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:
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?
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)
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