Ted Leonsis, the Washington Capitals’ gregarious owner, is almost always at the Verizon Center for home games. Tuesday was no different, as he and his son Zach took their usual seats in the Owner’s Box.
After Mike Green‘s first-period penalty hat trick, things looked dire. …That is until Uncle Ted changed the fate of his team and the order of the universe with one decision. Like in those Bud Light commercials.
When we went down 3 to 0 last night – in truly odd and ugly fashion, I turned to my son and said – “I must change the seat mojo” and I moved my seat from center ice to the far right side. When Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal off of a pretty face off win and pass – basically in front of my new seat, I turned to one of our guests and said. “never give up, we can win this game. Alex can tie the score himself this coming period”. We all laughed a sort of gallows humor.
I was a bit incredulous, so I asked Zach if it really went down this way.
“It’s 100% true,” the younger Leonsis, who’s currently in grad school at Georgetown, explained to me. “This discussion is nothing new for us— we consider the ‘seat mojo’ a lot. Sometimes in between periods. I think a lot of people who have been in the suite before have noticed this about us. In fact, sometimes we even encourage others to switch seats to ‘change the seat mojo.’ Needless to say, it’s completely ridiculous and can be pretty comical.”
Sure. Of course, it’s only weird if it doesn’t work. Last night, it totally worked — with some help from the opposition.
After Lighning forward Richard Panik took a five-minute major for boarding/nearly-decapitating Karl Alzner, Ted told his son, “We will win this game now. Mark my words.”
Two Alex Ovechkin power play goals later, the Caps tied the game at three. Later in the third period, Ovechkin would score a fourth to push the game in overtime. In the shootout, Troy Brouwer would win the game with a perfectly placed shot, completing the comeback.
You can credit Ovechkin’s brilliance or Brouwer’s shootout attempt or Nick Backstrom’s billion assists. You can credit mistakes made by pretty much every player on the Lightning. But can we all agree on one thing: something magical happened on Tuesday night. Seat mojo is a part of that magic now.
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