The Ottawa Citizen noted that after 14 games the record of the NHL's new—and reeling—Ottawa Senators matched that of the 1974-75 expansion Washington Capitals:
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And why did the paper bother to make the comparison? Because the Caps' final record that season was 8-67-5, the worst since the NHL went to a 70-plus-game schedule 43 years ago.
In winning his two-month match in Yugoslavia against Boris Spassky, 10 games to five, Bobby Fischer was erratic, which was hardly surprising considering his two-decade layoff, but there were times when he played more brilliantly than anybody could have expected. "I know I get rusty after just a few months off the tour," says U.S. grandmaster Yasser Seirawan. "I can't imagine myself being away for 20 years and playing even one good game. He played many good games. Some were incredible."
There's no telling how good the 49-year-old Fischer could become were he to immerse himself in modern theory and round into fighting shape against ever tougher opponents. Even before he defeated Spassky, Fischer was talking about playing world champion Gary Kasparov, possibly as early as next year. "Somebody's got to teach him a lesson," Fischer said. The 29-year-old Kasparov demeaned the Fischer-Spassky match as a meeting between "old pensioners," but the prospect of a Fischer-Kasparov showdown thrilled observers like Michael Franett, managing editor of Inside Chess, who said, "It's like a solar system in which this old planet suddenly appears, this huge monster with its powerful pull. It shifts the balance of the whole system, affecting everyone."