Posts Tagged ‘washington capitals’

DC Sports hit a crossroad.

January 8, 2010

2008 was the year of change on the Hill.

2010 is the year of change for DC sports.

DC sports have it a crossroad. In the past decade, teams in the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have won only won title and that was Gary Williams and the Terrapins in 2002. Other than that, DC sports have been nothing short of futile.

Growing up in the DMV, I understand the frustration that arises from being a DC area sports fan. First there was optimism when Snyder bought the team and started trying to completely rebuild the franchise. Then Michael Jordan came and everyone was in awe of arguably the greatest player to ever grace Dr. Naismith’s court. Leonisis’ front office drafted what was supposed to be the greatest player since Gretsky. Oh, and DC United won a championship (which apparently no one cares about) and drafted the 16 year-old phenom named Freddy Adu.

Now, things are different. Mike Shanahan was introduced as head coach of the Redskins, weeks after salary cap genius Bruce Allen was brought in. Alex Ovechkin was granted the captains badge on his sweater for a team that has shown brilliance in the past few years. Abe Pollin is gone and while the Wizards looks promising, Gilbert Arenas has taken all the headlines with his upcoming gun possession charges. Oh, and if you care, Curt Onalfo was named head coach of DC United. But again, I’m guessing you don’t care.

So where do we go from here? No doubt Shanahan is expected to win a Super Bowl and bring back the glory to the Redskins. Will it happen? Possibly.

The Capitals are looking like a team that is poised to make a deep playoff run. Will it happen? Possibly.

Abe Pollin is gone, god bless his soul, and the Wizards are in more turmoil than ever. Flip Saunders was brought to town to stablize everything, yet things have fallen apart as they are near the cellar of the Eastern conference and Arenas has threatened the franchise with extreme possibilities of failure for the next decade.

Where do we go from here?

Up. Hopefully.

But will it happen?

Will Snyder be able to take a step back and understand he doe not have to be as hands on?

Will Bruce Boudreau finally have a team worthy of Lord Stanley’s cup?

Will Leonsis be able to reorganize the Wizards after a fiasco as enormous as the Arenas situation?

All of these are interesting story-lines for a city desperate for a championship?

Will they be asnwered? Who knows.

Will Washington fans be happy if they are?

Probably not, but it will be a huge turnaround i any of these franchises find their way out of the professional sports cellar.

Oh, did I not mention the Nationals. Yeah, probably for the best.

Rolling Stone should stick to music.

November 2, 2009

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Rolling Stone ran a piece about the Redskins this month, an article I refused to read because, well, I don’t care what a magazine about music thinks about a football team. Matt Taibbi penned the article, ripping the Redskins ownership and DC Sports altogether. The worst part is Taibbi fails to recognize the only successful franchise in the district. Yeah, he ripped the caps. Via DC Sports Bog:

You have a responsibility to deliver as a football owner when you live in a city whose only other diversions are a basketball team that used to be called the Bullets and a once-good baseball team that used to be called the Montreal Expos (before someone decided to douse its players in [stink] juice, dress them up in bright-red uniforms that appeared to have been stolen off the backs of two-and-a-half-star-hotel bell captains, and bus them to Washington). The Redskins are the only real pro-sports franchise in the nation’s capital….

The Capitals have been the biggest draw for DC sports fans with higher attendance in 2008 than the ‘Skins, Wizards and Nationals. Let’s be honest, the Capitals are one of the best teams in the NHL and have a great young team headed by one of the most recognizable hockey players in the world.

Maybe next time Taibbi should do some research or actually present himself as a rational sports fan that knows what he’s talking about. If he wanted to make a good point about how terrible the Redskins ownership and front office, he would have been better off comparing it to the Capitals ownership group. Ted Leonsis has done a phenomenal job since buying the team from Abe Pollin and deserves some respect. Good thing actual DC sports fans respect that and have bought season tickets at a record rate.

Monday Links: Wilk Mckean loves ‘merica.

