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Alex Ovechkin Drinks Five Beers Before Games

So says Alex Ovechkin in this interview with former Miss Florida contestant Tiffany Simons, who hopes to "peak your curiosity" by linking to Poll Voter Clay Travis's SEC Ladies Rankings in her blog. Sigh. But you will recall that I gave you all a sneak pique at Clay's rankings last week.

If you've never had Baltika, I'd say give it a try. ABV is only 5.2, but it feels stronger. Trust me.

Anyhow, first Ovie tells Tiffany that he prepares for hockey games by going swimming, and then by drinking five beers.

"That's why I do some crazy moves, because I'm drunk," he says.

She wonders if he's telling the truth. He admits he was lying. They bat their eyelashes at each other. Little zinglets of the usual journalist-source tension flit across the screen. Then he says he really drinks "Red Bull and wodka" before games.

(Note: I've asked many, many, many dumb questions in my life, so I shouldn't be throwing stones, but this question about the Capitals would not have been high on my list:

"Why do you think they're going to be as good as some people say?"

Which people were those? The ones who were picking the Caps to finish 14th instead of 15th in the East?)

Anyhow, after rattling off all the celebrities he's met in the States (Celebrity No. 1: Olie Kolzig), Ovie is asked about the differences between playing in Russia and in the NHL.

"Here is better," he says, "because after practice, pretty girl come to me, I give interview. I feel pretty good."

More zinglets of tension. And I'm not convinced these are the usual journalist-source zinglets of tension, either.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 12:44 PM ET
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But he doesn't expose the secrets of the magic iPod, does he?

Posted by: Kim | January 17, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So, next time ask Ovie what brands of vodka that are readily available he finds okay. I would like to have my screwdrivers made with a vodka that he would not spit out in disgust.

Posted by: dgc | January 17, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

How does this girl have a job in journalism?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

truth or fiction?: ovie hangs out at russia house in dupont.

Posted by: kyle | January 17, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Depends which Baltika you're drinking. They used to make Baltika Krepkoe (Strong) that was up near 10 percent ABV. Doubt they export that though.

Personally, I'm waiting for seom industrious fellow to bring Doktor Dizel to the states.

Posted by: Mike | January 17, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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