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1920s reporter guy and Alex Ovechkin

This entire "1920s reporter from Dallas interviews Alex Ovechkin" thing is...I don't know what it is, really. The video is garbled and not entirely funny, Ovechkin's answer is brief and nondescript, and the "reporters" are then shown to the dressing room door. But since it seems like something I should mention, I'll mention it.

If you don't know, "Scoops Callahan" is the alter-ego of a dude from Dallas's 1310 The Ticket; he asks bizarrely worded questions of famous athletes and then puts their confused responses on YouTube. He has quite the following. Is this a worse gimmick than asking players about their facial hair or cheese preferences? Well, who am I to judge.

In any case, Monday night, it was Alex Ovechkin's turn.

"Hey champ, champ, that was quite the Lollapalooza out there tonight," Scoops shouted as Ovechkin headed for the shower. "You've got to say everything is still Jake with you Capital City boys. Do you think you can still keep it going here in this age of ballyhoo?"

"Yeah, maybe, we'll see," Ovechkin responded, and kept walking.

Longtime Caps director of media relations Nate Ewell then asked what the deal was.

"He's a terrific hockey player, so I called him champ out of respect," Scoops said.

"I think you guys can go..." Ewell responded. "I think we're ready for you guys to go."

Lord only knows why Dallas radio listeners would want even more on this story, but the fellas then did a segment recounting the entire episode, talking about how Nate would be overwhelmed by a Super Bowl media crowd, how he was a guy in his early or mid-20s trying to work his way up, how he has to act as the players' bodyguard or he'll get in trouble from above, and how it wasn't like they were trying to lance Ovechkin with a pitchfork. The last statement was definitely true.

And so then fans of the station began sending touching messages to Nate via his Twitter account.

"I want to see your Hitler memorabilia collection," for example.

Or "hey come on dude dont be a tool. Pull the stick out of your butt. Its all for fun!"

Or "How's your swastika collection coming along?"

Or "A little birdie told me that @nateewell doesn't really like hockey. Or humor. Or the 1920s. Or Dallas."

Or "hey champ, any hockey pub is good hockey pub.. Quit grinding diamonds out you arse and worry about something that matters"

Or "get a sense of humor. seriously."

Or "Did you not realize how big a station The Ticket is & how loyal their listeners are when you picked on the guys from Dallas?

Because the one thing that will really submarine a D.C. PR guy's local popularity ratings is the enmity of sports-talk radio listeners in Dallas.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 11, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
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Dallas SUCKS.

Posted by: natsfan76 | March 11, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Is this a worse gimmick than asking players about their facial hair or cheese preferences?"

Yes. Unequivocally, and by a fairly wide margin.

Posted by: Matt_Terl | March 11, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What a A-Hole; CAPS management needs to keep creeps like that out of the locker room.

Posted by: noreaster1 | March 11, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

You stay classy Dallas.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If that's what passes for humor in Dallas, count me out. Keep up the good work, we don't need weirdos harassing Ovie.

Posted by: futbolclif | March 11, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Here's the thing with this absurdity - it isn't funny. If they guy actually dressed like a 1920s reporter with a little "PRESS" ticket stuck in a cap I would be mildly amused. But the doofice looks like he just craweled out of his refridgerator box under the 14th Street bridge. Kudos to Nate Ewell for being pretty damn polite and.....doing his job! And as a previous poster has aptly noted - "Dallas Sucks." Who gives two flips what a buch of half wit AM Radio listening Texans post to a Twitter account.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | March 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

i love guys who pull stunts like that and then get shocked, shocked that they get asked to leave...which is their goal in the first place. so they can put something on youtube. it's the stuttering john wanna be act. at least stuttering john was funny.

wow, nate should just let his best player get bombarded with stupid questions from these guys who it sounds like werent credentialed to be there in the first place. gotta love the nazi references in twitter. pretty appropriate.

now, about lisa hillary's questions...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

i don't understand people that find that particular type of humor funny. seems awfully lowbrow to me. Nate's terrific at his job and has been recognized for it. those losers have no place in the locker room. it's just a joke to them.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | March 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dallas --

Nobody in DC cares about your pissant radio station or how many loyal listeners you have. In case you forgot, we don't like Dallas very much here anyway, so if you walk in uncredentialed and act like a toolbag, even Texans should be smart enough not to be surprised if they get bounced out the door.

Now go away.

That is all.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 11, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I actually think it's a pretty funny idea - the execution, however, was terrible. The guy just sounds nervous and not at all "Newsie"-ish. Nothing wrong with having a little humor in the locker room, I wouldn't think. Just don't suck. (I'm sure that was Nate's point.)

