Caps at the Russia House
Back when I was posting random fan shots with local sports stars at D.C.-area businesses (see all of them here), there was a distinct (if never mentioned) lack of Caps players. Well, no longer. After receiving several swell Caps at Metallica photos, I received a note from Phi Vu, who wasn't at that particular show but had an even better story. Read it below. And as always, send your slightly awkward photos and stories about D.C. athletes right here.
By Phi Vu
I don't have any pictures of Ovechkin at the Metallica show, but I do have Ovechkin, Fedorov, and Semin pictures from New Year's Eve. My girlfriend Angela and I had spent New Year's Eve at a house party in Cleveland Park and were in a cab on the way home around 2:30 a.m. As we approached Dupont Circle, Angela pointed to The Russia House (on Florida and Conn. Ave.) and sarcastically said, "I bet Ovi is partying in there."
Amused, I decided to look just to make sure -- lo and behold, I saw the back of someone's head and it was unmistakably Ovechkin's signature mop from the Hair Cuttery. So, I did what any normal person would do -- stuck half of my body out the car window and screamed "Yo Alex! You the man!" He turned around and waved politely.
As the cab drove by, Angela and I huddled in the back seat for a minute and talked ourselves into believing that there were probably other Caps players there. We immediately told the cabbie to turn around and drop us off at the Russia House so we could continue the party. As we walked in, one thing was certain -- we were the only two Asian people there in a bar full of Russians. Really tall ones. All dancing to techno.
We trolled around for a bit looking for anyone or anything that resembled a hockey player. Four rooms and two levels later, we struck gold. Semin, Fedorov, and Ovechkin were all hanging out around the bar. Ovi spent the entire night behind the bar playing with his iPod -- which was conveniently hooked up to the sound system there. Angela offered to buy him a shot, but he declined, citing a game the next day.
Considering the Caps were facing Tampa Bay the next day, I think he would've been alright had he taken her up on the offer, but I digress.
We got to talk to Semin and Fedorov for a bit. They were both friendly and chatted with us for a few minutes before taller, more attractive, and more blond Russian women stole their attention away from us. All in all, I would submit that our pit-stop at the Russia House was a success.
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