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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo would be remiss in failing to raise a bumper to the Washington Capitals in honor of their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.  Well done, gentlemen!

As I remarked a couple days ago, I really don’t follow hockey at all. (There are banners all over downtown with pictures of the Caps players. I haven’t the faintest idea who most of them are.)  Also, I loathe band-wagoning.  So I won’t pretend to be swept up in the #ALLCAPS mania I’ve seen around here this week. (I only twigged to that slogan yesterday, by the bye.) Nonetheless, it’s nice to see such a joyful and unifying victory in a town that is at daggers drawn about practically everything else.

Speaking to a sport in which I do take a tremendous interest, I like to think that this triumph will also put a little extra wind in the sails of Ol’ Robbo’s beloved Nationals.  To even an casual observer like me, the Caps have had a real monkey on their backs in recent years, perpetually making the playoffs and perpetually collapsing.  Similarly, the Nats have won the NL East four out of the last six years but have been completely skunked in post-season play.  With this example before them, perhaps the Boys of Summah will find that little extra psychological edge.  Similarly with the fans.  One championship will make them that much more hungry for another one, and perhaps a little extra enthusiasm from the Tenth Man will do the trick.  It certainly can’t hurt.

(By the bye, you will note that I am speaking strictly of clinical psychology here and in terms of purely objective speculation.  I do not in any way mean to provoke the Baseball Gods with any whiff of hubris, presumption, or naming of calls. Bas! Bas! Bas! Taboo! °°)

**Circles thrice, tosses salt over shoulder**

Anyhoo, as I say, well done indeed!

°° Spot the quote.

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