Fairfax, VA.-UFC events have become the 'IT' event for celebrities. Star-studded affairs. The New York Fashion Week of the sports world, if you will. The perimeters of the Octagon is THE place to see, but more importantly to BE seen. Strike that. With MMA, the fandom runs deeper. Those close enough to the cage to get a 'blood sprinkle with a chance of showers,' is arguably a fan.UFC on Fuel TV 3, The Korean Zombie vs. Dustin Poirier, at the Patriot Center was no exception. Nationals, rookie stud, Bryce Harper, who was coming off his first 2 career homeruns, was in attendance. He was by his teammate, pitcher, Edwin Jackson and NASCAR driver, Kevin Hardvick was in attendance.Art Jones has a slightly more vested interest in the sport. The defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens is the older brother of Jon 'Bones' Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and undoubtedly the face of the UFC.Although, Art's little bro was not at the fight, the DT came on his own accord, saying, "It was awesome. It was exciting, you know, a lot of great fights. I enjoy watching Cowboy is my boy, great turn out too."Giddyup! Art has love for CowboyDonald Cerrone, but what about Jonny? Bringing it closer to home, Art had some thoughts on Jon's next opponent, Dan Henderson, "It's a major match-up, you know, Hendo is a guy you can't really sleep on, he's old but he's very explosive and he has knockout power so Jon just has to stick to the gameplan and everything's going to be ok."On Jon's strategy, Art noted that he thinks his brother's advantage over Hendo will be his, "Youth and his ability to be creative. Jon is a hard guy to study for a fight and I think just his mindset and how he moves is going to be tough for him Hendo."While Hendo v. Jones is sure to be an explosive fight, a Jon Jones v. Anderson Silva showdown continues to intrigue, but does Art think it's a possibility?"Absolutely not. They're great friends and they have mutual respect. I know Jon doesn't want to hurt their friendship, you know, like how he did with RashadEvans, so, you know, I don't think it will ever happen," Art paused as a smile spread across his face, laughing he added, "I wouldn't mind seeing it though."
Well here's something you don't see every day.
Jakub Vrana put the Caps up 4-0 in the second period with his second goal of the game. The only problem was that no one knew that he had scored...for several seconds.
You can watch the play above.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov carried the puck through the neutral zone and tipped it over to Vrana who was streaking on the left. He fired a shot from the faceoff circle and placed it perfectly short-side to beat Craig Anderson.
Vrana tucked the puck just under the crossbar top center. It was so perfect, the puck got caught in the back bar of the net and no one knew it was there.
The crowd didn't react. The players didn't react. The referee didn't react. Even Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin weren't sure where the puck was at first.
Finally, after several seconds, the referee signaled for the goal. Slowly, the crowd and players began to realize the puck was in the net.
It was quite the delayed reaction. The fans were ecstatic. Vrana? He was cool with it.
Prior to the Capitals' game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Barry Trotz told the media he was not changing his lines. Perhaps he was being coy or maybe he changed his mind.
Based on warmups, it appears Trotz has reunited Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the top line. That's just one of a number of changes he made to the offensive lines
Ovechkin - Backstrom - Wilson
Vrana - Kuznetsov - Oshie
Connolly - Eller - Smith-Pelly
Stephenson - Beagle -Chiasson
Orpik - Carlson
Orlov - Niskanen
Chorney - Bowey
Trotz tends to shuffle lines frequently throughout games so just how long we see these combos remains to be seen. These lines, however, are a stark departure from Trotz's thinking over the course of the season. He has seemingly been reluctant to put Ovechkin and Backstrom back together. But, given the scoring slumps the team's top offensive players are seeing now, a change needed to be made.