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Max Talbot calls Alex Ovechkin a bad word

At 2:24 p.m. or thereabouts on Tuesday, the NHL sent out a press release about the league's "hottest rivalry." I think sports writers and the general public could normally be forgiven for casting a cynical eye at press-released claims of a hot hockey rivalry that are made in late July.

But in this case, a member of the Penguins -- one side of the rivalry -- had called the Capitals superstar "a real douche" on the radio four hours before the press release went out. Game on, press-release writers. Next time, though, please include slightly blue hygienic-product puns. I'd provide a few examples, but I'd rather not alarm the censors.

"I just hate the guy," Max Talbot told 105.9 The X on Tuesday as part of some Winter Classic press tours, when asked about Alex Ovechkin. "I can't lie. Sorry. Even moreso for a guy like Ovechkin. Like, seriously. Ok. Yeah. I don't like him."

There was lots of laughter through all of this, and the hosts were egging him on, saying "we agree completely" and "don't apologize" and the like. Then they asked Talbot when he realized that his dislike for Ovechkin extended beyond normal, competitive on-ice rivalry.

"The first time I met him, actually, when I met him off the ice," Talbot said. "You hear a lot of stories about a guy, but sometimes they're not true. You hear of guys who're not good guys, and you're like, 'Yeah, ok, I'll give the guy a shot.' The first time I met him, let's say he didn't give the best impression to me, so better reason to hate him even more."

It was the ripped jeans, wasn't it, Max? Or maybe the techno music? The cackling hosts asked Talbot what exactly happened at this first off-ice meeting.

"I was actually at the NHL Awards last summer with Malkin, and we brought the Stanley Cup over there after the season," Talbot said. "Malkin knew Ovechkin, and introduced me to him, and the first impression wasn't great. I'm not really gonna say what happened, but I'm like, 'Ok, this guy is a real douche.' "

(Note: Here is a short list of things guaranteed to make me break my vacation pledge to avoid the Internet: Confirmed jello wrestling between LaVar Arrington and Clinton Portis, the Dalai Lama making his first public remarks about Albert Haynesworth, and a Pittsburgh Penguin calling Alex Ovechkin a douche. That list may not be complete, but it's a start.)

After the interview, the cackling hosts wondered how "douche" would be translated in the inevitable Russian-language versions of this transcription. Funny, because I was wondering how you say "Brads, don't worry about it, let me take this one myself please," in Russian. Also, "Five-Minute Major." Also, "People kept throwing hats. I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop."

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 27, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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Comments

God only knows what else Talbot was doing with Sid down in his basement.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | July 27, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I say we promote Finely AND Della Rovere to meet Mr. Talbot.

Posted by: capsnnats | July 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh Max Talbot... it's not like you're a no body, oh wait, you are...
He's a 10g 25pt player? Who cares what Talbot thinks? He gets 12min a night and probably won't ever get more.

Seriously, haters wanna hate, lovers wanna love, I don't even want... none of the above I want to p155 on you, drip drip drip...

@ 26 you gotta expect this from a kid who's craving attention after a failed season.

Posted by: paidinfull | July 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Ovie's got like 50 pounds on this loud mouth. Seasons only a couple months away, can't wait to see that beatdown.

Posted by: smoke26 | July 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, who cares? It's just talk and the only reason any of us are talking about this is that it's July and we have nothing better to worry about.

From the "That's Not News" department: The Pens and the Caps don't like each other, and frankly like each other less and less as the years go by. Fine by me - makes great hockey when it's personal. Besides, wasn't that why the Winter Classic is Caps @ Pens in the first place?

Meh.

Posted by: kittypawz | July 27, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I know it's just talk, but don't think that Ovie will just forget about it. That is, if he even hears about it haha.

Posted by: smoke26 | July 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@smoke26
I thought Matt Bradley fights Ovechkin's battles?

Posted by: LonnieBeale1 | July 27, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

He does in some cases. What's your point?

