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Dan Patrick calls Michael Jenkins 'sportscasting Ron Burgundy' in interview

Dan Patrick calls Michael Jenkins 'sportscasting Ron Burgundy' in interview

Most CSN viewers know anchor Michael Jenkins loves to joke around, so it was no surprise to see him "drinking" on the set of SportsNet Central after the Capitals' Game 6 loss. But the video went viral once it reached national audiences, who were shocked to see such a thing on live TV. 

In the aftermath, Jenkins was invited on the Dan Patrick Show to talk about what really happened that night. Here are some of the highlights with Patrick's questions and Jenkins' answers. 

How did you come up with this idea?

"Just about half an hour before the show, we had already had three or four hours of Capitals coverage and I thought, you know what, everyone's seen the same highlights, they've heard the same reaction. Let's have some fun with it and sort of project the disappointment that everyone feels right now."

"So I went and I found the one glass that you could see through in the entire station, I filled it up and went on air." 

What was in the glass?

"Oh man, iced tea. It wasn't actually booze. ... I feel bad because there were so many people that wanted to believe that I was drinking on air.”

Did anyone try to talk you out of this idea?

“No! ... We do little things like this all the time, so for us, it wasn’t that big of a deal. We all thought it was funny, we all thought ‘Oh yeah this will be great. It will be hilarious.’ We wanted to have some fun with it.

"And that was the end of it for us, but of course on a national scale, people aren’t familiar with us, so it was like, 'Oh my god! What are these guys doing? How could they think of such a thing? How could this guy actually chug bourbon on live TV? Unbelievable!' But we actually just didn’t think it was that big of a deal at the time.

“The thing that [management] were really upset about is that I ruined an $800 microphone because I spilled my drink on it. That was the actual issue."

Did you get any backlash for telling kids to give up on their dreams? 

"Amazingly, everyone just kinda related to that and said, 'Yeah, you’re spot-on there.'" 

How did management react?

“Management was fine with it. They know my style and that I always try to make sports as fun as it can be.”

Do the Capitals really make you drink?

"Oh Dan. Yes. This team is, you know--D.C. sports in general! Most people know we haven’t won a title in--I mean, I’ve been here for 11 years. I’ve never covered a championship team in one of the four major sports.

"I live right in the city and I really feel like I’m part of this city and I really want our local teams to do well. But the people who’ve been here even longer than me have experienced a drought even longer.

“And the Capitals in particular are the one team we thought, alright, this is the year. Especially after all these years where there was disappointment. And this was the year we thought, now this is year we actually break through.

"For that to actually, once again, end up a crushing disappointment? That’s why people related to it because if you’re a Caps fan at all or a hockey fan, you’ve been there. Where it’s like, 'I’m just going to have some drinks because this sucks all over again.'"

Would you put this on a resume to apply for your next job?

“Probably not. … In the context of the three people that are familiar with my career, then, you know I’ve done this for 20 years, so it’s one thing in a host of things I’ve done. But for 99.9% of the people out there, the people looking at me for a potential job, it would be like, 'Oh yeah, that’s that drunk guy on air.'"

Patrick suggests finding a channel that would allow sports commentators to say anything and everything they want. 

"Think about an after-midnight show where literally, you’re on cable, you have a drink in each hand, you’ve got a cohost and you guys just do random commentary and go off as much as you want. The thing is that there’s probably going to be a group or some guy that does that and makes a killing."

What about the late time slot?

“I’m not usually on at 1:15 a.m. … it’s late, we’re all tired. Let’s just do this. In fact, normally if we have a show that’s that late, we’ll turn down the lights a little bit in the studio and have some fun with it. It’s actually not the first time I’ve pretended to pull out a drink on set since it’s so late. 

Patrick says people thought he and Keith Olbermann didn't wear pants while hosting SportsCenter on ESPN. Maybe Jenkins should actually do a nude sportscast. 

“I have a really weird, misshapen body. I feel like that people, that the common man, could relate to that and say, 'You know what? That’s my guy right there. He’s showing off but he has nothing to show off.' So there may be a little niche there for me to fill."

Patrick calls Jenkins "the sportscasting Ron Burgundy”

“You know what? Ron’s one of my idols. So I’ll take that.” 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

No player on the Caps gets more scrutiny than defenseman Brooks Orpik. While the analytics aren't kind when he's on the ice, we got to see what the Caps looked like without him when he was scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday and...well, his loss was noticeable.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir discuss what Orpik's true impact on the Capitals really is both on and off the ice on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast. Plus, they also talk about John Carlson's monster season and Barry Trotz's new strategy for the goalies.

