No Bandwagoners Here

Watching the game from Section 426, a group of Capitals fans dispelled talk that they're mostly bandwagoners.

"There are just as many bandwagon fans in Philadelphia as any team in the league," said Brian Saphier of Gaithersburg.

"We're all Caps fans," added Josh Schuman, also of Gaithersburg. "But it does take a winning team to put fans in the seats -- for any team, in any sport."

Craig Keish of Annapolis, sitting in the next row down with three-year-old son August, stuck out of the red like a sore thumb with his now-vintage (yet fairly new) white Capitals jersey.

"I bought this jersey only a year or two ago," Keish said, shaking his head. "They're too expensive to just go and get a red one."

Also clad in the old team colors were longtime Capitals supporters Stephanie and Jeremy, who live in the District and say they just want more supporters of the team, bandwagoners or not.

"When we started coming earlier in the season, it was pretty empty in here," Stephanie said. "But then in February, it really started to fill up; the atmosphere was great."

"Whatever happens in the playoffs, we'll have a higher turnout here next year," Jeremy said. "And that's all we care about."

Jeremy, by the way, just purchased his own season tickets this year.

"The timing is bad," he said. "But really, it was all about having enough money. I'm not one of the bandwagoners!"

By Lindsay Applebaum |  April 13, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  | Category:  Capitals
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"There are just as many bandwagon fans in Philadelphia as any team in the league," said Brian Saphier of Gaithersburg.

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Is he serious? I guess that's why the Flyers still had one of the highest attendance rates last season (19,283 a game), when they finished with an amazing 56 points. Load up that bandwagon...

Posted by: Tim | April 13, 2008 6:18 PM

Lindsay, did you catch the fights in the stairwells? Ditch the bandwagon angle and cover the fights in the stands, the concourse.

Posted by: Cristiano | April 13, 2008 6:21 PM

Oh please. As the previous commenter said, Flyers sold out constantly even when they were having the worst season in their history.

Caps fans are so used to such a poor atmosphere that they may be a little deluded when it comes to what the rest of the league (especially a traditional hockey city like Philadelphia) is like.

The Caps seemed to think that they had already won the series because they played a good period to end game one. So did their fans. It was quiet, and an incredibly muted performance by both the Caps and their fans.

I wonder how many of these bandwagoners will even watch Game 3 on TV.

Posted by: Ben from Washington | April 13, 2008 6:24 PM

What went totally unnoticed because the Flyers won is that, at least through the first two periods, the officiating was completely biased toward the Caps. Even as a Caps fan I was left rolling my eyes.

Maybe the NHL wants to keep Ovechkin in the playoffs the same way the NBA slants toward Kobe.

I can't complain. Whatever it takes to get the Caps into the second round for the first time since 1998.

Posted by: Salmon | April 13, 2008 6:26 PM

Cristiano, I was running up and down those stairs all day and didn't see any fights -- not that I don't believe it!

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | April 13, 2008 6:27 PM

I saw the fight. Those two Caps fans were pretty bloodied up. So much anger....... Go Flyers

Posted by: Fiver | April 13, 2008 6:48 PM

Dear Ben,

I already have my tickets for games 3 and 4 in Philly and am bus loading about 300 Caps fans so get ready for us . We will be out in full force in Philly . More than i can say for the 10 flyers fans I counted in the whole Verizon Center today.

Posted by: JJ | April 13, 2008 7:36 PM

Lindsay:

Since you are making a big deal about "bandwagon" Caps fans, how many Caps games have you attended this year? Your blog is relatively new so we have no idea if you were at any of those Monday night games early in the year when attendance was really low or if you were there before Thanksgiving and the fans were yelling "Fire Hanlon." I was at those games. The Caps have come so far this season going from last in the entire league to winning the Southeast Division. They made the playoffs after so many years of being out of it. For these 2 playoff games, Verizon was mainly filled with Caps fans rocking the red unlike so many prior Caps-Philly games that I find your choice to focus on "bandwagon Caps fans"as simply incredible.

