Fan Questions About Game 7
Question: What exactly is happening in the above video?
Answer: The real answer is that the ad agency for the National Geographic Museum has a Chinese Terra Cotta Warrior statue exhibit coming up, so they hired this living statue to help promote it, bringing a film crew to Game 7 as the living statue person thing interacted with various Reds, including this man who once described himself to me as an "Angry Zit."
The fake answer is that these two men, through 11 seconds of Internet performance art, were reminding us that while history whizzes past us like so many F Street taxis, things that are worth remembering are remembered to the point that they're literally alive, able to interact with us, able even to stop in at Rosa Mexicano for some guacamole.
Question: Compare and contrast the above shirts.
Answer: The shirt on the left pays homage to Donald Brashear and his six-game suspension, which, in retrospect, might very well have marked the end of his tenure with the Capitals. Luckily, he's wearing a playoff beard in what might be his final Caps t-shirt. It's available for $20.99, and even--or maybe especially--if he never plays here again, you should buy it. Doc Walker, for the record, was wearing a red Brashear sweater last night. He won't be written into the history of the Caps' pop-culture resurgence in this market, but he played a role.
The shirt on the right is a stomach-churning abomination, one you wouldn't permit your worst enemy to wear in public. It was spotted by a reader at Game 5 of this series. I love it.
Question: What do you think it was like to be carrying around this sign last night?
Answer: A bit like showing up at the American Idol elimination round with Danny Gokey's name spelled out in silver glitter across your abdomen, I'd reckon. (Thanks to Cheryl Nichols of Capitals News Network for the pic.)
Question: What's an extremely sad way to sum up the evening?
Answer: Comcast SportsNet's audience peaked with a 6.5 rating, meaning 152,000 households. At the quarter-hour beginning at 7:30. Great number, but 7:30 shouldn't really be the peak.
Among the game's key demographic, men aged 18-49, the game was the highest-rated CSN Caps broadcast of all time, earning a bigger audience than any primetime show last night, including Lost and American Idol. That number was a 7.6, meaning 104,000 18-49 year old dudes were watching.
Question: How orange is Barry Melrose in person?
Answer: Not as orange as I would have guessed, actually. But certainly more orange than is Tony Kornheiser in person. Thanks to Capitals Outsider for this photo, and many more.
Question: Any truth to the rumor that a local watering hole replaced all its pint glasses with these Penguins numbers, prompting talk of a fan boycott, as evidenced by the above cell phone pic?
Answer: I got one e-mail to that effect, but some phone calls indicated that despite a shipment of Pens glasses to that establishment, they have been properly disposed of, and no boycott is necessary.
Question: Why did the team's final salute to the fans seem more moving than even the celebration after David Steckel's Game 6 winner?
Answer: Great question. It's something like the reason that dramas earn more Oscars than buddy comedies, that Wagner weighs a few more ounces than the Marriage of Figaro, that as much as you love PTI it's still not Outside the Lines, that you remember Shoeless Joe disappearing into the cornfields more than you do his arrival.
Steckel's goal, in my head, is still just a Twitter feed, 140 dashed-off characters of red shirts and white smiles with sloppy punctuation and ha-ha abbreviations. The salute is a series of stills: the team waiting for Ovechkin to complete the handshake line. Ovechkin slowly heading toward them, helmet off, and then raising his stick. His teammates responding in kind, slowly clapping.
Question: When do OTAs resume?
Answer: Go away.
(Lovely salute photo by Jonathan Newton - TWP)
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