Listen to the latest episode in the player below or here on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Caps prospect watch: Signing season?


Caps prospect watch: Signing season?

The 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament bracket has been announced and only one Capitals prospect, Brian Pinho, is still in the running.

Providence College was selected as the No. 2 seed in the East Regional and will play No. 3 Clarkson in the first round on Friday, March 23 on ESPNU. The winner will play the winner of Notre Dame-Michigan Tech on Saturday with a chance to advance to the Frozen Four.

The college season is over for the rest of the Capitals' college prospects which begs the question, will any of them sign an entry-level deal with Washington?

In the spring when seasons end for colleges, junior leagues and European leagues, we see a flurry of signings across the NHL as teams sign their prospects and young free agents.

Among the Caps' college prospects, the most likely candidate to sign would be Shane Gersich. Gersich just wrapped up this third season at the University of North Dakota, finishing second on the team in goals (13) and tied for third in points (29). The Capitals will certainly make a push to sign him considering his talent and because if he returns to college for a fourth year, he stands to become a free agent on Aug. 15, 2019.

Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald reported Wednesday that North Dakota was still awaiting Gersich's decision on whether he planned to return to college.

Quinnipiac defenseman Chase Priskie is in a similar situation, but it he has decided to head back to school for another season.

“That wasn’t a season I’d want to leave on,” Priskie told the New Haven Register. “When I came here as a freshman I saw our senior class, Garteig, St. Denis, Soren Jonzzon, and they left such a legacy that guys still talk about them. Same for Sam Anas and Devon Toews. They were all such great players and some of the best people for our program. When I leave, I want to be talked about like they are.”


Other prospect notes:

  • For Pinho, now a senior at Providence, this marks an opportunity for him to finish his college career the same way he began, with a national championship. “I don’t think I realized at the time how hard it is just to get back to the tournament,” Pinho told the New Haven Register. “So that’s something we older guys have been telling the younger guys. You never know when you’re going to be back and you have to make the most of it when you’re there.” (You can read the full feature on Pinho here)
  • The end of the season may suddenly be near for goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov. Metallurg Magnitogorsk finds itself down 3-1 in its series with Ak Bars in the KHL playoffs meaning their season could be over as early as Friday. Of course, the big news to watch after that is whether or not Samsonov would come to North America. If he does, he would most likely go to Hershey to play for the Bears. With only 10 games remaining on Hershey's schedule, however, the sooner Samsonov's team is ousted from the playoffs, the better. At least from a Washington perspective.
  • All three of Washington's WHL prospects have reached the WHL playoffs. Moose Jaw (Dmitriy Zaitsev) finished with the best record in the league and will play Prince Albert in the first round. Swift Current (Beck Malenstyn) finished second in the East Division behind Moose Jaw and will play Regina. Everett (Garrett Pilon) won the U.S. Division and earned the top seed in the Western Conference. They will play Seattle in the first round.
  • Dmitriy Zaitsev remains out after taking an illegal hit last week. He did not play in either of Moose Jaw's final regular season games, but was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
  • Adam Carlson has found his groove in Kansas City. Playing for the Mavericks of the ECHL, he won each of his two starts this past week allowing only one goal on 43 shots. He was named the 2nd star of the game for both games.
  • Madison Bowey recorded an assist on Friday and two more for Hershey on Saturday for three over the weekend in his first week back with the Bears. Bowey has spent the majority of the season with the Caps, but the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek at the trade deadline meant there were just too many bodies up in Washington and not enough playing time to go around. As Bowey is waiver exempt, he became the odd-man out and was sent to the AHL. It would not be surprising to see him recalled by Washington when the NHL playoffs begin.
  • Defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler brought his goal total up to five for the season with two goals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday. The Bears really wanted to emphasize his offensive game this season to see if Siegenthaler could be developed into a two-way player. His strength is definitely is on the defensive end of the ice, but he will be a more versatile player if he can also be a threat offensively as well. You can see the highlights of Siegenthaler's two-goal game here:

  • Forward Hampus Gustafsson was recalled to Hershey last week and did not wait long to make an impact. He scored his first career AHL goal on Friday. He also added an assist making that game his first career multi-point game as well.
  • Tyler Lewington was suspended two games by the AHL for a punch he delivered to Bridgeport's Scott Eansor in Friday's game.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in this week's updated rankings