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In This Corner: Don’t diss DC

3 February 2013 By Alena Schwarz, Sports Editor 3 Comments

D.C. and Baltimore have an interesting sports relationship. In certain sports, these two cities share fans, but in others, they hate each other. But why?

There is no sport in which these teams are in the same conference, so why does one city care so much about what the other is doing? More specifically, why does Baltimore care so much about what Washington is doing?

Both the Redskins and Nationals play in the National league of their respective sports while the Ravens and Orioles play in the American. In fact, the Ravens and Redskins only play each other once every four years. And even though the Orioles and Nationals generally have a series against each other, there are so many baseball games in a season that it really doesn’t matter.

But yet there is still that underlying competition.

Maybe it’s the proximity of these two cities and the idea that one wants to hold bragging rights over the other. After all, sports can bring out the worst in people.

However, when it comes to hockey and basketball, this hatred of each other seems to vanish.

At Capitals games, during the anthem there are even a smattering of “O”s shouted out. The Caps play in the District, they don’t have ties to Baltimore baseball, but there are plenty of Baltimore fans who like hockey and whose traditions have been incorporated.

Here both cities are playing nice.

A little rivalry never hurt anyone, but in this case, with two cities whose teams don’t consistently play each other, the intensity of the rivalry is just ridiculous.

Especially since in recent history, it’s been Washington that’s been getting a lot of credit and the big-name players.

In 2012 alone Washington has the Rookie of the Year in two sports with the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper. Not to mention pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg who made headlines everywhere when he broke into the league in 2010.

If both cities can come together for hockey and basketball, why be so divided when it comes to the other sports? Both cities don’t have to be supportive of each other, but there’s no reason why they have to outwardly hate each other.

Baltimore can do what it wants, and Washington can do what it wants, but since these two cities rarely face each other, leave D.C. alone.

Over the past couple seasons, Washington has proved itself a worthy opponent. This season the Redskins secured a nail-biting victory over the Ravens 31-28. And while  the Orioles have taken the past two series from the Nationals 2-1, it’s the Nationals who have scored more runs with 15 over the Orioles’ 11 in 2012 and 21 over 15 in 2011.

It’s time for Baltimore fans to stop dissing D.C. and realize that Washington athletes are just as worthy opponents as any other city.


  • Sean Gee said:

    Redskins were home watching Baltimore win Superbowl!!! GO BMORE!!!

  • Ben Jones said:

    This article is rediculous. The Ravens just won the highest nielson rated and one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time, and the writer is talking up the Redskins and complaining about how they’re being ignored. The school is in Baltimore, don’t be surprised that people support their team that just won a Super Bowl. Sheesh.

  • Dan Lowery said:

    Yes, I know they are the BALTIMORE Ravens and the WASHINGTON Redskins but stopping at the name ignores important points. BOTH teams play in Maryland (M&T and FedEx Field). And the Ravens fight song ends with the line, “For Baltimore and Maryland, you will march on to victory.” The Redskins represent DC but the fans come from DMV.

    So central Marylanders can claim BOTH teams. I was born in Baltimore but live closer to DC. But MY Ravens are Superbowl champs. And MY Redskins have the rookie of the year. My Nationals are coached by My favorite Orioles legends, Davey Johnson and Frank Robinson.

    I agree that timing for this article is poor – Baltimore deserves to enjoy their victory. But both teams need to embrace all that they have in common.

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