May 12

Monumental Collapse

There’s really no way to say this without being blunt. The efforts of the Washington Capitals were awful in game 7. Everyone is all too familiar with this feeling. Year, after year, after year. The same thing happens. A lot of us should just be used to it by now.

Early in the series, Marc-Andre Fleury decided to be good at hockey again. Washington had zero success against Fleury in the first two games. Pittsburgh would end up taking both on the road. Yikes. Going down 2-0, headed back to Pittsburgh is never the ideal situation. However, the Caps ended up stealing game 3, so there wasn’t exactly panic for the time being. However, Pittsburgh ended up taking game 4 at home, so the Penguins were up 3-1 in the series. You know, the now infamous “3-1 lead” meme.

Realizing they had to step it up quick, Washington took game 5 at home, and ended up exploding offensively in game 6, which tied the series 3-3. Panic time for Pittsburgh? Penguins fans were terrified that they were going to be the next internet meme. Washington had nearly all of the momentum headed back home for game 7. Things were looking good. Until old habits came back.

It goes without saying that Washington is awful in game 7. Moments like 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, came to mind. No luck at all. Players have said that the narrative was going to change, but the performance said otherwise. In short, the effort Wednesday night resulted in the Capitals being shutout. At home. Also, fans had had enough, and basically booed the team off the ice. Which was deserving. Braden Holtby was the only one that had any desire to win.

Pittsburgh won the series 4-3 and will play the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final. Where have we seen this before? Another great regular season wasted by a poor playoff performance, leading to another second round exit.

Maybe next year.

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Apr 27

Capitals Look for Redemption Against Penguins

It almost feels like yesterday that the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins began their series in the second round of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The surging President’s Trophy winners against a team that became red hot at the end of the regular season. The Penguins prevailed in six games, shattering the Washington Capitals hopes for a Stanley Cup for the second time in the Alex Ovechkin era. It was all the more disheartening to have what the majority of hockey fans were believing to finally be the year in which Washington broke out of the shadow of their prior postseason demons come to an end at the hands of their most bitter rival.

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Apr 25

‘Leaf’ It to Mojo

Okay, I know the title is an awful pun, and apologies are in order. But! None of that matters, the Washington Capitals have advanced to the second round! Washington eliminated the pesky Toronto Leafs on the road in 6 games.

First of all, what an incredible series. Those young guns in Toronto are going to be lethal in the coming years. The Leafs gave the Capitals everything they could handle, and Washington threw it right back at them. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

Strange Weekend Comes to End With Keys Splitting Two Doubleheaders

When it rains, it pours. For the Frederick Keys, that proved especially true this weekend, as they lost both games of their doubleheader to the Salem Red Sox on Friday, then after another rainy day, they beat the Sox twice Sunday to split the strange four-game series.

The floodgates opened on Thursday night and, even though the tarp was on the field prior to the downpour, the outfield grass was deemed to wet to play. It was just as well – most of the fans had already left for the evening, although a few die-hards stuck around just to make sure.

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Perched at the Yard: Dan and Jon discussing everything happening in Birdland + NASCAR minute + Batting Practice

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Apr 21

Thursday (4/20) Keys Game Postponed Due to Unplayable Field Conditions

The Frederick Keys game against the Salem Red Sox scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions after a storm passed through the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

Keys vs. Salem Red Sox – Pregame Things to Know

Welcome back to Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick! The Frederick Keys are back home after a trip to North and South Carolina.

After a rough start of the season where they lost 4 of their first 7, they’ve won two straight and are now 6-7 on the season. They in for a tough outing tonight against Salem, who comes in with a 9-5 record. Read the rest of this entry »

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Perched at the Yard: Dan and Jon talking hot topics in Birdland, NASCAR minute and movie minute
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Apr 07

Caps and Wizards both win division titles

Image result for wizardsThe Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards will both be heading to the playoffs this year.  For the first time in history both the Caps and the Wizards won their respected divisional titles.  We follow the Caps extensively  you can find at BetPhoenix great NBA basketball predictions.  This is the first time in history that both the Caps and the Wizards earned divisional titles this season.   Read the rest of this entry »

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