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Ovechkin needs to be checked

One of the biggest Olympic winners has to be Canada's Sidney Crosby, who at 22 years old has already won Olympic Gold, the World Championship and the Stanley Cup. And for the second straight time Crosby went through Alex Ovechkin en route to winning. If this doesn't make Crosby the preeminent player in the world, I don't know what does. Crosby didn't exactly light it up, in terms of scoring; he'd have gone three straight games without a point had he not scored the game winner in overtime against the United States. But he did. And before that, Crosby's team trashed Ovechkin's Russian team, just as Crosby's team went on the road to beat Oveckin's team in a Game 7 during last year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

Capitals fans might as well stop with the argument that Ovechkin is a better player; sure he is a bigger scorer and more entertaining player. But he can't get his team past Crosby's teams and they're undeniable rivals and will be for the length of their careers. Right now, Ovechkin would need a telescope to see Crosby, who's that far ahead in this race.

But far more disturbing is Ovechkin's behavior in Vancouver. First, he shoved a female fan's camera and reportedly she suffered bruises in the incident. Now comes the news that he broke the camera of a man asking for an interview. There is video of each incident. How this has gone largely un-discussed is nearly as annoying as Ovechkin's churlish behavior. Is he so distraught about Crosby kicking his butt repeatedly that he has to take out his frustration by smashing people's cameras? The woman referred to earlier was reportedly a fan who traveled from Russia to Vancouver to root on her hockey heroes, including Ovechkin.

Somebody needs to get Ovechkin under control. Opponents have wondered whether his knee-on-knee hits are accidents. His own coach, Bruce Boudreau, wondered this season whether his star was out of control. At the time it seemed like Bordereau might have been overreacting; not now. Boudreau's radar is simply more accurate than most. Remember two weeks ago when Tiger Woods said he was guilty of developing such a sense of entitlement he didn't think the rules applied to him? Has Ovechkin reached that point? Does he think the rules of society and the ice don't apply to him? The worst thing Ovechkin can have around town is too many apologists. Look where it got Gilbert Arenas a couple of years ago after he'd become, arguably, one of the five to ten best players in the NBA. Ovechkin is quite a bit better in his sport than Arenas is in his. If Crosby is a rough equivalent of a young Kobe Bryant, in terms of talent and results, then Ovechkin is a rough equivalent of LeBron James, which is to say young and physically unstoppable but as yet undecorated.

That also means Ovechkin is far too good to be involved in something as stupid and as petty as grabbing a woman's camera. Seriously, when is the last time an athlete of that stature, in any sport, was involved in such an incident? Don't tell me Randy Johnson because was never as big a figure in baseball as Ovechkin is in hockey, and Unit at least confronted a member of the paparazzi, who are (in my mind) fair game for confrontation. But some ordinary fan, and a woman at that? Can you imagine Gretzky or Jordan or Elway or LeBron or Jeter doing such a thing? No, never. An inflated sense of self and entitlement can bring any athlete crashing down. All you have to do is listen to Tiger's assessment of his own fall. Somehow, Ovechkin's lapses in judgment (or was it a disregard of civility?) went largely unnoticed. Ovechkin is damn lucky he's not black and playing basketball; my brethren in the national (and local) media would have put on their Sunday church robes and preached him to death by now. We'd have read about "those thug basketball players" and such. Ovechkin, apparently, is for whatever reasons, beyond their reach. He's untouchable. All these folks writing and talking about the Winter Olympics and I haven't seen a word of criticism directed at Ovechkin, famous as he is.

Here's the issue that should concern the Capitals. Every time a truly great athlete, and Ovechkin is that, thinks he's above the law, a hard, steep fall seems to follow. Since Ovechkin appears to have gotten away this time with barely a scold, perhaps somebody in the Capitals organization or in Ovechkin's life might seize the opportunity to get in his ear now. The cost of not doing so could be enormous.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  March 1, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Category:  Alexander Ovechkin , Capitals , NHL , Olympics Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wilbon thinks he's a heralded columnist. The Penguin's TEAM won the Stanley Cup, not Crosby. The Canadian TEAM won the Olympics, not Crosby.
Wilbon is an expert on NBA gangsta thugs, like Arenas, Bryant, and Artest, but nothing else.

Posted by: RobertFout | March 15, 2010 2:29 PM
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To quote Ricky Gervais, "I've watched you blossom from an idiot to an imbecile".

It's all been said, and it's true, you know nothing about hockey (and no I don't want to hear about where you grew up yadda yadda yadda, you want to hear my story? Right...) and you should stick to moronic sports that don't matter until the last minute of the game which then trudges along like a really bad Greenaway flick...I know, some references here probably confused your pea brain. Ask your mom to show you how to use google...then go away, please please please go away.

Posted by: soloman5000 | March 15, 2010 12:43 PM
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Right, whatever. This article is a waste of column space. But, I guess when your as famous as "World-Wide-Wilbon" the regular rules don't apply to you . . .

Posted by: kenhyde | March 14, 2010 12:21 AM
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Another stupid post by Mike Wilbon regarding a sport he knows absolutely nothing about.

Please stick to the gangsta thugs in the NBA and leave the NHL to sports writers that are actual fans of the game.

Posted by: tvn22 | March 12, 2010 3:43 PM
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Wilbon,

I love you as a person b/c I try not to hate anybody. But, after re-reading your blog I am convinced you truly are a moron.

NBA players are called thugs b/c they pull guns on each other in the locker room - not because of camera shoving.

Equating the two is just stupid and you know it.

Pulling the race card in this article is despicable and you know that too.

You do minorities a disservice b/c there are times when pulling the race card is necessary, but doing so in this blog just makes you look like a self-righteous d-bag.

(not that it is out of character for you to do that......)

As for the great 8 - Ovie has to watch his knee-on-knees and that is it. Anything else I'm either cool with or neutral on.

While DC still hasn't won a Stanley Cup, it is hard to argue that this season they are in the best position in franchise history to do so.

Further, the Caps will be considered contenders for a long time to come. And why? Ovie. And mainly because of Ovie.

Please shut up Wilbon. You only dig yourself a deeper hole every time you talk about hockey.

If you just said "Hey, basketball is my meal ticket. While I do like hockey and wish I could comment on it smartly, I just can't. Please don't be offended if I never write about hockey again"

We certainly wouldn't be offended. We would be thrilled.

But hey, you got me to take the bait and post on your blog. Maybe that's all you or your editors care about anymore....

I certainly hope not......

Posted by: CF11555 | March 12, 2010 2:31 AM
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3 sides to every story. Here's one viewpoint on the story: http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2010/03/more-on-camera-incident.html

Much better than Wilbon's drivle. And the "churlish behavior" link"? Come on, was that linked to the correct article? Sounded like a well-reasoned interview to me. Taking the blame for the losses, not pointing any fingers. That is churlish behavior?
Wilbon his a hack. Stick to the Thug League, I mean NBA.

Posted by: gewhiteva | March 10, 2010 2:47 PM
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Wilbon needs to stick with what he knows (which is not much- and certainly not hockey!)

Why does WP even keep this guy?!

Posted by: BOshag | March 9, 2010 1:00 PM
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If hubris then nemesis.

Posted by: ants1389 | March 8, 2010 3:01 PM
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I guess the Caps didn't give Wilbon his comp tickets to the game tonight.

Posted by: CapsRnumber1 | March 8, 2010 2:37 PM
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Wilbon is correct. He forgot to add that Crosby will outlast Ovechkin just because of his style...avoiding the hard checks and sweet passing VS. hard hitting and body checking. He(Ovechkin) is great but time and wear and tear will destroy all hopes of being named the greatest. Remember that was Marios Lemieux reason for not overcomming Gretsky's greatness. Mario had to fight back pains and Hodgkin's lymphoma. It will be hard for Ovechkin to stop his style of hockey and still be playing for 10 more years???

Wilbon IS CORRECT!!!!! Love your show...

Posted by: jmarteeny | March 8, 2010 1:27 PM
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Wilbon, you have been my favorite sports analyst for years, and today I have lost all respect for you. To argue that Crosby is a better disciplined player than Ovechkin is one of the most preposterous argument I have ever heard. Please stick to the sports that you have some slimmer of knowledge on, and let actual hockey analysts discuss these issues. I'd rather listen to Don Cherry talk about hockey than you, and I HATE Don Cherry.

Posted by: DCSportsFan11 | March 7, 2010 5:11 PM
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Please, please , Mr "Post"man (or woman), fire Michael Wilbon before he becomes the next Sarah Palin.

Posted by: pjohn2 | March 7, 2010 1:34 PM
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Please, please , Mr "Post"man (or woman, fire Michael Wilbon before he becomes the next Sarah Palin.

Posted by: pjohn2 | March 7, 2010 1:33 PM
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One and all, don't you know, that under NHL scoring, the U.S. would have won the gold metal by 3 points to 2. Remember, the first game, won by the U.S., two points versus none for Canada, then the second game tied after thee quarters, and then won by Canada in overtime, hence one more point for the U.S. Final total, 3 points and the gold metal for the U.S. and 2 points and the silver metal for Canada. So be of good cheer and stop the bickering.

Paul, aka, hockey puck man

Posted by: 1southmt1 | March 6, 2010 9:25 PM
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Posted by: a224348 | March 6, 2010 7:51 PM
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Any respect I had for Wilbon in general went down MANY notches after reading this article. Not because of the criticism of Ovechkin, but because he resorted to tabloid journalism without bothering to do even a semblance of background work to make sure he knew what he was talking about. His attempts to pretend to know hockey (and thus to critique Ovechkin's behavior on and off the ice) are beyond laughable. I get that he and other sports writers in the area are now taking cram courses in hockey since the Capitals are suddenly the hot ticket (and the only successful and interesting local major sports team--and has the fewest criminal incidents to report), but it might make a little more sense to dip his toe in the water before leaping in and acting like he has the knowledge or authority or background to make these kinds of overarching judgments). He's embarrassed himself yourself to virtually everyone EXCEPT Pens fans, who are now using his words as "proof" that even the Caps' own sports writers have no respect for the team. Shame on him. (And, the race card? Really? Give me a break.)

Posted by: In2Caps | March 6, 2010 2:06 PM
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Hey Wilbon, did you watch Crosby's last two games? you are such an idiot. He looked like such a pansy, why don't you kiss his ass you moron. Hey Wilbon, go to ESPN.com, your daddy and check out the latest stats on NHL leaders, you might learn something. You are such a hack. You have no clue about what you write about. I can't believe i really ever liked you. You and Crosby are the same, that's why you stick together you little...

Posted by: tony28 | March 6, 2010 1:28 AM
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Posted by: Rpal | March 5, 2010 10:24 PM
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Just to clarify my stance, I am not a Caps fan. I am not an Ovechkin fan. I am a hockey fan, however, and I truly believe the NHL needs as many bonafide stars as it can get, and Ovechkin is one of these stars. My issue is that as long as he's representing a team, he needs to be a team player whenever he's in that arena, and he needs to take other people around him into consideration when he's out of that arena.

Posted by: SailorJupiter2000 | March 5, 2010 10:06 PM
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It's hilarious to see so many Caps fans utterly blinded by Ovechkin's talent on the ice, and can't see him for the jerk that he is.

Regardless of who's camera it was, the fact is, he still attacked someone from his own country, in full view of video cameras, while wearing the gear representing his nation and their pending Winter Olympiad. One has to wonder what kind of press this is getting in Russia, unless the spinmasters there are too afraid of alienating their star of the NHL.

One problem that really hasn't gotten enough coverage is his self-professed addiction to speed - driving recklessly fast. Ovechkin's an incredible talent, and a future Hall of Famer - quite possibly even a first-balloter. But if he is going to continue to drive like a character in Grand Theft Auto, he may not last long enough. We can only pray that it doesn't take a fatal crash to get it through his head the dangers of excessive speeding.

Posted by: SailorJupiter2000 | March 5, 2010 9:59 PM
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If Crosby is miles ahead of Ovie then Robert Horry is light years ahead of LeBron, Barkley, etc.

Checkmate.

Posted by: rockbroker | March 5, 2010 8:23 PM
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Mike: you could easily get a one-on-one interview with OV and check the facts of your story but you didn't and so we, the fans, are meant to take your commentary as fact. I want to hear it from OV himself; please, as a sports journalist who is out of his comfort zone writing about hockey, call the guy and hear what he has to say!!

Why don't you write something positive about the best team we have in DC? They are so much fun to watch, it's well worth the price of admission UNLIKE any of our other teams. When I go to a game, I want to be entertained and there is no athlete who entertains his fans better than Alex Ovechkin.

Posted by: fargo40 | March 5, 2010 4:41 PM
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Drives at ridiculous speeds, what do you work at the dmv. Come on, everyone likes to drive a little fast, you Pitt and Cindy fans have to do better than that. And his best hits are legal. But i guess you losers will be bringing that up til he retires so we'll just let you cry. And we say he's lucky because he is. Without Jarome making that pass, puck would have been cleared and all of the glory would have fallen on Getzlaf, Perry, Staal, or any other of the team Canada members who honestly i would rather have over Crosby anyday. Anyone can cherry pick and score in the shootout sure. But he cant hit, doesnt even try to really, doesnt like getting hit (he yells at the ref everytime for a call) i mean how can you people glorify him for that. And its just like any other celebrity, quit shoving camera's in their face every second of the day. He's not the first hockey player to do that and he wont be the last, get over it and try and find something else to label him as. But it all comes down to this: Pitt fans are all siding with Wilbon, when it is obviously clear he has no clue what he's talkin about outside of the NBA. So basically they just broadcasted to everyone down here, they dont know squat either. So go and glorify your little boyfriend, but one day everyone on that team is gonna get tired of taking the backseat to someone who is a walking tool factory. And when that happens, good luck tryin to get them to stay

Posted by: CapsBoy52 | March 5, 2010 2:44 PM
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Everyone keeps saying Crosby is lucky. He was just riding Iginla's hot streak. He's just riding Malkin in the playoffs. He just played for a good team (Canada or Penguins) at what point do you stop saying that he's just incredibly lucky and that he's one of the major reasons for what has happened to him.

Ovechkin is out of control. His "best" hits are usually not legal. You can't leave your feet, can't lead with a shoulder to the head and can't go knee to knee. He loves driving at ridiculous speeds and puts himself and everyone else on the road in danger. He parties like his body isn't an important part of his future. Now, he's throwing little girl hissy fits and pushing girls and breaking cameras. He lives like he plays, stupidly.

Posted by: rderr27 | March 5, 2010 12:52 PM
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wilbon, i'm a big fan, but seriously?? i expect you of all people to be able to see past things like a lucky cherry-picking goal, being an average player on great international teams, and being smiley and well-spoken. you're arguments don't otherwise make sense. i guess i'll have to start listening to tony for awhile...

Posted by: elitomar | March 5, 2010 2:15 AM
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Who is this Wilbon character and who cares about his birdbrained opinions? Canceling my Post subscription if they're paying retards like this.

Posted by: RockRed | March 5, 2010 1:33 AM
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Sorry to burst your bubble about racial disparity Wilbon it was a black man Crosby's ot winner was the only thing Crosby did in three games the previous two he was a -3 and a -1. He got lucky that he caught Miller napping. I suppose you believe OJ was innocent or Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman were role model NBA players other than their fighting and fan abusing. Wilbon you are a disgrace to your race. Bring back Kornheiser, at least he just sucks.

Posted by: zcxnissan | March 4, 2010 11:32 PM
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Mike, I can't believe your race card is still intact. You've thrown it s many times in the past year I figure it'd've been worn out by now.

Posted by: JMarkDavison | March 4, 2010 11:24 PM
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And since when do hockey fans give a crud about a camera man. Since it is Ovi, now the haters care. If Cindy had done that, the media and the fans from Pitt wouldn't care. But like I said, you would have thought team Crosby won the Olympics. Everytime they brought up hockey they were talking about the doosh. I mean if i were his teammates I'd be pissed that i live in this host nation also, and no one wants to talk to me, only the glory boy from Nova Scotia. Its cool though, count is 2-0 this year with the Caps on top. And Ovi tricked you guys up you know, gave you a little hat shower. Not to long this time though, wouldn't want your "man" of a captain to whine to the ref's again. Hahahahaha, thanks for the laugh

Posted by: CapsBoy52 | March 4, 2010 10:12 PM
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Wilbon, you're a dope. Crosby didn't win the Gold, Team Canada did. Sid the crybaby would have earned nothing without the rest of his team. Furthermore, who won NHL MVP the last 2 years? Ovechkin of course, and it wasn't even close. Ovie does it all while Crosby hangs out at the goal. When was the last time you saw Crosby dive for a goal or defensive play? When was the last time Crosby jacked somebody up? Ovechkin is a real hockey player whereas Crosby is a pampered prima donna. Let's see a good hockey fight between the 2, I'd pick Ovie to trash the little wimp any day!

Posted by: ELF1 | March 4, 2010 10:05 PM
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"Good stuff Wilbon. I personally don't like you, but I have to agree with what you are saying. Not only is Ovechkin the ugliest guy in the NHL.....

His knee on knee hits, reckless behavior, and unacceptable acts towards cameramen just comes to show that he's a classless player. Sid could retire today and be a first ballot hall of famer. Ovie could retire today and not only go down as the ugliest guy to grace an NHL rink, but as a dirtbag who should be playing in Philly. I dont care if he scores 145 goals per season, selfishness and poor sportsmanship does not win championships, Sidney Crosby does. See you losers in the playoffs. Hope we dont embarrass you as bad as we did in game 7 last year."

