Zorn on the Caps Kiss Cam (Video)
For dozens of reasons, last night was a game to remember for a long, long time. Most of the reasons had to do with hockey. A few didn't. Jim Zorn being grabbed down into a kiss by his wife while sitting at the glass holding two water bottles is fairly high-value entertainment, for example. (Great photo here, thanks to the Caps for the video.)
As for the hockey, Zorn--who sat with Danny Smith and his wife, and visited between periods with Vinny Cerrato and Flip Saunders--heartily approved.
"Oh, this is very very exciting," Zorn said. "You know, when I was in Detroit, my wife and I and our kids used to always go to Red Wings games, and I like to skate myself. I wasn't a hockey player, but I really enjoy the game. It's very fast, I love the contact and I'm just having a great time. I've never been able to sit where we're sitting, as far as being right down on that glass. That's pretty neat. It's, um, intense." (Much more on his hockey and skating history on The Redskins Blog.)
He later elaborated, when speaking with CSN's Carol Maloney.
"It's loud in here," Zorn observed. "I didn't realize how intense it would be, and I see it's doubly intense right down on the ice, so I'm privileged just to be a part of the fanfare, no question."
She asked whether he was pounding on the glass; "Oh, I've pounded on it, oh yeah," Zorn said. "And it's pounded back at me, too, with some guys running into it."
Ravens Coach John Harbaugh was also at the game, and like Zorn, he was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos, but probably more boos.
"The neat thing was before the game the crowd was going crazy, the energy was alive, and I didn't feel one bit nervous," Harbaugh told CSN. "That was kind of neat, for a change."
Zorn signed about 18,000 autographs, shook about 36,000 hands, heard at least 100 "Good Luck Coach!" greetings and was stopped by a security guard while trying to go visit friends in a 300-level suite. I tried to explain he was kind of a big deal, but the guard had a job to do. Finally, after the friend in the suite emerged, Zorn was cleared.
"Are you a Redskins fan?" Zorn asked the guard with a smile. "I'm Jim Zorn. Head coach. You're doing a good job."
The guard shook his hand, and explained that rules are rules. Fair enough. I asked him whether he can share a fan's passion.
"I love the competition, but, I mean, I'm in it," he explained. "So I don't have the passion of the fans, I have the passion of coaching and playing, you know what I mean? I'm having a great time. I get intense [while cheering], but I'm not trying to go backstage either, do you know what I mean? I'm out there enjoying the game."
And cheering for which team?
"I'm cheering for the Capitals," he said. "You know, when we moved back to
Weattle Seattle, they didn't have a team, so when we coached for Seattle for seven years we used to always follow the Red Wings. My son's got Red Wings jerseys. He is ripping me tonight because I did not bring him to this game."
But the coach did his part, standing and cheering for quite a long time after the Ovie hat trick, just like most of the people in the joint. I didn't have a chance to chat with Saunders, but I did see him walking around the concourse and then up a weirdly dark staircase with his cell phone attached to his ear. See below. As for Zorn, he rocked the red with his shirt, and also with his knee-high red socks, pictured here. Seriously. I'm telling you, it was a good night.
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