Ovie's Drawings, etc.
After Japers Rink and others alerted me to the little No. 8 drawings on Alex Ovechkin's game sticks, I figured I should ask him for their meaning. You're gonna have to go to that link to understand his comments. And we're working from left to right:
"It's Drinking Man, Fat Man, Man Who Have Legs, and this is Girl," he said, pointing to the last stick on the right. He said that he does the artwork himself, and that the order is, in fact, significant: the Drinking Man is his first stick, the Fat Man is his second stick, and so on.
For all I know he was making this up, but he explained that each drawing had numerical significance. Drinking Man's holding a stick in his left hand that looks like the number one. Fat Man has two eyes. Girl (i.e. No. 4) has two hands and two eyes. And Man Who Have Legs...well, how exactly do you get the number three out of Man Who Have Legs?
"I don't know," Ovie said. "Maybe third leg."
He must have been making that up.
Anyhow, my time with the Caps might be growing short, because they all look at me with undisguised scorn for whatever reason, which creeps me out, but there were two more items worth mentioning. (Aside from Pothier's return, which Tarik already mentioned.)
1) New backup goalie Frederic Cassivi has a goalie mask with a massive bear head. This is because he plays for the Hershey Bears, although he said the particular roaring face he chose was "just a random bear." But now he's with the Caps for at least several weeks, and so I asked whether he'd want to change the mask for something less bear-specific.
"I don't think I'm here long enough," he said. "I do have a small Caps logo in the back. Makes up for it."
Previously, Cassivi played for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. His mask at that time had a picture of a Mighty Duck.
"I don't have enough imagination, I guess," he said. "I never got into it."
Anyhow, the Bear mask's colors match the Caps' uniforms, so he thinks he'll be ok.
2) The Caps' flight to Tampa was delayed by Dulles's closure. When he found out, Coach Glen Hanlon asked Brooks Laich to relay the message to the locker room, which he did.
"Dulles is just opening up, there are delays," Laich told the Caps.
To which there was much grumbling and more than a few cracks at Laich.
"I got told by the coaches to tell you that," he replied. "Glen just told me to tell you guys that. Don't shoot the messenger."
"You get a little authority and you can't handle it," Chris Clark laughed.
Well. And also courtesy of Japers is this video of a new Ovie-Crosby commercial.
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