(Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)


The Caps have won three straight and everybody’s happy and having a good time. But when the wins weren’t happening and the pixels were sad, it cast a spotlight on certain players who weren’t meeting expectations.

Injured forward Brooks Laich, who was recently cleared for contact in practice, called into the Junkies on 106.7 and kindly asked us all not to jump to conclusions.

“People are really quick to judge, and really think they understand and really think they know what’s going on with an individual or a team or whatever,” he said. “But a lot of times, they don’t have a clue. They aren’t even in the ballpark. They don’t know if a player…they might say he’s lost a step or something, but he might be playing with a fractured ankle. They have no idea. Or he’s not shooting the puck anymore, he’s lost his shot. He might have a sprained wrist that he can’t even open a car door or something. People don’t know all the time.”

Now I want to know who’s playing with a sprained wrist and can’t open his car door.

“You guys know what we want you know,” he continued. “That’s how it works.”

Which is fine. But if we don’t know, and you don’t tell us, then all we have is assumed conclusions, and we’re all dumber for it.