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The Washington Capitals Just Won Their First Stanley Cup

The Washington Capitals defeat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 Thursday to win the Stanley Cup. It is the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and the first championship for any Washington D.C. team since 1992.   

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The Washington Capitals defeat the Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 Thursday to win the Stanley Cup. It is the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and the first championship for any Washington D.C. team since 1992.

The deciding Game 5 was unfortunately in Las Vegas, but the Capitals home arena was full of fans that exploded into celebration at the final buzzer. And it didn’t stop there. Fans took to the streets, as all fans typically do after a championship, to further the celebration. The Capitals have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NHL, so it was a great moment for them.

It was also a great moment for Alex Ovechkin. The 32-year-old has been a star and the face of the franchise since he was first drafted at only 18 years old. But despite his many great seasons and impressive stats, the Stanley Cup has always alluded him. So while hockey is definitely a team game, it was hard for anyone to not make this championship run about him.

Because that’s what it all comes down to when people talk about the greats in any sport. Did they win a championship? Just look at the likes of Dan Marino, Charles Barkley, or Ken Griffey Jr. to name just a few. They were the top players in their game but could never pull a championship. And while it didn’t hurt their Hall of Fame stock, it might haunt them forever and will always be a mark on their legacy.

But Ovechkin wasn’t done there. Thanks to his efforts he was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the MVP of the playoffs, during which he recorded 15 goals. “It means everything,” he said after the game. “We have been waiting a long, long time, since day one.”

“It’s like a dream,” he continued. “It was a hard, long season. We fight through it. We worked so hard through all the years and we were together. It was a whole one team, stick with the system and it doesn’t matter what happened, even after the second period, we knew we just have to push it and get the result done. That’s it.”

Jaromir Jagr, one of the greats in his own right, said that “It’s pressure off,” in regards to Ovechkin finally winning the Cup. He played with Ovechkin on the Capitals from 2001 to 2004. “Nobody is gonna talk about it. It’s huge. It’s not easy to win the Cup. But he truly deserves it. I didn’t see many games, but what I saw, he played the best I saw him play the last 10 years, for sure.” 

So here’s hoping that Ovechkin is properly soaking it all up and enjoying this moment. Because we know owner Ted Leonsis is already planning to do just that. When asked about the eventual parade, Leonsis said, “I think it’s going to be much bigger than everyone is expecting.” Enjoy it, D.C. You deserve it.

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Why Do We Love Sports?

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Why do we love sports? There are many reasons why a lot of us fall in love with sports—why many of us continue to support and watch our favorite players, spending time and money to attend regular meets. In fact, some of us aren’t mere fans. Many are also athletes, coaches, and managers of the different teams we love.

Sports as Passion

Being a sports enthusiast is a passion. Many of us watch or play various sports because we consider them a passion in life. Whether it is baseball, basketball, football, or golf, we focus on a specific sport because it provides us with more significant meaning in life. Athletes, for instance, do not merely play a particular sport just because they want to. Many of them train for a sport because it enables them to do something that they’re good at—it allows them to gain self-worth and, in the process, inspire others, as well.

Sports as Platform

Playing a sport enables us to have a veritable platform to be heard and to be noticed. For instance, women athletes get to inspire more women to join a field that is primarily dominated by men. Due to the increase of female athletes excelling in various games worldwide, the measure of being a woman is finally changing. Nowadays, women are gaining more respect due to the influx of more women joining various sports worldwide—games are, in a sense, acting as equalizers, showcasing how women can capably do physical activities that were previously only reserved for men. Sports, then, serve as excellent platforms for women empowerment.

Sports for Healthy Living

Actively playing a specific sport alters your lifestyle. Watching a particular sport also inspires you to try it out, as well. We all know that regular exercise promotes muscles’ development and helps prevent various health complaints like obesity, hypertension, and cholesterol build-up. Sports also perpetuate the body’s production of endorphins—the hormone responsible for the feelings of pleasure and joy. Training for a specific sport eradicates the feelings of depression and worthlessness.

Sports as a Career Choice

When a sport is one’s passion, it can quickly be developed into a career choice. Athletes, for instance, earn because of their expertise in a particular sport. They get to represent the country, earning medals and trophies for the country, their state, their team, and themselves. They also get to inspire others, as well. The crowds in a baseball stadium attest to this glorious phenomenon—sports’ ability to inspire people from all walks of life.

The Sports That We Love

Indeed, sports aren’t just competitions and recreational activities. They are way more significant than that. They have the ability to inspire people to reach their dreams, to represent others, and to gain self-worth. Sports perpetuate healthy living and even provide athletes the careers that they worked so hard for. 

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