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Ten Things from ‘24/7 Pens/Caps’ Ep. 2

Here to recap Episode 2 of HBO’s “24/7 Penguins/Capitals” is Mr. Irrelevant Pittsburgh Sports Correspondent Jason Dailey (aka Mr. Yinzer). Be nice. Also, check out Greg Wyshynski’s stellar recap over at Puck Daddy.

First, a note on the “we want Pittsburgh” chant. Caps fans, let’s not start sucking each others dicks quite yet. Your squad has won two in a row. But let’s dial it down a notch inside the Beltway. Yinz guys are coming off an eight-game skid. You beat the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the Atlantic and Northeast. Great job. We’ll see tonight how bad you want Pittsburgh. Mr. Yinzer predicts a 4-1 victory for the Pens. Now, onto the show …

1. Mike Green gets 70 miles to the gallon on this hog. Has Green not learned anything from Ben Rapethlisberger (alleged) and driving around on motorcycles? I mean scooters? Really, Green? A Vespa? WTF. This series is making it very hard to like yinz guys. I’m trying. But the ending of this episode was a deal breaker. When you guys were beating the beat after a win, I gave up hope. Come on, boys.

2. The refs let ’em go. In how many other sports will the refs make room for the players to fight? You’ve got to love hockey. Referee Stephen Walkom was encouraging and even moved the net for Aaron Asham and Sean Avery to square off.

3. We got a good look at Sidney Crosby’s lucky cup. I’m pretty sure I would eat cereal from Sid’s cup. And his pre-game rituals are interesting. I wonder if he still lives with Lemieux?

4. MARIOOOOOOOOO! Seeing number 66 back on the ice is enough to give any Pens fan goosebumps. He’s the reason the Pens are where they are today. Looks like he still has the magic on the ice too. In my opinion, it doesn’t appear the Caps have the same positive environment as the Penguins organization. Is my judgment altered from growing up in Pittsburgh? I mean, I did say I’d eat from Sid’s cup.

5. HBO kicks out the jams. Last week it was Band Of Horses. This week they rocked Johnny Cash and the Cold War Kids. Keep it up, HBO. Another reason to love the show.

6. Stay classy, Philly. Just look at that sign. The Pens lost a tough one to the interstate rival Flyers to break their 12-game win streak. With the way the Caps have been playing, makes me wonder if this series would have been more compelling with the Flyers. I’m just sayin’.

7. Bruce Boudreau, fashion plate. Nice Jeans. Not much to say here. It’s just amazing that people don’t pull him aside and make him go change. Does he iron his jeans?

8. Tradition runs strong In Pittsburgh. Last week it was “Mustache Boy”. This week it was the Kevin “Duffy” Shovel Award, given after each win to the player that worked the hardest. Pretty sure the Caps’ hardhat serves the same purpose.

9. Losing is a disease. Finally! Congratulations on the much-needed win, Capitals. It’s OK that your two wins have come against Ottawa and New Jersey. Tonight will be a true test and we expect to see a strong and fired up Washington squad.

10. Let’s extend the “24/7” concept. This episode was another great look into two NHL teams chasing the Stanley Cup. Makes me wonder what other topics would make for a compelling series. Mr. Yinzer’s top five picks for HBO’s next ’24/7′ subject:

1. Ryder Cup USA vs. Europe.
2. Tiger or Phil prepping for Augusta
3. Top NFL prospect leading up to the draft
4. The Yankees in the postseason
5. March Madness

(Image taken with love from @wyshynski, who has another good one.)

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. tartar490

    December 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

  2. steeeve perry

    December 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I stopped reading after the part about sucking dicks

  3. Bo

    December 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    First off, I’m irritated by the fact that you forced me to google “yinz.” Moving on, I completely agree w/ the idiocy of the “We want Pittsburgh” chant. Maybe… MAYBE it would be ok if it came during the third period of a 5-0 Caps playoff game 4 wherein they would face the Pens in the next round. Honestly, I think people just wanted to get on HBO Tuesday.

  4. ThisGuy

    December 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    How does chanting “We Want Pittsburgh” equate to sucking each other’s dicks. It was fucking awesome, because we do want Pittsburgh, and don’t need to pile up some meaningless mid-season win streak to do it.

