Caps fans have always “traveled well” as they say in the sports world. A term that simply means that Caps fans always make a decent showing at Caps road games. Groups like the Caps Road Crew, and other Caps fan groups, supplemented by die-hard Caps fans from all around the world, have made this a reality. But last night’s showing in Denver seemed to take it to a whole new level, at least to this Caps fan.
I’ve always pushed the “We Are Everywhere” mantra for quite some time now, and always believed our fan base traveled better than most. I’ve met fans from all around the world, and as time goes by, I believe in this mantra more and more each day. But last night in Denver seemed to border on the ridiculous.
Not only was I taken aback by the concentration of red jerseys in the crowd, but at one point, the “Holt-By” chants started up, and were loud and clear, easily discernible on the television broadcast – something I don’t ever recall hearing before. This wasn’t the razzing kind that often happens on the road, as it started after a flurry of nice saves by “The Beast”.
As I stated before, the saturation of red jerseys was amazing to my eyes. Is this a sign that the “band wagon” is filling up because of our success this season? I doubt it. Is there a high-concentration of DC transplants in the Denver area? Probably some, but probably no more than any other town. Was there a major deal on “Spring Break” trips to Denver I didn’t hear about? I doubt that too. I do firmly believe the fan base is growing outside of DC, and at a pace greater than a majority of the other teams.
After wrestling with the potential reasons why, i gave up on the pondering as Jay Beagle had just just scored, and my attention was quickly drawn back to the game. But whatever the reason for the apparent expansion in our fan base, I love it, embrace it and look forward to it continuing. Oh, and props to the Denver and Colorado fans. You guys rocked it last night! Well done!
By Jon Sorensen