Hahaha, this just shows how misinformed those jobless bums up in Pitt really are. You losers should just stick to football, because you won last year doesnt mean anything this year. Must have been hard getting to the finals too playin Carolina. Seriously bro, take Crosby and put him in with Edmonton or Carolina right now, and he fades into obscurity. We know you jokes hate the Caps so none of your misinformed biased comments mean anything down here boss. No one outside of your "fair" city and Canada likes Mario's little boyfriend. Plus shouldn't Iginla have gotten the cover of Sports Illustrated instead of Gaysby. Iginla lead team Canada in goals and he set up your little dooshbags game-winner, but surprise surprise, everyone throws glory at him like he's the messiah of hockey. Let me tell you, even if it isnt Ovi, it aint Sid. He's soft and ridiculous with his whining, you say Ovi hits knee on knee. Well Cindy has his little 2-handed slashes he always gets away it. Face it, without everyone else on that roster, he's just another glorified junior leaguer who never amounted to anything

Posted by: CapsBoy52 | March 4, 2010 10:00 PM
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Wilbon, you're a dope. Crosby didn't win the Gold, Team Canada did. Sid the crybaby would have earned nothing without the rest of his team. Furthermore, who won NHL MVP the last 2 years? Ovechkin of course, and it wasn't even close. Ovie does it all while Crosby hangs out at the goal. When was the last time you saw Crosby dive for a goal or defensive play? When was the last time Crosby jacked somebody up? Ovechkin is a real hockey player whereas Crosby is a pampered prima donna. Let's see a good hockey fight between the 2, I'd pick Ovie to trash the little wimp any day!

Posted by: ELF1 | March 4, 2010 9:59 PM
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Mike,
You should stay away from topics you obviously know little about, hockey for instance, and focus on covering teams with real problems, like the Wizards or Redskins. I think that would be a win-win situation for all of us.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | March 4, 2010 7:12 PM
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Ovie hits hard , but most of them are when he is floating around in the neutral zone. His intent is not to get the puck , but rather to hurt or punish the puck handler . Look at the hit against the 40 year old Jagr. There was a time when Jagr would have turned him inside out and then stuffed it in the net. Eric Lindros hit people the same way till the rest of the league got sick of it and started to hit back. Lindros was out of the league in a few years . Don't be surprised or cry if it happens to Ovie . BTW , Ovies assists are usually just rebounds . I've never seen him pass the puck.

Posted by: jerryc57 | March 4, 2010 6:42 PM
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Since , according to most of the comments , Sid and Ovarie are so evenly matched in talent , let's not only look at the regular season success , but the post season success. Let's see how these two captains fare in big games too......Wait a minute....we can't do that cause Ovarie never played in any big games yet.....

Posted by: jerryc57 | March 4, 2010 6:14 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VL4dmfrm8w

Anyone reading this column everyone should watch this link from your PTI show. Ovechkin is far superior than Crosby. You said it yourself. He didn't need to win Rookie of The Year over Crosby, Back to Back MVP titles or even scoring accolades. Oveckhin is able to skate, score, pass and hit harder than your weak Pittsburgh boyfriend. Just ask any NHL expert. Until next time, stick to the NBA and your racist comments. They serve you along with your opinions on hockey even less credibility.

Posted by: klonbalt | March 4, 2010 4:49 PM
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Sorry to tell you this fellow Caps fans, but Wilbon is DEAD ON. Yes, OVY is more enjoyable to watch and more productive on the ice, but over the last two years, Crosby has proved to be a winner. There is not a Cap fan out there who wouldn't rather see the us bring home the Cup than have OVY win another MVP award.

Posted by: MFreeland18 | March 4, 2010 4:16 PM
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Judging by the fact that Mr. Wilbon brought up race when it was unnecessary I can only assume he has a hidden agenda. This leads me to wonder if Ovechkin had been American or Canadian if this article would have been written.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 4, 2010 3:56 PM
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Mr. Wilbon - You are an idiot journalist, but I DO give you credit... your comments have brought you more attention than you deserve.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 4, 2010 3:54 PM
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hey mike why dont you toddle out of town wilbon you inconsistent loser

Posted by: tird45 | March 4, 2010 3:43 PM
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The reason Crosby hasn't won a World Championship is because the tournament takes place in Europe during the Stanley CUp playoffs ... which of course Sid has been playing in the last few years. OV played in the WC because his team was knocked out. REAL hockey fans know that the WOrld Championships mean NOTHING. Only the best players from LOSING NHL teams play in that tournament.

Posted by: Rpal | March 4, 2010 3:21 PM
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Michael Wilbon: please, PLEASE stick to writing about topics of which you have at least a passing knowledge. You have proven, without a doubt, that when it comes to hockey, you don't have a clue.

If you watched even the occasional game, you would know that hockey, more than any other sport, is a team game. One player does not win a game. A whole team does that. Therefore, Crosby did not win a Stanley Cup, his team did. The MVP, if I remember correctly, was Evgenii Malkin. And I wonder how Scott Niedermeyer, Jonathan Toews, Rick Nash, and a dozen other players feel about you attributing that gold medal win to a single player. Especially Jarome Iginla, the man whose superb pass --and NOT Crosby's tap-in-- was the key in that final goal. You would know that, if you knew anything about hockey.

As to Crosby being the better player -- nah. Never happen. Whether you go by point totals, influence or relative importance to his team, as perceived by his peers throughout the NHL, Ovechkin's the one with two consecutive Pearson Awards. I believe that NHLPA members are the best judges of his worth to the league, don't you?

The Caps can't get past "Crosby's team," you say? (Yes, once again you denigrate an entire team by intimating that one player does the actual "winning.") How about 3 of 4 games last season, and two of two this seson, so far? You say the Pens won in the play-offs? Seemed a pretty even series to me, and I have a good idea as to what I am watching, having been a fan of this game for 25 seasons. In Washington, that is. Before that, I watched in Pittsburgh. Seeing as Pittsburgh is my home town.

I don't know what happened with the camera-wielding fan, but I am willing to bet that neither do you, inasmuch as you got pretty much everything else wrong. I'm guessing you're relying on hear-say. So please, spare yourself the embarrassment and us hockey fans the aggravation, stick to basketball.

Posted by: cymbeline2 | March 4, 2010 2:47 PM
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Good stuff Wilbon. I personally don't like you, but I have to agree with what you are saying. Not only is Ovechkin the ugliest guy in the NHL.....

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/gallery/featured/GAL1128028/27/28/index.htm

His knee on knee hits, reckless behavior, and unacceptable acts towards cameramen just comes to show that he's a classless player. Sid could retire today and be a first ballot hall of famer. Ovie could retire today and not only go down as the ugliest guy to grace an NHL rink, but as a dirtbag who should be playing in Philly. I dont care if he scores 145 goals per season, selfishness and poor sportsmanship does not win championships, Sidney Crosby does. See you losers in the playoffs. Hope we dont embarrass you as bad as we did in game 7 last year.

Posted by: TheGreat87 | March 4, 2010 1:53 PM
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What a pointless article. Not only are your facts wrong, but you draw ridiculous conclusions from them. Next time have a point, or least check your "facts".

Posted by: sspencer1 | March 4, 2010 1:53 PM
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Are you seriously comparing Ovechkin to Gilbert Arenas? You've got to be joking. This is the sort of thing to write about the NBA, not the NHL. And congratulations on taking Boudreau' quote out of context. He certainly wasn't talking about Ovechkin's off-ice behavior. Have you been taking story advice from Mike Milbury?

Posted by: firehorse | March 4, 2010 1:39 PM
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Wow, quite a few strong opinions on this one. I'm really trying to figure out exactly why we need to crown either Crosby or Ovechkin "King of the World" at this point in the space-time continuum. I'm a huge Caps and Ovie fan, but I've got to give Crosby his due, too. He does whine a bit much for my liking, but he comes up big in big games and usually does so in a relatively humble team-oriented fashion. And, I've never thought Ovie and Crosby were all that similar from a stylistic standpoint anyway, which makes them hard to compare. Ovechkin hits more, plays full speed, and has a "sick" shot. Crosby (despite being smaller) seems to be better in space and is very opportune at picking his spots, excelling near the goal and in tight space. I'd also honestly have to call Crosby the better passer, although he does trail Ovie in assists this year. However, I'd call Ovie the better playmaker as he tends to physically force a lot of action in front of the net with his bullish runs, earning many of his assists off of goal mouth rushes he initates and rebounds from his rocket shots.

CONCERNING Mr. Wilbon...he doesn't need to be an amazing hockey fan who watches every minute of the Olympics to call out someone for making stupid mistakes by pushing people with cameras. It was Ovechkin's mistake and quite frankly he shouldn't have done it. He admitted as much himself. It's hard to stay composed at all times when you're a young celebrity like him and he's going to have some bumps and hopefully learn and grow along the way. It's also hard for many of us to identify with what goes on in one's mind when you are constantly bombarded by the media throughout both the highs and lows of your life. It's pretty understanable to slip up and make a regrettable mistake every now and then.

Now as far as Crosby "lapping" Ovie, I don't see that, but again, does it really matter at this point in time? These guys are both so young and they're likely to take turns jumping back and forth into the "King of the World" position for the rest of their careers. It's like proclaiming someone the winner of basketball game in the middle of the second quarter when someone dunks emphatically giving his team a two point lead. I would guess the story of Ovechkin versus Crosby will be much more of a back and forth marathon, with the final score only finally determined at the ends of their respective careers.

Posted by: Shanen | March 4, 2010 1:22 PM
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Crosby didn't do anything at the Olympics except get lucky in the last game. And he's a dooshbag.

Posted by: RockRed | March 4, 2010 1:20 PM
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PTI

Now stands for

Pure Total Ignorance!

BOYCOTT the show! Something more intresting is on somewhere, OH YEA...HIT THE POWER BUTTON and turn off the ignoramus.


Posted by: 1-20-09 | March 4, 2010 1:10 PM
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Wow! Wilbon playing the race card out of nowhere... Shocking! Perhaps he's getting a bit jealous that nobody outside of LA and Cleveland could give 2 craps about the NBA, meanwhile hockey is a buzz right now.

Ovechkin had just lost a single elimination world championship tournament game and he nudges some people and breaks a camera afterwards. Geese man, give the guy a break. He's been a model citizen and superstar athelete for years and after one minor scrum you're all over him?

Also, 1 player doesn't make nearly as much of an impact on an NHL team as in the NBA. Crosby has had the benefit of being on better teams throughout his career, and the Olympics was no exception.

Just stick to what you know Wilbon. We already have plenty of hockey opinions from people who actually know what they're talking about. This is obviously just a shot at attention, highlighted by the unecessary mention of black athletes. Why does it always have to go there Wilbon?!?

Posted by: Ad-Rock | March 4, 2010 12:32 PM
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Dear Mr. Wilbon,

Aren't you the same columnist who said on-air that he had watched hardly any of the Winter Olympics?

You've either done some fast catching-up, or you are leaping to conclusions, perhaps for the mere sake of publicity, without fully considering the facts. (It sure would be nice if you took the time to understand what you are writing about first, eh?)

Other comments have already indicated the flaws and questionable areas of the "shoving" stories. Your conclusion that Ovechkin "can't" match Crosby is a similar leap to judgment. Yes, it's true, he HASN'T matched Crosby in honors yet. Does that really mean he can't?

It's also FAR from a universally held opinion that Ovechkin is "reckless" or "out of control" ont he ice.

Posted by: marconi64 | March 4, 2010 12:16 PM
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I can't believe this article is still up on the caps page. It was an article either written in ignorance or mis-stated. As a gagillion commenters have said, Wilbon overestimates the impact one hockey player can have on a team. The article was thrown out just to get attention and cause the emotional reactions it has. Everyone, please move on there is nothing to see here.

Posted by: giscone | March 4, 2010 12:14 PM
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Debates about who's the best during the careers of star players are meaningless...perhaps sometimes interesting, but meaningless. 20 years from now, perhaps there will be a clear answer. There certainly isn't one now. But the shoddy journalism exhibited in this column, if you can even call it that, is astounding. To make a point that has been made otherwise--Ovechkin needs to dial it down on and off the ice--Wilbon has resorted to taking a position that he knew would enrage Caps fans and generate controversy, and then, on top of that, to play the race card. If Wilbon actually wanted to do something important in life, he should have become a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, a doctor, the list goes on. But he didn't. And now he is a carney barker, a shill, a snake oil salesman. For all of those who are screaming to the Post to fire him, guess again: he'll argue he's entitled to a bonus or a pay raise (if he doesn't already have some form of incentive compensation arrangement) because of the website hits he's generated. Stupidus Weus. Who cares what Wilbon has to say?

Posted by: NorthFork1 | March 4, 2010 12:05 PM
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this is ludicrous. Crosby is a great player. great. but he has an MVP quality teammate in Malkin to help take the pressure off AND he just played at home in the Olympics with arguably one of the greatest teams of all time. Swap Ovechkin for Crosby on either Penguins or Canada, and Ovechkin has the rings/medal.

Ovechkin can do everything Crosby can do. But by comparison Crosby is soft. There is no way Crosby could do what Ovie did to Jagr. Not a chance. Ovechkin has all the finesse of Crosby. But he also has the strength of a bull.

To put it another way: Crosby is Barry Sanders. Ovechkin is Barry Sanders and Jim Brown combined.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | March 4, 2010 11:31 AM
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Seriously if The Nation of Wilbon's had been beaten by Canada like that would Mike like being asked how it felt to lose that game by every reporter or bozo with a camera for the next year? The press loves to blow this stuff up, yah Ovi is a little bit of a badboy in the fact that he isnt afraid of anyone. It has gotten him in trouble in the past, but you also cant deny that since he has gotten the C, production on both ends has picked up and PIM has gone down. But he isnt the conservative old fashioned type of player that most people expect to see. Thats what makes him exciting to watch, everyone loves Crosby because he's a suck-up and a blow-hard who loves to hear himself speak. Is he a great player? Sure, is he also a whiny cry-baby? Absolutely, Caps Nation is proud of Ovi and everyone on our team for that matter. Our press after every game doesnt just interview one player(87). But its cool, this just solidifies that Wildone should be exactly that with his hockey advice.

Posted by: CapsBoy52 | March 4, 2010 11:07 AM
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Wilbon should stop talking about hockey from this day forward. He has never been good at it and this is just another example. Ovechkin may have acted like an ass, but it is not because he is "above the law", he was probably pissed that all this hype about Russia was pointless.

The team assembled for Russia didnt have a chance against most of the other Olympic teams. And the Media lumps all the responsibility of losing/winning on his shoulders. He did the best he could with the TEAM he had to play with. He knew it would be a daunting challenge as well as an almost futile one with the coach and his decisions. So what we really have is a young guy, who is the BEST in the world at what he does, who happened to be angry that his TEAM sucked and lost to his rival and he gets the media's wrath.
Let's do a quick comparison...
OV: Exciting
Crosby: Boring
I hope that this year the Caps Win the Cup so that we can move past this. Whether we win or not, Crosby is still boring.

Posted by: phisig69 | March 4, 2010 10:55 AM
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Since you played the raced card WilBUM does this make you feel better.

NBA - National Black Assoc


NHL - National Honkey League.

Does that make you feel better Wilbum?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | March 4, 2010 10:45 AM
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I wrote this a few weeks ago.
2/3/2010 5:20 PM EST
This is what Wilbum thinks of the Caps.
He does this interview in the Washingtonian Mag.
BUT WHERE ARE THE CAPS?
Every other D.C. teams get mentioned BUT THE CAPS!

Mike Wilbon talks about what it’s like turning 50, becoming a new father, and recovering from a heart attack—plus what he thinks of his friend the President, the Redskins, the Wizards, the Nats, Tony Kornheiser, and more.

YOU'RE A BUM WILBON!

Every night at the end of PTI Tony asks what you are watching on TV and I have been watching on and mostly off latly
because you NEVER EVER mention the NHL or the CAPS.

http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/12057.html

BUM!

But I am sure this week you will see articles from Wilbum and Kornholer saying
how much they LOVE the CAPS.
Just remember the past. THEY DON'T!
They never have.

So today is 3/4/10 and here is Wilbum trying to trash the Caps.

WILBUM go to the style section and leave Sports up to people who actually put on a jock not someone like you who put a jock up to his face and used it like a gas mask.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | March 4, 2010 10:31 AM
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You and Kornheiser have always had alot to say when it comes to bashing the Caps so this is nothing new. Please go back to concentrating on your true sports loves like the NFL, the NBA, college basketball and football, and MLB. The NHL is an afterthought to you so lets keep it that way.

Posted by: skane9 | March 4, 2010 9:19 AM
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Wow----- Wilbon should be fired for this pointless article. Of course no one will admit that its a bit racially motivated. 'Ovechkin is damn lucky he's not black and playing basketball" you've got to be kidding me. What does race have to do with Ovechkin's attitude or playing ability? It appears that it really bothers Wilbon to see so much praise dumped on our hometown's best athlete (by a mile) who happens to be white. I just realized how racest Wilbon really is. Maybe I should say " Wilbon is damn lucky he's not a white reporter inventing a criticism nobody else cares about directed at a black athlete who happens to be the best in the league." This would cause more than preaching against him in the national and local media it would certainly be the end of his career at least. This is the only point I can divine from this ridiculous article.

Posted by: bar2ney | March 4, 2010 8:31 AM
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How come there's a "report offensive comment" at the end of each reader comment but not one for the original column.

Frankly I find no value in trying to guess who is the greatest player in the world, but because Crosby's TEAM beat Ovi's team twice does not give him that title. Wilbon, you do this simply to get noticed.

Posted by: rjma1 | March 4, 2010 7:31 AM
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You disappoint me, Mr. Wilbon. I used to think you understood many things about sports but lately you seem to be going with the flow, smoozing up, etc. Yes, Ovie's conduct was unolympic-like but consider all the hype you guys have put on him to win the GOLD. I would have been a bit curlish as well.

