Caps-Penguins 24/7: Part 1
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?
| December 16, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
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