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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!

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Beat that beat up. (Photos by Chris Gordon)

On Saturday night, the Capitals held their fifth annual Casino Night at the Pentagon City Sheraton. Players and coaches made their best attempt at dressing up and participated in table games with fans. There was also a live auction for things like a Segway tour with players that raised a hell of a lot of money and a silent auction for memorabilia. No word yet on how much money was raised, but all of it will go to the team’s Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Now let’s look at goofy pictures of tipsy players, featuring captions by Peter Hassett.

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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.

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Photo: Jennifer Hefner

Former Capitals defenseman Mike Green returned to Detroit’s line-up on Sunday afternoon after missing six games with a shoulder injury. Green was featured all over NHL social media after he handed a puck to a tiny Red Wings fan during warm-ups.

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Former Capitals forward Matt Hendricks has only played five games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. That’s because Hendricks suffered a gnarly ankle injury two weeks ago against the Calgary Flames.

Hendricks was hurt doing the normal Wagon things he does: blocking a shot from the point. The puck went off the inside of Hendricks’ right ankle, just above his skate where there’s absolutely no padding.

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The Tom Wilson #LotsOfTigers Carved Pumpkin

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There were a lot of great carved pumpkins this year, but my favorite has to be by reader Emily K., who was inspired — like many of us — by Tom Wilson’s confusing #LotsOfTigers hashtag. Her reach may have exceeded her grasp, but dammit, it’s the thought that counts.

I’ll let her explain.

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Happy Halloween From Ann Schaab

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We’ve known for awhile that Ann Schaab has great taste in men, but how about Halloween costumes?

Last weekend, Ann’s family traveled to Connecticut for a hockey tournament which her brother Matthew played in. Melissa, Ann’s mom, explained that there’s usually time to kill between games and a need to get away from the rink. So the family went to Target to try and find Halloween costumes.

Ann tried on the Left Shark costume. It was fun, but just wasn’t her.

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A Rare Sight: The Capitals Practice Rink All Fogged Up

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Photo: @ChuckGormleyCSN

Halloween is just a few days away, and in the true spirit of the holiday, the Caps arrived at their practice rink at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning to a very unusual and spooky sight: Fog on the ice.

Check this out.

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TJ Oshie Urges Another Blues Fan to Upgrade to the Caps

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Photo: Meg R.

When St. Louis Blues fan Meg R. attended the Capitals’ recent game against her hometown Calgary Flames, she hoped to meet up with her favorite former Blues player, TJ Oshie. She got a lot more than that, including some fandom advice from Oshie himself.

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For the first time this season, Alex Ovechkin didn’t score in Friday’s monster win over the Edmonton Oilers. Instead he had to settle for two assists — and apparently a puppy. In an Instagram photo shared Saturday evening, Ovechkin and fiancee Nastya Shubskaya posed with their new dog, a flopsy black puppy named Blaik. “Get to know the new member of the family,” Ovechkin writes.

And one more thing: Ovi is dressed like Batman. That’s because the Capitals are having their Halloween Party tonight. Oh yes.

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