You may recall that the Caps were playing the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh is the home of Heinz catsup, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, my sweetheart, and the Penguins hockey club. It is a charming city. Pittsburg is a small city in California that may well be perfectly charming in its own right but is entirely irrelevant to hockey.

Insult to injury, I guess — the Caps’ web site was rejecting ticket requests from people with Pittsburgh area codes last week. Thank goodness for the Internet, or ticket sellers might have had to ask every prospective buyer if his or her car needs washed.

I went to a Caps game this afternoon. Not much of note during the game — Lemieux scored, Bondra scored, the Caps lost — but before the game there was a well-produced little Mission Impossible parody running on the Jumbotron. "Your mission, should you choose to accept it…" it ended. And then words flashed on the screen: "Eliminate Pittsburg."

You may recall that the Caps were playing the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh is the home of Heinz catsup, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, my sweetheart, and the Penguins hockey club. It is a charming city. Pittsburg is a small city in California that may well be perfectly charming in its own right but is entirely irrelevant to hockey.

Insult to injury, I guess — the Caps’ web site was rejecting ticket requests from people with Pittsburgh area codes last week. Thank goodness for the Internet, or ticket sellers might have had to ask every prospective buyer if his or her car needs washed. None