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Caps Fan Chant: 'It's All Your Fault'

In case you missed Dan Steinberg's video from yesterday ...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  February 4, 2009; 12:17 PM ET
 
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I may be utterly alone in this, but I think that chant is kind of lame.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 4, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

You are not alone

Posted by: mikebrady1 | February 4, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

You Think the Green for Norris discussions should start right about now......??

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 4, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think it is very lame.

Heckle the goalies first or last name, just like we did for Conklin. It happens all over the NHL.

Opposing fans will say.."What the heck are they saying?"

Useless chant gone mis-understood by opponents.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It's completely lame. They all look so happy with themselves after they do it to, like they are so cool because they do it.

Posted by: thecapsfan79 | February 4, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I think that is the worst chant as well. Even if the entire phone booth is in on it I won't be.

Posted by: mikesfan | February 4, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this is pretty dumb. I miss Hextall. :o)

Actually, there is a guy in St Louis that does something like this, but it's a lone guy. He also tosses a shirt into the crowd.

Posted by: armonroe | February 4, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I like the chants for free pizza after a certain amount of goals better!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 4, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

what happened to a good old "you suck" chant?

i think cheering loudly when the opposing goalie makes a routine stop is effective too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 4, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

You aren't alone. IT IS A VERY LAME CHANT. I know this is rude, but the people who say this chant don't know JACK about the game of hockey.

Posted by: Thomas32 | February 4, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Nashville fans own that chant - the whole stadium gets into it...I think there must be a more original and creative way to get under the goalie's skin? Ideas?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I have seen this in games in Nashville and at college games. College fine - professional dumb!

Posted by: ssm91470 | February 4, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Flyer fans' "@ss hole" chant is much better.

Also, I sit not very far from that tall goofy guy wearing that red cap in the video. He's goofy.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | February 4, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Life is like box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get, but that chant isn't what my momma would say is good.

Posted by: opita1 | February 4, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The chant is dumb and doesn't seem to be in the hockey spirit of respecting the other players regardless of team affiliation (except Pittsburgh and Philly, which can be heckled mercilessly). They do a lot of negative chants in Norfolk, and it just ruins the atmosphere of the game. They barely even cheer for their own team after a goal, because they're too busy saying "You Suck" to the opposing goalie. Lame.

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

You guys are hard to please aren't you? The point is to get in the goalie's head and get the crowd into the game and it works. Either come up with something better or get over yourselves.

Posted by: nautikal | February 4, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

1) This chant is hardly unique in any way. Its as old as 'Ref You Suck'....and yes, also lame.
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: fauxrumors | February 4, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's something better, cheer when your team does well! Novel!

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Reading a THN feature on scouting. Little info on one of our prospects:
“One kid last year who was picked pretty high, (defenseman) John Carlson, I thought wasn’t necessarily as good as he looked because…they were winning games 7-5, 8-6, so he was putting up tremendous points,” the Flyers scout said. “You want to see him in a defensive role, but you didn’t see him in a 2-1, 1-1 game, with five minutes left when he has to suck it up, play hard, be physical and play his own end. (Carlson) is a hell of a player, but it’s just tough to see his defensive play because whenever the play was up ice his coach would say ‘go.’"

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the negative chants no matter what they are, give positive chants to our team, don't heckle the other team. It's about karma anyhow, one day it's gonna come back and bite ya (My Name Is Earl)...

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | February 4, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

at nautikal

I'm guessing you are one of the people that do this chant. As a player, you don't pay that much attention to what fans say in the stands. I bet you that the opposing goalie can't even hear you half the time or can't understand you. Stop doing the DUMB chant and cheer for the caps when they score. The chant is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DUMB.

Posted by: Thomas32 | February 4, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

How does that chant get the crowd into the game? 8 people in the section yell the lame chant, and that's it. It's not like there's loud applause from the rest of the crowd because of that stupid chant....

Posted by: thecapsfan79 | February 4, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Got no problem with the chant. They get in to it and in to the game, so more power to them. I always seem to miss the beginning of it, so I haven't jumped in. Maybe if you try it, it might just grow on you. :)

Posted by: _Mark | February 4, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I would rather the people behind the opponents goalie slam their bare moon into the glass. One for each goal....Hold for 5 seconds...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Jordan,
I guess I missed something at the games. We aren't cheering on our own team when they are doing well? Sure seems like the place is rockin' to me.

Posted by: _Mark | February 4, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This chant is dumb. I attended the game vs Tampa Bay on New Year's Day and even their fans laughed and thought it was weak.

Posted by: GAU8A | February 4, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"The point is to get in the goalie's head and get the crowd into the game and it works"
That is one way of viewing the game, harassing the opposition so that your favorite team have an advantage.

But to those who does not have a favorite team, and/or just simply want to see and enjoy the game as its purest form, then this action is just not only a distraction but an obstruction.

In my opinion, the players tune the chants out. But, hey. Enjoy yourselves.

Posted by: opita1 | February 4, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks chants like these are "lame" has likely never attended a college hockey game where the typical fans have more spirit than probably any NHL crowd you've ever seen - even more spirit than a typical playoff crowd. Do yourself a favor and attend a BU game or a Cornell game and you'll see how fun attending a hockey game in person and screaming chants like these in unison with three thousand fellow fans can be.

Posted by: ebberger | February 4, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Reading a THN feature on scouting. Little info on one of our prospects:
“One kid last year who was picked pretty high, (defenseman) John Carlson, I thought wasn’t necessarily as good as he looked because…they were winning games 7-5, 8-6, so he was putting up tremendous points,” the Flyers scout said. “You want to see him in a defensive role, but you didn’t see him in a 2-1, 1-1 game, with five minutes left when he has to suck it up, play hard, be physical and play his own end. (Carlson) is a hell of a player, but it’s just tough to see his defensive play because whenever the play was up ice his coach would say ‘go.’"

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 1:01 PM

Can you post the link JMU. THat quote makes no sense to me out of context. Ive read it three times and it still sounds like the ravings of a schizophrenic.

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of it either. I love the enthusiasm, but just not the chant itself.

Posted by: nuftjedi | February 4, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I don't have Goat's pipes, but I 've been wearing the ones I have out. By the end of the first period I am, as my best friend puts it, "hound-dogging" it, because my voice is just about gone.

Posted by: _Mark | February 4, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

No one can make the argument that we've historically had a rabid fanbase here in DC. If these folks are going to start a chant, more power too them.

Would all you haters rather have everyone sit on their hands and keep quiet the whole game?

(And no, I'm not over there in section 108 or wherever the chant is coming from.)

Posted by: griz0615 | February 4, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, I've never noticed this silly chant until last weekend. But it became an epic fail once Elliot was pulled and they still did it to Auld.

Posted by: koalatek | February 4, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

College hockey games are full of sloppy drunks...Everything seems cool when you are loaded....and that included silly chants like Duke does at Basketball games.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind chants, but this one is extremely lame.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | February 4, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

thegr8one,
Sure thing! Sorry! http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/19904-A-Scouts-Life-The-importance-of-coaching.html

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 1:17 PM

thanks!

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Chants are meant to get in players heads, they are meant to piss off the opponents fans at the game...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This is a college chant. Cornell raised goalie chanting to an art form "That's not a black hole...". This isn't the sticks, this is the NHL. Leave the chanting to the frats.

Besides this is all academic for Thursday. Quick is going to pitch a shut out...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 4, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"A couple games back--I'm trying to think, it might have been against Tampa--after one of the goals the fans stood up in the far corner from us and kind of did a college chant. They went '1, 2, 3, 4' for all the goals we scored, and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I thought it was the best thing I had ever seen." - Karl Alzner

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/01/caps_fans_make_karl_alzners_he.html

Playing goalie is taxing mentally. Just because they're NHL goalies doesn't mean they're deaf or immune to taunting. Besides, it's fun to taunt the goalie... some of you people need to remember that the point of going to a hockey game is to have fun.

Posted by: nautikal | February 4, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Geeze, I woke-up with all these movie quotes that apply so well to this blog.

