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Morning Look: Ovechkin At the Phone Booth

(By Luis M. Alvarez - AP)

Plenty of Washington D.C. sports figures show solidarity with other teams by showing up in the crowd, often in extremely nice seats. Just this last weekend, for example, Caron Butler made it to Landover for the Redskins game. Carlos Rogers and Clinton Portis are fixtures at Wizards games, Clyde Simms, Rocky McIntosh and Jason Campbell have been spotted at Capitals games, and Mike Green famously attended a Nats game this spring.

But you don't necessarily expect to see the best player in the NHL showing up for the final game of a 10-24 Mystics season, a game that turned into a disastrous 26-point home loss. Still, no gnashing of teeth for this guy; in fact, I can't remember the last time I saw a reigning league MVP and international sports celebrity look so happy at an WNBA game.

(Turns out he brought the team's three young Russian players to the game; welcome to Washington, guys. "I'm big daddy," Ovechkin told Tarik, describing his role as mentor.)

Also: Way to support Sochi 2014.

Also: Someone might want to start taking advantage of his Hair Cuttery sponsorship.

Also: Here's the official caption: Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, left, laughs with an unidentified man during a WNBA basketball game between the Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx. Viktor Dovgan might have just gotten himself a nickname.

(And yes, he was also doing some sort of meet-and-greet for the Mystics. And yes, I also realize Ovechkin's brother works for the Mystics, but still. My sister works for Yeshiva University, but you don't see me at many Maccabees games.)

(In other Caps news, Shaone Morrisonn is possessed, and Caps license plates have arrived.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 16, 2008; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Morning Look  
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I guess you're looking forward to Sochi 2014 as well, then. Can we expect the Sochi Sports Gulag?

Posted by: Max Wass | September 16, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

We want Gilbert in The Barra Brava.

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 16, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the rookie game on Thursday.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 16, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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