Say what you’d like about the Nats and Caps and their recent failures, but both teams have provided countless moments of joy, again and again, in recent (regular) seasons. Like, sit down and write out the 10 best D.C. sports moments of 2013. (We’ll be doing this ourselves next week.) Good luck coming up with a list that’s not chock full of Nats and Caps moments.
Another contender happened Tuesday night, when the Caps trailed 3-0, 4-2 and 5-4 (in the final minute) against the Lightning. Each time, they rallied behind Alex Ovechkin, who made it 3-1, and 4-3, and 4-4, and 5-5.
The last one was just about too much for radio voice John Walton to handle, which is why he yelled OVECHKIN SCORESSSSSSS, HE SCORESSSSSSS, HE SCORESSSSS.
“OH. MY. GOODNESS. ALEX!” he concluded.
Ovechkin was also excited. (Via RMNB; see more of his celebration there.)
Less excited, perhaps, was Tampa Bay Coach Jon Cooper, who had this to say about Ovechkin’s performance:
“He didn’t even have to work for his goals,” Cooper said. “He didn’t move on the first one, he didn’t move on the last two. So if you are going to let that guy take shots, this sometimes is going to happen. And that’s the disappointing part.”
NOOK LOGAN? REALLY?
Nook Logan at meetings, wants to revive playing career. Last played 07. “I didn’t shut it down. They shut me down. I still run about same.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
JENKINS, AGAINST CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
I think you already know the conventional wisdom in this Shanahan-Snyder business. Sally Jenkins takes the non-conventional view:
It’s said that matters between Shanahan and Snyder are irreconcilable. The owner is publicly trying to act bewildered and hands-off: A leak from the team Tuesday that Snyder won’t intervene if Shanahan goes ahead with a benching had a “Who, me?” ring. But if Snyder has truly matured and wants to do what’s right for the organization, he will de-escalate this management crisis even further, by giving Shanahan a vote of confidence and another year. Because that’s what this is: a management crisis. If Shanahan is sacrificed to Griffin, there won’t be anybody, be it Art Briles or Pepe Le Pew, who can coach this team.
When RGIII promotions run on top of RGIII news stories.
NO REDSKINS HATS?
I sure figured the ice would be littered with Redskins hats after Ovechkin’s third goal on Tuesday. But I guess you don’t wear a Redskins hat to a Caps game anyhow.
THIS SHOULD BE THE NEW COACH
IF Snyder doesn’t get along with the coach AND gets along too well with players THEN obvious solution = Head Coach Janky Spanky
— Matt Terl (@matt_terl) December 11, 2013
MORE ON GW
I’ll keep beating that George Washington drum, this time with an assist from the AP’s Joseph White. He writes:
“It means a lot. Being from the D.C.-Maryland general area, a lot of people focus on Maryland and Georgetown, and I knew that,” Mo Creek said. “And I wanted to make this one a big program, and now we’re 8-1, hottest team in the area.”
Move over, Hoyas and Terps. The Atlantic 10 team that plays in Foggy Bottom, not far from the White House, is back on the national radar.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
GW hosts Boston University on Comcast SportsNet. All radio and TV listings are here.