Category Archives: OFB in Russia

Morning Cup-a-Spirit: This Bigotry Against Babes, I Won’t Stand for It!

To read the reactions left only here related to the Caps’ plans, announced over the weekend, to introduce SpiritBabes to the team’s home games next season, you’d think management announced that Verizon Center was hosting 41 brothels next winter. It’s … Continue reading

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Where to Watch the Worlds

The 2007 edition of the World Championship Tournament found half of OFB watching the games live and in person. What about the other half? We, too, watched live — just not in person. Like last year, we don’t believe that … Continue reading

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To Russia (Hopefully) with Appreciation and Goodwill

Last spring Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis bank-rolled an act of unprecedented goodwill for hockey, dispatching two of his communicators and two OFBers to Moscow to cover hockey’s World Championships, in which a number of Caps competed. This coming offseason, he’s … Continue reading

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Smitten by the Siberian in Skates

Where was my friend Dmitry Chesnokov last night when I needed him most?†Near the start of†the 8:00 – 9:30 public skating session at†Cabin John Ice Rink†last night I was heart to heart†with a size 2, seriously English-challenged Siberian blonde bombshell … Continue reading

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Young Glory Draped in Old Glory

In the middle of this past hockey season consensus was that the 2007 NHL Entry Draft would offer up another strong showing by American prospects — seven or eight of them were likely to be tabbed in the first round. … Continue reading

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Moscow Bonus – Canada Gold

As we mentioned before our trip to Moscow, OFB would serve as the “DVD extras” to supplement the Caps’ official coverage of the IIHF World Championships, including photos and observations that didn’t make the cut for Caps’ site. Here’s the … Continue reading

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World Championship Widget

The following widget was the content distribution tool for the joint OFB / Washington Capitals coverage of the 2007 IIHF World Championship tournament in Russia. Admin Note: The World Championship Widget became unavailable after the NHL mandated that all teams … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Russian Food, Drink and Rubles

MOSCOW . . . I mean, BETHESDA — Driving back home through Bethesda this morning, the smell of two “everything” bagels filling the car and the sun shining brightly, I was struck by how adaptable people can be. In a … Continue reading

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SkyBlog: A Few Words About a Thousand Pictures

Somewhere over Europe, at 30,000 feet –†As a traveler, I’m not much of a picture-taker. Instead, the images I form of a foreign culture and its distinguishing traits I collect from hours of interactions with its people. I seek out … Continue reading

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Faraway, So Close

MOSCOW — Some reflections on the Russian hockey arena experience at the Worlds: Let The Music Do The Talking As expected, Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Hockey Song” is not on the standard Russian hockey arena playlist. The song did, however, … Continue reading

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