Alex Ovechkin stalks his prey.
Hearing a question to Marleau about Hertl and whether he was showboating, Thornton said:
“Shut up, have you ever played the game?”
When the press turned his way, he then added:
“I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.”
Here’s our crash course to the 2013-14 season. A good catch-up if you weren’t following closely over the summer.
Puck drop imminent!
Our hero chosen to bring her dopey boyfriend to the Caps game instead of her father. Now, we learn how Shinny, an avowed superfan, prepares for a big game — just like tonight’s Capitals bout with the Jets. There are rituals, superstitions, and traditions that must be honored. Everything must be just right or else it will surely spell disaster for the team.
I (Peter) try not to socialize with fans of other teams, so I can’t understand how Shinny could date one. And yet there he is– wearing a crisp, new, powder-blue Penguins jersey to the Caps game and smiling like a goon.
Shinny’s own preparations are something sacred. Whether or not you truly believe your special socks will affect the game’s outcome, we all fall into habits. Maybe it’s a certain beer or a preferred posture– maybe it’s the number of times you clap (four, any more and the cosmic vibrations might disrupt the Caps). You might know it’s meaningless, or you might not even know you’re doing it. But you are. We all do.
Tonight is a big game, and fan anxiety is high. Nothing is certain right now, and in times of uncertainty we retreat to ritual. That’s good– it’s one of the things that bonds us to each other. But there’s always one doof like Shinny’s boyfriend who spoils it.
Huge game tonight. Go CAPS!
New comic!! We start a new story arc this week, starting with that awesome moment when you score tickets to a hockey game.
New comic!! We flash back to a conversation held between Shinny and her boyfriend is those pivotal days before the CBA memo.
And here’s the story we’ve been so excited to tell. In part I the boyfriend wondered aloud how hockey fans are made. This is our answer.
But, as we hope this story that Rachel has beautifully rendered tells, being a fan is more about the connections between people than the connections between people and teams.
There’s Shinny (pre-nickname I assume) at the Cap Centre with her dad, watching the Capitals take on the Flyers. She’s a disaffected little girl, distant from everything around her– particularly her dad.
And then a switch gets thrown. A little girl invests herself in the same silly game as her dad, and now they’ve got something to share. Something lasting. And she begins forming an identity for herself– deliberately– as all kids should be able to do. You build yourself into what you want to be, even if it’s something with a mohawk and an un-ladylike passion for hockey violence.
That’s the off-ice story we like to tell at RMNB. The story of building bonds with a team, with each other, and within yourselves.
Well done, Rachel.
Our webcomic updated today, with part 2 of how fans are made. Definitely one of our best pages.
New Shinny! is up today, and it’s our best one yet. We take a look back into Shinny’s past to see how hockey fans are made.