You don't like hockey, you don't like horse racing and, therefore, it appears, as a result of your dislikes, you trash as the majority thought goes at that time.

Stop praising your golden boys (who turn out to be frauds and big babies-tiger/sid) and look at players, especially those from different cultures, in how they play the game not how you want them to please you.

Just don't want to hear you praising OVIE when the Caps win Lord Stanley's cup.

Posted by: irishrose2 | March 4, 2010 7:25 AM
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Hey Willbone,
My brother called you years back on the Tony K show in D.C. and messed up your last name. Of course you proceeded to make fun of him which I agree with! However, I am glad you are calling OV out about his behavior. You should, and as a Caps fan it should be known. The funny thing as that as I read and I usually read everything you write because I want to know all angles of the perspective from the expert SPORTS fan which you are not to the one who is paid to write about sports which you are. When Crosby as a Captain of the Penguins missed half of the second period and all of the third period of the seventh game of the Stanley cup finals because of a undisclosed injury, where was your take? When he didn't shake hands with anybody after the game but was out there jumping up and down like he wasn't hurt with a 60 plus pound cup hoisted, where was your take? Where was the article from the sports expert who doesn't hesitate to print anything about hockey; where was your take? If OV missed a period and a half of the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals and then was out there without shaking hands and jumping up and down with that cup when he was supposed to be hurt; my guess is you would have a take, wouldn't you? You would be writing about how he was a punk and not a leader and that you were so disappointed in him because that is not how a Captain should be....yadayada! The thing is Willbone, you are not a sports fan, you are a person with a Northwestern degree and no real voice. I would say stick to sports, but you don't know what that is!

Posted by: Caps73 | March 4, 2010 1:45 AM
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Stick to that crappy PTI Wilbon, your seem to know squat about hockey.

Posted by: turfnsport | March 4, 2010 12:07 AM
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To jerryc57... Actually, do not agree that Sid would not Tiger Woods Pittsburg and Ovie would... Have you expected that from Tiger... Probably not, because of the golden boy image that was created around him. Well, with Ovie you know what you get, no golden boy image there, you get what you see. A few surprises there. As to the Southeast division being not as competetive... Haha..Such an old-time, narrow minded comment... Out of the last five Stanley Cups, 2 were taken by Southeast Division teams and 2 by Western conference teams and your beloved Pittsburgh had to go through a Southern division team in the semi-finals last year. Short memory, man, a very short memory.

Posted by: bellka76 | March 4, 2010 12:02 AM
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Who is Wilbon? And what does he have to do with hockey? I started reading this and he lost me at paragraph 2, and I really gave it a try. This article, blog, whatever you call it, is a piece of junk, not worthy my time.

Posted by: bellka76 | March 3, 2010 11:48 PM
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StunnedIsOsgood - I would appreciate not being called a moron. I like to think I am a knowledgeable hockey fan, who happens to be a Caps fan; have been for years. Doesn't mean I don't recognize and appreciate talent on other teams. Always like to see a great game. My point was the article written by Wilbon was not well researched or thought out.

Posted by: karla64 | March 3, 2010 10:41 PM
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Thanks all Caps fans for sticking up for the star of Washington who accepted a 12 year deal for 12 million a year when he knew if he accepted a five year the other 7 years he could have gotten 25 to 30 million like peppers. Now, that is a genuine athlete, who does not think about himself like clinton portis, he thinks that by signing for a little less he can keep Backstrom, Semin and Varly in order to win more cups. All the rest of the sports world thinks about $$$$$$ first but ovechkin evan when he has a hat trick all the credit is given to team. tomorrow write about that Wilbon. watch every post game interview this year.

Posted by: wstwd73 | March 3, 2010 9:57 PM
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I think me and you just summed it all up letsgocaps2010, Wilbon does not watch the caps enough to make any of the claims and I agree that they were paparazzi because like i said Ovechkin goes out of his way to talk to the media and do charity events. No one talked about the $250,000 for charity the caps raised at the Casino night. But nhl network mentioned the $10,000 donations that the other teams made.

Posted by: wstwd73 | March 3, 2010 9:48 PM
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If anyone doubts how good the caps really are just look at there 14 game winning streak. ( only 1or 2 vs SE, 8 on road, most best teams in NHL)

Posted by: wstwd73 | March 3, 2010 9:37 PM
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As for everyone who claims caps are so far ahead cause they are in Southeast. Look at everyone (Pittsburgh, Philly, NYR,) records vs. Southeast and your theories go right down the tube.

Posted by: wstwd73 | March 3, 2010 9:35 PM
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You broke my heart Wilbon; you broke my heart. Alex Ovechkin didn’t deserve that article. Yea, he made a few mistakes, let his emotions in the wake of the Canada loss get the better of him, but he apologized and didn’t do anything so outrageous to warrant your rant. It’s not the story of an out-of-control Ovechkin, likening him to Arenas, but closer to celebrity confrontations with over intrusive paparazzi.

Wilbon falls victim to the unfair troupe painted by Canadians, Don Cherry, and Penguins fans - that Ovechkin is the out-of-control Russian villain while Crosby is the Golden Boy. Wilbon takes the videos out of context and I question whether he even watched the incidents that prompted his article. Ovechkin’s incidents are not near as bad as, say, Patrick Kane’s assault on a taxi driver. Ovechkin broke the camera of a paparazzi who was following him around even after he had been told to go away. Ovechkin shouldn’t have broken the camera; the paparazzi should have left him alone. The second video of a fan who “reportedly” “suffered bruises” is unsubstantiated and sensational. Ovechkin pushed a camera of someone that looked, again, like a paparazzi. Wilbon asserts that the woman “reportedly suffered bruises.” Wilbon didn’t check out this story. The video does nothing to suggest that and people in the video go about their business as if nothing happened. Maybe that’s why the story wasn’t picked up. It wasn’t really a story. That is questionable journalism.

I respect Crosby and he is one of the most talented players of a generation, but Ovechkin is MVP for a reason. Ovechkin is a physical player and plays hockey the way the game should be played. Sorry. Crosby is not this perfect Golden Boy either. Crosby scores junk rebounds inches from the net and takes cheap shots without being physical. Ovechkin can take over a game with physicality and skill, leads the NHL in goals and points and hits, playing with passion and heart. One stat that speaks volumes is that Ovechkin has a plus/minus of plus 43 while Crosby has a plus 9, despite being tied with Ovechkin in goals. That’s Ovechkin’s impact on the ice. That’s why he’s MVP. Wilbon jumped on the Crosby bandwagon in the Olympic afterglow. You played right into the hands of arrogant, obnoxious, Penguins fans (not all Pens fans are that way, just that class of fan). Shame on you, sir.

Posted by: letsgocaps2010 | March 3, 2010 9:31 PM
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Alex Ovechkin more than goes out of his way to be available to the media. Perfect example: when he rode zamboni around NY city which 25,000 fans showed up for by the way. Also, I used to love your articles and wonder why most of the Maryland students boeed you when I went to school and attended the national championship back in 2002 (mostly because student population is from New Jersey, New York and Pittsburgh. Now I know why. first of all when a player speaks to the media after every game like Ovechkin does and shows up for many other media events unlike crosby he should not have a camera shoved in his face while just walking in a airport and invading his privacy. Secondly, your claim that crosby is better is ridiculous based on how bad the coaching was on the Russian team. Just look at the first 2 games Ovechkin, Malkin,Datysuk, and Kovalchuk on same line. Finally, they were split up only one game before the Canada game. Have you ever seen a team not play 2 defensman on any team before? I take insult never missing a caps game since I was 5 that a local journalist writes against one of the most beloved players in Washington. Don't worry Ovechkin and the caps will prove you wrong just as they have done this season. Even with the league calling 29 penalties in the playoffs for pittsburg last year to the Caps only having 8 - Power Plays- always been a bias for pittsburg go back and examine the series history? I dare you its worse than Md/Duke referees, caps may have had more power plays in say 5% of playoffs to Pittsburgs 95%, Espn flaunts Crosby, NHL Network, and now a local D.C. writer and you wonder why the post is struggling to make it. If, you lived in Pittsburgh and made such a claim that Ovechkin was better than Crosby, they would never run that article. Want more proof look at Caps vs. Pittsburgh this year even when down 3 goals in 3rd period they come back to beat the awesome sid the kid.. The Caps are the only well run organization in the area and will win 3-5 cups, Ovechkin will be second only to the all time great , Gretsky, Look at hershey made 3/4 calder cups. won 2, up 25 points, in their division, and won 21 straigtht at home- wait till all that talent comes up. John Carlson who won the Junior U.S.A championship by the way and Karl Alzner on defense. Wilbon, stick to what you know Redskins and Terps. Otherwise, you will lose alot more fans then just one.

YOUNG CAPS last-yr./vs CAPS TO COME(VARYLY,CARLSON (GM WNNR US VS. CAN.21 UND., ALZNER,PERRAULT---- 3/5 HERSHEY CUPS

Posted by: wstwd73 | March 3, 2010 9:29 PM
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Every year the Caps easily win their division ( yawn....the southleast division is pitiful , even more so this year ) and wind up the third seed in the playoffs , when they are actually only as good as a seven or eight seed because of who they have played all year . If they make it to the Pens , Sid and company send Opie and company home ( just like he did in the Olympics ) . The level of competition in the North is WAY tougher and actually better prepares the Pens for the playoffs. Sid and Opie each have 42 goals , but Opie has about 80 more shots taken. Now , who would you REALLY rather have as your captain ? While one guy is pushing little girls to the ground the other is scoring the overtime goal in the gold medal round. That's the difference between the two . You can have Opie , all his goals , all his shots ( cheap ones too ) and all the arse kissing that everybody ( owners , coaches and fans ) are doing to try and keep him happy. Sid is never going to Tiger Woods Pittsburgh , can you say the same thing about Opie ?

Posted by: jerryc57 | March 3, 2010 7:20 PM
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Wilbon has demonstrated why he is a mediocre writer. If he is trying to establish that Crosby has more individual talent by providing examples of his team beating Ovechkin's in two important games during the last year, than that is clearly fallacious reasoning. Crosby has a Cup because Semyon Varlamov melted down in Game 7. Prior to that, the playoffs were even, and the regular season belonged to the Caps. Crosby has Olympic Gold because Nabokov melted down, the Russian team was badly coached, and Russia attempted to showcase its KHL players who got righteously beat down. But as individuals, Sid and Ovi are very similar, with Ovi having a slight edge in stats. No one needs a telescope to see that.

If Wilbon is trying to establish that Ovechkin's behavior has become dangerous and indefensible, than the Crosby comparisons are gratuitous.

In any event, the racial comments are entirely inappropriate and disturbing. Blacks will achieve complete and total equality when they learn to stop attributing everything that happens in the world to race.

I am a big fan of Ovechkin and the Young Guns, and I hope they really focus on the championship and avoid outside distractions. Sidney Crosby is a distraction. We fans can't allow an irrational hatred and loathing of him to cause us to live and die on his every move. It isn't a one-on-one deathmatch, Sid Vs. Ovie. Its a TEAM, the CAPITALS, who must beat not only the Penguins, but also the Devils, Sabres, Sharks, Blackhawks, and some other very tough opponents.

Ask yourself, would you trade Ovi's stats for a Cup? Of course, I know I would. And if the roles were reversed, I would be out there claiming that Ovi's Cup trumps Sid's stats. That isn't an easy admission, because I do believe Ovi is the better hockey player. But I would trade sides in the argument, gladly.

Posted by: LeopardSeal | March 3, 2010 6:47 PM
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Way to call it Wilbon! Wilbon is saying the exact same thing I was thinking when I saw Ovie crush a smaller and older (and much more accomplished in terms of Cups, points and class) 38 yr-old Yagr in the Olympics; "BFD" you can't hit your way to the medal podium. Ovie is a bully whose coach can't coach him; not a team player. Caps fans don't want to read it but wonder how they would like havin their knees busted or gettin their cameras pushed into their face by Ovie? This is not about Sid at all; it's about Ovie being a class-less-act. And Wilbon was right to play the race card; gawd forbid a brother did what Ovie does. I like the Caps, but not #8.

Posted by: chippedham | March 3, 2010 6:29 PM
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Crosby has won a Stanley Cup and Gold medal in the span of 8 months, period. Ovechkin can't get his teams past the second round. Period. He is amazing to watch, but plays with a recklessness that may be entertaining, but doesn't translate into clutch champion. Who cares what the Caps regular season record is or what it is vs. the Pens. I guess when your city hasn't had a championship parade in 20 years you have to cling to something. The Pens have owned the Caps in the playoffs since the early 90s and that's continuing and will continue with Crosby. You were embarassed in game 7 on your home ice on national tv last year by Sidney and the Pens, esp when he picked Ovechkin's pocket and scored on a breakway. Ovechkin's team was again blown out by Crosby's team in the Olympics. Take all the regular season point and scoring titles you want. Montana didn't put up Marino or Favre like numbers, but is considering the greatest because he was clutch when it mattered. Ditto with Crosby.
Also, way to not even comment on Ovechkin's childlike behavior off the ice. Real tough guy. I guess when you're used to players packing heat in the locker room and your mayor getting busy with crackwhores, roughing up a woman isnt' a big deal. Be prepared to be owned by the Penguins in the postseason again, Washington.

Posted by: weldon_sean | March 3, 2010 6:28 PM
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who would have guessed that a guy who carries a purse.. i mean a "man bag" .. would be a Syndey Crosby fan ?

Posted by: heathdog1119 | March 3, 2010 6:01 PM
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I would've thought that you had run out of race cards to pull by this point Wilbon but apparently not. It's columns like these why myself and many others would line up to drive you back to Chicago. You are admittedly not a big hockey fan and it clearly shows after reading all the inaccuracies in this piece. I'll stack up the the number of arrests for NHL players against your beloved NBA or NFL any day of the week. Go away you hypocrite and please stop making everything about race!

Posted by: stumptown1682 | March 3, 2010 5:52 PM
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Stats are for losers , which A-whole certainly is . Stats are what losers point to at the end of a season or career when they try to assert that they were really good , even great. A-whole has more goals every year ( except this year ) but also has about four times as many shots as Sid, which means he's not as good a goal scorer as Sid. When the Great One retired , they painted the number 99 behind the net because that is where he did his best work. When A-whole retires , they can paint the number 8 about 7' beyond the blue line , cause that's where he does his best work. He's got one shot from one spot on the ice. Nothing else. Sure , he cherry picks a cheap shot in the neutral zone for some unsuspecting player with his head down ( case in point , a forty-one year old retired Jagr ), but that's it. Bruce should have congratulated him on the hit on that teenage girl after the game too. Sid has three things A-whole doesn't have ....a ring, a gold medal , and CLASS !

Posted by: jerryc57 | March 3, 2010 5:50 PM
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Criticize the messenger all you want folks, OV has yet to mature. He acknowledges that he likes to go 180 MPH in his car and it is not a secret that he drinks Vodka like a Russian which is to say a great deal. I have been a Caps fan since they first came to town. However, bad behavior is bad behavior. I would rather have lost than win with Dale Hunter. he was a cheap shot artist of the 1st degree. And by the way, Kornheiser is a schmuck. Also, Crosby no longer whines like he used to. Crosby is a great player and has matured. OV is a great player and has yet to mature.

Posted by: chopin224 | March 3, 2010 5:23 PM
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Again - May of last year and Wilbon loves him some Ovie:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/05/AR2009050502165_pf.html

Posted by: Huhhh1 | March 3, 2010 5:23 PM
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Once OV and the Caps win a championship, all this talk about Sid being better than OV will cease. OV is a better goal scorer, better assist man, better hitter, better player up and down the ice (+/- stats don't lie)...

It's like Peyton Manning v. Tom Brady.

Most people with football intelligence (outside of Boston, of course) understand that while both are phenoms, Manning is the better QB. But no one would admit that until Manning won his first ring.

Well, most people with hockey intel (outside of Pittsburgh), understand OV is the more dynamic, complete player.

He just has to win at least one championship to put the argument to bed.

Posted by: matt15 | March 3, 2010 5:20 PM
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BTW, good video on Crosby. Really, shows his mature side. Then he has the nerve to complain when he gets kicked out. Don't forget him sucker-punching Brett Maclean on the face-off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c53DZ9iHrJE&feature=related

Hey Wilbon, watch a little more hockey before you give your opinions of it and its players.

Posted by: scollier2 | March 3, 2010 5:20 PM
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Once OV and the Caps win a championship, all this talk about Sid being better than OV will cease. OV is a better goal scorer, better assist man, better hitter, better player up and down the ice (+/- stats don't lie)...

It's like Peyton Manning v. Tom Brady.

Most people with football intelligence (outside of Boston, of course) understand that while both are phenoms, Manning is the better QB. But no one would admit that until Manning one his first ring.

Well, most people with hockey intel (outside of Pittsburgh), understand OV is the more dynamic, complete player.

He just has to win at least one championship to put the argument to bed.

Posted by: matt15 | March 3, 2010 5:20 PM
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Ovie's behavior demands close review and control by Capital's management. I have cheered the Caps since their first seasons (remember winning less than 10 games in a season?) The pressure on these young "superstars" must be truly incredible and I would not want to live under that level of scrutiny and criticism. I'm sure this pressure has to come out somewhere. If the Coach and GM don't get on top of this problem now then we will be discussing a more serious incident in the near future. Lets hope Mr. Leonsis is more proactive with Ovie than the Pollin family was with Arenas.

