Notes on a Super Bowl Caps Game
* There were, at minimum, several dozen people at today's Super Bowl hockey matinee mixing Caps gear with Pittsburgh Steelers attire. Imagine, say, a Steelers Super Bowl hat on top of a red Caps sweater. Wait, what? I mean, no. I don't see how that's even close to acceptable.
* Like, the shoes pictured above? Those are the shoes you wear to the VC on Super Bowl Sunday. That's the spirit. And yes, they're worn by two different men, as indicated by the different pants, and only one is adorned with the Pens special effects, but the basic model is the same.
* In keeping with the season, a Caps PR staffer suggested to Bruce Boudreau after the game that Mike Green's rink-long feed to Alexander Semin was, in football terms, something of a Hail Mary.
"It's not really a Hail Mary," mused Boudreau, who is actually a fan of the pointy-ball game. "A Hail Mary, there's somebody in the area, you know, and you're panicking. That's a Hail Mary pass."
I called it a go route, while Caps PR guy Paul Rovnak went with down and out.. Either way, Boudreau loved it.
"I mean, that was a sick pass by Mike Green," he said. "To have the wherewithal to see him going, figure out the situation and just flip it over everybody and let him go in?"
* The Big Screen ran a game-long poll on which team Caps fans were favoring this evening. For much of the afternoon, "I don't care, the Caps are leading the Southeast" was comfortably in first, followed by the Steelers and then the Cardinals, who trailed with something like 10 percent.
No, no, no, no, no. If you're a Caps fan, you hate Pittsburgh; ergo, you hate the Steelers;ergo, you cheer for the Cardinals tonight, even if you care not a whit about football. And I'm not just saying that because I took the points.
* See? That's more good Super Bowl attire. Not sure if that's the same jersey worn here, though the shoulders certainly seem a different width. And one more thing: this kid's father just ordered a 71 "Malkin Sucks" red Caps jersey.
* More importantly, it would seem the coach has now followed the team leader's lead in using the adjective "sick?" I asked whether this was true.
"I think it's a generational thing," Boudreau said. "Every now and again, I come back to my youth."
* Remember how Alex Ovechkin said he was "sleepy" during Saturday's matinee? It was at least the second time he's used that word in recent days, bringing "sleepy" to the verge of "sick" status. Anyhow, with five goals in two straight afternoon starts, Ovechkin was asked how the sleepy meter rated today.
"I go to bed a little bit early, like 8, and wake up again 6:30 and go back again to sleep," he said, "so I kind of feel pretty good today."
And he was also asked whether he now likes afternoon games.
"No, he said. "At that time, actually, I'm sleeping" on a normal game day, he later explained.
One media member pointed out that you couldn't really tell that he didn't like the time.
"It just happens some times, you know?" Ovechkin said.
Others were skeptical.
"I mean, I don't know how many points he's got in two games, so I don't see how he could hate 'em," Green said of afternoon games. "He's lazy, though, away from the rink, so that's why."
"You can argue it out with those two," Boudreau said. "I'm not touching it."
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