As you many remember, I fought the Caps love for a long time before finally caving in. In just three years as a Capitals’ fan, our relationship has gotten very serious (obsessed, codependent – semantics).
As such, I’ve allowed myself until Noon today to wallow in last night’s Capitals. With actual shock I admit that I might not need that long.
Get beaten. Lose, even. That’s hockey. But don’t you give up.
Last night, it felt like you threw in the towel after the Rangers’ third goal. That’s when I got mad. I’d get mad at myself, my friends or my non-existent kids if we acted that way and you are not exempt. This is a family, damn it. Calling you out doesn’t make me a fairweather fan. I wouldn’t get mad if I didn’t f&!%ing love you. I’m not saying sink the whole team in the Potomac and start again. I’m saying COME TO PLAY and we will COME TO SEE. You have to hold up your end of this bargain. I don’t expect wins every night but I expect heart, and I’ve seen yours before. I know it’s in there.
Still, they lost. No one feels worse about it than the Caps (which is saying something, considering how bad I feel). You can watch the post-mortem locker room interviews if you’re a glutton for punishment. Me, I’m trying to move on.
Here’s the post I wrote last season when the Caps lost to the Rangers. While this is a trend I could certainly do without, it reveals a calmer, more admirable side of my pain that I’d pretty much forgotten I had.
Mikey Monday: Love & Memories (Caps Lose 2012)
Things I said last year that are still true now:
- I won’t get down on the Caps for their game seven performance because it’s not what I want to remember all summer. (Okay, I did a little but it was very cathartic.)
- Thanks, Caps, for a season that was better for me than it was on the score sheet: more fun, more memorable, possibly more frustrating than any game recap could recall.
- Now “there’s always next year,” and the year after that. But what I’ll really miss is what can never quite be repeated – the ecstatic, hilarious, infuriating magic that is a single season, with a single team, and almost always ends too soon.
Let me add two things for this year:
- I appreciate Ovechkin. That’s new for me, but he earned it.
- Plus something I hope I don’t have to refer back to it in 2014: LET’S NOT PLAY THE RANGERS, OKAY?
And so, I forgive the Caps for last night’s game. I put my anger at the bottom of a bucket and drown it with all the Capitals-related fun I had this year. To the players, I offer hugs and help packing suitcases. Have a great summer, get tan, go to Stampede and waterfronts and post many ridiculous photos.
We will miss you and when you come back, we’ll do it all over again. Because that’s love – and we’re family.