Alex Ovechkin, TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov. With the injury to Nicklas Backstrom that kept him out of the preseason and first few games of the regular season, Kuznetsov soon found himself centering the top line with Ovechkin and Oshie. And the result so far has been magical. In five games, the top line has combined for 16 points and led the Caps to a 4-1 start.
We wondered what nickname our new top line should have. RMNB reader Andrew Dionne came through in the clutch.
— Andrew Dionne (@sentientcheese) October 18, 2015
Saturday night, I watched in horror as the Anaheim Ducks lost in game seven to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3. I, the sadistic Caps fan that I am, was rooting for Bruce Boudreau to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals because of how much he did for this area while he coached Washington and Hershey. Instead Bruce’s team collapsed in another big game. He was so tantalizingly close.
Pro Hockey Talk described Bruce’s futility in game sevens, and it’s pretty much the most depressing thing you’ll ever read.
No matter what happens Wednesday, the Washington Capitals have had a fantastic season and two dramatic playoff series we’ll all remember. Along the way, we’ve learned a new phrase uttered by one of our favorite Russians, we’ve closed a coliseum, and we even saw our beloved goaltender go into beast mode.
With all the special projects we’ve done this season, there hasn’t been much time for shirts. Today we have five. Hopefully, you’re going to love them.
When we started RMNB in 2009, we didn’t have high expectations. A couple readers and a few laughs would’ve been enough. Then things got a little out of hand, and we became one of the biggest unaffiliated hockey blogs out there.
It’s been a blast. We love it. Have you seen the parties?
But we didn’t expect how much work it would be to grow the way we have. For Ian and me, RMNB is like a second job. Plus, we’ve got escalating hosting costs, licenses to purchase, hardware to do the work, and contributors to support. And don’t forget an upcoming, mobile-friendly redesign of the site. (We are very excited about that!)
Getting all that stuff costs money, and to be honest we don’t make a lot. Advertisements cover some of hosting, and t-shirts keep our heads above water, but we’re not able to grow– or even sustain our current pace.
So we’re passing around the hat. (Hey, it was your idea.) Here’s the deal: If you donate $25 or more, you’ll get the most popular RMNB t-shirt in history before it goes away forever.
There are a bunch of perks, but the t-shirt is really rad. Still– any amount would help. Whatever you can spare will keep RMNB alive for years to come.
On Thursday night after Andre Burakovsky scored his second career NHL goal, Peter tweeted this.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) October 17, 2014
The nickname got approximately a million retweets, and we were bombarded with emails and tweets demanding a t-shirt. I oblige. When the RMNB people need something, I come through for the RMNB people.
The Baltimore Orioles have been swept out of the ALCS by the Kansas City Royals. That was an unceremonious end to the team’s best season since 1997. I’m still stunned.
The Orioles had a truly magical season. They lost Matt Wieters to injury after just 26 games and Manny Machado after 82. Newly mortal but still spectacular slugger Chris Davis missed the playoffs to suspension for taking adderall without permission. And yet they found new talent in improbable places: Steve Pearce’s out-of-nowhere slugging, Nelson Cruz’s redemption tour, Zach Britton’s heavy-gravity closing, and whatever the hell you would call Ryan Flaherty and whatever the hell it is that Ryan Flaherty does.
The Orioles dominated the AL East and swept the ferocious Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. And though they were felled by the Kansas City Royals in four straight, blooper-filled, small-ball disasters, I still love the Orioles. If you love them– or Maryland at all– I’ve made some shirts that might interest you.
(If you’re not from Maryland and/or hate us for this stuff, just skip over this one! We still love you.)
DMV sports fans are living high on the hog. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals have each won their divisions and are now poised for the postseason. The Orioles just finished their best season probably since 1997, and the Nats closed out the regular with a dramatic no-hitter for Jordan Zimmermann. It’s good times on both ball fields.
Yet there are those among us who say you must choose one team and hate the other. The fan police say no true fan can support both Washington and Baltimore at the same time. They say support for one team is betrayal of the other.
Nuts to that. Instead, you and I shall stand shoulder to shoulder, and we’ll don this nifty new RMNB t-shirt, and we shall say, NATRIOLES MAGICTUDE, ‘HON.
202 represents the area code of good ol’ Washington DC. As Wikipedia puts it:
202 is the North American telephone area code for Washington, D.C. It was one of the area codes originally assigned in October 1947. The capital was assigned 202 because the North American Numbering Plan Administration wanted to keep the number of “clicks” to a minimum for densely populated areas, given the rotary dialing technology in use at the time.
So Thursday night, I gave myself only three hours to come up with a logo and I’d only turn it into a t-shirt if 50 of you guys RT’d the image on Twitter.
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