophy and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for being the leading scorer and point-getter in the NHL. The soon-to-be MVP and the rest of Bruce Boudreau’s boys are an exciting bunch to see, and the atmosphere in downtown DC should be terrific.
We know Georgetown fans wish their team was still competing tonight, but once the College Basketball season is over tomorrow, be sure to check out the other local teams, who are trying to bring more trophies back to Georgetown’s home court.