Posted by: DCGuyInPhilly | March 3, 2010 5:11 PM
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Since other people have mentioned the comparisons with Tiger, let me throw out two other names. Babe Ruth, and Charles Barkley. Both had nasty tempers if you got them at a bad time, like, oh, I don't know, sticking a camera in their face right after they just lost a huge game? Tell me, how did that affect their status as stars, or as players?
Alex is a normal guy. He plays with an uncommon passion, and unlike Sid the Kid, he doesn't go and whine about the result when he's done, and he lives in the community, rather than among a security detail. Mix those things together, and no one, probably including you, Mike, is an angel.
It's not to say that shoving the camera in a fan's face is defensible, but he apologized as soon as he realized what he did, and if he's smart, he'll offer to fly that fan back to the USA for a playoff game, or some similar gesture. In any event, I don't think it's justified to write a hit piece just to hide the fact that you (admittedly) have no knowledge of the game played by the hottest team in your former hometown. Maybe work on a stint as the Coyote's beat writer for a bit, see how that works out for you.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | March 3, 2010 5:10 PM
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While Wilbon's column isn't expertly written by any means when it comes to accuracy (there were plenty of hockey writers criticizing Ovechkin and the Russians during the Olympics) I think his message is right on. Ovie's style on and off the ice is leading down a path that does not have a very good ending.

People are also, as always, way too uptight about the comparisons to Crosby. If success is the barometer, and it usually is in sports, then Crosby is clearly the "better" player, hands down, right now. A Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold trumps Ovechkin's successes. Stats mean little if you haven't won a championship, and when even when it comes to points they are practically identical: Ovie 509 pts, Crosby 476 in 26 fewer games.

Posted by: zorba992 | March 3, 2010 5:08 PM
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The top two players in the world: OV and Sid.

No question.

The best player in the world?

Gotta be OV.

While Sid did beat OV in the playoffs last year, he also had a team full of players with Stanley Cup final experience the year before. The Pens lost to the Red Wings, but came back the next year to beat them. OV and the Caps may have lost to the Pens last year, but they will come back and beat them this year.

If Crosby bests OV again this year come playoff time, than even I will have to admit he's the better player.

The Olympics have no bearing on the argument. Team Russia had terrible coaching and Team Canada was by FAR the favorite going into the tournament. Put Sid on Team Russia and they still get embarrassed.

Posted by: matt15 | March 3, 2010 5:02 PM
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Don't pay attention to Wilbon. He's just sore because he has been stuck with Lebatard on PTI. He's been grouchy for the past two weeks.

Posted by: scollier2 | March 3, 2010 4:54 PM
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This is just pathetic journalism. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: bluezman03 | March 3, 2010 4:45 PM
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Why don't you take a look at this clip from Crosby Wilbon. This is maybe the worst series of cheap shots I've seen. Crobsy is by no means an angel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqR17KrLKw

Posted by: RiggoisDrunk | March 3, 2010 4:44 PM
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Here's what that all-around great guy Sid "The Nutcracker" Crosby is all about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqR17KrLKw

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 3, 2010 4:41 PM
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The comments here are pathetic. Just because we are Caps fans should not mean that we should ignore disturbing behavior by Ovie. When something really serious happens that involves Ovie (and I expect that to happen), Wilbon will be able to say, "I told you so." Shooting the messenger does not get rid of the message, and I agree with Wilbon that the message is warranted.

Posted by: phillyreader | March 3, 2010 4:27 PM
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Sooo, you finally discovered that there's a hockey team in town huh? Way to go. But before you shoot your mouth off about the team maybe you should should spend some time and effort learning about the sport. Your column is misguided and way off base. If Ovie was a basketball player or came from Chicago, you'd have nice things to say I'll bet.

Posted by: qball43 | March 3, 2010 3:54 PM
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Hockey is a TEAM sport. The Pens have proven to be a better TEAM the last few years (time will tell this season). Canada's team was VASTLY superior to Russia's team in the Olympics. You can't say one player is better than another because their TEAM accomplishes more than the other players TEAM. I hear is all the time...Crosby vs. Ovechkin, Crosby vs. Miller, etc. Hello fools in the media, it's the Caps vs. the Pens...or the Pens vs. the Sabres...or Russia vs. Canada. I don't know who is better between Ovie and Crosby because they are both great players but I do know that Ryan Miller PWNS both of them...yet most sports lemmings would not have any idea of who Miller was if it wasn't for the Olympics. Wilbon, you are a tool.

Posted by: N07H4NX | March 3, 2010 3:43 PM
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Wilbon has been and always will be a giant blowhard. Just look at that stupid pic of himself he uses! If it weren't for Tony Kornhieser he'd be a complete nobody (Tony carries that show). Wilbon is a bore.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | March 3, 2010 3:32 PM
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Not sure about this article Mike. I think you are just trying to stir the pot which makes you no better than a TMZ reporter.

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | March 3, 2010 3:06 PM
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Everyone contact PTI advertisers and tell them "Wilbon on PTI = No Business for its advertisers".
Kick racists off the air. Did it to Imus, do it to Wilbon.

Posted by: pjohn2 | March 3, 2010 3:04 PM
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You morons (KARLA64) that think spewing an endless list of individual stats (from one season no less)does anything to justify your claims of Ovechkins superiority you are sadly mistaken. All you do is solidify our argument that he is a CHOKE ARTIST who dominates in the regular season but has made a career of losing big games when they count.

If he really is that good, and he really is better than Sidney in every category then why does he make it a habit of making early exits from every Playoff/Tournament he is apart of while Sid makes it a habit of winning them? Don't you dare tell me its because hes on worse teams either. Last year the Caps were total favorites to beat the Pens. They didn't because no one in a red jersey showed up in game 7. Alex the Great included. Don't show me your inflated 09-10' stats either. Lets take a look at the JOKE that is the Southeast Division shall we? You play the Canes, Thrash, Bolts, and Cats SIX times a year each. Not one of those teams is even close to being a playoff contender. Talk about stat padding. You guys get to light the lamp against 4 teams that cant put a single decent line on the ice and you think your proving something to the rest of the NHL?

Ovechkin sadly believes that he is entitled to a Stanley Cup just for being a really dominant regular season performer. Unfortunately for him and the rest of caps nation that just isn't the case. It takes a special type of person to captain an NHL team to victory and Ovechkin simply doesn't have it.

Once again OV and the Caps will storm into the playoffs just to once again be on the losing side of an early round hand shake. Get used to it. It is your destiny.

Posted by: StunnedIsOsgood | March 3, 2010 2:49 PM
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Must have a slow news day for you to bring this to light. Camera smashing? Please, Michael, in this day and age of "off field" activity, camera bashing is small potatoes. Let the HGH's, adulterers, gun toting, dog fighting, murderer's capture the glory. Most folks don't give a hoot about hockey, thanks to the great TV contract NHL has in place. I love you Michael, but this was so "community newspaper" fodder, you should be embarassed.

Posted by: bhound69 | March 3, 2010 2:43 PM
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Will never read or watch Wilbon again.

Posted by: tcvt | March 3, 2010 2:40 PM
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You had to figure you were going to stir the pot with this article. First, my stand, big fan of you Mr. Wilbon. I don't always agree with what you say or print, but most of all I like what you have to say.Also big fan of Caps,especially Alex. Now lets get this straight, hockey is ranked somewhere between soccer and table tennis in this country, hence the great TV contract the NHL currently has. Thus most people couldn't care less what a hockey player does off the ice regardless of whom it is. In this day and age, thrashing a camera is very small potatoes, in comparison to HGH, dog fighting, murder, adultery, and indiscretion with weapons. It must have been a slow news days for you to bring this to light. If thats the worst thing Ovechkin does...so be it. it doesn't even warrant a slap on the wrist. Sounds like he was a bit frustrated and a knee jerk reaction occurred. So spend half a page writing about it?

Posted by: bhound69 | March 3, 2010 2:32 PM
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@washingtoncrybabies

So you just signed up did you? F you moron.

Posted by: hessone | March 3, 2010 1:54 PM
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Hey, washingtoncrybabies, we're glad you don't live here any longer too!

Posted by: Rational_Man | March 3, 2010 1:19 PM
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Greetings Crosby Bashers, Yeah I know he didn't have a dominating tournament. Bottom line: He delivered when it counted most and what he delivered was the gold medal to Canada. As Chris Pronger said, "Those guys just seem to find a way."

Posted by: Ottawaguy | March 3, 2010 1:18 PM
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Never before have I heard so much whining and crying like a bunch of babies who had their milk bottles stolen. Just ADMIT that Crosby is the better leader, team player, and player in general. BY A LONG SHOT!!! That's why I left Washington, because all people do is cry and whine like a bunch of infants. It's truly pathetic, thank God I don't live there anymore

Posted by: washingtoncrybabies | March 3, 2010 1:13 PM
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My comments regarding Crosby cannot be printed. (sort of like my sentiments towards anything/anyone associated with Dallas or Duke)

Posted by: redskindoc | March 3, 2010 1:03 PM
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I hope some readers realize how beautiful this all is. As a huge Pens/Crosby fan I must say that even I did not agree with everything Wilbon said but he has the right to write whatever he wants, remember that. This article is great because it has uncovered a passion towards the NHL that has been latent since no earlier than 1995. Thank goodness for BOTH Crosby & Ovechkin, am I not right?

Posted by: amcclare | March 3, 2010 1:00 PM
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Wilbon,

Hockey is a team sport. Individuals don't lose games in team sports, teams do. Ovechkin is by far a better player than Crosby. Crosby may have an edge on Ovechkin in between the blue lines but that is it. Which one would pick to shoot a puck at you, which one would you pick to check you into the boards, which one would you pick to race...?
We are all lucky that Ovechkin is not black and playing basketball because then you would be covering him all of the time. You say Crosby is to Kobe as Ovechkin is to James? I don't think Crosby was ever charged with rape. Nor the terrible Ovechkin either. Kobe is a different story. What a 'champion'! Don't compare sucker punching basketball players to hockey players. It is just not possible.

Get back on Kornheiser's coat tail where you belong and where it is safe for you otherwise execs will start to realize that the talent is just not there. PTI sucks without Kornheiser on. Please go get a job in Chicago? Your opinions are too numerous to be so whacked. Hire someone to check the facts for you before writing this crap. Hell, hire someone to write it for you too.

Posted by: jay25 | March 3, 2010 12:59 PM
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This guy definitely doesn't know hockey.

Also, he's falsely reporting previous events. Boudreau, for instance, never implied that Ovie played dirty. His "out of control" comment was referring to Ovie hitting hard (an important part of hockey) all of the time. This is not normal behavior for superstars. Usually, you have big guys who are less talented and paid less to do that kind of work. If anything, this is a comment about what a hard-working hockey player he is.

In terms of Crosby achieving more with a team, there is some value to that comment. We'll see if that stands for Stanley Cups after this year. I watched the Olympic showdown and neither of the superstars in question had much impact in the Russia v Canada. Canada's secondary cast did play much better than Russia's, though. That was the difference to me. If these two switched countries, Canada still would have won that game.

Posted by: bpscott07 | March 3, 2010 12:47 PM
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Wilbon's has always had a poor grasp of hockey and the NHL, but this article is illogical and downright unprofessional. I will never read Wilbon again.

Posted by: johns2dp | March 3, 2010 12:47 PM
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I just looked up the word "journalist" in the dictionary. One of the meanings of the word listed is this and it pretty much describes Wilbon. "writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing."

Posted by: HistoryBoy | March 3, 2010 12:33 PM
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I don't excuse any bad behavior off the ice, if it occurs. However, Ovechkin is not a machine. He is a human being who went from a great hockey player to an international celebrity overnight. But, being a great hockey player took years of hard work, celebrity comes on like a tidal wave and you can ride it or drown. There are no manuals for that. He does not have cameras in his face in DC like he did in Vancouver. And, I saw it... it was aggressive.

People in DC do not wait outside his home (and he lives on a regular sleepy street in a regular town near DC, no security islands here) like they do hotels in Canada. I've seen him in local bars, yeah sometimes a fan asks for an autograph... but pretty much people try to leave him alone. He is twenty four years old and going through the ugly transition from professional athlete to recognizable star. Oh, yeah, it has it's perks, but anyone in hollywood can tell you, it has a dark ugly side.

Hockey is not Hollywood. Leave the guy alone and let him do his job.

Posted by: etriscari | March 3, 2010 12:32 PM
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Someone who knows NOTHING about hockey writing about it just to cause a to-do. Go back to Chicago Wilbon you bum.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | March 3, 2010 12:13 PM
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Caps fans aren't insecure...it's just that the Caps have worked their asses off this year to hold the best record in the NHL, by far scored the most goals and, beaten the World champs not once but twice and STILL can't get a little love from one of the highest regarded sports journalists in the business and a hometown columnist. We Caps fans support our team, win or lose, with a great deal of pride and would rather read more about OUR teams attributes and less about Crosby!!!

Posted by: charliewhiskey | March 3, 2010 12:10 PM
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Nothing like being told about hockey players by somebody who knows nothing about hockey. Stick to your Chicago Bears, Wilbon, you D.C. faking hack.

Posted by: timmartin09 | March 3, 2010 12:01 PM
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can't wait to read wilbon's articles on d.c. united they should REALLY be insightful

Posted by: chas2ss | March 3, 2010 11:44 AM
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Winning the IIHF World Championship is strictly a consolation prize for not making the playoffs or losing in the first round. If you look at what Crosby has won at this age it's truly impressive. The OT winner is one of the great moments in hockey. It's true that Crosby has won because he played on great teams but winning makes you look like, well,a winner. Before I came on this site I didn't realize Caps fans were such an insecure lot. If some writer at the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix suggests that any player on the team was in some way deficient they start screaming about how Canadian journalists are anti-Capitals.

Posted by: Ottawaguy | March 3, 2010 11:39 AM
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Hey Mike...been watching you and Tony since PTI's inception and love your show...BUT..you've changed in the last year..you seem to be alot more subjective and alot less objective...as for your take on OV and the Caps, with OV needing a telescope to see Crosby, they played in Jan and Feb with the Caps taking both games with OV chalking up a hat trick in their latest matchup...OV has a much better +/- also. Lighten up and "dance with them that brung ya"

Posted by: charliewhiskey | March 3, 2010 11:35 AM
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Show me any super star that doesn't get upset when they loose. Ovie is better than Crosby. How many different catagories does Ovie lead vs. Crosby?

Posted by: curb1 | March 3, 2010 11:33 AM
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I love how Caps fans attribute Crosby winning to him being on better teams, no wait, "superior" teams I think it is. #1--I am pretty sure that Washington had a higher seed than Pittsburgh going into last year's playoffs. #2--wasn't Russia more or less a co-favorite to win the gold medal? What...a team with Ovie, Malkin, Gonchar, Datsuk and Kovalchuck isn't good enough? #3--ever think Crosby being on the team might have something to do with his team being a better TEAM? i'm not just talking about scoring goals and adding assists. I am a Pens fan, and I LOVE watching Ovie play. I just find it absurd that you all have convinced yourself that Crosby's success is more of a product of the teams he plays on rather than what he contributes to his teams.

Posted by: sid87 | March 3, 2010 11:27 AM
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How can a columnist at the Washington Post be allowed to continue racial persecution? BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. Wilbon is a racist, and has more problems with a white hockey player "shoving" someone without the benefit of the circumstances than Tiger or Michael dropping their seed wherever and whenever, their wives, fans and family be damned because it isn't anyone's business. Wilbon and his incredible ego needs to go. This is ridiculous.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | March 3, 2010 11:13 AM
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It is sad to see you wasting your talent like this. Your problem is your huge ego. When someone writes into your chats and you don't agree with them you berate them and call them a moron. And without fail whenever you are backed into a corner or need to make a ridiculous point you play the race card. You possess the same sense of arrogance and entitlement that you criticize Ovie and Tiger for! Just because you have a column and a TV show you are not omnipotent. You used to write insightful and thoughtful columns and even if I disagreed with you at least I could repsect your logic and your positions. But now you have become lazy hack and are just the sports version of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann. Just take a bunch of half-truths and cherry-pick some facts and chuck it out there in a bombastic style and rake in the dough.

Posted by: HistoryBoy | March 3, 2010 10:52 AM
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Mr. Wilbon

First off - good job, good article. I'm a Caps fan, and like you, think Ovechkin is a once-in-a-generation talent whose on-ice charisma has ignited an interest in the Caps and hockey that has this town aflame in ways it has never been for the sport. He's a sort of Babe Ruth - I think a fair comparison. But, especially now, a single mistake can ruin a career. Nowadays, Ruth might've been drummed out of baseball in five years with his rock-star lifestyle.
You saw Arenas get coddled until the mistake he made was so disastrous the same people that kissed up to him left him stranded.
One thing Caps fans have to remember is that sports journalists do have access to inside information - information that is not revealed - that we don't. Wilbon may have heard more about Ovie from inside sources than we have - that's something to keep in mind.
Perhaps a good followup would be stories on what happens when this works, when a talented, but potentially out-of-control athlete does find guidance and a mentor.
Again, I'm an Ovie fan - but everyone needs some guidance some time - I think this is Wilbon's point here. There is no sign that anyone, anywhere is providing this for him, and if that's true, that's a very dangerous thing. The self-reinforcing systems of the star machine - at work here with the loud, angry comments that someone has dared to write something a little negative about their god - can work in dangerous ways on human minds - there needs to be other forces at work.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 10:47 AM
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I never was a hockey fan, hated the sport. But ovie made me a huge fan and we finally have a great athlete in this city. Wilbon, you are a moron and i wish you would just stop pretending that you live in this city. All you care about is your stupid PTI show which I will never watch again. Washington Post needs to get rid of you. If i see you at the Duke Maryland game I will boo the hell out of you. You are just looking to put your name out there. You are Mr. Irrelevant.

Posted by: tony28 | March 3, 2010 10:47 AM
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Why do Caps fans always insist that Crosby had better teams and thus had nothing to do with their success?

Last year in the playoffs the Capitals were a HIGHER SEED so according to the regular season they were a better team that lost to a lower seed.

