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Past Perspectives: 2010 Is The New 1996

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The 2010 sports year has already brought in more than its fair share of excitement and disappointment to the District, but it's not as unique a year in D.C. sports history as you might think.

Though it may be only July, the year of 2010 has already been filled with enough highs and lows to fill a decade. From the Albert Haynesworth drama and the disappointment that surrounded the Wizards and the Capitals' early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, to the excitement that surrounded the Wizards winning the NBA Draft lottery and Stephen Strasburg's debut, it's certainly been an interesting calendar year in Washington.

That said, the crazy ups and downs of the 2010 season are not inherently unique to Washington sports history. Like everything else, sports events happen in cycles. As you turn back, the calendar, you'll see that it doesn't take long to find a year that bears some striking resemblances to the year we're going through at the moment.

2010 1996
What happened to the Redskins' starting quarterback from the previous season? Former first round pick and SEC legend Jason Campbell was traded to Oakland after failing to meet expectations as a Redskin. Former first round pick and SEC legend Heath Shuler was traded to New Orleans after failing to meet expectations as a Redskin.
How many draft picks did the Redskins make in this year's draft? Six Six
What position the Redskins address with their first round pick? Tackle Tackle
Is Joey Galloway playing in the NFL at this time? Yes Yes
How did the Capitals do in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? After jumping out to a 3-1 series lead, the Capitals wound up getting bounced in the first round. After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead, the Capitals wound up getting bounced in the first round.
How did Georgetown fare in the Big East Tournament? Lost in the championship game thanks to a late shot by Ray Allen. Lost in the championship game thanks to a late shot by Da'Sean Butler.
Who was Georgetown's best basketball player? Greg Monroe, who would be drafted as a lottery pick in this year's draft. Allen Iverson, who would be drafted as a lottery pick in this year's draft.
Who was Maryland's best basketball player? Greivis Vasquez, who would go on to be taken with the 28th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Keith Booth, who would go on to be taken with the 28th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
How did the Wizards fare this season? It was a tough year for the Wizards, who had to compete without several of their top players, due to suspensions and trades. One bright spot was Andray Blatche, who averaged 21.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists over the final month of the season. It was a tough year for the Wizards, who had to compete without several of their top players, due to injuries. One bright spot was Juwan Howard, who averaged 22.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists over the final month of the season.
Which No.1 overall pick will be expected to make a big impact in the upcoming season? John Wall, who was taken with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Chris Webber, who only played 15 games with the Bullets in the 1995-96 season due to injury.
Where did free agent Juwan Howard end up? Miami Miami Washington