Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. there is broomball at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston, Arlington. I think it is going on tomorrow night too. Last week it cost me $7 to play. It is worth noting that a broomball shootout would be an excellent way to settle La Coupe Hauxer.
Also, did you see the new washingtoncaps.com? The NHL has just adopted a league wide template for team sites and I have to say it is an improvement. The old site took too long to load.
Winning over Richmond – Times-Dispatch A look from Richmond’s paper of record about what kind of marketing Washington teams are doing in Virginia’s capital. In short, the Redskins are very active down there while the Wizards are getting more active. The Capitals focus most of their out of town marketing on Baltimore, but have a little bit of history in Richmond. D.C. United has a friendly relationship with the Richmond Kickers. The Nationals want to expand their reach there seeing it as the “largest out of town source for fans.” In a more perfect world, they’ll be able to snag the city’s AAA team from Atlanta, but don’t count on it.
I went to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex last weekend with the hope of playing broomball. Unfortunately, only two others had similar intentions so we didn’t get to play. I am going to try again this Friday at 6:45 p.m. Come over and join the fun! Or more accurately, come over and make sure the fun happens.
I ordered my Capitals Uniform Unveiling/Draft Party tickets this afternoon. The Red Rink, where the jersey will actually be unveiled, were gone by the time I ordered, so I’ll be at the Blue Rink, unless somebody wants to hook me up with Red Rink tickets. Either way, it should be a lot of fun.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — I caught the final Capitals game of the season on Saturday with MC Hamme and my co-worker Fred, a Western NY native. Fred was pleased to see the Buffaslugs win 2-0.
The Sabres fans were loud and proud. However, I had a few answers for all the “Let’s go Buff-a-lo” chants:
“Go back to Buff-a-lo”
“Where’s Thurman’s helmet?”
“Music city mir-a-cle!”
“no GOAL no GOAL”
“Wide right, wide right”
“Can’t beat Dall-as”
I couldn’t come up with a good 1998 one; I’ll have to work on that in the offseason.
Generally speaking, most Sabres fans shut up when I threw one of those out there. Some even laughed though there was one guy in a beer line who answered back “we’re in the playoffs, what do you got?”
I responded “three Lombardi trophies” and he shut up. Heh.
Other than that guy, I’d say the Buffaslug fanbase is much less annoying/dangerous than the Pengyunz fans. Others disagree though.
The game was pretty exciting, though the Caps kept refusing to shoot the puck in their own end for a while. Once they did, Buffalo’s goaltender Ryan Miller was stopping everything. It was that kind of game and year for the Capitals.
My Ovechkin banner disappeared while I was in a concession line. I was hoping to hold onto that to give to my boss a few weeks before my review.
The ‘tron teased the return to red, white and blue uniforms throughout the game. That is when they were not giving away prizes to seemingly every row other than ours.
By the way, the second season of La Coupe Hauxerended in a tie. If the Devils and Pengyunz don’t meet in the playoffs, I’m lobbying for a shootout (street hockey or broomball) decide the winner. Anybody in the D.C./Balmer area have a goal and some street hockey sticks they can lend out for an afternoon?
Today is the last Capitals game of the season. It has been a long, frustrating one, but I’ll still be sorry to see it go. I’ll also be sorry to miss Japers Rink’s Happy Hour at Clydes. That looks like so much fun, but it conflicts with Easter plans. I’ll have to settle for reading all about it from Washington Hockey Daily.
Today, I will be in section 407, showing off my old school Caps sweater again. Joining me will be MC Hamme and my co-worker Fred, a Buffaslugs fan. So far, the Buffaslugs, the Prince of Wales trophy winners, own a 2-1 advantage over the Caps this season. They really don’t have much to play for while the Caps have pride on the line. A win or shootout loss will give the Capitals a higher point total than last season.
I don’t have much hope for tonight’s Capitals vs. Pengyunz game. The Caps are simply too young and too hurt for me to get too excited about their prospects of winning. The flightless birds on the other hand have finally gotten all of their high draft picks (earned by half a decade of futility and the NHL rigging the draft) to play well and could clinch a playoff birth with a win and an Islanders loss. So, why get excited? The answer is simple BROOMBALL.
Every season, the local Penn State Alumni chapter takes on the Temple West Pitt alumni in a game of broomball. Apparently, at one time Pitt was considered a serious rival. Generally, my feeling to this non-rivalry is “meh” — they need us more than we need them, but tonight is an exception. I have been able to play in the lasttwo matches (scoring both times) and am scheduled to tonight as well. I’m “wearing the C” too. So if you are a Penn Stater going to the game tonight, stick around afterwards and cheer us on.
You may know this boy from such classics as Let’s Get Pittarded (Run Up the Score!). Apparently, he is the son of a state representative and has become a folk hero in Arn City. Hopefully that’ll keep him from joining the Western Pennsylvania exodus to greater D.C.