Weeks ahead of Halloween, Caps fan Emelie Shany was thinking about the scariest costume she could think of.
After the Nationals collapsed to the Cubs, Emelie immediately knew what she wanted to be: The DC Sports Curse.
Since 1998, none of Washington DC’s “big four” (hockey, baseball, football, and basketball) sports teams have won or advanced to a conference title. According to ESPN, it’s the longest active postseason streak in sports.
So Tuesday night, Emelie — wearing a Caps jersey, a Nationals hat, a Wizards foam finger, and some of the most of the most depressing sports headlines you can imagine — went trick-or-treating holding up a big L.
— Not Christmas Yet (@capswinemom) October 31, 2017
Emelie further explained her inspirations in an email.
So I came up with the idea after the Nationals lost to the Cubs during their playoff run. I tweeted that I was going to be the scariest thing I could think of that was also a meme, the DC Sports Curse. I have to explain how real it is to my friends at school all the time because they just think that DC sports suck (although I’ve gotten a few believers since the Wizards and the Nats lost along with the Caps in their postseasons). I just thought it would be funny and niche and I basically had everything I needed for it at my disposal.
I used my Caps jersey, my Nationals baseball hat, and a Wizards foam finger to which I stapled on some cardboard to make the “L” (which I personally thought was hilarious). Then I looked up on google Caps lose in postseason, Nats lose in postseason, and Wizards lose in postseason and just copied what the headlines were from the past couple of seasons. That was probably the most difficult part because I read so many depressing headlines. Then I just printed those out and taped them on and voila, costume.
I think what really inspired me was how niche it was to the little community that I am now a part of on twitter. When I wore it at school, literally no one understood what it was and when I told them they kinda just nodded their heads like I was crazy. Honestly, I did it more for myself and those who would appreciate the humor in the tragedy that is being a fan of DC sports. Also, the curse began in 1998 which is the year I was born and so the caption I was one of those “it could totally apply to both me and the curse” which I thought was funny too.
Congratulations, Emelie. You just won Halloween.
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