In his 17 seasons of combined primary ownership of the Capitals, Mystics, and Wizards, Ted Leonsis has led his organizations to a total of two playoff series wins. This is a .117% record. Many Capitals fans argue he's the "best owner in sports"... we disagree. We think a .117% record is actually pretty miserable. In the business world, we'd even call it a failure.
As a very long term season ticket holder of the Capitals (pre-dating Ted's ownership of the team), we've tried, numerous times over the years, to offer constructive criticism to "the most accessible owner in sports," sharing our views with Ted by responding in the comments section of his blog, Ted's Take. Ted is on the record as being a strident advocate of "transparency," especially where the internet is concerned. Let the people speak! Or so, the spin goes. Truth is: Ted's anything but transparent. In fact, we say Ted's Fake.
He lives and operates in an "if I blog it, it is so" world and this style of leadership trickles down to such folks as the Capitals general manager, head coach, and superstar forward Alex Ovechkin -- playoff busts all, who live and skate in an "if I say it, it is so" world. Anyone who begs to differ with Capitals officials and their star player is met with a resounding "nobody knows nothing," "if they knew anything about the game, they'd be in it," and (our favorite) a condescending "Be happy, you can do it!" chiding from the man himself.
Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post offers a great perspective on how Ted and his hockey team works. Read it and reap!
Given yet another stunning playoff bust, followed by an even more stunning reaction from Capitals leadership, we decided to speak up. We at Ted's Fake plan to hold the owner accountable.
Starting today .... we Unleash the Fury!