Sports Park: Playoffs – D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact @ RFK Stadium, 10/27/16

United vs. Impact

Playoff Seed: #4

Let’s hope your D.C. United can do what the Washington Nationals could not, advance in the playoffs. (Too soon?)

The United get their chance against the Montreal Impact on Thursday, October 27th.

Entering as the #4 seed, they get a home game against the #5 seed Impact. Winner of this knockout game will play against one of the New York teams in a two-game home/away series. So if your United beat the Impact, they will get a home game on Sunday, October 30th.

Let’s go United! Get your tickets here.

Audacious Assertion: United 2, Impact 0
(My home picks so far: 7-4)

MLS Playoffs Knockout Game: Montreal Impact at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:30pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Playoffs vs. the Dodgers, 10/7 & 10/8/16

Trea TurnerTrea Turner can hit! (Photo Credit: Keith Allison)

Your Washington Nationals are in the Big Dance! The Major League Baseball playoffs got underway on Tuesday, October 4th with the Toronto Blue Jays beating the Baltimore Orioles (sorry, no bird puns today).

Now it’s time for the Nationals to show us what they’re made of, as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, October 7th for Game 1 of the NL Division Series.

After six months of consistently good baseball, and a NL East Division crown, your Nationals are poised to actually do more good things in the post-season. They excelled despite a down year for Bryce Harper (.243 BA and 24 HRs after hitting .330/40 HRs in his MVP 2015 season) and late season injuries to Stephen Strasburg.

The stories of contributors are many, but Daniel Murphy (2B) put up a MVP-like season (.347 BA and 104 RBIs). Trea Turner (OF) came in and dominated at the plate the second half of the season (he helped me win my fantasy league…). While Max Scherzer could be the favorite to win another Cy Young Award with his 20-7 record, 2.96 ERA and 284 SOs.

Go Nats!

Division Series Schedule
10/7/16 – Dodgers @ Nationals (5:30pm)
10/8/16 – Dodgers @ Nationals (5:30pm)
10/10/16 – Nationals @ Dodgers (Time TBD)
10/11/16 – Nationals @ Dodgers (Time TBD) – if necessary
10/13/16 – Dodgers @ Nationals (Time TBD) – if necessary

Check for home tickets here, or look for resale options.

Sports Park: DC Breeze Playoff Game @ Hotchkiss Field (Gallaudet), 7/16/16

DC Breeze

Pro ultimate frisbee (or ‘disc’ in the pro circuit), you say?

Why yes, it’s a thing and you should be checking it out.

Your city’s team in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is known as the DC Breeze and they play at Hotchkiss Field at Gallaudet University.

And your Breeze have qualified for the AUDL playoffs for the first time! They take on the New York Empire this Saturday, July 16th.

There are 26 AUDL teams around the country, including six in the East Division. The Breeze finished second in the East Division at 10-4, behind the Toronto Rush (12-2).

Time to discover an exciting new league and sport. Gates open 75 minutes early for food, games and music.

AUDL Playoffs: New York Empire at DC Breeze
Hotchkiss Field @ Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-3695)
Saturday, July 16, 2016
6:30pm
$10 ($20 with DC Breeze official disc)
All ages

Sports Park: Where to Watch the NFC Football Playoff Games in DC Part 2, 1/16-1/17/16

NFL Playoffs 2016Playoffs? You’re still talking about the playoffs?

Next up is the Division Round of the NFL Playoffs this Saturday and Sunday.

Last weekend, there were some crazy finishes. And you really have to feel bad for the Bengals (most of them) and Vikings fans…both heartbreaking ways to lose.

And well, the Redskins had a chance until the 4th quarter, but then they let Aaron Rodgers be the elite QB he is. A 35-18 loss isn’t the end of the world, especially when you can get over 80,000 people to watch a game in person after having very low expectations this season. Kirk Cousins is looking good and with a decent defense and a serious playmaker in Jordan Reed (TE), they could easily be back in the playoffs next year and do even more damage.

Where can you watch the crop of games this weekend? I’m going to continue to focus on the NFC teams.

 

NFC – Division Round – Saturday

#5 Green Bay Packers at #2 Arizona Cardinals
Saturday, January 16 at 8:15pm

Packers: Wear your cheesehead hat and watch the Packers at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill (233 2nd St NW). Other watch parties usually happen at Duffy’s and Lost and Found. Find all Packers’ viewing bars across the country here.

