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.
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All-Star Alex Ovechkin, owner of numbers inferior to Scott Hartnell, is in a Russian rap video.
These are his lyrics: [transcription via Russian Machine]
Alumni of Dynamo
Eight on the back.
In the All-Star game all attention is on me.
On the NatTeam since 17
Scored 100 points in a season
Gold Medal in Canada in ‘08
Among the 10 best players of the decade,
Stick in my hands, rap in my headphones,
Saying hello from Washington
Together with Sanya Belyi
For every champion
Anyway, the video is after the jump. Fun starts at 2:55 mark.
You know what that Tweet says? It says F-you, I'm the best hockey player in the world and I'm dating a Russian tennis player-model. Deal with it.
This is why you play hockey, kids.
Ovechkin's new girlfriend, his queen, is 24-year-old tennis player Maria Kirilenko, who has also done some modeling for Sports Illustrated.
On Monday, the Montreal Gazette ran this story, speculating about the new couple:
On pretty good authority, Kirilenko is apparently done with longtime boyfriend Igor Andreev and has taken up with … Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.
Yup, Alex Ovechkin.
Ovechkin has been spotted at a Kirilenko practice. And she was spotted at a Capitals game – weeks ago. And practices.
Yeah, well, Ovi confirmed that one today. As is the case with most things D.C., my knee-jerk reaction was to make fun of (insert athlete, team, wife, fans, politician), but… well, I got nothing. Not only is Maria talented and dating a millionaire, but she’s also cute, and not in that slutty sort of I’m banging a hockey player way, either– she’s genuinely attractive. And she looks… nice.
I quick Googled her with the goal of turning up some dirt that sign man can throw up against the glass– nothing. All I got was this… - throws controller –
And a bunch more that are after the jump… because I know you’ll click to continue reading.
That's right, kids, for the the low low price of $10 (if you're under 12), you can meet Mr. Met, by purchasing tickets in Mr. Met's Landing, or, as we like to call it- the worst two sections in Citi Field.
Thankfully, you can now be at a safe distance from your Metropolitans when they shit the bed in front of a packed half empty stadium. At some point during the game, Mr. Met will come visit you and your folks, who will have to pay $20 for that privilege (note: four marquee games will cost you and your 'rents $20 and $30, respectively- Mr. Met needs to pay back his creditors, yo).
Meanwhile, in the nation's capital, DJ Pauly D visited with a partially clothed Alex Ovechkin. So, just what does an italian reality TV star DJ have in common with a Russian reality TV star hockey player? Nothing it seems.
Video after the jump. Sadly, the encounter didn't last long- CABS ARE HERE!
Wait, I though stuff like this only happened in Philly?
Alex Ovechkin was hit with a slap shot in the third period of last night's game in New York. Rangers fans cheered while he was hit and as he came back onto the ice to test his leg.
Of course, his earlier fight with Brandon Dubinsky probably didn't earn him any sympathy votes.
Both videos after the jump.
After Bouche blanked the Caps in the shootout, he told Coatsey that he added a little mustard to his glove save on Ovechkin because Ovie is his son's favorite player. Poor Bouche, not even his kid likes him.
Oh yeah, Lavs was PISSED at some of the penalty calls in the third period- doesn't take a genius to read those pursed lips.
Bouche interview, followed by an angry Lavs montage (and full game highlights), after the jump. Stevie Why's game recap at Philly Sports Daily.