A tale of two much different looking front pages for big dailies on Thursday, with the Washington Post offering a rare but much welcomed exhibit of Capitals’ playoff triumph above the fold, in glorious color, while the New York Daily News wallowed in its city’s hockey heartache and agony.
The Post’s Metro section on Thursday also brought more fun for the region’s hockey fans — word of one local family’s longstanding allegiance to the Burgundy and Gold shifting dramatically to the Red of Chinatown.
Columnist Robert McCartney’s account of the Bethesda, Md., Krogh family is must-read material for Capitals’ supporters, especially the local and long suffering who’ve endured decades of Redskin overkill here.
The Kroghs, McCartney reports, have had Redskins’ season tickets for more than 40 years, but starting next season they’re abandoning the Danny and embracing Ted’s troops. Especially telling about the respective reversal of fortunes for the two teams, according to the Krogh family: if they have extra Capitals tickets they have no problem recruiting takers for them, but they can’t give away their Skins’ seats. “While I can’t seem to get clients to go with me to a Redskins game, I can get them to go to a Caps game, no problem,” a Krogh told McCartney.
Then the family cites a litany of good reasons for the increasingly widespread Deadskins’ dissatisfaction — the need to devote the entirety of Sundays getting to, enduring, and returning from the games, feeling ripped off at every concession inside the stadium, and being surrounded by “falling down drunks” each Sunday. Well who wouldn’t want to endure such conditions, and at the cost of a moderate mortgage?
McCartney wonders how many other longtime Skins’ ticket holders have made such a dramatic switch of allegiance. It’s an intriguing question.
“By traditional standards, for a longtime Washington area family like the Kroghs, this is heresy. Sacrilege. An abomination,” McCartney writes.
It’s also a sign of the times.