Urine (Photo: Tom Guilitti)
Albert Camus portrayed existence as the mythical Sisyphus carrying a stone up a hill only to watch it fall once he reached the top. Sisyphus trudges down and starts over. He drags up the hill again, and again it drops. This story, Camus tells us, is just like life: meaningless, tedious, thoroughly absurd.
Just like Capitals playoff hockey!
Washington sure tried hard. They sorta dominated play in Game Three, but the universe is unconcerned with effort. The Caps lost. The rock rolled down the hill.
Patric Hornqvist got one first, scoring after a failed Caps clear. One minute later it was Tom Kuhnhackle’s turn, getting some lucky bounces to beat Braden Holtby.
The Caps were furious in the second period, but it was Carl Hagelin who struck, making it 3-0 after Nate Schmidt’s misplay in his own end.
In the third, Alex Ovechkin ripped one to the top corner to crack Matt Murray’s shutout. With a minute left, Justin Williams found an open net and scored. The Caps pushed hard in those final minutes, but the rock rolled back down the hill.
Penguins beat Caps 3-2. Penguins lead the series 2-1.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 3, 2016
Albert Camus laughing at the meaninglessness of existence of the night
The world and our place in it carry no inherent meaning. There’s no point. Our lives are banal, our endeavors futile. Sports and art and the new Drake album mean nothing to a cold and disinterested universe. Such is the nature of existence.
Over and over, we watch the Caps roll this rock up a hill. In a sense, we’re rolling that rock right next to them. Our challenge is to learn to love that rock. We have to realize that it’s silly for the Caps to be this bad for so long. We have to delight in that silliness.
This shit is bananas. Welcome to RMNB. See you on Wednesday.
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