Monthly Archives: May 2009

OFB on Kindle

You now have a new way to read OFB. In addition to our RSS feed, Twitter feed, and email delivery, you can now read OFB on Amazon’s Kindle. Continue reading

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On Roller Coasters and Live Hockey in Hershey in June

Take a moment to appreciate what the Hershey Bears accomplished over the holiday weekend. I was in Hershey last Saturday night when Providence stunned the Bears in game 1, and entering the third period of game 2 on Sunday, the two teams were deadlocked, and with Tuuka Rask making the Hershey faithful recall Carey Price and 2007’s Calder run disappointment, and with games three through five of the series to be contested in Providence, it wasn’t clear that we’d be seeing hockey in Giant Center again this season. I took the elevator out of Giant Center late Saturday night with Bears’ radio voice John Walton and the Patriot News’ Tim Leone. In his conference finals preview Leone had predicted a Hershey triumph in five games. Walton joked that if things didn’t turn out better on Sunday, my visiting privileges from bad playoff karma D.C. would be revoked. Continue reading

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2009 Calder Cup Finals Schedule

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Hershey Wins Series 4-1, Advances to Calder Cup Finals: Bears 5, Bruins 2

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I Took a Mistress This Holiday Weekend — Her Name Is Golf

Golf is an acquired taste, hobby, passion, obsession, devotion. I acquired it early in life, when my Uncle Mike sawed down an adult set of irons for me and wrapped genuine leather grips on them before my 8th birthday. Gifts of passion are always the best kind. Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2009

This photograph was taken by Getty Images photographer John Moore on Memorial Day in 2007. You can find his account of the day and the photograph at the Getty Images blog. Take a moment, give it a read and remember the reason for today’s holiday. Continue reading

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Hershey Takes 3-1 Series Lead: Bears 3 / Bruins 2 – OT

Hershey Takes 3-1 Series Lead: Bears 3 / Bruins 2 – OT Continue reading

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Puck Newbies and Their First Viewing of ‘Slapshot’

Early last autumn I chronicled the story of two young transplants to D.C. from hockey-indifferent origins who got swept up in Red Fever, and purchased a ticket plan for the Caps in 2008-09. More good news concerning that pleasant young couple John and Victoria: their puck disciple-dom progresses — recently they went to a local movie theater to see ‘Slapshot’ for the first time. Continue reading

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Hershey Takes 2-1 Series Lead: Bears 6 / Bruins 4

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Five Key Caps’ Roster Questions for Summer 2009

I’ve decided that going forward it ought to be a lead organizational aim to have either the parent or an affiliate playing hockey still on Memorial weekend. The Bears are — they resume the Eastern conference finals tonight with game 3 in Providence, and play again Sunday and Monday.
And in point of fact, both Capitals’ affiliates are still competing in the postseason. The South Carolina Stingrays begin their participation in the Kelly Cup finals tonight in Alaska. Last year some of my particularly partisan readers took issue with my referencing Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s enthusiasm for hockey, but I thought it of mild interest that her name has surfaced again this week with our sport: she and South Governor Mark Sanford have a wager on the Kelly Cup finals. Continue reading

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