Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rockin' the Red at the Verizon Center

Regardless of how the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs pan out, this year was certainly a memorable one in our Nation's capital as the Washington Caps ended the regular season with one of the franchise's best records. While most of the credit lies within the locker room -- it'd be difficult to struggle with the likes of young stars Ovechkin, Semin, Green, Backstrom and Varlamov -- a big part of the team's success, I think, must be given to the fans that invade Chinatown each and every game night.

Some people outside the Washington area will argue that Capitals fans were few and far between before last year's exhilarating run to the playoffs -- and as someone who walked up and bought tickets to Game 1 of the '98 Eastern Conference Finals, it's kind of hard to disagree with them -- but that doesn't make the passion and intensity any less impressive. Opposing teams are quick to put the Verizon Center near the top of the league's toughest arenas in which to play, what with the sea of red jerseys and the ear-splitting decibel levels that have become standard procedure when the fury is inevitably unleashed.

Whether the current series returns to the Verizon Center for Game 7 on Tuesday is anyone's guess. If there's still hockey to be played, the 18,000+ that pack the Phone Booth on a regular basis can anxiously await what will surely be an historic finish to a great first round. If the season should end Sunday, however, Caps fans should be proud of what their team accomplished this year and take comfort knowing that the core group of players Ted Leonsis, George McPhee and Co. have amassed will be entertaining the DC faithful for years to come.

The pictures below were taken last night after the 4-0 walloping of the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. As you can see, some people take "rock the red" to a whole new level -- suits? really? -- but that's precisely what makes this fanbase great.


Anonymous April 30, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

I gotta say, those red suits are weak! You can't tell me that those dudes are actual hockey fans!