Which Monday night blowout was worse
After the Capitals got worked over by the Devils on Monday night -- that would be the next-to-last-in-the-NHL Devils -- some fans began asking Chad Dukes to disgorge a rant upon D.C.'s hockey team.
"Completely different situation," Dukes responded on Twitter. "Ted is not taking advantage of fan loyalty. Snyder is."
But I think this is missing the point. If the rant is only about ownership, not about wins and losses, then you could theoretically rant against the Redskins every day of the year. Washington fans were so bitter last week because their team had been humiliated on the field, not because of the price of parking. Sure, these things go together to some degree, but no one's talking about the price of parking this week.
So, objectively, let's look at these two losses and try to decide which was worse. We'll use the five standard measurements of blowout embarrassments, judging each on a 1-10 scale.
The Redskins were playing on Monday Night Football, on national television, with every fan and media person and NFL player watching. The only way it could have been worse was if it was in the playoffs. The Caps were playing in New Jersey on a Monday night in late November. The only way it could have been better was if the television feed conked out.
Redskins - 9
Caps - 2
Pace of Disaster
The Redskins gave up a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. By the end of the first quarter, they'd given up four. By the end of the second, they'd given up six.
The Caps gave up a goal on the second shot they faced. By the end of the first period, they'd given up three. By the end of the second, they'd given up five.
Now, 35-0 is a lot worse in football than 5-0 is in hockey, and the speed with which the Eagles destroyed the Redskins was historic. On the other hand, the Redskins eventually responded, scoring four touchdowns of their own. The Caps had nothing all night. Still, the pace of both disasters was horrific.
Redskins - 9
Caps - 7
The Redskins said all the right things after they were embarrassed. At least six of them used the word embarrassed, probably more. Mike Shanahan put the responsibility for the failure on his own shoulders. When they took to Twitter, they apologized to the fans. One of the team's most popular players, Chris Cooley, said he was "repulsed" and "disgusted" by the game. It doesn't help all that much, but it helps a little.
The Caps had a slightly less consistent message. John Erskine and John Carlson both Tweeted their regret, but Alex Ovechkin caused a mini-Internet controversy by fraternizing with the enemy after the blowout. The ultimate response comes in the next game, but for immediate damage control, the Redskins performed far better.
Redskins - 3
Caps - 6
You can't judge an embarrassment without the proper context. Sure, the Redskins were at home, but they were underdogs. They had already beaten Philadelphia once this year, which likely gave the Eagles even more motivation. Plus, the Eagles now had a healthy Michael Vick. The Redskins are likely an 8-8-ish team, playing against a Philly team that is likely headed toward the playoffs. In the grand picture, this loss wasn't horribly destructive to the season's overall goal, which is a push towards .500.
The Caps? They're supposed to be a mature, seasoned team, one of the best in the NHL, that takes care of business in the regular season. Sure, they will lose games. Sure, they will have bad streaks. They're just not supposed to lose two 5-0 games in a week, the latter coming to a floundering New Jersey outfit. The Redskins put out marketing materials about the future being now, but it's not just a slogan for the Caps.
Redskins - 5
Caps - 9
In some towns, people would be sawing off their fingers after a hockey loss like last night's. Sure, it was in November, and sure, it wasn't the playoffs, and sure, Braden Holtby was in goal, but freakouts aren't about logic, they're about emotions and temper and the belief that your Stanley Cup favorites should be better than that. But D.C. is not in flames. No one's sent me a single e-mail filled with randomly capitalized words and entreaties for me to pass on their advice to the head coach. Last week was the freakout; this week is the mild frazzleout.
Redskins - 9
Caps - 4
So if we add things up, we see that the Redskins had a Grade 35 Blowout, and the Caps only had a Grade 28 Blowout. The Redskins' loss was worse. That's called science.
| November 23, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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