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Very good hockey dog's owner tells story behind viral video on Verizon Center ice

Very good hockey dog's owner tells story behind viral video on Verizon Center ice

By now you've probably seen this video of a golden retriever playing fetch on the ice before a Caps game. No? 

Here. Now you have. 

First watch reaction: "Get a load of this hockey hound! Who's a good boy?!" 

Second watch reaction: "Who is this dog? Who let him on the ice? That dude just iced the puck. I know icing when I see it." 

At long, last we can provide you with some answers for goodness sake. The canine and his owner went on the Sports Junkies this morning to tell some of the finer points on their tale. 

(Just in case this slipped by you, we've entered an era where viral video dogs do radio interviews. 'And back to you, Dog...') 

Some things we learned: Sam is the dog's name. Whoops! Here I've been calling him Hockey Dog for days. I'm so embarrassed. 

Sam's owner is Sargeant Joseph Dolan of the Metropolitan Police. He explained that he and Sam arrive about three hours before game time and sniff around the Verizon Center for anything fishy. 

Once the scene was secured on Saturday, Sgt. Dolan asked the man in charge of the ice if Sam could take a slide out there. The man usually says no, but this time he agreed and gave Sam a puck to play with. 

The dog had played on the ice a handful of times before, so he was decently steady, but it was definitely the first time he'd been filmed. Probably good, because who wants video of themselves falling on their butt immortalized on the Internet?

We should note that one of our commenters dubbed Sam "Ofetchkin," which is quite clever. Honorable mention: "Barkstrom." 

Anyway, turns out our guy Sam is a public servant AND a hockey lover. Consider reports of a "very good dog on the ice" confirmed. 

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh stands up for Colin Kaepernick

Ravens coach John Harbaugh stands up for Colin Kaepernick

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh may be in the minority in this opinion, but he thinks Colin Kaepernick will find himself a starting quarterback job in the NFL. 

Speaking at the annual NFL Owner's Meetings in Arizona, Harbaugh defended the former 49ers QB, who drew scathing criticism last season for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. 

The Ravens coach told assembled media that Kaepernick – who played under Jim Harbaugh in San Franciso – is a good person and has the talent to succeed in the NFL. 

Clearly, Harbaugh doesn't agree with the theory that teams haven't signed Kaep because he's just not that good. But he also panned the idea that the QB is being "blackballed" because of his politics. 

The definition of "blackballed" is obviously at issue here. Have all 32 NFL franchises determined they won't sign Kaepernick under any circumstances? Probably not. 

But just because he's not being "blackballed" per se doesn't mean that his political expressions – or more accurately, public opinion of those expressions – haven't made finding an employer more difficult. 

There's also the fact that, while talented, Kaepernick hasn't won many games the past few seasons. Blame that on his style of play or the team around him, but Kaep didn't show he can be the difference-maker on a struggling team. 

Despite all that, Harbaugh's faith in Kaepernick finding a job isn't just an endorsement of the QB, it's also a statement of faith in the NFL. That teams values players for their talents on the field, and don't begrudge them their political expression off it. 

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Justin Williams, Caps picture day legend, asks fans how to wear his hair this year

Justin Williams, Caps picture day legend, asks fans how to wear his hair this year

Justin Williams is a picture day legend. First-ballot inductee into the Picture Day Hall of Fame. He cemented that status with an amazing coiff in the Capitals team photo last year and hasn't looked back. 

Now the picture-taking time of year has rolled around again. The team photo is scheduled for Monday, March 27. 

So naturally, the Undisputed Heavyweight Team Photo Champion of the World turned to his Twitter followers for advice on defending his belt. And the recommendations? They did not disappoint.

Cannot. Wait. 

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