September 28, 2012
The NHL lockout sucks

Right about now I should be looking forward to hockey, but its hard when there’s a lockout in the air.  And folks, it doesn’t look like its going anywhere soon.  But, for the first time in decades, there is SOMETHING ELSE EXCITING IN DC SPORTS!  
Brace yourself - Brace Yourself Playoffs are coming 

The once woeful Nationals are going to the playoffs!  I want to get back to posting on a semi-regular basis, and a lot of it will probably have to do with baseball.  I haven’t really tumblrd during baseball season, but I love the game, and I’ve been following the Nats all year.  I’ll have some opinions to throw around. 

Some other topics might be fantasy football (FU AARON RODGERS), college football, school, and the usual complement of reblogs and personal posts.  And oh yeah, THIS GUY:
The Original Photos:

It’s so nice having multiple relevant franchises.  It’s been a while tumblr, but it’s good to be back.

May 12, 2012
caps game day

Well, here we are again: another game 7.  The Caps were in this same spot 3 years ago; after winning a 7 game series in the first round, they went the distance again in the second.  The result of that game?  A 6-2 thrashing by the Penguins on their way to win the Stanley Cup.  But that was then, this is now.  I can’t see anyone scoring 6 goals on the Capitals right now, Dale Hunter has them playing great playoff hockey for the first time since Ovechkin arrived.  Expect this to be another close, nail-biting affair.  

After the break: Jeff Halpern, faceoffs, and what this could mean for the franchise:

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May 11, 2012
thoughts and previews

I don’t really have much to say, but I don’t feel like going to sleep quite yet.  I’m out of school and home, which means I have another 24 hours or so of novelty before summer boredom sets in.  I didn’t get my internship (stupid CS majors, taking software positions) , so it’s scramble time.  My final exam grades are coming out slowly, and not looking too hot.  This is what I like to call the I-should-have-tried-harder-on-those-homeworks period, between depressing test scores and final           (hopefully curved) grade releases.  

It’s been a fun 6 months or so with all of you fellow tumblrers: my friends IRL, the people I don’t know, all the Caps fans that have stopped by for the occasional ”caps game day” post, and that one angry Flyers fan who I pissed off.  A big thanks to all the people who follow me; that is the point of these things, right?  This sounds like something you’d write in a yearbook, but I’m not going anywhere, if you were wondering.  I might blog more random stuff over the summer, but I think I’ll keep this space mostly personal and/or about DC sports.  Expect a transition to the Nationals once the ice melts, and then on to the gridiron as I delve hard core into my Hokies, RGIII and the ‘Skins, and whatever I call my fantasy team.  At least one of them should be successful.  So there’s a State-Of-My-Tumblr address for you folks.

Sometime on Saturday I will post a good Caps post for Game 7, so stop by for that if you’re interested.  

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Filed under: capitals summer sports 
April 16, 2012
caps game day

Let’s do this, ladies and gents.  After two nail biters in Beantown, the Capitals return from Boston with a tied series, some defensive momentum, and a confident goalie.  

Let’s start with the defense.  Each game has been close and tightly played, and it seems to be working in the Capitals advantage.  Game 1 was lost on an odd man rush, something the Caps had held in check the first 61 minutes.  They won Game 2 by playing even better defense, eventually putting a second goal home after some great cycle work.  The Capitals seem determined to hold the league’s second-best offense in check, and unlike the team who lost so many lopsided affairs in the regular season, they are.  This may be the best post-season hockey played by a Washington squad since Ovechkin came to town.  The goals will come when the top line isn’t facing Zdeno Chara, possibly the best defenseman in the league, and one who directly counters Ovechkin’s signature moves with his exceptionally long reach.  For now, I love the effort he (and all his teammates watching the C on his sweater) are putting out.  Ovechkin is reveling in the contact, seeking out Chara and his linemate Seidenberg for collisions akin to train wrecks.  I’m not worried about the offense at all, they’re playing the right way and will eventually be rewarded.  If you expected Tim Thomas to turn into a sieve, I’m sorry.  

Pittsburgh can keep their 4-goals-and-a-loss games to themselves, I’d much rather see the Caps play buttoned up and win.  It’s still a long way to go before we can look ahead, but for now lets enjoy a team that looks like it has finally learned how to play playoff hockey.

