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Posted at 8:56 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Caps-Penguins 24/7: Part 1

By Nicole Weissman

Last night was the first episode of HBO's 24/7 featuring the Caps and Penguins on their way to the Winter Classic. I liked it -- as stupid as it is, I care about these guys, and I value this opportunity to peak behind the scenes. Here are a few things I'm hoping to see in upcoming episodes:

Caps parties: If this episode is any indication of reality, every day is a party when you play for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The episode featured the Pens' monthly mustache shooting competition, annual holiday party, and road trip pranks. Meanwhile the Caps just got yelled at and played hockey. Really, guys, hockey? Unless we get a keg or some board games up in here, no one watching this show is going to be rooting for us come January.

Motivational speeches: My Dad and I disagreed again when it came to Boudreau's "Effing sorry for yourselves" speech. He thought it was pretty good. I didn't think it was up to snuff, but I guess most of the ones I've heard were composed by writers in Hollywood. One thing we agree on is that we look forward to watching more of what the coaches say not to the media, but to their own players and GMs.

Kids: In the 24/7 rendition of "Kids Say the Darnedest Things," we learned that Matt Cooke's kid is a dirty player, and that young Caps fans are not going to go easy on their players. When Caps players joined fans for a skating event at the Sculpture Garden, a kid reminded Backstrom, "Two in a row you've lost." That takes nerve. I hope that next week's episode features a kid telling Semin "Seven in a row you've lost," just to keep the guys on track.

Lesser-known players: I liked that we got to hear a little bit from Scott Hannan, and at least a few words from Jason Chimera. I'd love to see future episodes focus less on Ovie and Green -- they get so much press already. I hope we'll get to visit with quieter players, call-ups, and fourth-liners.

If you didn't tune in, I highly recommend watching this series. My Dad called it "fluff," but what is hockey if not entertaining? What did you think of part one of the series? What would you like to see in future episodes?

By Nicole Weissman  | December 16, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
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Less Cindy. Her lips really made me reconsider my decision to purchase a 52 inch HD TV earlier this year...

Posted by: CapsNut | December 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

24/7 showed a fun, blue-collar, family oriented Penguins team achieving all the success in the world. It showed a Caps team of individuals, prima donnas, with rich endorsements and fancy Mercedes. Hated it!
I hated the way it portrayed our Caps. Maybe I'm just bitter b/c of the losing streak.

Posted by: AlwaysanEagle1 | December 16, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I liked it. I tried watching it as someone who has no vested interest in the teams or hockey (I love the Caps and hockey). I also watched it with a friend who doesn't watch hockey and we liked it. We also watch Hard Knocks so it was great to see two teams in the midst of the season and competing.
I think the NHL sound do a Sound FX show like the NFL where players are miked up during games. I gained a lot of insight into the referrees ("Keep fighting boys.") and the player interactions.

Good show. Too bad it's only 4 episodes.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

If you think the Caps don't have fun and do shenanigans as a team then you are sadly mistaken. For example, there's "Juice Boy" that they play after practice. It's the editing.

Of course, when you're ina losing streak nobody's having fun, other wise the bandwagoners would be on here crucifying them.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 17, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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