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Last Call: What's With Over-The-Top Analysis?

Last Call: What's With Over-The-Top Analysis?

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 5:49 pm

By Ivan Carter
CSNwashington.com contributor

I'm all for the modern sports media. Heck, without it, I'd have to grow up and get a real job for the first time in my adult life.

That said, I'm amazed at just how over-the-top we can be when it comes to instant analysis.

A couple of weeks ago, after the Capitals lost in 7 games to the upstart Montreal Canadiens, Alex Ovechkin was piled on by seemingly every national pundit as an overrated choker who couldn't carry Sidney Crosby's jock with a forklift. Then, Sid the Kid and his Pens went out and lost in 7 games to the Canadiens as well. Now what? Is Sidney a bum too?

To me, the whole thing is stupid. As I've said repeatedly, both players are great and I can't emphasize this enough: they are YOUNG. They're just getting started. So go ahead and rank one ahead of the other if you wish but in doing so, please have the humility and common sense enough to admit that NOTHING has been permanently decided in this rivalry. In fact, we won't really know until a decade or so from now when, hopefully, both players are winding down long successful careers.

The same goes for judging LeBron James, who last time I checked, was 25. Now, I'm no James fan but I mean that is the age when a person is finally allowed to rent a car right? So maybe we should hold off on the sweeping assessments just a bit shall we?

Thanks, I'd appreciate that.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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