Love Letter to Dan Steinberg

Dear Dan,

I wanna make out with you — in a Platonic kinda way.

Today, on the very front page of your newspaper, the Washington Post, you authored a stirring summary of the metamorphosis hockey has enjoyed in the nation’s capital. In your lead, you rightly noted that the Caps are enjoying “a surge of interest that rivals anything the franchise has experienced in its 35 years.” Soon thereafter, your investigatory efforts led you to suggest that the entirety of Verizon Center could well be sold out for hockey all of next season. Imagine.  

I particularly enjoyed the headline that accompanies the story’s jump: “Once Cold, Now Cool, the Capitals Have D.C. Abuzz.”

Right now, I want to be held. In your office. 

I want to commend you most particularly for the comparative context your front-page story offers. The Redskins, you pointed out, “who recently laid off employees in their front office, lost six of their final eight games last season and failed to make the playoffs for the 13th time since last winning the Super Bowl in 1992.” [Emphasis God’s.]

“Many of the Capitals’ new ticket buyers, ” you added, “explicitly point to those failures.”

Dan, since you’ve returned from spring training with the Nats, I’ve seen you at all the Caps’ home games. Are you going tonight? Do you have a date?

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11 Responses to Love Letter to Dan Steinberg

  1. Jeremy says:

    Every game sold out next season means trouble finding tickets and rising prices. It’s a double edged sword, but I guess I’ll take it. I do, however, miss getting upper-level, corner seats at the cheapest price and then sitting anywhere I wanted to. I guess I still have the Orioles to fall back on.

  2. Birdie says:

    everyone (well, Caps fans) need to give Dan some love, considering the remarkable amount of coverage he’s done this year, that fab article, and the beating he took from those crazy (and not in a good way) Pittsburgh fans over the last couple of days. Flightless Flopper fans may hate Dan, but Caps fans should love him. In a Platonic kinda way, of course.

  3. vt phil says:

    Yeah, as long time Caps fan, I think this bandwagon jumping is pretty crappy. I was at the Habs game last Wednesday and there was a group of four 20 somethings sitting in front of me. They proceeded to talk the way through the entire first two periods, missed every big play and questioned why they didn’t get more replays, openly mocked the Canadian National Anthem while it was being sung, and then left after the second. One of their topics of conversation was getting season tickets and where they wanted to sit.
    I love when true fans are there making the place a fantastic place to play. The band wagon jumpers who simply go because it’s the “hot ticket” I can do without.
    Plus they push up the ticket prices for those of us who can only afford a few games.

  4. hockeygrl76 says:

    While I’m really glad that the Caps now have a following I’m a little sad too b/c I know I won’t be able to afford tickets next year and it’s going to be hard for me to find tickets to individual game. This doesn’t really seem fair to me b/c I was here when the team sucked…oh well..that’s life I guess but I’m still sad!

  5. Jessie says:

    i’m totally with you- i was freaking out when i realized i probably wouldn’t be able to go to a single game next year
    good plan though- go in on a season ticket plan with 2 or 3 friends. you still get a discount and you get to go to a bunch of games, plus you can split this year’s playoff tickets. that’s what i did- sharing with 3 friends, which means each pair of us goes to about 20 games. it’s a good deal 🙂
    also- articles like this and the hockey husband anecdote are why i keep coming back to onfrozenblog. just sayin’.

  6. Jeremy says:

    It’s unbelievable to me that a group of 20-somethings who leave in the second period are considering season tickets. As a 20-something myself, I would love to have season tickets, but the reality is I can’t afford it. I’m grateful for the handful of games I can get to and would never dream of leaving early. The bandwagoners do annoy me, but if I had to choose between a winning team and a half-empty yet bandwagon free arena, I would choose the former.

  7. Mike Jones says:

    @VT Phil
    You sound like a junior high student who’s pissy his favorite indie band just showed up on MTV and started attracting more fans. For the caps to become more popular, you’re going to have to have bandwagon jumpers. They need to come from somewhere. No, not all those people are going to have the same level of hockey knowledge as you. But their lack of sitting through the dark years doesn’t cheapen, in any way, your fandom.
    Everyone enjoys a game in his or her own way, and if these ’20 somethings’ had a good enough time to want season tickets, so be it. It’s much better than having to sit next to a Pens fan, which was the reality not too long ago.

  8. NuftGoddess says:

    Nicely played, Sir!! i think everyone should be happy that the rest of the sports world is FINALLY coming around to how great hockey is and that, for the most part, the biggest reason for it is our boys in red =)

  9. vt phil says:

    @ Mike,
    I’m fine with new fans and try hard to bring new people to games. I remember a few years back when we sat in front of a group of girl scouts and it seemed like we spent almost 90% of the game turned round answering questions about hockey for them. We didn’t care and hopefully some of them have started to follow hockey after that game.
    I really don’t care if people have any hockey knowledge…that’s not the issue. My issue is people who treat games as nothing more than happy hour. They don’t make the game louder by being there, they don’t wear red, they don’t observe the wait for play to stop before getting up or sitting down rule, they scream “O” during the anthem.
    Again, hockey game not happy hour.

  10. Jessie says:

    i’m inclined to agree. it’s really cool that my friends have started asking me about the caps and how hockey works, and have started watching games on tv with me- there is such a thing as good bandwagoning. but the “fans,” i think, that vtphil is referring to are the people doing it to be cool/ able to tell their friends “OMG well III went to a caps game!”, not the people doing it because it actually has caught their attention and begun to pique their interest.

  11. Dan says:

    where’s the “love pucksandbooks” at the end?

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