Resisting… urge… to make fun of MG52’s shirt. (Photo credit: @KevinMacDonnell)
NHL players have missed their first four paychecks of the 2012-13 season, but one Washington Capitals player is still willing to empty his pockets for a good cause. On Saturday night, Mike Green asked all of his followers in a tweet to come out to the popular sports bar Front Page Arlington. The all-star defenseman then bought all Caps fans in attendance a round of shots and then later just paid for the entire bar tab. Green also served drinks from behind the bar, signed autographs and took pictures with fans, and even participated in the last round of a day-long poker tournament to help benefit Hurricane Sandy victims and the Ballston restaurant whose revenue is down 10% because of the lockout. How cool is that?!
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: hockey players are the most down-to-earth and generous athletes in any sport. These types of gestures make fans for life, regardless of how the unnecessary league-imposed lockout darkens our collective hockey souls.
Below the jump, I’ve included a few more pictures from the night — and if you’ve got some more, feel free to send ’em our way.
Thanks to some well timed henriquing, there will in fact be a game to watch on Saturday night, and there is a decent chance we’ll even be together to watch somebody hoist the Stanley Cup. Not gonna lie: I will get emotional.
The game is supposed to start at 8, but who knows what kind of nonsensical padding and human interest story fluff NBC will air beforehand. If Costas shows up, you know it’s gonna be bad.
Illustration by Ian Oland.
It’s only been the offseason for a couple weeks, and we already miss you guys. So we had a thought: why don’t we all get together, share some laughs, and watch maybe the last hockey game of the year?
So. Saturday, June 9, 7 PM. Come to Front Page VA to watch Game Five* of the Stanley Cup Finals with us. Front Page will have some TVs tuned to the game, specials for the hungry and thirsty among us, and a small army of service staff waiting at your beck and call.
Photo credit: Chris Gordon
Thank you to everyone who attended RMNB Party 4: Judgment Day at Front Page Arlington. Thank you to Front Page for being such terrific hosts and putting up with our crowd. Thank you to Wes Johnson for rocking the microphone. Thank you to Mathieu Perreault for scoring the game-winner.
The turnout was terrific, the game was great, and it scarcely could have gone better. Our own paparazzo, Chris Gordon, was snapping pics all night long; here’s a sampling behind the jump. If you’ve got more pics to share, please link ’em up in the comments or share ’em on Twitter on the #RMNBParty4 hashtag. If you’ve got a story to tell about the party (love connections, anyone?), let us know that as well. Thanks again!
Starting at 5:30 at Front Page Arlington, it’s finally time for #RMNBParty4! Ostensibly it is a viewing party for Game 82, the Caps at the Rangers, but it’s really so much more. We already know the Caps are in the playoffs, but tonight we find out who they’ll face in the first round. It’ll be a good time.
Everyone is welcome. No dress code (but you can’t go wrong in red). The game starts at 6:30, but we’ll be partying as of 5:30. Immediately after the game, we’ll be playing SO YOU’RE AN EXPERT!?, which might be a total trainwreck.
If you’re gonna be making social media noise at or about the party, please do so using the #RMNBParty4 hashtag. We’ll be broadcasting all those tweets behind the jump and collecting them for a post-mortem. See you at the party!
Oh snap. Come party with us on Saturday afternoon at The Front Page in Arlington!
Huh? Dude, read above. It’s a party at Front Page VA after all the development camp shenanigans are over.
Why? Why not, man? It’s summer time. We miss you guys. The prospects are in town. Tons of changes in the Caps org. Peter got a new bulldog. Pick a reason; they’re all good.
Where? The Front Page. 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22203. Just across from KCI. A stone’s throw from Cold Stone. You can’t miss it. We’ll be hanging out at the front bar and the outdoor patio.
When? Well, again, we told you this already. It’s like you’re not paying attention. Saturday, July 16, 2011. Right after the scrimmage (which starts at 10am). Let’s say 1 PM, but it could be anytime around then. Party goes on til 5-ish. Then you can go crash Michael Jenkins’ party.
Who? You, hopefully. Of course we’ll be there, and that includes RMNB-, WaPo-, and ESPN-published sports maven slash Twitter personality Neil Greenberg.
3.5? We’re doing half-parties now. Since the eventual RMNB Party 4 will be so massive that house plants will be knocked over by its gravitational pull, we thought giving this one a modest point five was the right thing to do.
Anything else? Happy hour specials from 3 to 5 if your whistle needs wetting.
So will we see you there?
If there was one photo to sum up the night, this would be it.
On Saturday night, we hosted our second RMNB par-taaaaay at The Front Page in Arlington, Virginia. The event was all for charity, raising an astounding $2,500.08 for the Brian and Emily St. Louis Family Fund. We held a silent auction featuring some lovely pieces of Caps memorabilia and held a raffle for those of you who couldn’t drop the big bucks. As promised, some quasi-famous people showed up including Caps P.A. announcer Wes Johnson, CSN anchor Michael Jenkins, Caps beat reporter for 106.7 The FAN Sky Kerstein, Japers’ Rink blogger J.P., Mike Vogel of the Capitals, Brian Murphy of Hail! Magazine and Homer McFanboy, the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg plus super-fans Goat and The Horn Guy! Teen heartthrob Fedor Fedin was also there, though he didn’t seem to move much. All things considered, it was a pretty awesome night. But hey, you already knew that! If you want to relive the party (or for some reason need convincing on why you should come to our next one which is tentatively titled RMNB Party 3: Let’s All Drink Out Of This Big Silver Cup Thingee) check out the pictures from the night below!
Logo and illustration by Ian Oland
Eight months ago, we celebrated our first year anniversary with a party hosted by Front Page Arlington. It was a huge success, as over 150 lovely readers came out to hang with us. That night we even did some good by raising $1,000 for Love146, a charity near and dear to the heart of friend-of-the-blog Samantha Casey.
Since that party went so well, we decided, “Ah, what the heck! Let’s have another one.” So next Saturday, March 12, our blog will be hosting our second shindig wondrously titled RMNB Party 2: Electric Boogaloo. (You can thank Neil for the name.) This year’s celebration will once again be held at the Front Page restaurant in Arlington, VA and we’ll be there meeting and greeting with our readers from 6pm until midnight.
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