After Buzzer-Beater Playoff Loss, the Mystics Look Ahead to Being ‘One of the Favorites’ Next Season

Shey Peddy, who played for Washington earlier this season, hit the game-winning three-pointer.

In a post-game interview on Tuesday night, ESPN reporter Holly Rowe asked Phoenix Mercury guard Shey Peddy how many game-winning shots she has hit in her career. Peddy, who, at 30, was a WNBA rookie with the Washington Mystics last season, and originally went to the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida, for the Mystics, responded […]

Washington Football Team Gear Elicits Mixed Feelings for Fans

Some retailers have yet to stock gear with the team's new name.

In its season opener, the Washington Football Team rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-17, in front of an empty stadium due to restrictions in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Had spectators been allowed at FedExField, what they wore to the game might have revealed something about how much of the […]

A Change-Filled Offseason May Have Left the Washington Football Team in a Better Place

This team has spent so long weighed down by *gestures wildly at everything at the team facility* that it was impossible to imagine them rising.

The whole football prognosticating world expects the Washington Football Team to be awful this season—a reasonable assumption, since the team was demonstrably awful last season and has ranged from awful to mediocre for most of the quarter century prior. And I cannot point to many concrete football reasons to expect otherwise. Many of the players […]

Olympian Julie Culley Leaves College Coaching in Search for More Balance

Culley resigned as Georgetown University's director of track and field and cross-country and will join Brooks Running as a sports marketing manager.

Before Julie Culley became a professional runner and Olympic finalist in track and field with an athletic apparel and shoe sponsor, she was a recent Rutgers University graduate just hoping to run faster than she did in college. For the first year of her professional running career around 2006, she ran unattached and did not […]

Zach Leonsis Believes Professional Sports Can Learn from Esports

"Esports is growing so rapidly that esport athletes can and likely will be paid just as much as professional athletes in the major leagues within the next 10 years."

Late last month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment added another championship to its collection—this time in the burgeoning world of esports. Wizards District Gaming, the Wizards’ NBA 2K League affiliate team, defeated the Golden State Warriors-backed team, Warriors Gaming Squad, 3-1, to win the NBA 2K League Finals. The executives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, led […]

John Thompson Jr. Represented D.C. to the Fullest

He started here, stayed here, built here, and never considered any other pastures to be greener than these.

John Thompson Jr. represented so much to so many people—basketball excellence, Georgetown University, his players and his program, uncompromising Blackness. But he also represented D.C. He was the face and heart and soul of the District, more so than anybody in our lifetime, maybe more so than any sports figure ever. Or any figure, period. […]

How the Mystics’ Natasha Cloud Got Involved With the NWSL’s Racial Justice Efforts

"It's beautiful to see all athletes of all backgrounds and everything coming together."

On Thursday, Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud received a text from U.S. women’s national soccer team and North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn with a request. Dunn wanted about 40 T-shirts made to illustrate the NWSL players’ support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and she needed them in time for the NWSL Fall Series […]

A Black Man Was Exercising on a Track. A White Man Berated Him.

"I think at some point, you have to think that it's racially motivated."

Adrien McDonald believes the videos speak for themselves. In a viral incident recorded on video that the 32-year-old Clarksburg resident recently uploaded to his Facebook page, McDonald can be seen exercising in one of the outer lanes of the track at Churchill High School in Potomac, when a White man berates him. A woman who […]

The Mystics Have Been at the Forefront of the Protests and Fight for Racial Justice

And the players deserve more credit than they get.

For four minutes, Ariel Atkins spoke from the heart.  Flanked by her teammates and one of their young sons, the normally reticent Atkins explained to ESPN’s Holly Rowe why the Washington Mystics had decided to sit out of their Aug. 26 game against the Atlanta Dream, hitting pause on the WNBA season just days after […]

John Thompson Jr. Made Georgetown Basketball His Own

“It’s always important to get a boguarder on your team … The boguarder is generally the guy who wins the argument. If you don’t have a big guy with a reputation, you’ll lose.”

The news that legendary Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson Jr. had died Sunday at 78 released a rush of memories dating back 50 years. I first met and interviewed “Big John” in his tiny office at St. Anthony’s High School in Northeast Washington. The small Catholic school no longer exists, but that’s where Thompson’s […]

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