October 9, 2009

Today's Tune: "Born To Lose" By Black Sabbath

The Washington Capitals are on route to be winners.

The Washington Capitals played their very first NHL hockey game on October 9, 1974, losing to the New York Rangers 6-3, in New York, NY. Washington went on to lose their first 37 road games as a new organization. They have had their ups and downs over the years since, making it to the playoffs 20 times, while not even coming close a few other seasons. The Capitals did make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, but lost to the Detroit Red Wings.

Since the 2004-2005 season lockout and start of the team rebuild around the same time, they have made vast improvements. Those improvements have been mostly from within their own system, via the Entry Draft (See Alex Ovechkin - 2004 Draft, etc.). Washington has made some good trades and signed a few helpful free agents. By the way, thank you General Manger George McPhee, Majority Owner Ted Leonsis and the rest of the organization, for your hard work and your vision.

This is a different team than has ever skated for Washington before. They are built to last, now. The Capitals won their division and made the playoffs the last two consecutive seasons. In the 2007-2008 post season, they only lasted the first round. In the spring of 2009, they took it a little further, to a game seven in the second round. Off season changes have made the team even better. They are now a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. They are no longer "chasing shadows in the dark". Perhaps it is their time. It certainly won't be too long now. This is a team that was not "born to lose". The Washington Capitals are winners.

Our 'Today's Tune' emphasises my thoughts and feelings above. I think this song represents the new found confidence and expectations of the Washington Capitals and their fans. Please enjoy "Born To Lose" by the champions of heavy metal, Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath - "Born To Lose"


Usually Frustrated Caps Fan said...

Dan: I agree but it didn't look that way last night. The Caps weren't really outworked like others are saying IMO against the Rangers. They just played more poorly than a Ranger team that played really poorly. When another team gives you two 5-3's you need to score (really on both of them). When one of the best Goaltenders in the league (Lundqvist) gives up a goal on a leaker that gets through on a throw in from outside the blue-line, you have to come right back and make it two NOT give up a goal and nullify the advantage he just gave you... ugh it was painful. You should have seen the looks of disgust on Ovie's Dad and Semin's Mom's face s when that happend. They must have new seats in 103 this season and not 102 as the past two games we've been surrounded by players friends and family - it's pretty cool giving Semin's Mom a High Five after Backstrom's goal that Sasha assisted on...

Dan, Jr. said...

I'd have to agree with you about the way they played in last night's game, but the season is young yet. I'm not saying they'll raise the Cup in the spring. However, they have the tools to do it.

If they lose some of their recent bad habits anytime soon, they should improve on even last season's record. I firmly believe they will go at least one step farther in the playoffs.

Seriously cool to be sitting with the friends and family of the players. You have arrived dear sir. You are likely to be spotted on TV as they pan the camera through your section.

I've been on the scoreboard screen once at Verizon Center, and appeared on the front page of the Baltimore Sun's sports section, though not exactly a close up. Never been on the tele yet. Good Luck!


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