When it came to sports chants, Washington has always came in second to Baltimore. The Orioles had "Boog" Powell, "Ed-die, Ed-die ..." Murray, and chant "ohhh" during the anthem. Where does departed Chris Cooley rank on this list of D.C. athletes who inspired chants?
5. Nick Weatherspoon » For three-plus seasons, the gangly, streak-shooting Bullets forward was fueled by chants of "Spoooon" at the Capital Centre as an instant-offense reserve.
4. Brian Magid »
For two seasons each at Maryland and GW, the long-distance bomber inspired chants of "shoot." If the Montgomery Blair grad had been born 20 years later, after adoption of the 3-point line, he might have been All-ACC.
3. Alex Ovechkin » As his once-dominant game has faded, "Ovi" chants aren't what they used to be at Verizon Center, but they came back in force in this year's playoffs in response to the "Ovi [stinks]" chants of Rangers fans.
2. Fred Smoot »
Funny how you could always judge the amount of Redskins fans at a road game when "Coooley" made a catch or "Smoooot" made a defensive play. Even in a crowd of 80,000, a few dozen fans could always be heard.
1. Elvin Hayes » When the perennial NBA All-Star got the ball in the low post, Bullets fans began yelling "E." When he scored, it became an elongated "Eeeeee," filling the Capital Centre with the sound of celebration.
- Kevin Dunleavy