Thursday, March 05, 2009

Hard Hats and Rock Stars


Over at Japers' Rink, this morning, JP pens an essay arguing that one result of Trading Day is that the Caps face the stretch run and any playoff series having to look in the mirror to find their salvation. As he put it...
"...it's up to the guys in the room, the ones who have been there for the past year or two or more. It's up to the coach who took this team on a damn-near miraculous run last season and has them dreaming big this year. It's up to the most valuable player to show why he won the award last season and to recognize that there's also an award for playoff MVP. It's up to the free agent goalie, the re-born Russian veteran, the future captain, the enigmatic sniper, the Norris hopeful and everyone else on that team, in D.C. and in Hershey, because there's no help coming. Not this year. This year, they're on their own."
And that raises a point touched upon by Pierre McGuire during yesterday's coverage of Trading Day on TSN. He wondered if the Caps had become "too cool for school." We see the matter as one of simple imagery. Is this a team of rock stars, or is it one of hard hats?

The Caps present a hard hat to a player after each win, symbolic of having given an exemplary effort in a victory. It is a symbol.

The Caps have another symbol of sorts, and it is reflected in the video played before the team takes this ice each game. In it, the Caps are made up to look like rock stars with screaming fans left in their wake as they take the stage.

For this season, we're now at the point where the team is going to go in one of two directions with the players they have. They will take the hard hat symbol they bestow on one player and take it on as a team symbol, or they will be the rock stars that look splashy in their costumes and last --snap!-- that long.

Most rock stars make music that lasts until the next top-40 list comes out. They're last week before next week gets here. Hard hats build things that stand for years.

What's it going to be?...Rock Stars or Hard Hats?

4 comments:

Bryan Zillig said...

At this point it might be Rock Stars, but I tell you what... I cannot wait to see this team in the playoffs with VC rocking the red. Gonna be amazing.

SuzukiSandy said...

Hard Hats. The day I see someone's frilly underthings being thrown onto the Verizon Center ice while Ovechkin is scoring from his knees going backwards across the crease, I'll change my opinion.

Brian in Buffalo said...

"Most rock stars make music that lasts until the next top-40 list comes out. They're last week before next week gets here. Hard hats build things that stand for years." Thanks for that line, i love your blog Peerless. I hope the Caps can figure out that their record doesnt grant them automatic wins, and they have to work hard for every one of them in this league.

Snktimoniuz said...

Regardless of how this team chooses to define themselves, the analogy was excellent. Compliments on this blog entry. It too was excellent.