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Capitals and Capulets, Rangers and Romeos

Martin AverySenior Writer IApril 20, 2009

PENZANCE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17:  Members of Cambridge University's Gilbert and Sullivan  Society warm up and rehearse their lines backstage as they perform 'The Yeomen Of The Guard' at the Minack Theatre's penultimate summer matinee performance at the Minack Theatre on September 17 2008 in Cornwall, England. The operatic production - which ends tomorrow - will finish the World famous open-air theatre's worst season on record for cancellations and abandoned performances, caused by the unusually wet and unsettled summer weather.  The theatre, built by Rowena Cade in the 1930s and carved into the granite cliffs above the sea at Porthcurno, attracts about 75,000 theatre-goers every summer to watch summer performances - ranging from Shakespeare to musicals which are held from May until September, although the grounds and exhibition centre are open all year.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Two hockey teams, quite unalike in dignity,
In fair New York City, where we lay our scene,
From recent grudge break to new mutiny,
Where Rangers blood makes Capitals hands unclean.

AVERY
Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them;
which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.

Enter OVECHKIN

OVECHKIN
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

AVERY
I do bite my thumb, sir.

OVECHKIN
Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

AVERY
[Aside to ORR] Is the law of our side, if I say ay?

ORR
No.

AVERY
No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir.

ORR
Do you quarrel, sir?

OVECHKIN
Quarrel sir! no, sir.

AVERY
If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as good a man as you.

OVECHKIN
No better.

AVERY
Well, sir.

ORR
Say 'better:' here comes one of my master's kinsmen.

AVERY
Yes, better, sir.

OVECHKIN
You lie.

AVERY
Draw, if you be men. ORR, remember thy swashing blow.
(They fight.)

That's my prediction for Game 3 in the First Round NHL Playoff Series between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capulets.

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