Colt Brennan Buying an Ovechkin Jersey
(No, I'm not yet tired of writing about D.C. athletes at Caps games.)
I got a text Saturday afternoon, pointing me to Redskins tackle Stephon Heyer, sitting right against the boards during the Caps game. Svrluga used his binoculars, and pointed out that Kedric Golston was a few seats over. Then I borrowed the binoculars, and saw Colt Brennan between the two.
"I followed all the Redskins here," Brennan said, when I asked what was going on. "Let's hope we win this."
"We're Washington fans," Brennan said. "We're all in this together."
"Honestly I've been to a couple games, and they were fun, but I wanted to see how different the intensity was from the regular season to the playoffs," Golston said. "It just felt like a good day to go to a hockey game."
Late in the second period, a little tyke in their row got up and whammed the hell out of the glass. The entire section went nuts. "Best moment of the game, by far," Brennan said. Moments later, Golston got up and started pounding on the boards himself.
"I wanted them to feel my energy, my intensity," Golston said. "That's playoff hockey. "
"At the glass, pounding away," Brennan said. "Can't really top it for a first game."
See, Colt had never been to a Caps game before, though he's been to plenty of Ducks games. His buddy warned him that he'd better wear a red shirt. Colt declined.
"I thought I'd kind of feel like a dork if me and him showed up together wearing matching red t-shirts," Brennan said. "But now I got here, and I'm like, 'You should have made me wear red.' "
That's why they stopped off at a retail location during the second intermission, where Brennan dropped $200 or so on an Ovechkin jersey. He planned on giving it to his cousin, but he immediately slipped it on, tags and all.
"Now I'm official," he said. "Now I'm legit."
If you're wondering where the tickets came from, "just like any Washingtonian, I paid for them," Golston said, which was a lie. They were there with Comcast SportsyNet's Eric Shuster, the No. 1 force behind cross-sport athlete interaction in this city. Golston admitted he was still squarely in "casual fan" territory, that some of the finer points were beyond him, but like everyone else, the Skins recognized that Ovechkin played with a different fervor.
"I mean, he's a superstar," Golston said. "He's the man around here. Who do you think is known more in Washington, him or Clinton? That'd be close."
Agreed, though edge to Ovechkin. I walked through the concourse with those two guys, and didn't hear anyone shout out their names.
"I'm just a chopping wood guy," Golston explained. "That's all I do, chop wood."
Anyhow, as you'd expect, the reviews of the game experience were generally positive, despite the result.
"That's intensity, man," Golston said. "That's physical! That's hard-fought!" (Yes, that was with a wink.)
"Oh man, it's a blast dude," Brennan said. "I love anything where the fans are so supportive. No better way to spend a Saturday."
(Yes, I'm trying to distract you.)
(Yes, I saw Gilbert at the arena Saturday morning, since, like I said, he lives there. He was leaving to do a promotional bit with a new Adidas store in Tysons. Some athletes would have lobbied for a bit of extra media coverage for a promotional event. "This is more important," Gilbert said, referring to the Caps.)
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