24 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Ice Will Show Everything

That Beautiful Ex-Girlfriend, Toughness, Suddenly Back in Our Lives, Let’s Not Dump Her Ever Again

The era of peacenik puck in D.C. has ended. Mercifully. And emphatically. Good riddance. May it never return. Here’s its tally sheet: zero Cups won, one playoff series won (barely), zero opponents intimidated. (Ever.) Now, we’ll try something new, which is actually something old, which is actually something quite intrinsic to hockey. And which is […]

Reports: It’s a ‘Slapshot’ and Beer Wednesday Night in Washington

Jeff Marek among others is reporting that the Capitals have acquired St. Louis Blues’ left wing D. J. King, an enforcer’s enforcer. Jeremy Rutherford, who covers the Blues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is reporting that the Caps are sending Stefan Della Rovere the other way in this deal. Additionally, there are reports that the […]

In Central Pa., the Calder Cup Is Three Miles High

Engineers and construction workers in hard hats, utility communicators and administrative staff, even cafeteria workers expressed a common line of inquiry near 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Operating Station in Harrisburg. Pa.: Is it here yet? There was a palpable buzz at the power plant early yesterday afternoon, for the Hershey […]

Ted Leonsis Tackles Phone Booth Food Fears

ESPN.com released a report regarding health inspections conducted at all 107 NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA stadiums. Health issues are common in restaurants, of course, and minor violations are often impossible to avoid completely. But unfortunately (and, to me, surprisingly), the Verizon Center had the highest percentage of food vendors in violation among all 107 stadiums, tied with Tropicana Field.

I asked Ted Leonsis about the issue, as Monumental Sports & Entertainment recently assumed ownership of the arena. Mr. Leonsis, always eyebrow-raising in his impressive management and marketing savvy (not to mention his response time), almost immediately addressed the issue via his blog:

Caps Nation is Growing

Congratulations are in order to DC Sports Chick and her husband on the birth of their 2nd child (1st son). Mother and son are doing well, but very tired. We plan to have him blogging soon to give us his fresh perspective.

A Mid-Summer State of the Bears

Barely a month ago, the town of Hershey was ensconced in celebration.  Again. A fitting conclusion to the best season in AHL history — and arguably one of the greatest in all of hockey — the Bears hoisted the club’s 11th Calder Cup. But the revelry was short-lived.  Just days after the boys in Chocolate […]

A Fresh Independent Verdict: More Heft on the Back End Needed

A brand new Dan Rosen file for NHL.com examines seven NHL general managers worth watching in the weeks and months ahead, and it caught my attention most particularly for its diagnosis of the Capitals’ ongoing vulnerabilities. I swear I haven’t exchanged private Tweets or email with Rosen, who wrote this: “The Capitals were clearly a […]

Fedorov’s Latest Opponent: Judicial Estoppel

Wondering what Sergei Fedorov has been up to since he left the Caps (and NHL)? Do you enjoy terms like “judicial estoppel” and “joint stipulation”? How about fun names like “Googasian”? Then check out the latest on Feds’ legal wranglings as an alleged victim of a Ponzi scheme.

The End of a Precious Innocence

Yesterday Greg Wyshynski touted New Jersey General Manager Lou Lamoriello’s savvy manipulations of the league’s player movement regulations over the years. Also yesterday, the NHL ruled that DevilLou had become too clever by half with his work in this area. This morning, one of the league’s most respected accomplished managers looks a heck of a […]