Posted by: Cathy W | April 13, 2008 8:41 PM

the flyers have loyal fans, no doubt. and the attendance last year is certainly high, but thats because they just about sell out w/ season tickets. of course they were going to show high attendance since the nhl only counts tickets distributed and not actual butts in the seats. of course, if the flyers went through the down time for five years like the caps, i dare say their attendance would suffer as well. everyone likes a winner (well, except maybe philly who seems to love a lot of losers).

you can call the fans bandwagoneers, but when the caps last were competitive they drew over 17K per game. i think there are a lot of repressed fans who got fed up with the rebuild and the lockout. many fans were skeptical about ted's commitment to the team. when he ponied up the dough for OV, you saw a spike in attendance.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | April 13, 2008 8:53 PM

She more or less said that she hadn't been to a hockey game in Washington. A new kid who was given a job to do. But wouldn't you think that they would find someone who had seen a hockey game before and had an ounce of knowledge about Caps history?

Posted by: Jay | April 13, 2008 8:55 PM

It's all good Lindsay. You can't be all over the place, I recognize that. But know this: there is bad blood between Caps and Flyers fans. Friday night, I saw policeman and the guys in the yellow security jackets patrolling the upper concourse. This series will get more intense among the players and fans.

Posted by: Cristiano | April 13, 2008 9:12 PM

Nice to see we have a reporter lacking knowledge covering the Caps.

Posted by: Tom | April 13, 2008 10:59 PM

"you can call the fans bandwagoneers, but when the caps last were competitive they drew over 17K per game."

That clause completely undoes your sentence. Who doesn't get fans when they're winning?

And no, the Flyers still filled the stadium when they were awful. Attendence is based on the doors, not on tickets sold.

Have fun in Philly, busload o' Caps fans. Have fun fitting 300 people on a bus. Have fun being in "full force." Just try to stick together, or you are likely going to get ganged up on.

Posted by: Ben from Washington | April 13, 2008 11:14 PM

It's nice to see so many Philly fans referring to violence in a positive light, really shows your quality. The fact that so many are so proud of Philadelphia fan's well known violent ways is a sad commentary of what's wrong with American society as a whole.

As for bandwagoning or not, let me add that just because a stadium isn't filled up, does not mean the team doesn't have a decent fan base. I know a hell of a lot of long time Caps fans who watch every game on TV, but just can't afford to pony-up for tickets on a regular basis, let alone season tickets. And like one poster mentioned, attendance numbers only reflect tickets sold, not butts in seats. I recall seeing a hell of a lot of empty seats in the Flyers' arena this past Thanksgiving Day when the Caps won in OT in Philly. Just because Philly has a lot of season ticket holders does not mean those holders are at every game. Attendance figures are a joke unless the figure comes from the turnstiles. GO CAPS!

Posted by: McK from DC | April 13, 2008 11:30 PM

Ben,

You are a stupid egotistical, annoying, arrogant, phony Hockey fan that knows zilch about nothing so i hope you get cancer and DIE!!!!

Posted by: JJ | April 13, 2008 11:34 PM

Flyers fans- get over yourselves. Every city is different, and while I recognize that you have had solid attendance in even the worst of years, I also recognize that you're on a washingtonpost.com blog bashing Washington fans.

Why aren't Caps fans doing the same on Philly sites? Let's just say we're okay with who we are-- and don't really feel the need to justify or defend ourselves. Caps fans are great. DC is great. We are great. We know it.

So go back to philly.com or wherever and try not to spill any cheese whiz on your keyboard(s).

Posted by: seriously | April 13, 2008 11:44 PM

"The Caps seemed to think that they had already won the series because they played a good period to end game one."

