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Ovechkin's endless acceptance speech


We've all watched the award shows where someone's acceptance speech goes long, and the music and the announcer voice come up, and the speaker attempts to drone on over the music for a second or two, and then maybe they shout out a last few thanks reallyreallreally quickly in an increasingly high-pitched voice and then they kind of awkwardly walk off the stage while smiling and maybe joking with one of the presenters, who isn't paying attention and is instead imagining the open bar at the after-party.

Well, the routine is a bit different when the speaker is a 233-pound left wing with a habit of smashing the enemy. So in this case -- Alex Ovechkin winning the Ted Lindsay Award, the MVP as voted by the NHL's players -- the sequence went like this.

1) Ovechkin is cut off by the music and the announcer.

2) Ovechkin raises his arms and attempts to figure out where his sound went, appearing to mouth "I'm not done."

3) Comedian Reese Waters comes out to a different mic and gets ready to do whatever it is that comedians do at NHL award shows.

4) Ovechkin attempts to continue giving thanks on an emptying stage, into a dead mic, while Waters looks backward, trying to figure out if this is some gimmick that got left out of his script.

5) Everyone else walks off the stage.

6) Since it's clear that he won't move, and no one wants to make him, Ovechkin's mic suddenly comes alive again, and he just calmly goes back into his speech, without hurrying or apologizing or even acknowledging that he just totally smashed protocol with a forearm shiver to the nose.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 23, 2010; 11:06 PM ET
Categories:  Caps  
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Comments

What a self absorbed doosh

Posted by: jonthefisherman | June 24, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

I think the Caps got the short end of the Crosby vs. Ovechkin stick here. That's what happens when you trust a commie to be a leader.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Gee Dan you drew two Pittsburgh fans, who knew. Yeah the Caps got the short end with a 3 time MVP on their team.

Posted by: adhardwick | June 24, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

yeah, he should have stood there like a robot and repeated the same old thank you's to teammates and fans, etc like a certain stiff MVP runner up. god forbid someone shows a bit of personality and fun at an awards show. and geez, i would rather have heard a few stupid one liners from a no-name comedian who otherwise headlines two shows at the holiday inn lounge than hear ov talk for a few more seconds.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Stanley Cups won:

Crosby 1, Commie 0.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Number of games suspended for dirty play:

Red Square Resident 2, Crosby 0.

I can keep going if you want. Maybe that's why Putin's boy didn't win a 3rd MVP.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Stanley Cups won:

Crosby 1, Commie 0.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 8:13 AM

pretty relevant considering these guys are only five years into their careers. by your logic isiah thomas was better than michael jordan because he had two titles before MJ had one.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Number of games suspended for dirty play:

Red Square Resident 2, Crosby 0.

I can keep going if you want. Maybe that's why Putin's boy didn't win a 3rd MVP.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

another relevant statement. how many times did mark messier get suspended for dirty play? now he has a leadership award named for him which ironically was given to crosby for leading his team to nothing this year.

how about the number of times punching a guy in the sack from behind while being a third man in? or number of times jumping a guy on a face off? or number of times complaining about too many hats being tossed on the ice after an opposing team hat trick?

and actually ov won the MVP as voted by the players association.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

and actually ov won the MVP as voted by the players association.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 8:28 AM


Which is like winning the NIT in college hoops. It's a trophy, but that's about it. It's not the big one.

I guarantee if Crosby won the NHLPA award and Ovechkin either won the Hart or didn't win anything you would say Crosby didn't win anything.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Posts that add anything worth reading to the comments section:

Randy_Hawkins= 0

Stop wasting my life with your posts and don't be mad bc your qb's a rapist and your precious Sid is a professional cup checker

Posted by: aarseneault06 | June 24, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was funny as hell. Good for Ovie. That show needed a bit of humor. God knows they weren't going to get it from Cindy the Princess, who again failed to win the Lindsey award (where the players vote who's best and Ovie was the man) and also finished a distant 3rd place in the MVP voting.

I couldn't be sure but it looked like Cindy was crying. I guess that's what happens when you aren't a man and don't have refs and linesmen protecting you.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | June 24, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Commie? Seriously? Looking at his car selections, I have to think Ovechkin definitely supports a market economy.

Posted by: rjgianfortune | June 24, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Crosby fails to win a player award yet again. Shocker. Luckily for him he keeps getting on teams that can carry him.

