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Morning Commute: The Blackhawks Provide Hope For The Capitals

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I certainly don't consider myself as a diehard Caps fan, at least not like the guys at Japers Rink, so I could be off on this. But it seems to me that there's reasons for Capitals fans to feel good about the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup last night. 

For one thing, it means the Flyers lost, and that's always good. For another, it seems like the Blackhawks have historically been like the Caps' in the postseason. Both teams have had some outstanding clubs over the years, but suffered postseason failure after postseason failure. Both clubs had one nemesis (Detroit for the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh for the Caps) that has consistently dashed their hopes. Both teams had great players that were unfairly compared to other great players because their teams didn't get over the hump. 

So with all of that in mind, the Blackhawks still shook their inner demons and won the Stanley Cup. It's a good omen for the Capitals. Maybe they'll be next.

Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:

  • On Hogs Haven, Kevin Ewolt and Rick Snider discuss whether a Redskins win over the Cowboys in Week 1 would top Stephen Strasburg's debut.
  • Beyond the Box Score analyzes all 94 of Stephen Strasburg's pitches. You won't want to miss this.
  • John Wall signed his contract with Reebok, so it's probably time for him to lose the Nike logo in his Twitter picture, writes SBNation.com's Mike Tunison.
  • Federal Baseball recaps Bryce Harper's conference call after being drafted by the Nationals.
  • Some quick thoughts on Maryland playing Seattle and College of Charleston in the Coaches vs. Cancer opening rounds, via Testudo Times.
  • Japers Rink recaps soon-to-be-outgoing Jose Theodore's 2009/10 season.
  • Casual Hoya finds it funny that Syracuse's Jim Boeheim continues to whine about his team's poor Academic Progress Rating.
On tap for today: Check out Jake Whitacre's list of the Top 10 most bloggable DC sports moments in the pre-blog era, and be sure to read Martin Shatzer's thoughts on why DC United phenom Andy Najar won't disappoint like Freddy Adu. SBNDC will also be live from the Verizon Center at 1 p.m. today for Ted Leonsis' press conference regarding his purchase of the Wizards.