Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Ten Things Ee’re Missing Without Caps Hockey 10. The inevitable debut of ‘Drum Guy’ at Caps games. Watching all these European games, it seems like every game is filled with a pounding drum and chanting. If that happens, I volunteer to become washboard guy. We’ll start a band! Now all we need is a harmonica guy. 9. The chemistry between Mike Ribero and his 2nd line wingers, although I’m still not 100% sure who they are though. This would be easier if Semin was still here… the chemistry would be great once every 5 games when Good Sasha made an appearance. 8. Classic uniforms. Sure, most of them belong to other teams, but if the lockout proves anything, it’s that the NHL simply cannot start putting ads on jerseys. There are some great, classic sweaters in the NHL. Can you say the same about any European team? “Ooh, that MODO jersey is sweet, especially with the new Holmen ad on the stripe!” 7. Lighter wallets. Without Caps hockey, we’re saving money on Metro fares, t-shirts and jerseys, eating and drinking before games. We’re also not shelling out for NHL Center Ice or pay-to-play fantasy hockey. Of course, you’re probably drinking more at home watching Property Brothers on HGTV... 6. Those fans that turn on the drop of a hat. You know that Caps fan who is screaming ‘OVIIIII!!!!!YEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!!” at the top of his lungs one minute and loudly swearing about ‘that has-been bum Stinkvechkin’ the next. Man, I miss that guy. I wonder if Dynamo has fans like that... 5. Counting the Knuble, Halpern, Semin, Aucoin, Wideman, Eakin and Vokoun jerseys lingering on backs Verizon Center. I’m kidding… no one ever bought a Wideman jersey. 4. Holding that shiny new Season Ticket Holder Card. You know, the one with ALL your tickets on it. It’s not like Caps fans go to bars, drink too much and lose their wallets in downtown DC all the time or anything. What’s the replacement fee for one of those cards? I’ll probably need 4 over the course of a season. 3. Coach Oates. There’s just something about Adam Oates that brings out some great Caps memories. Add in Calle Johansson, and the love-fest is on. The Caps should hire Esa Tikkanen as an assistant just to temper the optimism. 2. Reading an article a day about how Alex Ovechkin is either totally washed up or back to his old, showy goal scoring ways, depending on how he’s playing in any given game. How exactly can someone look like he’ll score 110 goals and then look like he died two years ago in successive games? I mean, besides Alex Semin… 1. Slapshot dancing Gangnam Style. You know it’s going to happen. Teddy will probably show up. You’ll want to throw things. You will throw things. They’ll deserve it.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Adrian Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Five teams that failed to improve this offseason

Steelers fans were more profane on social media

Seahawks praise Tom Brady's trash-talking ability

Richard Sherman's girlfriend talks possible Super Bowl baby

DeMarco Murray: I don't pay attention to being replaced

Bucs believed to be going for Marcus Mariota with No. 1 pick

Are LeBron and the Cavs ready to make a run?

The Super Bowl and the things that can't be controlled

DeMarcus Cousins calls out writer for five-year-old tweet

What if Drew Bledsoe didn't get injured in 2001?

Who should make up the 2015 Hall of Fame class

WATCH: Porn sounds played during Predators broadcast

Five worst teams to win a Super Bowl

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck defend Patriots on Kimmel

Watch: John Oliver tackles the Super Bowl

The Washington Redskins and their forgotten dynasty

WATCH: Katy Perry cracks Deflategate, Marshawn jokes

Devon and Leah Still write a book for kids fighting cancer

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Cousins calls out writer's old tweet

Seahawks praise Brady's trash-talk

Who should be in 2015 HOF class

Five potential Super Bowl XLIX heroes

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Brady hopes Manning comes back

The worst Super Bowl commercials of all-time

SB anthem, halftime performers through the years

Super Bowl should smash TV records

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.