RMNB’s Favorite Memories of Filip Forsberg


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Tonight the Washington Capitals will play the Nashville Predators for the first time this season. The big storyline heading into this game is Barry Trotz returning to his old stomping grounds.

Trotz spent 15 years as head coach of the Predators. He was the team’s first coach and might have even named them. Three of Trotz’s children still live in the city, and he left on the goodest of good terms over the summer. Like Brooks Orpik in Pittsburgh, Trotz will probably get a video tribute tonight. There will be lots of feels.

But let’s not forget the other storyline tonight: this will be the first time Filip Forsberg plays against the team that drafted him, and it’s going to be awful.

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Photoshop by Ian

Barry Trotz got hit by Marcus Johansson’s stick tonight. That was maybe the most exciting part of an otherwise dreary game, so Ian cranked out this photoshop.

And now, because Peter insisted…

RMNB’s Sorting Hat sorts the 2014-15 Capitals!

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The Awesome Index: The Winter Classic, Ranked


The lasting image of the Winter Classic, as far as I’m concerned (Grab by @myregularface)

The Winter Classic was awesome. So very, very awesome. I’ve got a lot to say about it that couldn’t be fit into a game recap, so here’s special, super-sized edition of the Awesome Index.

Get a comfy chair. This is going to be a long one, but it’s going to be awesome.

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The Awesome Index: Mutant Shootout, Roads, and Barry

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Photo: Eliot J. Schechter

Alright, lemme just start with this, because if I don’t I won’t be doing the Awesome Index right.

The Caps haven’t lost a game in #rego in fifteen days. That one on December 2nd was kind of a lame one too. The Caps’ record ain’t bad. That’s awesome.

I’ve got some more awesome stuff for you below, including my 2014 “best of” list.

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You’ve been missed, Ovechkin back tattoos.

Did you guys watch the first episode of Road to the Winter Classic? We did! (If you didn’t, here’s how you can watch it now.)

A lot went down. Teows went to the quiet room, Trotz got in a spat with Devorski, Ovi’s back tattoos came back, and the Caps wiseguys stole the show. Come relive the memories with me and Ian, who almost agree about it.

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The Awesome Index: Loving Laich and Five Years of RMNB

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Photo: Scott Audette

I skipped the Awesome Index last week. There was nothing awesome going on. I tried to think of some, but then I had to wade through the internet’s putrid pools of pissypants to find any. Rather than do something insincere or making it the “awful index” for a week, I decided to take a week off. I’m glad I did. In the seven days since then, we’ve been inundated with Awesome.

The Caps are riding a three-game winning streak, all of it on the road, formerly ice cold players are denting the net, and one guy in particular is looking really good out there. And not just because he’s handsome. I’m talking about Brooks Laich, but before we get to him, we’ve got some other awesomeness to go over.

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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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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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The Awesome Index: Thanksgiving Special


Technically, this is a dinosaur. You are eating dinosaurs.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. The Caps lost in OT last night, but there are still a great many awesome things. There is no better time to take stock of all the awesome things in our weird little universe than today.

Let’s change the format today. Let’s throw the ranking out the window and do it like a grocery list. There’s too much awesome for a top five.

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Appreciating Brooks Orpik


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Reading a recent Adam Vingan piece on Brooks Orpik made me reflect on how hard I’ve been on the Caps defender. Maybe I haven’t been completely fair. Don’t get me wrong: I stand by what I’ve written on Orpik. But there are also positive things I can and should say about him.

I want Orpik to succeed. I’m a Caps fan, and I root for Caps players to do well. On top of that, I also try to be a decent person, so I avoid wishing failure upon fellow persons.

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