"What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach, so you get what we had here last week which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. And I don't like it any more than you men. " - Captain

Posted by: opita1 | February 4, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

In regards to positive chants: why has the Verizon center stopped doing the C-A-P-S, CAPS, CAPS, CAPS! Chant. It's only fans that seem to do that one(I could be wrong though, I don't get to many games anymore).

Posted by: mattbuckley80 | February 4, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I was always partial to the old goal song:

da daaa da daaaaaaaaa daaaa HEY - YOU SUCK

Posted by: Raber | February 4, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@ thecapsfan79

"It's completely lame. They all look so happy with themselves after they do it to, like they are so cool because they do it."

No, we look so happy because OUR TEAM JUST FRIGGIN' SCORED, and we're celebrating it. This is the _last part_ of that celebration.

@ opita1

"In my opinion, the players tune the chants out."

In King Karl's opinion, you don't know jack. :) -JW

Posted by: JWJr | February 4, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town:
be careful what you wish for - i think that could get pretty ugly!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"College hockey games are full of sloppy drunks...Everything seems cool when you are loaded....and that included silly chants like Duke does at Basketball games."

SA Town - I attended every home college hockey game at BU for 4 years and attended maybe a handful while "drunk". The enjoyment came from the game itself and the crowd's spirit, NOT from the alcohol. You clearly don't speak from experience, and if you do, you must have attended a school other than BU.

Posted by: ebberger | February 4, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

1..2..3..4..5..STOP THE CHANT YOU SOUND LIKE F'ING MORONS

Posted by: thecapsfan79 | February 4, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't like this particular chant, since it does show ignorance of the sport; I also don't like - at ALL - the "@AA-HOLE" chant from Philly.

@mattbuckley80 - They do it, at least once or twice in a game. :-) I like that one, too.

As for "REF, YOU SUCK!" - I will only do that one if the referee actively deserved it... like that "tripping on the breakaway" penalty that was called on Green when the replay clearly showed he got the puck first.

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I think its a Univ of Maryland thing or something. So that should explain a lot. But yes please stop the chant.

Posted by: ThePat | February 4, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

After the many years of hearing a pin drop in the arena, more power to them and their chant. More noise is good! If you don't like their chant, then come up with one to drown them out.

Posted by: _Mark | February 4, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm partial to clapping and screaming my lungs out.

Posted by: thecapsfan79 | February 4, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

OMGOMGOMGZWTFBBQSANDWICHWITHMUSTARD!1!11!1!!!!11!one! But the chant is inaccurate because hockey is a team game! It's sooooo mean too... think about the goalies!

Golf. Go watch it.

Posted by: nautikal | February 4, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I kinda miss my days of attending D3 hockey. Small, cold ice rinks with the bleachers right on the glass, students insulting the opposing players (and their mothers--and ocassionally insulting the mothers to their faces!), students jumping onto the glass, getting a reputation as the scariest fans. Goalie fights.

Posted by: RedBirdie | February 4, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town

Great! That'll open up some seats in the arena. That could also be a pretty gnarly view, too

IRTR (previous thread)

I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth and say that the PP bites after going 3-4 on PP. But this is true; if we win the faceoff, we're hot. Last night we had difficulty getting the puck back into the zone if it left it, and NJ had a HUGE 4 corners going on to which we mostly stood around and watched it.

The results are good and the statistics look good, but the process is flawed. If we could improve the process, the results would be even better and the stats would be superb. That's what Demming was all about in his continuous improvement. Look at the statistics, improve the process, improve the product get better statistics and then repeat.

that's all i'm saying.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Raber: We did that at football games after every touchdown until we were "asked" to stop by our coach for being unsportsmanlike. We repeated it and then after the 3rd time, added "JMU says suck these [pecans]!" Not exactly classy, definitely alcohol-aided. It was either that or the hot dogs that ended up in the visiting teams' gatorade coolers that landed us on "probation".

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, Greg S. whipping out the Demming's 14 points! I feel like I'm in management all over again.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If we are going to change what the fans say, we should start before the game during the ANTHEM.....By yelling rockets "RED" glare and drop the O which is from baltimore and a different sport all together.
Anyone else agree?

Posted by: RichC3 | February 4, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

jen

Self-preservation would dictate that you root for Boston. Even at that, though, you should always root for the Caps, and whoever is playing against the Flyers.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What I don't get is if Alzner says he thought it was "the best thing I've ever seen," then isn't it an effective chant for the players? (or at least KA). I can understand some fans having divergent opinions, though.

Posted by: dukster | February 4, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

All this chanting is reminding me that DC United's opener is 6ish weeks away.

Posted by: Section117 | February 4, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Okay, all of y'all who have a problem with some of us thinking it's lame - thinking that a particular chant is lame is a far cry from not being enthusiastic or not taunting goalies or anything like that. I happen to like the YOU SUCK chant quite a bit. I just don't like the "ALL YOUR FAULT" one because it isn't always true - goals are as often the fault of the D as the goalie. I've had seatmates tell me I should be fan of the game because I'll get up and dance and scream like an idiot. The only reason I still have a voice is that I have classical voice training and I know HOW to scream endlessly without losing my voice. Singing isn't very different.

I don't have an objection to being loud or chants or anything of the kind, I'm just not crazy about this particular one. If we can get a QUI-ICK QUI-ICK QUI-ICK....YOU SUCK! chant going on Thursday, I'm all in.

Speaking of ... @oldtimehockey: Oh? Theodore will post a shutout on Quick? That would be awesome, thank you for the wellwishes :)

Posted by: kittypawz | February 4, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind that chant... Although I prefer chanting the goalie's name, like with Conklin.

But if I'd have to choose, I'd like something for the team rather than against the opponents. Like in soccer. If 18K fans sing something in unison the Caps WILL hear it and be charged by it. *honk honk honk* works but something more musical would be nice too.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Can't we all (chanter and non-chanter supporters) just get along??

Posted by: CapManJ | February 4, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

JMU

Well, I thought since we were talking about Sophomoric chants and Frat boys drunken antics that we should keep with the scholastic theme.

It's all a big Clutterbuck anyway. :)

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@pawz

but isn't that the very point? That chant is effective if it's the goalie's fault, but might even be more effective if it's not! Being called for something completely out of your control.

But yeah, I prefer the goalie's name or "you suck!" too.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If we are going to change what the fans say, we should start before the game during the ANTHEM.....By yelling rockets "RED" glare and drop the O which is from baltimore and a different sport all together.
Anyone else agree?
--------------------
Actually, no. And my reason is two-fold.
1. The "Red" always sounds so forced. And its very quick. It never, ever, sounds like a natural point that should be emphasised. It just sounds awkward and dumb. Which brings me to point #2.....
2. The "Oh" (or "O") has a slight pause in front of it, and is drawn out, making it a natural point of emphasis. As has been pointed out, oh, 20 million times, the song is extremely difficult to sing well because of its range. So most of us don't sing it. Quite honestly, busting out with an enthusatic "OH!" with 15,000 of my closest friends is a communal experience. I like it a heck of a lot better than everyone cheering and clapping when the singer gets to "free." "Oh, look, I'm cheering for freedom! I love freedom! I'm cheering to prove it! YAY FREEDOM!"

So, yeah, I'm arguing in favor of the evil "O" because I love that burst of community, its something we're all sharing together in, if only briefly. I love it.

And if the NFL knew what was good for them, they would ahve asked Bob MacDonald to bust out the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. He owns that song.

Posted by: RedBirdie | February 4, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Easy there, Kittzpaz. They might start Ersberg. Then what will you do. Either way, the Caps won't score on that tandem.*


*They might score on the Kings mediocre defense, but that's different ;)

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 4, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

More noise the better - I think it's great fans are really getting into the games - just looking for something a little more unique and original. Kinda like Braves fans doing the FSU chant - stupid, it's not yours.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Kings mediocre defense that has allowed the fewest shots in the league per game pretty much all season long?

Arg, I hate it when my second favorite team plays my favorite team..

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks chants like these are "lame" has likely never attended a college hockey game where the typical fans have more spirit than probably any NHL crowd you've ever seen - even more spirit than a typical playoff crowd. Do yourself a favor and attend a BU game or a Cornell game and you'll see how fun attending a hockey game in person and screaming chants like these in unison with three thousand fellow fans can be.