This year in the Olympics at worst the Russian team was an EVEN BET to make it to gold medal game along with Canada.

So, actually, Crosby did more with either teams that were AS GOOD or WORSE than Ovie's teams.

Posted by: puckheaded1 | March 3, 2010 10:46 AM
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Wilbon! Hockey?? Renaissance man!

Excellent assessment...Dead on target!

Posted by: billvill | March 3, 2010 10:45 AM
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Wilbon you're an idiot.

Posted by: GO583 | March 3, 2010 10:30 AM
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Mr. Wilbon,

Your column is not only wrongheaded and illogical, but I had always thought you knew hockey and I guess I was wrong. Your comments on Ovie roughing up a female fan were also irresponsible.

Hockey is supposed to be one of the ultimate team sports. Crosby's overall team in last years Penguins and this years Team Canada were superior to Ovie's teams. Crosby disappeared for most of the tournament and barely played in game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals last year. Ovie has won the MVP 2 years running and has been voted by the players as the best player in the league. If Ovie was a cheap shot artist like you claim I would think the other players might not vote for him.

The worst part of the article is you taking a mistranslated report on Ovie shoving a girl with a camera. I thought they taught you better at Northwestern to vet your sources.


Posted by: lavar609 | March 3, 2010 10:18 AM
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Crosby is not a two time MVP, Ovechkin is. It's still a team sport, so don't even try and say Crosby is in the same league with Ovie.

Comparing Ovie to NBA punks like Arenas who brought a gun to work and had a firearm confrontation with a team mate because Ovie pushed someone is nuts. But then, of course, everything with Wilbon is about race. In case you haven't heard, there is a black man in the White House. You could look it up. So grow up, shut up and get over it. You know, sports writing is stressful, and with that heart attack maybe it's time for you to retire.

Posted by: piovino1 | March 3, 2010 10:12 AM
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No excuse for knocking a camera out of someone's hands -- be it fan, reporter or even papparazi. Ovi needed to conduct himself better in those situations, and he even admitted so. BUT Wilbon is completely out of his element here. Firstly, Crosby has not won a WC. WJC, ok, NOT a WC. Secondly, Wilbon claims nobody is or was talking about Ovechkin breaking a fan's camera. That is not true. If Mike would have bothered to explore other news sources, he would have seen that HOCKEY reporters like Pierre Lebrun, Elliot Freedman and Larry Brooks have all reported/written/tweeted/spoken about it. And if Wilbon wants to say that no one in American mainstream media is talking about it, well... when is the last time American mainstream media talked about hockey at all? They don't. The only thing I can remember Wilbon himself saying is that Ovechkin is best hockey player on planet. He said that about 3 weeks ago. Canada won gold last Sunday and now he claims "Ovechkin would need a telescope to see Crosby, who's that far ahead in this race." Further proof that he has no idea what he is talking about.

Posted by: CalleJoFan | March 3, 2010 9:36 AM
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Wow...I always knew Wilbon was a hockey hater, but to rag out OV and alienate all the Capitals fans? Just goes to show how out of touch he really is. Wake up Wilbon! The Capitals (led by their captain, Alex Ovechkin) are the only Washington area team worth watching! Either get on the bandwagon or step aside, but keep your ridiculous comments to someone who cares!

Posted by: Two4Roughing | March 3, 2010 9:23 AM
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I'm no Hockey Expert like Mike Wilbon, but didn't Ovie win a World Championships in 2008? In fact I don't think Crosby has every won a World Championship, except at the Junior level. It seems a little early to say Crosby is so far ahead of Ovie. Would Wilbon have said in 1989, that Isiah Thomas is so far ahead of MJ, that Jordan needs a telescope to see him - probably not.

Posted by: sak_27 | March 3, 2010 9:22 AM
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Well if your intent was to simply stir the pot and piss off everybody in Washington, then you've succeeded MIKE!! I heard Lavar yesterday state that you had "earned" the right to publish this kind of garbage...maybe he's right, after all you have been a journalist for many years. That said, this rag is not journalism...it reeks of hatred and whining....Let me know when Alex rapes a girl in a hotel, brings some guns to the verizon center, or shoots a limo driver in his bedroom and covers it up...then you'll have a story for your journalism pursuits.

Posted by: lang77 | March 3, 2010 9:19 AM
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Using Mr. Wilbon's "logic" you must also conclude that Mark Ripien was a better quaterback than Sonny Jurgesen because he won a Super Bowl (and was a Super Bowl MVP) and Sonny didn't.

Posted by: BlueIguana | March 3, 2010 9:08 AM
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How do you like me now Wilbon?

PITTSBURGH -- Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller received a standing ovation in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night for leading the United States to an Olympic silver medal - cheers louder than those given the Penguins' own Sidney Crosby.

Posted by: hessone | March 3, 2010 9:05 AM
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Michael Wilborn only lowers himself to write about hockey when he wants to write a trash piece. He will throw in something to indicate he was a Black Hawks fan growing up. But if he was a hockey fan, well I do not recall him writing anything about the Frozen Four when it was in Washington DC last spring. Does he know who scored the Gold Medal winning OT goal at the World Junior's, and Wilborn be a man enough that you don't without being told or looking it up. Does he celebrate the great ratings the Gold Medal Hockey game at the Olympics had,(better than any game involving Labron and Kobe).

Finally, to all those Penguin fans and others that want to trash Alex the Reckless, go to the Globe and Mail website and see if you can access the Hockey Podcast on Alex The Reckless. It was made at the time of Ovechkin's supension and considers whether he should change how he plays the game. It is interesting to listen about the intelligent discussion one can have from folk who cover hockey and not simply teams (and lets face it, practically all US press coverage of hockey is team-centric). It address some of the nonsense that is repeated as if true about Ovechkin.

Posted by: rbluesw | March 3, 2010 8:56 AM
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LeBron didn't confiscate a camera of a young man who had video of LeBron getting dunked on by a collegiate scrub? Oh, wait. He did. Nice guy, that LeBron. Totally not at all living outside reality like you accuse Ovie of doing. Awesome column...not at all.

You can dish it out, Mike, but ya can't take it.

Posted by: EGTuna | March 3, 2010 8:52 AM
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Bah! This is nothing more than a big bowl of sour borscht.

Whaddaya gonna do next, Wilbon? Cut up Ovie's clothes and pour bleach on 'em?

Posted by: laboo | March 3, 2010 8:49 AM
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@howjensen

Stick with the NBA and the NFL you moron.

Posted by: hessone | March 3, 2010 8:46 AM
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From JRGST24: "Right on target Wilbon. Ovechkin is half the player Crosby is. Ovechkin might score more goals (how can you miss them with his beligerent celebrations), but Crosby is 10 times the hockey player Ovechkin is. Ovechkin plays in one zone, the offensive. Crosby plays in all 3, hustling every single play..."

Maybe JRGST24 (or Wilbon) didn't bother to look at the YTD stats: Ovechkin's +/- is a 43, Crosby is a 9....Crosby is playing better defensively? NOT. PIM: Ovi: 66 Crosby: 55....hhhmmm....no angel.GWG: Ovi: 5 Crosby 4.....impact on team? hhhmmm...Crosby is an amazing player and no doubt will be around for years, but he is NOT so far ahead of Ovechkin. If Wilbon wants to talk in terms of individual stats, maybe he should have researched the numbers first. Crosby has played on TEAMS that have won championships.

As a hockey fan, I look forward to years of intense games and excellent play. What a poorly written article.....

Posted by: karla64 | March 3, 2010 8:35 AM
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Really in a town like washington would you expect anything different. Wilbon is really just looking plain silly.

YouTube facts, comparing nba player's off court actions to nhl player's off ice actions and the complete racist skew, please.

I'm justing waiting for Wilbon's next column were he's telling us he's running for Congress because you really couldn't go any lower.

Posted by: BillMacMan | March 3, 2010 8:33 AM
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NFL = Thugs
NBA = Thugs
NHL = Law Abiding Citizens

Hey Wilbon, does the fact that blacks commit more thug crimes than whites really upset you this much? Just watch Cops or 48 Hours you moron. I guess you feel the need to excuse bad black behavior and ridicule any form of white behavior you deem inappropriate.

You are a loser, end of story.

Posted by: hessone | March 3, 2010 8:33 AM
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Wilbon,

Stick with basketball, and shut your yap until this season is over regarding Crosby's preeminence over Ovechkin. Even Crosby himself asserted that "ANYONE" on the ice at the time could've poked in the game winner.You seem to forget that NHL guys are wired for 5 minute overtimes....Miller lapsed, that's all. But to lay the gold at the feet of Crosby, and suggest Ovie is no where near him makes you look as stupid as you are about the sport. Have "YOU" been caught up in your "own" celebrity now that you have a lot of national exposure that you feel "entitled" to recklessly comment on a sport you have little understanding of? Get your head out of your ass, and keep your comments to a sport you know more about. Not a sport that CONDONES fighting still, and has, as a star, a nonnative who is probably STILL getting accustomed to our tradition public scrutiny, good and bad. This was while he's exiting the arena after losing to Canada- nice timimg!!

Mike, now that you've survived your heart attack and have eschewed fast food drive through, I would hope that you are taking care of yourself enough to get on a treadmill to recondition your fat self into some modicum of respectability. Just losing the weight is not enough for now, you need to get your endorphins flowing so that you might have a scintilla of respect for the heat of competition, and what it feels like to lose. Let's put video on you after a poor performance on the course, and see how you react. Now divide by more than 1/2 for age, add a full measure of testosterone, and make the course a combat zone akin to an NHL rink. Add the fact that you are playing for national pride say the Ryder Cup. And you not only lost, but were positively trounced, and we were counting on "YOU" to pull us through.!!?

I'd attend your funeral out of respect for your years of quality reporting and insightful commentary on everything except hockey! So MIKE, SHUT TF UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jv_cfpllc | March 3, 2010 8:25 AM
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Please leave Michael Wilbon, your viewpoints stink, and you aren't relevant anymore.

Posted by: hokiedee | March 3, 2010 8:08 AM
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Wilbon,
Shame on you! Creating controversy just because your career is blacking out. Oh...did I play the race card. Oops. My bad. The fact that you know nothing about hockey is self evident...that you broadcast your ignorance is amazing. Clearly you are now resorting to throwing things like this out in an attempt to create controversy and pull your career out of the abyss. Oops black thing again. Apologies. Maybe you should consider apologizing too.

Posted by: rumple11 | March 3, 2010 7:59 AM
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Ovechkin needs to be checked? It's more like Wilbon needs to be checked. Either hard into the boards by Ovechkin or by his supervisors.

The race comments are just plain wrong and unacceptable. Wilbon should apologize. I shall continue to leave negative comments daily until this article is removed or he apologizes.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 3, 2010 7:51 AM
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Mike, you may be absolutely right in your condemnation of Ovechkin. I don't agree with your assessment, because I think by in large Ovie has been very accessible and I am not convinced that the "knee on knee" incident you comment on was on. But here is the thing...the last column you wrote about the Caps was last October. So until you take a much greater interest, get nuch more knowledgeable about hockey, and write with greater frequency about the Caps, then your credibility is nada...

Posted by: RogerNoVa | March 3, 2010 7:46 AM
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Micheal wilbon needs to write about Mike wise being a idiot and trying to lets us fans know he is a bigger idiot for writing about the caps .

Wise + wilbon = Kornkeiser all three are idiots

Posted by: terryreece | March 3, 2010 7:21 AM
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Wow, these posts are laugh out loud FUNNY. OV is God to 90% of DC hockey fans, he can do no wrong.

What bull jive. Wilbon was dead right, OV is Gilbert with a hockey stick instead of a gun. Another idiot athlete with a massive ego waiting for the fall.

His actions at the Olympics are indefensible to all but the goons. Have a field day defending OV all you fellow goons. LOL !!!!

Posted by: howjensen | March 3, 2010 6:39 AM
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You Caps fans that have yourselves convinced Ovechkin is Crosbys superior are as sad as you are intriguing.

How long will you sit and watch Sidney achieve every goal he sets his heart on while you spin webs of illusion to minimize the relevance of his personal and team's achievements all while watching Ovechkin crash and burn time and time and time again?

Why does Crosby make it a habit of playing the final games of every elimination tournament he plays in while Ovechkin watches from his couch? Its because Sidney is a proven champion, a dedicated leader, and a tireless student of the game. Sid won the cup last year. What did he do with his short off-season? He filled his composite stick with sand and ripped endless numbers of pucks off of a brick wall. Now hes up for the Rocket Richard. He worked on his face-off technique every day and now he converts his draws at over 60%. Sidney Crosby is a machine. He pushes and pushes and pushes and will never stop pushing because he is a champion through and through, its in his DNA. Wake up.

Posted by: StunnedIsOsgood | March 3, 2010 4:32 AM
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Once again, Wilbon writes about a non issue. He wants to roast Ovie, but fails to write about the well reported incident of Crosby flipping off the fans in Detroit during the Cup last year. Sidney's no angel. He hides behind a hockey media that is more and more becoming anti European(Mike Milbury!!!!????). The fact that Ovechkin plays more like a Canadian and Crosby plays more like a European is lost in the whole thing.

Posted by: matthesag | March 3, 2010 4:16 AM
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Maybe Wilbon wrote this article because he forgot to watch this EXCELLENT VIDEO about Crosby and Ovechkin.

"Crosby Sucks" by Pummler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XKyMv0xpt8

Posted by: redskinsux | March 3, 2010 4:15 AM
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Wilbon, from how you write in this blog I can see that you honestly don't even know what you're talking about. Stick to sports, that you actually understand. And don't try to mess up people's head with your half-knowledge. That is poor journalistic skill you got going here!

Posted by: nickelandy | March 3, 2010 4:06 AM
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Tiger ignores media and has his caddy abuse people = fine

Ovi does anything Wilbon does not like = too many enablers, bad person, stupid and petty

You have become a disgustingly racist and biased person. Now you have started to lie to move along your agenda. Either you slept through the whole Olympics or you would have heard tons of criticism of Ovi. Plus you did not even get your facts right.

All this yet you still favorably discuss a potential rapist in Kobe, at least two serial cheaters in Tiger and Jordan, and too incredibly selfish and me first people in Elway (remember his getting drafted) and Lebron.

Posted by: Dancy1 | March 3, 2010 3:53 AM
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I think a very good analogy to the Ovie vs Crosby argument is LJ vs Wade. Would you say Wade is a better player bc he has a title and played on a better team at one point? I don't think so.

To whomever said Crosby is a more complete player than Ovie - meaning better defensively, have you checked out the +/- rankings???

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2010 3:09 AM
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First, individual stats don't lie Wilbon. Second, Crosby clearly had the better team last year than Washington yet Ovie almost willed the Caps past the Pens. The Caps defense in particular was terrible and a couple were playing pretty banged up if I remember correctly. Hence, Malkin and Crosby had free reign in front of the net. Anyway, if I'm drafting right now, I take Ovie over Crosby in a second. I presume you would take Crosby?

That aside, inserting race into every sports topic is getting old. Yeah, is shoving a camera out of your face churlish or poor behavior? Sure. But, it happens all the time with celebrities and public figures and on some level it is understandable. As for the coverage of the incident, the NBA and NFL have LONG histories of very bad behavior whereas the NHL is a well behaved league comparatively. Also, as you like to point out on PTI all the time, the audience for the NHL is not nearly as big as the other leagues and even NASCAR. Therefore, logically, reporting on this "incident" would not be very widespread as all aspects of the league are not. Race does not have to be the root cause of everything. If Kobe did the same thing, it would probably be the lead story on Sportscenter. But, guess what, the Lakers are the lead story on Sportscenter every other night anyway - get where I am going with this? The only time I see more than 10 seconds worth of coverage on ESPN on the Caps is when they play the Pens.

Finally, have to say that Crosby has been known for some churlish and unsportsmanlike behavior as well. So, he is not ahead of Ovie on the behavior scale either.

Posted by: rphilli721 | March 3, 2010 2:56 AM
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"Dear Mike": I'll be real succinct, real brief..

Go F**k yourself, and the roundball horse you condescended from...

Posted by: arioch666 | March 3, 2010 2:48 AM
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Wilbon, ur comments and opinions are meaningless to the fans of the metropolitan area. Why are u even commenting about hockey? What is ur true knowledge of this sport? Go ahead, ask urself. Ur style is getting old and lame. Nobody, and I mean nobody should bash the greatest sports star this area has witnessed since god knew when. Who gave u the idea to write this column? Was it the racist Wilbon, or could it have been the kiss A$$ Wilbon who only knows how to ride a hot wave. Ovie is the most beloved athlete that has came through D.C in my generation. He has god given talent that few has ever matched and puts those talents in jeapordy every time he sets foot on ice because he will win at any cost. Ovie doesnt have play dirty to win. He just has more heart and fearlessness than your use to seeing. Wilbon ur a joke man. I read ur section on becuz i have to. But i must say, bull$hit does entertain me and i geuss everyone is entitled to an opinion.

Posted by: skinsfan4eva | March 3, 2010 1:15 AM
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Have to agree with alot of the comments here. Crosby has not outplayed Ovechkin in any game or series against one another. Yes Crosby has the medals and the Cup but that is only because he has played on superior teams. Only 3 players (not including goalies) have dominated games to win chapionships that either Crosby and Ovechkin have come close to. Orr, Gretzky and Lemieux. Need I say more.

Posted by: gridironkid | March 3, 2010 12:48 AM
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Wilbon doesn't know squat about squat!

Posted by: WJStephens | March 3, 2010 12:47 AM
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Why do Caps fans always insist that Crosby had better teams and thus had nothing to do with their success?

Last year in the playoffs the Capitals were a HIGHER SEED so according to the regular season they were a better team that lost to a lower seed.

