Here to collect the winnings for nailing his Redskins-Seahawks prediction four months ago is Ben Reed (AKA ThisGuy).
Lots going on in the sports world, so I don’t blame you if you haven’t noticed an exciting recent development: Alex Ovechkin is back, in a big way.
Dude has 10 goals in his last nine games. That’s a 90-plus-goal pace over an 82-game season, and if you’ve been watching him lately that seems totally achievable in this 48-game season. This isn’t some fluke stretch run, either. He’s skating like he’s 20 again, firing 150-MPH shots from all angles, scaring the living shit out of defensemen, and mercilessly destroying those in his way, even his best friend. He’s now third in the NHL with 20 goals, and climbing.
I’m guilty of this too, but the hockey world basically wrote him off as recently as one month ago. That was actually the nadir of Ovi-bashing, when dipshit Mike Milbury got on national TV and said some words.
You may have heard about that. You may have ignored it, though. You may have moved on from the Caps, and shifted your hopes to the Next Big Thing, be it RGIII, the Nats, John Wall, whatever. By contrast, recent Ovi seemed like a real turd. But, in Ovi’s words, “maybe you just forget to flush me.”
Now, I’m not sure about the Caps’ chances this season. Their D and penalty kill look suspect to my lyin’ eyes, and according to statheads the underlying metrics don’t bode well.
Then again, the statheads can eat my ass. I’m taking my cues from my long lost pal, Alexander Ovechkin, who is playing some serious “FUCK YOU” hockey right now. Fuck you, Milbury. Fuck you, haters, doubters, ne’er-believers. Ovechkin is putting the team on his back and marching them right into the playoffs, and who knows wherever the fuck beyond. It’s a sight to behold, and one we had taken for granted for too long. Don’t miss it.
(Image taken with love from @capsmemes.)