Thursday, February 15, 2007

. . . like a mob family

The Peerless is bored with all this ice lying around, so we were reading a few hockey blogs. The folks at On Frozen Blog posted an entry that referred to a column authored by Michael Farber on January 30 in the online version of Sports Illustrated. In it, Farber had this to say about the Caps . . .

“Washington is an old-time team -- led by general manager George McPhee, a little guy who was pound-for-pound the NHL's toughest player in the mid-1980s -- that takes no guff and sticks together like a mob family.”

Well, not so fast. I get the “mob family” part, but let’s look at the characters in “The Godfather” and try to match them to personalities on this club . . .

Vito Corleone. The Godfather. The unquestioned head of the family. Ambious character fuels his drive to build an empire. Highly defined code of honor, faithful to his family to the point of indulgence. Caps character: Ted Leonsis

Michael Corleone. The youngest boy. Quiet, intense, disciplined, ruthless. Very intelligent, can be difficult to read. Does not make any moves without meticulous planning. Not to be crossed by anyone outside the family…or inside it. Caps character: George McPhee

Santino “Sonny” Corleone. The oldest son. Emotional, impulsive, quick-tempered. Groomed to be the heir to The Godfather’s reign. But emotion seems to get the better of him when he needs it least. Caps character: Brian Sutherby.

Tom Hagen. Came to the Corleone household from the outside as homeless eleven year-old, grew to become The Godfather’s consigliere. Represents family business faithfully, capable of carrying out The Godfather’s wishes precisely and expeditiously. Not a horse lover. Caps Character: Glen Hanlon.

Federico “Fredo” Corleone. The middle son. A second fiddle, first to Sonny, then to Michael. Not given important responsibilities, given to impulsive, lazy, and even weak actions. Passed by others in the Corleone pecking order. Caps character: Jakub Klepis.

Pete Clemenza. Absolutely devoted to the family. Takes Michael under his wing. As much as can be expected, he is among the friendlier, outgoing, and more jovial members of the family. Perhaps does not have quite the stuff to rise as high in the family hierarchy as others. Caps character: Dainius Zubrus.

Luca Brasi. Personal enforcer for The Godfather. Seen by outsiders as brutish; he is loyal to other members of the family, feared and respected for his enforcer’s skill outside it. Caps Character: Donald Brashear.

Salvatore “Sal” Tessio. Contemporary of Clemenza, but much more talented at thinking ahead and figuring things out (with one notable exception). Savvy, with a sense of how things can and should be done. Caps character: Chris Clark

Vincent Mancini-Corleone. Son of Sonny Corleone. The character is a combination of characters reflected in other Corleone family members – cunning, ruthlessness, intensity, skill in family affairs. Caps character: Alex Ovechkin.

OK, I know, Dainius Zubrus didn’t take George McPhee under his wing, and Alex Ovechkin is not the son of Brian Sutherby, who is not being groomed to take over for Ted Leonsis (but has been mentioned as a "captain-in-waiting”). Sue me. I was bored.

The Peerless will let someone else take a crack at matching Caps to “The Sopranos.”


Stevens8204 said...

I laughed like crazy reading this...great work Peerless as always. Hockey needs entertainment like this.

Caps Nut said...

You have to read the book because the movies didn't demonstrate very well just why Fredo was "passed over."

When Fredo was an infant, he got very sick, almost to the point of death. Because of that, he was seen (and therefore treated) as a weakling. Fredo also hardly ever asserted himself because the family kind of carried him along. His freak out after watching his father get shot, which was more pronounced in the book and in the movie, also didn't bode well for him in the family's eyes.

If there's anybody on the Caps right now that needs to assert himself more instead of being coddled, I would have to say that player is Mike Green. But even then, that is a stretch.

Anonymous said...

you used to do 10 game splits for Ovechkin points/goals/assists etc

has this recent slump broken that streak!

if you can post about it again that would be very nice!


The Peerless said...

I haven't suspended the 10-game splits (I actually have done them for the whole team in the past), but I've been pretty busy with non-Peerless responsibilities. I hope to get back to both -- the Ovechkin and the team splits -- soon.