Cardinals: Wear your red and watch the Cardinals at Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street South Arlington, VA 22202). This is inconclusive, as it seems Cardinals fans are elusive and hard to find in this city. I do know that Arizona State University alumni go to Penn Social for their college football games.

 

NFC – Division Round – Sunday

#6 Seattle Seahawks at #1 Carolina Panthers
Sunday, January 17 at 1:05pm

Seahawks: Wear your blue and watch the Seahawks at Acre 121 (1400 Irving St NW). Other watch parties usually happen at Solly’s and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern. Find the DC Seahawks fan page here.

Panthers: Wear your light blue and silver and watch the Panthers at Lucky Bar (1221 Connecticut Ave NW).

You may also want to check out the Capital Riot fan site, which is for the Panthers’ local fan base in DC. They look legit! http://capitalriot.com/

 

Note: If you have better suggestions on locations, please leave a comment.

P.S. For you Steelers fans…Go Peyton and the Broncos!

Sports Park: DC United Playoff Road Trip @ Red Bull Arena, 11/8/15

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Well, DC United lost their home game last Sunday, 1-0. But they are not out yet. No. They play at Red Bull Arena (in Harrison, New Jersey) this Sunday, November 8th. Winner of the home-away series advances to the Eastern Conference Finals.

A 1-0 victory by the United ties the series and sends it to a 30 minute overtime, and then penalty kicks if still tied. A 2-0 or 2-1 victory, and your United advances! Needless to say, a loss is not acceptable.

Since the New York Red Bulls aren’t too far away, consider a road trip this weekend and support your team.

Go United!

Tickets can be purchased through the Screaming Eagles here or through La Barra Brava here.

 

MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals Leg 2: DC United @ New York Red Bulls
Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)
Sunday, November 8
3:00pm
$50+

Sports Park: Capitals Regular Season Report Card and Playoff Preview

Caps Report Card

Weekly Record: 1-1 (2 pts)
Final Regular Season Record: 45-26-11 (101 pts)
Clinched #2 seed in Metropolitan Division

2015 Regular Season Report Card: B

As Major League Baseball finishes its first full week, the Capitals gear up for their first round playoff match-up against the #3 New York Islanders. Yes, we still have some hockey left. Game time is 7:00pm this Wednesday, April 15. Let’s do this!

The Capitals and Islanders split the regular season series 2-2. However the Caps did get 6 points to the Islanders 4, because both their losses were in OT.

After missing the playoffs last year, the Capitals last played the Islanders in the playoffs in 1992-93, which they lost. Not much playoff history between these two teams.

The Caps finished the season strong, going 9-5-1 in their last 15, and hope to keep the momentum alive into what will likely turn into a 6 or 7 game battle with the Islanders.

Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 52 goals. He is also now the Caps career leader in goals scored. Brandon Holtby (41-20-10) was one of the elite goalies this season, a large reason why the Caps managed to qualify for the playoffs.

Let’s go Caps!

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Weekly Report Card — 3/30-4/5/15

Caps Report Card

Weekly Record: 3-1 (7 pts)

Overall: 44-25-11 (99 pts)
Clinched playoff berth!

The Caps are in the playoffs! The Caps are in the playoffs!

In other news, Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal. This marks the sixth time in his career he has reached this milestone. And he’s only the sixth player in NHL history to do this. Not bad.

Then, on Thursday, he scored two more goals to become the Capitals all-time franchise leader in goals scored with 472. Pretty good.

During the week the Capitals moved into 2nd place in the Metropolitan division for a brief drop of the puck. It didn’t last as the Caps fell to the pesky Senators, who would not bow out of the playoff race gracefully, in a shoot-out. The Caps made a furious three goal really to send the game into overtime and get a point for their efforts. Nice.

Now after beating the Red Wings 2-1 on Sunday, they move back into 2nd place and clinched a playoff spot. Excellent.

Two games left to decide who they play in the 1st round.

Today you can celebrate by enjoying the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day.

 

Results

March 31, 2015: Hurricanes at Capitals – WIN (4-2)

April 2, 2015: Capitals at Canadiens – WIN (5-4 SO)

April 4, 2015: Capitals at Senators – LOSS (3-4 SO)

April 5, 2015: Capitals at Red Wings – WIN (2-1)

 

March 30-April 5 Weekly Report Card: A

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