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John Wall at the Caps game

(By Clyde Caplan - Clydeorama)

Following in the footsteps of Yi Jianlian, John Wall went to a Caps game last weekend. He was introduced to the crowd and received a nice ovation.

I frequently write about D.C. athletes at each others' events -- Ovechkin at the Skins! -- and this will apparently become even more common.

"I really have to say, I'm very, very cognizant of making sure that the Caps players welcome the Wizards players and vice versa," Ted Leonsis said on DC101, after blogging about the same. "Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, they all go to Wizards games. I want Wizards players going to Caps games. John Wall came to the game a little bit on Saturday. He's gonna come to the game Nov. 3. I want him and Alex to get the bond. I really do think building that kind of community of young players who like and respect each other, that the fan base will really appreciate that. And that's what we're trying to built, a really tight-knit community of great players who love to be in the city and who the fans fall in love with."

Leonsis didn't mention whether Wall liked the game, but he sang the kid's praises.

"When he meets somebody, he jumps out of his seat, shakes your hand, looks you in the eye," the owner said. "When I was talking to him, asking him did he like Washington, D.C. and what was he doing, he said, 'Well, I know it will be a great city and I know it has a lot to offer, but right now all I've been doing is practicing, working out, watching tape, eating and sleeping.' "

Plus this, but whatever. By the way, wonder what would happen if an injured Clinton Portis tried to watch a Redskins game from the owner's box. It probably wouldn't be received well.

(Above photo by Clyde Caplan of Clydeorama; below photo by Chris Gordon of Caps Snaps.)

(By Chris Gordon - Caps Snaps)

By Dan Steinberg  | October 27, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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Yes, John Wall was there. But it certainly appeared that he just showed up in Leonsis box for his introduction by the PA guy. Then immediately left. So it is no wonder that he couldn't say whether he liked the game or not.

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 27, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"By the way, wonder what would happen if an injured Clinton Portis tried to watch a Redskins game from the owner's box. It probably wouldn't be received well."

Well, John Wall doesn't play for the Caps so I think the comparison is a little off. So long as Ted isn't usurping Flip's authority by giving JWall the key to his office, I have no problem with this. Danny's problem was trying to have a personal relationship with his star players. Ted is clearly trying to market the two teams. He did invite Yi to a game so it's not like he's just sucking up to the stars like Danny boy.

But didn't CP go to a Wiz game and sit w/ Danny courtside?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 27, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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