Tony Kornheiser has broken out the Choking Dogs column.
A bit of background, for those not from DC.
The Washington Capitals are usually a reasonably competent hockey team. Competent enough to make the playoffs, even get to the Stanley Cup finals when I was in high school, but usually only competent enough to get to round 2 or 3 and then choke.
This year they didn’t even get that far, going up 2 games to none on Tampa Bay, then proceeding to fall to pieces and lose the next four games (including all three home games).
Granted, the last game was triple-OT nail-biter in which they put up a hell of a fight, but they still lost on a power-play goal that came from an unbelievably stupid too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty.
Every year since I can remember, Kornheiser (who most people probably know as co-host of Pardon The Interruption, which, Fox be damned, is the best damn sports show, period) writes a column showcasing how the Caps have earned the title of Choking Dogs this year.
For hockey fans from D.C., this is a treasured moment. One might ask, whatever shall we do if we ever actually win a Stanley Cup?
Thanks, Tony. At least Caps fans have something to look forward to at the end of the season.