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Glory Days benefits from Caps' hot streak

Goat! (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

There was no more depressing radio spot this fall than the Papa John's ads that ran after particularly nasty Redskins losses. Remember, you get one free topping for every touchdown, and double the toppings after wins. There were at least two losses in which the Skins never reached the end zone. That = zero free toppings.

Glory Days Grill is currently enjoying the other end of the scoring giveaway spectrum. The local chain offers 10 free wings (with any purchase) to ticket holders every time the Caps score at least five goals at home. The deal was brokered with the idea that the Caps would reach that threshold perhaps once a month, maybe 10 times on the season.

Well, try six times in the past 12 home games. Try four times in the past three weeks.

"Obviously right now they're on a little bit of a hot streak," laughed co-founder Richard Danker, a lifelong D.C. sports fan who helped arrange the promotion. "Hey, they're winning and it's driving some traffic, so we're happy."

The offer is good for seven days after the game, and Danker told me the chain's 20 locations generally host about a thousand ticket-holders seeking free bird during every giveaway. While Glory Days advertises 10 free wings, the restaurant serves orders of 6 and 12, so they just go ahead and give away the full dozen.

A dozen wings retail for $10.99. The Caps have already scored at least 5 goals 10 times this season (including the preseason). That's five six figures worth of poultry, gratis.

The low estimate by the Glory Days folks was perfectly understandable. Two seasons ago, the Caps averaged 3.09 goals at home. Last year, the number rose to 3.45. This year, they're lighting the lamp an average of 4.0 times a game, the highest home number in the league.

And it's like the players don't know the score.

"I just wanted to give the fans free chicken wings," Alex Ovechkin recently joked, after scoring the fifth goal in a game.

"Another 5 goal game, do any of you guys actually go for the wings?" Eric Fehr asked on Twitter Wednesday night. "Or do you just like to see us score 5 goals?"

Danker, meantime, has spent most of his life rooting for the Redskins and Bullets; he went to the final Senators game at RFK Stadium and served on the D.C. Baseball Commission. Now, his restaurants show all the Caps games on television, hold Caps viewing parties, and court wing-seeking Caps fans to stay for more than just the freebies.

"It's nice, especially at this time in Washington, to have a winner," he told me. "The Caps are hot. It's amazing. I'm old school--football basketball baseball--but there's a lot of magic in that building, and it's neat to see....No complaints. Let's go Caps. It's been great."

(RMNB says it better than I did:

In olden times, victorious warriors would gather in the great mead halls to celebrate battles well fought. They would drink ale, swap war stories, consort with wenches, and tear into massive legs of meat. Our world today is not much different. Sports fans- proxy warriors themselves- return from high-scoring games to gather at a modestly priced, appetizer-crazy sports bar to drink diet soda, talk about the game, flirt with disinterested waitresses, and eat complimentary buffalo wings.

That's the stuff.)
(And if you're wondering whether you've read this before, yes, I did write about a different local restaurant chain handing out an unexpectedly large number of free wings during the Caps' late-season hot streak in 2008. I hadn't even remembered that until I started typing. This must be how Wise feels when he realizes he's made yet another reference to Jeff Van Gundy in print.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2010; 9:18 PM ET
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Next year they might have to make it score 6 or 7 goals or more if they want to only happen about once a month.

Just found a great new Caps blog. Its published by a Caps fan for Caps fans:

Posted by: gfsportsfan | January 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Rams game. The Redskins won but fans still didn't get any toppings...

Posted by: CapsNut | January 28, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Modestly priced?

10.99 for 12 wings is not modest...

Buuut free is nice!

Posted by: CByrd1 | January 29, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

How about more Glory Days locations in Maryland?!?!?

Posted by: hockeypunk | January 29, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

The claim that they go ahead and give you the free dozen is false, at least from my experience. I have been told I can choose between 6 Wings or 8 Boneless wings. Not really all that big of a deal but I figured it was worth mentioning the fact that they claim to go beyond the promotion when really they give you less.

Posted by: ph0082 | January 29, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Hey Glory Days....if you live in the Bethesda area (which many fans do) there isn't a Glory Days around. I love chanting "We Want Wings" and all, but I've never actually gotten then since it sucks driving up to Germantown and there is no way I'm crossing the river for some wings.

Posted by: Rainier1 | January 29, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

diet soda?!?!?!

beer, man... lite beer!

Posted by: dpierce4g63 | January 29, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse


i want a greene turtle in virginia. like bad!

