The summer months haven’t been too shabby for Caps players. Karl Alzner and his wife, Mandy, welcomed a baby boy in early June, while TJ and Lauren Oshie had their second girl about three weeks later. Ovi just got married. And, of course, there’s been a whole lot of golfing — a staple of the offseason.
Most recently, Tom Wilson hit the course with girlfriend Taylor Pischke, a Canadian volleyball player. Wilson captioned the photo: Newest member of the LPGA @taylor_pischke. While the message’s intention was to be cute, Andre Burakovsky, on the other hand, only saw a challenge, commenting: Yeah you need to practice buddy, I will beat you when I’m back.
This weekend, Washington Capitals winger TJ Oshie is participating in what is called the super bowl of celebrity sports: the American Century Championship. Held at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, Oshie joined 80 pro athletes and Hollywood celebrities such as Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Justin Timberlake, Steph Curry, Larry The Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and Roger Clemens for the opportunity to win a share of the tournament’s $600,000 purse.
After the first round Friday, Oshie’s two points puts him in a tie for 46th place with former Orioles and Yankees pitcher David Wells. See the full leaderboard here. Oshie shot 14 over par, registering a birdie on holes three and eleven.
As a kid (and definitely definitely not as an adult), I was a collector of hockey cards. I took pride in my Capitals collection. Like, I have every Pat Peake card ever made, and I don’t even care what you think.
The other night I was cleaning up my office downstairs and I noticed the above card of still Capitals coach Adam Oates, which I had completely forgotten. Please note that’s not Oatesy swinging a hockey stick – that’s a golf club. And he’s also wearing those high-waisted jeans again.
This card was produced by Be A Player (now owned by In the Game), which was a wildly popular brand of trading cards back in the day because it included so many autographs in their sets. I thought Be A Player would become one of the titans in the industry, but I can tell you when things started to go very, very wrong: in 2002-03 when they produced these hideous golf card inserts.
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