At the beginning of NFL free agency, the Washington Redskins fired their GM and let several of their most popular players leave to other teams. That includes defensive lineman Chris Baker, who signed a three-year, $15.75 contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It was really hurtful learning that the Redskins didn’t really offer me a contract, being that I was one of their best defensive linemen on their team for the last couple of years and really worked my way up from the practice squad to being one of the best linemen,” Baker said on Sirius XM NFL Radio according to NFL.com. “And for them not to offer me was very hurtful, but I understand it’s a business and I’m very happy to move forward with the Buccaneers and I think I really have a bright future there.”
Despite that disappointment, Baker is still repping his favorite Washington-area teams and on Thursday night, Baker went to the Caps-Predators game at Verizon Center. I can confirm Swaggy had a fantastic time thanks to Tom Wilson.
Since January, the Washington Capitals have seemed like a virtual lock to make the playoffs. Tonight, they can make it an acutal reality.
According to the NHL’s PR, the Caps can become the first team to clinch a playoff spot if they can defeat the Lightning and the Islanders lose to the Blue Jackets.
According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Nate Schmidt will serve as the team’s seventh defenseman for the rest of the season and sit tonight against Nashville. This decision is somewhat of a surprise, as reports had previously suggested that Brooks Orpik might get scratched with Kevin Shattenkirk returning from a two-game suspension.
After sitting out for five games, Schmidt was excellent filling in for Shattenkirk. Besides scoring a nice goal to open the scoring against Minnesota, Schmidt went plus-13 in five-on-five shot attempts during his two games back in the lineup. Schmidt sitting after such an excellent performance is a tough by-product of the Caps’ stacked blueline, especially after the Shattenkirk acquisition.
Despite the threat of Winter Storm Stella dumping up to a foot of snow on the DC area, and its disappointing aftermath, the thought on many people’s minds this week is tinted green with the arrival of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The Capitals, too, are thinking green, with their own week-long celebration entitled Green Week, which will run March 13-17.
The Thursday March 16th game versus the Nashville Predators is the Capitals’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration game. The team will be wearing special green jerseys during warm-ups, as well as use green tape on their sticks. The jerseys and sticks, along with special green pucks, will be autographed and up for auction. Proceeds will benefit the Anacostia Watershed Society. You can bid on those items now via Handbid.
Take a closer look at these beautiful sweaters.
With 95 points in 68 games, the Capitals currently sit atop the Metropolitan Division and the entire league. They are on a four-game losing streak, while the Metro division rival Pittsburgh Penguins have won five of their last six (with a shootout loss last night), tying the Caps in points with exactly the same number of games played.
Regular season success for the Caps has become a punchline. It’s hard to get excited about this final 14-game stretch when all that we really care about is what the team does come April, May, and hopefully June. Which is entirely fair.
But there is a lot left to play for right now, and the stakes are high. The Caps have snuck back into a dogfight for what is a genuinely important number one seed in the Metro. Forget the Presidents’ Trophy, they need to take this division — for the reasons you’ll see below.
As someone who helps runs social media accounts with nearly 80,000 Capitals followers, I’ve stumbled upon a unique position on the internet to make broad observations about where the fanbase sits right now. It’s not good.
Some Caps fans are freaking out right now. A month away from the postseason, the Caps have lost four games in regulation for the first time since Barry Trotz’s first month as coach in 2014. Many have surmised that our favorite team, who once seemed infallible in January and February, peaked too early again. Others worry about the fact that Alex Ovechkin hasn’t scored in ten games. I’ve seen commenters say this season is already over. The community seems fearful about what awaits the Capitals in the playoffs.
My mind has wandered to this place too. And I want to give you the same advice that I told myself: fucking stop it.
If you’ve been living under a rock, or you don’t spend any time on the internet, Thursday was a dramatic day for fans of the local D.C. football team. The NFL’s free agency period started and the Redskins didn’t disappoint. If you need a quick update on what happened, let me clue you in.
The team decided to not re-sign some pretty important players, so those players went to other teams. Their quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is allegedly dying to go to the 49ers for some reason and requested to be traded. The Redskins made it difficult for Cousins and it’s looking like he will stay, which is very awkward and kinda reminds me of that time I broke up with a boyfriend and he simply replied, “no”. They also fired their GM, Scot McCloughan, who didn’t make it to the NFL Combine to scout for some new talent due to taking care of some family matters. But, once McCloughan was fired, some sources decided to be wildly inappropriate and blame it on his alcoholism.
As Redskins fans, this has been an extremely tough time. People are fed up and they are calling into radio shows to say they’re done with the team, being really dramatic on twitter (mainly me but that’s not new), and even showing up at Redskins Park in Ashburn with pitchforks to protest.
But, Washington football fans, it’s important to remember there is always a silver lining. What if I told you there is a promiseland of sorts that you could retreat to? What if there was a place you could go to be a fan and not be ashamed of being a fan? Well folks, there is. The sport is hockey and your new team should be the Washington Capitals.
Thursday night, the Washington Capitals lost their second-consecutive game, falling to the San Jose Sharks 4-2. The loss marked the first time in the new calendar year that the Caps have lost two-straight games in regulation. The last time the Caps did so was around the Thanksgiving holiday from November 26 through December 1 (4-2 loss to Leafs, 3-0 loss to Islanders).
Friday afternoon, Head Coach Barry Trotz, in an attempt to jumpstart his team, completely reshuffled the lines.
One of the biggest grossing movies over the last year is Disney’s animated film Moana and it now has an amazing Caps connection.
The film, which Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson contributed his voice to, has grossed over $587 million worldwide, and received two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“How Far I’ll Go”).
The lead character Moana was voiced by 16-year-old newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, a native of Kohala, Hawaii. According to Disney, Cravalho, who was in her freshman year of high school, was the last person to audition out of hundreds of actresses. On February 28, Cravalho, wearing a stunning red dress, performed the film’s signature song at the Oscars along with Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Now that I’m done that context, here’s where I blow your mind. Cravalho owns a Capitals shirsey of fourth-line center Jay Beagle.
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