June 22, 2009

Backstrom Dons NHL10 Cover In Europe. The Caps land another player on the cover of a video game. Very nice. [Capitals Kremlin]

Giant Cowboys Stadium LED wall caught playing Xbox 360 during downtime Update: Video! Can I play Madden on this thing? Please? [Engadget]

Trouble with the wife. You know, I think I’ve had the same problem before. I’m like Dr Phil with advice on this subject. [Buzz Feed]

So you’re saying there’s a chance. Rock the Red enlightens us with every teams odds at winning the Stanley Cup next year. Detroit is the favorite at 5-1. Meanwhile, the Caps are sitting at 10-1. I like those odds. [Rock The Red]

Vernon Davis: Outdoorsmen. Apparently wearing a man-purse (aka murse) is acceptable at outdoor events. Ok? [With Leather]

Barry Likes “The United,” Doesn’t Like “Redskins.” Only Marion Barry could smoke crack with a prostitute and disrespect two DC franchises in one interview and still get elected as a council member. [DC Sports Bog]

Joe Flacco + Rap = Headache. Really bad rap video from some rapper in Baltimore. Want to hear Flaccos name in a rap song? Me neither, but it’s in here. And by the way, Baltimore is probably one of the worst cities in America. [FanArchy Doghouse]

Brian “Boom Goes The Dynamite” Collins Career At Waco’s KXXV Is Over? Say it ain’t so. [Busted Coverage]

Coming Soon? (Brett Favre) Oh really, he decided to come back. I had no idea he was even thinking about it. I hope he sucks so bad Brad Childress has to put Tavaris Jackson back in. [Intentional Foul]

New Inglourious Basterds Trailer. Honestly can’t f-ing wait for this movie. [Gunaxin]

Weekend wrap-up: THREE new champions and I missed them all. G’damnit.

June 15, 2009

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I suppose it’s wrong to give you a wrap-up on a weekend of sports I didn’t even have a chance to watch but I’ll do it anyway.

Friday: I worked, Penguins won. Double fml. Not cool. The Stanley Cup and the Lombardi trophy now reside in the same city, which is cool if it were any other place than Pittsburgh. I bet those silly western Pennsylvanians think their Pirates will win as well. HA! HA I SAY!

The game 7 did bring in an audience of 9.07 million views on Friday, which is a big plus for a league that has been struggling for ratings since the lockout. It usually gives me chills the second a team wins a championship, but I really didn’t feel anything this time. I really hate the Penguins that much. I’ll at least be courteous and say congrats on winning it all.

Now back to making fun of them:

Crosby and Malkin: 2 girls, 1 cup.

Saturday: The Hershey Bears took down the Manitoba Moose (Meese?) for their record-setting 10th Calder Cup! I wasn’t working but I expected to miss this one 1.) I’m 1,000 miles away 2.) The AHL doesn’t exactly televise games. This win is important (at least to Capitals fans at least) because both of the Caps minor league affiliates have now won their respective league titles. The ECHL South Carolina Stingrays (like AA) also won their third Kelly Cup, which also happens to tie the record for the league! Congrats to all!

Sunday: Once again, another championship game I couldn’t watch. I had work. FML. The Lakers were able to finish off the series in Orlando with a 99-86 win.

Kobe won his first without Shaq and Phil Jackson is sure to still be smoking one fat-ass cigar in celebration of his record 10th NBA Championship. Phil Jackson may be the greatest, but I swear to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, if I hear ONE person comparing Kobe to Jordan, prepare for a beatdown. Be warned ESPN commentators. I know you’re stupid, but don’t make it obvious to the whole GD world.

In other news, Los Angeles, the city of Angels, burned to the ground last night. No, not because of rioters, but because Satan finally got his wish.

Off-season Caps round up: F-CK THE ‘GUINS.

May 26, 2009

It’s been a while since any there has been any content on the web about the Caps besides head coach Bruce Boudreau counting off the ridiculous amount of injuries the team was dealing with late in the season and into the playoffs. Now the talk is picking up about the season as a whole as well as which players contracts will be on the chopping block.

Ovechkin dug out of his hole for the first time since the Caps were eliminated to give an interview to Sovetsky Sport, a Russian media outlet. Puck Daddy was nice enough to translate the interview which you can see here. Favorite part: Dissing the Penguins.

Who do you feel for if the Stanley Cup? Ilya Kovalchuk confessed that he is rooting for the Penguins.

I wouldn’t say that I am feeling for the Penguins. I actually don’t care who wins the Cup. If it’s Detroit, Chicago or Carolina, I won’t be upset.

But you also told Malkin and Crosby, when they knocked your team out: “Go ahead and win the Cup.”

That’s not what I said. I just wished them luck, that’s all. It won’t be some kind of a bonus for me if Pittsburgh wins the Cup and it will be like Washington lost to the eventual winner. It is a position of a loser.

It’s good to see a Washington player feeling the same way as the fans do about their rivals.

