We definitely are louder. And we have Hockey Jesus on our side!
December 26, 2010.
That is a date that I think I am going to remember for a while. It was the day that brought the news of Hockey Jesus to the world. That’s right, I am writing about Hockey Jesus on Easter Sunday….so if you are one of those people who can’t take a bit of humor with your celebration of a dude getting crucified you might want to stop reading now.
P and Red had us all over to their place that day for a little post-Christmas brunch. All of the usual friends and family were there to just kick back, eat some food, have some drinks and enjoy the day. I don’t think any of us were expecting the announcement that they were pregnant.
The Caps had just come off the worst losing streak in a while. One that was so prominently being displayed on HBO’s 24/7 and making all of us die-hard Caps fans really doubt our chances this year. With the Winter Classic only 5 days away we were already preparing ourselves for our trip and our seemingly inevitable loss at the hands of the Pens. Things just weren’t really going our way.
That night the Caps were playing the Canes on the road. The Caps ended up winning the game and we all joked about how P and Red’s new little addition might just be the luck we needed. We had no idea just how right we were.
What has happened since?
We won the Winter Classic. F U Pens!
We caught and passed the Flyers for First overall in the East. F U Flyers!
We shook off the ghosts of the past and actually closed out a playoff series (without having to go 7). F U Rangers!
Since that announcement on December 26, 2010, every game that I have watched with “Red and a half” the Caps have won. It has really been a crazy run. We have dubbed the little guy Hockey Jesus. It was on the drive home from a game late in the season when I threw that nickname out there and we started joking about it.
We joked about the image of Jesus checking someone into the boards with reckless abandon.
We laughed about the vision of Jesus giving us a Ovechkinesque gap toothed grin.
And what got the biggest laugh was picturing Jesus turning all the ice back into water so he would be the only one that could skate on it while every other player just fell down and floundered about in a couple of inches of water.
It was about then that we realized that the Hockey Jesus we were creating was kind of an asshole. So I kind of cooled it on imagery and just decided to let the little guy alone and trust in him to get us further into the playoffs.
And we have faith in him for the run for the Cup.
But that faith was tested.
For Game 4, we all went to watch the game down at the Crystal City Sports Pub. After the 2nd period, when the Caps were down 3-0, I was really down on the team. At that point I just knew that we couldn’t come back. All I wanted was to not get shut-out. But the team rallied and did the impossible. To come back and win in the 2nd overtime was one of the best wins I think I have ever seen in my 20+ years of watching this team.
But I realized that I had lost my faith in between that second and third period. I not only doubted our team but I completely lost the faith in our little Hockey Messiah. Later, I apologized to both P and Red for my loss of faith and promised to not lose it again (at least for the rest of this playoff run.)
So on this Easter Sunday, all praise be to Hockey Jesus!
On to the Second Round!
Let’s Go Caps!
WE ARE LOUDER!