On the positive side, one could choose to see his comment about Nate's age as a compliment. Nate's gotta be a healthy decade older than "mid-20s," and he's got a way sweeter gig for a living than getting paid producing scraps by The Ticket.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Not a very funny joke if you ask me.

Posted by: superhans18 | March 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

blah, blah , blah - not worth my time 2read or watch....

Posted by: Hattrik | March 11, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

....sooooo if he wasn't credentialed, how'd he ever get in the locker room after the game????

what gives...

Posted by: carsonspence | March 11, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Matt Cooke hit with no suspension compared to Mike Greene hit w/ 3 game suspension. Lets get some quotes, some of your signature screen shots, and reaction quotes from some players.

Caps fans web hits, Pens web hits (and nasty comments), etc. Its Bog Gold!!!

Posted by: colerwilson | March 11, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

This would only work if he was dressed the part, which he isn't. He needs a pinstripe suit, bowler hat, giant hand-held light bulb flash, and handlebar mustache.

Then, and only then would it work maybe. The way he does it now he just looks like a weirdo.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 11, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm with stevie_in_gp and VTDuffman. It's a funny concept, but the actual execution is terrible. There's no attention to detail to make this joke actually funny. Where's the outfit? What about an attempt at giving this character a voice? It's lazy comedy.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually, could you ask Ovi what his favorite cheese is? I'm mildly interested in that nugget.

(On a semi-related note, my Wisconsin cheese poster arrived in the mail.)

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 11, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

To clear up a bit of confusion, all the people involved were issued one game credentials via the Washington Capitals organization. They were one game passes specifically for this game. Just a little bit of factual before I state my opinion.

Now, as far as the situation at hand. Is this really what the Capital fans and media are going to worry about? You have arguably the best player in the league, you no doubt have the best record in the NHL as well as the most points. The team is poised to make a deep playoff run. So why don't all you angry Washingtonians just relax a bit? Scoops, since that is the name in play, was not offended to leave. He gladly left after Nate told him too. This also isn't the first time this has happened, and quite frankly it's happened to bigger stars than Ovie. If you're interested to see the 25 people that handled this situation better than Mr. Ewell please feel free to visit this link.

Anyone who said Washington was getting less uptight lately couldn't tell from this story...

Posted by: TRSamH | March 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

As a listener of The Ticket in Dallas, the main story here isn't this instance of 1920s Reporter Guy (this particular instance of the bit was pretty mediocre). The main story isn't even the Caps PR guy throwing him out (it's happened before). The main story is how the Caps PR guy called the Sabres' PR office to warn them that these guys were on their way. That was a pretty tool b1tch move. He's the one that brought up all the attention and made it a bigger deal than it really was. Maybe he learned his lesson and next time he'll just stay in the corner with his pocket protector up his pooper.

Posted by: sixiron6000 | March 11, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Dan, the Caps PR guy brought the whole fiasco on himself when he tried to get the guys from the Ticket(who by the way, carry the Stars games on the radio) banned from Buffalo for a harmless radio prank which didn't seem to bother Ovechkin in the least. It's as simple as the bunker mentality. You mess with the family, the family messes with you right back. And why am I not surprised that the people in DC don't know what funny is. This is the same place that gave us Dave Batista. Thanks a lot for nothing. The only reason you lemmings "don't find it funny" is because you blindly drink whatever Kool Aid Dan Koresh tells you to drink and you believe whatever he tells you. And I apologize in advance for my post not being all that great. I'm just trying to talk down to your level of intelligence.

Posted by: hms1981 | March 11, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

If they were credentialed, they were credentialed. If they weren't they weren't.

I would understand if Caps PR refused to offer credentials in the future.

But, you are allowed to ask dumb questions as a credentialed journalist. The only thing you are risking is your reputation - and the Dallas guy clearly didn't care about that.

That said, screw Dallas. Stay out of DC.....

Posted by: CF11555 | March 11, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

WOW! It's amazing how such a "non story" has garnered such media. Maybe we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously. You Tube Scoops with Phil Mickelson... you guys could learn a lot from him. Or Scoops with Bill Belichick. Or my favorite... Scoops with The San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich. No one threatened anyone, threw a pie in the face or anything like that... and it seemed to me from the video, Ove took it in stride and went about his business. No harm, no foul. Hasn't Ove done a gag or two himself... Surely there is more going on in your area than this. But if we could get a line or two in your area. VIVA DALLAS! We love you guys! No hard feelings!

