Rock(ing chair) The Red

Rockin the Red

Rockin the Red

It wasn’t long ago that we’d make our way down to the Verizon Center in Chinatown and enjoy a raucous evening rocking the red with 18,000 like-minded rabid Caps fans.  Massive scoring binges and blowout victories were the norm and the Caps were the toast of the town.  Winners (it seemed) in perpetuity.  Now the only red getting rocked is the goal light behind the Capitals net.Rock

What happened?  The slip started in 2010 when the Capitals hit their high water mark and won the Presidents Trophy, finishing the regular season with 121 points, but losing in the first round playoffs to the Canadians 4-3.   In 2011 they finished first again in the east with 107 points but only one point ahead of second-place Philadelphia, and eventually got swept by Tampa Bay in the second round of the playoffs.

Fast forward to today and the Caps are on their third coach in four years, have the worst record in the NHL, have yet to score four goals in a game, and the truly mind-boggling statistic:  have gone 26 straight games (regular season and playoffs) without defeating an opponent by more than one goal!  The only question remains is if we’ve seen the bottom yet, and I fear we haven’t.  In all honesty, the Caps talent level is probably between 6th and 8th place in the eastern conference, but the reason for their last place form is lack of effort.  These guys will not stick up for each other and give up when faced with adversity.

I used to be a fan of Washington’s dreadful basketball team, The Wizards, but ever since they changed their name from the Bullets, I couldn’t identify and lost interest.  I don’t even cover them in this space which is about DC sports, and am sad to say that even the Wizards, in all their mud-sucking curb level existence, try harder and are more competitive than this Caps team.

Caps GM George McPhee needs to be fired but that’s not happening anytime soon.  The only thing which moves that along will be empty seats at Verizon.  Fans are still showing up to rock the red and owner Ted Leonsis is still selling out the building, but not for long.

About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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