Last week, Alex Ovechkin tallied 1,000 points. Our most-read post of that day was not the one detailing Ovi’s milestone. Instead it was our article entitled Why the Penguins didn’t salute Alex Ovechkin for his 1,000th point.
The post pointed out that the Penguins ignored the milestone, choosing not to stick-tap or acknowledge the hockey legend in any way. The next day, ESPN’s Around The Horn picked up our post and discussed it on national TV.
Many of you have reached out to us see the full segment. ESPN was kind enough to send us the full video.
Tony Reali: “Ovechkin 100th point. 84th all time. Love the pull out here where you saw the Caps bench celebrating. The opposing bench not so much. And also,Why, you might ask, did the Penguins not applaud, cheer, or even stick-tap their mortal foe in the moment of his triumph? The blog Russian Machine Never Breaks asks the question. Kevin, you want to address this? It’s your town.”
Kevin Blackistone: “Absolutely. Those of us in Washington DC, we really do get along with a lot of people. But it just so happens on this show, you picked out two teams that aren’t local teams don’t get along with: the Celtics in basketball and certainly the Penguins – the biggest rivalry in this city right now. I understand and I’m glad the Penguins did not congratulate Ovechkin.”
Pablo Torre: “I will point out that the Penguins have been the victim of 49 points by Ovechkin in 47 games. And despite that accomplishment, that’s understandable. What they could have done is hit them with the Steve McQueen at the Oscars last year. Just the passive aggressive applause.”
Jackie MacMullan: “Why on earth would you tapping and clapping anything when your guy Fleury just got beat in the net? Of course not. They’re in the middle of the game against a very important opponent as KB just told us. Once again, KB, I hate to hand it to you, but listen, do you think the Penguins are worrying about the capitals because once again, what have the Capitals won my friend?”
Kevin Blackistone: “Nothing.”
Ramona Shelburne: “I don’t know what you guys are all worked up about. The official Penguins Twitter account congratulated him.”
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