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Video: Mike Wise's Chain Letter

Unshaven, sleep-deprived and basically a disgrace to the memory of Shirley Povich (his words, not mine), Post columnist Mike Wise boasts about his post-Game 4 prediction that the Caps would win another game. He plays the superstition card, too, saying that whoever sees this video has to post a response if they want the Caps to win Game 6.

Watch the video and if you have an opinion -- about anything, really -- record a response. (Or don't; I'm pretty sure the Caps' future won't depend on it. Don't tell Mike.)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 25, 2009; 7:34 PM ET
 
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Don't shave yet Wise. The Caps need to win two more to complete the comeback!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 25, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Btw, who's that staring at me above your left shoulder?

Posted by: Terptwin | April 25, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

gotta say, i love Tarik & Katie's coverage, but this is just dumb.

i won't be submitting a video. does Wise get paid per response video?

Posted by: jason595 | April 25, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that was gonna be my question as well. What the heck is that baby thing behind? Did you draw that? That's really creepy. Anyway, I will post but if the Caps lose I know who exactly to blame- Mike Wise! I also blamed Mike Wise for writing his extremely accurate article the day before game 1, he definitely jinxed Theo...

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

This is all I'm going to say about these videos: They're just for fun, and should be treated as such. We like being able to interact with readers. Smile; the Caps are going to Game 6!

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | April 25, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes, agreed with Lindsay. Jason- lighten up!! Game 6 is tomorrow and we're gonna bring this back home and move on to the second round!! GOOOO CAPSSS!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay...not 6.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 25, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Alright Wise, I tried to get this webcam thing going, but its not working. I'm with you on this. Its doable, and always has been, if the Caps continue to put forth the effort they exhibited in game 5. That was finally playoff hockey. Almost. They still need more speed. But the point is, they have to go even harder on Sunday. NY will come out flying; they will be highly motivated and very angry. I hate this 'weather the storm," crap. You make your own storm and let the fronts collide. You feel me, Mike? You let the fronts collide. The bigger and badder front does more damage. Actually, that's not very scientific, but you get the point. If the Caps try to weather it, they'll fall behind and play catch up. If they jump out and take a lead, its theirs to lose. They have to continue taking the puck to the net. Bradely went to the net and Lundqvist folded. It rattles him. Screen, crash, drive, get the shots off quick, skate fast and hard, forecheck, backcheck, be relentless. Dont let them back in the game for even one minute or they'll be joining Philly in the almost ran can.

I'm liking you more and more, Mike. You're creepy. ; )

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Katie and Lindsay,
i'm assuming you've all met wise - can you tell me - is he a tard or what? please answer - just for fun! btw - i do get it

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 25, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
i agree. i read earlier that the caps need to get through the first ten minutes at MSG. i say let the rags try to get through the first 10. take it to them for the full 60 minutes - and if by chance they have a comfortable lead in the third - DON'T LET UP - give them a preview of game 7 at VC

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 25, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Its taking a long time for the league to come up with a decision on Tortellini. Cream sauce? Red sauce? Meat sauce? Garlic and parsley and cheese? Bolagnese? Simple marinara, or a little cream and butter mixed in? Come on, Gary. How do you want your Tortellini?

It doesn't seem that difficult, but I'm sure they're worried about tampering. That, and the rags have only two coaches, one for each side of Sean Avery's personality. Maybe they should just let Avery coach tomorrow. Tortellini will need a straight jacket, of course...

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS. DON'T STOP BELIEVING

Posted by: CapsFan211 | April 25, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Anybody watching Calgary-Chicago? Kiprusoff is lookin' like Jose Theodore.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

WISE: It takes too long to figure out how to respond by video (and, anyway, I don't want to have to brush my hair, put on make-up, blah blah blah for the webcam), so I am just blogging. And this DOES count as a chain letter.

Anyway, I am with you. I am afraid to say it so I will not jinx it, but (in a whisper), yes I do think that the Caps will win the game and the series. I have many reasons.

1)Caps are the superior team and, as you said, if we outshoot them, sooner or later we will start scoring. Which is what happened. The results are bound to match our superior numbers sooner or later.

2)Lundy was shown to be mortal and, in a scene reminiscent of the emperor's new clothes, he was actually pulled from goal. It is a little harder to play King when you've been summarily dethroned and Theoed the day before.

