Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hockey, Diminished: Coughing up $100 for a Night of Referee Entertainment

NHL hockey diminishes itself with games like last night’s between the Caps and Oilers. What should have been a highly fast-paced, highly entertaining matchup between a contender today and one that fast appears to be being assembled for the near … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Frankovic, Edmonton Oilers, Incompetent officiating, National Hockey League, NHL referees, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

The Second-Best Way to Watch an NHL Game

While I love watching the Caps on TV, I enjoy watching other NHL games as well. In the past I’ve had NHL Center Ice, which provides basic functionality but not much else. I was never a huge fan of it because there was always a dearth of HD games, at least through Verizon FIOS. So when I heard that NHL GameCenter was available via the PS3, I was intrigued. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Post’s Survey of Our Sports Town Standing

If you haven’t read Dan Steinberg’s Washington Post essay on the District’s standing as a sports town, which ran on A1 this past Sunday, you really ought to. It’s underpinned by a significant survey of the region’s sports patronage/consumption patterns, … Continue reading

Posted in Dan Steinberg, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Print, Washington Capitals, Washington Post, Washington the hockey town, Washington the would-be sports town | 7 Comments

Even Museums Are Taking Note of the Surging Caps

Is a record-setting start to the season really occasion for enshrinement in a museum? Well, for some while it’d been in the works to brings Alexander Ovechkin to Madame Tussauds to unveil his wax likeness there. But the timing of … Continue reading

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Grapes, on the Great Caps

These are heady times in HockeyWashington — check out the latest Hockey Night in Canada ‘Coach’s Corner’ segment wherein Don Cherry gives the Caps the ultimate compliment.

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The Club That’s Needed Has Been Built

The sort of Capitals club I’d want to see contest an NHL postseason would be able to roll four lines almost interchangeably, impact achieved rather uniformly among them, and cumulatively, deliver an impact that wears down a quality opponent the … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman, Jeff Halpern, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Old Time Hockey, playoff hockey, Tomas Vokoun, Troy Brouwer, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 7 Comments

The Undefeated (Caps vs. Red Wings)

Ted Starkey and I highlight several key factors of the Capitals’ 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the OFB TV video below (thanks to Chris Gordon for filming), but here are a few extra notes before you watch: … Continue reading

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