bunchofgrapes: (Washington Capitals)
The Caps fired their coach, Bruce Boudreau, today. I liked Bruce. In his first year as coach he led a pretty pathetic team into the playoffs. And it was a gritty, fight-to-the-bitter-end, slide in backwards entry into that last playoff spot. In their run to the playoffs, when the team won, there was no one more excited than Boudreau. The sight of him jumping up and down was hilarious but I loved his enthusiasm. That first year he won the Jack Adams award for coach of the year. Just recently, as in the last couple of weeks, he got his 200th NHL win. But his players betrayed him. They quit playing. They got tired of him telling them what they were doing wrong and stopped responding to him. When your team quits, what else can you do? You can't fire the team so you fire the coach. I get it. I do. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. Bruce was a great coach. After that first year Bruce's enthusiasm after a win started to wane. He was much more professional, shaking hands with his assistants or maybe just giving them a nod. Just recently, during the current slump, when the team finally pulled out a win, Bruce once again showed that burst of enthusiasm that made me love him. I know that it was probably because he knew a win meant his job was safe for another day but in the end, it all caught up with him. I love my hockey team but right now, I'm really disappointed in them. They cost a good man his job and that makes me pretty angry.

So thank you, Bruce, for giving Washington a team to believe in (the rest of them suck) for the last four years. I know you'll find another coaching job but please, not in the Eastern Conference. Any team you coach will kick our butts.
bunchofgrapes: (Randy - underwear superhero)
I'm taking the holiday today. So far no fires to put out so I just might make it. I have to take time off otherwise I'm going to start losing vacation hours. I could take off every Monday from now until the end of the year and still have hours left over. Sad but true.

Read On )

Oh, and before I forget, thank you [livejournal.com profile] inamberclad for the very sweet virtual gift!
bunchofgrapes: (Alex O - Caps)
Caps unleashed the fury all over the Red Wings! The most amazing part? The Caps went two men down the last minute and a half and still kept Detroit from scoring.

I love Caps hockey!
bunchofgrapes: (Alex O - Caps)
The Caps were trailing the Pens 3-1 at the end of the 2nd period and came back to win 4-3.

The Red Sox were down 7-0 at the bottom of the 7th and came back to win 8-7. It ain't over til it's over. Yeah, I know a Yankee said it but still...

Tonight's CSI )

[livejournal.com profile] vr_trakowski wrote an amazing little Brass fic. Go! Read! A House by the Water
bunchofgrapes: (Alex O - Caps)
I'm off all of this week. I'm calling it my Spring Break because it always irks me that people with kids take off for Spring Break while those of us without kids don't. So I am. It's raining today--one of those perfect spring storms with rolling thunder and thankfully, no cloud to ground lightning. I love it! It's supposed to do this tomorrow too. Fine with me. I still need to do some yard work but I got the grass mowed yesterday so the yard looks so nice and green with the rain. I'm meeting a friend for lunch and have a couple of errands to run tomorrow but other than that, I have no plans during this break except maybe do some stuff around the house and yard, watch hockey and CSI (yay for Brass and Drops!) and write. It's the perfect vacation.

Caps Hockey )
bunchofgrapes: (Alex O - Caps)
For 50 days the Washington Capitals were dead last in the Eastern Conference. They fired their coach just before Thanksgiving (I was at his last game and the Caps were awful). Bruce Boudreau took over and turned this team around. Slowly, they fought their way out of the basement. Eight games ago, they got crushed by the Blackhawks. They haven't lost since. Tonight the Caps beat Florida to win the SE Division and finish third in the conference! Unfreakinbelievable! Now Ovechkin just needs to be named MVP and Boudreau needs to be Coach of the Year.

Sixteen games to go to get Lord Stanley's Cup. Let's Go Caps!

Which CSI Are You Meme )
bunchofgrapes: (Alex O - Caps)
Caps played the Bruins tonight. Final score? 10 to 2, Caps win!

Going into the game, Alex Ovechkin had been in something of a scoring slump. Sure, scoring slump for him means 49 goals this season but he had a rough stretch of no goals for something like seven games. Tonight he had a hat trick in the 1st period and the Caps played like they were on fire, scoring 6 goals before the horn finally blew. Of course this means they'll suck wind when they play the Sabres Wednesday night.

So now not only does O-V have the most goals in the league with 52, he's now the NHL scoring leader with 90 points. Oh, and Cristobal Huet? He needs to start every game. I love Olie but both games Huet has started, the Caps have been unbelievably good.
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Thank you's to [livejournal.com profile] tos_lover for the virtual gift and to [livejournal.com profile] mingsmommy for the lovely Christmas card!

Everything else is going under the cut )

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