Thursday, April 10, 2008

Too much hype

Dear ESPN, TSN, Pierre McGuire, Don Cherry, etc:

Stop talking about my team. Pretty please? Stop talking about our "Cinderella run", how under-rated we are, how hard working, how we are definitely going to trounce the Flyers. Please, please, stop. Have I officially lost it? Maybe. Read on, then judge.

I've had Caps season tickets for two years and watched them on and off for a handful of years prior to that. What I have liked most about being a Capitals fan (and this is essentially selfish) is our little community. Yeah, there isnt a huge hockey community in DC but its a loyal one that has been selling out homes game. But the community here is tight and we all sort of recognize each other, going in and out of the metro to the Verizon Center for six months. We see each other at practice, nod hello on VC escalators, comment each other to death on blogs. And since DC is a classic band wagon town, we'll see a our ranks swell when the Caps are on a run, then even out again to the loyalists. Its as intimate an experience as you will ever get in professional sports.

But all of sudden, the Caps are everyone's team. And after watching a painful rebuilding process for the Caps, I cant help be a little weary of all these new accolades coming our way. As Shan pointed out, where are all the gloating Caps fans? Well, we are hiding behind our computers and vintage Langway jerseys, hoping that all this sudden attention doesnt distract our very young team, the majority of whom have a season or two under their belt and no playoff experience. I cant help but be a little fearful when I hear that the press box can hardly contain all the out of town journalists, after the press box used to ring if not emptily, then at the least was a bit lonely with beat writers from the Washington Post and Washington Times as the only print news regulars.

I also want to add the caveat here that I am not worried about all the chatting blogs are doing about the Capitals (including, of course, my own). I'm superstitious about all the talking heads claiming that the Flyers are going down because the Capitals are hot, hot, hot. And Cinderalla. Or some version of that.

Its entirely possible and likely that I am being paranoid, and as the Caps are consummate professionals, they will go into the playoffs with the same vigor and determination they showed in the last weeks of the off season. But I hope you dont blame me for being just a bit scared, and crossing my fingers every time I see the words "Cinderella" and "Capitals" in a story.

Note: I regularly blog over at Hockey's Ladies of Greatness, and this is a piece originally written for that site. Be sure to head over there and check out a great hockey website, written entirely by fangirls.

Note 2: I may have blogged too soon! Here is another article on the Caps, and its nice to see some love for Tom Poti.



1) Yes, that bandwagon is getting awfully heavy! A couple of losses and those folks will jump off as fast!
2) Can understand your feelings. Its easier to go into the series as an underdog than the favourite. Not sure how anyone can look at these teams and say one is clearly better. We picked the Caps, but in a 7 game greuling series that could go either way
3) The key will be special teams and which team can play 'smart'. Can't see th Flyers intimidating Ovechkin, BUT Semin has shown in the past that he will retaliate readily.
4)Our contacts in Vancouver tell us Cooke has never won a fight. LOL He better learn to thow his fists in this series! Get in your seats early tomorrow, have a feeling the first 10 minutes will be quite Slap Shot-esque. "Buy ya a soda after the game". LOL Should be fun!

dmg said...

I sympathize. It's irritating to have fans bandwagon like this. Any team is going to get many fans in the building, more television ratings, higher merch sales, etc when it's playing well and that alone doesn't bother me. It's the people who have ignored the team for years sudenlly acting like they've been huge fans because they bought an Ovechkin jersey, despite their lack of knowledge about hockey.