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Pro sports in Washington exciting again

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After years of pain and suffering, fans say pro sports in Washington are suddenly exciting again.

Over the last three years, only the Capitals have made the playoffs, and the Redskins, Nationals, and Wizards have all struggled.

But suddenly, things are looking up:

- the Capitals have not only made the playoffs but beat Boston to advance to a second round series against the Rangers

- the Redskins selected exciting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III last week with the second pick in the draft

- 19-year old phenom Bryce Harper, one of the most highly touted baseball prospect ever, made his debut with the Nationals over the weekend and Wednesday night had several hits including a double in front of the home crowd as the team fought to stay in first place

- the Wizards -- well, the Wizards still need some work ---

Still, longtime and longsuffering DC sports fans say their patience may finally be paying off.

“[DC sports are] definitely on the rise. A lot going on right now," said fan Chase Keller at the Verizon Center Wednesday night before the start of Game 3 of the Capitals Rangers series.

Here are recent playoff histories of all four pro teams in Washington:

- the Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, when they beat Tampa Bay in a wild card game but lost to Seattle the next week

- the Wizards haven’t made the playoffs since 2008, when for the third straight year they lost to Cleveland in the first round

- the Nationals have never made the playoffs, and even when the franchise was still known as the Montreal Expos it only made the postseason once between the years 1969-2004

- the Capitals have now made the playoffs five years in a row, but have not advanced past the second round

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