Posted by: ebberger | February 4, 2009 1:09 PM

+1

It's an old college cheer. Who doesn't like college?

Some people are just so uptight.

And who's to tell someone else at a sporting event NOT to cheer, or blow their horn, or whatever? That's plain stupid.

I'll never forget the time at the Cap Center in the mid-80's when the guy in front of our row stood up and screamed at the ref, "Hey Newell, your heart pumps dog sh!t!" :-)

Let fans be fans, enjoy the game, get over yourself.

Posted by: dml1077 | February 4, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

We all just need to come up with songs to sing in unison during different situations in the game, like they do in Elitserien and all the other euro leagues.

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyhoo - this conversation is getting old - just let the fans do what they want - just BE LOUD.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

so Green is #3 in the TSN player rankings, huh? Whats more impressive, the +19 given all the powerplay pts he has, or the fact that he has as many points as Semin, with comparable games played?

Poor Semin, he was on pace to lead the league in goals at the beginning of the season but can't seem to find that stride again.

Is Backstrom having a good year? I'd like to know what everyone thinks. Well, not everyone.

: )

Posted by: oo7 | February 4, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is great. He's going to hit 20 goals this year.

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that we are finally getting chants aside from the generic "Lets go x" and you people hate on them. I don't think it is the best chant, but at least these guys are trying something new and getting loud.

When you show up to games and can get as into it as this:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=HyPFPqTz_a0

Then you can call other people lame.

Posted by: trunkenmath | February 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

chanting is for sheep

Posted by: Leeguru | February 4, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

As far as the national anthem, yell red or O if you like, just join me in singing the whole thing, loud and proud! (even if I am out of tune)

Dang this is a great country!

Posted by: _Mark | February 4, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh and please get this:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=w5y9DabRaj0&feature=related

together for when I come home. We should form a Capitals Klack

Posted by: trunkenmath | February 4, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Kittypawz - You're overthinking it if you think the "All Your Fault" chant is lame because it's not always true. Who cares???? We're talking about a hockey game, not a presidential election. And for those who think it's unsportsmanlike, these goalies are making millions of dollars a year - do you really think they go home and cry at night because a group of opposing fans said they suck. Lighten up! My favorite goalie to do the chant to was Garth Snow from Maine who was probably the best college goalie I've seen. Everyone knew that most goals that got by Snow were typically not his fault, but it doesn't get much more fun than telling an incredible goaltender that he sucks when you're team is beating his.

Posted by: ebberger | February 4, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@koalatek: But it became an epic fail once Elliot was pulled and they still did it to Auld.


+1. It certainly wasn't all Auld's fault.

Many, dare I say, most goals are not anywhere close to being "all" the goaltender's fault anyhow. I would venture to say a good 2/3 of NHL goals scored are essentially unstoppable either because of a well-placed screen, a well executed odd-man rush, or an unseeable, perfectly placed 90+ mph blast that either hits the goalie or doesn't.

Posted by: drewapuck | February 4, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@ dml1077

I remember some bad ones at the old cpas center. I had this guy who used to sit behind me that used to chant " hey richter, I ****** your sister" or the old tom "bara**hole" chant. I always loved it because I was like 5 years old and wasnt allowed to talk like that normally

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

There's one very important difference between NHL/AHL games and college games that a lot of you are forgetting, and that is the presence of small children. You don't see many at college games, and so if you want to plaster your bare bum against the glass behind the goal, go ahead. I'm not saying that this sort of chant is the sort that would offend families, but I would never take any kid of mine to a hockey game if what some of you are suggesting that "real enthusiastic fans" do happened at NHL/AHL games. And trust me, if families stop going to hockey games, attendance drops. A lot. You don't want that. It's not necessary to behave like an animal to be an enthusiastic fan. Ask Habs fans or Toronto fans.

Do whatever chants you want - minus the stripping and the profanity please. If I don't like it, I won't join in. That simple.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 4, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Yay! Another debate about cheering.

1) DO NOT YELL ANYTHING -- not "O," not "Red," not anything else -- during the Anthem. It's disrespectful and immature.

2) During the game, yell whatever the hell you want.

Posted by: Scott_in_Shaw | February 4, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, right. I'm not supposed to actually have a logical or rational thought because I'm a fan.

Right, I'll remember that.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 4, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

she lobs it up.....

Posted by: Leeguru | February 4, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

3 game win streak - I see a nice run going here. Would love to catch the Bruins!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

does anyone else realize that this cheer is only cool when its done at college games because students actually do the whole cheer? they say (# of goals), score more goals at caps games, and are done after that, whereas at colleges its (# of goals), we want more goals, sieve sieve sieve sieve sieve, its all your fault its all your fault its all your fault...just throwing it out there

http://youtube.com/watch?v=w00aUg7oWI8&feature=related

thats the way it should be done if you dont wana humiliate the phone booth

Posted by: mmitch34 | February 4, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I've been a full season ticket holder for 14 years, let me give you my take:
1. The chant is good
2. I love bandwagon fans (I'm not saying 1 and 2 are connected in any way)
3. It takes balls to get up there and start something, anything
4. He's got a group in his crowd getting up and getting pumped, at the end of the day that's worth something. Anybody who sits here and says its lame sucks (and probably works for the government)
5. This is hockey, like the game the fans are little rough around the edges (so I like to think so).
6. In my humble opinion, I like it, and I think its nice that the Caps fans have something unique (as we all know nothing is new)

Posted by: hnosh | February 4, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

speaking of strange yelling instances during the game....

The first time Ottawa visited this season, all the sudden the guy behind me tweaks out and screams, clear as day during a rather quiet moment, "I hate you, Spezza!" Really passionately, too. He seriously wanted Spezza to just drop dead on the ice. But, hey, more power to him, right? Didn't hear a peep out of him the rest of the game, either! Very strange.

Posted by: RedBirdie | February 4, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

For the record...my bare bum comment on the glass was a joke...

Now I hear Slapshot could be re-made, and that bare-bum idea could make it's way into the script.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - we need an update on here real bad.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 4, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

if someone could get this going when the opposing team gets a penalty at the games, now THAT would be a cool cheer

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pyB6tiDEOUo&feature=related

*slam, see you in 2 minutes, a--hole!!

Posted by: mmitch34 | February 4, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Melrose on last night:

Washington shows again they are an elite team

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru:
And going to a massive building with 18000 people, putting on the same color, sitting in a defined seat, and yelling things based on cues on the ice isn't sheeplike? It's professional sports, there really isn't any way to act high culture about it.

Posted by: trunkenmath | February 4, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

We need advice on how to cheer? What next, explanation of rules in between play?

Posted by: gtydings | February 4, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Will the Caps catch Boston?

Barry Melrose: (2:42 PM ET ) A month ago I would have said yes, but Boston are over the injuries and healthy and I do not see them faltering. So I do not think so.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's certainly better that [other team and/or player] Sucks!

But it's hardly orginal. It's a staple at Cornell. Their best might tradition might be when all the fans pull out and pretend to read newspapers when the visiting team is introduced.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | February 4, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Do you think the Caps need to acquire a defensive minded forward to replace Clark? We dominated the 1st two periods in Jersey last night but seem to get content with a lead and let other teams back in the game.

Barry Melrose: (2:40 PM ET ) There will be guys available around the deadline. I think a guy like Federov can change his game a bit, but a guy like Peca may be available. So yes, I can see them looking for a player like that.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The chant is fine...Its the guy with the stuipd cow bell that annoys me the most. Id like to take it and knock him up side his head with it

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | February 4, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

First of all I don;t know why anyone would try to limit fans cheering when the phone booth was a dead zone for most of last year and several seasons before. Chants get fans into the game and create a fun atmosphere no matter what it does for the players. I sit in section 101 with my friends season tickets and the section won't even stand up for intense final minutes. I think anything to get fans more involved is great.

Posted by: JSeagull1 | February 4, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Really? This is that hot of an issue that it is being discussed for hours?

