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On the Barra and the Eagles and the Caps

I guess another key question for D.C.'s owners was how they feel about the Barra Brava and the Screaming Eagles and the team's fan culture. Of course, they all paid lip service to DCU's fans being the best in the league during the formal part of this morning's events, but I was curious whether we'd be seeing any Laettners or Davises hanging out on the non-quiet side next season.

"I want to be in that section," Laettner told me. "My daughters will love stuff like that."

"Ummmmm," I thought.

"He might stick out, being two feet taller than everybody," Devon McTavish later pointed out.

And Brian Davis?

"I've been over there, but the last time I was over there they were throwing brews, and I wasn't ready for that," Davis said. "But I'm ready for that now. I've got to come dressed different....No doubt about it. I'm gonna come dressed ready though. I'm gonna have the hat on, be ready."

Then he made his Barra/Eagles game face, which, I have to say, was pretty good.

Also, before I forget, the Euro-Style Caps Supporters Group or Whatever is coming to tomorrow night's game against the Flyers. I promise not to write anything critical about them or anyone else. They're expecting about 70 people, which would be about a dozen more than last time. And they'll be in section 414, very near to the press box and across the ice from the players. I'm thinking Washington Times beat guy Dave Fay isn't going to like this very much.

The group still doesn't have a name, but they're choosing between Army of the Potomac and the Fifth Line. You can read more about tomorrow's event here.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 8, 2007; 3:06 PM ET
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As long as Laettner and Davis don't show up in Brian Carroll-esque sweaters they should be just fine.

Posted by: Kim | January 8, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

or their authentic duke jerseys ... then the beer would come flying from all places (or at least from one place)

Posted by: littles | January 8, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

or their duke jerseys ...

Posted by: littles | January 8, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Lets see Dan Snyder go hang with the hogettes.

Posted by: Chico | January 8, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Dave and I met Brian Davis at the first post-game party last year (Dave mentioned that to Brian at the press conference today, he said he remembered but who knows for sure, Payne introduced him to a ton of people that night).

You know, if the new owners want to hang, great and if not that's cool too (The SEs have 635 members and they all don't sit in the SE Nest). As long as we continue to have the same partnership we've had with the team since 1995 it's all good. We look forward to working with this folks.


Posted by: SEKim | January 8, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I like Army of the Potomac myself. It tells everyone where we're from. Got a nice touch of history to it to. We can even have different divisions in the "army".

Good to hear the new owners will be front and center.

Posted by: EricS | January 8, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I kind of like Army of Northern Virginia, since that was really Robert E. Lee's army. But that wont work, of course, since we have fans from all over. Plus, I root for the North, not the south. But I digress..

Dan, are you going to head to this Casp game too? Maybe you should try to get Gilbert to go along sometime. Or at least let you borrow the ice sculpture.

Posted by: Blackaces | January 8, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

For anyone on the fence about going to the Caps game tomorrow night, tickets are Buy 1, Get 1 Free, and Kids tickets are $8 for the months of January and February. Go to the Caps' website ( for details.

And please, don't whine about ticket prices for a month.

Posted by: FS | January 8, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Yup. The cut off to get tickets through our group has passed. But feel free to buy a ticket and head over to section 414. We're pretty much general admission so you won't get evil looks for being in someone's seat (unless they aren't in our group's).

I'm sure the new ownership will get to know us rather quickly. Just like the players do sometimes, sitting with the rowdies for one game is cool. Let's them get in touch with the fans.

Posted by: Duffman | January 8, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll be in 417 tomorrow night, and I look forward to seeing (and hearing) you guys so close up!

The crowd tends to get a bit louder when the Flyers come to town, so between that and the Euro-style fans, it should be a boisterous little group at the least I hope so.

Dan, be sure to let the Caps know about the Army of the Potomac/Fifth Line/whatever they come up with. And you should come to the game! We'll convert you to a true blue hockey fan yet :)

Posted by: CapsChick | January 8, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope the amazing atmosphere from the Caps vs. Thrashers game on Saturday night carries over to tomorrow's game.

Posted by: Teri | January 8, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Happen to be going to tomorrow night's game, and looking forward to the "group of fans who love soccer but also like hockey and will be cheering loudly." Something to wake up the MCI Center will be much appreciated.

Funny to hear people complain about some Caps fans at a hockey game standing up and being loud. Clearly they've never seen a good college hockey game, a game between two hated junior rivals in Canada, a high school game in Minnesota or an NHL game at a place like DET, COL, MTL, TOR, EDM, CAL, etc.

As someone who grew up on college hockey, compare a Caps game to places like Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Cornell, UNH, Maine, and even DIII schools like Middlebury or Norwich, and it's a totally difference scene. They stand up the entire game, scream their heads off, sing fight songs and school songs and goal songs, coordinate their chanting, etc.

Let's home tomorrow night is something like this:

Or from the college ranks, this from Wisconsin:

This is what I always figured all hockey fans were like, till I came to DC. Am stoked to see tomorrow night's showing by Duff and his crew.

Posted by: Mike | January 8, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Mike, you said "Funny to hear people complain about some Caps fans at a hockey game standing up and being loud. Clearly they've never seen a good college hockey game, a game between two hated junior rivals in Canada, a high school game in Minnesota or an NHL game at a place like DET, COL, MTL, TOR, EDM, CAL, etc."

I have been to each and every NHL arena, most more than once. I can assure you that in NO NHL arena do fans stand up during the game (other than to cheer goals, or for a penalty shot, etc., certainly not for an entire game) and while buildings vary the vast majority are not too dissimilar from an average game at Verizon Center in the second half of the season (once attendance starts to pick up). College games are indeed different, much the same as the difference between the students section at a college football game and the behavior of most fans at an NFL game.

Posted by: Jay | January 9, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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