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Over the last few years the Capitals have been the most successful professional team in the D.C. area, and it really isn't very close. And if you've ever tried to get a seat at the tapas restaurant across the street from the Verizon Center on game night, then the two hour wait behind a sea of red jerseys lets you know just how popular the team has become around here.
Even though their season is already underway and the Capitals figure to once again be among the best teams in the NHlL, there isn't much buzz about them throughout the city; and I think I know a couple reasons why that may be.
First (and this might just be a matter of personal preference), it just doesn't feel like hockey should have started yet. I'm looking out the window right now at the making of another crystal-clear mid-80's day. The only ice I'm ready to be around right now is in my coffee. Please, just wait until I'm at least drinking hot coffee to get the frozen sport underway.
But I think the biggest reason is that the city's favorite team (even if they haven't been it's best) is still the Redskins. The Skins are 3-2, and are leading their division. As long as their is a glimmer of a hope they will dominate the City's attention. In fact even if there is no hope, it will just be their demise that grabs all the headlines.
Even though the NHL season has started it really isn't hockey season yet; although Ovechkin's goal last night might help bring it on a little faster. But when February rolls around the Redskins season will be over, and it will officially be time for the City as a whole to get back into the Caps.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- Hogs Haven pours some sugar on you. No, it's ok. That's just what they call their weekly roundup of various news and notes.
- Each week, Japers' Rink measures the individual progress of each player. Here's the first installment.
- Federal Baseball is already hearing that the Nationals may have some interest in Rays' first baseman Carlos Pena. Here's the deets.
On tap today on SB Nation D.C.: