Beware of Caps Fans
When I went to the game on Sunday, I took the metro, reasoning that it couldn't be too crowded. After all it was the Braves, most people were just waking up from the Saturday night parties by game time, and our beloved Nats had just lost their last 9 games (yikes!). Unfortunately for me, i forgot about the other team in Washington and all their bandwagon fans.
Yes, the metro was crowded with many a Caps fan going to the first game of the NHL playoffs. Now, I wouldn't mind if these people were die hard fans, but the fact of the matter is that there aren't many in D.C.
Most of these people were sporting their own (most likely brand new) Alex Ovechkin jerseys and were probably going to their first ever hockey game. I suspect most of these people can't even name more than five NHL teams, unless they're from Canada, Minnesota or Buffalo, where the lakes remain frozen until Memorial Day.
Of course, I couldn't name more than a handful of hockey teams, nor could I tell you what the "A" stands for on Ovechkin's jersey. I just get a bit peeved when people get in an uproar over a team they didn't even know existed until they made the playoffs. I applaud those Caps fans who have been with the team from when they were in last in the Eastern Conference to their rise to the top of the Southeast Division.
So anyway, a word to the wise: if you are taking the metro to a Nats game on the same day as a Caps home playoff game, be prepared for getting to know everyone in your train car just a bit better. If you're coming in from Virginia like me, you'll most likely be able to breathe again once everyone gets off at Metro Center. But until all the Caps fans get off, have fun being squeezed between two 20-year-olds wearing their brand new Ovechkin jerseys.
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