16 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: January 2008

A Strategy To Take Back Our National Song

Two of the world’s most beautiful national anthems will be played tonight at Verizon Center, but only one will be profaned. Tonight, Montreal’s hockey club and its press corps will, sadly, be re-introduced to the Washington virus infecting our national anthem: when the surly, sauced, and stupid sully the American National Anthem with Baltimore’s bastardization. […]

Youppi!: Mascot Extraordinaire

As I was reading Washington Times writer Corey Masisak’s blog today, I was surprised to read this: I went in a souvenir stand to see what people can buy. There are 10 – yes, 10 – player t-shirts including guys like Guillaume Latendresse, Carey Price (regardless of the fact that he is in the AHL […]

The Ashburn Diaries, Winter 2008

Like the Capitals recently, the Redskins find themselves in search of a successor coach.¬†Any and all¬†similarity of operations ends there. What is ensuing now in the¬†Great Search¬†is, predictably,¬†high burlesque,¬†a lavish local sports soap opera. ¬† The Capitals had both a qualified general manager and an appropriately removed-from-hockey-decisions owner involved in their search. The Redskins have […]

Optimism, Cynicism, and the Ovechkin Contract

So perhaps second only to the excitement surrounding the Capitals’ resurgence under Coach Boudreau is the buzz about Alex Ovechkin’s record-setting thirteen-year, $124 million contract. Many Capitals fans are thrilled that the team has shown such commitment to Ovechkin and to the fans; others are worried the deal, for various reasons, will come back to […]

An Outdoor Game in Hershey?

Now that the NHL has had some outdoor games, what about the AHL? Tim Leone of the Patriot-News had some intriguing information in a post on The Sports Blog: Dave Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL, said today the league is considering the idea of having an outdoor game and that Hersheypark Stadium would […]

First Brashear, Now Green

This isn’t about contract extensions, but you will be able to ask about it. The ESPN Zone hosted a question and answer session with Donald Brashear back in November. They’re hosting their second of four, this time with defenseman Mike Green. Capitals defenseman Mike Green will be at ESPN Zone on Wednesday, January 30th to […]

Boudreau Love on ESPN Page 2

As part of Patrick Hruby’s Week In Review quiz, question #32 is: After the Washington Capitals posted a .500 record for the first time since October, coach Bruce Boudreau: (a) Told reporters the team had “officially reached mediocrity” (b) Floated away on a cloud of sheer awesomeness While that’s the only hockey-related question this week, […]

"Outdoor Hockey Is Beautiful"

That’s the sentiment of a couple of Minnesotans behind the making of the documentary¬†‘Pond Hockey’,¬†now in¬†final editing and awaiting a distributor. The filmmakers believe it’s mere weeks from showing at a theater near you. Eighty minutes of cinema we can’t wait for; sure looks like we have another OFB night at the movies looming. The […]

"It's Good to be Ovie"

It is good to be Ovie. Alexander Ovechkin won over the fans during the Breakaway Challenge at the All-Star SuperSkills competition last night. Take a look: What will AO have for us this evening during the All-Star game? Perhaps more potato chips?

Waives Crash On Beech, Again

Kris Beech is on his way back to Pittsburgh, his fourth NHL team this month. The Pens grabbed Beech off waivers as the Capitals attempted to assign him to Hershey.