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Today's Top 5: Leonsis Won't Take the Abuse, Again

Lindsay Applebaum here, with some links you won't click on because it's Friday and you're already at happy hour:

1) Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis has shown a pattern of not taking the abuse, and he continues the trend today by pushing back at ESPN's Bill Simmons, who "spit on D.C." with this comment:

Apparently last month during a Capitals game, the Caps raised a banner to commemorate their 2007-08 Southeast Division title. If you came up with some sort of formula to determine the worst four-sport city in America that included things like "sweeping lack of success," "general apathy," "ability of opposing fans to overwhelm your home crowd," "lack of tradition," "most transplants living in the city and rooting for other teams" and everything else, wouldn't Washington and Atlanta end up battling it out for the title like Sebastian Coe and Steve Scott in the '80s, like, they'd be so far ahead of the pack that it would be foolish to even mention the other contenders?

Leonsis's response:

Last time I looked, the Caps were 12th in the NHL in overall attendance. Revenues are up by double digits, 25 percent. We were the second fastest-growing team in the NHL. We have increased our season ticket holder base dramatically. We have a sea of red at games and the NHL is booming too.
Now let us look at Disney, parent company of ESPN. Last quarter, Disney earnings were down 13 percent. The outlook is sobering. One analyst said it was "an ugly, ugly quarter."
[More ominous ESPN stats] ... Now Sports Czar, what is it that you want to say about our team; our fans; and our outlook again? Your move.

Will they hug it out, or engage in a war or words, or, most likely, will this never be discussed again? We shall see ... (Full analysis over at NHL Fanhouse)

2) Ladies discuss the Sports Guy at the round table. (Deadspin)

3) Fan sends Chris Cooley a "Boohoo Box" for his Monday night tears. (Chris Cooley)

4) Ryan Plackemeier reveals that he is a) "not a gum chewer" and b) "not too interesting." Oh, those crazy Redskins! (The Redskins Blog)

5) Couple rocks the red at Caps-themed wedding. (On Frozen Blog)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 14, 2008; 5:10 PM ET
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Leonsis is taking shots at Disney??? Disney has a name brand that stands for quality, Disney stock will be fine long term. How about AOL Ted? Now there's a company that was basically a scam from the get-go, who's brand name stands for crap.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | November 14, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Clearly he feels Czban didn't embarrass him enough...

If he's (Ted that is) lucky, Sports Guy won't find out that there was actually six Mistakes Attendance Champions Banners. There are only three now because the other three were evicted by the Whats? Final Four Banner.

And what makes those six Mistakes banners even more embarrassing is that Susan O'Malley was the one counting the tickets when those things were "earned" and us D.C. Natives all know what that means. However since Ted took over the team and got rid of O'Malley, they haven't earned one since. I wonder if Sports Guy knows that...

Posted by: CapsNut | November 14, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Now he does.

Thanks for playing "Selling Out Your Hometeam," CapsNut.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 15, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Just a thought.. DC is a transiant town. People come here for jobs and root for their home teams. It happens. Those of us who are loyal home fans appreciate Ted going to bat for us, especially when sports writers show up at one game and make generalizations. He is a loyal and caring owner, and nothing he said was technically "wrong"

Besides if you are a true hockey fan you haven't listened to anything ESPN has had to say about hockey in years.

Posted by: burkefireguy | November 15, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I say YOU GO TED LEONSIS! Thanks for sticking up for the home team. I was at two of the playoff home games between the Wiz and Cavs. A sea of white there cheering for the home team. The Wiz may have lost but the fans were there. Look at all of the new fans the Caps have brought to hockey as well. Myself includeded. ESPN sucks anyway so who care what their analysts think about our home teams.

Posted by: ivyleague | November 16, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

If you came up with some sort of formula to determine the biggest arrogant pr*** a**hole sports fans in the country, wouldn't Boston and New York end up battling it out for the title etc.?

Posted by: christiansonm | November 17, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

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