Logo Makes an Impression on Fans
The first time Capitals owner Ted Leonsis met Jim Greene, he immediately noticed his team's logo on Greene's left calf and asked what the St. Mary's County resident would do if the logo ever changed.
"I'm not worried," Greene remembered responding. "I've got other body parts."
Leonsis laughed and offered to pay for any future tattoos, if circumstances demanded.
With the club ready to unveil its new logo this month, Greene e-mailed Leonsis to collect on his pledge. Which is why Greene found himself under the needle during the team's draft party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex last night, with dozens of fans and several television cameras focusing on his left leg as it received its second batch of hockey ink, courtesy of Leonsis.
"These tattoo people are nuts," one observer noted.
The plural was necessary, because two of Greene's amateur hockey teammates (team name: "The Beer Chuggers"; team sponsor: Last Call Sports Bar) decided to join Greene's quest for body beautification. Andy Parker, whose jeep is covered with massive Capitals logos, also elected for a leg tattoo. Marc Duff chose a neck design. "He's the more insane one," Greene explained.
The dedication was contagious. While the Ink Junkeez from Charles County did the artwork, Caps fan Skip Reier, 36, appeared, also with the old logo on his left calf, also wanting to keep his extremities appropriately up-to-date.
As for Greene, his three daughters all play hockey; the eldest, 13-year-old Kasey, came to last night's party with her dad.
"Definitely crazy," she said, when asked to describe her father, a fire protection engineer who turned 36 on Thursday. Just before his big moment, Greene was asked about the new logo, and said he thought it was "beautiful."
"I better, huh?" he said a moment later. "It's gonna be there for a long damn time."
-- Dan Steinberg