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Caps Fans Brave Philly



This is what the escalator emptying onto the second level of the Wachovia Center looked like 20 minutes before the puck was dropped: orange, orange, orange, black, pink (with Flyers logo), black, orange, black, orange, orange, orange (repeat, and then repeat again, and again), orange, orange, orange, black, navy blue.

Who was wearing black and navy blue, you ask? Those would be Caps fans Jeff Jones and Brendan Shirley, wearing a Georgetown t-shirt and a Custom Stonescaping sweatshirt bearing a 703 area code, respectively.

"We're trying to represent the area, but we're trying to do it subtly," Jones said.

"If we were with six or seven more guys, that might be a different story, but if it's two against 20,000 the odds aren't in our favor," Shirley said. "I was gonna pull out the Redskins jersey, but that's not as subtle."


"Yeah, you'd be floating in the river," agreed Jones, who had come to Thursday's Game 3 in Philadelphia with eight Caps fans wearing actual Caps colors. What was that like?

"We weren't even 100 yards from our car before the first A-Bomb and F-Bomb hit," Jones said. "Can you write we were sodomized verbally? That's the way I felt."

And thus, the traveling Caps fans faced a delicate fashion choice yesterday: go loud, go soft, or go silent. Some, such as 80-year-old Nancy Leary, refused to compromise; she wore a vintage Kelly Miller jersey and reported hearing "lots of things, nasty things." Some, such as Jason and Angie Rupinski, made small compromises, with Jason wearing a Caps t-shirt but foregoing his jersey at Angie's request in order to facilitate a possible change of clothes. Some, such as brothers Andrew and Matt Wentzel of Hershey, decided at the last minute to leave their Caps clothing in the car.

"Why am I dressed like this?" said 21-year-old Matt, who was wearing a Duke sweatshirt and showing no obvious signs of Caps fandom. "Because I didn't want to get beer and hot dogs thrown at me."

Of course, the Wentzels fashion choices at least facilitated a pre-game interview; those wearing full Caps gear were bombarded with various chants that made speech impossible, chants such as [Expl-etive!!!], [Ex-pletive!!!] and [Explet-ive!!!].

Want more profanity? Caps fan Tom Lyons had worn a vintage Bondra jersey to Game 3 in Philly; "I had the entire escalator going from the club level to the ground, yelling in unison, [Ex-pletive!!!!]," Lyons said. "I swear, a solid two minutes, until I finally went back into the suite." Lyons chose to wear a gray shirt with an extremely modest Caps logo tonight.

Nancy Rogers, the president of the Caps Fan Club, also came to Game 3 in appropriate attire; "we were called [Ex-pletive!!!] from the moment we got out of our car," she said. Still, she stuck with a Caps jersey tonight.

Fellow Caps fan David Groban went to Game 4 in Philly in Caps colors; "any obscenity you can think of was slung at us," he said. ""I could start a dictionary of obscenities based on what was slung at us on Thursday night." Groban chose a Nicklas Backstrom jersey tonight.

Then there were the three youngish female Caps employees who came to Game 3 wearing their team's colors. Some called them [female-appropriate expletives], while others were more polite.

"They told us, 'you're hot, but your team still sucks,' " reported Elizabeth Wodatch, the team's director of community relations.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 21, 2008; 7:56 PM ET
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Comments

Nice to know that hotness can transcend enemy colors (to a point).

Posted by: odessasteps | April 21, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Were the three 30-somethings hot, Dan? Unfortunately this post is worthless without pictures since it does not take much to be considered hot in the city of brotherly love. Regardless, the Caps have hot female fans and 4-2.

Posted by: sitruc | April 21, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Good write-up Dan! Unfortunately many workplaces (like most government locations) block sites like photobucket -- so these embedded images aren't visible to a bunch of your readers. Which is too bad 'cause we'd love to see them. Still, kudos for braving the Philly madness, and get ready for Game 7!

Posted by: OrderedChaos | April 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree with odessasteps: At least even Filithadelphia can appreciate hotness. We can all agree on that, yes?
And for those of you not well-versed in standard Philly obscene chants, the operative oft-repeated word tends to rhyme with "gaspole." It's amazing how the chant catches on like wildfire. As a Dallas fan, I've been to games at both the Vet and the Linc, and the concourses are filled with the "gaspole" chant--following you everywhere you go, always, from all sides, genders, and age ranges.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | April 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the props. I had a good time in Philly and their fans. About 98% were cool but the young drunks in the parking lot are another story.

Posted by: Jermaine | April 22, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

i expect a full write up of how the caps fans littered the ice with garbage and threw objects at flyers players and fans

or would that be too unbiased?

Posted by: lenny dysktra | April 23, 2008 4:32 AM | Report abuse

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