Hah! You have it wrong my friend. In game 1 of this series, it was in fact the Flyers who had the one good period. Need you be reminded that the 1st period ended in a 1-1 tie? And while the Flyers certainly won the 2nd period with 3 unanswered goals, it was the Caps who took the lead for the 2nd time (they would go on to lead that game 3 times to Philly's 1 time) early in that frame before the Flyers scored their 3 to take the only lead of the game they would enjoy? Need you be reminded that it was then the Caps who OWNED the 3rd by scoring 3 unanswered goals of their own to take their 3rd and final lead of the game, winning 5-4?

Get your facts straight, bub. In game 1, the 1st period was a tie (1-1), 2nd went to Philly even though the caps also scored (1-3), 3rd went entirely to the Caps (3-0).

Granted, the Caps looked like poop in game 2, but don't play down the fact that Philly only won 1 period out of 3 in Friday's game, just because they won Sunday's game outright.

Posted by: McK in from DC | April 13, 2008 11:49 PM

Wow, I'm popular.

I'm on a Washington Post blog because I live in Washington, am a loyal Washington Post subscriber, come here for all my news, listen to Kornheiser religiously on 3WT, etc. The Washington Post is not hosting a fan forum, so all opinions should be welcome.

Let me try to get to these one by one...

McK,

I'm not condoning violence at all, sorry if it came out that way. When I said that Caps fans should try to stay together, I meant that as a completely sincere safety in numbers thing.

I've seen some pretty awful stuff go down at Flyers games that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. I was at a game in the conference finals in 2004 (for Caps fans who may not know, conference finals are what happens in the third round of the playoffs). Flyers were playing Tampa, and when the Flyers scored, a guy in my row stood up and kicked a young woman in a Tampa jersey in front of him in the back of the head, hard. She had to leave (I assume to go to First Aid) and never returned. So in all honesty, be careful, people are nuts.

I agree that there is a small, loyal, devoted core fan base that the Capitals have (which presumably anyone who cares enough to post on this blog belongs to), but its size is understandably miniscule compared to the loyal fan bases in more established U.S. hockey cities such as Detroit, Buffalo, and Philadelphia. These numbers are reflected in the number of season ticket holders, which, while not the ideal measuring stick, is still useful.

Enthusiasm for hockey in Philadelphia is so huge that the Flyers minor league affiliate, the Phantoms, also sells out nearly every game in the Spectrum (across the parking lot from the Flyers' current digs).

Hockey is just not as big in Washington, and that's fine. The average (note I said average not YOU) Capitals fan does not have the familiarity with the game that fans in other markets have.

JJ,

Thank you for your kind words wishing that I "get cancer and DIE!!!!" That kind of elevated language reflects well on you.

McK (again),

You're right in saying that the Flyers only outscored the Caps for one period in Game 1, but what I was getting at was the opposite, that the Caps only outscored the Flyers in one period in Game 1, and now one period in the entire series. Caps won the first game, no knock on that, but did so on the basis of one very strong period.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series shakes out. Will home ice mean more in Philadelphia? Will the inexperienced Capitals have the mental toughness to fight out a long series? Will Huet get his end-of-season form back? Will Donald Brashear defect?

Only time will tell.

Posted by: Ben from Washington | April 14, 2008 1:45 AM

Oh, McK, one more thing...

Sorry we couldn't fill the stadium against a team at the bottom of the standings for a regular season game on THANKSGIVING. That's not the most convincing of examples.

In the Caps previous playoff series (vs. Tampa, I think), Leonsis complained to the league about having a playoff game on Easter Sunday that he thought hurt playoff attendance. I've been to several sold out games on Easter in Philadelphia during the regular season.

Posted by: Ben from Washington | April 14, 2008 1:50 AM

I don't recall any game on Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Jay | April 14, 2008 8:17 AM

I went to an early season game in Wachovia Center two seasons ago and there were about 10-12 K there. I was kind of surprised as I thought Flyers ALWAYS packed 'em in. Plus Flyers have only been in league 7 more years than Caps but their fans would make you think they're one of the original 6. Not much difference between Philly and DC when it comes to sports towns.