    Yeah that’s right, mid-season winning streaks are meaningless. 14 games last season, what’d it do for the Caps. Fucking diddly. YOU ARE THE ONES WHO MUST STOP SUCKING EACH OTHER’S DICKS, PITTSBURGH.

  5. Jiggle

    December 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Enough with the sucking of dicks.

  6. Hondo Howard

    December 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Getting psyched up for a regular season game with our biggest rival? What else do you want the fans to do in December? We have to sit through a lot of crap games against a lot of crap teams. Here comes Florida. Here comes Vancouver. Now comes a game we really want to see, HBO has increased the hype, and we don’t have to sit out in the freakin cold in a freakin football stadium in freakin Pittsburgh.
    Bring on Crosby and his platinum junk protector. We’ll kick it in.

  7. horseydeucey

    December 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Be nice?
    So Mike Green’s vespa is making it hard for a, someone in a flatlining city to like the Capitals. Who’s asking you to?

    The author talks about eating cereal (hopefully oatmeal) from Crosby’s… anyone’s… cup?

    Yes, the author’s judgment is altered by growing up in Pittsstain.

    A rebus sign confuses the author’s compelling-meter.

    Apparently the fashion sense of an NHL coach is something worth discussing.

    Tradition in Pittsburgh does run strong… because nothing else does.

    And here’s where I’ll give credit where credit’s due. Any postseason MLB team or March Madness would be watchable. However draftee and golf would not. Maybe my judgment is altered by not growing up in Pittsburgh but watching four hours at the driving range and contract negotiations over the phone don’t really do it for me.

  8. pearlbullets

    December 23, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Do you make “Pittsburgh is for Whores” T-shirts?

  9. JDP

    December 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I love how all of these Penguins fans have surfaced. They love to talk about a Capitals bandwagon, but it was the Penguins that almost moved from that god forsaken “city of champions.” Yeah, most champions aren’t threatened with having to leave their city for lack of support.

  10. Terps77

    December 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Wow, cant beleive Syd uses that sad, broken down cup to protect such a hot little vaj.

    P.S. Mike Green sucks, no matter what his MPG is.

  11. Mister Yinzer

    December 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Mike Green has a T-shirt that reads, “My other ride is a Vespa. No seriously.”

    Nice Terps77. That was funny.

    Do you think Sid still a virgin? He may be. Through all of my negative posts about the Caps, I do have a new appreciation for Ovi. He is the exact opposite from what I expected. He seems like a solid guy.

  12. Walter Johnson

    December 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    HAHA Terps77.

    Crosby’s a bitch. Unfortunately this series is doing a decent job of hiding this fact… so far.

  13. drewtabaga

    December 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Bylsma’s son can’t shoot worth a shit

  14. Terps77

    December 24, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    Sid strikes me as asexual. Id be willing to bet theres some sort of hermaphroditism or maybe like that double vagina/double wee-wee thing going on. I bet that whole area is just a hot Ken doll style mess. Either way he can go F himself.

    I cant understand how such a tough, blue-collar city could embrace such an whiney opportunistic glory hound OR someone under the age of 93 to use the phrase “like it or lump it” OR allow a person to have such an atrocity of a “mustache”. I was born with more hair on my nuts than Crosby has on his upper lip.

    Vitriol. I has it.

  15. sportzak

    December 25, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Do Pittsburgh people actually say the word “Yinz” to denote “you” as in “This series is making it very hard to like yinz guys.” I know Pittsburgh has their own little accent/dialect going on. But Jesus you sound retarded. No wonder all your sports teams have the same colors. If people in Pittsburgh actually think “Yinz” is a real word they’re probably too dumb to root for more than the one color pattern.

  16. kmaster67

    December 27, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Ok, seriously. Enough with the b.s. Yes, the Penguins were the hot team when this series started, but you can’t polish a turd. The Capitals will long be known as the team that does well in the regular season and can’t get out of their own way in the playoffs. They will be that until proven otherwise. The Capital’s coach is a sloth. His voice is unmotivating and yes, his sense of style does have an effect on the way he is viewed. The Penguins have been a class act organization for a number of years and it wasn’t an issue of an unsupportive fan base that nearly had them leaving the city. It was a debate on using public funds to build a private sports arena. The deal got done in the 11th hour and we continue to sell out games.

  17. Peter

    December 27, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Don’t forget the Pens sell out streak doubles the caps. And before you start I have been going to games way before the streak started.

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