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Brooks Laich Says Ovechkin is the Best


Laich disagrees with the wisdom of the crowds. (By Preston Keres - TWP)


After spending thousands of keystrokes on the Redskins and their Pro Bowl promotional campaign, I should briefly note a few differing perspectives on the ongoing NHL All-Star voting. Like, you could ask Brooks Laich, and he'd say this:

I might be a little biased because I get to see him every night, but the things that 'Ovie' does make him the total package....I've done many interviews about him and, personally, I feel he should be the top vote-getter for the All-Star Game.

"It's hard to argue with Laich," continues the NHL.com All-Star Voting blog. Ha! Not that hard, really. Hundreds of thousands of independent-minded voters have done just that, leaving Laich's man----hmmm, math----ah yes, with 31.2 percent of the votes of Sidney Crosby.

Like, I could vote for Ovechkin once every second of every minute of every hour for the next 11 days, 950,400 times in all, and Laich would still be disappointed. I could have every man, woman and child of the District of Columbia vote for change, and change still wouldn't come. I could get the Nats' television audience to each vote like a billion times, and not even dent Crosby's lead.

I mean, you can at least try to try to mount a serious discussion with a straight face about whether Clinton Portis deserved the third NFC running bowl slot over DeAngelo Williams. But it might take a fairly esoteric set of data, or some extremely powerful drugs, to make the case that Alex Tanguay deserves 564,668 more votes than Ovechkin. Or that Crosby is a 321 percent better hockey player. Or even 320 percent better.

Obviously the absurdity of the NHL's voting process has been extremely well-documented, with the boycott effort and the national columnist outrage and the constant blogging hammer of discontent and all that.

But still. Real problems deserve real solutions. Racking my brain, I can only think of one potential answer: "Vote the Capitals Ticket" yard signs!

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 30, 2008; 3:46 PM ET
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Comments

It's not so much the "wisdom of crowds" as the "diligence of electronic autobot voting scripts." But whatever, same difference.

Posted by: ThisGuy | December 30, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Sidney who? :?

Posted by: playahatah | December 30, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The NHL is reaping what it has sown. Just check out Larry Brooks in the NY Post today (thanks to Katie over at CI for drawing our attention to this).

http://tinyurl.com/8l457j

Ovechkin will garner more All Star attention when the league gets around to promoting him.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 30, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Attention to Andy Pollin and his henchmen at WTEM: You can gain back a lot of respect in this town, and prove you are more than Dan Snyder's lackeys, by beginning a campaign to get Alex Ovechkin the vote total he deserves. It would even be deemed selfless because WTEM doesn't have Capitals broadcast rights. C'mon, Andy, I dare you, show some courage -- prove WTEM has life beyond the Redskins.

Posted by: VPaterno | December 30, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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