3) Ovie has broken loose and, chances are, he will keep going.

4) Varly is in goal, and I have a feeling he will keep riding a hot streak.

5) Avery and Torts have imploded--not a great sign of being in control

6) The Caps are at their best when their backs are against the wall

7) God feels sorry for you and will give you one more chance to appear like a seer and cast your past columns on the Caps in a prophetic light.

The toughest thing is scoring first. If we do, the rest will be a piece of cake.

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I hate this guy more and more with every video.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 25, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Tortellini is good.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 25, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The National Hockey League announced Saturday that New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has been suspended for one game for squirting a fan with water and throwing a water bottle that struck a fan during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series with the Washington Capitals on April 24 in Washington.

The incident occurred 6:33 into the third period.

Tortorella will miss the Rangers' game Sunday afternoon against Washington at Madison Square Garden.

"While it is a difficult decision to suspend a coach at this point in a playoff series, it has been made clear to all of our players, coaches and other bench personnel that the National Hockey League cannot -- and will not -- tolerate any physical contact with fans,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. "We do not take this action lightly. It is the result of an entire day of investigation and evaluation that included the retrieval and review of videotape of the incident and discussions with Mr. Tortorella, other Rangers' bench personnel and a number of other people, including the security personnel at the Verizon Center.

"That investigation revealed that Mr. Tortorella squirted a fan with water before Mr. Tortorella was doused with a beverage.

"While, in these circumstances, it always is easy to allege mitigating circumstances, the fact is we do not tolerate contact with our fans in this manner. That is communicated before each season in a memo that is issued by the League to all of the management, coaches and players of every team.

"The Sept. 8, 2008, memo, entitled 'Supplementary Discipline Reminders for the 2008-09 Season,' included the following section regarding Contact With Fans:

Even where a fan is verbally abusive, intoxicated, or profane, club personnel should either ignore the conduct or, where appropriate, seek the assistance of police or security personnel at the arena. This prohibition extends to all forms of physical contact, whether it be direct physical contact, the throwing of objects (including hockey sticks and other equipment) or even the squirting of water. While the latter form of conduct may have, in the past, seemed to be of a minor or harmless character, such conduct may serve only to incite and provoke an unruly fan and may ultimately lead to unforeseen consequences.

Accordingly, please be on notice that all Club personnel (management, coaches, trainers, and/or players) who engage in any form of physical contact with fans, including the squirting of water, will, on a going forward basis, be subject to discipline in the form of a suspension. The Club involved will also be subject to a fine.

The suspension was issued pursuant to the Commissioner's authority under Section 6.3(j)(1)(a) of the NHL Constitution.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 25, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

P.S

#8 (reason we will win). This is the first team in my memory that takes more penalties than we do

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

TORTS IS SUSPENDED!!!

Posted by: fnralch | April 25, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Tortorella won't coach tomorrow, he's been suspended. Right move.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

WHAT! You are kidding me. Has every one gone to sleep? Did you see that Torts has been SUSPENDED? HE WILL NOT BE AT THE GAME TOMORROW. Okay this is the 9th reason why we should win.

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Now that this has happened...what exactly does it mean....


Can Torts have any contact with players/coaches/staff outside of arena? I mean...am I right in assuming he cannot be around for morning skate/video or any other drills tomorrow...not just a game time absence?

I hope the Caps play twice as hard now (or 10x)

GO CAPS!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 25, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

Make something up for #10 and we've got 10 commandments... :-)

Posted by: fnralch | April 25, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Big fat suspension. I wonder how much he'll be scratching the back of his neck tomorrow when he's watching the game on his couch. AAAAH HAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 25, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

While people may see Torts not being there as an advantage for NY, (play hard for him) I think it will hurt them. Any thoughts guys?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

See you at game 7 tortallini

Posted by: Moose33 | April 25, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

The_Stanley_Caps: Fantastic question. Does anyone know where he will be then? Does he have the right to communicate to his assistant coaches? Like in Baseball if a manager gets ejected he has to leave but still can call the assistants and make changes. Or does he have no right to say anything?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 25, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I think its bad for New York, good for us. Tort is who got them to the playoffs in the first place. It will be interesting. I hope the bounces favor the Caps.

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 25, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, we all hope it's gonna add to the disarray embracing the Rags... However, as you said, Rachel, this may actually make them tougher and more aggressive with unpredictable consequences. I would expect BB to pull out some tricks to mess up with the NYR assistants.

