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Too Much Caps Coverage?

Mike Wise gets fans at Saturday's game against the Red Wings all riled up by asking one question: "The Post gives the Capitals way too much coverage. Would you agree?" Enjoy, and watch before posting angry comments!

By Sports Editor  |  February 1, 2009; 8:32 PM ET
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On the Caps site theres a great picture of Pat Sajak. For anyone that didnt now hes a sth

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | February 1, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

*keels over laughing uncontrollably and rolls around on the floor for ten minutes*

HAHAHAHAHAHA....wait...okay...I think I have my mind back. He just wants an excuse to go back to covering the Wizards.


Posted by: kittypawz | February 1, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,let's not have decent coverage of the only worthwhile run by a team in town A team with one of the greatest players in all odf sport,young exciting players.Let's read more about the dismal,tired,wornout,rehash garbage about Redskins,Wizards et al;.

Posted by: ridgely1 | February 1, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't have time to watch his video. I'm just gonna be angry without watching it. Wise is an idiot.

Posted by: Andoy | February 1, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

In regards to Sergei commenting about what can be done right in this town, first thing would be to spell his name right in the video -- Fedorov, not Federov. Zing.

Posted by: gweezerchock | February 1, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Wise may just be catching on, but Steinberg(sp) has fallen in love with the Caps. Nice to see that he realizes a good thing!

Posted by: Kim-3 | February 1, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: keepwastingmoney | February 1, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Wise must love 980. Eight hours a day of Wiz talk with the Deadskins season being over with about 15 min a day on the Caps. "All of Wash is buzzing! Should J Dixon start or DeShawn? We'll break it down for the next 4 hrs with a little Vinny Bug Eyes Cerrato offseason talk mixed in! Don't you dare miss it!"

Posted by: bulldog23 | February 1, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Wise is an idiot.

Posted by: Andoy | February 1, 2009 8:51 PM

On the contrary, it's kind of hilarious.

Posted by: Section117 | February 1, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse


I followed each move by Schultz, as promised. I tried my best to be objective.

Here's the plays he made sorted by value:

GOOD: 3 plays. 2 in the offensive zone, shooting (nice shot) and keeping the puck in the zone. 1 in the defensive zone, good positioning.

Standard: 2 plays. In the defensive zone. By "standard" I mean I expect any D-man to do those. Those two were keeping the puck when pressed.

BAD: 3 plays. All in the defensive zone. Sub-standard handling of the puck, slowness.

VERY BAD: 4 plays. All in the defensive zone, when he was pressed he gave the puck away. Two of those almost resulted in a goal.


re: CHI voided goal. Correct, it wasn't a video review, but the linesman brought it to attention. What they did review was the blood on Cheechoo's mouth.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

uh video does not work, but anyway, NO, there is never TOO MUCH Caps coverage, the more the better. In fact, I still think there is not enough Caps coverage. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | February 1, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

From the most recent article:

"Ovechkin scored his goals in the first two periods with Sergei Federov getting assists on each."

Poor Feds, doomed to a life of chronic name misspelling.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | February 1, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse


someone asked about players playing out of their natural position?

Ov, federov, koslov
left, center, center

Fleishman, Bacstrom, Fehr
right, center, right

Laich, nyslander, semin
center, center, left

Bradsheer, Gordon, Bradlee
left, center, right

Well, it seems like every line except for the fourth line has them.

Posted by: opita1 | February 1, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't make me cancel and order the NYT and Hockey News instead.

The Caps are the best team in town easily. Let's review:

Caps: #2 in the East. Championship contender.
Redskins: Playoffs? Don't talk about Playoffs,
Wiz-ullets: Ditto.
Nats: Play-off.... what? We just want more wins than the Redskins.

When Jordan played for the Wiz, they got a lot of press and someone said: This town will support a good product. Right now, that product is lead by a toothless Russian. Next year, we'll see.

Tarik, really, what do you think? All those years that your gamers ran in the Classified section? You should demand a team of 10 interns at your beckoning call this year. Oh, and a raise, company car, etc.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 1, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Gawd! Doesn't anyone but Section117 realize that Wise was joking?

He knows Caps fans are complaining that the Caps don't get more coverage (yet complain again when non-hockey writers Boswell and Wise write a hockey column or two).

Lighten up, enjoy the humor, and be happy for latecomer fans and sportswriters.

Joe B

Posted by: rw-c | February 1, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Its about goddamn time.
That said, this is the most exciting the Caps have ever been, ever. Ovechkin, the most entertaining player in professional sports today, bar none.

But here's the problem with bandwagon coverage: so many journalists in this town have spent so much time dismissing hockey that when they come around to writing about it, it reads like a freshman term paper on a book they only thumbed the cliff notes to. Its not just about content, its about context, too. I dont give a damn what Wilbon thinks about hockey now, when he spent so much time undermining it then.

The point is, oh washingtonpost, we don't want more writers, we want the stories on the cover of the sports page, up front and center, with ample space for the reporter (cough, tarik) to cover everything he wants to say. That, instead of losing teams and high school sports. By the way, you're catching on a little late.

Posted by: oo7 | February 1, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

pretty funny...but Tarik and the rest of the Post should know that this has been a sore point with a lot of Caps fans. Leading out with this might send some Caps fans (kittypaws and Andoy) into a rage without watching it, and without seeing that Wise is really making the case for increased Caps coverage. Just give us the increased coverage without the sarcasm, and past sins of omission may be forgiven.

Posted by: shotfromthepoint | February 1, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, Tarik - I liked your response to the question the best! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Datsyuk stated that Semin has the best hands in the NHL.


Posted by: richmondphil | February 1, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

David Gregory from NBC and MSNBC was at the game today sitting a few rows in front of us. I guess the Caps are really becoming an item in this town.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 1, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Did the On Frozen Morons put him up to this???

Posted by: CapsNut | February 1, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse


Not only hands -- I liked so much how today Semin blocked defender's stick with his left leg. Wow.

Posted by: fnralch | February 1, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

it just comes full circle that Datsyuk, arguably the best two-way forward in the league, said it about Semin.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 1, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: washingtonpost31 | February 1, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

There *is* an opening for a more consistent editorial perspective on the Caps from the Post.

Mike shows he has the interest. To legions of newer fans he probably works okay. I think he has a bit of homework and legwork to do before some of the longer term/more knowledgeable fans take him too seriously (or too humorously), but you've gotta start somewhere.

Tarik is great at handling a lot of Caps coverage but repeatedly maintains his beat status. The team probably appreciates knowing they get that consistency from TEB. Seems like readers generally do most of the time as well.

Posted by: austinsteve | February 1, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@mauree--I read you 5x5. But BB must be bungling your "almost-goals" metric, yeh? Schultz=hard hat vs DedThings, then 23 minutes of plus-four D today. I'm NOT starting a fan club: But for a six-digit salary and 14 years old? The kid stays in the picture.

Posted by: redlineblue | February 1, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse


hehe I guess so huh. Actually at the beginning I was about to eat my words, as he was in the positive part of the "scoreboard".

Anyway, I didn't see the third period but was very happy about the first two. Seems like the Caps didn't play down to the opposition.

Tuesday, huge huge game. NJD are really hot right now.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

ps: had to look up the meaning of "I read you 5x5" lol

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

i for one think if mike wise wants to cover the caps then the better. it will be nice if he could get some real significant news out of the organization; apparently, a tough thing to do.

Posted by: superX | February 1, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

As someone who's been complaining about the Post's coverage of the Caps for about a year (often as a commenter on the SportsBog), this video made me laugh--particularly the double takes that everyone gave when they heard Wise's question (especially Cooley). At least it appears that Wise and the rest of the Post sports section is getting the message.

The one thing that does annoy me is the implication that Wise gives, in this video and in his recent columns, that, well, no other team in Washington is any good, so we should pay more attention to the Caps because they are good. I won't deny that has helped build interest in the Caps the last couple months, but I would hope the Post, even if the Wizards weren't terrible and the Redskins had made the playoffs, would still be ramping up their Caps coverage because they're an exciting, winning team that has a growing amount of fans in the area--not just out of default because of the sad shape of the Skins, Wiz and Nats.

But I don't want to complain too much--thanks, Washington Post, for getting the message.

But that's a small complaint.

Posted by: TheFingerman | February 1, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

"I read you 5x5" ?!?

i spend more time 'looking up' sh*t so i can figure out what half of the fans on this blog write. sometimes i wonder if learning something new is a good thing - or am i just 10 minutes closer to death with really nothing to show for it :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

A little self deprecating humor is good. Seriously though I don't get how a team like the Caps, one of the most exciting and well run in all of sports now, with tons of young players and personality, a true contender has to beg for coverage when the city teams in other sports plain suck.

I also don't get how it's possible that a truly great sport like hockey which has everything you can possibly want in a team sport gets nothing but ridicule from the mainstream media in the US. It's fast, dynamic, skillful, physical and has perhaps the best athletes of any team sport (and takes the longest to become good at).

