Diary Of A Mad Fan

January 18, 2010 | Chad Lamasa

The weekend started off on a positive note. Alex Ovechkin led the Caps to 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, posting a five point game (1G, 4A). A game I sold my seats too. I kind of wish I had gone now. Oh well. It was still fun to watch.

On Saturday, I thought I was going to get together with a couple of old friends to watch the Ravens and Colts. I was supposed to go, to a Moose Lodge of all places, to hang out with one of my friends that I haven’t seen in a really long time along with the best man from my wedding.

Well, apparently you need to be a member, or know someone who is, in order to get into a Moose Lodge. Who knew? Then my other buddy had to back out because his son was sick.

I should have known right then and there that it wasn’t going to work out for the Ravens. They showed a bit of promise on their first drive, but came away with only a field goal. But then the Ravens of the regular season showed up.

While drinking a Rogue Chipotle Ale, I watched the Ravens self destruct. Not being able to put up more than three points in a playoff game isn’t going to cut it. The penalties came back and crushed us. The defense was sturdy as usual but the offense never got out of first gear.

Part of that was the Colts defense and part was the play calling. Run, run, pass is too predictable. I think it may be time to end the Cam Cameron experiment.

When you’re an elite team the little things tend to go your way as well. The Colts got all of those breaks on Saturday night. Ed Reed had two beautiful picks in the game. Not only, did neither lead to any points for us, but neither led to a possession for us.

Pierre Garcon, the receiver that Reed cut in front of for the first pick, made an unbelievable play, catching up to Reed and punching the ball out of his arm and into the hands of Dallas Clark.

On Reed’s second pick, Corey Ivy got called for pass interference, and wiped out a nice return by Reed. I’m so glad we brought him back.

Ray Rice fumbled the ball after a nice run, and of, course the Colts recovered it.

In the second half I switched to Raven Lager. It didn’t change anything, it just wasn’t meant to be for the Ravens this season.

Yesterday, my wife and I took our son to the Caps game. It was his fifth game of the season; a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, one of my least favorite franchises in all of sports. After watching the Caps lose the first game he went too, they have now won four in a row with him in attendance.

When we took him to the first game he was very timid, and complained about it being too loud. Each game since, he has gotten more and more into the games. Yesterday he was joining in with the cheers, the C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS and especially, the “Flyers suck”chants.

When the Caps scored he was one of the first ones hopping up and down and high fiving the guys in front of us. He liked the animations on the score board after goals. It’s very cool watching him develop into a fan.

With about five minutes left in the second period we went to the Acela Club and watched the remainder of the game from there. That was my first time in there. Hopefully, it won’t be my last.

You can’t get a real sense of the speed of the game on TV, and as much of a difference as there is between TV and live, it’s just as much going from the 400 level to the 200’s.

We were down there for Alex Ovechkin’s penalty shot. It was absolutely insane.

When the Caps got to four goals, they started the “We want wings” chant and my son was one of the loudest people. For the uninitiated, Glory Days restaurant offers ten free wings to every fan in attendance if the Caps get to five goals in a game.

Jose Theodore, was a bit shaky in the first period but settled in nicely for the rest of the game. It was good to see Brooks Laich get two goals and earn the first star of the game. I was hoping he could get the hat trick when the Flyers pulled Emery but it was still a great night for him.

The cherry on the top of the sundae was that my Duke Blue Devils roughed up Wake Forest behind Kyle Singlers’  21 point, 15 rebound night.

All in all it was a pretty good weekend.