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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hockey, Diminished: Coughing up $100 for a Night of Referee Entertainment

NHL hockey diminishes itself with games like last night’s between the Caps and Oilers. What should have been a highly fast-paced, highly entertaining matchup between a contender today and one that fast appears to be being assembled for the near tomorrow devolved into a whistle-fest parade of rhythm-robbing minor penalties, devaluing the evening for paying […]

The Second-Best Way to Watch an NHL Game

While I love watching the Caps on TV, I enjoy watching other NHL games as well. In the past I’ve had NHL Center Ice, which provides basic functionality but not much else. I was never a huge fan of it because there was always a dearth of HD games, at least through Verizon FIOS. So when I heard that NHL GameCenter was available via the PS3, I was intrigued.

Reflections on the Post’s Survey of Our Sports Town Standing

If you haven’t read Dan Steinberg’s Washington Post essay on the District’s standing as a sports town, which ran on A1 this past Sunday, you really ought to. It’s underpinned by a significant survey of the region’s sports patronage/consumption patterns, and the analytical narrative Steinberg constructs is thoughtful and provocative. We’ve long known that we […]

Even Museums Are Taking Note of the Surging Caps

Is a record-setting start to the season really occasion for enshrinement in a museum? Well, for some while it’d been in the works to brings Alexander Ovechkin to Madame Tussauds to unveil his wax likeness there. But the timing of his arrival at the museum yesterday for it made for more fun. What a likeness […]

Grapes, on the Great Caps

These are heady times in HockeyWashington — check out the latest Hockey Night in Canada ‘Coach’s Corner’ segment wherein Don Cherry gives the Caps the ultimate compliment.

The Club That’s Needed Has Been Built

The sort of Capitals club I’d want to see contest an NHL postseason would be able to roll four lines almost interchangeably, impact achieved rather uniformly among them, and cumulatively, deliver an impact that wears down a quality opponent the longer games go. In the absence of possessing an authentic “shutdown” defenseman, this designer Capitals […]

The Undefeated (Caps vs. Red Wings)

Ted Starkey and I highlight several key factors of the Capitals’ 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the OFB TV video below (thanks to Chris Gordon for filming), but here are a few extra notes before you watch: – Out of the Capitals’ 7 goals, 2 came on the power play (the Capitals […]

Caps Are Last Undefeated in NHL: Caps 7 / Red Wings 1

Caps Deposit 5-spot at Wells Fargo: Caps 5 / Flyers 2

Verizon Center, Can You Hear Me Now?

Ok, I realize I’m using a tagline from one company for another, but AT&T Wireless customers are about to get more bars in more places. The company announced today that they just completed a new distributed antenna system inside the arena that should improve wireless service. From the press release: WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ […]