September 7, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 70 Games During Capitals 2012-13 Regular Season

September 7, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 70 Games During Capitals 2012-13 Regular Season

CAPITALSCENTRAL AND CAPITALS POSTGAME LIVERETURN THIS SEASONBethesda, Md. (Sept. 7,2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatform sportscoverage, and the Washington Capitals have announced the teams 70-gameregional television schedule for the 2012-13 NHL regular season. The networks coverageof the Capitals this season also features the return of its comprehensivepregame and postgame shows with CapitalsCentral and Capitals Postgame Live.Through Comcast SportsNet, NBC Sports Network and NBC, theCapitals entire 82-game regular-season schedule will be televised throughoutthe region by the NBC Sports Group. As previously announced, NBC Sports Networkwill air up to 11 games exclusively, with one game scheduled for NBC (Feb. 3vs. Los Angeles).As part of its flex scheduling, NBC has the option to select one of three lateseason games currently scheduled for NBC Sports Network.Comcast SportsNets live coverage of the Capitals thisseason begins with the teams opener on Oct. 12 against New Jersey (7 p.m.) The networks gamecoverage will be led by seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, veteran analyst Craig Laughlin and longtime rink-side reporter Al Koken, who are entering their 16thconsecutive season together.Capitals Central and Capitals Postgame Live return this season to provide extended coveragesurrounding games on Comcast SportsNet. Alan Maywill again serve as analyst for the half-hour pregame and postgame shows, with Koken(road games) and Rob Carlin (home games) alternating as hosts. Beninati andLaughlin will contribute to the coverage from the arena, with Jill Sorenson, thenetworks Capitals TV beat reporter, and Capitals Insider Chuck Gormleyproviding reports. Expanded Capitals coverage will also be featuredon the networks news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, and across its digitalplatforms, highlighted by SportsNets coverage of the upcoming Capitals seasonincludes 64 games on Comcast SportsNet and six games scheduled on ComcastSportsNet Plus. The networks entire 70-game Capitals schedule will beavailable in HD to all cable and satellite providers throughout the region. Forinformation regarding Comcast SportsNet Plus HD carriage and channel location,check with your provider or go to CSNwashington.comor for information.(Seeattachment for Comcast SportsNets 2012-13 Capitals television schedule)CSN Capitals 2012-13 TV ScheduleCapitals Composite 2012-13 TV Schedule

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There's a reason the Wizards had to give up a first-round pick in Bojan Bogdanovic trade

There's a reason the Wizards had to give up a first-round pick in Bojan Bogdanovic trade

On Wednesday, the Wizards traded Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a lottery-protected first-round pick to Brooklyn for swingman Bojan Bogdanovic and D-League standout Chris McCullough. 

CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael has been dissecting the trade from every angle. Up next: Why a first-round pick was needed to get the deal done.

Was giving up a first-round pick necessary?

Look at Andrew Nicholson's contract. In today's exploding salary cap, the final number wasn't the biggest handicap as much as it was the years on his deal. He not only occupied a roster spot but took up space that can be applied to the contract the Wizards are going to have to offer Porter now that he'll be one of the top free agents on the market (restricted).

If the Wizards finish in top 3 in the East, the pick will be in the mid-20s. This is a deep draft, but it made relinquishing the pick easier. Had this been the No. 13 pick in the 2017 draft that they gave up in 2016 for Markieff Morris that's a different issue. Last year's draft wasn't that strong especially beyond the first 10 picks. This one is. 


Why is the pick protected?

In the worst-case scenario that the Wizards implode in the final 27 games of the season despite this trade and miss the playoffs, the Nets don't get the pick. Now, that won't happen but it's better to be safe than sorry. Crazy things happen.

TOMBOY: I don't skate like a man, just a darn good women

TOMBOY: I don't skate like a man, just a darn good women


In late December, I was invited to play in a pick-up hockey game with some other members of the local sports media community. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I was one of only two women there that day. Even now, female ice hockey players aren’t exactly common.

After the game, a reporter I’ve known a while — a guy I like a lot — said to me: “Don’t take this the wrong way, but you skate like a man.”

I didn’t take it wrong, of course; he meant it as a compliment. The reporter wanted nothing more than to tell me I’d impressed him.

I thought about this exchange a lot in the days that followed.

Had someone told me I played hockey like a boy when I was 15, I would have worn that description like a badge.

Hell yeah, 15-year-old Sarah would have thought, I do play like a boy. I’m as tough as a boy. I’m as fierce and competitive as any boy on my team. I would have reveled in it, just as I reveled in a similar label I’d received even earlier in my adolescence: tomboy.


Yeah, I was a tomboy. I hung around with the neighborhood boys, riding bikes between each other’s houses or catching salamanders in the creek that ran through town. I loved sports, and my bedroom walls — papered with newspaper clippings and photos of Flyers players — were a far cry from the pink-tinged rooms that belonged to the girls at school. 

As much as I could, I dressed like a boy too, even once cutting the sleeves off of an oversized T-shirt before I went out to rollerblade with our next-door neighbors. My grandmother, who was visiting at the time, pulled me aside to tell me I really ought to dress more appropriately. I rolled my eyes.

I was a tomboy, and I loved the word and everything it stood for.

I felt pride in my tomboyishness, believing that the things I liked — the things boys liked — were clearly better than the things stereotypically left to the girls.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it was a conversation with a 15-year-old that changed my perspective, just a few days after my reporter friend had compared my hockey skills to those of a man.

I sat down with Mo’ne Davis, the female Little League pitching phenom, for this very project. I asked her if she identified as a tomboy, and she shrugged. Not really, she said. Maybe other people wanted to define her that way, she suggested, but that wasn’t how she viewed things.


You know that record scratch sound effect they play on TV or in the movies? The one that denotes a sort of “wait … what?!” moment? That’s what happened in my head. Mo’ne Davis, the girl who played on the boys’ team and excelled, didn’t consider herself a tomboy?

Something clicked in my head after that. I’ve long identified as a feminist, and I’ve been a big supporter of girls in sports for as long as I can remember. I coach girls hockey, I’ve spoken at schools and camps about playing and working in sports as a woman. For some reason, though, it took a 15-year-old shrugging her shoulders at the label “tomboy” to take the power out of the word for me. Why does one have to be a tomboy, when one can simply be a girl who kicks ass? How had I never considered this before?

In many ways (and especially in sports) if something is male, it’s considered superior. It goes beyond just the things kids like to do, and it’s all old news. It’s also something I’m ashamed to admit I’ve bought into for practically all of my life. But no longer. How can I help change the narrative if I’m too busy playing along with it?

And if I could do it over, when that reporter approached me after our hockey game to tell me I skated like a man, I would have smiled, shook my head and said: Nah. But I skate like a darn good woman.