While I have never joined in with that chant, it does not bother me ... whatever makes 'em happy! I just like seeing a full house; the more passionate the fans, the better. (Frankly, I wish we sang like they do at European football games ... even the Habs's fans sing and it looks like they are having a blast!) No, I don't think it really gets into the heads of the opposing team, but it just may energize our boys (ala Alzner). But who knows - I have never played professional hockey so I cannot say with certainty what kind of impact it does or does not have. Regardless, lighten up, my friends - don't be a buzz kill for people who are just having a little fun!

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Wwhat about the dude who starts the "Lets Go Caps", he's been doing it forever, and now some lame chant is threatening him

Posted by: gtydings | February 4, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's a dumb a chant. I won't be doing it. I hope it dies out.

Posted by: ridgely1 | February 4, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What I hate about the "chant" is that it invariably takes place when the puck is back in that end of the ice on a potential scoring play. I sit behind the "chanters" and always miss seeing an interesting play.

Posted by: Leeale | February 4, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Nylander just got traded

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Just kidding...I am so bored at work and this "chant" conversation is probably the dumbest thing we have discussed ad naseum

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey

"Either way, the Caps won't score on that tandem."

Thanks for Jinxing your two goalies for us, Not that we need it with our offense clicking the way it is.

:-)

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | February 4, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Lyle, YOU DIE!

I just went frantically around the net trying to verify that!

I'm bored too.

Posted by: Leeguru | February 4, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

@lyle,

Huhwha?

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru - Sorry man just trying to change this stupid dull subject

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

No, let the little brains play :D

Posted by: Leeguru | February 4, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I think Tarik posts entries like this and then sits back with his feet up, laughing.

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Green for Norris chatter will get too loud as of yet. He is on quite a tear and there is no doubt anymore he's the best offensive D guy in the game today...but although his defensive play is a lot better than a lot of even our fans give him credit for (+19 with a large majority of his points on the PP), he's not the absolute force on the ice that a guy like Chara is. Chara right now is the Norris trophy winner hands down.

As well as Schultz plays positionally if he had the agility and skating ability of Chara he would be VASTLY better.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@Trunknmath,

Well put. That's why some people hate sports. I think most of us like the mindless cheering or chanting or whatever as part of the fun. So is being one of the 6 routing for the other side (as a long time Kings fan living here, I can pretty much identify the other 5 on sight- at least 3 are other STHs.) But, to be clear this particular mindless chant is pretty lame.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 4, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree about the "O" and "red" shouts during the anthem. It is disrespectfull and to me, just plain odd one would do that. I've asked Canadian and other foreign nationals about it and it seems unanimous as well.

UKDave,
Do the English shout distracting chants during the anthem at Premier League games? I've never heard any, nor during anthems in any other country for that matter. Shout what you want during the game but stand at attention to the flag during our anthem.

No folks, I am not an anti-liberal, raging conservative.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 4, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg and Clutterbuck ruin it for everyone!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

What about Wideman?

Posted by: _jordan | February 4, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon:
A for effort.

Tarik:
New thread, please! :-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@BernieFan/everyone,

Can we not get into this O national anthem thing again, please. Some people will be offended, some people won't be. Some people are proud of the anthem. Some hate it. Some aren't Americans (i.e., most of the players) and don't care. Some are just there to watch the game and not have a sing-a-long or go to a nationalism rally, or whatever.

If the O or the red bug you, don't say it. If you love the anthem, cheer for it. If you don't care, do what you want. Can we go back to discussing the Kings' pending victory now...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

@ Leeale
What I hate about the "chant" is that it invariably takes place when the puck is back in that end of the ice on a potential scoring play. I sit behind the "chanters" and always miss seeing an interesting play."

So stand up yourself. Problem solved.

Posted by: nautikal | February 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I disagree, i kind of like the chant. I think the "it's all your fault" part should be repeated more than once though

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This is such an embarrassment and should be taken back to the minor league Skipjacks where it came from. If I saw this on national TV, I would think Caps fans were low-class, know-nothing hockey fans. What's next: hey, you s--k? We have a great team, a great organization, a great future, and great fans. Be positive about our team and forget about the other team. Shame on the Post for giving this any airtime other than to speed up its demise.

Posted by: irvep | February 4, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon:
That was A for effort on trying to change the subject ... and a YAY for Clutterbuck!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

i think we should adopt the golf clap when we score

Posted by: Leeguru | February 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

irvep, this is hockey. Go watch golf or tennis if taunting offends you. You should listen to what the players say on the ice to each other. It's so "classless"

Posted by: nautikal | February 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"if someone could get this going when the opposing team gets a penalty at the games, now THAT would be a cool cheer

*slam, see you in 2 minutes, a--hole!!

Posted by: mmitch34 | February 4, 2009 2:36 PM"

Sorry, but that is anything but a cool cheer. You're telling the opponents that your team won't score a PPG.

Posted by: rw-c | February 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@ nautikal
@ Leeale
What I hate about the "chant" is that it invariably takes place when the puck is back in that end of the ice on a potential scoring play. I sit behind the "chanters" and always miss seeing an interesting play."

So stand up yourself. Problem solved.

Unless you happen to be sitting behind me when I suddenly stand up and you miss the next goal, that would woork.

Posted by: Leeale | February 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I love that several of the youtube chanting videos that have been posted are from Miami, I'm hoping they make the frozen 4 this year when it is at VC

Posted by: doncosmic | February 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Oldtimehockey,
Nice post, but even nicer attempt to slide in that last part. No chance Kings sweep the Caps this year friend

Posted by: superpaqman | February 4, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

good lord, I'm scrolling through these comments. At one point did the Caps fanbase get infested by a bunch of touchy feely hippies. Only cheer our team? Refrain from anything negative towards the other team? Should we just stick to polite golf claps after a good play by our boys?

I wonder how many of the sanctimonious Caps Insiders are changing their tune after seeing King Karl's approval the chant in question.

I personally have not participated in the cheer from my perch in 404, but after going to games during the lean years where you could hear the players chatting on the bench from the main concourse, I'm glad to have people making any kind of noise in support of the caps.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Im not sure about chants...but throwing bottles at Jeff Carter sounds like a good idea...(cough..cough..)

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I'll try again-

Realistically, come March 4th do we make a move? and what do we need to seriously compete for the Cup?

Your thoughts?

Entertain me - going to gouge my eyes out soon from staring at nothingness

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@ Sombrero

Agreed. I don't care what the cheer is in the building, assuming that it's pro-Caps. The first thing I thought, too, was that Alzner himself said that the "All Your Fault" chant was crazy. I have to admit that the first time I noticed the chant, it was so loud that I couldn't even make out what they were saying, but I could see that they were Caps' fans, so I said wth and cheered.

Tarik, we desperately need something new! :-)

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | February 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Two things...first..I like the "all your fault" chant. It's fun!! Second..how about no one says "O" anymore, and leave "red" out too...unless you're singing along. It's disrespectful to the anthem, and really just sounds obnoxious.
Just my 1...2.....cents......All My Fault!!!

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@Lyle
I'm glad you asked - IMO an intimadating SAH defenseman...someone who will clear the crease of the Hartnell's and Lucics of the world.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

it's all Jon DeNunzio's fault, it's all Jon DeNunzio's fault, it's all Jon DeNunzio's fault
TEB/Katie - newwwwwww pooooosssstt, newwwwwww pooooosssstt, newwwwwww pooooosssstt

that's all the cheering i have in me

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@superpaqman,

Thanks, I tried.

Sorry about the rant about the anthem. It seems like we have the same argument at least 5-10 times a year. I get that its personal, but we spend several hours debating it and always end up where we started.

This chant though seems to be largely disliked.

If the Kings score 7, do I get Wings?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Some pretty ignorant "i just started following the sport" posters in here.

This chant is NOT new (as the guy interviewed states) and it's certainly not considered all that big a deal by the players, I assure.

I don't think some of you folks should ever go to a UM game at Yost... Your ears would melt.

Sheesh.

Posted by: nonlinear_fc | February 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

GREEN EXTENDS GOAL-SCORING STREAK

Mike Green extended his goal-scoring streak to four games when he scored the first goal in the Capitals' 5-2 win at New Jersey. Green tied the record for consecutive team games with a goal by a Capitals defenseman, a mark he now shares with Calle Johansson (1991-92), Al Iafrate (1992-93) and Sergei Gonchar (two such streaks: 1996-97 and 1998-99). Green also matched the longest goal-scoring streak this season by an NHL defenseman; Jay Bouwmeester scored goals in four straight games for the Panthers last month (January 8-17).

