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D.C. Sports Bog: Ovechkin and a Zamboni

Ovie on zamboni.

[Cross-posted from the D.C. Sports Bog, where there will be plenty more Ovie updates later.]

After Alex Ovechkin finished some NHL interviews, he took a break in his Upper West Side hotel room. I then headed down to 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, where a Zamboni was waiting. This is, of course, kind of weird.

Below are some updates via Twitter.

- ovie: "its another good day to be alex ovechkin"
- ovie on getting back on ice: "cant wait, actually"
- ovie just scored a virtual goal as crosby. weird.
- fan from crowd: "alex, keep scoring goals and piss don cherry off"
- my favorite part of the day was definitely the officer who pushed me outta the way then took a cell phone pic of ovie
- ovie postpones game against @deadspin's dash, demands rematch with kid
- someone starts "kets go rangers" chant. caps fans booooo
- ovie playing video game against some kid. has varly in net. loses 2-0 to kingd
- "probably im gonna break this car," ovie said when he climbed in zamboni
- when ovie pulled up to nhl store, fans chanted his name
- if youve never tried to convince the nypd that youre allowed to be following the zamboni, i highly recommend it
- ov busts pedal. im already broken, he says
- driver: "cmon, get ya autographs and get outta here ya pain in the asses."
- lentil and saffron truck gumming up traffic. nypd stepping in.
- uh, this zamboni route looks to be about 30 feet
- the old people taking the duck boat tour of midtown seemed confused by the zamboni in their way
- problem with the car picking up ovie at his hotel means the zamboni is just sittin here
- also saw an elmo, a statue of liberty mime, a stuffed duck mascot and a steel drummer. wish ovi had posed with elmo.
- on the way to zamboni saw a random guy in ovechkin tee who didnt know alex was in nyc

More photos are here.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 9, 2009; 3:43 PM ET
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wow very cool looking zamboni. I want to drive the zamboni driver ;). ok that's enough of that...

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

hey TEB, can you link your twitter and/or Lindsay's account here since I can't access it because i dont have an account?

Thank You!

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | September 9, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

does the use of twitter for this blog seem like a bad idea to anyone else? the last thing i want this season is tarik reporting from practice in short, choppy sentences.

Posted by: fronesis1016 | September 9, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse


it's just you. It's a great way to quick updates, so we know what's going on, also is a great way to keep on the inside. It gives us a quick dose of what to expect on the blog when Tarik does get around to writting. If you don't like the twitter then don't read it...

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Twitter should replace blogging, but quick updates via Twitter are nice for those of us who may not always be able to browse at work.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 9, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Any chance he ran over any lawnmowers, plates or crying Penguins along the way?

Posted by: Caps16Fan | September 9, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ovie, what is good in life?

"To crush your enemies, to drive the Zamboni before them, and to hear the lamentations of their Captain."

Posted by: DC_BCF | September 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope the Caps do better than they did for (and against) Ovi in the NHL10 Video game today.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 9, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what's up with the channel Versus? It says it doesn't exist anymore...

Posted by: rachel216 | September 9, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

rachel, do you have DirecTV? If so, that's why. DirecTV has stopped carrying Versus due to a carrier/channel spat. Here's more information from DirecTV's point of view; Versus' take is here. Uh-huh.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

a world extreme cagefighting marathon on versus right now... LOL figures

Posted by: joek443 | September 9, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

a world extreme cagefighting marathon on versus right now... LOL figures

Posted by: joek443 | September 9, 2009 8:50 PM |

What is this even supposed to mean? MMA is the fastest growing sport on the planet right now. Again, having the rights to that isn't exactly a bad thing.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 9, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

sure, if two people watched it last year and now four people watch it then it has grown by a whopping a hundred precent... LMAO

Posted by: joek443 | September 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Um...okay. The guy who loves to talk about how certain sports are inferior over others can't even do a simple google search to get his ignorant fact straights.

Mario Lemeuix is the best Pker ever!

Posted by: richmondphil | September 9, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a rat's ass about MMA, cagefighing or dogfighting... I got better things to do with my time than google useless stats... but hey if you love ii that much, enjoy!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: joek443 | September 9, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

it's funny how this newspaper hasn't mentioned a word about OV's position on the olympics today which has been a national story.

I like Ovie and I appreciate his desire to play for his country, but he signed a contract with the Caps and needs to abide by that contract. If he doesn't like it, he should take it up with his team, the union and the NHL. He shouldn't be going to the newspapers and essentially telling his employers he doesn't care what they think. It's time to grow up.

Posted by: joek443 | September 9, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Pish. Ovi and the Russians are talking a big game to make sure people know how important 2014 is to them, but in the end the NHL'll back down and the guys'll play and everyone will be happy. I think there's too much sound and fury on this topic.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

The Canes Country blog is thinking the Caps are due for a fall this year. (The folks there are probably overly optimistic about the Canes' chances.) At least, our boys have more youth going for them. (Who are the Canes' young players? Eric Staal, Cam Ward.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 9, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

It seems that Ovi is not the only NHL'er prepared to jump the team for the Sochi Olympics.

My take: it seems a bit hypocritical for the NHL to be fine with everyone going to the Olympics in Vancouver for 2010 and trying to forbid them from going in 2014.

