Please don’t mistake this for gloating. I am a D.C. native who got one of the biggest thrills as a youngster by watching the Redskins win Super Bowl 26. I am old enough to remember when the Redskins were good, and I’m certainly old enough to remember those backwards days when D.C. didn’t have baseball. Still, if there are still good times to be had, we've seen a lot less of them, and it would be the understatement of the year to say that our sporting universe has left us a lot to be desired. The Washington Capitals might be the one exception to the rule of marginal returns for our area teams. For them we can all raise a toast at some of the things they don't do. It's ten plus one, why Capitals fans can have fun.
Ten things the Capitals don't do:
- 2. The Washington Capitals have never encouraged fans from Philly to come down and see a game.
- 3. The Washington Capitals do not trade every draft pick for a high priced free agent.
- 4. The Washington Capitals did not go into rebuilding without a model for what they actually wanted to do.
- 5. The term, “rebuilding” is not some strange foreign concept for the Washington Capitals.
- 6. Fans from Pittsburgh did not take over a home game. (This is a big change)
- 7. The Washington Capitals have not sued ticket owner who don't stay with their long-term plans.
- 8. The Washington Capitals never threatened to not pay rent to the city (not sure this concept applies to them at Verizon but anyways) because one or two office rooms weren’t 100% ready.
- 9. The Washington Capitals don’t force fans to pay to watch training camp.
- 10. Unlike superstars on other teams, neither Alexander Ovechkin or any other star on the Capitals ever said the team rushed him back from being injured.
And drumroll please, as a bonus cut, the most important thing the Capitals don’t do, is have…