Club Scarlet and Ovie Love
So traveling from Scotland for three Caps games is still pretty good, but driving 14 hours from Montreal and staying in a Travelodge to see Alex Ovechkin isn't bad. Why, exactly, make that trip?
"He's God," Marie-Eve Couturier explained. "For me, he's God. He's the God of hockey. Amazing."
Anyhow, these two saw Ovie in their home city and asked for an autograph on their jersey, but he was in a hurry. They said they were coming to D.C. to see a game. He told them to come to practice and promised an autograph. Here they are, in Ballston, two hours before practice begins. They beat the entire media contingent here, that's for sure. (Of course, they also wound up with some one-on-one time and several posed photos with Jose Theodore, so maybe they knew what they were doing.)
Which reminds me, you've by now heard of Club Scarlet, the team's new fan club for women? (Men are technically allowed to join, I was told yesterday, but they're not exactly the target demo.) Club Scarlet was actually inspired by the Ravens' similar club, Purple: Just for Women, and it's the first of its kind in the NHL. It's the sort of club where players are sorted alphabetically by first names, and looking at the players' photos makes me highly uncomfortable (see below). A few more facts about Club Scarlet:
* Membership dues can only be paid with dollar bills.
* The original name was Club Vermilion.
* Despite the Caps' high percentage of Russians and Czechs, Club Scarlet will feature several Poles.
* Members will all be given special club names. Something to do with the street they grew up on and their first family pet, apparently.
One more unrelated note from last night's game. Two Junkies were down on the ice during the second intermission, doing some sort of promotion. They were asked to predict a final score. At the time, the Caps led, 2-1. Every local radio host in the history of humankind would have predicted that the home team would go on to win, to mild applause. Cakes boldly called it 4-2, for the Flyers. The crowd did not react with mild applause. (And yes, he turned out to be right, but still.)
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