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Casual Thursday: Bryan McCabe to hit 1,000 ... David Booth Speaks ... Kamil Kreps Hurt ... Alex Ovechkin In or Out? ... Friday Concert All About Blue

Mccabe4 Lots of news and notes to get into the paper tomorrow and not much space.

Good thing this newfangled Internet offers limitless space.

First off, Bryan McCabe hits a milestone tomorrow and becomes the seventh player to reach 1,000 games while wearing the Florida sweater. The Panthers captain says he's pretty taken aback by the milestone and that it's going to be pretty special for him.

The other Panthers to hit 1,000: Lyle Odelein, Greg Adams, Kirk Muller, Mike Foligno, Scott Mellanby and Chris Gratton.

-- David Booth met with us in the locker room at Incredible Ice today and he looks much, much better than when we saw him last. His right eye is still bloodied but he says he doesn't get headaches anymore and he's ready to resume exercising. He says the only exercise he's done since the concussion is a little walking and some swimming.

He's at least a week away from returning.

-- Kamil Kreps didn't skate today because he took a skate off his boot last night. He'll probably play tomorrow.

-- Dominic Moore told me last night that he's probably a few days away from skating after having nasal surgery. He'll likely miss the home-and-home with the Capitals.

-- Radek Dvorak skated before Thursday's practice and could return next week.

Ovechkin -- Spoke with Alex Ovechkin after Washington's short but intense practice at The Billboard. Ovechkin, out with a left shoulder injury, did some puck work in the early stages of practice but then put the stick down and just skated.

He says he'll probably miss the next two games against the Panthers but Bruce Boudreau says Ovechkin will practice tomorrow and they will go from there. ''He put the maybe out there,'' Boudreau said.

-- Boudreau wasn't happy with Washington's loss to New Jersey last night and skated them real hard. It was a short practice, but they did a lot of skating. ''If we weren't playing back-to-back,'' Boudreau said, ''it would have been longer.''

The Caps have lost three straight.

More quotes later in the day.

Jetblue -- The big announcement at the arena tomorrow (you know, the one with the free concert) has nothing to do with the team's ownership situation as some have speculated. They are simply announcing another sponsorship deal.

The JetBlue banners are going up outside the main concourse as we speak.

It looks like the discount airline (which I'm a big fan of) is going to sponsor that outside area facing 136th Ave. Lots of banners on the poles, signs above the doors, sign on the giant ad TV, etc.

Word on the street is the ownership thing could be wrapped up next week, but that has been said before.


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GR, it's exercising, not exercizing! You're a journalist for crying out loud! ;-P

George, Ask Yormark why he doesn't stand during the National Anthem??



Congratulations to Bryan McCabe - what an accomplishment!

Bob, as much as a rabid patriot I am for this great nation, I believe that the freedom of choosing to stand for the anthem is a right that the American people have.

My relatives are coming in from Los Angeles to see the Kings play the Panthers. They're apparently very big fans of David Booth. I hope he laces them up to play against the Kings...

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Actually... there is a protocol for the National Anthem, and it's part of the United States Code. Here is the text of the protocol:







Section 301–National Anthem

(a) Designation.–The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

(b) Conduct During Playing.–During a rendition of the national anthem–

(1) when the flag is displayed–

(A) all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

(B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

(C) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and

(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag
were displayed.


9. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

In other words, you stay standing until the colors retire.

While not standing during the National Anthem is disrespectful, the word "should" is not a mandate in the code. If it was a mandate, it would be worded as "shall" or "will."

So yes, we have the right to not stand up. It's disrespectful as hell, but we do have that right. :-)

My opinion is that the national anthem doesn't have a place in games period. If it's the Olympics, absolutely, but when the Panthers play the Canes what does that have to with anything? Saluting your country or whatever it means to you personally shouldn't be required at a ball game. I mean, it's just sports...

IRock...are you kidding me? You must have plenty of time of your hands if your quoting USC....

As far as standing or sitting, it is not a matter of respect and this is a friggin sports event, not Arlington National. Please try a little harder to restrain your nationalism...

Actually, He didn't stand for either the Canadian or American Anthem.... So does that change anything???

Standing for the National Anthem, is a sign of respect for all those who have died fighting to defend that flag and all it represents. Especially the capitalism that allows someone like Yormack to sit in his high and mighty throne, lookin down at all the peons he robs blind every time they walk into the arena.

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