|Every so often — and I know I’m not alone in this — a thought comes to me: The Capitals won the Stanley Cup. It’s wild.
This is a thought that might come in handy when the Nationals deconstruct their roster while slogging from 60-60 to 61-61 to 62-62 to 63-63 to 64-64 to 66-66 to 67-67 to 68-68 to now, finally, at last, 69-69. Or when the Redskins lose their most exciting player to a preseason knee injury. Or when you’re just sitting outside, waiting for the bus, marinating in fumes and sweat. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup, and it was joyous, and it remains so joyous that the Capitals are now possibly breaking the Stanley Cup.
“For all the Stanley Cup’s wild encounters in its storied history — it’s been used for a baptism, deposited at the bottom of Mario Lemieux’s pool and accidentally used as a receptacle when nature called for a newborn child — no player had ever attempted a keg stand over it before that summer afternoon in Georgetown, according to the trophy’s Hockey Hall of Fame minders who constantly guard it,” reported our Isabelle Khurshudyan in a piece of journalism that both reads and feels like a full swig of Bud Light, and is the perfect way to start this imperfect week.
See, the Caps have performed so many keg stands out of the Cup that they’re now being politely asked to stop, so that it not be damaged. And future champions might be asked not to carry on this Capitals tradition, so as to preserve and respect and honor the Cup’s storied and noble legacy etc. etc. etc.
That’s fine. That’s great, actually. Because those Stanley Cup keg stands we’ve all watched will then belong forever to Washington sports history, and to no one else. D.C. hasn’t had a lot over the past couple of decades of pro sports. But it has those amazing visuals, and the intoxicating buzz they created. Think of that when the Nats reach 70-70, when the Redskins suffer their next injury, or while you’re sitting, sadly, in that bus. Then re-watch a few Cup stand videos.
Get ready for a whole lot of Redskins and NFL content from The Post this week, with a preview section coming in Wednesday’s paper. As always you can find me @dcsportsbog or via email, and let’s joyously do this again tomorrow. — Dan Steinberg