New York Post columnist says Caps have ‘Culture of Losing’

Do the Caps have something serious afflicting them in the postseason, a pattern of coming up short at the worst possible time, leading to offseasons filled with anguish and regret? Undoubtedly.

Are the Caps afflicted by a ‘Culture of Losing?’ I mean, I’ve covered several losing franchises in this town over the past eight years, and the Caps aren’t one of ‘em.

Still, after another first-round bow-out, it’s open season right now, and Larry Brooks of the New York Post wanted in on the action. From his column:

Alex Ovechkin, Adam Oates and the conspiracy theorists in D.C. fit nicely into what has become the Capitals’ Culture of Losing.

It has become pervasive, infecting a franchise that always somehow finds something or someone to blame for its failings.

Could the Caps have been awarded a power play or two in Game 6? Of course. Should Mike Green have been given a 5-minute major and game misconduct for using his stick to smack Derek Dorsett across the mouth? Without a doubt.

Oh, did you hear that Ovechkin had a fractured bone in his foot when he ran 40 feet to smash Ryan McDonagh in the first period of Game 7?

They are perennial disappointments in D.C., where the locker room apparently was built without mirrors.

Whether the team does or doesn’t make too many excuses is a fine question. As for the Culture of Losing, Franchise A is 244-165-49 over the past six seasons, with five playoff appearances and four series wins. Franchise B is 264-143-51 in the same span, with six playoff appearances and three series wins.

The latter franchise is the Caps. The former is the Rangers, whom Brooks covers. Are they both inflicted by Cultures of Losing?

Again, the postseason disappointments are just that, disappointing. But if you want a Culture of Losing, check out the Wizards, who have won one playoff series over the past 31 seasons. The Caps are serial disappointers, but they aren’t losers.

(Via @edfrankovic)

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND

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CURLY W HAT OF THE WEEKEND

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REDSKINS HAT OF THE WEEKEND

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HARSH TRUTH ON NATS BULLPEN

Via Kilgore, future baseball columnist: “Where the Nationals could afford to make change, though, is the structure of their bullpen. It is, in a word, a mess. The relievers’ performance has been fine – not great, but fine. The way they have been deployed has been screwy, and it has to do with the composition of the staff, and it was never clearer than over the past two days.”

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in San Francisco at 10 on MASN2. I’m tired. So tired. All TV and radio listings are here.

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