More on the Caps and the media
By Kareem El-Alaily
The Caps and the Media Part 2: I’ve received a lot of feedback on my last “Media/Free Pass” post, both in the comments section as well as through back-channels. This topic clearly got people worked up whichever side they fell on, and folks clearly have some – how shall I say this diplomatically? – wide-ranging opinions on the topic. That said, I stand by what I wrote. The media let the Caps off too easy last spring and they’re doing the fanbase a huge disservice by not providing more in-depth, analytical and, if deserved, critical coverage of the Caps. The Redskins and Wizards both get that treatment. If folks want hockey to be taken seriously in D.C. it’s simply part of the growing process.
I understand that there is a fine line between criticism and downright negativity. But this city has historically never directed any true venom toward its teams the way Philly or New York City have, so I don’t understand the fear that any criticism of the Caps would snowball into animosity. If the worst I’ve seen locally was the very deserved reaction to the 2009 Redskins, then the Caps will be okay.
So let me pose the question to you (with more after the poll):
Uncle Ted: Some of the comments to my last blog post were pointed towards Caps owner Ted Leonsis, leaving me a bit perplexed about where this anger is coming from. The man has done just about everything right for this franchise. It’s his job to set a budget and sign checks. He does that. He’s also made himself fully available to fans and personally made the game day experience one of the best in all of sports. Most owners don’t bother dealing with fans, but Ted has taken the courageous stance to deal with fans through thick and thin. That’s why he’s one of the best owners in North American sports. This region should be thankful that he’s running two of its Big Four pro teams.
College Hockey: Two weeks ago I made a proclamation that UMBC Hockey would win a local club hockey tournament over other talented area teams such as VT and Navy. Well, the Hokies made a statement by beating a favored UMBC 3-1 on the road on October 9. Make no mistake: UMBC is a very good team – a likely ACHA Division 2 national champion contender – and recently swept their three games at the ACHA D2 Showcase in very impressive fashion. That makes what VT did all the more impressive. It looks like the Hokies are making a run at their first ever nationals appearance this year. Good luck to them, and that’s coming from a Wahoo!
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| October 19, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
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