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D.C.: Let’s get loud

Football

The GIST: We’ve braved the belly of the beast and welcomed new leadership to the White House. Meanwhile, the Washington Football Team (WFT) looks poised to bring in some new leadership of its own.

January 21, 2021
Source: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images
Source: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

🏈WFT: Coming off an overachieving season, it’s expected that the WFT will name Marty Hurney as their new General Manager (GM). This is a reunion with head coach Ron Rivera, who led the GM search and previously worked with Hurney in the Carolina Panthers organization. 

  • Though the Panthers weren’t that successful and it’s not the most out-of-the-box decision, we’re giving Rivera the benefit of the doubt, if only because he led the WFT to an unexpected division title.

🏒Capitals & COVID-19: After opening their season with two wins over the Buffalo Sabres, the Capitals dropped two in extra time (one in a shootout, another in overtime) to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ugh. 

  • But more concerning than the back-to-back losses is that captain Alex Ovechkin and three more teammates were placed on the COVID-19 protocol list. On top of that, the Caps were fined $100,000 for violating COVID-19 protocols. C’mon guys.

🏀Wizards & COVID-19: The Wizards are dealing with a COVID-19 situation of their own. Due to health and safety protocols, the Wiz had five games postponed so they haven’t played a game since January 11th. 

The Wiz were expected to return with just eight available players against the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow. But after Bradley Beal expressed concerns yesterday about injuries following such a long layoff, the Wiz instead, will have a sixth-straight game postponed. Oof.