John Wall makes his long-awaited return tonight, playing his first game since April 26, 2012. For fun I circled back to see what else happened on the sports calendar that Thursday, that week. Turns out just about everything notable in the sports world happened right here.
The Wizards concluded another losing season with an upbeat six-game winning streak, capped by a 104-70 victory over Miami. Per usual, Wall directed traffic that day, dishing out 12 assists in 25 minutes, his fifth straight game with at least 10 assists. What nobody knew at the time was that it would be Wall's last professional game for 261 days. The Wizards haven't won consecutive games since. Washington's point guard makes his season debut Saturday against Atlanta after missing the opening 33 games with a knee injury.
That same April day, the Washington Redskins spent the No. 2 overall selection in the NFL Draft on some guy quarterback named Robert Griffin III. Current angst over knee-gate aside, that worked out rather well.
The day before, Joel Ward's Game 7-winning overtime goal propelled the historically postseason frustrated Washington Capitals gloriously past the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. We'll ignore what in the next series and after that.
The day after Wall's last game, the Washington Nationals unexpectedly called-up Bryce Harper from the minors. The brash and slugging 19-year-old outfielder made his Major League debut the following night. By the end of the season, Harper was named the N.L. Rookie of the Year.
Yeah, I'd call that quite a week.