Malkin and Gonchar included who happen to be Russian as well.

Posted by: Mike4169 | June 24, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

No need for Gonchar (the worst defensemen ever) to be mentioned here, please.

Posted by: soloman5000 | June 24, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

and actually ov won the MVP as voted by the players association.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 8:28 AM


Which is like winning the NIT in college hoops. It's a trophy, but that's about it. It's not the big one.

I guarantee if Crosby won the NHLPA award and Ovechkin either won the Hart or didn't win anything you would say Crosby didn't win anything.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

actually, your analogy to the NIT is totally without merit. the NIT is a tournament for teams who arent good enough to make the real tournament.

two MVP awards are given out, one voted by the pro hockey writers associated (hart) and one voted on by the players (lindsey fka pearson). each one has merit and both winners can be considered MVP's. the fact that ov won the players award shows that he has the respect of those he plays against despite the "outrage" over his physical play. crosby has won it once and ov three times.

despite your paranoia, i would not say anyone who won just that award to have not won anything. the fact is, for this past year, crosby wasnt voted on to win anything. he "won" the richard thanks to ov missing 10 games this year. and he was awarded the leadership award from messier for no apparant reason other than his name. seems like toews should have been the winner of that award.

a more apt analogy for the lindsey v hart, would be like pre-BCS NCAA football titles where one team won based upon a coaches poll and the other based upon media rankings.

keep trying, you're bound to make a relevant point at some time.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

If you got a problem with "commies", send yours down this way, and enjoy last place.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 24, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Dan--any news on the death of Ovie's brother? His mentioning was the first I'd heard.

Posted by: gidge | June 24, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

LOL! I love Ovie and his outsized personality. So refreshing. It was also endearing to see him so nervous during the awards this year.

To be voted the best by your peers is the greatest honor.

Keep wowing them, Ovie (but with a shorter speech next year). ;)

Posted by: pstenigma | June 24, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

He was born under Communism, Therefore, he is a communist.

Once a commie, always a commie. Never trust a commie to do a man's job.

Top 10 reasons Ovechkin is a dirty player:

http://theryancokeexperience.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/top-10-signs-ovechkin-is-a-dirty-player/

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 24, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Dan--any news on the death of Ovie's brother? His mentioning was the first I'd heard."

@gidge:

He was refering to his eldest brother, Sergei, who died in a car accident when Ovie was a boy. It affected Ovie deeply growing up and he has refused to talk about it publicly until recently.

Posted by: pstenigma | June 24, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse


Randy_Hawkins = Pond Scum

Posted by: hessone | June 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

"I guarantee if Crosby won the NHLPA award--"

...and then we all just stopped reading

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | June 24, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse


@pstenigma

To be voted the best by your peers is the greatest honor.

Much better than what a sports writer thinks and votes on.

Posted by: hessone | June 24, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse


Just refer to Randy_Hawkins as pond, short for pond scum. Did you get that pond? HA HA HA

Both sides of my family are from The Golden Triangle. All my relitives there would think you're pond scum too. HA HA HA

Got that pond? HA HA HA

Posted by: hessone | June 24, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

How is it that the entire City of Pittsburgh has collective "little man complex?" Good grief, the dude (Ovi) was funny.

As for Crosby, maybe he seemed downcast because he spent the night with Big Ben and felt used.

Posted by: jackstraaw | June 24, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Randy_Hawkins

I can keep going if you want.

Yeah, right. Were did you go pond?
Your post are worthless and so are the Pens! Crosby is the doosh here.


Posted by: hessone | June 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Now, Johnny. When *players* voted on who's the league's biggest whiner, Crosby won. By a lot. Awards given by one's peers are at least as important as those given by reporters.
I note with interest that "Sid won a Cup"--while his "commie" teammate won the Conn Smythe trophy. Confusing!

Posted by: redlineblue | June 24, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: pstenigma | June 24, 2010 10:04 AM

@gidge:

He was refering to his eldest brother, Sergei, who died in a car accident when Ovie was a boy. It affected Ovie deeply growing up and he has refused to talk about it publicly until recently.
==========

It is why Ovie kisses his glove and points to the sky after every goal.

Posted by: AmyS1 | June 24, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse


It is why Ovie kisses his glove and points to the sky after every goal.

Excellent, I can't wait to get this news to my son. He's going to love knowing that.

