RMNB’s First Year Party: A Recap In Photos

Samantha Casey, Horn Guy, Ian Oland of RMNB & Wes Johnson Pose For a Photo at RMNBs First Year PartySam, Sam, Ian, and Wes Pose For a Photo at RMNB’s First Year Party. Photo by Jesse Vaughan

A Heartfelt Thank You: Over the last nine months, RMNB has taken away valuable time I could have spent with my closest friends or family. Honestly, I haven’t always enjoyed the late nights of writing, the five Diet Pepsi’s to get through the day or trekking across the tri-state area just to meet one person or get one photo.

But everything changed Saturday night when I met RMNB’s readers. You all are so fun, so passionate, and so dedicated. You showed us what it means to be a true Caps fan, and I feel so blessed that we have carved-out a place where you can all respectfully obsess with us.

At final count, over 150 fans of the blog gathered at Front Page Arlington to simply meet each other and have a good time. We gave you a great excuse to spend your money for a good cause; Samantha Casey’s charity Love146. At the end of the night, you were all gracious enough to donate almost $900 towards it. And yeah, some awesome prizes didn’t hurt either!

Simply put, you are all such inspiring people. You constantly encourage some of my closest friends: Peter, Neil, Fedor, and Kyle – to write insightful, creative, funny pieces about your favorite hockey team. We do this because you are so receptive, so responsive, and just so danged nice. Saturday night was really just a giant thank you to all of you for participating in a blog that has evolved from being more than just a hobby (that I do in my sweatpants). We eagerly look forward to this October and maybe – if we’re lucky – our 2nd Anniversary party can be in June.

Well, with that said, let’s relive the mayhem that was last Saturday Night.

Out of all of us, Neil probably had the best night:

To recap #rmnbparty: met awesome people. Got intro’d by @wesjohnsonvoice. Wore @Samantha_Casey sash. Mounted @HomerMcFanboy. Productive niteless than a minute ago via UberTwitter

Samantha Casey poses with Miss Virginia USA Neil Greenberg

Samantha Casey poses with Miss Virginia USA Neil Greenberg


@ngreenberg Please tell us you didn’t remark on how great that sash would look on your floor in the morningless than a minute ago via UberTwitter

Then Caps PA Announcer Wes Johnson announced us to the crowd:

Our lives can only get worse from here...

Really. Our lives can only go downhill from here. (Photo by Jesse Vaughan)

The introductions were so epic, Neil made sure he could relive the moment for the rest of his life.

Say hello to the Best. Voicemail. Ever.

Then the raffle happened… And Neil embarrassed us again.

Not only did Murf win a raffled-off RMNB t-shirt, he also won Neil for the night.

Not only did Murf win a RMNB t-shirt, he also won Neil for the night.

Amazingly, there was more to our party than Neil. Like…

Our amazingly beautiful crowd.

Our amazingly beautiful crowd. (Photo by Jesse Vaughan)

We weren't kidding.

We weren't kidding.

Hi!

Hi!

RAWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRR

Two of my favorite people!

Did any of you try the Ovie Burger?

Apparently it was served on a hot dog bun with Swiss Cheese hand-made by Nicklas Backstrom.

Apparently, it was served on a hot dog bun with Swiss Cheese hand-made by Nicklas Backstrom.

The Bartender was busy all night.

Keep them drinks coming!

He kept making us a shot that Wes came up with that night.

It was called “The Dale Hunter,” a shot to celebrate the HOFer’s 50th Birthday!

It was a mix of vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. MMM MMM Delicious.

It was a mix of vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. MMM MMM Delicious.

We also made a big announcement!

Andrew Gordon is going to blog again with us during August!

Andrew Gordon is going to blog again with us during August!

And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you Fedor!

Tweet live of #rmnbparty, please. PLEASE. I stay up until 4AM for this!less than a minute ago via web

We read Fedor’s unedited Thank-you note to the crowd.

Everyone loved it. Though I still don't get that parrot joke. (Photo by Jesse Vaughan)

Everyone loved it. Though I still don't get that parrot joke. (Photo by Jesse Vaughan)

We gave a lot of free stuff away

RMNB Koozies, keychains, stickers and magnets.

RMNB Koozies, keychains, stickers and magnets.

And we auctioned off some great items

Chris wins the ladies medium RMNB T-Shirt

Chris wins the ladies medium RMNB T-Shirt

The signed Mike Knuble stick.

The signed Mike Knuble stick.

And the highly sought after Michael Jenkins Package

And the highly sought-after Michael Jenkins Package

Everyone had a great time!

Even Crazy Knit Hat Lady and her posse consisting of Tim, Stacey and David.

Even Crazy Knit Hat Lady and her posse consisting of Tim, Stacey and David.

We loved Victoria’s Shoes

The best keds EVER.

The best keds EVER.

And Andrew’s Terrible Dancing

Morgan got a gift she’ll sure cherish forever

Really, I do.

Really, I do.

So yeah, we totally had a great time

Kyle, Peter, Neil and Ian

Kyle, Peter, Neil and Ian

How about next year, Stephanie Carosa actually makes the drive down from Buffalo?

Email us, Steph. We'll mail you some of the free stuff we gave away.

Email us, Steph. We'll mail you some of the free stuff we gave away.

Finally, my terrible sketch found a great home

To the right of a Bears sign and an Edgar Allan Poe figurine!

