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“Just like an interception, I bet you didn’t see this one coming.” That’s how pizza chef/party animal Papa John Shattner begins his latest commercial with Peyton Manning.

The ad promotes Papa John’s new Fritos Pizza. The chili pizza has fritos sprinkled on the top of the pizza’s cheese.

The commercial has aired infinity times during Caps games over the last week. Every time I’ve seen it, it makes me want to hurl. To me, it’s a disgusting idea and it appears that Papa John’s is trying to take advantage of the success (maybe?) Taco Bell had with its Doritos Taco Shell.

Anyways, this Caps game is no fun, so I asked you what you thought. Like always, you delivered.

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Midway through the first period, former teammate Jason Chimera interfered with Alex Semin along the boards. Semin responded the only way he knows how: by taking a dumb retaliatory tripping penalty. I feel like I’ve written about this a million times before.

Both Chimera and Semin would go to the Sasha Box. Heh.

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For those of you who hate annoying double scrollbars during hockey games, I have some bad news. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Dish Network have agreed merely to a short-term contract extension.

Sure, it avoids a blackout that would have affected 4.7 million households throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area. And sure, it allows fans to keep watching the hockey and basketball they love. But it also opens up the potential for more bickering and politicking before the current deal ends, which appears to be kind of soon.

So what was the issue? In summary, Comcast and Dish Network have been fighting over an increase in carriage license fees. The agreement was set to expire at midnight Monday, with Dish balking at CSN’s asking price and being all like “nuh uh, you crazy.”

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I am a proud Marylander, and a bunch of you nerds are too. I can’t help but write about this.

This morning, my brother forwarded me an email from Under Armour promoting a new t-shirt. It’s amazing. It’s one of those ideas that is so simple and obvious you can’t believe no one has done it before. Under Armour illustrated a can of Old Bay with the text “Tis The Seasoning.” Old Bay, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, is about as synonymous with Marylanders as blue crabs are.

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We’re officially 29 days away from the Winter Classic. It’s time to chug vitamin water and start running 6-minute miles on the treadmill because that’s the only way you’re going to be able to physically handle the crush of Winter Classic promotional material coming your way. On this boring Wednesday night, NBC released a new commercial, the Caps wore their Winter Classic pants, and season-ticket holders got their awesomely designed tickets for the event.

It’s okay to be super excited– in fact, the way things are going this season, this might be the only thing worth being excited for all year.

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The Washington Capitals have gone to major lengths to promote Barry Trotz since hiring him this summer. And while Trotz is certainly an improvement over former coach Adam Oates, the Caps still find themselves as a middling team (after a scintillating October), with fans finding little to be excited about for the future.

Check out the conclusion of Peter’s recap last night.

Sigh. Am I all alone in thinking that Caps fans are kind of at a low right now? The team is still way better than the Oates!Caps, but this ain’t exactly working either. All the great stuff the Caps were doing in October is gone now, and all the inefficiencies in the lineup are costing goals on a nightly basis.

We’re one month out from the Winter Classic, but the community seems melancholic. I don’t blame ‘em; at some point wins are needed to justify enthusiasm. The Capitals have let you down.

Meanwhile, Trotz’s former team, the Nashville Predators are undergoing a renaissance without their former bench boss. The irony is miserable.

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John Carlson’s First Ever Two-Goal Game (GIF)

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Playing against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson had one of his most electrifying games as a pro offensively, tallying his first ever multi-goal game. Unfortunately, he was also on the ice for all three of Vancouver’s power-play goals, which (womp womp) negated his awesomeness a bit (or you can just blame Orpik).

Let’s look at the goals anyways.

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Brooks Laich’s Highlight-Reel Goal (GIF)

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After a 269-day goalless streak, Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich has finally found the net again and, guys, it was dead sexy.

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Recently, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Bobby Hicks returned home to Virginia. After fighting in two major wars, life was supposed to be easy for Hicks and his family of Caps fans. Instead, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and faces an uncertain future. On top of that, his HVAC and water heater gave out (same thing happened to me last year and it’s the worst) just as winter began. The family reached out to the Michael & Son Cares Program.

And that’s where this sad story gets a get a little bit sunnier.

“When the Hick’s family’s story was brought to my attention, I knew we had to help,” said Basim Mansour, proud son and owner of Michael & Son Services. “Here’s a guy who gave so much for his country and asked so little in return; I not only wanted to help them with their home repairs, I wanted to do something really special for Bobby.”

Initially, Mansour wanted to bring Hicks and his family to a Capitals game for a special surprise. Instead, with Hicks unable to leave the hospital due to his intensive treatment, Mansour brought the Capitals to him.

Our team is just like that.

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Monday afternoon, ARLnow.com broke the news that Alex Ovechkin‘s former Arlington, Virginia home is up for rent. For those of you whose Ovechkin shrines are missing that one final piece, relocating it into the Russian machine’s former basement and having him be your landlord is the only move.

According to rhlarlington.com, the 4-bedroom colonial features 5,000 square feet of living space, a gourmet kitchen with top-notch appliances to prepare homemade nachos, a spacious master bedroom where you can play FIFA shirtless with your friends, a master bath featuring a whirlpool tub and separate shower to relax your aching muscles, and a spacious rec room downstairs where you can safely do push-ups after losing video game bets to your Russian friends.

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