Ovechkin and Semin: A Celebratory History
I was tempted to call this "Ovechkin and Semin's secret handshake," stealing the title from a recent message board thread. But one poster made a valid point about the Alexes' increasingly awesome celebration:
"Does it qualify as 'secret' if they do it in front of everyone, and a 'handshake' if they don't actually shake hands?"
Fine, so call it their Public Bump. Or call it the Pattycap. Or call it a Pound of Russian Flesh. Either way, it's straight out of the playbook of giggling baseball outfielders, 19-year old college basketball players and toddlers at story time, who just love any and all routine.
If the first 10 times you read a book, you meowed when you got to the page with the kitty, and the 11th time you forgot, the toddler will be all out of sorts. Similarly, if the first 73 times you unleashed the Pattycap, it was Alexander Semin's right on Alex Ovechkin's left, and then Ovechkin gets sloppy or lazy or forgetful and tries to pound one out with his right, Semin will be there to stop this madness immediately.
"Left, dude, left," you can hear him saying. Except he probably called him "drook," not "dude."
Anyhow, these guys obviously have a history of interpersonal touchy-feely celebrations, as witnessed below. But mere hugs are easily forgotten. Let's hope the Pattycap is preserved, expanded, made more complicated and given a much, much better name.
And yet another Pattycapping:
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