Posted by: JC 5604 | April 14, 2008 8:45 AM

To Jay and Tom,

I know Lindsay Applebaum personally and have attended three NHL games with her. And I know for a fact that those aren't the only games she's been to.

All of them were before "Crowd Noise" existed, and all of them before Bruce Boudreau was the coach.

But nice try, fellas.

PS. I'm not really Sylvan Cote

Posted by: Sylvan Cote | April 14, 2008 9:54 AM

The problem I have with people using the word bandwagon is how do they know? For example, by one season ticket holders definition, I would be a bandwagoner. Why? Because I'm not at every game. Well, my work schedule does not permit me to be at every game (though part of my work includes some Caps games). I go when I can, but cannot always make it. Those who know me, understand why I don't make it.

Another fan I talked to has two sons who play hockey during the winter and dad coaches. I saw them at probably 5 games all season, but when you look at the Caps schedule and their practice/game schedule, it's hard for them to make it. Are they bandwagoners? No, they're just available to go finally.

Before using the term bandwagon again, find out the truth. I saw a lot of people at Verizon Center Friday and Sunday that I've seen there before. They're not season ticket holders, but like me, finally have the time to go.

Posted by: Jarrod | April 14, 2008 10:03 AM

The official word from the NHL on attendance is the number of tickets DISTRIBUTED for the game. Meaning, if an owner were to give away all the tickets for a game, there would be a sell out. Now, there has to be accounting for this so there is a system of checks and balances involved, but attendance is based on the number of tickets DISTRIBUTED. Tickets sold plus tickets given away (player list, employee list, charities, etc.)

Baseball is based on some phantom number the GM's and operations people come up with, though it is really supposed to be number of tickets SOLD (giveaways do not count).

Posted by: Attendance Matters | April 14, 2008 10:07 AM

Ben from Washington wrote, "Enthusiasm for hockey in Philadelphia is so huge that the Flyers minor league affiliate, the Phantoms, also sells out nearly every game in the Spectrum (across the parking lot from the Flyers' current digs)."

Ummm, they do not. I was there for a Sunday afternoon game against Hamilton (Flyers and Phillies not playing) earlier this month. An announced crowd of 6,400, with an actual crowd of down near 2,000 for Bobby Clarke Hall of Fame day. Yeah, it was pitiful. Upper Deck is curtained off so instead of 16,000 seats to sell, they only really need to sell around 8,000. I don't consider feigned shortages in sellouts or success, just means you aren't good enough to sell out the whole joint.

Worcester did that last season. I'd been to hockey games with 10,000-plus in their building, however they had a "sell out" of 6,000 fans the night I was there. Granted, it was the first time a Worcester team had sold 6,000 tickets to a game in something like 4 years but they still counted it as a sell out even though actual seats were still available.

Posted by: Jarrod (again) | April 14, 2008 10:13 AM

You can gauge the bandwagon factor by how many hot girls you see at a hockey game. That's all I need to say.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 14, 2008 11:16 AM

Can everyone layoff from piling on Lindsay? From what I can tell, this blog is not intended to be about any specific team or sport, but about the environment surrounding the Washington Sports scene. There is a hockey blog that is manned by the Post hockey reporter. Lindsay is not doing this blog as a Post hockey reporter, so it really doesn't matter how many games she has attended. I think this blog does a good job of describing the environment at Washington sporting events.

Posted by: Dsmac | April 14, 2008 1:05 PM

Did anyone else hear about the fight at the end of the Phantoms-Bears game on Saturday night? Even the goalies went at it. The Bears qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs in that game against the Phantoms, the same night we handed out our 5-4 victory over the Flyers. Apparently the rivalry extends to the AHL as well, and rivalry with Philly is vicious. Their fans - and teams - are notoriously rough and raucous...to a fault. I am glad our team is known for skills and spirit rather than fights and nasty fans.

