SNIDER: Caps fans should savor this moment

Rick Snider
June 05, 2018 - 9:06 am
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It's OK to be happy right now, Washington sports fans.

Many of you have felt nothing but postseason disappointment in your lifetime. You expect the worst to happen. Every Vegas goal means a comeback. Every Washington loss is the end of the world. It's like you can't be happy with a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final because of an overriding fear of jinxing the good fortune.

Well, no more. Give the Capitals another day or maybe another week, but they're about to change the nation's capital back to Title Town.

The Caps bandwagon now carries the hopes of all Washington sports fans, even ones who never watched hockey until the past few weeks. The spillover is fans filling blocks around Capital One Arena to simply watch the game outside, or crowding the arena during road games. Sure, fans could simply stay at home and watch on TV, but this is a communal moment for our city.

Maybe some of you remember those golden Redskins years from 1983-91 when winning three Super Bowls. It let anyone talk to everyone on the street. But the ensuing postseason drought has since failed to give a city with so many people coming and going a mutual experience to enjoy.

Fans now actually recognize Caps players riding the Metro to the games. Before, Alexander Ovechkin might have been the only one spotted by the general public. Now fans can talk about third-team centers. Endless talk about the Redskins left guard has been momentarily muted. And yes, that feels so good.

Maybe it's Thursday when the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup trophy in victory for their first ever title. Perhaps it takes a game or two more. But, the team seems to get better each game and you no longer need to fear the worst.

The sun will shine soon on Washington fans, and that moisture running down your cheeks won't come from the humidity.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks