Real World Comes to Caps Practice
Fact: As you might have heard, Real World is hanging out in D.C. this year.
Fact: A few weeks ago, a bunch of Tweets suggested that maybe one of the Real Worlders was working for the Caps.
"Yes that is correct" wrote @realworlddcnewz at some point, identifying the Real Worlder as a Caps intern.
"So the real world dc cast got a job with the capitals FML" @sugacaneshane88 noted.
(@realworlddcnews apparently broke the news here.)
Fact: Today was Caps Media Fantasy Camp. There were print people and radio people and yes, TV people. NBC's Lindsay Czarniak and Dan Hellie were there, with a cameraman. Fox 5's Dave Feldman was there, with a cameraman. WUSA's Sara Walsh was there with a cameraman, too.
But one gent--whom none of the media vets recognized--came out later than everyone else, and with a five-person entourage, including one guy holding a boom mic. I mean, when you have more people behind you than Dave Feldman, you know you're important. When asked where he was from, this guy said "Baltimore," which wasn't what we meant. When asked who they were with, one of the important people said they were "shooting a documentary." They told others that it was a hockey documentary.
Fact: This fellow, named Ty, said he's interning with the Caps and is doing a sort of documentary, but declined to provide more specifics. (Read more about Ty here.)
Fact: When asked whether this fellow was in fact with Real World D.C., the Caps declined to comment.
Fact: This fellow went through drills with other media members, taking faceoffs against Boyd Gordon, driving into the boards with Matt Bradley, working on puck protection with Bob Woods and learning how to skate from backup backup backup goalie Brett Leonhardt. He told Bradley it was his second time on the ice, and indeed, when attempting to score during a breakaway drill against USA Today's A.J. Perez, he fell full around to the ice, his helmet toppling off his head. During one of his faceoffs against Gordon, he kept drifting backward; "where am I going?" he asked the world. But Bradley said he was "pretty good" for such a novice.
"I fell less than 10 times, so it wasn't a failure," Ty said. "Just got to keep at it."
(He's actually quite a nice guy, it seems, and pretty athletic too. He was a cornerback at Gilman in Baltimore and then at Trinity College, and he's a huge Ravens fan.)
Fact: After the fantasy camp, the TV people went around to certain media fantasy campers, asking them to sign a release. Some of the Caps coaches had to sign it, too.
Fact: Ty was teammates in a three-on-three drill with Cakes, from the Junkies. This made me happy. Also, after the event, producer Bret Oliviero sat next to Ty--who was at Alex Ovechkin's stall and was asking about the Junkies--and so Bret told him about the Junkies' Whore or Bore game. This also made me happy.
And yes, that's right, one of the stars of Real World D.C. just sat at Alex Ovechkin's stall. And yes, that's right, as if this team needed any more media buzz, they're gonna be all over MTV.
(Edit: Apparently Ty also inquired about employment with D.C. United. The cast, you'll recall, earlier attended a United match.)
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