Caps, Favre, MMA and YouTube
Notes from Caps
developmental rookie camp, while waiting for something else....
Bruce Boudreau was asked about being the longest tenured of D.C.'s four primary pro sports coaches.
"I hope it stays that way," he said. "It is amazing. But it's our business. We love what we do, but we know what happens when we don't do well, when the team doesn't succeed."
Gustafsson's Workout Video
"The blog is for my friends back in Sweden," Gustafsson explained. "Maybe 50 persons in Sweden, friends and family that's reading it, and so maybe I should do something to make them laugh. So I made it. And they really enjoyed it....Obviously you guys found it and everything, so I had to remove it."
Too bad. In the meantime, his friends and family had a positive reaction to the video, which featured cartwheels and giant bouncing balls and several minutes of lunacy.
"We know you have two concussions and you're stupid; if you get a third, what will happen next?" they asked him. "That's what they thought."
I also asked him if that was an accurate look at his workout routine.
"Does my workout look like that?" he repeated with a gap-toothed smile. "No. That was just ironic."
Hauswirth's Football Roots
Free agent signee Jake Hauswirth was set to go to Michigan Tech before the Caps made him an offer. Turns out his dad played football at Michigan Tech, where he still holds the career receiving touchdowns mark. His love for the thrown ball also helped turn young Jake into a high school quarterback; since he grew up in Wisconsin, he tried to model himself after a certain No. 4.
In middle school, Hauswirth--who's 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds--thought he wanted to pursue a football career, "but I love hockey," he said. "My passion is to play hockey...just because it's such a unique sport. Not a lot of people can do it. Actually very few people can do it at a high tempo and make it their job. It's always been my goal to make hockey my job."
As for his football interests, "Still a Packers fan," Hauswirth confirmed. "Hate to break it to you."
(And his dad also won a state ice hockey championship in high school, so he encouraged Jake to pursue that sport.)
Jasinsky's MMA Training
Ryan Jasinsky--whom Tarik describes as a "rugged forward"--has plenty of experience fighting on the ice, but he said that isn't related to his MMA training off the ice.
He has a bunch of military friends who got into MMA training, so he tagged along, flipping tires, hitting tires with sledgehammers, clean and pressing kegs half-full (with water).
"The water shifts, you have to use your stabilizing muscles or you'll drop it on your face," Jasinsky explained. "It's a lot of cardio, using your own body weight. It's really good for you."
Which is why Jasinsky does it, since he said it's of no particular help in his on-ice scuffles.
"It's not much like that," he said. "Hockey fighting's a lot different from any other type of fighting. You use a lot of balance. Everyone's got their own techniques for fighting on the ice; the only really way to train for that is to get out there and do it. The only way to get better at it is experience."
Still, he has speed bags and heavy bags at his dad's house, did high school wrestling for a year, and has thought about trying to pursue MMA stuff if hockey doesn't work out.
"My ground game's kind of bad," he admitted. "I'd be all right standing up, I'm pretty quick with my hands, but the whole Jiu-Jiutsu kind of stuff, wrestling on the ground, I'm not too good at it."
How Do You Say Donkey in Swedish?
Gustafsson has previously said that he enjoys going to Nats Park. I asked why, under the theory that baseball isn't too big in Sweden.
"Exactly," he said. "Why not? I don't know, it's different from Sweden. Just sitting there and watching it, it's great. I got a friend from Sweden who plays on the baseball national team in Sweden. We talk a lot and he explains the rules."
And his favorite Nat?
"I'd say Dunn," Gustafsson said. "He's powerful, and a good hitter."
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