This just in: ESPN Ultimate Standings rank the Washington Capitals as the “best” team in the area – by a mile.
A young surging team, rabid fans and great ownership catapulted the team into the top 10 – ranking 6th overall out of 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises. Sadly – but not surprisingly – other DC area teams were clustered near the bottom.
The study looks at eight areas and here’s how we rank the Caps and the ‘Skins:
|How efficiently team has converted money from fans into victories||Exceptional (but fans expect even more!)||Not so much|
|Loyalty of ownership & management to core players and community||Very well (although I wanted Federov to stay)||Misplaced loyalties re: players, complete disregard of fans|
|Price of tickets, parking, concessions||Very good, love Metro access & nearby restaurants||Not bad, but parking is overpriced and there’s no other way to get there|
|Quality of team’s stadium & promotions||Very good (except for slushy ice)||FedEx is falling apart|
|Strength of on-field leadership & coaching||Exceptional||Needs to improve|
|Number of championships won or likely to be won during fan’s lifetime||Best chance for DC fan to win a championship in near future||Glory days probably over, but fans still hopeful|
|Effort players put into game & likability off the field||Nobody plays harder or with more pure joy than the Great 8||Depends on the player, but could improve|
|How open players, coaches & management are to the fans||Wonderful||Players and coaches, not bad; Management, no comment|
In other words, have to agree with ESPN – huge disparity among sports teams in this market