Okay, Caps fans, let's talk about Game 5 last season. You remember Game 5, don't you? That OT winner by Mike Ribeiro?
The way it made you believe in true love and rainbows and all of the goodness of the universe? The way you BELIEVED?
And then there was the thing that came after. The thing we won't say. The thing that reminded you: Oh yeah, I'm a Caps fan.
Because it's hard being a Caps fan. You learn to fear springtime. Since the Caps went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, Washington's had nine playoff trips — and only three series wins.
To be a Caps fan is to believe, and believe, and… wake up one day and watch someone else raise the Cup.