Friday, February 03, 2006

Friday Roundup/Gamenight: Leafs @ Caps

[WashingtonCaps.com Preview - AP Preview - Official Game Day Thread]

The Caps have begun talking about a new multi-year contract with Olie Kolzig. Alex Ovechkin will play tonight, Dainius Zubrus and Chris Clark expect to, Jeff Halpern and Matt Bradley are questionable (to play - zip it, peanut gallery) and Steve Eminger is out. In other house keeping news, the team sent Boyd Gordon, Mike Green and Colin Forbes back to Hershey.

Now that those particulars are out of the way, I'd like to share news of an exciting opportunity that has come my way. Waiting in my inbox yesterday morning was the following email:
To: Japers.Rink -at- gmail.com
From: ***************
Subject: Hi--I enjoy reading your blog
Let me know when you want to go to a Caps game with me--we can sit in the box--meet some folks and catch up.Keep up the great work. Ted Leonsis
I'm half-surprised my computer didn't blurt out "You've got mail!" in the thrill of the moment. Recalling that Eric over at Off Wing Opinion had received a similar email a couple of months back, I quickly emailed him to check the authenticity of the one I'd received. "Dude -- that so is Ted." Sweet. It seems that Eric, kind soul that he is, dropped this blog's name (among others) to the Caps' owner and apparently soon thereafter the average annual income of our readership skyrocketed.

So long-story-less-long, Mrs. Rink and I will be attending tonight's Caps/Leafs game as guests of Mr. Leonsis. I'm sure I'll have a lot to write about it tomorrow, but in the meantime, if there is anything you would like me to ask or convey to one of the most accessible owners in professional sports, I'd be happy to pass it along. And if you're wondering how Eric's evening went back in November, read about it here and here.

[Edit: for a recap of my night in the owners' box, click here.]

In other news from 'round the rinks:
  • On this day in 1954, Dave "Tiger" Williams was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. While best known for his 3,966 career penalty minutes, Williams also potted 241 goals and 513 points in 962 games for Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles and Hartford, and was an All-Star in 1981 (a season in which he racked up 35 goals, 27 assists and 343 PIMs).
  • Tonight Scott Stevens will have his jersey retired by the Devils. Oh, what might have been...
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    5 comments:

    iwocpo said...

    That's awesome. Leonsis seems like a good guy. When I was stationed near DC, I'd listen to Elliot in the Morning every day and he had Ted on from time to time. He sounds like an owner who truly appreciates the fans.

    Have fun.

    CasonBlog said...

    Great opportunity. No pressure. You will only be representing all of us in hockey's new media;) OBTW, Tell Ted to bring back the red, white and blue of the ancient regime Caps. Am I the only one who doesn't dig the black, blue and copper uni's with the Kamikaze eagle?

    Christy Hammond said...

    Wow, good luck! I wish more NHL owners were like Ted Leonsis, us hockey bloggers certainly think highly of him.

    iwocpo said...

    I'm with you Cason. And hey..tell Ted I said I was sorry for starting a brawl in the Metro station after Game 3 of the 98 Finals. Ooops, Acid Queen should be all over that one.

    Dave C. said...

    Wear a pink baby-t that says, "You've Got Male"