The Washington Post

The giant inflatable bulldog mascot in Georgetown


Surely you remember seeing that giant inflatable Caps player on that Georgetown rooftop as you crossed the Key Bridge last spring? A refresher:

Jack Davies lives in a house in Georgetown overlooking the Key Bridge. This means that, for most commuters, the Davies home is a sort of tantalizing mirage from the promised land, a taunting wink from a magical place that floats above the horns and brake lights and gridlock.


That’s why Davies decided to order a 20-foot inflatable Santa Claus last winter and install it on his roof deck, facing out over the river….[Later] Davies — the founder of AOL International and a minority owner of the Washington Capitals for nearly a decade — came up with his next inflatable idea: a hockey player in Caps red, bringing playoff cheer to frustrated morning commuters.

Davies, in his early ’60s, lives on Prospect Street; his 20-foot Caps dude was visible from the Key Bridge, from Rosslyn, from the GW Parkway and from airplanes;

I haven’t spoken to him yet, but lo and behold, the Caps Man has now given way to Giant Georgetown Mascot. I’m assuming all his previous reasons still hold: making commuters smile, “doing this to perform a public service, and “offer[ing] a little boost for the [Hoyas].”

Or, as one driver put it, “If [you’re] on key bridge going into Georgetown peep the bulldog on the dopest crib..dudes caked up.”

(Big pic via @GUStonewalls. Next pic via @mcrafts13. Bottom pic via @FutureNickJames)


Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Sarah Kogod · March 21, 2013