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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!
Started off Superbowl Sunday with a Caps shutout of the Penguins. Hope that the Packers can beat up on the Steelers tonight and make Pittsburg 0 for Sunday.
Oh… And this sign applies to EVERYONE at the Phonebooth. I don’t care that you are an ancient woman, it still applies to you. So stay in your seat if you can’t make it through the aisle during a stop in play. Or better yet…just stay home.
I have been so incredibly sick all week. The kind of sick where everything hurts. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat and think I coughed up more lungbutter than is humanly possible. There were a couple of times where I thought that I was dying.
Then, on the day I finally started feeling relatively human again, the fucking Steelers had to go and win their playoff game. And with a freakin’ circus catch? Seriously?
I really do hate every team from that god damn city. And I know that the hate is mostly because I just can’t stand the arrogant asshole fans for any of their teams.** So nothing made me feel better this evening than to get this nice little video sent to me. A Penguins fan at the Winter Classic falling and busting his face just makes my day. I really wish I had actually saw this while up there for the Classic:
I have watched this about 50 times now. Enjoy.
**I guess if you are a Pirates fan I can cut you a bit of slack now…but I am still bitter about the “Killer B’s” during the 90s.
This weekend was a pretty good one.
With Ripley feeling better from our scare earlier in the week Deb and I spent Friday night just hanging out and watching some movies. Newt was really acting cute as she was hanging out on the keyboards:
And then moving to under the Christmas tree (yep, it is still up):
And being her usual mischievous self, jumping into the washing machine as soon as the door is opened:
On Saturday, thanks to Red and P having other obligations, Deb and I took Grandma Jim and Grandma Mary to the Caps game. The Caps really looked sluggish during the first period but turned it on towards the end of the game. Ovechkin‘s goal was pretty sick too as he was pretty much flying through the air when he scored. It is always better to go to the game when they win.
Both Ripley and Newt were happy to have us home after the game:
This morning we got up and went to Restaurant 3 for brunch. This place is the place to go if you are crazy for bacon like we are (thanks to Danielle for reminding me about this joint). We started off with Bacon Bloody Mary’s:
The Bloody Mary is made with bacon infused vodka and a big thick slice of bacon for a garnish. For brunch Deb had the Eggs Nova Scotia and I had the Graceland Waffle:
It was really delicious. A Bacon Studded Waffle (and we are talking huge chunks of bacon), Brown Sugar Glazed Bananas, in a Peanut Butter/Caramel Sauce. Mmmmmm. If you are ever in Clarendon for brunch you should check this place out. And if you are ever there for dinner make sure you get desert: Bacon Studded Waffle with Maple Bacon Ice Cream.
I have seen the Hitler Meme used for just about every situation. Up until now the funniest one I had ever seen was about the video game I used to work on. But this one takes the cake. I love that Hitler was going for the Pens.
Rock the Red!