Wannabe Sombrero Guy on the Loose

Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis posted in his blog yesterday about meeting our friend Sombrero Guy:

I met Sombrero Guy at the Fan Fest on Saturday. He is a great guy. I believe he was with his mom and his sister. We had a nice chat in the elevator. He even asked for my autograph and had my picture ready to be signed on an autograph card, which is always so flattering to me. Nice to meet you Sombrero Guy!

First of all, let's just acknowledge how much of a real-life celebrity Sombrero Guy is for Ted Leonsis to blog about meeting him. This is how you know you've made it.

One little problem, though: The real Sombrero Guy, AKA Brandon Wise, wasn't at the Fan Fest. Here's the email I found in my inbox this morning from Wise:

I'm being impersonated now. I wasn't able to make it to FanFest because of my grandmother's 88th birthday, but Ted apparently met someone in a sombrero and made an assumption, or met someone in a sombrero claiming to be sombrero guy. This is too funny.

Remember how I just said you know you've made it when Ted Leonsis blogs about meeting you? I was wrong. You know you've made it when Ted Leonsis blogs about meeting fake you, and then posts this clarification:

I guess I didn't meet the REAL Sombrero Guy on Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. I met another fan wearing a Sombrero who when I introduced myself and said, "Hello Sombrero Guy", he just ran with it.
Sorry about the confusion. Who knew so many people in DC liked wearing sombreros to a Caps event? Evidently the gentleman attached considers himself "the REAL Sombrero Guy" and who am I to disagree?

Six days until Redskins training camp, and a new contest on the way as soon as my brain stops spinning from this fantastic absurdity.

By Lindsay Applebaum |  July 14, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  | Category:  Capitals
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