Maybe restricting the Olympics to amateurs is something that should be done, eventually. But at this point, it would be best in maintaining good will between US/Canada and Russia to allow the guys to go. Things are a bit shaky in that department at the moment.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 9, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I love Olympic hockey. There was a great spike in ratings after the Winter Games last time and when they were in Salt Lake City. International hockey is great and you can't put amatuers in there when other countries don't. That's why 1980 was one of the biggest upsets in sports because our college amatuers beat their pro's.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 10, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

JoeK - what's up with you man? Why are you comin in here rippin on MMA etc when you've come on here pimpin NASCAR? Maybe we've got better things to do then to listen to people talkin about guys driving fast in circles.

You obviously don't google or pay much attention to anything but NASCAR with comments like "Mario Lemieux is the best PKer ever" and "Boston was never rivals with Montreal". Come on bro check yourself.

And whether you like it or not but players are more adament and passionate about playing for their country than anything else. Country first period. You may not like it but it's true so I don't know that rippin on OV is appropriate either. Would you care more about missing 5-7 games in an 82 games season once every 4 yrs or playing for the country you grew up in and love 1 time every 4 years for 2 weeks? Sorry but I'm with the players on this one.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 10, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

The popularity of Olympic hockey in the US is also what prompted players and owners to eliminate the red line. This has definately opened up the game more to allow players with speed and skill to excel in today's NHL vs. prelock out. Too bad our US team can't even medal right now with the skill in Russia, Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. USA hockey has a way to go to catch up to the skill in these countries.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 10, 2009 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Heck the Jamaican bobsled team could probably beat us in hockey right now. Sometimes the truth hurts. Come on USA!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 10, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the NHL will take a step back regarding the 2014 Olympics. Someone already pointed out that the NHL is willing to let the boys play in Canada this year, why not Russia 4 years from now? Ovi is actually being very smart about this by letting it be known now. That way it isn't a buried topic. He doesn't only want to go play for Russia he wants the rest of the Olympic hockey teams to have their best players as well. The only way that happens is if the NHL does the right thing and lets the Olympics be part of the landscape of hockey every 4 years.

As far as the Olympics going back to amateurs, why not? Everyone needs to remember that the Soviet Unions hockey teams were so good because they never left Russia and could claim they were amateurs even though everyone knew they weren't. If the Olympics went strictly amateur the Olympics would consist of College and Juniors players. That is awesome hockey, just watch the Memorial Cup on the NHL channel if you get a chance next year and you'll be sold.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 10, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Ovie speaking out now for the Russian players, that they have to be allowed to participate in the 2014 Olympics, makes good sense. Everyone has the Vancouver Olympics on the brain. It simply isn't right to let the Canadians honor their country the year their country is hosting and not let the Russians do the same. I feel strongly about this--I love the Olympics, before and after the dismantling of "amateur". Amateur was always a canard anyway. It would be ESPECIALLY egregious if the NHL treats the Canadians with more respect than the Russian players.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | September 10, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

if I or anyone else wants to take a few weeks off from work, you ask your boss. you don't go to the media and say I don't care what my boss thinks, I'm taking the time off, period!!!

that's rather a childish way to go about it. I know some of you people worship the ground OV walks on but that doesn't mean he CANNOT be criticized. I'm sure he and Ted can work it out quietly behind the closed doors even if the NHL says no to the olympics in 2014. what OV's doing is just grand-standing.

Posted by: joek443 | September 10, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

joe443--I have no problem criticizing Ovie if I don't agree with something he said or did.

BUT in this case I happen to agree with him. STRONGLY! The NHL should NOT be okay with supporting the Vancouver Olympics with the darling Crosby (sarcasm) and not the Sochi Olympics with Ovie.

I do think the Olympics are a special part of the athletic world and when your country is the host, it's a big deal to those athletes.

And when Bettman and the NHL makes such a big deal of the Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry, then it would be STUPID of them to disrespect the Russian players by not allowing them to represent their country.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 10, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

newb, whether or not you agree with OV on this issue is beside the point. I'm critical the way he's going about it. the 2014 games are still 4 YEARS away and the NHL has NOT said yet they will not stop participating. Frankly he's doing it to make some noise back home in Russia, that's it... pure grand-standing. In the mean time I'm sure Ted isn't too happy to be put in a corner by one of his employees on this issue.

Posted by: joek443 | September 10, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

correction: the NHL has NOT said yet they will stop participating.

Posted by: joek443 | September 10, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Also frankly as a Caps fan I wanna hear him talk more about NEXT YEAR, not the next olympic games which are still more than 4 years away.

Posted by: joek443 | September 10, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Joe443, I made the point about agreeing with him because of your crack about hero worship and how all of us lemmings just follow him blindly (my paraphrase).

Okay so you don't like his methods and think 2014 is too far away and no decision has been made by the NHL. But they have made noises about not allowing it and I think he's firing a warning shot over their bow through the media (obviously). Makes better sense to get it out during this current Olympic year, and with the firing of Kelly lots of people are already nervous about the players contract negotiations. I know it's two years away but it's in the news now.

I do agree with you that I am more than ready to have the players talk about hockey and the upcoming season and the SC--which Ovie has also done.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 10, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

For all of you armchair GMs there is an interesting piece "Going Forward With Finley Up Front" at Japers Rink. The upshot is that management is trying to salvage the only viable player out of that 2005 draft. The commentary is also interesting. Not looking for negativity here--just food for thought.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 10, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

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