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Weekend base hits

By Box Seats blogger

By Ryan Cooper

My wife is from Pittsburgh. When we first got together, one of the compromises we made was that if she stopped rooting for the Penguins (she followed them relatively passively) and if I stopped (openly) hating the Steelers so much, she would become a Caps fan.

One of the more difficult tasks for her becoming a new Caps fan was the incredible lack of options for women seeking to learn more about the game. I think Scarlet Caps is a good idea in concept, but it seems to be nothing but a collection of glamour shots and “stats” that are more about the players’ bodies and less about things like goals and assists and actual “teaching” of the game.

Have you looked at what the NHL offers for women in their store? There are miniature jerseys with lettering so tiny it can only be read by elves and Randy Newman aficionados as well as overly flamboyant, bedazzled purses that look like they can’t even hold a bottle of water.

Is it really that difficult to make a jersey in a “woman” size that actually looks like a real jersey? And pink. My God, the pink.

The NHL has been forward-thinking on so many other issues, particularly in their embrace of social media and the internet. It would be a major step ahead of the other leagues if they were the first to really welcome female fans, and not treat them like overgrown children. They have to realize that women are consumers, just like men, and don’t want to have their intelligence insulted this way.

  • Watching the offense in last night’s game with Calgary made me feel like Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein. “Alive….IT’S ALIVE!  IT’S ALLIVVVEEE!
  • As a result, last night’s lineup will probably be the lineup for the next few games, meaning Eric Fehr and Mathieu Perreault are out. I know it’s October, but I’m officially worried about Mike Knuble and whether he belongs in this lineup.
  • Mike Green is the best defenseman in the NHL. He’s missed three games, but his GAON/60 right now is .56 (Jeff Schultz’ is 1.48). I find it odd that people criticize him for not being a “real” defenseman. When he’s scoring goals, the Caps aren’t giving up goals at the other end. This is the entire point of hockey.
  • From the D.J. King is a Waste of a Roster Spot department – He played 9:02 and registered nothing. When the team needed a spark early, it was Matt Hendricks who threw down (or at least attempted to). I’ll cut him some slack for that early high sticking non-call, which was probably one of the more bizarre things I’ve seen in hockey. King gets high sticked, falls to the ice covering his face, and no one blows a whistle while King’s lying there right next to the crease. Did they think he was faking?
  • It was great to see that Quintin Laing got a job in the ECHL. He’s not an NHL player any longer, but for a few years, there wasn’t a Caps player easier to love than the Q.
  • Finally, this is Michal Neuvirth’s job now. I can’t see them finding any justification for putting Varly back in (when he gets healthy) for any significant length of time.

By Box Seats blogger  | November 1, 2010; 12:09 PM ET
Categories:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper  | Tags:  Capitals, Ryan Cooper  
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Thanks so much for your comments on the NHL's attempt at catering to women. They are trying to cater to girls not grown women.

Posted by: nicety251 | November 1, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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