Crapitals Beat the Rangers in Game 1. So? They’re Still the Crapitals.

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Fandom, Hockey
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Everyone’s jumping for joy in DC because the Crapitals won game 1 in their seven-game series against the New York Rangers. This annoys me for two reasons. First, I went to my first Crapitals game in 1975, a 2-2 tie against the Minnesota North Stars. I was 7 years old. I’ve been a Crapitals fan for their entire existence, even holding season tickets for a time. These recent “fans” make me sick. If it weren’t for the fact that the Crapitals are winning, we’d have no fans. DC isn’t a hockey town. Shut up punks. For some of you, the Crapitals were disappointing me before your parents we born.

The second reason is that it really wasn’t that impressive of a victory. In fact, I have reason to be very concerned. The Crapitals are the #1 seed, and they couldn’t score against the #8 seed – that is, the team that just barely squeaked their way in to the playoffs and are lucky not to be playing golf right now – until about 6 minutes to go in the game. On top of that, they couldn’t score despite having tremendous scoring opportunities. Those opportunities failed because Lundqvist (the Rangers’ goalie) flat out beat the Crapitals best snipers.

Does this sound familiar?

Even for those that are recent fair weather fans, it still should sound familiar. All you have to do is go back to last year. Same team, same coaching staff, and same players gave me the same result. Last year, the Crapitals dominated the Canadians in all of the important ways except scoring, and the #1 seed overall fell to the #8 team. Why? Because of a hot goalie, Jaroslav Halak. So, say what you want about “gut checks” and “gusty performances.” We’ve seen that before (for decades), and it always results in the same thing: a lost opportunity.

I remain optimistic, because the Crapitals should make the finals this year, but until they win a Stanley Cup, they remain the Crapitals. I’ve earned the right to demand that perfection of them.

Game 2 is tonight at the Phone Booth (a.k.a., Verizon Center). Watch it. Hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong.

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