Last month, Washington, D.C. area sports teams were the cure for dysfunction for opposing teams. This month (and more specifically, this week), however, has been the complete opposite. Move over, U.S. Federal Government, because Washington is now the home of getting opposing coaches fired.
In November, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier came to town while their respective teams were mired in slumps. But two big wins over the Wizards and Redskins, respectively, got the road team back on track.
Yet, within the last 24 hours, Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown and New Jersey Devils head coach John MacLean were both fired. What do they have in common? Both men coached their final game in Washington. Brown's Bobcats were destroyed by the Wizards 108-75 Monday, while the Capitals crushed the Devils 5-1 Tuesday. If Congress ever needs a new building, Verizon Center seems to have good luck in dictating change lately.
For all other coaches looking to get out of their current jobs, schedule games in Washington. We're looking at you, Mike Krzyzewski. Duke plays the Terps at Comcast Center February 2. Just in case.