Though there was legitimate optimism surrounding the Nationals when this season began, it took some time before the city fully bought into the notion this team could win big in 2012.
A veteran of 10 major-league seasons, Edwin Jackson has helped lead a young Nationals pitching staff all year.
The official NBA championship odds are out and to nobody's surprise, the Wizards are not among the favorites.
A few weeks ago Capitals center Brooks Laich referred to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr as the tip of the sword in sports labor negotiations.
That tip is getting sharper by the day.