In what has surely become an annoyance for the team's coaches, players and fans, any time someone brings up how well the Capitals are doing, someone else will respond with a statement along the lines of, "Just wait until the playoffs start, and then we'll see how good they are."
Sure, there's absolutely no denying that Washington has had its fair share of postseason failures and disappointments in recent years — many of them of the extremely tormenting variety, too — yet it's unfortunate that those past losses are clouding what's shaping up to be a superb regular season for Barry Trotz's bunch. But it's a conversation that many people in the nation's capital have become familiar with, as the pool of doubters isn't shy about voicing their concerns after each win that's turned in by Alex Ovechkin and Co this year.
Well, it appears that you can now count famous sports personality Bill Simmons among those who are aware of the Capitals' long list of shortcomings and those who are skeptical of their chances when games truly start to matter. That's because, on Monday, he summed up his feelings about the Eastern Conference's leader in one, very sarcastic tweet:
The Caps are the Stanley Cup favorites right now... I mean, what could go wrong?
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 1, 2016
The message delivered by Simmons, who has 4.78 million Twitter followers, oozes with the facetious tone he often uses when providing commentary on the sports world. It's clear that he's not too high on the Caps' future prospects, even as they tore through the NHL in a scorching first half of their schedule. No word on whether the players have a bulletin board to post the thoughts of their detractors, but if they do, Simmons' tweet is just another addition on what would surely be a crowded space.