The American bias towards sports invented in America (baseball, football and basketball) smells of provincial isolationism. It's like living in a small village with tradition of tractor racing and thinking of it as the only true sport worthy of attention.

In case of baseball & football these sports are played almost nowhere else. Few people outside the US care about baseball and absolutely no one gives a hoot about football.

The Superbowl was a fun game, but calling it the NFL final a world championship still bugs the crap out of me. By definition, you can't be a world champion in a game that no one else in the world plays.

Rant over.

Posted by: ranndino | February 1, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed it.

Posted by: uncatim | February 2, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I really don't get this at all. It was annoying to say the least. I don't know who Mike Wise is as the only part of the sports section I read is the Caps and I do it online.

I don't know why he has to waste Mike Green and Fedorov's time with this. It wasn't funny at all. I don't care whether he writes about the Caps at all. Tarik does a great job with his articles and the blog, I don't know that anything more is needed.

Really would prefer bandwagon writers don't start appearing. Go cover the Wizards or the Terps.

Posted by: atomicfront | February 2, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

hockey will never be mainstream in the US. there is no way to get 5 minutes worth of commercials for every 10 minutes of game time (this goes for soccer (the real football) too) - therefore no national tv coverage. besides - most 'sports' fans in north america don't have the attention span to watch continuous play for 10 minutes. i call these people the MTV generation - where the video MUST change every 1.5 to 2 seconds or the channel will be changed.
the WP should get off it dead *sses and feature the caps front and center every day. they are a joy to watch and follow.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 2, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: benguiin43 | February 2, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

The video screwed this up, which is terribly ironic: No. 91's last name is F-E-D-O-R-O-V.

I will not re-print the error made in this Mike Wise video column, and elsewhere (including this very comments section).

One more time: F-E-D-O-R-O-V.

Posted by: baldinga | February 2, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wize probably didn't do the graphics

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 2, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

@Capt Kirk

Not saying it's Wise's fault, but it's a mistake all the same. The producers at should apply the same journalistic standards that the fine copy editors at the newspaper do. You get your facts correct. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: baldinga | February 2, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

ranndino, congrats on the award!

Just got home from watching the Super Bowl with a bunch of Steelers fans with dogs named Hines, Sidney, & 'Malu. I had to cheer to my brother via text whenever the Cards scored so I wouldn't get jumped. However, I think the good news is, the state of Pennsylvania has officially hit its "championship quota" , so Flyers & Pens haven't an ice rink's chance in *ahem* of winning another one.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 2, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Not that they don't do a lot of fan stuff now, but it would be cool for the Caps to do something like this internal skills competition:

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 2, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

i shoulda been a little clearer - i meant 'mike wiZe' - i was goofing on him

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 2, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Three things:
1) It was sarcasm. Self-depreciating humor.
2) F-E-D-O-R-O-V
3) Mike Wise still sucks for whining about the Flyers physical play during the playoffs. Made Caps fans look like babies.

Posted by: TheSkyIsntFalling | February 2, 2009 6:07 AM | Report abuse

I had to look up 5x5, too! :-) Who are you guys talking about?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 2, 2009 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Check out who is #5 in Hart consideration.

I know this doesn't a thing but it is interesting to look at nonetheless...

Posted by: JSchon | February 2, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

This blog gives me all the coverage I need.

Honestly the local news stations Caps coverage is more important then the washington posts.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 2, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely loved Chris Cooley's brother in the lockerroom. That was so funny that Wise was mocking the over-coverage of the Redskins by interviewing a redskins' brother -- oh, and Doc Walker a former Hog. Nicely done.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 2, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Funny stuff. The fact that Wise is even there means he's coming around. Oh, and Mike, they don't remove the sheets of ice, they cover them up. You have a long way to go baby. ; )

Posted by: luvdcaps | February 2, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to all who noticed the Fedorov spelling error. I'd like to say we were just testing you, but ... well, mistakes happen. It takes longer to get those video mistakes fixed, but it's fixed now.

I think you'll see more Caps coverage here and in the paper as the playoffs approach and start. And please keep the feedback coming ...

Jon DeNunzio
Sports editor,

Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | February 2, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Funny video actually. The Post's coverage of the Caps has been a joke for years. The Redskins could go 0-16 and not score a point all season and the Post would run articles on them plastered all over the sports and front page.

As a Caps fan since 1980, I am not overjoyed with all the bandwagon fans who are suddenly Caps fans, but I will accept more local media coverage, albeit with a bite of my lip.

Posted by: EricinMD | February 2, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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