As checkered playoff histories go, the Washington Capitals haven’t been around nearly as long as some NHL teams. The track is still long and sad.
There was Pat Lafontaine of the Islanders beating them in the four-overtime Easter Epic back in 1987. Esa Tikkanen missing a wide-open net in the Stanley Cup Final loss to Detroit in 1998. Heck, losing nine of 11 postseason meetings against the Pittsburgh Penguins alone is filled to the brim with gut-wrenching letdowns.
My husband and I had developed a habit of when we lost, we would go to eat frozen custard to help us deal with the loss, Irene Pollin recalled.
There were a lot of chances for custard: Teams leading 3-1 in a best-of-seven series have won 91 percent of the time (276-28). Of those 28, the Capitals have blown such a lead five times — the most of any team.
While we’ve seen quarterbacks overcompensate to injuries by changing their arm mechanics, Wentz having familiar heat on his throws suggests a solid leg base from which he’s tossing.
The arm is alive, Ertz said, I’ll tell you that much.
By all accounts from organized team activities, Wentz is on a positive track to possibly return for Week 1. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday that Wentz is running at just over 90 percent at this stage.
Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard earned first-team All-Pro honors by leading the NFL with eight interceptions during a breakout sophomore season. PFF graded him as the 46th-best player in the league, while PFR determined that he was the most valuable player on Tennessee’s roster.
So yeah, the 24-year-old had a nice year. And that nice year cost the team only $842,831.
The best part if you’re a Titans fan? The team owes Byard just $2.1 million over the course of the next two seasons.
Over the course of the last three years, Jamison Crowder of the Washington Redskins has become one of the top slot receivers in the NFL. The 24-year-old has caught at least 64 percent of the passes thrown his way for 600-plus yards every year while also playing a big role as a return man.