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Lee/Sombrero:
Golf clap ... HA! :-D

lylewimbledon:
Another A for effort ... you are working your way up to a gold star!! To answer your question, yes I think that there will be movement before the deadline.

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

when i went to the caps toronto game in toronto, everyone in the building sang Oh Canada. it gave me goosebumps. I wish Americans sang/attempted to sing along with our national anthem.

@lylewimbledon - Too early to say if we should or should not make a move on March 4th. So many teams are on the playoff bubble, it'll take a few weeks t figure out what teams will be selling, and which players will be available. If Johnny does indeed need surgery, we need a veteran backup for the playoffs. As well as Varlamov played in his two games with the big club, he has had trouble staying healthy. Plus if things don't go well, I don't want a bad playoff experience to derail a promising prospect.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the thoughts on cheering while in Boston. I knew this would be the place I could ask this sort of question and get serious responses - I usually read the comments but never post because usually what I would say has already been posted more cleverly and with greater insight. And really it was never a question of actively cheering for Philly, which is just an impossibility, but whether or not I could actively join the cheers for the Bruins. I'll probably have fun, which means I probably cheer along because it's a hockey game, but all the while I'll be reminding my cousin that the Caps are still up on the Bruins this season.

Posted by: jen_n | February 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Capt_Kirk_in_AZ:
That is the best chant that I have heard all day! You are on a roll, my friend!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

That "chant" = massive fail.

I have no problems wilth heckling opponents, esp goalies, but please have something better than this. Nothing wrong with the goalie's name chanted really slow and drawn out. "Connnnnklinnnnn, Connnnnklinnnnn etc".

SA_Town's idea of mooning is both funny and distrubing. Speak of "moon" one of my fan hockey chants is to the tune "Blue Moon" when you score a shorthanded goal.

4 Mennnnn
we've only got 4 men
we've only got 4 men

Accompanied by holding 4 fingers on one hand aloft.

Fro, Optia,
Lampards red was overturned - damn it! :)

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 4, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Bernie,
There is no anthem played before PL games. Anthems are reserved for Internationals and the English crowd have a bad reputation for disrespecting the oppositions anthem, i.e. whistling, booing throughout. Not classly at all.

Much better to just sing your own anthem with more gusto I say.

In general though about 50% of chants at football games are aimed at the opposition.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

One of the things I have always liked about Caps fans is that we don't tend to go in for profanity (apart from "REF, YOU SUCK!") at our games. We tend to keep it PG-13 or better. We don't have "Boo-Birds" that come out whenever the star player of the other team touches the puck; we don't tend to cheer negatively, in general.

@RedBirdie - The reason the "Star Spangled Banner" is such a complete pain in the keester to sing is that the tune (the Anacreontic Song) was originally a bawdy drinking song. (Look up the lyrics if you don't believe me.)

The two (national anthem, booze) should never, ever have been co-mingled, but since it was for some God-unknown reason a popular tune in the early 1800s, and since Key's lyrics fit it (better than the original, if you ask me!)... there you have it.

But any tune that if you could sing it on key you were still sober enough to have another drink ought never to have been made into a national anthem, and the rest of the world should giggle incessantly at us every time they hear it, IMO.

That said, my usual disclaimer about O! and RED! applies. 'Nuff said. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I give up.

Yell O

Count and scream at the goalie

Yell Red

WTF?

Just have fun, but be respectful of the fans and families around you.

Who really f@#Kin cares!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

IRTR

You are wrong! Remember larry murphy?

Posted by: Leeguru | February 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Loved the game but sure as hell wished OV would have knocked Shanahan into retirement. A nice clean hit - kind of like Lavar on Troy in Texas a few years back.

Maybe this will help get this board off this ridiculously lame topic. Who cares about the chants. Be loud and rock the red for science sake!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@ IRTR - we also booed Jagr if memory serves

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

If anyone tries to start the wave....that would be a good time to do the "It's all your fault," chant.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Jose needs a chant.

Posted by: lornemyoung | February 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Leeale, I am a season ticket holder and you are clearly new to this "hockey" thing if you think it is acceptable to stand up during play, ever. Unless Brashear is introducing someone to his fist.

Posted by: jec4p | February 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

In Dallas they yell out "STARS" during the anthem. The fans seem to get into it, It does not bother me one way or another.

If we could add one piece to our team at the trade deadline.....who would you all like to see added.

I think a Pronger makes us a legit chance to bring the Cup home.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru - Who?

@SombreroGuy - Well, yes, but that was Jagr.

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfannmiss - What, specifically, about Pronger (apart from big and beastly) makes him your choice to bring to the team?

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This entire post has been a very interesting distraction. Tarik? Can we have some hockey to talk about now, please????????

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Player rankings are out. Ovie has himself parked at the top of the rankings. And lookie lookie who's in 3rd! It's LamboGreenie!

I also thought it interesting about Carlson comments by the Flyers. They're griping about Carlson's lack of Defense. In another couple of years, we may have 2 offensive D-men. How catastrophic will that be to the other teams? :D

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I also thought it interesting about Carlson comments by the Flyers. They're griping about Carlson's lack of Defense. In another couple of years, we may have 2 offensive D-men. How catastrophic will that be to the other teams? :D

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 4:12 PM

The scout said that because of the system he was in, he could gauge how good he was defensively. If its true that the games he played in were 7-6, 6-5 games, I think that is a legitimate concern (Also note that he wasnt talking about this year, but before he was playing major junior.)

From all reports of people in my office who follow the OHL fervently, some who arent Capitals fans, they think the kid is a STUD. A few have gone so far as saying that they prefer him over Pietrangelo, the kid St. Louis drafted 4th overall. Part of the reason he was drafted so low, and this goes to the Philly scouts point, is that the USHL is considered a weaker league, so scouts had a harder time projecting him going forward than a kid already playing major junior.

But, to assuage you concerns, the kid is supposed to be very, very good.

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

couldnt*

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

No posts by Corey at the Times either. I'm betting the players and/or press got stuck in NJ last night because of the weather. Caps probably had a late practice today if at all.

Posted by: jsaltman | February 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

All of you who think it's lame must not be in the know or didn't attend a school where hockey was popular.

It's an extremely popular college hockey chant, I think it fits extremely well up in the big leagues.

Some of you complain about everything.

Posted by: cupcrzy | February 4, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

What's the count on the lame posts for this blog?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The chant = lame. Sorry.I don't care if it is popular or not. I find it to be lame. Just my opinion.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | February 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

FYI - practice was cancelled for today, as per the Caps site.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 4, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Greg S, My head nearly hit the desk remembering the droning of my professor about the 14 points.
I'm all for the VC being as loud as possible, but this chant doesn't really blow my hair back. Whatever. It causes noise. I'd be an obnoxious a$$ and yell and cheer the entire game if I wasn't worried about being an obnoxious a$$ to the folks around me.
Of course, I also get overly excited and unconsciously scoot forward in my seat, which is apparently a no-no. Apparently some folks are capable of watching hockey from a recliner.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, seems like everybody can only think of one adjective to describe the chant...lame! I don't mind it, it is not an original, but getting under a goalie's skin never hurts!

Posted by: NatyBG | February 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Greg S. - The reason the Flyers people are so jacked up (in a negative way) about Carlson is because it was their pick. We got a number 1 pick from them for Eminger and used that to take Carlson (if memory serves). That would really explain it.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | February 4, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I have no (zip, zero, nada) concerns about him. I just thought it funny that they were complaining (seemingly) that they couldn't tell what the kid was about. The Caps scouts seemed to figure that he'd be worth a shot.

Finding these kids has got to be tough. Just thinking of the regional variances there are. one hot kid on a H.S. team. Will he develop into an NHL kid? I'd hate to make that call.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

and gals*. Sorry Boo and JMU

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Greg S, there is an entire series attached to that story about scouting. Interesting reads.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I heard the chant a couple of weeks ago at Boston College. They start with the twirl and just go "ooooooooooooooooooooooooo, HEY [Goalie's Name], YOU SUCK, AT LIFE, AND GOALTENDING...IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT, IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT, IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT". They say "It's all your fault" for each goal that has been allowed.

