Posts Tagged ‘Caps’

Washington, D.C. is not just a Redskins town – it’s a great sports city

October 31, 2011

The Caps have been the most underachieving playoff team of all time in any major North American sport, yet the games are all sold out for the third year in a row. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Washington, D.C. may not be the best sports town in the country, but it deserves a lot more credit than it usually gets.  In fact, D.C. is an excellent sports town that supports more teams in more sports than just about any city in the U.S.

The Washington Post, a marketing machine that bores its tentacles further and further into the belly of local radio, TV, and the internet all the time, recently had the gall to call D.C. a “mediocre” sports town.

Don’t pay attention to such drivel, though, because the writers behind the series for the most part, namely Dan Steinberg and Mike Wise, have only been in town for a few years, and they overlook many of the aspects of D.C. sports fandom that make D.C. sports fans unique. Virtually none of the columnists who criticize D.C. as a sports town, many of whom live off the reputation of the once great Post, hail from the area.

D.C. sports fans shouldn’t be judged on their teams’ lack of recent championships or blamed because people want to live here. Examine the loyalty of fans through good times and bad, and you’ll find that D.C. stacks up well with almost any major city.  Washington hasn’t won a major pro sports championship in 20 years other than the four Major League Soccer trophies DC United took home between 1996 and 2004.  Yet D.C. fans are remarkably passionate in supporting their teams.

How many cities have the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, plus major college basketball and football? Not many.  We have the Redskins, Wizards, Caps, Nats, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown basketball, Terps football, and a whole lot more. Given what we’ve had to cheer for, D.C. has turned out to be a great sports city.

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2010 DC sports year in review: great regular season for Caps, not much else to cheer about

January 7, 2011

Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 in his major league debut in 2010. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

2010 was another typical year for D.C. area sports teams. That is to say, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about, other than a great regular season by the Capitals and some above-average seasons by local college teams.

2011 may end up being brighter for the Redskins, Capitals, Nationals, Wizards, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown, but first Examiner.com takes a look back at the year in D.C. sports that was 2010.

Redskins

It was a disappointing debut for coach Mike Shanahan, whose Redskins finished 6-10, losing seven of their last nine games.  Shanahan traded a second and a fourth-round pick to Philadelphia for Donovan McNabb, who had his worst season since his rookie year.

Capitals

The Caps won the President’s Trophy for the most points in the NHL during the regular season, but then crashed and burned in the playoffs, losing to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in seven games.

Nationals

The Nats finished with a losing record (69-93) for the fifth time in their six-season existence.  Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg did not disappoint, striking out 14 in his major league debut en route to a record of 5-3 and an ERA of 2.91 with 92 strikeouts in 68 innings.

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Caps 4, Buffalo Sabres 2

November 18, 2010

Matt Bradley of the Caps scores past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller to give Washington a 2-0 lead during Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres at Verizon Center. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

The Washington Capitals rushed out to a 3-0 lead, gave up two goals in 48 seconds, and then held on for a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday in Washington.  The win avenged a 3-2 loss to the Sabres last Saturday, Washington’s only loss in its last nine games.

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Varlamov and Washington Capitals rout Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, take 2-1 series lead

April 20, 2010

If the Capitals are going to advance deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs, they’ll need to get some easy wins. Washington got one Monday night, 5-1 over the Canadiens in Montreal.

The Caps scored four unanswered goals in the second period and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves as Washington cruised to a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Caps outshot the Canadiens 36-27 in winning their second straight game.

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Backstrom leads Washington Capitals past Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in Game 2 with hat trick, OT goal

April 17, 2010

Down by three goals, the Capitals mounted a furious comeback and defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in Game 2 of their opening round playoff series, thanks to a hat trick and an overtime goal by Nicklas Backstrom.

The fans got their money’s worth in a wild contest at Verizon Center that saw the Caps come back from a 4-1 deficit and featured 11 goals including hat tricks by Backstrom and Andrei Kostitsyn.

Alexander Ovechkin rebounded from a lackluster effort in Game 1 to score a goal and assist on three others, and got involved in the game early with physical play.

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Caps sweep season series from Penguins with 6-3 win, Ovechkin and Crosby tied with 48 goals

April 7, 2010

The Capitals swept the season series 4-0 from the Penguins with a 6-3 road win over Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

Alexander Ovechkin’s power play goal at 2:37 of the third period past Marc-Andre Fleury gave the Caps a 5-3 lead. Ovechkin also scored an empty netter to give him 48 for the season, tying him with Sidney Crosby for the league lead.

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Ovechkin and Washington Capitals edge Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins in shootout, 4-3

March 28, 2010

Washington defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in a shootout in a marquee matchup of the two best players in the NHL and two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

In front of a raucous Verizon Center crowd, the Capitals overcame a 2-1 deficit, played the Penguins to a draw in a faced-paced overtime, and came back in the shootout to outlast their rivals.

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Capitals overcome 3-0 deficit, beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT after Ovechkin ejected

March 16, 2010

Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal in overtime, and Washington scored three goals in the third period as the Caps overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Blackhawks in Chicago.

The Caps had to play most of the game without Alexander Ovechkin, who was ejected at 12:16 of the first period for a boarding major penalty and a game misconduct in the nationally televised contest.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Washington Capitals shut out New York Rangers 2-0, get 13th consecutive home win

March 8, 2010

The Washington Capitals shut out the New York Rangers 2-0 tonight at Verizon Center to get their team record 13th consecutive home win.

Caps goaltender Jose Theodore made 30 saves to get his 29th career shutout and remain undefeated in his last 14 games (12-0-2).

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Washington, D.C. Sports Headlines Examiner – Examiner.com

February 6, 2010

I’m the new Washington, D.C. Sports Headlines Examiner for Examiner.com.  Basically, I write short articles about local sports events.  In a typical week, I might do an article on a Caps game, Wizards game, either Maryland or Georgetown basketball game, and a fourth miscellaneous item.  Right now I’ll do more Caps games because they’re doing so well.  And of course, in the spring, I’ll be doing some Nats and D.C. United games, and of course Redskins news as it comes in.

See http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner for my articles.  If you click on “subscribe” to the right of my name and then enter your email address, you’ll get email alerts whenever I do an article.  Subscribing is free, and in a typical week, I’ll probably do about four articles.  If you’re a local sports fan, it’s worth it just to find out what happened to the local teams, and just as important, to hear about any major breaking news.  A perfect example of this is former Redskin Russ Grimm making the Hall of Fame, which just happened today.  Also, I get paid per page click — each time one of my articles gets read.

Examiner.com is not affiliated with the Examiner newspapers. Examiner.com has reporters, or “Examiners” all over the country and emphasizes local news and sports.

As long as I’m promoting myself, I might as well cut and paste my bio here:

Mike Frandsen is a free-lance writer who has worked as a local sports reporter covering the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Orioles. Mike also teaches kids with autism (www.coachmike.net) and works as an advocate for kidney donor awareness. He blogs about subjects as varied as sports, autism, and kidney disease at www.mikefrandsen.org.

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