Last summer, I received two of the biggest honors of my career when I a) got to write a print story for the Washington Post about Dylan Bundy and b) subsequently play in the Frederick Keys Media Game a few weeks later. I’ve been going to Keys games with my family since I was a baby in 1989 so it was a thrill to be on the field of my hometown minor league team.
This Saturday, I’m participating in the media game again, but with a few special twists.
The Frederick Keys will be hosting Salute to the O’s Night at 6pm and former Oriole and six-time all-star Harold Baines will be in attendance to sign autographs and meet with fans. The Keys (the Orioles minor league affiliate) are playing the Potomac Nationals (the Nats’ minor league affiliate) that night and there’ll be fireworks after the game . Finally, and this is the best part, RMNB’s Pat Holden has been invited to play in the media game too. And he’s not on my team, setting up the ultimate RMNB GRUDGE MATCH.
Hi. You might have noticed that the familiar, grungy, old-fashioned RMNB website has been replaced by this here fancy new RMNB. Welp, you’re looking at our top secret, middle of the night, open beta soft launch.
We’ll be making some tweaks over the next couple days, so please pardon our rough edges and goof-ups. When that’s all done, expect a big announcement where we thank a bunch of people and puff ourselves up.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
As some of you know, I’ve been studying as a film major over the last three years. My university days are flying fast, and it’s time to focus on my senior thesis. I plan to make a documentary following the excitement and uniqueness of Caps fan culture, particularly during the playoffs. But here’s that catch, I need some fans to follow!
Photo: Chris Gordon
We’ve been covering Evgeny Kuznetsov for the last five years with unequaled vigor. From the wacky celebrations to the KHL/NHL waffling, Kuznetsov’s been the focus of our website and my personal favorite hockey player even before he crossed the ocean last year. So relaying this next story is wild.
Before game seven on Monday, RMNB’s Chris Gordon was asked at practice through a spokesman where he got his new iPhone case. The case is white and has the RMNB logo on it. The person inquiring was Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season on Tuesday night. That milestone naturally gave reporters the opportunity to reflect on exactly how great the Capitals captain has been.
Speaking with Michael Jenkins, CSN Washington’s Jill Sorenson (follow her on Twitter here) said it was Ovechkin’s durability over the last nine seasons that has impressed her most.
Basically, Russian machine never breaks.
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The Washington Capitals didn’t play very well against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, but spirits at #RMNBPartyGr8 were high enough that we didn’t mind.
Mark Stuart converted in the first after a convenient puck dribbled across the slot. Mark Scheifele scored in the second after a failed breakout pass allowed him a clear shot– again from the slot. Someone got an empty-better during a late-game Caps power play. Oh well. The Caps spent a few special moments in front of Pavelec’s net, but not a once did they hit its back.
Jets beats Caps 2-0. Shutout city. Share your feelings and analyses in the comments. Thanks to everyone who came out to the party. Sorry the boys couldn’t SCOAR moar for you.
Photo credit: @katie_brown47
The Caps Game Entertainment crew aired RMNB’s first CRL segment with Tom Wilson on the jumbotron during the first intermission of the Caps/Preds game. It’s a bit surreal seeing your big head up on the jumbotron. Chris Gordon, covering the game for us on location, tells me he “almost pooped [his] pants” when it happened. We are pros.
Thank you for all your excitement and congratulations. The response has been overwhelming. We wouldn’t get these opportunities without your support, so again: THANK YOU.
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