Morning Look:Caps As Cap Hill Stars
What does Alex Ovechkin's cover appearance on ESPN the Magazine mean? Besides granting us funny photos of various Caps dressed various supposed Washington D.C. archetypes? With Jose Theodore actually looking convincing as a press secretary?
A quick through the cover archives shows a shocking lack of D.C.-proper pro athletes. There were former D.C. pro athletes on covers (Ben Wallace), and future D.C. pro athletes on covers (Colt Brennan), and vaguely D.C. college athletes (Michael Vick at Virginia Tech) and vaguely D.C. pros (the Ravens) and future D.C. pro franchises (the Expos). All of which is squarely in the "not-quite" category.
All of which means the last time a real, honest-to-goodness D.C. pro athlete made the cover of The Mag? Michael Jordan, Oct. 15, 2001. That's a long while ago, and he was never really ours, anyhow. So this is a moment.
Best quote from the story? Brooks Laich, in a landslide, speaking of the cover boy.
"He has this pair of sweatpants-jeans combination, and you'd swear some bum in an alley sewed 'em together," Laich told The Mag. "His hair is a mirror of his personality. He even lost a tooth, and he doesn't care about that. He doesn't care that he's not the most marketable player. He sells the game with how he plays it."
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