Yeah, not the most original, but then again wearing a Denny Felsner Chesapeake Ice Breakers sweater to a Caps game isn't exactly screaming, "I'M A CAPS FAN!"

Posted by: dj1123 | February 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

thegr8one

thank you for that awesome article.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

That's a series? I didn't realize that! I'll have to waste more time at work and read it (deadly dull right now).

Posted by: Greg S. | February 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

DaveUKCapsFan:
I thought you said SA_Town's idea of MOOing is both funny and disturbing. I would have to agree!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting that link gr8one

Green haters should take note of this quote...

"Let's not forget, the Southeast Division-leading Capitals are 26-9-3 with Green in the lineup and 7-6-0 without their fourth-season standout."

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The chanter's are such LOSERS. They do not display the proper hockey etiquette and have the audacity to have a good time at a hockey game! If people are not abiding by the hockey watching rules as laid out in this forum we should find them, beat them and burn their jerseys! I am going to be at the game tomorrow night - whose with me?

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 4, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

thegr8one

thank you for that awesome article.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 4:46 PM

No problem bud. We may be witnessing the evolution of a true star defenseman with our friend Greenie! The kid is special.

Posted by: thegr8one | February 4, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It's from the University of Michigan. We did it 30 years ago.

Posted by: hockeypuck777 | February 4, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hope the boys will be focused tomorrow nite against the Kings. We have a little "payback" for the earlier game in L.A.

L.A. is no "gimmie" they are playing fairly well, and have some talented young guys.

ROCK the RED!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 4, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

thegr8one:
No apologies necessary - guys covers everyone (besides, there are more gals than just JMU and I! :-)). See - don't listen to Dave; I really am a very nice person!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

If everyone likes the moon-ing thing, maybe a fake plastic rear pressed firmly against the glass?

Anyone in the first 3 rows behind the net willing to give it a try?

I would guess you wouldnt be tossed...just maybe asked to stop.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 4, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

@ irockthered

I like the thought of Pronger for his aggressive in your face style. He has some major play-off expierence, and a booming shot. He would be another guy that would keep Fartsmell,Loophole, and the rest of them pest from taking liberities at our goalies and skilled players.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 4, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town:
I prefer mooing ... it is original AND family friendly! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

just my opinion - but this is the worst topic ever. i wish someone could post the 'stretch run'! i'll actually read it this time too.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

According to Gino Odjick, interviewed by a Soviet Sport correspondent in Vancouver, "The Russian Rocket" Pavel Bure is in great shape and could return to the NHL if a team offers him a contract.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon:
gotta do something with the clark money!
at least feds and bure could reminisce about anna kournikova. now there's a topic we all (well most of us) could keep interested in :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

*snort* Heaven forbid anyone have a little consideration for the people around them. So old-fogeyish.

Seriously, do we have something better to talk about? Like maybe the Kings? oldtimehockey aside, I do hope we don't blow the Kings off. They've been playing well lately, and Jonathan Quick is just that. I don't care where teams are in the standings right now, I hope our boys come out ready to rumble, especially given it's a Western Conference team.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 4, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@Kirk

Yep - i would love to be a fly on the wall while they remenisced(sp?)!

Just ran across that on a website- bored - doesn't mean anything really...maybe we can go completely Russian.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 4, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

d*mn - i going to be in MD tomorrow thru sunday and probably won't even get to see either game on tv. the event coordinator (aahhh i mean my wife) has pretty much filled up all of our free time while there. i guess i could tivo the games and have a mini caps 'marathon' sunday evening when i come home. any good places (sports bars) to watch the saturday game if i can escape or get paroled/day pass?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon:
this one was amusing - at least i thought so.
http://www.russiajournal.com/node/13895

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't take part, but I think it's fine chant. I'm in 105, and we have a lot less of the vulgar goalie-goading than we used to in the 2nd period (fortunately, the vulgar guy in 104 row E or so apparently did not re-up). Since I often bring my kids to the game, this is a good development.

Sorry for the drunk college contingent, but clearn chants are better in my book (particularly the day games, I mean please guys).

Posted by: Sonyask | February 4, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town,

As someone who sits in the first 3 rows behind the net, please don't.

Putting my Caps fan hat back on for a second, I don't think I've ever been more wrong about a player than Green. When he first came up, I thought he sucked. "Any D can score if they don't play defense" (Ozolinsh as Exhibit A). So wrong. The kid is something special and a joy to watch every night. If I ever actually met him, I might feel compelled to apologize for doubting him as a rookie.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 4, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Capt_Kirk_in_AZ -

I'm feeling a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic. Rhode Island is neither a road nor is it an island. Discuss."

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

ebberger,

you guys need to throw in the "sieve" chant too. BU Hockey made those four years fly by.

Posted by: NattyDelite | February 4, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero:
But is it a rhode?

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey, If you meet him and are apologizing, add in, "jmu says she's sorry she thought you were an a$$." Thanks!

Sombrero, but is it a proverbial island?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@jec4p:

This is why we did have season tickets it was high in the upper tier, center ice. I love standing for sporting events.

When I go to elitserien I buy a sitting ticket, then stand in the standing zone when we are shooting on that end, and I go to my seat during the middle period.

I really wish verizon center had standing room available.

Posted by: trunkenmath | February 4, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

well as annoying as most of you think these chants are, it's nothing compared to the Leafs booing their own players at the ACC.

It's sad to see anyone boo their own players. Just ask Raycroft and McCabe.

Some of them want to tank the season in order to get the 1st overall pick(which is never guaranteed to the worst team) that they will cheer for them to lose

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 4, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

SombreroGuy:
it is colder and smaller than mary land

also - i am neither a jack nor an ass - but this is only my opinion - and i am not always correct :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

haha i think some of you missed the reference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_Talk

Given the current political state, I should have chosen "The New Deal was neither new nor was it a deal. Discuss."

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

No dissing the National Anthem, it was written by a Marylander during one of the most troubling times this country has seen, and we survived the bombing of Fort McHenry for over 24 hours by the Brits and the flag was still waving.

So much better than the other nostalgic songs.

And a Maryland Senator introduced the Bill to make it our National Anthem 100+ years later, so it's a piece of our Local history.

Posted by: gtydings | February 4, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

SombreroGuy:
right over my head - i stopped watching SNL after aykroyd/belushi

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Heckling the opposing team's goalie with those chants = lame. Btw, don't forget your pacifiers, kiddies. Waa-waa. Poor you and your silly chant.

Heckling does not signify spirit. Cheering for your team when they do well is spirit. Wearing your teams' sweaters is spirit. Cheering for your team when they don't do well is also spirit.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 4, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@Leftcoast - California has made you soft. Heckling the other team certainly counts as showing spirit in my book, but is preferably combined with lots of cheering for the good guys as well.

And again, I have no vested interest in this cheer that has sparked such debate. I just think its ridiculous that people are dogging Caps Fans for their cheer of choice.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

trunkenmath,

We sit in the end behind the goal and I am a 5'4" female. Not only would i have no hope of ever seeing anything if everyone stood up all the time, but whenever morons in front of me stand up in anticipation of a goal, I then do not get to see that goal. Standing and hockey do not mix.

Posted by: jec4p | February 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

the semantics of hockey cheers.

how interesting guys...

Posted by: richmondphil | February 4, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I got the reference! :-) And I appreciate any attempt to help us find a new topic today. Speaking of, so how's that camera fund coming?

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

let's discuss TSN's list of most moveable people:
defensemen:
Jay Bouwmeester
Mathieu Schneider
Niclas Havelid
Tomas Kaberle
Pavel Kubina
Filip Kuba
Ryan Whitney
Brendan Witt

forwards:
Vincent Lecavalier
Chris Neil
Nik Antropov
Michael Nylander
Mark Recchi
Bill Guerin
Doug Weight
Keith Tkachuk

Posted by: richmondphil | February 4, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero:
Oops! This post was intended for you:

I got the reference! :-) And I appreciate any attempt to help us find a new topic today. Speaking of, so how's that camera fund coming?

