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Ovechkin shows off the Black Series


I've written enough about Alex Ovechkin's Mercedes Black Series that I almost had to post this Caps Red Line clip of him touring around Ballston in the car. (The Black Series, a 2009 SL65 AMG, is one of about 350 in the world, and has a price tag north of $300,000.) But really, the car took a back seat to Ovechkin talking openly about the Olympic experience in English for one of the first times I can recall.

"I get recognized here, but people just say hi to me," Ovechkin said from behind the wheel. "You know, it's not like crazy, like Oh my God, there he is, can we take a picture? When I go to a restaurant, they just say hi to me and that's it. Like, at Olympic Games, I can't go nowhere. People just go crazy over there. I go to restaurant with my friends, and there was a line standing outside of restaurant, just waiting to sign and stuff and take a picture. But it was a hundred of them, you know?"

Look, it's not stop-the-presses news, but it sort of shows that he's more ambivalent about being in the spotlight than a lot of people have assumed, and that he doesn't revel in the constant attention the way some people have suggested. I know a lot of cynics might look down on team-produced TV shows, but good content is good content, and I can say for sure that Ovechkin was more comfortable and more honest in this clip than he was in my recent interview.

But anyhow, the money shots I guess are the ones of his cars. In addition to the Black Series, he owns a Mercedes S65, a BMW M6, a Lexus 470, a Mercedes S500 and a Mercedes SL55. That's not a bad little fleet.

"I love pretty good cars," he explained. "In downtown it's pretty hard to drive because lots of cars, lots of light. I like going to airport, because you can put a little bit more power in your car. And I love it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2010; 8:54 PM ET
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Comments

Ovi, please, wear a seat belt.

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | April 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Caps Red Line aka CRL is awesome, I love it!! I usually watch it via Comcast on Demand

Posted by: sroessle | April 14, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I love the little 'Cruisin segments (the previous one was Carlson driving down the Dulles Access Road to Dulles Airport), and it's true -- you really get to hear the players just "be themselves" in a way that's different from post-game interviews or more formal interviews by reporters. You also can just see the players' personalties via the cars they drive. My recollection is the less glamorous players (say, Laich, Steckel, Bradley) seemed to drive SUVs and pickups. Nice ones but not exotics. :)

Posted by: blackjack65 | April 14, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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