One of the players who will most likely be leaving the team is the fearless 39 year-old Russian, Sergei Federov. It is sad to see him go after he really stepped up and provided experience on one of the youngest teams in the league, but it is his time. His contract is too large to keep and his age is also a big factor. Luckily for the Ruschki, he’ll be going to the KHL to play with his brother while raking in a modest $3.8 million per season for two years of work. I want to wish him the best of luck and I won’t forget that amazing goal he had to eliminate the Rangers in game 7 this year.

Other players who will most likely not be on the roster next season:

Donald Brashear: $1.2 million per year, 39 year-old guy who didn’t produce as much as he should have in the playoffs (granted he was suspended for six games). Provided experience but is expendable.

Michael Nylander: Great player but he didn’t give the team any reason to retain him. $4,875,000 that can be spent somewhere else.

Jose Theodore: Played decently throughout the year until Varlamov stepped up and played 12 amazing playoff games. Varly will be the everyday goalie next year and there’s no reason to justify paying Jose four million.

Those are the three main players I don’t expect to see back. Kozlov may be let lose or traded for some more young players. Pothier, Steckel and Varlamov will be getting larger contracts and room needs to be made. I’d love to see all these back in red but it’s just not going to happen.

Other than that, here are some links from around the internetz:

Player report cards from around the internetz:

OnFrozenBlog

How much should the Caps be paying Backstrom?

Summary of all the Caps contracts

DON’T FORGET: This is a young team and will only get better with a solid farm team. And that’s exactly what they have in the Hershey Bears who defeated the Baby Bruins on their way to Calder Cup. Good years to come.

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In case you missed it.

May 12, 2009

CAPS TAKE GAME SIX IN OT OVER THE PENGUINS 5-4.

May 12, 2009
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) via DCProSportsReport

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) via DCProSportsReport

I THINK I’M STILL WRITING IN CAPS RIGHT NOW, THAT SHOULD wear off in a little, okay we’re back to normal now. I may be a little too into this series based on my allegiances but let’s be honest, there hasn’t been this much hype around a series in the second round of the NBA playoffs. If people aren’t noticing (which I find highly unlikely) they should be ashamed of themselves.

To be frank, this is the best thing that’s happened to DC sports since the Redskins won it all in ’93. People are getting into this and some of them finally know who Ted Leonsis is. I hate do go with the crowd talking about twitter but if you could hear random people yelling in the district, this is the kind of stuff they would be saying at 9:57 last night:

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Yeah, I felt the same way. The team just can’t get lazy in our house and let this slip away. If there was desperation in game 6, there should be a lot more in game 7. It’s been bad enough the fans have been pushed to their fifth elimination game in just two rounds of the playoffs. For a split second, I thought about reminiscing about this series but that would have highly premature because we’re still in for the chance to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. With the way things have been going so well this season, there should be a lot of faith in this team.

It really seems like everyone has come out in support for the best team in DC sports and that’s always a good

ZORN GOT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ON THE JUMBOTRON.

ZORN GOT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ON THE JUMBOTRON.

Other Notes:
3-Stars
(Wash) Viktor Kozlov 2 Goals
(Wash) Alexander Oveckin 3 assists
(Pitt) Sidney Crybaby 1 goal, 1 assist, lots of crying

Other DC Sports News:
-Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 29 games in the first inning last night.
-We didn’t have to watch the Wizards play. Thank god.
-Daniel Snyder is laughing at the other area sports teams. They’re not the Redskins.

Also:
Apparently they have nothing better to do in western Pennsylvania.

And don’t forget to follow me on twitter @RedZou

Varlamov stops Crosby short, makes him cry.

May 3, 2009

Everyone is saying the NBA playoffs this year are the best ever, with the Bulls taking the Celtics down to the wire and every team playing incredibly tough to stay in the hunt for the title. Well, I see your NBA playoffs and raise you the NHL playoffs. If you haven’t been watching, multiple series have gone to the seventh game with a handful of games coming down to the last 30 seconds. With the Bruins, Red Wings, Capitals, Penguins, Ducks, Canucks, Blackhawks and Hurricanes still in it, we’re going to be treated with a lot of great clips like the Varlomov save above.

The 21 year-old Varloamov had a great game, stopping 34 shots including this amazing stick save against Sidney Crosby. The best part about all the great play in the NHL playoffs is the fact that this is only the second round.

GAME 7 IS TONIGHT.

April 28, 2009

Game 7 of the Caps-Rangers game tonight, and what seemed like an easy win for the Caps, will be much harder as Washington will be without Brashear. The NHL claims it was for a “pre-game incident” and a “late hit,” but we all know why he was really suspended: the man is just trying to bring him down. THIS IS MADNESS!