Posted by: smoke26 | July 27, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

If I were on another team I would hate Ovie too. He is a showboat, has a huge ego and probably trash talks constantly. No biggie.......

Posted by: poguesmahone | July 27, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

""People kept throwing hats. I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop.""

Love this! I was at a game after that happen and a lady was giving out stickers for hats that read: "Crosby says: 'Don't throw me'" with a pacifier pictured on it!

Posted by: SarahMitt | July 27, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Talbot better in Sid's basement than on the ice. Can't wait for New Years Day. LET'S GO CAPS!!

Posted by: thebone | July 27, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Stanley Cup Rings:

Talbot: 1
Ovechkin: 0

'Nuff said.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | July 27, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@Randy Hawkins

You're either kidding or kidding yourself. Thanks for today's laugh, buddy!

Posted by: CapsSighting | July 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Yay, the Pens fans are out in droves! Love it. I forgot that Talbot was the only one on the ice when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. Oops.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 27, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

By "Malkin knew Ovechkin, and introduced me to him, and the first impression wasn't great. I'm not really gonna say what happened", what Talbot really means is this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj2V5g_Cb8c

And the whole role player versus one of the best players in the world thing.

Posted by: rgm34 | July 27, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Some people have been spending too much time with their action heroes books. LOL.

Posted by: hock1 | July 27, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

When you can't beat a guy with skill, sometimes you have to resort to words. Haha, you'd think that a guy getting paid upwards of 1 million dollars a year to get 25 points a season would just be happy to be on the same ice as Ovi.

My bet is Maxime has jealousy issues. No doubt, he called the Prom King a the same thing and the kid who got picked first in kickball a boggerbrain. Stay Classy Max!

Posted by: MillBurray | July 27, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/1914/maxtalbot.jpg

Posted by: MillBurray | July 27, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Why none is better?

Sid has a Cup, Ovechkin has none
Sid has an Olympic Gold, Ovechkin has none
Sid has a vagina, Ovechkin has none

None wins!

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | July 27, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

what was Max Talbot doing at the NHL awards? i guess Ovi didnt give him a big enough tip when he pulled the car around for him at the valet.

Posted by: heathdog1119 | July 27, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

typical capitals fans, pulling crosby into an argument that has nothing to do with him. NOTHING.

people keep saying that Talbot is a nobody? he fought carcillo with the infamous SHHHH against the flyers, and turned around an ugly game 6 on the way to the cup. he's a second line winger for the pens who has TWO, count them, TWO stanley cup game 7 goals, one which turned out to be the cup winner. no big deal.

STANLEY CUP WINNING GOALS:
Talbot - 1
Ovechkin - 0

p.s. i don't quite get the whole 5 minute major thing, if www.hockeyfights.com is correct, ovechkin has ZERO fights in his career. yeah, he may come out and win a fight, but who is to say he won't get his @$$ handed to him?

by the way, this whole NHl promoting Sid argument is just ridiculous. i'm sure Ovi was invited to this meeting as well, but only one of these 2 superstars were kind enough to show up.

Posted by: danmarino2013 | July 27, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

typical caps fans pulling Crosby into an argument that has nothing to do with him. NOTHING.

people keep talking smack on Talbot and saying he's a nobody... en route to the cup, he fought Carcillo to turn around an ugly game 6 against the flyers in the infamous SHHHHH battle. and oh yeah, he kind of had two, count them, TWO game 7 stanley cup goals. one of which ended up being the cup winner. no big deal, right?

STANLEY CUP WINNING GOALS -
Talbot - 1
Ovechkin - 0

personally, i believe this is why the capitals fail miserably in the playoffs, year in and year out. they have no players with the drive to succeed and that have an invested interest in the team.

sure, Ovi shows excitement when he scores, i.e. personal success.

hell, he can't even show up to the meeting for a national broadcasting event focused on him and Crosby. that is why Sid is the true superstar, on and off the ice.