The Bears frequently hosted sell-out crowds with Bruce Boudreau, Mike Green, Brooks Laich, Fleischman, Steckel, Schultz, Gordon and the crew back in the land of chocolate and roller coasters. We should be happy they brought some of their momentum here to DC instead of complaining about bandwagoners. True Caps fans don't really care - myself included. We are just happy to have someone to high-five in the seat next to us every time Ovie scores. And to have more coverage to read the day after the game. Keep it up Lindsay, Wise, Tarik, et all. Someone is always bound to complain, but we love at least having a forum for it!

Posted by: DCwho | April 14, 2008 1:28 PM

As a long time resident of the Washington area, but originally from Philadelphia, I have to say honestly that the crowd on Friday night was filled with bandwagoners. I have been to many Capitals games with only 10 - 12K in attendance.

Moreover, it was the attitude of the fans that turned me off. You would have thought that the Caps had won the Stanley Cup by the comments and attitude displayed. You won a single game in the first round of the playoffs. Get a grip!

I suppose for a town that hasn't seen much success on the ice, it is something to be really excited about and I wouldn't want to take that away from anyone, but let's get real here. A single game win does not make a series.

As far as comparisons to Philly as a hockeytown, there is no comparison. The Flyers have drawn fans and sold out even during its darkest hours. Not just 2006 -07 season, but other down seasons as well. Philly bleeds orange and black. It always has and always will.

I am glad that DC is rallying around the Caps. I hope that it does become a hockeytown as opposed to being known nationally for one team/sport = the Redskins.

Hockey is a great sport and it should be supported. Keep up your support, but I shall root for the Flyers to prevail.

Posted by: eddie | April 14, 2008 3:19 PM

"I think this blog does a good job of describing the environment at Washington sporting events."

Seriously? Wow.

Posted by: yOwZa. | April 14, 2008 3:52 PM

Having been born & raised in South Philly & yet living in the DC area for the last 23 years, I think I can offer some objective perspective. Yes, there is a core group of knowledgable hockey fans in DC, & they will support the Caps. Yes, there are rude fans in both towns (saw a number cheering last Friday night when the Flyers player fell to the ice with the groin injury). However, the tradition & awareness of their team in the community is nowehere near the level of the Flyers in Philly. Just comparing news media coverage, for example, for a regular season game is not comparable; the two million plus fans at the Stanley Cup victory parade in the 70's, seeing a 70 year old Italian lady on a street corner waving a Bernie Parent photo after a big playoff win, the corny Flyers window decorations in the humble row houses of the various neighborhoods during playoff season , etc.
I do hope hockey really catches on here & stays hot with the current great team in DC, but I'm not sure it will ever match the intesity in Philly.

As I said in another post, Washingtom may win a cup before Philly, but even if Philly doesn't see a cup for decades, the fans & their sons will continue, for better or worse, to be fanatical for their team...

Posted by: Espo | April 14, 2008 5:08 PM

If Philly is such a great hockey city, then why aren't the next two games in Philly sold out?

Posted by: FS | April 14, 2008 5:15 PM

The only tickets left for Games 3 or 4 are the ones that are $250 a piece in the club level.

I haven't checked Game 6, but I imagine it's similar.

Posted by: Salmon | April 14, 2008 7:22 PM

To Philly Fans:

Oh, EXCUSE us for having the best player in the world on our team!

Go OVIE!

Posted by: A Life-Long Caps Fan | April 14, 2008 10:06 PM

Hey Stupid Ben,

It was passover not Easter so get your facts straight you moron. I was at the game.

Posted by: JJ | April 14, 2008 10:33 PM

It was both Passover and Easter.

http://proicehockey.about.com/cs/2003stanleycup/a/stanley_cupnote_2.htm

Even still that is PATHETIC attendance for game six of a playoff series.

Posted by: Ben from Washington | April 14, 2008 10:43 PM

Read it more carefully you idiot.

