Gotta See It: Paul Pierce, rabid Capitals fan

The New York Islanders played a tough game 7, but it was the Washington Capitals who eventually came out on top, and the Tampa Bay Lightning led by Tyler Johnson forced a game 7 with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

A friend of mine tells this animated story of when he had second-row seats to a Snoop Dogg concert. Taking position in the front row and arriving late, was one-time Fastest Man in the World Donovan Bailey.

This show took place years ago, when both the rapper and the sprinter weren’t too far removed from their primes. Snoop killed it that night, as one might expect. “Deep Cover,” “Gin and Juice“… you get the point.

The crowd went buck-wild, yet Bailey just sat there. He wouldn’t stand up and he didn’t appear to be enjoying himself. This still infuriates my friend to this day. He felt the front-row seats were wasted on a guy who may have landed them because of his fame.

Or maybe Bailey was loving it, but just too cool to express it.

My point is, Paul Pierce did not pull a Donovan Bailey Monday night in Washington:

As the Capitals advanced with a 2-1 Game 7 victory over the Islanders, the Wizards star and troll extraordinare made those glass-row seats count, even taunting Brian Strait.

There is synergy in the U.S. capital, as both Pierce’s Wizards and the Capitals have advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in the same season.

“Home ice advantage paid off in a big way last night,” wrote Ted Leonsis, the majority owner of both franchises, on his blog. “Our fans were magnificent. Loud, proud, and supportive and caring and happy!

“I am so very grateful to all of you. It was a sea of RED, and there was a positive vibe and an air of confidence in the building all night. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The Washington Post also snapped this awesome photo of Pierce — accompanied by teammates John Wall, Marcin Gortat and Rasual Butler — in all his glory.

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