This year in the Olympics at worst the Russian team was an EVEN BET to make it to gold medal game along with Canada.

So, actually, Crosby did more with either teams that were AS GOOD or WORSE than Ovie's teams.

Posted by: puckheaded1 | March 3, 2010 12:44 AM
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Why is Wilbon writing about Hockey? Did Post have another round of layoffs?

His article is full of inaccuracies and stereotypes (and plain ignorance - hello - Russians and Ovechkin beat Canada in WC last year). Fan/reporter camera "incident" etc.

Someone at Post get this man an intern to check his articles.

Or may be it is a shameless self-promotion by Wilbon. Nobody gives a shit about what he has to say anymore so he critiques the ONLY successful team in Metro area. I mean look at the number of comments - it worked.

Posted by: dyn4ever | March 3, 2010 12:39 AM
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Oh you caps fans will be crying when you’re Ovie gets knocked out of the playoffs again by Sid the Great! Bottom line is this; Crosby is a true Champion and Ambassador of his sport. Ovechkin is a fool, hot dogging idiot who celebrates like a circus clown every chance he gets. I personally think if you built your team around Backstrom you would be better off; yes he is not the flashy goal scorer but has a certain intangible about him that Ovie just doesn’t have. Kind of like, Peder Forsberg or Zetterberg, just a quiet guy that can lead a team by example. Ovechkin’s example is to run around like an idiot and fade into the sunset when the game really counts. Now who wants that?

Posted by: jpocasangre1978 | March 3, 2010 12:35 AM
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Wilbon, when was the last time you watched a hockey game? Seriously. You have no standing with hockey fans whatsoever.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 3, 2010 12:31 AM
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one point Wilbon and other pro crosby supporters commenting here fail to take into consideration is that crosby has benefited from being on better more complete teams...

you act like crosby single handedly beat ovie for the stanley cup and again for the olympics...

crosby is on winning teams...and yet you give HIM all the credit...

get a clue...

crosby and ovechkin are the two best players in the world...no doubt about that...but there are 20 players suited up for every hockey game and save for the backup goalie, they all play in the game...and they all matter and contribute...its more of a team sport than any other...especially your beloved nba...

yet crosby beat ovie...whatever..get a clue...

u use those fact to determine who is the better player...

thats like saying that thiesman was a better qb than elway (before he actually won a superbowl)...and we all knew that wasnt true at the time...ill bet you didnt make that argument back then...it would have been idiodic like this is...

wilbon, why dont you poll the nhl GMs and ask which one they would rather have on their teams...if they overwhelmingly say crosby then i guess youre right...if not you should put more context to your comment...

yes he is ahead of ovie in cups and gold medals...and ovie has a long way to go to catch up there...but in this sport that doesnt mean one is a better player than the other or means more to his team...

crosby didnt carry his team to the gold medal yet you act like he did...

i was up in vancouver for the game on sunday wearing my american flag and a caps jersey...needless to say i got a lot of attention from candians on the street in all that mayhem...

the majority of them that commented on crosby said they hated him and love ovechkin because he is "real man" and crosby is a "#u$$y"...

i love u wilbon but you should do a little more research before you make such harsh difinitive comments...

same thing with sean taylor...though i agreed with you on that...we later found out that he had really turned his life around...your story should have included that before you ran it...though i still think his previous thug life and the company he kept had a lot to do with what happened...

seems to me you are reacting on emotion with this one...especially somehow playing a race card on ovie for his incidents not getting press...

how much press do you expect a camera smashing incident to get?

people shouldnt put cameras in peoples faces...especially when they are emotionally distraught.

i sure hope ovie made it up to the woman but in all honesty i hope hid did or does so out of the public eye and not serve to appease the public. that way it shows he did it from the heart and not to save his image which the media always trys to do with any incident for any player of any race.

i would have been just as appauled at a the vick or burris or claret or phillips fiascoes if they had been white poeple...the incidents were pathetic...regardless of race...

Posted by: deadskin | March 3, 2010 12:21 AM
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anyone reading this and thinking there is some relevance to Wil-bone's comments must be new to washington area news reporting. i grew p in D.C. and no matter what sport, what time of year it was, in his eyes, no team was anywhere close to the teams from chicago, his hometown. the '85 bears were a great team, but better than ALL 3 REDSKIN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS? REALLY? was Sweetness 36 years old when he had his last 1000yd season? no...but Riggins was. was MJ's 1st year in the league, when they didn't win the title, as exciting as Dr. J's when he elevated thegame above the rim? not even close! but this guy sees everything outside of chi town as sub-par. someone should just bury him under his beloved "L" train with a greasy piece of pizza and let him be forgotten. just like his bears' chances of winning another bowl! and as far as the ovechkin-crosby debate.....ask Alex the Great what Sid the Squid tastes like for breakfast. please!

Posted by: chilibone | March 3, 2010 12:17 AM
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Wilbon, you're an idiot!

Hockey is a team sport and Crosby has better supporting casts. Yes, the Pens beat the Caps last year in the play off but Ovie actually played better than Crosby during that series.

Again, Canada beat Russia and Crosby was a non-factor. In fact, he was NOT much of a factor during the Olympic until that OT goal.

I think Crosby is a great player and future HOF and so is Ovie. Has anyone ever said Dan Marino is not a great player because he did not win a Super Bowl?

Posted by: 550iDC | March 3, 2010 12:15 AM
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The key word here is "team." Do you really think either Ovie or Crosby is responsible for the outcome of the Canada-Russia game? Give me a break - you can't put any hockey team's success or failure on one player. Hockey isn't basketball. As for Crosby's OT goal against the US -- there was nothing impressive about it other than him being in the right place at the right time to get a great pass from Iginla. Crosby is good, but he has also been LUCKY.

Posted by: christopher_ferrero | March 3, 2010 12:05 AM
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The key word here is "team." Do you really think either Ovie or Crosby is responsible for the outcome of the Canada-Russia game? Give me a break - you can't put any hockey team's success or failure on one player. Hockey isn't basketball. As for Crosby's OT goal against the US -- there was nothing impressive about it other than him being in the right place at the right time to get a great pass from Iginla. Crosby is good, but he has also been LUCKY.

Posted by: christopher_ferrero | March 3, 2010 12:04 AM
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Wow. I don't know where to begin. The utter irrellevance of this argument? The web hit chasing headline and tone? The unfortunate mangling of Bruce Boudreau's qoute to suit your argument? The utter gall to state that had Ovechkin been a black athlete he would be suffering a worse fate? It is all so over the top and inaccurate that I don't know what to think. I know one thing, if I was Ted Leonsis Mr Wilbon would not be granted access to any of my players under any circumstances...especially if the Wiz do end up under the Lincoln umbrella. After all, never let truth or accuracy get in the way of a good story. Why get direct interviews and use quotes in context when a better story that will generate more buzz is available by using quotes from you tube videos posted by paparazi (research it next time mike - she was life.ru not some innocent fan) and a coach's words taken completely out of context is more flamboyant?

The commnt from the chat about MJ or Tiger never assaulting fans is absurd. Of corse they haven't. They hav had body gaurds and caddies assault fans for them. Good luck getting close enough to either of them to shove a camera in either of their faces. They wouldn't be caught dead walking around an Olympic Villaige without a set if gaurds two people deep. An yes, Ovechkin is as big as Jordan and Tiger in Canada. I know that probably hurts Mike to hear, but it's true. This is not an indictment of either Jordan or Woods. This is an indictment if Wilbon and his irresponsible comments.

As for the black athlete lunacy...I am offended and I am insulted. If an apology from Wilnon is not forth coming I will cancel my subscription to the Post and never visit this website again. It's time to abandon Wilbon's world Mike and start living in the real world. You should be utterly ashamed of what you have done. Not because you have an upopular opinion, rather because you have checked zero facts, blatantly used quotes out of context, and jumped on a media bandwagon for the sake of publicity. Insinuating that black athletes suffer unfair treatment at the hands of the media was the last straw. This chat and subsequent blog are a disgrace to the Washington Post. What was it that Feinstein recently said? Something about Wilbon not petting facts get in his way? I guess Mr Feinstein was right after all. This is so embarassing. I feel dirty and ashamed that this was published in my home town newspaper.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | March 3, 2010 12:03 AM
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Great post Wilbon! I'm a Pittsburgh fan living in DC, and you hit the nail right on the head. Ovie is a great player, possibly the best, but I want a WINNER. All you idiotic Caps fans, if you know anything about sports, know that you "just win, baby." And Crosby wins. Cry about better teams, and refs, and all that crap...you call Crosby crybaby but every post I read is nothing but a cryfest, excuse after excuse. Some people are just clutch, and they know how to win. Crosby is that player, Ovie is not. Pens are repeating, love it believe it.

Posted by: achieffallo | March 2, 2010 11:38 PM
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Right on target Wilbon. Ovechkin is half the player Crosby is. Ovechkin might score more goals (how can you miss them with his beligerent celebrations), but Crosby is 10 times the hockey player Ovechkin is. Ovechkin plays in one zone, the offensive. Crosby plays in all 3, hustling every single play. I actually feel sorry for Ovechkin, he just can't seem to get passe Mr. Crosby. Maybe one day, but I doubt it. Crosby will continue to improve, Ovechkin will fade away. He'll be lucky if he avoids the Pens in this upcoming playoffs.

Posted by: jrgst24 | March 2, 2010 11:38 PM
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Blog motto: "Not Just Another Sorry, No-Account Sports Blog"

Lead-in Quote for above article:
"One of the biggest Olympic winners has to be Canada's Sidney Crosby, who at 22 years old has already won Olympic Gold, the World Championship and the Stanley Cup. "

Crosby has never won a World Championship. Ovi does. It would have taken 12 seconds of internet research to learn this. It's on Wikipedia for Christ's sake. I know Wilbon's not below Wiki, seeing as how he is relying on YouTube translations as his "report" to fill in the details regarding the camera incident.

Not just a sorry no-account sports blog...so just a sorry no-account sports column? Embarrassing.

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 2, 2010 11:26 PM
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It's too bad that this foul information by Wilbon was even posted on this site of our team The Capitals. He's a disgrace of the media and shouldn't be allowed to post no more any of his tacky and untruthful views. He's gone in my book. There's nobody like Ovie and Crosby will be always what he is, The Second Fiddle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: sherwood266 | March 2, 2010 11:25 PM
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I guess Kornhole has taught you well. Never right about the Caps unless you want to diss them. Stay away from our hockey team, moron.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | March 2, 2010 11:22 PM
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you must be one hell of a fisherman with all of your baiting, wilbon. when's the last time a hockey player was accused and convicted of murder, rape or bringing guns into a locker room? hockey has its own problems (fighting-centric) but it certainly doesn't have a bunch of athletes that live their lives as if they're permanently guest starring in a rap video. thug central.

Posted by: thickman22 | March 2, 2010 11:20 PM
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I won't argue with the behavior. I was disapointed to see it. However, it doesn't come close to belong in a discussion of who's the better player. Each time Crosby has beaten Ovechkin, you fail to point out that he has had the better team. Last year in the playoffs, it was a marginal difference. This time in the Olympics, the gap in talent was huge. The Russians didn't have any defensemen to compare to the Canadians. What makes Alex the better player is he plays the whole game. He scores, plays a degree of defense, and most of all, he hits. Crosby hides behind NHL refs and is allowed to take dive after dive. When he has the puck, he's one of the hardest to knock down. But without the puck he goes down like a feather. And the NHL refs eat it up, calling penalty after penalty. Learn the game Wilbon, before you speak.

Posted by: matthesag | March 2, 2010 10:59 PM
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Wow Wilbon. It's like you really WANT to be relocated from this area. First you bash hometown hero Michael Phelps and now this. I will help you, Mike.

FIRE WILBON!

Posted by: redskinsux | March 2, 2010 10:47 PM
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Wilbon, I didn't and won't bother to read your idiotic article. I mean I really thought you were above the headline grabbers. You obviously don't know a damn thing about Hockey. Never mind that Ovie has beaten Crybaby 2-0 this year. Never mind that he has his team first overall. Never mind that Ovie leads the league in goals scored, and yes he leads, Crosby needed an extra 5 games to "tie" Ovie. And lets talk about a team player, lets talk about total points. Is it even close? Look at the total points, Ovie is "Miles" ahead of crybaby. Wilbon, why is the Washington Post paying you? you are obviously so damn concerned about YOUR EGO. I remember when this city GAVE! you your break. I remember when you use to go to College Park to try and cover the terps and Len Bias. Remember those days? Why didn't you write an article after Bias died and criticize another hometown hero. That's right, you were a nobody back then. As far as I'm concerned you are a nobody now. How dare you get a front story in the Washington Post. This is OUR CITY! Our Paper! Go back to Chicago where you belong. You make me sick. After having to hear those idiots from Canada talk about our hometown hero, to hear about this story from you! Seriously Wilbon, the next time you show your face at a DC event, I hope that everybody boos the hell out of you. You better not be at the Maryland Duke game tomorrow you sellout. World Wide Wilbon, seriously get that stupid pic of yours out of our sight.

Posted by: tony28 | March 2, 2010 10:27 PM
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I don't know why someone would write...oh, it's Wilbon. Number of hits on his page must be down, why not write an inflammatory post on a Capitals player? Hopefully Ted will write a "response", generating more hits for Wilbon, and making his employer think he's popular.

Writing like this is why the newspaper is going the way of the dodo.

Posted by: pga6 | March 2, 2010 10:27 PM
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Michael, Michael, Michael. Usually I enjoy your columns, but this is absolutely a joke. Without going into the off-the-ice actions, which I confess I hadn't heard a thing about prior to a few minutes ago, I will say that Crosby isn't even close to Ovechkin. Check the stats - Ovie tops Crosby in assists and points, and is tied in goals, with eight fewer games under his best than "Sid the Kid."

Crosby scores goals at incredibly close range. Hey, if that's your thing, fine - it certainly works out well for his teams. If I ran the Pens, I'd give him contracts for life. But you can't do that and come even close to someone like Ovechkin.

As far as your thing on knee-to-knee hits...are you aware Ovechkin is at risk of damage himself from those hits? Do you really think he's going to put himself at that kind of risk?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 2, 2010 10:22 PM
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Wasn't it Wilbon who scolded Michael Phelps for smoking pot? Lame then and lame now. Arrogance is needed to succeed in this world, indeed.

Posted by: redskinsux | March 2, 2010 10:18 PM
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Wilbon, your need to have your head checked. Please continue your fade into complete irrelevance. We will no longer need to waste our time on your garbage journalism. Hockey is a team sport and Crosby didn't do squat until his opportunistic GWG that just happened to be in the finals. If you're gonna argue something, try thinking it through first so you dont sound like an a$$ in the process. No wonder you have no credibility now and don't matter anymore. Quit spweing this trash - Wash Post, quit publishing this thoughtless nonesense. I'm done here.

Posted by: joey98801 | March 2, 2010 10:12 PM
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The Canadian women's hockey team was not cut much slack regarding its post-gold medal celebration. Reactions to athlete misbehavior do vary.

Posted by: Gadder | March 2, 2010 10:06 PM
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Wilbon, stop getting high on your own supply, which in your case is your ego, Captain Narcissist.

Posted by: berou | March 2, 2010 9:58 PM
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Mike,

Why you hatin' on Ovi when you were such such a staunch defender of your boy LeBron for not shaking hands after the Magic series last Spring? The facts you use to make your point are so selective (totally ignoring Ovi's two Harts, league leading plus minus this year, and Caps 2-0 v. Pens this season) one has to question your credibility.

I'm sure you wrote this column just to be inflammatory (it worked!). You can't possibly believe Sid, who admittedly is a really great player, is better individually than Ovi.

Posted by: thebone | March 2, 2010 9:57 PM
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Wilbon is just playing Devil's Advocate here...it's that easy. No one can doubt the talents of both of these players but Ovechkin is the brightest star that this league has seen in a long time. Wilbon's hockey opinion doesn't even rate because he's not knowledgeable in the sport or in what Ovechkin's mettle is. And let's face it, there are hockey experts who disagree about who is better, the best at any given moment...Wilbon is not saying anything new but he is saying something regarding a sport that his voice has no weight in. Please write your columns about what you know, Mr. Wilbon!

Posted by: CapsSighting | March 2, 2010 9:54 PM
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I've lived in Nova Scotia and met Crosby when he was with Rimouski (real nice kid), but I'm a Caps fan (since '82) and I hear all the arguments from both sides. First I think Wilbon is still living in NBA land where one or two players actually can win you a title. Crosby does have more titles, but I also think Crosby has had the better supporting cast in the last couple of years. We could compare a list of Pens players vs. Caps players (Backstrom or Malkin?) but the Pens definitely have had the best goalie the last couple years and w/o Fleury the Pens wouldn't have beaten Detroit and maybe not Washington last year. So its a stretch to say Crosby is better because "he" won a Cup.

Other than that they are 2 different players. Crosby is not going to destroy an opponent's will to play like Ovechkin did to the Czechs with the hit on Jagr. But Crosby does seem to have a knack for getting that one solid goal or assist that wins the game.

Yeah Ovie goes over the line occasionally with some of his hits and yeah Crosby gets a little whiny (he is a Bluenoser after all.)

I honestly don't know which one I'd take if I owned a team. I think Crosby works great in Pittsburgh which has had a better hockey tradition than DC, but I think Ovie is better in DC which needs the pure excitement that he brings to a less developed hockey market.

I do think this year is the real test for Ovechkin though, the team is there to win. If the Caps win or at least knock out Pittsburgh all the title counts are shot. I just hope the Pens don't get knocked out of the playoff by the Sabres before they get to play the Caps!

Posted by: temuchin | March 2, 2010 9:54 PM
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Also no one can touch Ken Morrow, who after being on the '80 U.S. Hockey team, went to the Islanders and was on their four straight Stanley Cup teams. Pretty damn cool!

Posted by: bbride1 | March 2, 2010 9:45 PM
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Right now I would say Malkin did more in the playoffs last year than Sid, who sat out most of the third period of game 7 vs Detroit with an injury IIRC.

Sid's great, no question. He's been on a Cup winner and now an Olympic Gold Medal winner in the span of a year. Pretty damn sweet and impressive resume. I'm a Caps fan but I tip my cap to him. He's won.

Next Winter games they are in Ovie's home country. Let's see what he and his team do then.

in the meantime, enjoy the fact the NHL can have a great rivalty the next ten to fifteen years. The league sure needs it. Revisit these two's careers in seven to ten years when both are in their thirties and changed their styles as they get older.


Posted by: bbride1 | March 2, 2010 9:43 PM
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Have you ever really watched Ovechkin play? He plays with absolute determination that can't be matched. His individual effort and skills are undeniable and he clearly inspires and uplifts the teammates around him. Do you remember Rus vs. Czk, oh, just last week?

But no, you're right. We should definitely throw all that out the window because he has yet to win anything. Study up next time Wilbon before you write something so incredibly inaccurate (not that anyone is this town will listen to you ever again).

Posted by: stephencalexander | March 2, 2010 9:40 PM
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Wilbon you have never fit in with the DC fanbase. Your resignation will be gladly accepted.

Posted by: daddy_axe | March 2, 2010 9:40 PM
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Ouch! Thanks Wilbon for cheering on the home team...

In D.C. we bleed Caps red/white/blue. We hate the Penguins and whatever golden child they compete with... that's our nature. We are Caps fans first. GO CAPS!!

Posted by: spookykat1 | March 2, 2010 9:40 PM
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Has Ovechkin ever won a game that matters?

Washington = San Jose East

Anyone who knows hockey know that a teams mettle is defined by its Captain. Unfortunately, Washington is stuck with a churlish, childish, 'c'aptain. Meanwhile, THE Pittsburgh Penguins (08-09 World Champions), have the clutch, charmistatic, "C"aptain.

You can take your flashy little player, he fits right in with your fanbase and franchise history (playoff losses). I'll take Sid and Championships.

Posted by: playofflosses | March 2, 2010 9:38 PM
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If Wilbon ever gets fired, lets all make sure to stick cameras in his face.

Posted by: jboogie1 | March 2, 2010 9:38 PM
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Nice try Wilbon. Spending too much time covering basketball and ranting on PTI has gone to your head. Hope nobody is watching you on camera every waking moment of your life. Guess what buddy, your a celebrity too. Your just lucky nobody has a camera in your face. Weak piece. Oh and Lebron James' entourage was involved with a fight outside a club, Kobe Bryant may or may not have raped a girl but cheated on HIS WIFE. And what did Ovechkin do? Well he shoved a girl and her camera. Inexcusable at that, but it's probably more appropriate to write an article about the behavior of these athletes in general. Not simply about Ovechkin.

Oh and to continue to write articles about how Crosby is miles ahead of Ovechkin. Why do writers like yourself continue to compare athletes as if they are teams in and of themselves. I simply can't understand this viewpoint. The Russian team was awful. Ovechkin was the best player on the team that was filled with KHL players who couldn't hold a candle to even the Hershey Bears. Last season Ovechkin played on an up and coming team that learned what it takes to go further, but they had a rookie keeper in net and nothing but a core of young players. The Pens actually got to the cup the year before last so they knew what it took, not to mention a mass amount of players that were veterans.

Posted by: blanknerc | March 2, 2010 9:34 PM
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Wow, true talent Wilbon. You wove race into a Crosby v OV piece. Good thing "thug" has been appropriated for basketball or I might hear the term used to refer to hockey enforcers. You're matching of Kobe to Sid and OV to LeBron isn't even close to accurate, Sid wines and cries like LeBron and OV more similar to Kobe the Mamba.

Peace out G!

Posted by: Benjacamo | March 2, 2010 9:33 PM
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Clearly, this article was motivated by Wilbon's need for attention, Not a realistic assessment of facts.

I guess it worked. He has pi$$ed off all of DC. How shameful

Posted by: jboogie1 | March 2, 2010 9:33 PM
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You are writing for the wrong newspaper, Wilbon. Wake up, you are in Caps country!

Posted by: sheelyem | March 2, 2010 9:30 PM
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Well! let's see.... What famous columnist has a Pulitzer nomination, written four books, been a MNF analyst, had a television show based on their life? Wilbon? Ha. According to Wikipedia apparently Wilbon's most notable acheivement is that he has a cousin who plays Football on a college team. Right now, Wilbon would need a telescope to see Kornheiser, who's that far ahead in this race. Wilbon can't hold Kornheiser's MontBlanc.

Posted by: festus75 | March 2, 2010 9:27 PM
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Trying to argue that Crosby is better than Ovechkin merely because he has played on a Cup-winning team is a bit like basing an argument that my father is a bad soldier on the fact that the United States lost the Vietnam War. It's idiotic, obviously.

Hockey is a team sport, any team can beat any other team in a seven-game series, Ovechkin started his career on an otherwise pretty bad team, and he's 24.

Here's a partial resume for Alexander Ovechkin:

- awarded the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) for two years in a row, and probably heading for a third in a row this year. Only Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr have won three or more in a row, in history (that's going back to 1923).

- awarded the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, during Crosby's rookie year.

- leading the league in +/- this year with +43, which is more than 16% better than the second-best player this year so far.

- leading the league this year with 1.65 points per game, which is more than 25% better than the second-best player this year so far and about 29% better than Crosby.

- doesn't punch people between the legs while his teammate holds said people down for him.

Michael Wilbon, taken literally, it's true that "Capitals fans might as well stop with the argument that Ovechkin is a better player." But it's true only because no reasonable person argues that Crosby is as good as or better than Ovechkin at this point in their careers.

You should be ashamed of yourself, Mr. Wilbon, for having written this ridiculous drivel.

Here's what Crosby is all about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqR17KrLKw

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 2, 2010 9:26 PM
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Apparently hockey writers don't realize that Crosby is miles ahead since they voted Ovie the league's MVP the last 2 years. Comparing Ovie to Arenas is ridiculous. Shoving a camera out of your face is a little different than challenging your teammate to a pistol duel.

Posted by: randysbailin | March 2, 2010 9:23 PM
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Trying to argue that Crosby is better than Ovechkin merely because he has a gold medal and has played on a Cup-winning team is a bit like basing an argument that my father is a bad soldier on the fact that the United States lost the Vietnam War. It's idiotic, obviously.

Hockey is a team sport, any team can beat any other team in a seven-game series, or in one Olympic match, Ovechkin started his career on an otherwise pretty bad team, and he's 24.

Here's a partial resume for Alexander Ovechkin:

- awarded the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) for two years in a row, and probably heading for a third in a row this year. Only Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr have won three or more in a row, in history (that's going back to 1923).

- awarded the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, during Crosby's rookie year.

- leading the league in +/- this year with +43, which is more than 16% better than the second-best player this year so far.

- leading the league this year with 1.65 points per game, which is more than 25% better than the second-best player this year so far and about 29% better than Crosby.

- doesn't punch people between the legs while his teammate holds said people down for him.

Michael Wilbon, taken literally, it's true that "Capitals fans might as well stop with the argument that Ovechkin is a better player." But it's true only because no reasonable person argues that Crosby is as good as or better than Ovechkin at this point in their careers. It's not a matter of opinion. You are just wrong, Mr. Wilbon.

Your statement is a product of an amazingly high level of ignorance for a professional sportswriter to have, and that's a fact. You should be ashamed of yourself, Mr. Wilbon.

Here's what Crosby is all about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqR17KrLKw

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 2, 2010 9:19 PM
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I don't want to bag on anyone here but someone just made the argument that Crosby is a better "all around" player because Ovi is "one demonsional."

Come on.....goals, assists, points, +/_ (defense), hits, hustle, pride...pretty "one dimensional"

I'm not even going to take on Crosby's relative merits....lets just say trophies aren't dimensions

That type of "rationale" could be included in Wilbon's column...

Posted by: jrizzo2 | March 2, 2010 9:18 PM
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Wow,
What a case of mass denial on the part of the Caps fans. El Sid is by far a much better team player and leader at this point in their careers. It doesn't mean Ovie isn't great, he's just not quite up to Sid's level.
This year's playoffs will be another proving ground, hopefully these teams will face each other again. It is a GREAT rivalry.

Posted by: ripper368 | March 2, 2010 9:00 PM
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Just another disappointing "entry" from Wilbon who has been on the schnide ever since he became an ESPN/NBA company man.

I use the term "entry" b/c I don't even know what you call the stuff up here. It's definitely not "reporting". And it lacks the coherence and thoughtfulness of a reasonable "op-ed" piece. It has all the trappings of off-the-cuff diary entries, and I just don't know why WaPo thinks it's interesting for us to read Wilbon's diary.

Folks, the way to finally get Washed-up Wilbon fired from our paper is to stop coming here and making posts. This is going to be my last visit.

If any WaPo editors are reading this, please be advised - I'm staying away b/c of Wilbon. He's just has nothing interesting to say about Washington sports anymore.

Posted by: p1funk | March 2, 2010 8:52 PM
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I can't wait until Wilbon forgets and flips back to writing about OV being far ahead of Crosby next time - as he did during the playoffs last year. I guess when PGH won game 7, Crosby became the better player - despite every possible statistical category showing otherwise. And when the hell did Crosby win WC?

And does Wilon have to bring race into every freakin commentary? What a joke of a reporter.

Posted by: thanksWP | March 2, 2010 8:50 PM
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While OV is a great player he does have a history of certain behavior. In the world junior championships (where he and Malkin of team Russia lost the gold medal game to Canada (with Sidney Crosby by the way ... ) 6 - 0) Before that game he had made a lot of enemies on the US team for his boorish behavior. Crosby is no doubt the best all round player in the world and the best clutch player. OV is exciting but fairly one dimensional, and always seems to be able to be stopped in big games as a result.

Posted by: Rpal | March 2, 2010 8:42 PM
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Wow! I have never seen this many response posts! I agree with 99% of you. Wilbon simply doesn't know hockey and should keep his mouth shut. But don't put down Kornhieser (Journalism major) and John Jr. Feinstien (great writer), just because Wilbon is a fool. He just didn't do his home work and based his comments on two seasons and one olympic game. Please forgive him, for he knows not what he's done nor said.

Posted by: madstamina | March 2, 2010 8:38 PM
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Wilbon, please take to time to actually watch hockey. For me you lose all credibility when you comment on something you know nothing about. Boorish behavior, getting in someones space is boorish behavior. People have a right to their two feet of space. I applaud anyone who decks out anybody who jams a camera, specially someone who is now magically injured when we all saw the extent of the push. There is a reason why these photographers always seem to be injured. Its because they are slime balls. Not all photographers are like this, just the ones who think they can do what ever they want with no reprocussions. I can't understand why its perfectly alright to jam the camara in someones face but not alright to jam it back.

Posted by: Terpfan99 | March 2, 2010 8:36 PM
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And for those of you who think Wilbon should stick to basketball, his record in that area is severely lacking as well. He recently predicted the Wizards would basically implode and be worse than the cellar-dwelling NJ Nets after trading Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, and Brendan Haywood. Well, last night the Wizards beat the Nets in NJ to complete one of their best stretches of the season, winning four of their last seven.

Wilbon should just retire. He's even admitted in columns as recently as a year ago he doesn't even watch hockey any more! Why does the Post or ESPN let him report on the given that admission??

Posted by: greggiebaba | March 2, 2010 8:34 PM
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Wilbon must be looking for the Post to buy out his contract by posting as many ridiculous columns as he can.

The camera incident didn't make the news because it's not news. An athlete pushing a fan trying to take a picture? Please, you can do better than that, Wilbon.

And the fact is, Ovechkin actually had a better Olympics than Crosby. He had more points and the highlight hit of the tournament, leading to the clinching goal against the Czechs. It's not up to him when the powers that be in Russia decide they want to showcase their old, over-the-hill KHL players instead of the best-available Russians.

And as far as "miles ahead," Jim McMahon won a Super Bowl and Dan Marino never did. Was Jim McMahon "miles ahead" of Dan Marino as a QB (actually, considering what a homer Wilbon is, maybe that's a bad question. Also, Ovechkin is the only player to have won the Pearson, Hart, Ross, and Richard trophies. Crosby has never come close.

Posted by: greggiebaba | March 2, 2010 8:27 PM
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3 MVP's, Rookie of the year, game winning goal vs canada in the past. Learn something about hockey before speaking Wilbon. Oh I forgot you only speak well of your friends. Worst "reporter" in all of sports.

Ovechkin is clearly the best hockey player in the world. Wilbon is too stupid to understand Cups and Gold medals are a TEAM SPORT slick.

Posted by: Mike4169 | March 2, 2010 8:13 PM
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All you Caps fans sound like a bunch of whiny babies. Wilbon just told it like it is with the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry.

Get over yourselves Caps fan. Your team is the Phoenix Suns of the NHL. You win a ton of regular season games, score a ton, have the MVP on your team, play no defense, and don't win in the playoffs.

Get a clue.

Posted by: dominic10464 | March 2, 2010 8:03 PM
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Y'know Mike, you're starting to lose me. I always liked your columns and I thought you added a solid common sense perspective. But saying Ovie has not raised his team to the level of Crosby's Pens (or Canada's Olympic team) isn't really fair. He's at about the same level at this point in his career as Crosby was in his (El Sid didn't meet Lord Stanley until last year), and Ovie's starting to get a very good team built around him.

Assessing a man's career when it has essentially just started isn't fair at all. How good were Jordan's teams before Pippen came along? Ovie's teammates are just growing up. Let's see what they do together. And as for his behavior, let's keep everything in perspective. Perhaps he could use a Crash Davis-Nuke Laloosh type mentoring, but it's not like he brought his gun collection to the Phone Booth.

Posted by: CryoGen | March 2, 2010 8:00 PM
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Is this a firable offense? Why do Washingtonians have to keep watching Wilbon accost their teams through their hometown paper? Boot him back to Chicago.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | March 2, 2010 7:59 PM
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Why is Wilbon still writing for the Post? Long past his sell-by date!!!!!

Posted by: ajitpk | March 2, 2010 7:55 PM
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Wilbon disses those that he decides can't feed his ego or wallet. This is not as bad as the Wilbon hit on #21. But then again, Ovie is still with us.

Posted by: TheDubb | March 2, 2010 7:46 PM
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Basically, Wilbon is trolling. It is a sorry time when "respectable" writers have to resort to attacking the home team's best player to get page views for his no-account blog.

Wilbon used to be pretty good. Not anymore. Feinstein was right and instead of attacking the messenger, Wilbon could have decided to pay more attention to his writing. This blog post proves he chose the easy way out.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 2, 2010 7:40 PM
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"Wilbon's World" is a good heading for his junk. It is a place someone actually like him. He is about as smart as a hockey puck, only not as good a writer. O kicks PeeWee's butt 9 times out of 10 and the big W think PeeWee is better? Step on the ice, idiot, and let Ovie take a few whacks at you. That should put a lot of WaPo readers out of their misery.

Posted by: pjohn2 | March 2, 2010 7:38 PM
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Go back to shilling for the NBA and ESPN

Posted by: LortonVA | March 2, 2010 7:30 PM
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Wilbon doesn't know his ass from first base. Move along, nothing to see here..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | March 2, 2010 7:27 PM
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Once again Mr. Wilbon proves he should not be a reporter. He is an idiot.

Posted by: drb328 | March 2, 2010 7:24 PM
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Wilbon, I like you but this is honestly laughable.

This season Ovechkin is ahead of, or tied with, Crosby in every statistical category and he (Ovechkin) has played 7-8 less games. One glaring difference is +/- ...an important stat for a complete player - and Crosby isn't close (of course he doesn't play much "D" just cherry picks in front of the net).

As you briefly mentioned Crosby barely had any impact in Vancouver other than one play - a typical Crosby garbage rebound goal (ok two counting the shootout goal against the Swiss).

Crosby doesn't carry his teams, they carry him. (Malkin, etc. much?)(CANADA much?)

There is one reason the Caps don't have a recent cup and that is the fact that the team has been in a rebuilding phase for the past 10+ years. Defense/goal tending wins championships - and yes the Pens have won a couple recently. But to extrapolate that Crosby is somehow a one man team just because Canada won a gold medal in hockey...come on.

Posted by: jrizzo2 | March 2, 2010 7:20 PM
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Wilbon should stick with the NBA. He's a total moron to put it lightly!

BOYCOTT $NYDER!!!!!!

Posted by: hessone | March 2, 2010 7:19 PM
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"...Sidney Crosby, who at 22 years old has already won Olympic Gold, the World Championship and the Stanley Cup. And for the second straight time Crosby went through Alexander Ovechkin en route to winning. If this doesn't make Crosby the preeminent player in the world, I don't know what does."

You can't list team accomplishments alone to make the case for a player being great (especially if you admit that his stats were not particularly impressive). And unlike NBA basketball, hockey is a team sport. Trying to force a hockey situation into basketball analogies is ridiculous and is the approach of a journalist that doesn't know that much about the subject about which he is writing.

Posted by: MassNative | March 2, 2010 6:59 PM
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Caps fans, I wouldn't get too bent out of shape-- the only time Wilbon ever bothers to cover the Caps is when he posts drivel like this, explicitly to get a rise out of the locals. My guess is he has an office pool at WashPost as to how many angry comments he'll get.

It is a shame, too, since Wilbon is a decent sports writer-- unfortunately, he uses those powers for evil instead of good, intentionally baiting Caps fans.

