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Caps, Penguins to get 'Hard Knocks' treatment leading up to Winter Classic

Have another doughnut

Updated at 3:03 p.m.

It's "Hard Knocks" with fewer teeth and a far less catchy name. HBO will air a four-week miniseries leading up to the Washington Capitals' Winter Classic game with the Pittsburgh Penguins on New Year's Day.

"24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic," will debut at 10 p.m. (EST) Dec. 15 and will follow the two teams each week a la "Hard Knocks," only without portly pottymouth Rex Ryan. There'll be games and mic-ed up players (Ovechkin! Crosby!) in an uncensored leadup to the big game, HBO has announced.

logo.jpg"Taking our reality series '24/7' into the world of the National Hockey League is a perfect fit. The '24/7' franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines, and unrestricted access," said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, in a statement released by the network. "With Sidney Crosby leading the Penguins and Alex Ovechkin leading the Capitals, we have all the ingredients for a dynamic show that will take viewers deep inside professional hockey and set the stage for the Winter Classic."

The official HBO logo, which comes via the Penguins, seems overly gold and black. While we're looking to drop the gloves and fight, shouldn't the Capitals have top billing since they'll be the visiting team in the Winter Classic and because C comes before P in the alphabet? Sigh.

In any event, "Teaming up with the 12-time Emmy Award®-winning and much acclaimed HBO '24/7' series gives us an incredible opportunity to bring our fans even deeper inside two model hockey organizations during the regular season as we lead into the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," John Collins, chief operating officer for the NHL, said in the very same statement. "In just three short years, the Winter Classic has become so well established on the national sports calendar it's truly a New Year's Day tradition. Uniting HBO's amazing reality series with one of sport's greatest rivalries in an outdoor setting in front of 65,000 raucous fans will make this Winter Classic the most anticipated one yet."

DC SportsBog: Ovechkin and the Caps talk about their big TV break. And so much more.

Colvin goes home

Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin returned to his South Carolina home yesterday after being hospitalized since Sunday with a puncture wound in his chest.

Colvin was struck by a splintered bat as he ran the bases (video that better shows Colvin's reaction is here). Colvin escaped serious injury, but was hospitalized in Miami with a tube in his chest to prevent a collapsed lung. Upon his release, Colvin, according to, was unable to fly and was driven home to South Carolina by his grandfather, Jerry.

Florida Marlins catcher Welington Castillo, whose maple bat struck Colvin, called him Monday to apologize. "I feel really bad," Castillo said Tuesday. "I hope he's doing good and gets out of there real soon. I talked to him and he sounds real good. I said, 'I'm sorry.' "

The injury raises anew the safety of maple bats. "You can't worry about it," he said. "You just have to keep playing."

Jackson: Chargers 'unethical'

Vincent Jackson was not traded before Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline and his relationship with the San Diego Chargers now is neither warm nor fuzzy. "I just don't understand why [a trade wasn't completed]," Jackson said in a text message to and the NFL Network. "They obviously think I'm a valuable player by asking for such high trade compensation, but why am I only offered tender salary? "My agents and teams interested did everything to make it happen, but this organization stopped it. I just want to play football. It feels unethical and I am disappointed."

Edwards' incident a black eye?

Braylon Edwards said he is "most apologetic" about his drunk-driving arrest early Tuesday morning in Manhattan, but he differs from Jets management and his teammates on the matter of just how big a deal it is.

"This isn't a representation of what this organization is about," Edwards said Wednesday. "This isn't what [Coach] Rex Ryan, [General Manager] Mike Tannenbaum and Woody (Johnson) teach. This is a situation that I'm in, that I put myself in. So I don't see how it could be a black eye for them. It would more so be a black eye for myself, if anything."

Teammate Darrelle Revis disagreed: "It is embarrassing because everybody is pointing the finger at us, 'Oh, what happened again, up in New York,' " Revis said. "We know things happen, but as players, we've got to be more careful. Truthfully, I don't think he should have been out that late."

Or perhaps he should have used that PlayerProtect program.

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By Cindy Boren  | September 23, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
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how did the yinzers break the story over us?

Posted by: CF11555 | September 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

This Winter Classic is going to be the rivalry game on national television.
As long as they're able to make these good rivalry games I think its a great concept. I don't see a whole lot of support if its just another game. The Carolina Hurricanes matching up with the Edmonton Oilers probably isn't going to draw in too many. But the 2 best in the game leading teams that are both in contention for the Stanley Cup...this is awesome! Just what the league needs.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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