I vividly remember, one night when I was 14, I was so worried about my future that I couldn’t sleep. Would I ever be worthy enough for someone to marry me? Will I ever be lucky enough to be a father?
Eighteen years later, I can say from the bottom of my heart that all my dreams have come true. Today at 3:53 PM, my wife Ashley gave birth to a 7-pound, 4-ounce boy. His name is Ethan Wesley Oland.
We named him after Washington Capitals PA Announcer Wes Johnson.
Graphic by Nathan Burchfiel, existentialism by Albert Camus
Last night, the Penguins beat the Capitals in sudden death overtime… again. The loss is arguably one of the most painful in franchise history considering the context of the Caps’ historic season and the expectations the fanbase has heaped upon the organization.
Unlike in previous decades where I childishly ripped up trading cards of Sergei Fedorov (and clogged our toilet trying to flush them), I am handling this like any mature, rational adult would: just kind of staring into the abyss wondering why I do this to myself.
Miller Lite, Crispy M&Ms, the AARP.. and now Russian Machine Never Breaks. With tonight’s Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, we entered the rarefied air of NASCAR sponsors. After a rain delay of nearly seven hours, our boy Ryan Ellis took to the track in his #33 ScienceLogic/RMNB Chevy SS for his debut race in NASCAR’s top series.
As we noted in our profile of him, Ryan is a huge Caps fan, former GMU hockey player, and RMNB reader from Ashburn. Ellis said his goal for the race was to learn and avoid accidents in the penultimate race of the year. He did just that, bringing his car home undamaged in 40th in a hectic race filled with uncertainties and the heat of NASCAR’s playoffs. The race was called due to rain after drivers completed 219 of the scheduled 312 laps. Going forward, Ryan hopes to build on this opportunity to get a full-time ride next year and continue to make Sprint Cup Series starts. Congrats to Ryan on a safe first race! This was one of the coolest things we’ve done as a blog. It was a thrill to share it with him. Let this be a lesson: RMNB readers are awesome!
We need your help on something very important to us. Peter and I met at Frederick High School 15 years ago and to this day we both still live in Frederick, Maryland. We love it here.
We formed RMNB about six years ago. Since then we’ve done some cool things: generate big traffic, break news about a Russian meteor, sponsor a NASCAR racer, and even moonlight on the Capitals’ TV show — while never forgetting our roots.
Accolades aren’t really our thing, but this one matters to us. We want to be the Best Blog of Frederick and dethrone The Housewives Of Frederick County, who have won this award like a million years in a row.
We need your help. We’ll make it easy on you. It’ll only take a minute of your time.
This weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, RMNB’s going country. Our logo will be on the side of Ryan Ellis‘s Sprint Cup car when the 25-year-old Virginian makes his debut in NASCAR’s top series. We’re an associate sponsor of Ellis’s #33 ScienceLogic Chevy SS, which will compete in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday afternoon. Ryan’s a big Caps fan and an even bigger reader of RMNB. We’re happy to support him during this huge moment in his career.
Make sure to tune in to NBC this Sunday at 2:30 pm to watch the race. Please send us a bunch of screenshots when the ScienceLogic/RMNB #33 car zooms by on TV.
The developments out of Chicago and Buffalo in the last ten days have been nauseating. The NHL, by its inaction to fight the intolerable treatment of its women fans and by its explicit support for the craven behavior of the Chicago Blackhawks, has revealed itself to be not merely unwelcoming towards 50 percent of this planet, but actively hostile towards them.
If you are for whatever reason no longer inclined to support the Blackhawks or watch hockey (or read the Buffalo News), we totally understand why.
No more hockey coverage from us today. We all need to spend some quiet time reflecting on what we can do and what we are failing to do to make this world less wretched for one another.
In the meantime, please consider making a donation to RAINN. Your donation is 100-percent tax-deductible, and ninety-two cents on every dollar go directly to helping victims and preventing sexual violence.
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I’m busy baking mini-quiches in expectation of Ian coming over later tonight to record a new episode of the RMNB Podcast. We’ll be talking about the trade deadline, the playoffs, Ovi for Hart, and a lot more, but we need your input.
Please use the comments below to ask questions or share your thoughts on… well, anything really. If you like someone else’s question, please upvote it. Thanks!
Twenty fourteen was an odd one. In some ways it was our best year ever. In other ways it was our worst.
Our hockey team wasn’t good, but a lot of funny stuff happened. Our hockey team wasn’t good, but our traffic was up by a lot. Our hockey team wasn’t good, but then they got better.
Join me, won’t you, as we revisit our most popular stories of the year.
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