Posted by: fnralch | April 25, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

How much of a difference can it really make though. They already know the game plan so the style won't change. The only advantage I can see is the line combinations the other coach puts out. Since the game is in NY, he will have the last change so I really don't think it's going to make a difference in terms of game planning.

Psychologically, it's hard to say if it's good or bad. If I had to guess, I would say bad for NY.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 25, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, after he pretty much called out most of his team during post game interview last night....you never really know.

I am not really sure though what kind of advantage or disadvantage this really would put the Rangers in....they will only have the assistant coach on the bench (I am assuming), and Schoenfeld isn't that bad...

I really am not sure what to make of this. I guess I am glad actions were taken, because no matter what, there is no excuse for Tort's actions last night.

But I guess only time will tell now what kind of effects this will have on the game...

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 25, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

PS. Should we give a big hug to the fellow Caps fan attacked by Torts?

Posted by: fnralch | April 25, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK (Apr. 25, 2009) – The National Hockey League announced today that New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has been suspended for one game for squirting a fan with water and throwing a water bottle that struck a fan during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Series with the Washington Capitals Apr. 24 in Washington.

Posted by: luvfades | April 25, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

NY is going to play hard regardless. It's the last time they will see MSG in this series (and hopefully for 5 or so months). No worries.

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 25, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting though that the articles fail to mention the stick he was waving at the fans as well....I mean, whether he meant it as self defense or not, that is going too far, what exactly was he going to do with it...if the glass was not there? (unless he really was trying to "hold up the glass" with it)

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 25, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Suspended for tomorrow is not enough. He should be arrested when he get to the VC Tuesday -- they would arrest you or me.

Posted by: uncatim | April 25, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The Assistant coach won't be ready to lead. He won't know what he's doing. He won't sleep a wink tonight either, being such a last minute announcement. It's going to be chaos on the NYR bench

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 25, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

unbelievable. what a weird twist. Avery did it, he finally drove torts crazy.
I don't like that fans are getting involved with the coaches and players. Classless. Do I think that the Caps have an advantage over NY because of it? NO. I think it will make the rangers focus and get their heads out of the clouds. After all, Schoenfeld isn't a novice. The rags are going to be pissed off. So are the fans. I wonder if that will be in bb's head.

The rangers have someone to win for now.

Posted by: oo7 | April 25, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Can't reply via video, love the sentiment that Caps win.

LOVE, effin' love, the fact that Torts is suspended.

Can't wait for tomorrow.

Anyone have great places to watch in MoCo or NoVa that are non-smoking?

Posted by: bluejeener1 | April 25, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

You are right, oo7. I don't think Torts' suspension is a good for the Caps, either. The rags will be pumped. And unfortunately, Schoenfeld will do just fine.

Posted by: uncatim | April 25, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

My hunch is that the Rags will be demoralized without Torts. It could have the opposite effect for all I know, but this is my gut reaction. First Avery went out of control and disappeared; then Lundy had a bad game and they couldn't hide behind him; and now Torts is out. These three were paart of their identity and Torts was the face of the new Rangers. I have seen the team become unnerved several times, including when we score first.

#10. Signs that they can become unnerved and have difficulty coming back.

So there. How many more reasons do you want?

Now of course a lot depends on our guys coming out strong and super aggressive, but I think they will.

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, I also saw Torts grab a hockey stick and wield it at the fans like a speer. If the plexiglass was not there, he looked like he would attack them.

I don't care what anyone says; the guy lost it. And this was a terrible thing to do to his team at this critical time. He is conveying to them that he is not confident and that, like Avery, their leader is not capable of being in charge of his emotions.

No way is this behavior a motivator and rallying cry for his team. It's like a parent throwing a temper tandrum rather than comforting the child and leading by example. He let his team down.

Posted by: caraveli | April 25, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

From the future....

CAPS WIN GAME 6 & 7!!!!!

Posted by: NatyBG | April 25, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

NatyBG:
i believe in nostroNatyBGdomus!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 25, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Sunday April 26, 2009: "The Beatdown in Midtown." The Capitals win. Sean Avery wins an ambulance ride courtesy of big Donald Brashear.

Posted by: large23220 | April 26, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Let's go Caps ... time get Nasty!

Posted by: Terpsrule | April 26, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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