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So…

Clearly, I suck at blogging. I had a whole series planned out, and then BAM, college applications. Now I’m currently attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where I haven’t been able to keep up with the Capitals as well as I used to. I can’t watch most of the games, I haven’t been consistent with Twitter, and I’m not able to pop over to Kettler for the occasional practice watching/player stalking. I feel incredibly disconnected as a Caps fan not living near DC.

It hasn’t been all bad, though. When I come home on breaks, I am fortunate enough to be able to attend games most of the time. The Capitals played (AND BEAT) the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, so nearly all of the TVs around campus had the games on. Granted, when I wore my Caps jersey after the series ended, I got tons of dirty looks and a few groans and honks on my walk to Walgreens. It’s been so different to be surrounded by people who wear black and yellow instead of red.

I feel like a bad Caps fan for not keeping up with hockey news and games this season, but I’ve realized that it’s a lot harder when you turn on the tv and there’s a different team playing. Hopefully the Caps will still be in the playoffs by the time I get home (please please please don’t let me jinx it…) and I’ll be able to be in Caps country once again. I may not be as intense about it after leaving, but I know that I will always be a Capitals fan at heart.

And about that whole posting on this blog consistently… Haha, we’ll see.

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Reasons Why Braden Holtby is AWESOME

I have been a fan of Braden Holtby since the day he was drafted in 2008. I was lucky enough to get to see his first full NHL start and second NHL win on Nov. 7th against the Flyers! If you’re wondering why I think he’s so awesome, I’ll give you some examples:

1. Holtbyisms

Russian Machine Never Breaks has already done a post on Holtbyisms, but I felt the need to bring it up again! It’s just so intricate and wonderful, and it works! Here are two videos RMNB found:

My favorite part is the squat.

It was amazing to see him do his routine in Caps gear at the Verizon Center, while the fans around me were loudly wondering what the heck he was doing in the crease.

2. His “I’ll throw myself far out from the crease and see what happens” style of play.

This video speaks for itself:

3. His facial hair

4. Aaaaand I will leave you with this.

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Mike Green is back for realsies!

… And is falling all over the place.

Just kidding, he made some good plays, but the most memorable move seemed to be his spectacular fall:

Thanks to the awesome blog Russian Machine Never Breaks for posting that video.

Seriously, just keep clicking on 0:01. I did it for about 5 minutes and it still hasn’t gotten old!

 

PS- I PROMISE that Lisa and I will do another video post sometime between now and November 7!

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Winter Classic Jerseys?

So, in case you haven’t looked at the calendar today, it is not Saturday.

The Caps planned to announce the Winter Classic jerseys on Saturday, aka at the Capitals Convention. This hasn’t been confirmed as the jersey yet, but it looks pretty convincing! The Caps never really had much possibility of a surprise new jersey anyway!

I’ve gotta say, they look pretty nice. Maybe I’ll buy one with Alzner on the back!

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Video Blogging!

Here’s something new: My friend Lisa and I have decided to start a weekly video blog recapping the Caps news, games, and events of the week!

We’re really new to this, so feel free to give us suggestions and pointers once you watch it!

Here’s the video for 9/18-9/26. Hope you enjoy it!

P.S.- Sorry for the bad quality… I spend all of my extra money on Caps jerseys, not new cameras!

EDIT: Wonderful bloopers!

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Green for Foundation!

First of all, I had no idea Mike Green did so much charity work.

Second, I forgot that the NHL Foundation Player Award existed… The NHL website gives a short description of the award:

“In recognition of this dedication, the NHL Foundation annually awards $25,000 to a current player’s charity that embodies the core values of the NHL — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

The finalists are Mike Green, Dustin Brown, and Ryan Miller. All three have done some amazing work this season, but I have to say, what Green has done surprised me. Some charities, events, and organizations he has worked with are Green’s Gang (of course), Miracle of Seventh Street by the Rock Bottom Foundation, So Kids Can, Children’s Law Center‘s Adopt a Family Christmas Drive, Salvation Army‘s Angel Tree Program, Children’s National Medical CenterQuality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center, and more!

One local group that Green has gotten involved with is the Arlington Food Assistance Center. He has donated some amazing things and done fundraisers on his own! In March he tweeted about a fundraiser at the Front Page where fans could “have a beer with me and some of the guys off the team” and bid on signed items. Recently, he donated a one-of-a-kind experience to the AFAC Benefit Reception and Silent Auction: “A children’s skating party for 10 at Kettler Ballston Iceplex with Caps star defenseman Mike Green, and an autographed Mike Green jersey.”

The experience, along with two lower level tickets donated by a season ticket holder, went for about $3000. To me, it was pretty great to see a star player donate his own time to benefit a relatively small organization that really needs the help.

Plus, he’s giving those kids one of the best days of their lives!

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Long-winded Explanation of My Personal Statement

Every year, the Youth Group at my church creates and runs the service of the day. It’s called Youth Sunday (creative, I know), and usually has a theme, a skit, some songs and readings, and personal statements. A personal statement gives the youth a chance to get their voice heard for a couple of minutes in front of the congregation –  like a mini sermon.

This year, our theme was renewal, because we repainted the Youth room. Before, it was covered with slogans, doodles, quotes, and lots of profanities. Being able to decorate the wall was a long-standing tradition, but it wasn’t very child-friendly, and we needed the space to be available to everyone. We chose to paint a different color on each wall, and leave one wall white, which we were able to decorate ourselves. That’s where my personal statement ties in! Read it under the page titled “Personal Statement.” (Again with the creativity!)

It took me FOREVER to think of a good topic, so I ended up starting the writing process at about 7:30 am of the morning of Youth Sunday, with the first service at 9:15. This year’s Youth Sunday was on April 18th, after the first two games of the Capitals’ unfortunate (DEPRESSING) playoff run. So, in case you read it and think, “Does she not know that the Caps have been out for like a week,” there’s your long-winded explanation. Also, I haven’t edited it at all since I spoke it aloud, just so you know!

Enjoy!

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