The Caps and the life
Of all the explanations offered for the Caps' first-round knockout, the one I was probably least interested in had to do with them having too much fun after games. The whole moral police thing gives me a bad feeling in my belly, and anyhow: John Riggins. The end.
But since there are plenty who ask, a brief rundown of quotes on the topic. Also, I should point out that the woman whose tire was changed by Brooks Laich was prompted to call in to the Mike Wise Show -- where she first told her tale -- by Wise ranting about carousing. See below.
Green on the life
Mike Green said earlier this year that Alex Ovechkin is more mature than in years past, and I asked him to explain.
"I think we're just more serious," Green said. "We're very, I want to say, focused on one thing, and it has to do with hockey. It's not about anything else any more. It used to be we were young, we were trying to enjoy ourselves, and we're playing pro hockey -- It's a pretty good life. But now it's more than that, you know We've established ourselves, and we want to win it....I think this year it's been toned down a lot just because we're focused on the prize, and you can't get caught up. You can't do both."
Boudreau on the life
I also asked Bruce Boudreau this spring whether he was concerned about his younger players having too much fun.
"I hope they have a lot of fun," he said. "If I was 24, and I was rich, and I had [Ovechkin's] personality, I'd have [fun], and I did. I didn't have the money, but I had an awful lot of fun. I had too much fun, actually. I think he knows when it's time to buckle down. If he gets to the point where he, or anybody's having too much fun and I know about it, I'll talk about it. I haven't had to talk to him about it."
Leonsis on the life
The first time Ted Leonsis met Alex Ovechkin, they talked about his social life in Moscow. Ovechkin told him that he once went to a disco and had 20 Red Bulls.
"Twenty?" Leonsis repeated. "I mean, that just seemed excessive, you know?" But Leonsis said he hasn't gotten one report on Ovechkin being out of control on the D.C. scene.
"He's a young man, he'll have a lot of fun, but there's not a dark side to him," Leonsis said. "You can't perform the way he performs without being focused and healthy and the like."
Mike Wise on the life
But you always hear things -- you, not me, since I'm at home wondering whether to have another Old Dominion Spring Buck and watch the late-night SportsNite or just to go sleep. I know, the whole chamomile and orange peel thing is kind of strange, but whatever. Anyhow, Wise gave major voice to this topic on his radio show, the day after the Game 7 loss.
"We have completely eviscerated a guy like Andray Blatche in this town, not for his basketball skills but for his off the court knuckle-headed ways, going out and soliciting a prostitute, clubbing at Love or Sky or Fly or whatever's opened late at night where he can cut the rug," Wise thundered. "You know what, we've got to get off Andray Blatche and we've got to get on some of the Washington Capitals who frequent Clarendon bars and Arlington bars and all these other places, because you know what guys, it worked when you won. When you got knocked out in the first round, carousing, the chasing tail, got a little old....
"Some of the things Alex Ovechkin does, and some of the things his teammates do -- some of his younger, knuckle-headed teammates -- are not about winning hockey games. And until you win a Stanley Cup, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself, fellas."
Obviously, a great deal of this was said with the typical Wise irony. But he seemed to somewhat agree with what he was saying.
"With all sincerity, it's almost a double standard," Wise said. "We go out and we say hey I saw Ovi, I saw Greenie, one guy was in the back, he looked like he was having a Cosmo or some Cristal. The moment Blatche does it, it's Oh, Blatche is out again. Guess what, until you guys actually pay your craft the mind it needs to get to the next level, you're gonna be called out in this town for being carousers. I hate to say it.
"And maybe I'm jealous because I don't have the money to do it any more, or I never had the game....Chasing tail won you a Presidents' Trophy. Yay yay!
Russia House and Josephine's, man! Let's go to Russia House and Josephine's, guys, let's go get some Stolchinaya [sic], is that how you say it?....Let's go to Russia House guys, maybe Sergei Fedorov will be there! Sorry-ass Caps."
Boudreau on Green's life
Whether Boudreau heard such criticism, I don't know. But when he was asked on Toronto's 590 last week about the fingers pointed at Ovechkin, Semin and Green after the first-round loss, he brought up the social question himself.
"Those three guys that you'd mentioned, plus Nick Backstrom, were probably the most actually unconsolable, if that's the right word, after the games," Boudreau said. "They were sick, they were crying -- and these are grown men -- because they had their expectations were so high.
"Mike Green, in our meetings, told me that he had committed himself to the last three months, he never went out once, he didn't do anything, he just focused on the game and wasn't the 24-year old kid that he was, where things are going great and you like to have fun. Everything was all about the Stanley Cup. So when it ends that quick, it was very difficult for these guys, because they knew that the finger would be pointed at them, at me. But it wasn't because they didn't care."
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