In spite of his reputation as a reckless gambler, Alex Ovechkin was very focused. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
[Ed. Note: We already brought you tons of photos of Caps players looking ridiculous as they dropped fake money at table games during the team’s annual Casino Night. But what about the fan perspective on the event? For that, we naturally turned to the guys that bought red spandex tuxedos on Amazon, the Brouwer Rangers. I’ll let Ranger Nathan take it away.]
Waking up on the morning of your first Caps Casino Night is like waking up on Christmas morning. Except you don’t get to open presents until after you’ve spent the whole day at work. And you have to wear a suit, not pajamas. Also you pay for all your own presents.
Nevertheless, we awake with great anticipation, and spend much of the day preparing. Ranger Nathan starts researching table games as soon as he arrives at work. Hoping to have a chance to show off some James Bond-level expertise, Ranger Nathan does a quick Google search but ends up just watching a lot of Burt Bacharach videos.
Lots of boring work stuff happens before we rendezvous at Ranger Ryan’s house to get ready. Finally, we arrive at the hotel. As a group of fans piles into the elevator in the parking garage, Mikhail Grabovski and his wife step through the door. Nobody acknowledges them. It’s weird. Though we all recognize him, no one wants to be the first goober to say, “Oh hey you’re Mikhail Grabovski!” Instead, we just do that head nod “what’s up” thing and stand there silently for the whole elevator ride pretending like this scenario is totally normal. Four floors of awkward agony.
Our old archenemies the Red Rockers greet us coming off the elevator and direct us to the check-in table. Just like that, we’re in! That was easy. A little too easy. But hey, we’re in, who cares?! To the bullets!
Quotes of the night:
And that’s pretty much it.
What a fun event. All the players we ran into were great sports, and it apparently raised a ton of money for good causes. You should definitely go next year.
Dustin Penner asked that we clarify that’s apple juice in his glass.
John Walton with a face that says, “If you don’t split that pair I will rip your head off.”
Our first photobomb of the night!
Karl Alzner wins the night.
Dima is intrigued, Kuznetsov could not care less.
Tom Wilson and Brett Leonhardt caught us mid-photobomb. We blame Chris being slow on the shutter.
So we took a normal one instead.
Carlson: Dude I’m trying to play some craps heWHAT THE?!
Adam Oates after we assured him we weren’t trying to “do a skit.”
Joel Ward is a badass.
That’s Mikhail Grabovski’s shoulder, you guys! Also, his wife Kate.
Grabovski almost committed to a fighting stance. So close.
Joe Beninati pretending not to be annoyed that we interrupted his ice cream eating.
Poor innocent Connor Carrick. What did he ever do to us? Nothing.
The coup de grace. Troy and Carmen Brouwer take the Brouwer Rangers’ side in a stand off with a swarm of paparazzi. We’ll let you guess who won.
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