Posted by: JJ | April 14, 2008 11:04 PM

New fans are always great. But please learn more about the sport. It's not about fighting and checking. I'm all for new fans. But a lot of them kill me with their lack of knowledge for the game. A girl screaming Brashear's name when there was a fight on the ice when he wasn't even involved or on the ice... and her boyfriend yelling "kick his a**!" every time someone got checked... the scream break girl yooodle from the same girl every two seconds, just wanted to make all of us jump off the railing.

Sure other towns will have more diehards because they've had teams longer, and some legends playing on their teams. All it is, is a bit of "claiming" on all sorts of levels on who's the biggest fan. Claiming is lame and annoying when people start dropping the fact on how long they've been a fan to another fan on the same team.

Who cares. As long as you're a fan of the sport of hockey, have some fun with it. As long as you've been watching and keeping tabs on the team all season, you're not a bandwagonner. If you've started to go to games and bought a jersey in the past month and a half, you are.

And that's fine. Just learn the sport. Get Michael Wise off of the coverage from the Caps. He hasn't covered anything all year and it's obvious the Post is now trying to get some writers on the hot story now when it's been building since November. He just wanted to interview Fedorov.

I think it's hilarious that the Post has different writers for all the other sports but only Tarik for hockey. Oh yeah, and paying the AP for whatever else comes across the wire instead of having a writer on it. Thanks Post.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 15, 2008 8:14 AM

Coming from Pittsburgh and living in Washington the past 5 years, I got to say that the fans here are fairly weak. I would never call Philly fans bandwagon though...

Posted by: Andrew | April 15, 2008 9:58 AM

The other thing also... there are some die hard Caps fans. They just aren't as annoying as Philly fans. That's probably why you don't notice them as much.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 15, 2008 10:25 AM

Heard in October at Kettler, "I wish more media guys would be out here covering the team."

Earlier in this blog, "Get Michael Wise off of the coverage from the Caps."

OK, seriously, which is it? What do you want? Unfortunately, there are a few Caps fans who like to complain no matter what and a few of them are on this blog right now. Those are true bandwagoners. They jump on the negative bandwagon whenever possible.

First it was Hanlon, then Olie, then the bandwagon BS, then the media. When will you be happy? Caps win the Cup and you'll still be complaining about all the camera guys on the ice. Shut up and enjoy the Caps for a change. Maybe you'll see the true fans aren't season ticket holder, aren't the ones who are at every practice, aren't the ones who go on every road trip to games through the Booster Club.

True Caps fans fall into those categories but I know a group of Caps fans in Northern Virginia that don't go to games, but go to local bars and ask to have the game put on the TV and cheer for their team. Their reaching out to fans who may not know about the Caps, doing some grassroots marketing for the team and now that it's playoff time, they're spending their money at Verizon Center. Are they bandwagon fans too because they didn't go to any regular season games? Are they not real Caps fans because they didn't suffer at Verizon Center during the lean years? They're more true Caps fans than some of the people who complain about all the people coming to games now. Hey, at least they're coming AND THEY'RE NOT SELLING TICKETS TO FLYERS FANS EITHER.

Posted by: Section 412 | April 15, 2008 10:25 AM

Hey Section 412, did you watch Michael Wise's video? It's an embarrassment to the sport. Hockey had a tough time after the lockout, and you have Wise making jokes about Tarik's job over the last several years?

Why don't you get press to cover the team from the beginning of the season as opposed to only playoff time, you might get more fans into the sport/team throughout the season. You have all the writers showing up for spring camp for baseball and basketball, and what does hockey get? The fifth page in on the sport section, and if we're lucky, an AP wire on another game.

I said I'm all for new fans. But if you are learn the sport. For the fans that didn't go all season because they couldn't afford to go to a bunch of games that's COMPLETELY FINE in my book. I'm not hating on any of those guys, some people only make it out to a handful of games a year.

