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OK, so it’s not necessarily a “blasting,” but Ted Leonsis wants to know: “What Has the Washington City Paper Ever Won?” Leonsis’ question is in direct response to a City Desk entry posted last Friday titled “Caps Manage to Win…Something,” in which—-outside of a sarcastic title—-this level-headed, fair-minded, longtime Caps fan made note of how the organization kicked ass at the Information and Display and Entertainment Association’s 25th annual conference.

One would think that the blog-savvy Vice Chairman of America Online Inc. (and one of the NHL’s more personable owners) would be familiar with the snarky tone blogs often take with the team, which has finished fourth-worst in the league for the last two seasons. Compared to some of the other numerous Caps-related blogs, City Desk is as harmless as the Caps’ power-play. (Seriously, does DCist’s Eli Resnick get this kind of grief?)

Either way, Ted, you could have saved us both some time and logged onto AAN.org (the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ Web site) to check out what awards the City Paper has received. But I’ll go ahead and do the dirty work for you. After the jump, a list of all the first-place AAN awards the City Paper has won since you became the owner of the Washington Capitals…

  • 2007: Ad Design: “Crafty Bastards Campaign” by Jason Hutto, Ben Claassen and and production staff
  • 2006: Music Criticism: “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” “Incorrect Change,” and “Principle Playa” by Sarah Godfrey
  • 2005: Arts Feature: “Lunatic Fringe” by Michael Little
  • 2004: Media Reporting: “Off Target” by Erik Wemple and Josh Levin
  • 2003: Feature Story: “The Others” by Jason Cherkis
  • 2002: Column: Dave McKenna
  • 2001: News Feature: “The Crack Issue”
  • 2000: Feature Story: “My So-Called Stalker” by Erica Hoffman

I feel only slightly more pride in that list of awards than I do as a Caps fan when I see that glorious 2000-2001 Southeast Division Champions banner hanging from the rafters. I tell ya, every time I sit my Alexander Ovechkin-replica-jersey-wearing butt down in my season-ticket-holder seat in Section 413, that sweet beauty showers me in warm and fuzzy feelings of victories past. It’s such a good feeling that I might actually renew my tickets for next season.