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One Man’s Date With Stanley

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 1, 2010 by mwalle1

The Stanley Cup

As a Capitals fan I have never had the experience of seeing my team win the Stanley Cup and that means, I have never held, touched, kissed, fondled, stroked, stared, glared, drank from, or even have come close to the greatest trophy in sports.

I called  a guy named Matt Chancler, a Penguins fan, to give me his experience with the Cup.  Matt saw his team win the Cup last year and thus has had a chance to hold, touch, kiss, fondle, stroke, stare, glare and drink from the Cup, although he only actually touched it and took a picture.

As hard as it was for me to listen to a Penguins fan tell his story of his moment with the Stanley Cup, I did it, and I did it only because of this blog, just know that.

“I tell ya, seeing the sun glisten just so off of that beautiful Cup was quite an experience,” said Chancler, knowing he was already annoying me.  “I really hope one day you have the opportunity to see what I saw, although I really doubt you will.”

It was at this point I was weighing the option of scrapping this post and taking a zero for the assignment, but I pressed on.

Matt went to the parade in Pittsburgh last June and was surrounded by thousands of bandwagoners, I mean fans, that also liked the Penguins because of Crosby.

“I only had a few moments with the Cup because there were so many people,” said Chancler.  “I wanted some more time, but all I was able to do was touch it and take a picture.  I guess I will have to wait until this June to actually hold it.”

So, there you have it.  Matt wasn’t very insightful or descriptive, but took the chance to really rub it in that the Caps lost to the Penguins in last year’s playoffs.  I guess I shouldn’t have expected much from a Pens fan.

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Green Turtle Givaways

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by mwalle1

The Green Turtle in Hagerstown, Md

The Green Turtle in Hagerstown, MD is one of the few bars in town that supports the great game of hockey.  Five times this season the Turtle held viewing parties for Caps games and gave away jerseys, pucks and had numerous drink specials.

Manager Brad Miller came up with the idea after other Green Turtle’s in and around the District started doing the same thing.

“We’re kinda new here in Hagerstown and we’ve been trying to establish a relationship with our customers the best way we can think of,” said Miller.  “Hockey fans are passionate people and they come to us because of the viewing parties.  I don’t think there is another bar, unless you go to Frederick, that does that around here.”

On a recent trip to watch a Caps/Penguins game I missed out on the jersey, but the guy who won it was happy to tell me what I missed out on

“I came just to watch the game with some friends,” said winning Reid Jennings.  “I didn’t expect to win anything, but it feels awesome.  I pay $10, get two beers and a Caps jersey.  I’m glad I decided to come out, I will definitely be back.”

Manager Brad Miller feels awesome too.

“These parties have turned out to be more than I expected,” said Miller.  “We turn on the game, offer a few specials and watch the people come through the doors.  it has been pretty profitable for us, I don’t see any reason we won’t do something like this again next season.”

Ovechkin Shines on the World Stage

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by mwalle1

Alex Ovechkin is one of the best, if not the best, hockey players in the world and he is proving it at this year’s Winter Olympics. 

Ovechkin has been the star of a Russian team stacked with talent and his ability to change the course of a game was on display during Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Czech Republic.  The current Capital laid out former Capital Jaromir Jagr with a center ice hit that led to an odd man rush and an eventual goal for his Russian teammate Evgeni Malkin.  The hit was just another in a long line that Capitals fans have seen, but for Olympic play, was a breath of fresh air.

Alex Ovechkin is a playmaker, a goal scorer and a physical presence all wrapped in to one and possibly not since the days of the Great Gordie Howe has the league, or the world for that matter, seen anything like him. 

Hockey fans around the world love him and perhaps none more than his fans in Washington and the surrounding areas.  On a recent trip to the Green Turtle in Hagerstown, MD, about an hour outside of Washington, to watch a Caps/Penguins game the room was filled with Ovechkin jerseys.  As the Ovechkin reeled off another great performance, scoring a hat trick, I turned to the guy wearing a Ovechkin jersey beside me and before I could say anything he said, “he’s the best player this team will ever have and the best player we’ll ever have a chance to watch.”

Touche fellow Caps fan, touche.