Posted by: hessone | June 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Randy Hawkins=D.BAG

Posted by: scottiemac3 | June 24, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"He was born under Communism, Therefore, he is a communist" - Randy-Hawkins

LOL. Another reason to avoid inbreeding, it destroys the brain and voids logic and reasoning.

Posted by: hock1 | June 24, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

With the headline using the word "endless" and the clip having a 2 plus minute running time, I didn't want to watch. I thought this was going to be Ovi embarrassing himself and being an overbearing attention hog. Instead, I thought he was sincere, heartfelt, humorous and appreciative and just wanted to get to get his thanks in.

Posted by: md268 | June 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

@hessone

I've always loved how Ovi honors his brother after every goal.

Sergei was the one who got him to practice and games when he was first starting out--Ovi started playing hockey relatively late (7 or 8 IIRC) and his parents were both working. Ironically (given how Ovi likes his cars) Sergei died in a car accident when Ovi was young--around 11 IIRC.

I thought it was a good speech by him--he does so love being among his fellow NHLers.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | June 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"Stanley Cups won:

Crosby 1, Commie 0"

Conn Smythe that year: Commie 1

Posted by: ouvan59 | June 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Ignore the trolls Caps fans. If you feed them they will bite you.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | June 24, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with wanting to Thank your team! OV haters keep digging for something with substance!

Posted by: gwells1 | June 24, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Randy_Hawkins is an idiot who does not deserve to have his/her name repeated

Posted by: diego99999 | June 24, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is the greatest. Crosby could win every award under the sun, both team and individual, and he would still be boring. Oh wait, he has, and he is.

Posted by: laugh_riot | June 24, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Randy_Hawkins, get who got the most slashing minors this year? And that's with the refs overlooking half of them.

I'd say the players that voted for Ovi for the Lindsay award don't think he's dirty. So try again, loser.

Oh, wait, you're not here? I guess computer time must have been up for the inmates.

Posted by: dfe1 | June 24, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

sounds like he won a bet with his drinking buddies that he could make a stupidly long speech

Posted by: destewar | June 24, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Dan and the commentors have missed the point here. Firstly, Ov's speech didnt necessarily "run long." Rather, he only spoke for a minute or two before they cut him off (couldnt even fit in the obligatory thanks to the organ-i-zation). Secondly, and most importantly, this whole scenario was indicative of the entire show -- if anybody happened to watch the awards show other than Ovi's acceptance speech, he would have seen the announcer messed up more than once and many of the presenters'/entertainers' timing was off. Basically, Ovi was about to be rudely cut off due to the incompetence of whomever was running the awards show. Good for him for staying there and finishing his speech. Real hockey fans tune in to hear and see Ovie and his fellow players, anyway. Couldn't care less about that poseur Jay Moher or any of those other B-list, just showing up for a paycheck, hockey novice time fillers.

Posted by: CalleJoFan | June 24, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Dan and the commentors have missed the point here. Firstly, Ov's speech didnt necessarily "run long." Rather, he only spoke for a minute or two before they cut him off (couldnt even fit in the obligatory thanks to the organ-i-zation). Secondly, and most importantly, this whole scenario was indicative of the entire show -- if anybody happened to watch the awards show other than Ovi's acceptance speech, he would have seen the announcer messed up more than once and many of the presenters'/entertainers' timing was off. Basically, Ovi was about to be rudely cut off due to the incompetence of whomever was running the awards show. Good for him for staying there and finishing his speech. Real hockey fans tune in to hear and see Ovie and his fellow players, anyway. Couldn't care less about that poseur Jay Moher or any of those other B-list, just showing up for a paycheck, hockey novice time fillers.

Posted by: CalleJoFan | June 24, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I see the panty-waist, commie-loving liberals are here in full force. Keep loving your commies, and I'll love victory, which is something the Caps won't have anytime soon.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | June 25, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Nothing like another Pens fans on here with an inferiority complex. I just don't get it. They won the cup last year and yet they still feel the need to bash the Caps or Ovi. Really sad. I'm guessing Randy must be another moron from Pittsburgh who moved here because there's no jobs back home. I think you'd be much happier, Randy, if you'd go back to listening/ready Don Cherry stuff.

Posted by: dfe1 | June 27, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Look Penguin fans why don't we let Crosby and Ovie go one on one in a little fist fight and see who is the last man standing.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 28, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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