A fan’s Jim Vance tribute to the longtime NBC4 newscaster, who passed away last year. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post)
The Rock the Red era of the Washington Capitals has its horde of rabid fans decked out in bright red jerseys at every home game. The names on the back of these jerseys mostly read “Ovechkin,” “Holtby,” “Oshie,” and other players, current and former. What sticks out, however, are the unique names and phrases sprinkled throughout.
These fans with the customized jerseys — often called “jersey fouls” due to their often absurd nature — spend hundreds of dollars on these jerseys, more than any off-the-rack “Beagle” or “Djoos.” Some are hilarious, some are political, some are profane, some are cringeworthy, and some are noble tributes to beloved people. D.C. Sports Bog and others have showcased some of the best ones over years. Here are the most notable ones we’ve spotted this season.
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Spotted at the Game 7 viewing party at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) Caps and Kings fans find common ground in their effort to silence NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) This is Mike Scott of the Washington Wizards (taken by Washington Post colleague Candace Buckner. Scott has several customized NHL jerseys.) My personal favorite. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) Speaking on inebriated, this fan is using his jersey to protest the lack of Miller Lite beer at Capital One Arena. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) Tom Wilson’s biggest fan. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) Because when Dmitry Orlov scores, it’s SCORLOV. Or SC-ORLOV. Whatever. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) No, not Lars Eller. ‘Lars’ is Nicklas Backstrom’s other name. And he’s MEAN. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) Once hashtags entered the mix, there’s no stopping this #gogetter from sporting this jersey. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) This is definitely a foul as Silent Bob is director Kevin Smith’s character, and he’s a die-hard New Jersey Devils fan. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) I was given an explanation for this but forgot to write it down. (Ben Sumner/The Washington Post) If the Caps score at least five goals and win, a local restaurant chain will give out free chicken wings. (Via Monumental Sports.)
We have yet to see a ‘Putin 8’ jersey. Maybe in the finals.
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