Not visible: the player with the puck. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)
On Friday night, Verizon Center debuted its new “skycam,” the first such camera permanently installed at an NHL and NBA building. Now it appears the expensive device may not be so permanent. A CSN Washington spokesman told RMNB the camera will not be in place for the next Capitals home game. It received a deluge of criticism from fans.
“The product was being tested last night and is not scheduled to be used Sunday,” Brian Potter, the director of communications for the channel, said in an email. “It hasn’t yet been determined if it will be used further. Many factors will be considered, including feedback from fans.”
During Wednesday’s Capitals preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres, Courtney Laughlin, daughter of long-time Caps color commentator Craig Laughlin, announced that she is joining CSN Washington’s pre-game show, Caps Central.
Excited to be a part of the CSN Caps pregame show! The Laughlin's are taking over! Tune in next Thurs for my TV debut pic.twitter.com/P6UXrnnoJD
— Courtney Laughlin (@courtlaugh22) October 2, 2014
Courtney will make her TV debut next Thursday before the Capitals home opener against the Montreal Canadiens.
I spoke to Courtney via email Wednesday night, and she explained her new role.
The Capitals page of CSN Washington’s site has some funny ideas about what’s trending among fans on social media. The “Capitals Pulse” widget scans for popular tags and topics on Twitter. You can see dev camp stud Jakub Vrana getting a lot of mentions because of his new contract. Alex Ovechkin’s up there too because he’s freaking Ovi.
And then, at right, the widget has picked out YOUR active hashtags.
UPDATE, 11:40 am: I spoke with a representative of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic who apologized for the oversight. This kind of stuff happens, and CSN is usually pretty good at attribution, so we consider the matter closed. The original post follows.
This isn’t a hockey story, so feel free to skip over this one.
On Monday morning we published a partial translation of an interview by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. In that interview, Alex Ovechkin discusses the departure of Mikhail Grabovski and his feelings about Adam Oates’ dismissal from the Capitals. Our own Igor Kleyner translated from the original Russian, and Ian Oland provided the introduction. I did a sloppy proofread on the piece, which will become relevant in a moment.
On Monday night, reader Alison let me know that CSN might have used our translation on their SportsTalk Live show. That would have been very exciting for us if only CSN had attributed us. They did not.
That’s not very nice. And then, to see for myself, I had to watch Brian Mitchell, which makes it even worse.
Yep. Milking this for all it’s worth.
We were stunned when we saw one of our t-shirts featured in ESPN The Magazine. So stunned, we said and I quote:
Since we’re on a bit of a hot streak, the next thing we’re going to work on is getting CSN Washington anchor Russ Thaler to scream “RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS!” before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs with red war paint on. I mean, if we can get into ESPN The Magazine, anything is possible.
Well, minus the face-paint and screaming, mission accomplished. Next goal: segway tour with the Bradleys.
In CSN Washington’s last installment of “Gabbin’ with Gabby,” Caps Head Coach Bruce Boudreau discusses his first job as a young man in the Great White North and his, um, work experience at Maple Leaf Gardens.
As anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet in D.C., Michael Jenkins has brought oodles of personality to sports coverage in the area. With his razor-sharp wit and Billy Madison-esque playfulness, Michael has helped transform CSN Washington into the go-to source for sports wisdom in the tri-state area. And through his man-on-the-street segments, Jenks has become a cultural touchstone.
Michael joined CSN in September 2004 from KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and has since won two Capital Region Emmy Awards. He was named the 2008 winner for Best Sports Reporter and also won in 2005 for Best Sports Anchor. And if you have a memory as vivid as ours, you may recall that he grew an awesome playoff beard during the Capitals’ second season last year.
We spoke with Michael via email, asking him about his special perspective on area sports, the epic ascent of the Washington Capitals, and the genesis of his on-air style. And because he couldn’t resist, Michael also dishes on Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis and college French classes. Below the jump, check out our epic interview with Jenks which includes videos of some of our favorite segments he’s done.
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