First off, a new hockey-related name for those who don't get my gripe with the tv show Glee. This is a reference to the Pens' old arena, referred to as "The Igloo", and my point of view, here in frozen Erie. Or at least what should be frozen Erie. Right now it's annoyingly chilly Erie, in between heavy coat and light jacket weather. My heat's on, but it's too hot in here, so I've got the window open, which is making it cold. I'll find a balance soon enough.
I went back and read my oldest posts last night, and it's interesting how it's changed a lot in only two weeks. A bit of input from others goes a long way. Time to get down to business.
It was announced today that Alexander Ovechkin won't be taking his PASSIONATE brand of hockey with him to Ottawa for the all star game. That's a real shame, because I really wanted to see him get picked last in the draft.
The Gr8 Ape and Capitals GM George McPhee have played it off as Ovechkin simply "not wanting to be a distraction" at the game. First off, this is the one time of the year where it's ok to be a distraction. It's the all star game. It is meaningless, and serves as a showcase, primarily to younger fans, of the players' personalities. Second, was this not a distraction?
Putting on sunglasses, having Malkin give him a shot of gatorade, and then using two sticks to attempt a trick shot got Ovechkin all the attention he could have possibly wanted. Hell, it even got him on ESPN, which devotes as much time to hockey as I do to changing the channel away from ESPN.
He wears the C in Washington, and rather than deal with the situation in a dignified and mature manner, he's taking his ball and going home. He could have shown up to the game, done whatever was necessary of him to support the league that's making him rich, and then sat out the rest of his suspension. Instead, he'll be sitting on a beach, wondering why nobody wants his autograph.
Not only is Ovechkin being a bit of a sourpuss about finally getting nabbed by the league for his proclivity to attempt leaping checks, but his owner, Ted Leonsis decided to get in on the action, too. I would link to his post, but he doesn't need any more attention there. All I'll say is that Mr Leonsis, vice chairman of AOL, did not agree with the suspension. I wasted no time in being a little less than serious on the post. Behold: