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Morning Look: Caps Fans in the City

This city has endured just about enough scandalous outrages over the number of visiting fans in our sporting arenas. Philly fans take over Nats Park. Steelers fans take over FedEx Field. Red Wings fans take over the Verizon Center.

Obviously that's not gonna change, but with the Caps now a going concern, at least a few brave D.C. ex-pats can launch some minor invasions of their own. Last night was apparently one of them. From The Red Skate:

A good deal of red could be seen throughout the mid-range ring of the storied arena: jerseys not just sporting Ovechkin's name, but of Green, Semin, and Backstrom. Laich, Captain Clark, and a #47 Karl Alzner. Even old-school sweaters of Dennis Maruk and Dino Ciccarelli were observed.

You know how upsettting it is, or rather has been, to watch a game in D.C., surrounded by Flyers fans, or Penguin fans, or Rangers fans, and also know that they live among you, take your same commute home? Live among you?....

Maybe all of these Caps supporters made the trip up from the D.C. metro area on a Wednesday afternoon. Or maybe many are very recent transplants. Or, maybe long-time NYC-area denizens are now reclaiming their hockey roots. In any event, Caps country is annexing a bit of territory in unlikely places.

Now all D.C. fans need is some sort of handheld gimmick to be the locus of out-of-town journalistic dismay.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
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There's a large and organized contingent of Caps fans following the team to the two Florida games this weekend. (Go to "" for details) Why this trip this weekend? Umm, can you say Florida in February?

Posted by: greggwiggins | February 12, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I am a transplanted Caps fan now in NYC who attended last night's game and the one in December. There seemed to be an increase in red even from December to last night, which is pretty encouraging.

Posted by: bmghoya | February 12, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game last night. Live in NYC, been going to Caps games since 1977 (when I was 2 years old).

Talked to the guy in the Maruk jersey getting a beer. Amazing sight. The only disappointment was that the guy in the Ciccerelli jersey was actually wearing pants*.

* - if you don't get that reference, try to Google "Ciccerelli" and "bathrobe." It's comedy gold.

Posted by: jgperras | February 12, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

jgperras, ouch. Ciccarelli broke my heart when I was a young fan.

Posted by: jen-s | February 12, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm in NYC and couldn't find cheap enough tix for my budget, but watched on MSG network last night...definitely audible roars when we scored, and a co-worker today confirmed without my even asking that there were a lot of Caps fans. So, yay vengeance for my traumatic childhood encounters with Rags fans at the old Caps Centre.

Posted by: ThisGuy | February 12, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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