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 7:09 PM

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil:
What do you want to discuss? Who will move? Where will they go? Who is in/out with the Caps?

Posted by: Boo- | February 4, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Japers Rink had a great post today about the goalies who might be on the move on March 4th.

http://www.japersrink.com/2009/2/4/748549/a-look-at-the-goaltending#comments

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

@gtydings: No dissing, it's just fact. The words were exactly as you say, but the tune is a drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven". It is what it is. :)

Posted by: kittypawz | February 4, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Also today, the Bears had a new goaltender in town. Kris Mayotte, who most recently has tended the nets in Johnstown with the Chiefs, was signed by Hershey today to a professional tryout contract. With reports (most notably by Tarik in the Washington Post) that state Brent Johnson may need surgery, the Bears might need another fifth goaltender.

http://johnwaltonhockey.blogspot.com/

Posted by: tess2201 | February 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

As a lifetime Caps fan, I am embarrassed to see this idiot representing me and our proud fans. Back in Baltimore, we used to shout whatever we wanted to and it was great. The glass was low, players heard everything, and it was low-class just like Baltimore. This is the pros people, get a better chant.

Posted by: nospam778 | February 4, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Kris Mayotte:
games played 30
record 18-9-2
GAA 2.70
save% 0.912

Posted by: tess2201 | February 4, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Nylander for Neil and a 2nd round pick would be nice

Posted by: gtydings | February 4, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

anyone else heard that pittsburg is shopping ryan whitney around for someone to play on lil sidney's line

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

PIT down 2-0 at home. They're being out-shot as well *grins*

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

And the refs really tried to help them with two combined minor for a full two minutes 5 on 3. They didn't convert. So happy to be a Caps fan.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

That d-bag has been sitting a couple rows away from my seats for the past few seasons and he never has one good thing to say about the caps or their players. Only complains when they do something wrong. No need to be such a Negative Nancy. It gets old buddy and he thinks he's funny but he's not. If he's such a super-fan then maybe he should cheer up...cuz the caps are awesome and they rarely lose at home. He must hate his life. Or maybe he just hates his awful minor-league jersey that never gets washed. Either way, it's all his fault. Go Caps! P.S. chanting "Witt sux" during the organ playing is pretty lame too.

Posted by: roque_the_red | February 4, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I hear all the Pens fans are desperate to get rid of him. Check out Pensblog you'll hear "vomit" and "Whitney" together in a sentence more times than you can believe.

Hilarious watching them lose 2-0 right now to Tampa. I wish they did get in though I would love to see that series whatever the round.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

update:
this just in -
the capitals pick up a S@H D in Rod Langway, along with Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis, Craig Laughlin from the Montreal Canadiens. the caps give up Ryan Walter and Rick Green.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

LeCavalier made it 3-0. Muahahaha. Sorry, can't help it.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

lol...I'm sure Malkin and Crosby will eke out 2 points each in a meaningless 3rd after the Bolts score another goal or 2. It's hard work putting up numbers in trash time to try to maintain the scoring race lead.

Honestly though that "nobody cares more about winning than Crosby" comment is just sad. As far as leading by example goes Malkin is the guy going 110% every shift, not Crosby. If they keep this up they might not even trade for a player this year. Fla will have 3 games in hand on them tonight with a 3 point lead for 8th. Obviously they could dump all 3 but the odds on Pitt being "that team" that jumps back into playoffs in 2nd half of season are getting long indeed...

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh = Stanley cup hangover. it's no big deal. I expected it when they lost the cup and then hossa.

too many posts to keep up with today.

Posted by: oo7 | February 4, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

As far as leading by example goes Malkin is the guy going 110% every shift, not Crosby.

Correct 100%.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

It rubs the lotion on its skin.

Posted by: ejohnsto | February 4, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you mauree, I love seeing the Penguins in a big mess, it's great! lol! :)But it sucks the Flyers are losing (can't believe I said that, I will NEVER say that again) but we needed Boston to lose to close the gap between us.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 4, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

ejohnsto:
Eww! What prompted that?

mauree:
So what's goin' on with Pitt? Are the self-destructing or what? How do they look?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 4, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

tess, Why is Kris Mayotte's name so familiar to me? Has he played ECHL or AHL before?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyone suprised that Marc-Andre Fleury is struggling this year, he was awesome last year, but Pens ARE giving up a lot of shots per game this year.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 4, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

they look terrible. Nobody is crashing the net. The only two hassling are Malkin and Cooke.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Awwww, the Pens are having an "identity crisis".

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
Huh. I don't get it. BTW, I liked Cooke; hated to see him go.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 4, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Malkin. Bad giveaway by the Lightning, even worse coverage by the goalie.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"All this chanting is reminding me that DC United's opener is 6ish weeks away."

Sweet. =)

Posted by: redskinsux | February 4, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I expected it when they lost the cup and then hossa.

Wrong imho. It's not Hossa they're missing. It's Ruutu, Laraque, Conklin, Adam Hall, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts. Especially Malone, they have nobody in front of the net. Nobody.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

These announcers blow. Crosby blows. Pittsburgh blows. The only redeeming quality on the Pens is semi-Malkin and Max Talbot, who is only cool because he's funny.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 4, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Toc still looks like he could get on the ice and rock somebody's bells. Looks like he wants to too.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

what channel are the pens on? am i only have buffalo/toronto.....vanek just scored

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I have Center Ice package...shocker the Pens game is the one they have on the Center Ice HD channel. Would've rather seen Boston/Philly in HD. God bless Verzion for finally getting NHL Network too...been watching the Buff game as well. That's a team that wants to push itself to the top and out of that 4 team race for the last 2 spots.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Stevo,

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2.php?i=590

@Boo

sorry, must be my broken english, what didn't you understand? I was trying to say that the Pens look terrible, except Malkin and Cooke.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

vanek again, 5-0 buffalo


@mauree

thanks for the link

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Amazing goal scorers goal by Eaton. Great job ref getting out of the way.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

tampa bay placed jussi jokenen on waivers, wonder if anyone will take a shot on him?

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
Your English is not broken - it is better than that of most Americans (and *ehm* Brits) I know! ;-) What I meant was that I don't understand what has happened to the Pens - why are they falling apart? Anyway, it was not your English but mine that caused that miscommunication. Sorry!

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 4, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

jussi doesn't care about anything. He's a nihilist.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Amazing trash goals by Pens to bring it all the way back. Free points to be had.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Tampa just scored two in their own net to tie the game. I'm not kidding. I don't know what the Pens fans are cheering for.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

a nihilist...not bad

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

(and yes I know it's Uli or Ulli or whatever but that line is what I think of every time I hear the name "Jussi")

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys serious? Unbelievable!

BTW, GameCenter is doing a free preview:
http://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/console.jsp?sr=true&intcmpid=NHLbnrs

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

and Malkin picks up more points because Tampa beat themselves. At least he scored twice himself.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

since everyone (myself included) was bored enough to engage in a 12 hour argument about a cheer, I figured now would be a good time for a Tarik camera fund update.

I believe the total is up to $160. Those of you who pledged, please hit me up at blwiseass at yahoo dot com

thanks.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Pens win in OT. This way they'll be reassured by the score instead of hitting the panic button.

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Huhwhahuh?!? Pitt won?!?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 4, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

@stevo

is jokinen really on waivers? i'd be surprised if he didn't get picked up....

Posted by: richmondphil | February 4, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Malkin scored one early in 3rd, Ref prevents a Tampa clear then a cross ice pass/shot goes off Eminger into Tampa net to cut it to 3-2, Roberts takes a stupid penalty and there's a scramble in front on the PP, Sykora just kinda hits it across the crease and some idiot TB D man shoves it back under their neophyte goalie and it squeaks in. Malkin and Crosby pick up 2 epic assists on the goal.

