Jobu no go
We can go one of two places here: We can continue our never-ending crusade to prove that Philly fans are far from the worst and start on the left coast, where 110 people were kicked out of the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco on Sunday. Another 29 were arrested. One man, who had his 2-year-old son with him, was charged with threatening an officer and endangerment of a child.
Yeah, that seemed like a good place to start.
Now we can head to the nation’s capital, where Tim Thomas isn’t present where Alex Ovechkin, who was suspended three games for a hit in Sunday’s game against the Penguins, has decided not to attend the All-Star Game, mostly so he can stick it to the league. Quoticals via our old friend Steve Whyno, who now writes for the Washington Times (miss you, Steve):
"My heart is not there. I suspended, so why I have to go there?" Ovechkin said. "I love the game; it's great event. I'd love to be there, but I'm suspended. I don't want to be a target. I feel I'm not deserving to be there right now. If I suspended, I have to be suspended. That's why I give up my roster [spot]."
In other words: I show them. League want to suspended Ovi? Ovi no attend gigantic league marketing event.
Of course, this reminds us of the time Max Talbot called Ovi a douche.
The dichotomy between a player like Scott Hartnell and Ovechkin is striking. Harts was snubbed from the initial roster, but had this to say upon learning that he will fill the shoes of Jonathan Toews: "It was right before bed time and my heart was racing. I was kind of nervous. It was from Shanahan and I thought I might have a disciplinary hearing… but it was good news."
Hey, speaking of Washington things, the Sixers helped Flip Saunders get himself "fired" after last night's loss. That's in quotes because Saunders has a year-and-a-half left on his four-year, $18 million deal. Perhaps he can join former Sixers coach Eddie Jordan coaching freshman basketball at a D.C. area high school. Jordan will make $3 million this year… from the Sixers.