Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Open Thread

There's not much more to say than what's in the title, is there?

30 comments:

tim :) said...

Battle of the undefeated at home in regulation!

If the Caps win in regulation, they are the only team still undefeated at home, and probably played a hell of a game taking the number one team in the league.

LGC!

this space for rent said...

Of the four, this is the one I'm looking forward to the most, and the one I'm the most nervous about. I'm not too wrecked about the Kings loss - but I think this one's important for us. It'll be a huge statement, and a win would mean that we will be in every team's crosshairs for the rest of the season (if we aren't already).

Matt P said...

I've never been to the Caps' arena, and because the Flyers won't be playing there on a weekend anytime soon, it could be awhile. I've heard good things tough.

What do you guys like about it? Dislike?

this space for rent said...

Matt: The Phone Booth has good points and bad points.

Likes: Near Chinatown. Good chow and places to have drinks before and after the game. You can see from most places in the arena. Right off Metro. Ticker between periods is an amusing pastime - occasionally you get some real gems. The people, whether they root for your team or not, are FOR THE MOST part civil and respectful (there are always exceptions).

Dislikes: Parking. Take Metro, save your sanity. Toilets do not always work and the staff has an obnoxious tendency to close three or four of them. Before every game somebody wiggles underneath the doors in the women's room near my section and unlocks them.

Can't comment on the beer, I don't drink beer.

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) 'Space: Parking at Verizon has never been an issue. Many lots within 1-2 blocks and at $10 is what most other arenas charge
2) Our biggest issue(which so far has improved this season) are the CC machines not working at the food/beer concessions. Also the workers aren't the most 'consumer friendly' we have ever seen.
3) Overall the Verizon is one of the better arenas to see a hockey game in the Eastern Conference

Washington said...

Agreed with all of the above... but, man, our music SUCKS!!! I assume the likely pre-pubescent deejays have become so immune to lame DC radio, that they have no clue as to who their audience is, and how music can really get the fans going. Ugh!

Marky Narc said...

xThe only thing that really bugs me about the Verizon Center is the P.A. announcer and how he screams at all of us. Dude, I'm excited we scored too, but just announce the goals - you don't have to yell at me.

If you're taking the Metro (and for the sake of your sanity, you ought to), I've discovered that instead of following the crowd and walking back to the Chinatown stop, it's worth walking over to the Judiciary Square stop and catching a train from there. That way you're not swamped in the middle of a stampede as the Phone Booth lets out.

JmF said...

Food is great AROUND Verizon, but inside, it's terrible.

this space for rent said...

Agreed, JMf. Eat before you get into the building.

Also, MarkyNarc, absolutely on the different stop, but Judiciary Square is for those taking the red line. If you come in via the yellow or green lines, walk two blocks south on 7th street to find Archives/Navy Memorial. Much saner ^^

Ben said...

That Caps announcer is TERRIBLE. Fire his ass already.

this space for rent said...

BTW, Tarik's got lines up.

Whale4ever said...

Open thread, eh? Ok, I'll bite:

Let's have your fantasy deals re: Bouwmeester for Nylander and ____ and ____.

Make 'em count. Being simplistic here but let's have fun. Flame away.

Sam said...

I for one love the caps announcer\ and the pretzels in verizon center. beer sucks though.

Charles said...

Sharks Page interviews Leonsis on technology and media at http://sharkspage.com/

Some things we've heard before but a good read to pass the time until the game and to avoid the cold.

this space for rent said...

At the risk of being gratuitous or silly - think the ice would still suck in the VC if we were playing there tonight? Never mind the cold outside XD

NS said...

i need to move to DC. Baltimore is poop.

MacVechkin, fka JR said...

Make that two horrendous games in a row. G'night.

Ben said...

The Caps need a real goalie. I bet they could get a nice trade for Niittymaki

Joe said...

The Caps announcer is amazing. WTF are you people talking about?!

"Here are your Washingtonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn CAPITALS!"

(I get cised every time!)

wittcap79 said...

I know someone who's not winning their arbitration hearing NEXT year.

Ben said...

Capitals in California = Epic Fail.

Anonymous said...

FUCK ALL THIS SHIT

Ben said...

7-2. Pathetic.

A little team loyalty would be nice said...

@ anonymous and Ben

Is the sky falling yet?

Christ, lay off. Half the damn team's hurt, they've played 3 games in 4 days, on the West Coast, against the best team in the league.

But you're not reading this now because you're selling your Ovechkin jersey and taking down your Caps flag.

NS said...

brutal.

another trade mark offensive zone hooking/holding penalty by Nylander again.

Morrison....yeah.

they'll recover.

B8ovin said...

While I thought the first period was great in the offensive zone, at NO time did we play good defense. I see no way to blame that one injuries, since only Green is injured on that side. They were also more rested than in L.A. We gave up 12 goals in two games, or if you wish, 10 excluding empty nets (but one of those was given up while 6 on 4). We cannot be an elite team with one scoring line and no defense. We simply can't. That doesn't mean I advocate separating Semin and Ovie, I'm arguing that our defense is a great liability right now.

dcrock said...

If anything, last night proved to me that we certainly didn't overpay for Green.

Realize you can't blame the entire meltdown on his absence alone, but still...

Ogre said...

I'm curious as to how Erskine and Green have been the scapegoats for the defense this year so far.

Anonymous said...

That was Ovy's worst game as a Cap.

Hazardous said...

That game was utterly attrocious and a great indicator as t why Morrisonn needs to never be given a sweater ever again. Hopefully his absolutely terrible play is obvious now to most people. Maybe I'm optimistic, though.

Either way, this entire road trip has been a joke, this schedule is brutal. The sharks hadn't played for how many damn days?