by Borderstan.com May 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm 1,042 1 Comment

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Game 4 of the Caps-Rangers series is Saturday at the Verizon Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Borderstan columnist Scott Leibowitz, aka Lebodome, previewed the Wednesday-night game (a heartbreaker, for sure) between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. In cased you missed, you have a chance to win a $40 bar tab, compliments of Borderstan.com.

All you have to do is answer this question correctly: Who will win this series and in how many games? Game 4 in the Best of 7 series in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs is tomorrow at the Verizon Center, 12:30 pm.

As Lebodome noted in his column: If you are the first person to answer correctly in the comments section, you will win a $40 bar tab at your favorite Borderstan-area watering hole, courtesy of Borderstan.com — with or without me, Lebodome. Naturally, we will have to wait until the end of the series to find out who wins!”

UPDATE: We have added a tiebreaker question — and if you have already answered, go in leave a new comment. The tiebreaker question: Please also guess how many goals Alex Ovechkin will have by the end of the series, in addition to the series outcome. Good luck everyone!

That’s all there is to it. Check out his Wednesday column, Lebodome: Time to Jump on the Capitals Bandwagon! and leave your prediction in the comments section. Remember: You have to use a real email address so we can contact you if you win.

As for the $40 bar tab? It’s your choice of a favorite local watering hole. We’ll either send you a gift certificate or arrange a tab with the establishment.

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by Borderstan.com May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,517 5 Comments

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The Washington Capitals play the New York Rangers at the Verizon Center tonight. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at 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 Capitals 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 me @Lebodome) and feel free to chat me there. 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 — with or without me, Lebodome. 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 quite aggressively 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:

  1. Who will win this series and in how many games?
  2. Where are you watching these games? Whats the best Capitals bar in Borderstan, aka Dupont-Logan-U Street?
  3. How many fights will break out?

I will be live tweeting from the game so follow me @Lebodome) and feel free to chat me there. 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.com — with or without me, Lebodome. 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 until 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 fire extinguishers, ever.
  • The next face of Washington baseball has a weird haircut.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2012 at 6:27 am 1,271 0

By Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

Look, I don’t care if you don’t like hockey or know anything about it. But a seven-game series (that means the teams were tied at 3 games a piece, and all series are best of 7 games), all decided by one goal, with four going to overtime? It’s about time you become a Capitals hockey fan — last night the Caps beat the Boston Bruins (who won the Stanley Cup last year) in the seventh game of the first round. Moreover, the Caps won the series with their third line goalie.

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The Caps, who play at the Verizon Center, advanced Wednesday night in the playoffs in Boston. (Scott Leibowitz, file photo)

SB Nation brings you the game winning goal (in overtime, again) and here’s the story in the The Washington Post. At the very least, you need to skim an article so you can keep up at the water cooler today.

There’s not much reason for joy in DC sports, so grab a seat on the bandwagon and Rock the Red! The Caps are headed to the Eastern Conference semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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