Posted by: danmarino2013 | July 27, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Fact is the two teams hate each other and it isn't news what Max Talbot said today. All that matters is Ovie will put Talbot in the first row of the arena when they meet. GMGM better realize as well that he could use some muscle because these four games will have more than 30 mins in penalties this year.

Posted by: robostop10 | July 27, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

@danmarino, this WC is the Pens' baby, not the Caps. That's why Ovi wasn't there.

If you want to compare who doesn't show up for something, how about when the Pens won the cup and yet Crosby didn't want to show up at the awards with the cup (like Talbot did) because Crosby wasn't nominated for any personal awards.

Posted by: dfe1 | July 27, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Until Ovechkin wins he should stop with the showboating.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/127907/sidcup_talbot.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2009/6/13/908039/sidney-crosby-and-the-penguins&usg=__zgA1IHUoJQYt3KS0IUGypxqmaq4=&h=455&w=326&sz=29&hl=en&start=0&tbnid=Bdi3_qBgdE5nCM:&tbnh=162&tbnw=117&prev=/images%3Fq%3DMax%2BTalbot%2B%2526%2BStaney%2BCup%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26biw%3D1259%26bih%3D841%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=832&vpy=444&dur=1641&hovh=265&hovw=190&tx=81&ty=292&ei=OydQTPG3IYP68AbGua3pCQ&page=1&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:22,s:0

Posted by: ovechkinlaichsemin | July 28, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

If 'Maxime' hadn't already gotten his first impression of Ovechkin after playing against the Caps for YEARS, maybe he ought to focus on earning more ice time...

...and keeping his head up when he's out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj2V5g_Cb8c


p.s. - kill yourself, pittsburgh.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | July 28, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The real hoot was provided by Mike Knuble primly proclaiming "OUR players would never say something like that." Hey Mike, remember when your boy Alexander Semen said Crosby was "nothing special?"

STANLEY CUP WINNING GOALS -
Talbot - 1
Semen - 0
Knuble - 0
Ovechkin - 0

Posted by: ExileInDC | July 28, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I love it Talbot! Can't wait till new years.

Posted by: heather31 | July 28, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

maybe Ovi not being there had something to do with him being 5000 miles away while Sid was holed up in Mario's basement in the Pitt.

Posted by: ds_kelly | July 28, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

ExileInDC: +1

Posted by: howrylak1 | July 28, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait until the 1st time Oveckin touches the puck at the CEC because all you will here is a big long drawn out "dooooooooooouche"

Posted by: howrylak1 | July 28, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Exile in DC

You can also add

Crosby - 0

To that list.

He "won the Stanley Cup" in the sense that Melky Cabrera "won the World Series"

Posted by: 202character | July 28, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

@ Randy_Hawkins

NBA Championships:
Will Perdue - 6
Charles Barkley - 0

What's you're point?

Posted by: jwh37 | July 28, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Exile, go back to steeltown if you feel out of place here. While Semin's comment was perhaps not well advised, it was not the same as Talbot's character slur. The nothing special comment has to be viewed as part of his contrast of Crosby with Patrick Kane who Semin called a more intersting player. Of course, given that the piece of crap that is Mark Madden hosted the interview, we should not be surprised that Talbot made these comments and was further egged on.

Posted by: rbluesw | July 28, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

oh boy - here we go again. Thanks Dan!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | July 28, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

gr8 ending

Posted by: oo7 | July 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

" While Semin's comment was perhaps not well advised, it was not the same as Talbot's character slur. The nothing special comment has to be viewed as part of his contrast of Crosby with Patrick Kane who Semin called a more intersting player. "

~rbluesw : you are assuming that the inbred morons from that Sh*thole in PA can tell the difference. Maxine had her moment in the sun in that game 7. That will be the last time she is remotely relevant.

Posted by: Chase4 | July 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Talbot's a nobody who got the two goals in game 7 to win the cup. Sometimes it's good to be a nobody, eh?

But don't worry Caps fans - you'll sweep the Pens, who don't have a single winger with over 20 goals on the roster. Your worries should be where you'll find enough leadership to make up for Ovechkin, Green and Semin.

Posted by: johnc596 | July 28, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Talbot to Ovechkin isn't worthy of an infantile discussion let alone an intelligent discussion. I'll just blame it on the Iron City and move on.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 28, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Talbot has 3 things that Captain Cave Man doesn’t: 1. A goal in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals 2. The winning goal in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals 3. His name stamped on the Stanley Cup. Has Ovechicken ever scored a goal in any game 7? The bottom line is that you don’t win cups with wingers who score in the regular season and win regular season awards. Cups are won by grinders like Talbot not duches like Ovechicken.

Posted by: majbatwings | July 29, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

"Hate" is an awful strong especially when used to characterize a guy he's met once and by his own admission for a brief moment. It's obvious Talbot needs therapy to resolve lingering feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. What's all the pent-up infantile rage about? Isn't he an adult? Sounds more like a child stuck in sophomore year in High School. "Meet you at the wall after school punk. You and me and it ain't gonna be pretty".

Talbot's a joke. Not for anything hockey-related but for just being a 50 cent tool.

Posted by: david_P | July 29, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Max Talbot only scored 2 goals in a game 7 to win the Cup.

What the %^$& has the Great 8 done in the playoffs, besides choke?

Posted by: DCOutsider | July 29, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Not a Caps fan, but Ovechkin's playoff productivity is unquestioned (certainly there's enough blame to go around in other areas though). Over his career he's averaging 1.43 points per game in the playoffs (1.34 regular season). There are a lot of reasons Washington screwed the pooch, but it wasn't Ovechkin's productivity. Pittsburgh's captain, by comparison, averages 1.36 points per game in the regular season (slightly better than Ovechkin) but dips to 1.32 PPG in the playoffs.

The two guys with more than 30 playoff games who have averages higher than 1.40 PPG? Gretzky (1.84 PPG) and Lemieux (1.61 PPG).

Posted by: jcurrin | July 29, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

typical caps fans pulling Crosby into an argument that has nothing to do with him. NOTHING.

people keep talking smack on Talbot and saying he's a nobody... en route to the cup, he fought Carcillo to turn around an ugly game 6 against the flyers in the infamous SHHHHH battle. and oh yeah, he kind of had two, count them, TWO game 7 stanley cup goals. one of which ended up being the cup winner. no big deal, right?

STANLEY CUP WINNING GOALS -
Talbot - 1
Ovechkin - 0

personally, i believe this is why the capitals fail miserably in the playoffs, year in and year out. they have no players with the drive to succeed and that have an invested interest in the team.

sure, Ovi shows excitement when he scores, i.e. personal success.

hell, he can't even show up to the meeting for a national broadcasting event focused on him and Crosby. that is why Sid is the true superstar, on and off the ice.


Because if there is one thing someone with a handle like "danmarino2013" would know about...its never winning a championship.

Posted by: kevman00 | July 29, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope Alex lays him out the first game we play Pit

Posted by: rclow | July 31, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

all you Pens fans move back to Pitt

Posted by: rclow | August 1, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

@danmarino2013!

Since you brought up Cindy I will add something. You're right, I believe Maxine scored the game winner in the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Final. I also believe that was the same game the your CAPTAIN missed the second half of the second period and ALL of the 3rd period in the 7th game of the STANLEY CUP FINALS with an undisclosed upper body injury. I also believe this was the same game when your CAPTAIN didn't shake hands and was holding the Cup over his head jumping up and down as if he wasn't really injured at all?! Your right Cindy had nothing to do with this topic but if you want to bring his name into the equation than be prepared for the consequences! OV might be a deusche to Max, but he would have been out there leading his team with a broken leg because that is what real leaders do in a 7th game of a Stanley Cup Final.

Posted by: Caps73 | August 2, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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