I went to the Caps-Ottawa Senators game the other night. Nicklas Backstrom had a great wraparound goal and Alex Ovechkin had another great one as he used his speed to charge straight on at the goal.
I was struck by the fact that almost the whole crowd was wearing red, many of them wearing Alex Ovechkin uniforms. It was a great decision to change the Caps uniforms back to red, white, and blue, with mostly red. The old uniforms – the blue and bronze that the Wizards currently have – were awful. The Wizards should change back to red white and blue as well as they’re in the nation’s capital. It’s be great if the Wizards changed their name back to Bullets but that probably won’t happen in light of the Gilbert Arenas incident.
I noticed for the first time the 1978 Washington Bullets NBA Champions team photo on the side of the Verizon Center. It’s nice to see that. They may have just put it up after the death of the owner, Abe Pollin, because there’s also an enlarged photo of Pollin there. That 1978 championship team is one of the most underappreciated championship teams of all-time. The talking heads most closely associated with Washington sports, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, never mention this team. They arrived in Washington around 1980 and they act as if the championship never happened since it didn’t happen while they were here.
One other measure of how Caps fans are louder than Wizards fans now — and in fact I’m pretty sure it has always been that way — is that I decided to go to a Caps game instead of a Wizards game since I was on a first date. I hate when I’m at a place that is so quiet so the people right next to you can hear your entire conversation. It’s why going for coffee is a great idea in theory but can be awkward if someone is sitting at the table right next to yours on a laptop. She and I talked the whole time and at a Wizards game, the people in front, behind, to the left, and to the right of us would have heard every word. I knew we wouldn’t have that problem at the Caps game and we didn’t.