- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 24, 2008

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ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM EXCERPT FROM IN THE ROOM

Corey Masisak made a pit stop in the parking lot before last night’s Capitals game at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. And it sounds like it was more fun for Caps fans than the game itself.

Plenty of people came down to support the road team for what certainly was a big game for the Caps. There are about 200 Caps fans (four bus loads full) split into two groups tailgating in the parking lot right now. It was a pretty impressive sight to say the least. There aren’t that many NHL arenas where tailgating is possible or encouraged, but this is certainly one of them.

One group came with the Caps Road Crew and the other with the Caps Fan Club. There appeared to be plenty of good food and beverages to go around, some quality horseshoe contests and something that was new to me: cheese racing. Basically, everyone throws a piece of packaged American cheese on the grill and whichever wrapper inflates first wins. I’ve never seen so many people huddled around a grill before. The big celebrities in Cap fandom (Goat, Horn Guy) made the trip as well.

Also of note, it is Military Appreciation Day here at RBC. The Caps had a similar day Wednesday night at Verizon, but they don’t mess around down here. There is an attack helicopter outside the arena as well as a couple of armored vehicles and plenty of military personnel to answer questions and pose for photographs. There was also a military band about to perform when we came inside.

TWT FIVE BEST ARENAS THE CAPITALS HAVE PLAYED IN THIS SEASON

1. Bell Centre, Montreal Canadiens

2. Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers

3. Philips Arena, Atlanta Thrashers

4. Nationwide Arena, Columbus Blue Jackets

5. TD Banknorth Garden, Bruins

5. Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Maple Leafs


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