I like to save the feature bits (usually all the derpy player survey stuff) from Breakaway, the monthly game playbook the Caps give out at Verizon. Here’s December 2016, and January/February/March 2017 (I uh sorta forgot I was doing these). Click to embiggen. Notable:
Ovi and Nicky both list Gladiator as their favorite movie. They are clearly soulmates.
Everyone except Holtby said their role model growing up was their mom, their dad, or both. Not Holtby. Holtby picked… Patrick Roy. This explains so much.
Karl Alzner’s favorite sports team is the Washington Nationals because he has excellent taste and is an excellent person all around.
Not gonna lie, as much as I’ve gotten fond of him, it still gives me a pang to see Brooks Orpik take sole possession of the Brooksie nickname.
Still not over Tom and Andre’s favorite television shows being “One Tree Hill” and “The O.C.” respectively.
[Not really a confession, but your recent posts made me think in how much I respect and am grateful for the DS9 actors. Be it Nana Visitor refusing to do the Kira/Dukat love storyline, Avery Brooks refusing to do Sisko abandoning forever his wife and unborn child or Alexander Siddig doing awful impressions of his lines until they stopped trying to change Julian’s personality, they seemed to be the ones to care the most about the characters and the fans, the ones wanting to do a good job in a way that most of the people in charge really didn’t care about doing.]
So, Ovi and Mike Richards are immediately gonna recreate this commercial with weird eyefucking in an airport, right
(The Behind the Scenes video is actually much better than the commercial itself because Ovi is fucking hilarious as an interviewer, and he spends the whole time hanging over and/or fucking with Nicky and Mike Green, and then Brooks Laich. But the best part is when he’s interviewing the kid playing him, and dives right into the criticism for his suspension and goal celebrations. Ovi’s actually kind of ridiculously clever, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)
There is so much going on here. Ovi drowning in a sea of happy teammates. Oshie dancing. Nicky dancing. Brooks… sorta dancing. Latta bouncing on Ovi’s shoulder like he’s Tigger. Ovi’s Russian babies circling and desperately trying to force their way into the hug. Chimmer too cool for it all.
They win game five and everything is still balanced on the
knife-edge, but at least they’re coming back for one more game. They head to
Pittsburgh almost immediately post-game, and Nick concentrates on keeping his
routine in place. The less time spent outdoors, the better; he’s done just
about everything but build a hyperbaric passageway to both Kettler and Verizon
Center from his house in order to limit the impact of his allergies this
spring, and he’d wear a mask on the plane if he thought he needed to.
Plane, bus, hotel, and then bed. Nick sleeps for nine hours
straight and wakes up to a fucking one
hundred andseventy seven message
long chain on the team group chat about nipples, that apparently started
with Andre (oh God) celebrating by posting a shirtless picture to the chat
where he was posing in imitation of Kuzy’s FIFA bird celebration, intensified
over several members on the team chastising him for both underage drinking and a
scandalizing display of skin, and then really got kicked over with an extremely
heated argument between Schmidt and Wilson about nipple size and color, to the
point where it seems like everyone on the team has taken and posted a picture
of their own nipples, sometimes from multiple angles.
Still in bed, Nick scans quickly through pic after pic,
occasionally trying to guess without looking at the name first. Ovi is easy to
pick out, Mackan as well; he squints hard at what turns out to be Williams, and
is completely wrong on the set that turns out to be Chorney. He reviews a
couple of the choicer exchanges as well:
Im quarters check it
Toms a freak he should
have quarters but he’s totally nickles
Stop trying to make
loonies happen it’s not gonna happen.
LOL TOM NO
You know what would be
funny? If Crayola did a color called nipple.
Kuz should manscape.
Some serious ginger rainforest going on around his.