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When it rains, it pours

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 9/3/10 Section: Sports
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I'm not going to lie when I say I didn't come to Case for Cleveland's professional sports "heritage." I'm from Maryland where our history of winning has been on the decline since my birth, slowly nearing Cleveland's level of losing. I'm from smack-dab in the center of Maryland and my allegiances have been always been split between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, though I want absolutely nothing to do with those damned Ravens.

I grew up a football junky, learning math and my sevens multiplication tables by watching the Redskins get rolled by every team I loathed. Hockey and baseball went hand in hand. The seasons were at the same time and we were always about the same skill level: perennial playoff contenders that would do little when it actually counted.

The Orioles were fairly good in the 90's until Cal Ripken left and everything fell apart. Finally the Nationals came around and everything started to look semi-decent.

Enter Stephen Strasburg, the answer to everyone's prayers. "Strasmas," as sports journalists called his debut, went better than anyone had imagined. A win, two earned runs, no walks, and 14 strikeouts were as good as we could possibly ask for.

Everything was going fine. Strasburg was pitching, the Nationals were trying to give him run support, and he was making waves and garnering All-Star consideration.

Then it happened. I never thought D.C. was cursed. Sure, Redskins owner Dan Snyder hangs out with Scientologists, but we all have wacky friends. Who cares if Gilbert Arenas brings guns into the locker room, even when they're illegal in Washington D.C. So what if the Capitals can't win in the playoffs; Alex Ovechkin is polarizing.

There it was on Twitter, from a beat reporter I follow. "Strasberg torn ligament. Needs Tommy John Surgery. Out 12-18…months."

I never thought I could empathize with the city that had "The Drive," "The Catch," "The Fumble," "The other verbs that need a 'the' in front of them to show how devastating they are," and the South Beach Talent Show.
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