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Now That's a Playoff Mohawk

Wandering through the concourse during first intermission. Didn't look all that great for the Caps at the time. Saw a flash of red out of the corner of my eye. 'Twas brothers Richie and Donny Early of Towson, rocking as much red as I've ever seen rocked.

Richie's mohawk-with-shaved-in-initials was particularly impressive. There's a Flyers fan named Super-Fan with an orange mohawk and Flyers-related tattoos on both sides of his head. It's great, but I think I prefer this one for sheer size.

There were, I should note, some feistily happy Caps fans all night. Like 35-year-old Jermaine Taylor (really), wearing the red headband and old-old red-white-and-blue Caps jersey for a player whose first name he didn't even know.

"Hopefully I won't get bombarded with ThunderStix, people hitting me over the head," he said before the game. "I can take a little bit of abuse. I know our arena gives a little bit, so I figure I can take a little."

"I'm gonna get killed," predicted Blaine Bell, as he waved a "Let's Go Caps" sign. Luckily for him, security confiscated the poster before the game even started. They were cracking down on all sorts of pre-game signs.

Bell had on a jersey with a blue shirt underneath.

"Just in case we win," he explained. "I don't want to get jumped, man. It could happen. There's definitely a lot of tension."

He told a tale of a childhood trip to Philly for a Caps-Flyers playoff game. "There were a lot of fights on the ice, and let me tell you, there were more in the stands," he said. "I was completely terrified. I was freaked out."

Some Caps fans were taking the free orange "Orange Crush" t-shirts. Why?

"Wipe my mouth, wipe my nose," Tom Lyons said. "What if the bathroom's out of toilet paper?"

"If I don't come out of the bathroom in five minutes, come looking for me," advised Jon Bartlett of Frederick.

"I could never come up here and not wear a Caps jersey or a Caps t-shirt or something,: said Lottie Ignacio of the Caps Fan Club. "I don't care how much verbal abuse I'm gonna get. Now if someone threatened me with a gun I might think twice...."

I stopped 21-year-old Andrew Hayes, who had on a plain red t-shirt and Caps ball cap cup. "Go [bleep] yourself, [bleep bleep]," said a Flyers fan as we chatted. "It really doesn't bother me at all," Hayes said. "It's about class. Washington fans would never do this. I just don't think it's that bad."

"We got to represent," summed up Jeff Katz of Fredericksburg. I asked if he and his friend were worried about finding trouble.

"We don't care, we're bringing trouble here," said the friend, Josh Bozeman, of Burke.

"I've been to Eagles games wearing a Redskins jersey; I got hit in the back of the head with a battery and my friend got hit with a beer can," Katz said. "This isn't nearly as bad. So for now, we're ok."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 22, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
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Absolutely expected from Towsonites.

Posted by: | April 22, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"I stopped 21-year-old Andrew Hayes, who had on a plain red t-shirt and Caps ball cup."

Does this mean he had no pants on, or you asked him to remove his pants and show you his "Caps ball cup"?

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | April 22, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Whoever Hayes is doesnt fully understand the dedication Philadelphia fans have, he obviously is shortminded and only likes the capitals because of proximity... this is not true fanhood

Posted by: Flyers fan | April 22, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hayes obviously likes boys, thats prob what he ment by "class"... boy loving

Posted by: Philadelphia freedom | April 22, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Hayes obviously does not understand that philadelphia fans have always had more class. Now by class, we mean balls, and balls are all over philadelphia. Hayes has small to no balls, obviously. He never smiles.

Posted by: spraynard kruger | April 22, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

hayes probably blazes little boys' balls all day. he touched me one time...........i dont wanna talk about it

Posted by: hayezisgay69 | April 26, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

damn hayes sounds gay

Posted by: phillyallthewaybyaa | April 26, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

sounds like this hayes guy is the man... of course philly fans are gonna hate they are the ultimate haters... go skins

Posted by: hayes | April 27, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

if by gay you mean the sexiest man alive? then ur right/.... i cant feel my face

Posted by: pville | April 27, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

poop on hayes! just poop on him!

Posted by: bingalo | April 27, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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