Bruce Boudreau’s revenge? Hockey News says Capitals will lose to Ducks in Stanley Cup Finals

In what looks to be another example of irrational exuberance regarding Washington, The Hockey News is picking the Capitals to face the The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Ducks for the Stanley Cup final.

Being the prohibitive favorite has been just great for the Nationals (who are a lock for second place) this year and in 2013; lousy, stupid Sports Illustrated. Now another national, err international pub is playing this game.

The Bruce Boudreau Bowl would make an interesting storyline in at least a couple of cities like ours and Anaheim, I guess. I just don’t see the Caps being a conference champion and expect the traditional second-round exit, sight unseen. At least they Caps weren’t picked to win the Cup.

But maybe this cover jinx will be on D.C.’s opponents, so ha ha Mighty Ducks!

Also, it’s too early for this but like Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers, seasonal creep is real.

That being said, I’d much rather think about the Caps than the burgundy and gold… Woof, that’s going to be a rough season.

Oh and since the diaspora is likely to chime in, I’ll link to the “Dave Steckel, destroyer of worlds” article about the Pittsburgh Penguins that ran in the Tribune-Review (Greensburg).

Also, Washingtonians, let’s talk about some Saturday afternoon broomball sometime.

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UniWatch: DC is 14th best dressed sports city

Once again, Paul Lukas of UniWatch has ranked the uniforms of the big 4 sports leagues and is now organizing it by city. In the past, I’ve tabulated those rankings myself, so I’m glad he spared me the work.

Lukas broke the rankings into two tiers — 3 or more team cities and 2 team cities. He also considered the venues of the teams as part of the overall aesthetic.

D.C. (Nationals, Capitals, Redskins, Wizards) came in 14th (again) out of 20 3 or more cities. Here’s the UniWatch list:

Boston
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Philadelphia
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
New York/New Jersey
Toronto
Detroit
Dallas
St. Louis
Los Angeles/Anaheim
Miami
Twin Cities
DC
Phoenix
Cleveland
Houston
Denver
Tampa/St. Petersburg
Atlanta

Wait – no way are we worse than Miami, the Twin Cities, St. Louis (who won’t be on the three team list after the Rams move back to L.A. or perhaps London if that fails), Dallas or Toronto. So, at worst we’re #9. No bonus points for everybody wearing a shade of red at least some of the time either?

That isn’t to say that our teams could use some improvement. The Nats need to drop the front numbers and reinstate the interlocking DC and navy road cap. “Capitals” needs to be capitalized and some more red on the road whites is in order. The Wizards stand out despite the limited palette of a basketball jersey, but how about some block numbers? The Redskins, well that’s a whole thread of it’s own, but I’ll suggest they return to burgundy pants with the white jerseys. The ketchup and mustard look has grown on me though.

UPDATED: On DC Sports Bog (The Post), Clinton Yates defended DC’s uniforms.

While Lukas is SO VERY WRONG on D.C.’s ranking, he did get something right that too many area MSM’s don’t:

I also considered lumping Baltimore and DC into one metro area. But after consulting with several fans from both cities, I decided to treat them as separate entities. This meant that DC made the primary list of 20 big-market cities and Baltimore was relegated to the list of two-team cities.

As for other cities…Chicago would be my #1. Too many NFL teams messed up their uniforms and hold their city back. I’m looking at you Eagles and Broncos. Oh and when the Rams head back to L.A., they should add some gold jerseys.

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Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” was turned into a TV series featuring a Washington baseball team

New to me — through Mark Hornbaker’s Washington D.C. Baseball History Facebook group, I learned that Jim Bouton starred in a sitcom based on his book, Ball Four. Unlike the book that detailed his time on the Seattle Pilots, the team here is called the Washington Americans. The opening features a shot of RFK Stadium:

It apparently lasted five episodes, though the whole season was filmed. Harry Chapin sang the opening song and former Oakland Raiders great Ben Davidson made his triumphant return to Washington (he played for the 1962-1963 Redskins), so it couldn’t have been all bad. I’ll admit, it’d be fun to have an Americans replica jersey.

Has anybody milked a book for as long as often as Bouton did with Ball Four?

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