Posted by: dpierce4g63 | January 29, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm a season ticketholder, and live less than 10 minutes from a Glory Days, so I've cashed in on this several times. They do give you the dozen wings. You have seven days after the game to claim them, but the one time I went in right after the game, there were a ton of people there in Caps jerseys.

The place has pretty good food. Mondays are $5 burger nights (the Glory Burger is amazing), and the 12oz beers are always $2 all day.

Posted by: TwoBuckChuck | January 29, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Rainier1: come on over across the river -- we don't bite (much)...

With 3 Glory Days within about 15 minutes of my house, you can bet I'm taking part in Capswingmania...and the rest of their menu is pretty good too; not just the wings -- GD has some of the best cheesesteaks outside of Philly...

Posted by: gr8day4bsbll | January 29, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Eh, I don't eat meat. But I also don't live in the area, so I guess the point is moot.

But it does bring new meaning to the phrase, "Winner winner, chicken dinner."

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 29, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I remember when it used to be 6 goals or a shutout for free pizza at Domino's during the Cap Center days...

Posted by: rovingbandit | January 29, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Back in another era of high-scoring Caps, a pizza chain offered ticket holders a buy-one-get-a-pizza-free if the Caps scored 6 at a home game. After five goals, the Cap Center would erupt with cheers of "PIZZA, PIZZA, PIZZA!!!" I'm surprised I haven't heard a "HOT WINGS" cheer at the phone booth following a fourth goal. Maybe this comment will inspire that.

Posted by: baruchgershom | January 29, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Free gratis. RIP Deadwood.

Posted by: keepwastingmoney | January 29, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

@Baruchgershom - "I'm surprised I haven't heard a "HOT WINGS" cheer at the phone booth following a fourth goal. Maybe this comment will inspire that."

the whole arena basically chants "we want wings", sometimes its prompted by the video board, and sometimes it stats on its own.

I cashed in once so far this season. Closest glory days is about 20 minutes from me so its not as convenient as Austin Grill which is 3 minutes from me. They definitely didn't lose money on us though. We ordered a few appetizers to go with the Wings.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 29, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I remember a Cap Center promotion for a free ADT home security system if the home goalie registered 40 or more saves.

Young as I was, I still thought it was a weird promotion. I suppose they didn't include the service contract.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Jerrys used to give away the free small pizza for 6 goals. They just gave you a coupon as you left the game and you didnt need to buy anything else - if i remember correct. the whole place would chant pizza, pizza, pizza after #5. Good times.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 29, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Too bad there aren't any Glory Days inside the Beltway. I'm not going to drive out to Fairfax or up to Maryland for 10 wings. Very surprising that there isn't a location in Arlington (where the Caps practice and live!), Alexandria, or even Tysons. They would have received tons of my business with all the 5-goal games...yeah, 10 free wings, but I'm also going to have a few beers, not go there alone, and likely order other food.

Posted by: Section104 | January 29, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

How about next year the "Washington" Caps actually make a deal with a restaurant in Washington, D.C. so that us resident ticket-holders can get in on the fun? What happened to Papa Johns toppings for goals or Austin Grill's wing deal?!?

Posted by: sslomovitz1 | January 29, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"i want a greene turtle in virginia. like bad!"


One just opened very close to my house in Leesburg, it's sweet. The only think it's missing, IMHO is NTN Trivia. That stuff is my crack.

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@ph0082: It may be false at the one you go to, or for the server you got. The Germantown outlet has made good with a dozen wings for me every time. And they let my wife cough up her ticket for another dozen for me, even though she doesn't like wings. Sorry your local GD (or waiter/waitress/manager) is a cheapskate.

The wings, however, are just okay. I like my extra crispy with Old Bay. I'm okay with just okay, for free wings at a place where my kids like to stare at the TVs.

Posted by: Landru | January 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I've followed this team since its very first game at the Cap Center, and won, if I remember right, 1 game on the road that year against the California Golden Seals.

I remember how awful some of the teams have been and how noncompetitive this team was just before this bunch showed.

I am so thankful for BB, Ovie, Sasha, Brooks et al....and will watch every minute of every game until this ride ends...and one day it will but I will savor every minute until then.

Posted by: outrbnksm | January 29, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I got my email offer this am from The Papa for large pizza @ $9.99 w/up to 6 free toppings (per goal and for the win).

Posted by: ljo211 | February 1, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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