In OT Malkin one timed a pass in the crease, game 4-3.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 4, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

i cant believe tampa blew that game, garbage

@sombrero

i am pretty sure you are probably the guy who sits in 404 with the sombrero (just a hunch), if you are there tomorrow i will give you the $10 for the camera tomorrow

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

yeah lol. But believe me, nothing to cheer for in that victory. If they play like this against DET and SJS... oh man, I wish they do muahahah :D

Posted by: mauree | February 4, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

@richmond

it is jussi jokinen not olie just make sure. tampa signed him to a big contract in the off-season and has been terrible this year so i dont know if someone will grab him

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@_stevo - I am actually going to be watching the game in style from a suite tomorrow. shoot me an email, maybe we can meet up before the game or something.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I know its jussi jokinen, but he is a decent player in a rut. I wouldn't be surprised if a team picked him up to see what he could do. I thought his contract wasn't too much of a burden.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 4, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

stat:
OV has 324 SOG in 50 games - avg of 6.48
551 would be a new record
he needs 227 more SOG in 30 games - avg of 7.57

he only had one shot last night

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@sombrero

staying classy in the suites tomorrow, nice. i usually go to either the channel or bar louie before the games. if i dont see you tomorrow then i'll get you on saturday

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@Stevo - sounds good. I'm skipping saturday, but I'm sure we'll run into each other sometime in the next week or two. I'll swing by Bar Louie if my friends aren't bartending at Rocket Bar.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 4, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@richmond

yeah i would think a team would take a shot, but i think he she got signed for something like 3 million or something, so i dont know

@sombrero

yeah, if you swing by bar louie tomorrow i am pretty sure i will be the only one in a black erskine jersey, if not tomorrow, we'll figure something out next week or so

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updates, fellas. Unbelievable, in deed!

Capt_Kirk_in_AZ:
But didn't he have 12 SOG against Pitt?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 4, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

@gtydings - Yes, and I'm from Indiana. ;-)

I have nothing whatsoever against the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner; I just think they could have picked a less-taxing tune. 90% of Americans are incapable of singing that tune well, drunk or sober, and I am VERY happy to hear it sung well by our soloists in all but one unfortunate incident involving a lot of rather unpleasant embellishments.


@Capsfannmiss Re: Pronger... Valid points; my only real problem with Pronger is that he spends a LOT of time in the box - more even than Ovechkin this season, which is saying something... if we picked him up, he'd be #2 on our team behind Brashear for "most time in the box", and we have a fair amount of penalty trouble as it is...

But to be fair... I'll take a look at everything else that I can...

He's at even +/-, with 32 points, which would place him right above Kozlov on our roster in the points department, but he's played 53 games this season...

He gets a huge amount of ice time, at 1,418:25 total (average of 26:45) - that's actually a higher average than anyone on our team...

At 34, he's a good age for a defenseman.

He shoots left-handed, but so do the rest of our D-men except for Green and Jurcina.

He's also wearing the "A" for the Ducks - or the "C" depending on whether you listen to his website or Anaheim's... ;-) Good experience either way as a leader, especially with our own Captain Clark down and out for the season...

And he's won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks. So that's another big plus in my book.

One downside is that he does want to stay in Anaheim, according to his blog (on http://www.chrispronger.com/, and since the NHL links to it as his website, I have no reason to believe it isn't his blog), but he doesn't know what Anaheim has to say about that.

When does his contract come up?

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

@SombreroGuy - I need to tag you with the $10 myself tomorrow...

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

pronger? wut.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 4, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

in the duke clemson game, they just said it was like a hockey game and that they need some russians on the floor now....hilarious plus duke is getting their a**es handed to them, which as a UNC fan i absolutely enjoy

Posted by: _stevo | February 4, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - Earlier in all the hullabaloo, Capsfannmiss suggested he/she wanted Pronger; I asked why, and got a good response:

I like the thought of Pronger for his aggressive in your face style. He has some major play-off expierence, and a booming shot. He would be another guy that would keep Fartsmell,Loophole, and the rest of them pest from taking liberities at our goalies and skilled players.

to which I posted the reply above. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 4, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Boo:
yes - he needs more of those double digits SOG. and a few more hat tricks too

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 4, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I have never took part in this chant, but for everyone on here saying "it's lame" I can pretty much bet you'll be the ones enjoying it when the entire arena catches on. Stop being haters, its good to see the arena so alive and fans getting involved. And for those crying about negative chants, get over it, this is hockey not figure skating. Hell, im gonna try this thing tomorrow night in section 112.

Posted by: strkfitrsqdrn14ao | February 4, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I really like going to UND college games and seeing the various chants the student section pulls off. Their sieve chants after goals are pretty earth shattering.

Mike Green for Norris, check it out!

http://feartheweagle.blogspot.com

Posted by: TJCAPS8 | February 5, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

the favorite Houston Aeros' cheer is "1-2-3, He shoots, He scores! Hey *goalie's name*, YOU SUCK!" ...along with more cowbell ;) ...and that definitely beats this 'it's all your fault' cheer...

Posted by: DCTexan90 | February 5, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

wow, after reading all these posts basically saying sit down, be quiet, be respectful blah blah blah i finally figured out where all the dc baseball fans have been.

egads, the chant may not be great or original but at least it's something. about damn time this city did something. we haven;t had a good chant (umd's "you suck' and dc united withstanding) since the cluck cluck larry murphy chants.

hell, i learned to curse from caps games in the 80s.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | February 5, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Lame or not, I'll take that chant over the "whoop whoop" defensemen chant any day of the week.

Even as a kid, I never understood the open derision towards our players by the fans. Larry Murphy went on to have a great career post-Washington. So stupid to ride him when he was in Washington.

Posted by: CBT2 | February 5, 2009 5:35 AM | Report abuse

Pens fans may be feelin' great after that 4-3 OT win, however, I don't think this is goin' to spark the team. They still are not playing great hockey.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 5, 2009 6:25 AM | Report abuse

rachel216:
I can't imagine that the Pens feel good about that win - sounds like they got lucky and I bet they know it.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 5, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Just watched the Pens highlights. I didn't realize that the kid in net for TBL was playing in his first NHL game. Too bad they could not hold on so that he could have had a debut win. Interesting that Malkin is jumping on the glass after scoring (although he does not catch as much air as Ovi does). At least the first time he was looking squarely at the fans, not his teammates - that's not something you see often.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 5, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

(At least meaning definitely the first, maybe even the second.)

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 5, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

If anyone missed Bruce B's interview on Elliot in the Morning yesterday, here it is. http://www.eitmonline.com/eitmonline2/media/eitmlive/257FA4490E_boudreau_EITM020409.mp3?catid=859&id=26515

Question for Tarik/Katie...If...errr When we win the Stanley Cup this year, who gets the rings? Just wondering if some of our Bears could potentially be walking around with rings next year if you get one for being on the bench at some point in the season. If that is the case...would Stretch possibly get one too? That would be awesome! Go CAPS!

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 5, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

@CapsSkins

I was wondering the same thing.

I think there is some kind of thing like time with team or games played in order to get your name on the Cup, but not sure. Of course who gets a ring thing may be different than who gets their name on the Cup. The teams might have more control over the rings.

Posted by: Kim-3 | February 5, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

"players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances." I assume the same applies to the rings?!?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 5, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Article about SC rings:

http://www.tmlfever.com/StanleyCupRings.html

No mention of who qualifies for one, but interesting nonetheless. Gotta say I like the 1893 version the best (not a big bling person).

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 5, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

thanks for the info. it is great knowing that we will see alzner back in the lineup...hopefully some point soon. great in depth interview and i love coach b's personality!

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 5, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I like the chants for free pizza after a certain amount of goals better!

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 4, 2009 12:37 PM

@JohnWWW:

I think Papa John's used to have a promotion called "PIZZA ON ICE" where, if the Capitals socred 5 or more goals during the most recent game, you could get a large pizza for 5$.

From a business standpoint, they were wise to discontinue this around the time Ovechkin joined the club...else they would be bankrupt by now. LOL

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 5, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Or why not the Sieve! Sieve! Sieve! cheer? It is short, monosyllabic and humiliating for the opposing goalie. That is a Minnesota cheer.

Posted by: Hals3 | February 5, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think its high time that this rink gets some personality. I can remember when the phone booth was quieter than a morgue. Now with the horn guy. goat, the cowbell guy and now "1-2-3", the phone booth is becoming a place to be reckoned with.

Posted by: CandyMan72 | February 8, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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