Capitals fans saw a familiar face before NASCAR’s Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race, Sunday.
Sergeant Major Bob McDonald, who regularly performs the National Anthem before Caps games, sung the The Star-Spangled Banner with the US Army Chorus Quartet.
Twenty-time, no, wait, twenty-one-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps is having a nice time in Rio. No visible Zika, plus he got a handful of big wins in the Olympic swimming competition. When Phelps celebrated his win in the 200 meter butterfly, we got to see his Maryland roots in action.
During the National Anthem, as Phelps stood on the podium crying with his 20th Olympic gold medal, some goofball ‘hons cheered “O!” and the Baltimore native couldn’t stop laughing.
After giving out bracelets in the first round of the playoffs, the Caps kicked it up a notch with branded styrofoam tubes for Game One of the Penguins series. The tubes lit up red when activated.
At first the giveaway seemed strange. Caps superfan Goat joked on Instagram that it was “Light-Up Miniature Pool Noodle Night’ at VERIZON CENTER!” But they were stunning. It looked like a pulsating sea of red.
In what is becoming an annual tradition, Santa Claus flew down early from the North Pole to make an appearance at the Verizon Center before the Washington Capitals took on the Tampa Bay Lightning. And before puck drop, we were even treated to a stirring rendition of the national anthem from Claus which sounded a lot like Bob McDonald.
There was fist pumping and gyrating. Santa went HAM.
Before the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks face off on New Year’s Day, there will an elaborate pregame ceremony. Players will skate out of a fake Capitol Dome and reflecting pool. Then the national anthem will be sung.
Instead of picking some idiotic celebrity musician like that dude from Staind, the Capitals have selected Bob McDonald, Caleb Green, and the rest of US Army Chorus to sing.
— Bob McDonald (@bobinarlington) December 29, 2014
On Monday, the Washington Capitals broke out a special surprise for the seventh day of Hanukkah. Before their game against the Ottawa Senators, Santa Claus sung the national anthems. In sonorous tones reminiscent of Bob McDonald, Santa, who was definitely not Bob McDonald, belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” to the hundreds of fans in attendance, who cheered with bewilderment and amusement.
There is debate about what was the worst moment in Canadian history. Some say it was the Halifax Explosion of 1917 that killed an estimated 2000 people. More say it was when Michael J Fox left Edmonton to come to the States in 1979. I’d have been in that second camp, but this moment from Friday’s Penticton Vees game in BC might change my mind.
Or at least it would have, until that dang neighborly Canadian crowd saved the day.
Anthem singer Bob McDonald, not in spandex, and the Brouwer Rangers. (Photo: @CAPLDY)
Yesterday, we announced that Troy and Carmen Brouwer will be joining us this Saturday, Sept. 6, for #PARTYZORD: The Brouwer Rangers / RMNB ‘Legends of Ice Dancing’ Tour de Pouwer (to support Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena)™. But if hanging out with the Washington Capitals’ best player* and his cool wife isn’t your thing, maybe our next VIP guest will be.
We’re excited to announce that the one and only Bob McDonald – star of stage and screen, part-time wine snob and certified American hero – will be kicking off the festivities with his beloved rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” a.k.a. our national anthem, promptly at 10 a.m.
Not everyone loves it when Orioles fans cheer “O!” during the National Anthem at Verizon Center. Such as Nats fans and The Washington Post’s Mike Wise (just search for the words “tainted gene pool”). Also sharing that sentiment are these Cubs fans at Wrigley Field, who first were confused, then outraged by the shouting.
Tonight’s exhilarating win in Montreal was marred by some nonsense. A small, but vocal segment of the Canadiens fan base took it upon themselves to boo the Star-Spangled Banner (also here and here). No one asked the booing throng for their finer details of their political ideology, but it’s safe to say that a seed of anti-American sentiment blossoms in Montreal.
Regardless of the outcome on Wednesday night, this quarterfinal playoff series will soon return to Washington, D.C., and there we will have a choice. Will the Phone Booth return fire, booing “O Canada” from start to finish, or will they take the high road?
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