Before the Caps played their home opener last week, owner Ted Leonsis gave several interviews, including one with ESPN 980′s “Inside the Locker Room.” He was understandably bullish on his team’s chances.
“We played three kids,” Leonsis said, talking about Washington’s first game of the season. “People talk about how the team is aging. We have the eighth-youngest team in the league. I like when we interject some of the new kids into the lineup….We’re healthy, and my expectation is that this is the deepest team since I’ve owned the team. I don’t see any weaknesses, and I see that we’re prepared for injury. I mean, that’s one of the things in sports that sometimes we under estimate: injuries happen, your second-line guy, your third-line guy.
“This team, I think, is prepared now; if we have any injuries we can slot people in. I think there will be no excuses. We should have a good year. We’re playing in a much tougher division. I also am happy about that. I think that if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger, and that if every night is competitive and tough — or tougher than previous seasons — that should be good for us.”
I don’t know much about sports, but I know this: if the Caps struggle at all this season, critics and aggrieved fans will harp on that “I don’t see any weaknesses” thing.
Two weeks ago, I described what I saw as the most likely scenario entering Week 6, which included the Redskins and Cowboys playing for first place in the NFC East on Sunday night. I was close, getting four out of five games correct. That’s close enough to brag. But Philadelphia’s win on Sunday means that the Eagles could ruin this winner-takes-first game, assuming they handle Tampa Bay in an earlier game next weekend.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Here’s an RGIII bike.
BARRA BRAVA MINI GOLF TOURNEY
La Barra Brava will be holding its fifth annual mini golf classic Tuesday evening at H Street Country Club. Proceeds benefit United for DC and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s local chapter. Several D.C. United players are scheduled to participate. I’m scheduled to drink a beer. The event begins at 5.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND
Randy Edsall’s opening statement, after his Terps were dismantled by Florida State:
“Not really much to say today. We weren’t very good; Florida State’s a very good team. I take full responsibility for this. We didn’t play well offensively, defensively, special teams. And we didn’t coach as well as we needed to today. I know the guys in the locker room; I know who they are and I know the resolve that we have and we will be back and we will look at this and get better.”
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND
Who, Mike, who?
You don’t have to agree with me, but if you stand for nothing you literally fall for everything. I have a certain colleague like that.
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) October 5, 2013
BALLOON SHAPE GIVEAWAY OF THE WEEKEND
At least some fans received these smiley balloon creatures Friday at the open Wizards practice.
— Ryan Bacic (@BackToBacics) October 4, 2013
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Four baseball playoff games. Your most important rooting interest is for the Dodgers to beat the Braves at 9:30 on TBS. All radio and TV listings are here.