To the right of a Bears sign and an Edgar Allan Poe figurine!

Additional Coverage: Live in Red, On Frozen Blog

  • http://make-lemons.com michelle

    Nice! Looks like a fun time was had by all!

  • FedFed

    WOW!

  • http://www.stormingthecrease.com Rob

    Great job guys! Sorry I couldn’t make it but we’ll see you soon, I’m sure.

  • Tim

    I made the site!

    Seriously, that party was awesome. Thank you guys for the great time, and here’s to more years of RMNB!

  • Sherry

    awesome!! I promise not to miss the 2nd anniversary party!!

  • Elyssa

    “Crazy Knit Hat Lady and Posse” will definitely plan on making it to the party for as many years as possible. Dave, Stacey, and I had an awesome time :) I’m so ready for the season to start not only for the hockey but to see what you guys will come up with next!

  • Morgan

    I surely will cherish my present forever Ian! Im looking into faming it! ;) Thank you so much for the party! It RMNBed my life! Hehe

  • http://twitter.com/stephy3930 stephy3930

    Yeah I am totally coming next year, for real! haha

  • holly golightly

    you guys are going to have to rent the convention center for the 2nd anniversary party now that everyone has heard and seen how much fun it was! crazy fun time with crazy fun people. can’t wait to see everyone again, whether it’s for something hockey related (preferably) or a Lady Gaga karaoke dance off (close 2nd).

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  • sasha

    Poor Miss Virginia. I hope she has a good personality…hee hee. What a gorgeous woman.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    Samantha was so much fun! I am so thankful she came. Man, she looks so beautiful in the photos. Gosh. As does everyone else.

    While I’m commenting, one other thing I forgot to mention, was the MVP’s of the party. They were Victoria and Suzanne. Thank you guys for dedicating parts of the last month to help me out and make this party a real success. Without you, this would have been not nearly as cool and I am sooooo indebted to both of you.

  • The Horn Guy

    I had a fantastic time talking with all the fans who showed up. Samantha is charming, beautiful and genuinely nice. Ian, you are the man and all the RMNB staff are great people.

  • Jennifer

    Amazing party! Those vodka shots were for you Jenks! For our fallen homie, next time!

    I met so many amazing people, had such a great time and the bartender was excellent! I don’t know if I can wait another year for such an extravaganza.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    @Other-slightly-less-beautiful Sam: Thank you for coming and hanging out man. Obviously you’re just a normal guy who happens to awesomely toot a horn for my favorite sports team, but thank you for being so down to earth. I really respect you for all that you’ve given to the Capitals and how much you enrich the fan experience. We hope that someday we can do a tenth of what you’ve already done for this community. And really, please stay in touch. I definitely want to go down with the Caps Road Crew one weekend in the fall and experience a game in someone else’s arena!

  • Suzanne

    thank you so much for allowing me to be involved in your celebration. it was such an honor to be a part of something so special. the night was only as successful as it was because the RMNB crew is nothing less than amaaaaaaaaaaazing. us caps fans really are super lucky to have such a talented team behind such a wonderful blog. <3 i'm excited to see what's in store for you this next year, and i'm looking forward to the next party! =)

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/category/kyle-m/ Kyle M

    Thank You so much Ian, Peter, Neil, Fedor, and Addison for a great first year. And almost $900 for Love146 just made the night even better!

  • Danny J.

    Hey folks, @natashajasso and I had a great time meeting and seeing everyone on Saturday! Cannot wait for the next one? Hmmm, opening night? Christmas themed…ideas, ideas

  • http://capslove.wordpress.com/ Dazey2

    sounds like i really missed out, but believe me, i was there in spirit (the liquor kind, and the other kind).

  • http://www,catdoghasnobutts.com Sara Bae

    Although russian machine never breaks, this asian machine broke down and
    I AM SO EFFING JEALOUS I MISSED THIS EVENT! the reason why i missed out is because i was recovering from drinking what i swear is hairspray mixed with fruit juice (aka FOURLOCO) i think there should be another party called “FLASH GETS RESIGNED” party where everyone wears a ginger headed wig and we read that judy bloom book out loud called “freckle juice” in honor of flash….p.s. did you know there is some dirty ass cheap vodka that is like 7 dollars for a gallon called fleischmann’s? lolol i am getting really off topic but I SWEAR NEVER TO DRINK THAT STANK ASS RUBBISH AND MISS ANOTHER RMNB event again…CONGRATS BAISHes!

  • http://www.wesjohnson.com Wes Johnson

    What a great night! Thanks for letting me Rock the Red with you all. RMNB’s crew, fans, and fellow bloggers show why the Caps community is so special. Lots of laughs, great conversation, and awesome Dale Wallbangers to toast Three Two’s Five Oh. It’s always great to have a reason to celebrate hockey in July, and the Russian Machine Never Breaks Anniversary is surely a fine one. Congratulations, and keep up the great, fun work!

  • DROO

    TERRIBLE DANCING???? HOW DARE YOU, SLOPS???

  • R17a

    I think that it is necessary to arrange – Moscow Party. Russian fans Caps & HBH :-P

  • http://jessikalim.tumblr.com/ Jessica

    I don’t know where the hell I’ve been that I’ve barely seen this. :(

    The party looked amazingly super awesome fun, and I send all my love from Cali, keep it up guys! Nice celebrating a year of awesome RMNB-ness!