Bleep dat bleep up
Okay, this story is too cool to spoil. Guest writer Ellen T. is a Caps fan with an talent for arts and a thing for the Alex Ovechkin. We’ll let her take it from there.
Two years ago, before the first Caps Convention, I found a pattern for a knitted hockey player. Yeah, I know; I’m a 23-year-old girl that knits– cool or lame? Anyway, I thought as a joke I would knit one for my friends, so I knitted a little stuffed Ovechkin.
My friends thought it was funny, so they dared me to give the doll to Alex Ovechkin at the Caps Convention when I would get my picture taken with him. I took the doll, and when it was my turn, I nervously said, “hey, I knitted this doll this summer and thought you might like it.” He smiled and accepted it, and then we took the picture. Not ’til later did I realize the doll was in the picture, which was a treat.
It’s a red letter day.
The three days since the Capitals 7-0 loss to the Rangers have been the most tumultuous the franchise has seen since the playoffs. In the interim we’ve talked about getting a new goalie, not getting a new goalie, dumping Bruce Boudreau, not dumping Bruce Boudreau, the curse of HBO, statistics so grim they seem actuarial, the colloquial and literal meanings of “going dark”, and the faintest glimmer of hope.
Tonight is the most important night of the Capitals’ season so far. Facing off against the Ducks at 7 PM, the Caps finally have a chance to end their six-game losing streak. At 10 PM, HBO will air the first episode of 24/7, reportedly including the team’s nadir in the form of Bruce Boudreau’s profanity-laden timeout speech at MSG. By this time tomorrow, we should have answers to all our questions:
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