First off, The Washington Times' Dan Daly thinks tonight's Game 7 between the Capitals and Penguins is destined to be among the greatest sporting events ever held in the D.C. area. You can read his list here and then form your own opinion on it. Personally, I disagree with the event at the top of his list, George Mason's defeat or UConn in the 2006 NCAA Eastern Region Final, and it pains me to say that. The game was great, but its long term impact on the area was nowhere near the game I would have at the top of the list, the Redskins defeat of the Dallas Cowboys at RFK in the NFC Championship game after the 1982 season. Although, George Allen had started Redskins mania in the 70s, that January 1983 game cemented the Redskins as the sports institution in the National Capital Area. Only now, with Dan Snyder's mismanagement of the team, is the lustre wearing off the Redskins. (On a personal note, I would like to nominate as an honorable mention, the Wakefield High School boys basketball team's 61-56 defeat of Grant Hill's South Lakes team in the 1990 Northern Region (Va.) final.)
In this 1994 column, the dean of Washington sportswriters, the late Shirley Povich, remembers, 70 years later, the Washington Senators' 1924 World Series win.
Finally, you can relive the highlights of the Washington Bullets game seven win over the Seattle Supersonics in the 1978 NBA Champiosnhip and watch some post game interviews in the following clips. By the way, the Big E was THE MAN.