About Those Cowbells

Posted April 16, 2017

The Capitals lost in overtime, it sucks, so we’re going to ignore that and write about Cowbells.


That’s the published seating capacity of Verizon Center, and presumably that is how many free cowbells were distributed before tonight’s game. That’s how many cowbells we heard throughout the game. All. Game. Long.

The reviews were mixed. If you’re a diehard Capitals fan in the stands tonight, then you rang your bell loud and proud. However if you were a casual hockey fan tuning in to watch the game on television, you have a new reason to hate the Washington Capitals.

I was in the pressbox, which is certainly a privilege we appreciate, but it’s a joyless place with no cheering, and certainly no ringing of a cowbell.

When thousands of fans are ringing a cowbell all game long, as a Caps fan you want to join in the fun. If you are unable to do so, then you can imagine how frustrating that can be.

As a longtime fan, I think the cowbells were actually one of the best playoff giveaways the team has ever done. However I can certainly see the opposing view, which is described by Kyle Cantlon over at Puckdaddy as the “Worst Giveaway Ever.”

Despite Washington’s loss tonight, the cowbells remained in the hands of fans and did not find their way onto the ice like a blinking Flyers bracelet. We can all agree that is a good thing.

I have a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.

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