Today is the 25th anniversary of the Washington Redskins last Super Bowl victory and the last D.C. championship in the four major sports (football, baseball, hockey, basketball). DC United has won several MLS championships since then.
Washington crushed Buffalo that day, sending the Bills to their second consecutive Super Bowl loss; two more would follow. Only the Capitals have even played for a championship since then, the 1998 Stanley Cup finals against the Detroit Red Wings. It didn’t go well, though they beat the Buffalo Sabres to get there.
I remember telling a friend that year that the NFC was the Redskins to lose — the Dallas Cowboys were a year away, the New York Football Giants lost Bill Parcells, the San Francisco 49ers were in transition and the NFC Central was the NFC Central, so no worries. Washington hosted the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions the playoffs — there was no way either of those teams would come into RFK Stadium and win. Just impossible. The Hogs, the Posse, Byner and Riggs and Mark Rypein (Super Bowl XXVI MVP) at his peak weren’t going to loss to dome teams in the playoffs. The Bills, were the Bills, so it was just about a foregone conclusion.
Here is the Super Bowl highlights film, narrated by Jeff Kaye:
I also remember that the great Glenn Brenner died right after the NFC Championship.
Who’d have thought we’d still be waiting for another parade now?