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Posted at 8:19 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Ovechkin cut-out makes Raising Hope

By Dan Steinberg

I've already documented the incredible love "Raising Hope" creator Greg Garcia has for the Washington Capitals, and especially for Alex Ovechkin. When we talked earlier this season, Garcia told me that "the ultimate goal is to get Ovechkin to come play the wacky Russian neighbor for an episode, so my son can meet him."

Well, it hasn't happened yet, though I wouldn't count it out. And Tuesday night's episode on Fox had the next best thing: a three-minute scene starring an Ovechkin cut-out.

Not that you need the gory details, but two characters were fighting inside a mattress store, and one character then picked up the Ovechkin cut-out while the other shouted "PUT THE OVECHKIN DOWN," and then there was a chase scene involving many wild swings with the Ovechkin cut-out, until finally there was a crash and the Ovechkin split in half. At which point a touching dialog resulted, including about 700 background images of Ovechkin the cutout.

I mean, that was an awful lot of face time during prime time network television for Alex Ovechkin, whether it was really him or just a cardboard cut-out of him wearing a crown inside a mattress store.

By Dan Steinberg  | March 9, 2011; 8:19 AM ET
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this would be news if ovie was actually on the show. that said, jk simmons rocks!

Posted by: hockeypunk | March 9, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

"PutTheOvechkinDown" is my new handle.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | March 9, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

As I was watching the show last night, I was thinking "Steinberg would totally bog about this."

Posted by: wahoo2x | March 9, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Burt was also seen wearing a Redskins t-shirt in the first few opening scenes.

Posted by: smshadowman | March 9, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@ Hockeypunk. J.K. Simmons is the you know what!! Vern Schillinger is one of the all time greatest villians/turds in small screen big screen history!!

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | March 9, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

So does Ovie get any royalties for this??
@wahoo2X: my wife and I said the same thing that Steinberg would pick up on this!! Way to be on top of it Dan!!

And I think though, they were calling him "Ovechking" because he had a crown on his head! Very funny!

Posted by: larmur57 | March 9, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

i almost jizzed my pants when watching last night

Posted by: kippydoodle62 | March 9, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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