Some other quick notes:

  • would love to see Joel Ward earn some of that money we’re paying him
  • Braden Holtby is turning in yet another great performance by a Capitals   untested young goalie
  • great to see Backstrom score
  • if you’re reading this and going to the game, you could do worse than RMNB’s signs and masks for some Tim Thomas mockery.  In case you’ve forgotten, Tim Thomas snubbed a certain resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Regardless of your political leanings, this could make for a hilarious crowd picture.  And if it bother Free Citizen Timmy, well, that offense could turn around faster than expected.

As always, 
Rock the Red and UNLEASH THE FURY!!!

From the Washington Post, courtesy of The Washington Capitals 

April 5, 2012
caps game day

PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!!!!!!!

I’M SO FUCKING EXCITED YOU ALL HAVE NO IDEA.  THIS TEAM CAN STILL BE GREAT, I BELIEVE!

Get well soon Neuvy, hope Holtby can hold down the fort while you’re out.  Nice call by Laich before the game, its PLAYOFF TIME!!!  Or, it will be soon.  Lets go Caroline, whip up on Florida Saturday while we take care of business against the Rangers.

PLAYOFFS!

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Filed under: caps capitals hockey nhl playoffs 
April 1, 2012
caps post game

Don’t scare me like that, dammit!  Shootouts take years off my life, especially when we stumble ass-backwards into them (thanks for all the bailouts Neuvy).  At least Buffalo lost the border war with Toronto, so now the Caps are now alone in 8th place.  They close to within 2 points of Ottawa (7th) and Florida (3rd by virtue of the Southeast Division throne), although both those squads have a game in hand on the boys from DC.  If we make the playoffs, I will dye my hair red change my theme to the one found on the great tumblr http://capsfaninpenguinland.tumblr.com/.  Maybe one day…

gl&gn 

March 31, 2012
saturday tumblr procrastination post/ caps game day

There are three games I’ll be paying attention to today: both Final 4 matchups and the Capitals game against Montreal.  I’m rooting for Louisville against Kentucky, because underdog.  In the other national semi, I’m pulling for Ohio St. because my Grandfather went there.  

And now the Caps.  It’s been a while since I wrote about them, but they’ve been depressing me.  Ovechkin was getting hot, Holtby was looking good, and they were coming back home to face Buffalo in the biggest game of the year.  I had big hopes for them, but as been the case all too often this season, they dropped the ball puck.  After   pulling out a shootout win over Boston, the Caps were given a new lease on their playoff life last night as Florida and Buffalo failed to gain any points.  If the Capitals can get a full 4 points over two teams near the basement of the Eastern Conference in the next couple games, it will go a long way in keeping them on the ice well into April.  Oh, and Nick Backstrom is back on the ice tonight. 

It’s time to put together a winning streak.  It’s time play hard all 60 minutes.  It’s time to get to the playoffs.  It’s time to rock the red. 

UNLEASH THE FURY!!!!!!!
 

March 24, 2012
Backstrom update

From the Washington Post: “The Capitals’ star center has been cleared for full participation in practice with no restrictions”

And there was much rejoicing 
 

February 20, 2012
not sure if the caps actually showed up, but the box score says they lost 5-0

The Caps are now 3-6-1 in February.  That’s bad, especially if you’re still trying to make the playoffs.  For some cross sport comparison, the Wizards have posted a 3-7 mark in the same span.  THE WIZARDS ARE AWFUL.  It’s even worse when the most recent loss came against the worst team in the East, and they out shoot you 40-17.  Jeff Schultz had more shots than Alex Ovechkin, with only 2.  Many people would be happy with Schultz not taking any; if he outshoots the Capital’s star player, something has gone terribly wrong.  

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Filed under: capitals 
February 1, 2012
caps game day

Back end of a 2 day 2 game set, this time against the Panthers.  Watchin’ the game with bitches lovely friends tonight.  Caps are trying to hold onto the top spot in the SE conference, and bounce back from a 4-3 OT loss against the Lightning last night.  Broadcast started at 8, but the puck hasn’t dropped yet.

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Filed under: capitals panthers 
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