Posted by: beairdp | March 11, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The "pissant radio station" is the highest radio station in the state. They've been going for sixteen straight years strong. This isn't some radio station down the hall who just flipped on their transmitter. Curt Menefee, the Fox Pre and Post Game NFL point man? Ticket Day 1. Skip Bayless, the ever controversial lightning rod for ESPN. Ticket Day 1. Also, the Stanley Cup has been in the possession of the Stars. The Capitals can't seem to stop choking to the Pens long enough to win anything. So have fun sucking on that lemon DC. Hope you're digging on that Nationals, Redskins, and Wizards success as well. What a sports pit, with the fans to back it up.

Posted by: TRSamH | March 11, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"Because the one thing that will really submarine a D.C. PR guy's local popularity ratings is the enmity of sports-talk radio listeners in Dallas. "

Yeah, the tweeter was talking about how Dallas radio listeners were going to tank Ginger Boy's local popularity ratings and not how he was going to be bombarded with tweets. Idiot.

Is everyone in DC this uptight? I guess I would be as well, if 1) LOL Redskins, 2) LOL Wizards, 3) LOL Natinals, 4) Caps are awesome, but LOL hockey.

Posted by: babyarmcorso | March 11, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty disappointing how humorless some PR members can be. While I understand a desire to protect a player's image, asking a person to leave because they called someone "champ" is mind-boggling to me. Ewell comes across as though he is afraid of what the reporter could do, and it's strange to think why he would feel that way. It's not some personal question or anything that could get Ovechkin into any sort of trouble.

As for the Scoops Callahan persona, his questioning is no more or less innocent than a question about, say, a player breaking a cold streak after receiving a haircut. However, asking the question in the style of a 1920s reporter is far more creative than an overwhelming majority of the fluff questions that are asked over an 82-game season. There isn't really any harm in it, and being upset by it is simply an overreaction.

Posted by: Kidspud | March 12, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

OK, so let's break this down...

At the end of OV's time with the press, some dude who looks like he's fresh from Bowie Town Center mall steps us and asks OV " "Hey champ, champ, that was quite the Lollapalooza out there tonight. You've got to say everything is still Jake with you Capital City boys. Do you think you can still keep it going here in this age of ballyhoo?" OV says ""Yeah, maybe, we'll see," and walks away. Then Caps guy Nate walks up and... Bowie Town Center mall dude is asked to leave.

First things first: the question asked isn't funny. In fact, if you hadn't told me it was some 1920's motif, I'd not have known. And, I mean, whatever -- it's not like the 1920's are widely known as an epic, comedic period in our culture. But, still, if the lines were funny that would be one thing *OR* if you knew the schtick ahead of time (Dude, this Bowie Town Center mall looking dude asks big time sports players crazy questions and their reactions are hilarious), maybe it could have worked. But, again, the question asked was, well, silly. And OV, a non-native Russian had no idea what BTC mall dude was saying so he said, basically, nothing. And walked away politely. Hardly a hilarious reaction.

The total exchange lasts :12 seconds -- :10 for BTC mall dude to choke out his "question" and :02 for OV to politely walk off.

I can understand Caps guy Nate coming up and asking BTC mall dude what was up and, ok, if Nate wants them to go, fine. Whatever. BTC mall dude is more or less a moronic geek roaming around the room. And, anyway, the press time is clearly nearing its ending (e.g. everybody's soon going home anyway).

But to call ahead to Buffalo? I mean, come on. Over :12 seconds? If NHL players need that kind of advance protection, that's silly. Again, this was :12 seconds TOTAL.

Sorry Dallas radio fans (people still listen to radio? I guess that's Dallas' version of DC fans who still listen to Kornheiser?), the :10 question wasn't funny. (Maybe choke it out quicker next time BTC mall dude?) And I'm sorry Nate, advance warning Buffalo over THIS?

The only one who seemed to handle it all was the non-english Russian native who we could understand NOT understanding the "cultural" aspects of radio jocks, etc. blah, blah. (Sorry, I'm still stunned to learn people listen to this kind of stuff on the radio -- how 90's).

Good job Ov. And, I guess, Dan for bogging this.

The rest of you hosers -- get back to work. If you've landed gigs getting paid to talk sports on the radio and/or do PR for a sports team, relax. Or as Ted might say: Be Happy! You can do it!

