Last week, Jay Beagle joked about sacrificing a cow to turn the Caps’ luck around. It was a comment made in jest, but some thought it wasn’t such a bad idea. So a group of Caps fans met at Kettler after Saturday’s practice to conduct the sacrificing of a rubber goat and a rubber cow. It was all in fun, and most people laughed it off.
And then the Caps recorded a 5-0 shutout win on Saturday night.
“It’s funny that they took it as a joke, which is what it was meant to be when I said it,” Beagle told me today. “I was joking, like, ‘What do we have to do to get bounces to come our way?’ To tell you the truth, on Saturday’s game, we did get bounces. It seemed like the puck was bouncing our way for once.”
Beagle went on to say that he’s pretty sure that the sacrifice and the win were a coincidence. Troy Brouwer echoed those sentiments, but was willing to see the value in a good rubber animal sacrifice.
“That’s pretty funny,” Brouwer said when I told him about Saturday’s ceremony. “I’m not overly superstitious. The Mayans didn’t predict the end of the world. But, it’s like that Bud Light commercial. It’s only weird if it doesn’t work, right? And it worked, so I guess it’s not that weird.”
I mean, it is a little weird. Right?
“That’s a new one. I mean, it did kind of work a little bit,” laughed Joel Ward, after making sure I was talking about a rubber cow and not an actual animal. “We were due to have a good one, and we were fortunate to do it at home. Maybe we can keep that rubber cow with us on the road. It might not be a bad idea.”
Karl Alzner agreed.
“If they wanna drop it off here and see if the trainers will pack it with our stuff, then go right ahead,” he said. “That’s how superstitions get started right there. I can imagine they’re going to be spending a lot of money on rubber cows and goats and stuff like that.”
Beagle, the one who started it all, thinks that those in possession of the rubber parts should keep them at home.
“I don’t want any heads of anything,” he told me with a serious face. “It’s a one-time thing, that’s what I think. It’s a one-time thing where we get luck on our side and we go with it. I don’t like superstitions. I used to be, not like super superstitious, but I think everybody kind of has a little bit of superstitions. So I’ve tried to get away from those, because it’s exhausting.”
Beagle went on to say that he did appreciate the lengths that fans will go to to help their team, even if just in spirit.
“That’s what makes this sport so great. The fans,” he said. “We’re trying to keep it light. We’re playing good, we just weren’t getting bounces in a lot of those games. So you gotta keep it positive, keep it light and have fun with it.”