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.
I finally found the Sports Illustrated cover story on Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper by Tom Verducci. Here it is:
“O.K., BRYCE HARPER, AS A ROOKIE YOU PUT UP THE BEST SEASON BY A TEENAGER IN HISTORY. GUESS WHAT? IT’S TIME FOR YOU—AND THE REST OF LAST YEAR’S SMASHING ROOKIE CLASS—TO DO IT AGAIN. NOW ABOUT THAT SOPHOMORE JINX …”
Sophomore jinx? More like SI cover jinx.
Speaking of the cover, D.C. Sports Bog interviewed the photographer who took the Harper cover photo at the Lincoln Memorial. In short — it was really cold and Harper didn’t complain.
This we didn’t need.
Bryce Harper has become the second Washington Nationals Sports Illustrated cover boy; Stephen Strasburg was the first. When that happened, DC Sports Bog noted that DC sports coverboys haven’t always been bad omens.
UPDATE: Ghosts of DC notes that Harper is only the third D.C. baseball player on the cover, joining Strasburgh and Roy Sievers, a 1958 coverboy. Ted Williams was also on the cover as manager in 1969..
Also, Harper shouldn’t he be wearing the home whites. Why couldn’t he have gone with stirrups too? Need to wear solid black shoes too.
Of course, I’ll probably get a copy
41 days until opening day…
We all know about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Less well-known is the USA Weekend cover jinx. Looking at last week’s edition, it is pretty clear why Stephen Strasburg gave up 6 runs in less than 5 innings in last night’s loss to the Florida Marlins:
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SI Strasburg cover jinx is real & Chicago gets its revenge
Oh no, Stephen Strasburg is on the SI cover