F903 Fall 2018 History of Pro Sports in Washington (Are We Cursed?)
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 18–Oct. 9
Instructor: Steve Greenhouse
Washington is the home of four major professional sports franchises; one, the major league baseball team, dates back to 1901 (with an unfortunate gap from 1973 to 2004). The other three teams are each at least 43 years old. While there have been many moments of glory and a few championships, mostly won by the Washington Redskins football team (five in 81 seasons), there also have been long periods of mediocre play and very few important victories. This course traces the history of the four teams, including high and low points, their greatest players, their management travails, and the cultural issues that have influenced their history. A pessimist might conclude there is a curse on DC’s teams—a dark cloud under which they must forever play their games! Or could the Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship in 2018 change things?
Steve Greenhouse is a retired electrical engineer who worked in the space communications field for the last 35 years of his career. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Catholic University. Greenhouse has been a long-suffering fan of all four of Washington’s pro sports teams. He looks upon the extensive preparation and presentation of this course as both a challenge and an educational experience.