You’re not gonna be surprised which was RMNB’s most popular story of 2013. Out of almost 1200 posts this year, the one that garnered the most attention was our blow-by-blow recap of the meteor strike in Evgeny Kuznetsov’s hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Valentine’s Day. It was a weird story, one that we had a peculiar perspective on, and as a result it went viral to a degree I doubt we’ll ever see again.
But we wrote about a lot more than astrophysics this year, so let’s take a real quick stroll in the wayback machine to check out the stories you guys loved the most. This should be fun. See if you can guess what’s in the top five.
The Capitals’ early spring trip to Six Flags brought us lots of joy, particularly in the form of Steve Oleksy‘s jacked-up face and Martin Erat signing a Filip Forsberg photo.
The more cynical among us would call this whole thing an astroturf campaign for Verizon Wireless, and that’s somewhat legit. But the commercial shoot was also a chance for scores of Caps fans to play Shinny with the face of the franchise, and that’s a story they’ll tell for a long time.
The second of Tom Wilson’s herculean trials. The first was playing next to Aaron Volpatti.
Before the left the Capitals, Anaheim’s Matty Perreault left us with a legacy now picked up by Karl Alzner. Long live the #PerryCelly.
Facepuncher par excellence Joel Rechlicz, for some reason, spent some time with the big club during the preseason. As a result, we got this highlight bout with Boston’s Milan Lucic, which courted tons of Mass trolls who told us that we have been wearing our women’s underwear incorrectly.
5. Alex Ovechkin Models Team Russia’s New Olympic Jerseys, Ducks Question on Russia’s Gay Propaganda Laws
Alex Ovechkin had the most diplomatic response possible when facing a lose-lose proposition. Russia has a gay problem, but Ovi just wants to make people smile with a billion jillion goals. We’ll take it.
We called it a “goalie fight”, but it wasn’t. If you do this anywhere except a hockey rink, you are going to jail. Ray Emery earned third star of the night for this, and every Caps-Flyers game since has been a circus.
I could write a little recap here, but this is such a great story you should just read it. If you missed it the first time around, enjoy!
Schadenfreude. The Penguins outlasted the Capitals in the 2013 postseason, but their meltdown in the third round was so thoroughly entertaining that we had to document it.
Our top two (non-meteroid) stories both were us coping with the Caps getting knocked out of the playoffs. How about that? It’s all about healing here at RMNB, and I hope that our imagined textual exchange between a player and his coach helped with that.