The Washington Capitals play the New York Rangers at the Verizon Center tonight. (Luis Gomez Photos)
From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott onÂ TwitterÂ @Lebodome. Email him atÂ scott[AT]borderstan.com.
Urban Dictionary defines a bandwagon fan as “Anyone who claims they are a “fan” of a particular sports team, even though they had no prior support for/interest in the team until that team started winning. These types of fans only show playoff interest, have probably never watched a regular season game, don’t own any type of team merchandise, nor would they buy any.”
This definition is spot on and is exactly what being a D.C. transplant is all about when it comes to the local teams. Yes, there are plenty of locals who can root for the Wizard/Skins/Nats/Caps, but come playoff time, the extra boost that this city can get from people jumping on the bandwagon can be the difference maker.
Tonight, I will be attending game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff quaterfinals between the #1 NY Rangers vs #7 Washington CapitalsÂ at the Verizon Center in Chinatown. The series is tied 1-1 and it’s a best of 7 series, so everything is even, and you need 3 more games to move on to the conference finals. For a team that barely made the playoffs and have a very rookie goalie, the Caps are hitting a stride. Teams that get hot at the end of the season can make serious championship runs on momentum alone.
I will be live tweeting from the game so follow meÂ @Lebodome)Â and feel free to chat me there.Â If you are the first person to answer the first question correctly in the comments section (see below), you will win a $40 bar tab at your favorite Borderstan-area watering hole, courtesy of Borderstan.com â€”Â with or without me, Lebodome.Â Naturally, we will have to wait until the end of the series to find out who wins!
Now, I should be honest here. I am not going as a Caps fan. I grew up in the shadows of NYC in Jersey, and I will be there wearing my Rangers jersey and cheering quiteÂ aggressivelyÂ against Alex Ovechkin (insert booing noise). But that doesn’t mean the rest of the town can’t “Rock the Red.”
I don’t see any better time than now to start cheering for the Caps. If they win this series, they will face another “Acela Line” team in the next round (Philly or N.J.). If they make the Stanley Cup finals… well, lets cross that bridge when they get there.
Questions for You
So tonight. Tune in, go out to your local bar, wear red. I am not a hockey expert so I won’t write anything about the actual teams or how they are playing. Here are my questions to you:
- Who will win this series and in how many games?
- Where are you watching these games? Whats the best Capitals bar in Borderstan, aka Dupont-Logan-U Street?
- How many fights will break out?
I will be live tweeting from the game so follow meÂ @Lebodome)Â and feel free to chat me there.Â If you are the first person to answer the first question correctly in the comments section, you will win a $40 bar tab at your favorite Borderstan-area watering hole, courtesy of Borderstan.comÂ â€”Â with or without me, Lebodome.Â Naturally, we will have to wait until the end of the series to find out who wins!
Enjoy the game, everyone!
Thoughts I Can’t Ignore Anymore
The Washington Nationals are leading the division. If you were thinking about more bandwagon jumping, this probably isn’t a bad move either. I will reserve my judgement untilÂ mid-season… make sure this isn’t a flash in the pan.
Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!
- Another reason why Hillary Clinton is awesome.
- Athletes who make millions shouldn’t punch fireÂ extinguishers, ever.
- The next face of Washington baseball has a weird haircut.
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