[Hat tip to ROWDY YATES]
WASHINGTON POST: The Caps’ postseason slogan: “Rock The Red.” The Flyers? “Vengeance Now,” which comes across as less of a slogan and more of a sequel to Charles Bronson’s “Death Wish.” The Capitals didn’t come out as Eastern Conference foes; they entered the playing surface like Russell Crowe entered the Coliseum in “Gladiator.” Flyer fans didn’t want to beat Washington as much as see Ovechkin bludgeoned, his teammates emasculated. It’s almost impossible to fathom, but the Capitals took the ice in front of a building as loud as Verizon Center last Friday. The fans wore orange instead of the Capitals’ red, and many of the women and children looked as if they could work security for Megadeth. On I-95 entering town there is a billboard of Riley Cote, a stumpy rogue who engaged in 24 fights this season, twice as many as Capitals tough guy Donald Brashear. Cote’s wild-man eyes and his quick fists are the only features shown of the Flyers’ player. Five minutes into the game, they showed a video of Philly’s top brawls this past season, many involving Cote grabbing hold of an opponents’ shirt for leverage before pummeling him to the ice, which is just a swell environment for children — children of Patrick Roy. They flat-out market and sell violence here, sanctioned, unbridled assaults disguised as sport. MORE
WASHINGTON POST: Disturbed because a lot of people couldn’t discern from satire and reality. A number of female fans wrote to tell me neither they nor their children had ever worked security for Megadeth — and they were serious about this. Others believed I actually wanted Gary Bettman to throw the series because I had inquired whether Tim Donaghy could skate. People, it’s sports. I know you’re serious about your teams, but when I get an e-mail saying, “You made us sound angry and violent that’s why I’m going to bust you up in the parking lot tonight”… I mean, if you take it that far the shoe fits, right? MORE
MEGADETH.COM: In response to a Washington Post column about the Philadelphia Flyers fans that read “women and children could be security for Megadeth,” Dave Mustaine sent a videotaped message of support wearing a jersey of the Flyers captain, Jason Smith. Megadeth and the Philadelphia Flyers have joined up to give fans of both the team and the band a special playoff treat – a free downloadable iron-on so you can make your own Megadeth Security shirts. The Flyers continue their playoff run on Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadians. To craft your very own Megadeth Security T-shirt at home, CLICK HERE for the print out. Flyers fans and Megadeth fans alike – wear it proud!