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Ovechkin finally cleans up

Men's Journal's latest issue came out on Friday, and there's a six-page Ovechkin photospread. See this, critics? Tell me he's not open to cleaning up his game.

There's also a Q&A.

Blond or Brunette? Both.

Jessica Alba or Megan Fox? Definitely both.

Greatest player of all time? Mario Lemieux.

Your rival, Sidney Crosby: dislike him? I love him.

You send him cards on his birthday? I send him cards every day.

Which brings me to Russian synchronized swimmer Anna Nasekina and her recent Q&A with Ovechkin, translated at Japers Rink:

It seems to me that the reputation of 'caveman' flatters you.

"They call me caveman because I don't care what others think of me. I couldn't care less about anyone or anything."

If you didn't care about anything then you couldn't play the way you do.

"Well maybe I play the way I do only because it's all the same to me."

You mean to tell me that your manly unshaven face, your nonchalance, your missing tooth and yellow skates aren't part of your image?

"You want some wine?"

And also, Greg Wyshynski, writing on Puck Daddy, about the possible marketing of Alex Ovechkin as villain. I agree with a lot of it, except for him saying Bruce Boudreau had "an epic, Michael Jackson Moonwalk-level backtrack" from "pretty reckless" to "I don't want him to change." I think a full reading of Boudreau's Tuesday quotes puts the lie to this particular charge, but I guess I should apologize to Bill Simmons and Dave Dameshek, who were early converts to Ovechkin's villainy.

And before the week is over, some more links I've been meaning to link.

* Shawne Merriman puts his Columbia Heights condo on the market. I think you could talk him down.

* Hokies Journal talks to J.J. Redick about his sister, a freshman at Virginia Tech. Not asked: how she'll be received in College Park.

* George Mason is judged the decade's sixth-best mid-major program, by Storming the Floor. The Patriots' win over U-Conn was also judged the decade's biggest upset, and the fifth-best college game, by The Dagger. Tune in next week to see where it ranks on The Post's list of top D.C. sports moments.

* This is possibly the best newspaper correction ever.

* Ken Rosenthal: "mutual sincere interest" in John Smoltz coming to the Nats.

* L.A. Times staff editorial: "The 'Redskins' should go; Washington's NFL team should ditch its racist moniker; how about just the 'Reds'?"

* Adam Schein: " The Washington Redskins are a clown show." Thanks, dude.

* Insider story on Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg. Lots of good parts, but I'll choose this:

At one point, the conversation deepened. Storen asked Strasburg how he dealt with the hype. After listening to a stock answer, Storen did what Storen does: He opened his mouth and shot straight. "You know you're LeBron James, right?" Strasburg was taken aback. "What? No, I'm not. I just want to pitch and be a part of the team ... " Storen wasn't buying it. "Seriously, you're LeBron," he said. "You can't be just another guy. You're The Guy, the one who can do stuff no one else can do. You have to be that guy, whether you like it or not."

Recalling the conversation a month later, sitting in the Arizona dugout, Strasburg actually blushes. He talks about "no guarantees in the spring," and both players promise not to worry if they start the 2010 season in the minors. Then Strasburg revisits his earlier "savior" comment, this time seriously. "If people think that I, or we, the two of us, are going to save the Washington Nationals by ourselves -- we just aren't. I'm not planning on pitching 162 games, and I don't think Drew is planning on saving 162 games. Every fifth game, I'm going to do what I can. And every other game, Drew is going to do what he can. But whenever we get to the big leagues, it can't just be us."

* Etan Thomas recalls a conversation with Abe Pollin about gentrification, at his HoopsHype blog.

* And Brendan Haywood talks Tiger at his Yardbarker blog:

They say you can't put a price on love but someone obviously never told Elin that! After hearing of Tiger's extramarital affairs, her first move wasn't to go to her family for help; she went straight to the bank!

What a week.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 4, 2009; 5:24 PM ET
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Regarding the LA Times editorial about the Redskins name: YYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNNNN

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 4, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin as a villian? Hmmm....Russian in an Olympic year. Not surprising. All will be back to normal next year.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | December 4, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Ovi thinks Lemieux is the greatest player ever...and I happen to agree, with all due respect to Wayne, Rocket, Howe, and Orr. Hate the Pens, but Mario was the man.

Posted by: paperboy76 | December 4, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

A villian, huh. Sure... why not?

It was the ideas of heroes and villians/ good guys vs bad guys that led the WWF to market Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant.

And as the bad guy, Andre had a huge following.

As a marketing ploy, it's not such a bad idea.

Posted by: Grooven | December 4, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

JJ should be asked about his dad who hated Tech more than JJ ever could.

Posted by: sitruc | December 4, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Etan Thomas = class act.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 5, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Despise the Pens. but Lemieux was the best. And yes the name Redskins is racist.

Posted by: zosodave | December 5, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

STFU Zosodave.

Posted by: edr04 | December 6, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"They call me caveman because I don't care what others think of me. I couldn't care less about anyone or anything."

It's becuase you look like one. UGH!

Posted by: bal503 | December 6, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Ovie is the most awesome human being ever to walk the face of the Earth.

Posted by: askounes | December 7, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you have to find out who the blond is...

Posted by: tidalwave1 | December 8, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

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