During Friday’s first intermission, Craig Laughlin and the rest of the Comcast Sportsnet crew presented Joe Beninati with a birthday cake. In typical Locker form, however, the cake from Clyde’s had been destroyed before arriving in front of Beninati, who is celebrating his 49th birthday.
“We had a little accident, everybody,” Laughlin said laughing. “You know what my mom says? ‘It’s always the thought that counts.'”
Laughlin tipped the cake over to the camera.
“I can read it,” Laughlin continued. “It says ‘Happy Birthday.’ There was ‘Joe B’ below that, but… this is sort of what happens to you [in your life], right?”
“That’s my story in a nutshell,” Beninati deadpanned.
Later, Laughlin struck a match and lit a candle on the cake. As he blew out the match, the candle on the cake sitting in his lap was blown out.
Before the Washington Capitals took on the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, there was a wedding at center ice of Verizon Center. Mike and (the now) Liz Shannon tied the knot in front of family and friends standing inside the home and away benches.
Now, getting married wearing Caps jerseys on the ice of the Capitals home arena is pretty cool, but this is where I’m going to blow your mind: CSN’s Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin participated in the service.
Long-time Emmy-winning Washington Capitals’ play-by-play man Joe Beninati has kept himself busy this summer. He’s called the Lacrosse World Championships for ESPN and today he’s doing play-by-play of one of the biggest college football rivalries in the sport: University of Maryland & the University of West Virginia for the Big Ten Network.
This is the game UMD is wearing those awesome Star-Spangled Banner jerseys in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.
This is the second Maryland game Beninati’s helped narrate this season, earlier this month doing play-by-play of the UMD/JMU game.
If this Deadspin video is any indication, Joe B is absolutely killing it in the booth.
It never ends, and I’m sorta okay with that. Today in #ALSIceBucketChallenge news, Capitals coach Barry Trotz and fashion maven Joe Beninati took the plunge. Monumental Network video’d the whole thing. It’s quite a production.
The promotion so far has raised over $40 million to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Participants who get dumped on donate $10; those who fail to meet the challenge (e.g. me) donate $100.
I mention this because I consider what Joe and Barry did cheating. They dipped into the pool right after they got soaked, which means they were only chilly for like two seconds, tops. That’s not enough. So I think they should pony up another $90. Your thoughts?
Pretty pictures below.
UPDATE 4:45 PM: Caps Media Relations Manager Page Sagester says there was no cheating involved.
@russianmachine Wasn't cheating – they were standing in a cold tub full of ice water.
— Pace Sagester (@PaceSagester) August 21, 2014
@russianmachine Whole thing. And Coach kept adding ice. Watch closely- they're both struggling through the intro because they're freezing.
— Pace Sagester (@PaceSagester) August 21, 2014
We are unable to confirm the report as we have not yet been invited to swim in the Caps’
hot cold tub.
On Tuesday morning CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley and NBC Washington’s Adam Vingan reported something right up our alley. Michael Fleetwood, a hardcore Washington Capitals fan, arrived to Development Camp wearing a red Caps home jersey customized with Joe Beninati‘s name on the back.
— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) July 8, 2014
Fleetwood had the number 1 stitched below Beninati’s name, just to make sure it was crystal clear who the best play-by-play man in the business is. Emmys are great, but customized jerseys are forever. And cozy.
I had to ask Joe B himself about it.
This photo of Joe Beninati is how I will remember him when I get old and grey: smiling, immaculately dressed and rocking an Emmy in each hand. Tonight, Beninati was named the Capital area’s best play-by-play man/analyst, which he deserves so hard. He also received a second Emmy for best play-by-play composite, which I’m less sure what that actually means.
Troy Brouwer‘s insane, mind-boggling career season continues. After scoring a career-high 25 goals (which forced me to wear spandex) and receiving his first career World Championships invite to Team Canada, Brouwer has been nominated… for a local Emmy?
Did I read that right? [Re-scans the Capital Emmys Facebook page again.] Yes. Yes, I did.
Brouwer, along with 11 others (including DC101’s Elliot Segal), are a part of the Caps Red Line team up for the Best Local Sports Program Series Emmy. It’s the fourth straight year CRL has been nominated.
The 28-year-old British Columbia native served as a segment host for the series, donning a white laboratory coat and giving essential, nerdy insight as his alter ego, Professor Brouwer.
Since the Washington Capitals did not make the playoffs, CSN Washington play-by-play man Joe Beninati has had a lot of lonely nights. So CSN dispatched Joe B to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Stadium on Saturday to cover the Chesapeake Bayhawks/New York Lizards Major League Lacrosse game.
Our friends over at Swedish Meatballs managed to snap the essential pic of the Joe B suit of the — hey, wait a minute? Is that a polo shirt? Oh man, this is weird. This is so, so weird.
Is it October yet?
The last three Washington Capitals game broadcasts have been different. They’ve been missing the finely dressed Joe Beninati, who has been the team’s play-by-play man for HTS/CSN Washington since 1994.
Beninati was last seen on television on Friday, when he was covering the NCAA Hockey Midwest Regional for ESPNU in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We had two semifinal games [to call on] Friday,” Beninati told me by email. “On Friday afternoon before the games began, I felt like my voice was weakening with laryngitis. I called both games and by the time I finished those six hours on air, my voice was shot.”
Photo: Peter Hassett
Filling in for Joe B. has to be tough. It’s even harder when you have to do it on short notice, which Al Koken was forced to do on Sunday after Beninati fell ill. There are, after all, a lot of names to memorize in play-by-play. It seems Smokin’ Al, who flew into Nashville last night after doing yesterday’s game, remembered one name a little too well: Calle Johansson.
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