My point is: Get writers that actually know about the sport writing all season as opposed to some douchebag like Wise going around mocking fans in that video he did. And if you're a new fan to the sport, great, but please learn the sport. Getting piss drunk and yelling and screaming at people not on the ice... let's put them behind you and see how you like it.

And nice way to claim section 412. Do you want me to claim my section too? Do you want me to tell you how long I've been a fan? I'm not getting into a sword fight over that, because it's the stupidest thing ever.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 15, 2008 10:47 AM

Who cares, the winner of the series gets the honor of getting swept by the Pens in the next round anyway.

Posted by: PENS91-92-08 | April 15, 2008 11:19 AM

PENS91-92-08,
Seriously. Why do you say stupid crap like that when you're going to be eating your words later?

Posted by: MNMNT | April 15, 2008 11:26 AM

Hey Ben,

Can you tell me the last time Philly won a championship in any sport? I think it was pretty recently, but my memory is failing me.

You Philly fans really showed your class at the Eagles/Skins game at the Linc last fall. I couldn't even count the number of Eagles fans I heard making racist comments about McNabb, dropping "N" bombs constantly.

With all that filth in Philly, you definately made the right decision to relocate to DC.

Posted by: Al Iafrate | April 15, 2008 11:43 AM

OK, you're right, I should back off from that bold prediction.

Pens in 5.

I guess I shouldn't expect your "best player in the world" to go scoreless every night like he did on Sunday. He might register a second assist.

Posted by: PENS91-92-08 | April 15, 2008 11:48 AM

PENS91-92-08,
That's why you're on the blog comments making forecasts because you're such a great analytical and knowledgeable sports guy right? I mean, shouldn't you be on network/cable TV giving such great input on all the teams out there like that? C'mon, I know the networks are lining up to get your input on the playoffs.

blah, blah, blah, blah. At least "our guy" can play an entire season without being a puss and getting hurt. Just wait until the series is over then you can be annoying.

Posted by: MNMNT | April 15, 2008 12:20 PM

Section 412:

I don't care who is a Caps fan - the more the merrier. But, it would have been nice to have more coverage to read, more blog entries to encourage fan debate, etc., all throughout the season. After all, that is the media's job, and they haven't been up to it until now.

We sat here and watched the climb, goal by goal, check by check. It would have been nice if the Post would have recognized the uphill battle the Caps were winning while we were in the thick of it. Instead I recall Mike Wise's column questionning Bruce Boudreau's ability and championing Olie, whose stats were plummeting. That kind of stale perspective represents everything that Caps aren't.

There's been a story behind the Caps all season long. I just wish the Post would have written it for all of us to read. But, I'll take what I can get now.

Posted by: DCwho | April 15, 2008 1:28 PM

Malkin played all 82 games this year. And I know that as a Caps fan you might not be used to the concept, but the regular season means nothing. By the way, check out who 4 of the top 5 scorers are so far in the playoffs.

Posted by: PENS91-92-08 | April 15, 2008 3:11 PM

Not every team is lucky enough to play an Ottawa team going nowhere in the first round!

Posted by: for PENS91-92-08 | April 15, 2008 4:02 PM

PENS,

The Flyers can't mathematically face the Penguins in the next round, so you'll have to wait for that sweep.

Posted by: Ben from Washington | April 15, 2008 5:50 PM

Worst. 3 Seed. Ever.

Posted by: PENS91-92-08 | April 16, 2008 10:12 AM

Nice Job Koharski; the worst officiating I have ever seen in a any professional sport - EVER. o-yeah Ovechkin is a total looser puss for pulling that Crosbyfied fake trip extravaganza. The true colors of a person always come out under pressure.

By-By Caps.

Posted by: Uhh | April 16, 2008 10:33 AM

When you interviewed me, I gave a great quote about Philly fans being notoriously violent, ignorant and full of crap. Sorry to see it didn't make it into the article. GO SPORTS!

Posted by: The hot hot funk | April 23, 2008 10:30 AM

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