Feel the intensity of the deep offseason. Hockey is in hiatus, so Ian and I are salving our wounds by watching denizens of the Old Line State rack up gold in Rio. Yeah, here’s a fresh pod that we just casted into the dead zone of August as we celebrate Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, and an Olympic event called Eventing.
It’s not actually about gardening and pornography, but those are two topics on our minds this week. Really, Ian and I got together to talk about our fondest memories of beloved outgoing Capitals players like Mike Weber.
Good morning, hockey fans. Yesterday I gathered a bunch of RMNB contributors to talk about the heartbreak of game six, what’s next for the Capitals, and how one could ever withstand the universe’s stark indifference to the suffering of man.
Photo: Sophie Hsu
Right after the final goal horn went off on Thursday night, I chatted with Andy and Steve, two fervent Caps fans who also happen to be members of the band Young Rising Songs. We talked about the win, hockey, and rock and roll. It was fun chat and now you get to hear it.
David Steckel and Matt Bradley, 2009
You guys ready for the playoffs to start? Same here. This week I got two folks on the line that you probably know of but might not have heard from.
First up is Sam “The Horn Guy” Wolk, the superfan behind the toots and veteran of many years at Verizon Center. Also in the lineup is Chris Cerullo, aka Chris From the Comments, one of RMNB’s newest contributors.
Happy Wednesday, RMNBers. Last night I spoke with Jen LC, @RegressedPDO herself, about inclusion in hockey and her new project, Hockey 101.
I also took Ian’s temperature on the Caps’ recent problem with one-goal games and slow starts, but that was all a feint so I could play a trivia game I designed just for him. The Ian Oland Cultural Literacy Quiz is an exploration of surprising pop-culture blind spots, but it’s also just an excuse to make fun of Ian.
Plus, deep in the podcast, there’s some big news about an upcoming RMNB event you’ll want to hear about.
The Capitals roster is pretty much set for the postseason. After a wild Sunday, the Caps had a quiet deadline day on Monday, but there was still plenty us to unpack in a podcast featuring RMNB’s Pat Holden and Adam Stringham of Japers Rink fame.
Yeah. Two podcasts in a week. Whoa.
The trade deadline is just days away, and no one knows nothing. But that didn’t stop me, Pat, and Dimitri from exchanging wild guesses about what will go down between now and Monday at 3 PM.
Mike Weber, P.A. Parenteau, draft picks, prospects, and Brooks Laich– anything can happen. And probably won’t. But let’s talk about it anyway.
Hope you’re stocked up on toilet paper and bread because the DMV is about to get slammed by wintry weather. On the eve of the big storm, Ian and I got together to chat about the unspeakably dominant Caps’ season, the narrative driving their success, and how cold it is in my dang house.
Plus, Steve Dangle of Sportsnet joined us to talk about Shane McMahon and Oscar the Grouch. And hockey.
Merry Christmas, RMNB Maniacs, which is apparently what Ian is calling you now. The hockey team is on break, but the blog team never sleeps. We all got together on Tuesday night to share tidings of joy and talk puck. We also answer your questions, including the Tom Wilson/bust question, doing the wave at Verizon Center, TJ Oshie’s scoring pace, Brooks Laich’s hidden value, and which moment this season was the most bailamos-y.
Join us, won’t you?
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