Caps Collapse Yet Again

Last night, the Washington Capitals fell in yet another Game 7 travesty, 5-0 to the New York Rangers.
Lets set aside my enormous dislike for the Rangers and virtually all New York related-sports. Lets not talk about my boycott of all hockey this year. That’s right: I didn’t watch a single full game of NHL this season. I was totally outraged by the lockout, something I figured they had finally gotten right with the season lockout in 2004-05.

Lets talk about the Washington Capitals.

This team has some decent talent but for some unknown reason can’t get past the second round of the playoffs. Not only have they lost, when they have won series, they take no less than seven games to do so. They’ve lost to better teams, to worse teams. They’ve lost in sudden death; they’ve been blown out. They’ve lost to eventual Cup-winners; they’ve lost to teams eliminated in the next round.

How does a team end up failing so often in big moments? I don’t know. Fans get into the general manager, the coach. The general manager doesn’t shoot the puck and he doesn’t make saves. They have changed coaches; twice since they started making the playoffs regularly. One of their core players, Alex Semin, departed. No change.

I’ve often wondered what makes a team repeatedly fail in big moments. I can’t say the will to win isn’t there. It’s possibly the fear of failure. Players don’t want to make a mistake so they don’t play very well.

Alex Ovechkin says “nobody remembers losers.” Wrong. People remember losers who continue to lose.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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