Posted by: caps1974 | March 12, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Live in DFW, used to live in Adams Morgan. All you haters should listen to The Ticket. Seriously, don't you get tired of the lame cliche driven sports talk? "They need to give a 110%... Put their game faces on... blah, blah."

1920's reporter guy may be a lame bit at times (although the Mickelson one is priceless), but it just shines a light on how bad sports journalism is. Did you hear the question preceeding 1920's guy -- "Maybe you shaving had something to do with scoring?" Maybe Nate should kick out all the reporters that can't ask an intelligent question about hockey -- but then Ovie would be sitting in his locker talking to no one. Be happy someoen is actually paying attention to the NHL... especially since Ovie will eventually bolt back to mother Russia to play in the KHL and no one will even know y'all have a hockey team.

Posted by: CarolinaBlueMoon | March 12, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Be happy someone is actually paying attention to the NHL...
Posted by: CarolinaBlueMoon

Why? After 35 years, ALL I want is a Cup. I could care less whether a Dallas radio station covers the NHL. I could care less whether DC is or isn't a hockey town. I don't care if the Washington Post covers hockey and the Caps, much less some Texas radio station. If guys like Tony Kornheiser and Michael WIlbon are irrelevant in DC, why does some radio jock in Dallas covering the NHL mean anything?

Bowie Town Center mall guy (aka 1920's reporter) could go 24/7 NHL coverage for all I care and it wouldn't make a tinker's damn bit of difference to me.

Winning a Cup -- that's important. Dallas radio? Who cares?

Posted by: caps1974 | March 12, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

There goes the gotcha media again, doncha know!

Posted by: firehorse | March 12, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

is "1920s reporter guy" what passes as clever these days in dallas?

i think that was once funny. in the 1950s. glad to see Texas is only 60 years behind the curve. i thought they'd be further behind.

Posted by: bacaje | March 12, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd hate to see DC's reaction to the Overcusser or The Redundant Man of Redundancy. Ovie, do you like this gig? This P1 now in DC misses the Ticket.

Posted by: abinovi | March 12, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Normally I find things like this hilarious. Except that this is just stupid. They could have at least come up with something funny. And I think if you're going to be doing this kind of trolling, you kind of have to expect to get kicked out and take it in stride. Talk about a bunch of arrogant babies.

Posted by: hareharey | March 12, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahaha ... this blog and all the posts are EXACTLY WHY Scoops exists. Morons.

Posted by: premo88 | March 12, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

And why am I not surprised that the people in DC don't know what funny is. This is the same place that gave us Dave Batista. Thanks a lot for nothing. The only reason you lemmings "don't find it funny" is because you blindly drink whatever Kool Aid Dan Koresh tells you to drink and you believe whatever he tells you. And I apologize in advance for my post not being all that great. I'm just trying to talk down to your level of intelligence.

Posted by: hms1981 | March 11, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

No, your post sucks because you are an inbred hick. Dave Batista. HAHAHAHAAHHA. And no wonder texASS wants to seceed from the Union. They still think they are in 1950 with all their "humor".

Posted by: Chase4 | March 13, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Is everyone in DC this uptight? I guess I would be as well, if 1) LOL Redskins, 2) LOL Wizards, 3) LOL Natinals, 4) Caps are awesome, but LOL hockey.

Posted by: babyarmcorso | March 11, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

1) One playoff win in 13 years and you think your team is actually good - this coming from a non-Skins fan, but a dallas hater. 2) NBA sucks. Dallas sucks more. 3) The Angels has misspellings on their jerseys as well. And you make fun of the Nats when you have the crappy Rangers? hahahahahaha 4) Hockey is 100x better than what you like. I'm guessing nascrap.

Posted by: Chase4 | March 13, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey all, longtime 1310 Ticket listener here (and not a Dallas resident). I do think this was a fairly weak effort on 1920's reporter guys' part.

But, I listen to the Ticket via the internet and have for years. I even listen to them via a smartphone app (on which app the Ticket is the highest rated sports programming IN THE WORLD...) - try not to judge or bag on 'AM radio' as though it's all some quaint, out-moded form of entertainment we sit around listening to after dinner by gaslight.

If you've never listened to Ticket programming for a few days...YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING - OR WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ... some good sports and pop culture analysis and information wrapped in some great hilarity.....

and ragging on Dallas (and Texas in general)as being 'backward', 'full of hicks', 'redneck' and 'uneducated' is classless and ignorant....

try listening to them on that 'fancy' internet sometime. What do you have to lose but a few hours of brilliant Wilbon/Kornheiser/Rome insight....

Posted by: LesterP1 | March 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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