I have a hard time deciding on a number for my Caps jersey, so right now, I don’t have one. I like to think I am a fan of the team, and picking a player is just too specific. What if your player gets traded? Seriously, how many times have you seen a Huet jersey, or a Jagr jersey (shudder), or a Clark jersey at Verizon Center? Do you think to yourself: “Whoops, somebody needs to buy a new jersey”? I do. And those suckers are expensive!
So you may say it’s a safe bet to buy an Ovechkin jersey. I would agree, thousands of other Caps fans would agree too. Don’t get me wrong, I love having Alex on our team. The man is…well, frankly, the man is the man! But is he my favorite player? The better question would be; is he the reason I am a Caps fan? No, but his skill and enthusiasm is one of the reasons I enjoy watching the Caps play.
How about a Backstrom jersey? Yes, Nick is a terrific asset to the Caps. He’s actually a very nice guy in person too. But is he my favorite player? Nope, although I do pay attention to his game and what he brings to the ice. How could you not?
Maybe a Green jersey? Have to admit, Mike’s stats make a good argument, but is he my favorite player? No, I find I’m not that enamored with the defensive game.
Ok then, willing to spend the bucks for a Semin jersey? The man does have a wicked wrister, but once again, no. I may be tempted once he gets more consistent, but for now, ain’t gonna happen.
I could always pick a former Caps player, like Langway. But that might make me feel kinda old, and the last thing I would want is to feel old! (Sorry Rod!) I’m also too old to pick a number because a player is good looking, even if there are quite a few of those to pick from. I don’t need to walk down the concourse with my husband, wearing a player’s number that I know I selected because he’s a hottie. Cougars aren’t usually married, I’m just saying!
If you’ve been paying attention, you should know by now that I am a goalie girl. So, is there a Theo, Varly, or Neuvy jersey in my future? Well, is there a Theo in the Caps’ future? Are Varly and Neuvy in for the long haul? Hopefully, yes, but you never know for sure. See where I’m going with all this?
I think Goat has the right idea, wearing a #74 makes good sense. But, with Goat getting pretty famous to other Caps fans, I’m going to let that be his.
Finally, there is the option of a number with “another” name above it. Can you imagine me walking around with a jersey that says CAPS GIRL on the back? Hell to the no, talk about a jersey foul! Only if I want to have it make an appearance on Puck Daddy’s site!
So, try as I might, I just can’t commit to buying a numbered jersey. I’m one of those fans who is repping the entire team. But, I’d love to know if you do, and also, which number and why. Maybe you can convince me to spend the money and get a new numbered jersey! Have at it!