Posted by: TheGJ | March 2, 2010 6:59 PM
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If you don't want Alex....can we have him please? My Toronto Maple Leafs (the richest franchise in the NHL)need something to stir up something around here.

Posted by: sjag1 | March 2, 2010 6:59 PM
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Wilbon Miles Behind a Journalist.

Go back to Chicago you pompous windbag.

Posted by: jeadpt | March 2, 2010 6:53 PM
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Ah, Wilbon, still a boob, even without Kornheiser.

Posted by: oo7 | March 2, 2010 6:46 PM
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Fortunately, Wilbon is a basketball fan and he'll return to the sport he actually knows.

Posted by: 1fasthoo | March 2, 2010 6:30 PM
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Shirley Povich is turning over in his grave on this one.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | March 2, 2010 6:19 PM
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I am sorry to disappoint you but I am not a Crosby fan, or a Pittsburgh Penguin fan. I was responding to the substance of the article and believe that Ovechkin comes up short as an athlete and also in comparison to Crosby for the reasons that I mentioned. I do not hate Ovechkin but I do dislike his style of play. I was thinking from a coaches point of view and would rather have some one like Crosby on my team than an Ovechkin, no matter how good he might seem. In the long run, I think he is trouble, unless he changes his ways. That all there is to it.

Posted by: rryder1 | March 2, 2010 6:13 PM
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to rryder1:

I agree with Rachael in saying that you obviously are just a huge fan of Sid, which of course...makes you a Ovechkin hater.

Here's whats sad... You go through great lenghts to cover that fact up. Don't be ashamed. Just come out with it already.
http://thecapslock.wordpress.com/
Poor showing on your part. Thumbs down.

Posted by: iccarey | March 2, 2010 5:57 PM
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rryder1: I think you just really love Sidney Crosby, that's it. I have nothing else to say than that I don't agree with anything you say, but we've leave it at that.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 5:41 PM
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Wilbon claims "Sydney miles ahead of Ovie" using team accomplishments, but then tells Caps fans not put forward any individual statistics for debate?! Ummm okay I guess winning on a loaded canadien team is evidence enough; while ignoring idiot coaching and deficient talent on the russian team has no merit in the discussion. Sydney = Team Canada / Pens and Ovie = Team Russia / Caps?! Got it.

I'm not sure what the whole point about to the camera incidents was in the article other than stating the obvious; a wilbon classic. I don't quite see a line of people excusing that behavior nor do I see the need to go off on tangents about Tiger Woods lmao.

Horrible piece

Posted by: Eman8 | March 2, 2010 5:32 PM
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Shoo-weesh.

How about we stop with the comparisons of individuals playing a team game? I have never seen a comparison of Crosby and Ovechkin that doesn't get most of it wrong.

Crosby is one of the poorer sports out there. I don't think I have ever heard the guy pay a straight compliment to an opponent. But he could be worse, and so could Ovechkin. And better, and likewise.

When you crank the pedestals up as high as we do for athletes, you wonder how anyone can stand on them. And for the most part, being just people when it comes down to it, people who can do one thing - and frequently only one - well, they can't.

Posted by: poorskins | March 2, 2010 5:31 PM
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To rachel216

Let's see, 5'11" 200 vs. 6'2" 220. I guess you are right that Crosby couldn't deliver the same blow, which when factored in makes Crosby, pound for pound, the better player. Right? I don't recall saying that Ovechkin's hit on Jagr was dirty, I think I said it was in poor taste. I have seen many center ice hits like that over the last several years and my feeling is that they are planned and not spontaneous and consequently, add nothing to the game. For the most part, it is head hunting, pure and simple, and deserve a charging penalty, since these hits obviously require more than a couple of strides to launch successfully. I am sure you will come to feel that way, when Mr. Ovechkin begins to get his clocked cleaned, although, as someone pointed out already, he does not risk going down center ice very much, if ever. The fact that he is big and can give a crushing blow doesn't make me admire him very much at all. Eventually, there will be a Mr. Stevens, or a Mr. Somebody, waiting on the boards to come out in a rush and separate Mr. Ovechkin from himself. I do not see Mr. Ovechkin as someone protecting himself and fighting for his own position or just doing whatever it takes. Rather, I see him as someone who enjoys hitting people and then hiding in a corner. The fact that some athletes are superior to others is not what makes sport interesting. As corny as it may sound, it is how they play the game. Ovechkin may be very exciting to watch in many respects, but it is very difficult to root for him, so hats off to you, since you seem to have found a way. I will try to be open, but I think that he has settled in to being the "bad boy" of hockey. Perhaps, others could say what he was like, when he was younger, before he came to North America. My feeling is that he has always been this way and will continue to be so, which is disappointing to see in a person with so much talent.

Posted by: rryder1 | March 2, 2010 5:30 PM
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GO23Blue:

You are correct, Ovechkin actually does take more shots than Crosby because he's skilled enough to create his own shots. He does this instead of just sitting around the crease while his more skilled teammates work the puck and create their shots and then just cleaning up a loose puck in front of the net. They all count for the same amount of points but Ovechkin is a much more complete player than Crosby. Crosby just has a knack for being an excellent cherry picker.

Posted by: AsstGM | March 2, 2010 5:26 PM
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This is really kind of a ridiculous argument. It's a team game and each team has more than one leader. If you follow this argument then you would have to say Mark Belanger or Edgar Renteria were preminent shortstops compared to Ernie Banks because they won World Series. Or the age old argument that Joe DiMaggio was a better player than Ted Williams because the Yankees won more pennants. It's silly. Both were great players, just like Ovechkin and Crosby, but neither has any control over the rest of the team. this argument has always bothered me - just like saying a QB's legacy is judged by how many Super Bowls they won. Joe Montana, as great as he was, probably the best ever, wouldn't have won any Super Bowls if he played in New Orleans all those years. These are just arbitrary judgments that sports reporters came up with out of the blue - just like florists and greeting card companies created Valentines Day and Sweetest Day.

Posted by: AsstGM | March 2, 2010 5:19 PM
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Yeah Ovechkin takes a million shots yet somehow the Caps still lead the league in goals scored by far!

go23blue: Cheap shots on stars? Name me 3 "stars."

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 5:16 PM
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MVP? Two of them? Who has those again?

Posted by: dtysko | March 2, 2010 5:12 PM
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Wilbon, you are an idiot. Not only do you take things absolutely out of context, but you also incorrectly state things you call fact. You came into my college classroom 6 years ago and I thought you were intelligent and thoughtful. I guess I was wrong. Get out of DC.

Posted by: hubcop84 | March 2, 2010 5:11 PM
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you are all scum of the earth..wilbon is right. we are talking about both performance and character not just how many shots a punk like ovechkin takes which by the way is exponentially larger than that of crosby. ovechkin has countless cheap shots on stars across the league and guess what? by winning this gold crosby has shoved his sack even further down alexander's great throat. i suggest you all watch crosby and admit that he sucks....the life out of your team and your fat ass crybaby owner texas ted leonsis.

Posted by: go23blue | March 2, 2010 5:11 PM
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Wilbon is apparently unaware that hockey is a team sport, unlike the NBA. What do you think the outcome would have been had Ovechkin and Crosby switched teams in the olympics? How about in the NHL last year?

As for Ovechkin's behavior, I think it is pretty clear that he will burn out instead of fade away. Ovechkin may have his problems, but at least he has a personality, unlike Crosby. Crosby has to be the least interesting superstar in the history of professional sports.

Posted by: mlinde5 | March 2, 2010 5:10 PM
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Mike:
You have as much brain as you have hair

Posted by: cordobes17 | March 2, 2010 4:59 PM
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Are you really that dumb MW.. It takes a team to win a championship not a single individual. If you look at the stats, OV is clearly the better player. He leads in almost every point scoring category, he has for 3 years. Sid has nothing on OV. Compare the stats and the teams they play on. And your a sports writer. I doubt that. Stick to something you know and to tell you the truth there really isn't much about sports that you do know.

Posted by: websurferdude | March 2, 2010 4:56 PM
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I used to love the days, years ago, when sports pages contain sports and not social commentaries.

Ah yes, we live in the world of political correctness...

I don't condone what Ovechkin did but you know, he is a competitor, he lost, he hasn't gotten over it. The press is relentless, not only the North American press, but the worldwide press. Give the guy a break and extend him some privacy.

Somehow or other common courtesy, apparently does not extend to the athlete. Why not? I guess it will be okay to stick a camera in your face Wilbon next time your at a public venue.

Note to Ovechkin: Perhaps, it would be a good idea not to wear the Sochi warmup if your going to involve yourself in a controversy. Its poor form for an Ambassador of the Sochi games to find himself in such a situation.

Posted by: muddapucker | March 2, 2010 4:54 PM
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We'll just have to disagree. I took Ovechkin's "maybe it'll make me more angry" as in he'll become more motivated. Come on, you know his english still isn't 100% and you know it's still hard for him to say what he wants to say exactly sometimes.

"Mr. Crosby would never give the kind of hit that Ovechkin did to Jagr, simply because it would be in poor taste."

But it's in Crosby's taste that he would punch guys in the crotch during faceoffs, not once, but twice. He would never lay a hit like the Jagr hit because he simply can't. Also, tell me how that hit was dirty?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 4:41 PM
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Sidney Crosby is an exceptionally gifted young player. He's a smooth skater and a great stick handler with a quick and accurate shot. He's a smart playmaker and a natural goal scorer. Crosby is very good and at 22, will almost certainly get better. But in my 40 years as a hockey fan, I've seen others (a lot actually) with those same skills. But I've never seen a player like Ovechkin. He's every bit as talented as Crosby (or anyone else in the league) and hits like a freight train. It's a scary combination- and rarer than you would think in the NHL.

As far as the rest of this sad and tortured bog goes, it hardly deserves a response although many of the posted comments are right on.

The thing is, those of us who love hockey and still read The Washington Post are really tired of reading nonsense like this written by people who just don't know anything about hockey.

As has been said a few times in reaction to your blog Mike- stick to basketball.

Posted by: jakemuirhead | March 2, 2010 4:28 PM
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Paaalleeeaasssee Wibon.

Have you ever actually been to a hockey game????????

World wide worthless Wilbon more like.

Posted by: Jaymand | March 2, 2010 4:27 PM
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To rachel216

Actually, I didn't watch the Gold Medal game and unfortunately, I have watched too many Capital games to agree with you, who obviously thinks Mr. Ovechkin can do no wrong. If the point was "goals" and "assists" then we would not need to think about what was really going on out on the ice or in the sport. There is no doubt that Ovechkin is probably the best player in the sport, but that does not make him the best player in a team game. I think that Boudreau is a great coach and has done a lot to improve the team, but even he apparently feels very strongly about the fact that for the team to get better, Mr. Ovechkin has to learn how to stay under control. I think he is trying but I don't see it in him, quite honestly. When frustrated he lashes out, thoughtlessly, and tries to physically hurt people, not be a better player. He seems very immature, when compared with Crosby. In fact, some what like an emotional midget. If I remember correctly, when asked his reaction to being suspended, he replied that it will just make him more "angry." In the end, that's how the man will be beaten. Crosby complained a little too much when he started out, but he matured, quickly, and changed his behavior for the better. Frankly, I would like to see Ovechkin change for the better, to see him inspire rather than try to intimidate. In the end, it is all a matter of manners. Mr. Crosby would never give the kind of hit that Ovechkin did to Jagr, simply because it would be in poor taste. In this regard, I think Mr. Ovechkin is somewhat barbaric and hence will never allow himself to be reigned in to a totally team concept.

Posted by: rryder1 | March 2, 2010 4:26 PM
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Come on boys. Every team sport has superstars who never win the big one.

Sometimes they're just victims of where they are drafted (Barry Sanders, Marcel Dionne).

Sometimes, they just don't have that certains intangible to get them over the hump (Dan Marino, Karl Malone).

Sometimes, they're just born losers (OV).

POSTED BY: MPDMAN | MARCH 2, 2010 4:09 PM

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Sometimes people like you are just idiots. Ovechkin is way too young to be labelled like the other professional athletes you mentioned. Le this career take it's course and then assess it. Assessing it now is for knuckleheads like you.

Posted by: blackandred777 | March 2, 2010 4:23 PM
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Well, I don't know about this article. But I do know he's right that Crosby is simply better than Ovechkin, not to mention Crosby is a class act and Ovechkin is kinda dirty. Go Penguins!

Posted by: SmeeAndMe | March 2, 2010 4:22 PM
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That's why you don't read his stuff. He's a hypocrite. He's gushing over Ovechkin in that article posted by Huhhh1.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 4:21 PM
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Wilbon has demmostrated once more tha the is out of control. He thinks that he is bigger than Tiger and Ovy because he hosts a stupid show on ESPN (where by the way Kornhiser is the lesser of the two evils) and because he was invited to appear on national televised NBA games.Over the years Wilbon has consistently showed us that he has issues he can't rid himself of. Ever since he left his beloved Chicago and unfortunately moved south he has time and again injected his vindictive rethoric. I remember commenting on the Atlanta Olympics, he did not wasted any time to bring up the issues of a century ago. Atlanta left a lot to be desired on their organazing but Wilbon used the ocassion to show his anger. In sum, someone needs to speak on the ear of washingpost sports editors about the danger of giving Wilbon the opportunity to distort reality and bore us with his poison. By the way, OVy is not miles away from the golden boy, Wilbon is from any respected sports writter.

Posted by: rafaelh | March 2, 2010 4:18 PM
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Wilbon can't even keep track of his own BS. See this link from last year:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/05/AR2009050502165_pf.html

Posted by: Huhhh1 | March 2, 2010 4:16 PM
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Thank you T-Rob. Well said. You're 100% correct but I'm not sure if Wilbon would understand you.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 4:14 PM
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I am so tired of seeing the sports media blow sunshine up Crosby's rear end. I am in no way defending Ovechkin's actions, either. But if you want to talk about no-class cheap shots, how about when Crosby was the third man in on a fight and punched the player in the groin -- from behind? Or when he whacked the shin of a Red Wings player in the playoffs last year when the game was over, and the Wings players were in line to congratulate their goalie on the win? If you want to argue class, how about when Crosby, the CAPTAIN of his team, blew off the handshake line after the Penguins won the Cup last year? He should have been leading his team through the line. Instead, he was nowhere to be seen. If you want to argue sportsmanship, how about when Crosby went crying to the officials when fans wouldn't stop throwing hats on the ice after Ovechkin scored a hat trick at the Verizon Center?

Crosby is just a glory hound. His defensive skills are non-existent. He never gets into corners and digs for the puck. All he does is work himself down to the net and swat in the easy shots that his teammates worked to set up. Same thing happened in the Olympic final -- Jarome Iginla did more work setting up the winning goal than Crosby did scoring it. Crosby was virtually invisible for the entire tournament, yet he scores the one goal that everyone will remember, and after the game, NBC can't take its camera off his face, as if he singlehandedly won the tournament all by himself. Last I checked, he didn't win the tournament MVP. Nor did he win the MVP in last year's final -- his teammate, Evgeni Malkin, did. In my opinion, Crosby isn't even the best player on his own team.

As for Ovie, I love his guts and toughness on the ice. But he clearly has a lot of growing up to do off the ice. No excuses for that kind of boorish behavior.

Posted by: amrush | March 2, 2010 4:12 PM
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Come on boys. Every team sport has superstars who never win the big one.

Sometimes they're just victims of where they are drafted (Barry Sanders, Marcel Dionne).

Sometimes, they just don't have that certains intangible to get them over the hump (Dan Marino, Karl Malone).

Sometimes, they're just born losers (OV).

Posted by: mpdman | March 2, 2010 4:09 PM
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silby654 says, "I also think that this city hasn’t seen a major sports champion in almost twenty years with the performances being subpar at best for the past ten, excluding last year. This city is desperate for a superstar and team that can actually perform at the championship level ..."
Washington Freedom. Mia Hamm. Superstar. Class.

Posted by: MEppinger | March 2, 2010 4:08 PM
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FIRE WILBON

Posted by: gregburlin | March 2, 2010 4:07 PM
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Mr. Wilbon,
While I agree that he probably shouldnt have touched those camera's, i dont think you can criticize anything he's done on the ice. Even the players that you say all claim he's dirty, picked him as their player of the year last year. And for him to be the most visible player in the league, i would think that if he was constantly giving cheap shots it would be bigger news. And hes not "miles" behind crosby right now, though he is behind. You would need a telescope to spot crosby before that OT goal in the olympics. Everyone picked the Canadians before the games started because they had the best TEAM. No one would argue that he "led" them to a win. And in last years playoffs finals, Pittsburgh had a better TEAM. They had the leagues leading scorer who came up big in the finals. Who LED the penguins to a finals win last year? The finals MVP was Evgeni Malkin. So on two big stages, crosby was outplayed by teammates, and you give all the credit for those wins to him? Ok..... I would argue that you can still make the case that ovechkin is the better player now, and easily make the case he's better if he wins the cup this year

Posted by: T-ROB | March 2, 2010 4:07 PM
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I hardly think that ovechkin cares that it was Crosby that won the gold and cup....i think he's more upset about the fact that the CAPITALS DIDN"T...someone please fire this Wilbon clown

Posted by: velo_matt | March 2, 2010 4:04 PM
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First, let me begin by saying I truly respect Wilbon. Having said that, it seems that every time he writes about something other than football, basketball, and golf it is in a negative context. Maybe it is my imagination but I truly cannot recall recent positive comments from him if the subject was the Olympics, hockey, soccer, or baseball.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 2, 2010 4:04 PM
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This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Since when did Crosby win all of these games I didnt' know it was the Pittsburg Crosbies it's the Penguins....Malkin won the playoff MVP NOT Crosby......in the olympics Crosby was subpar....look at all the other players with Canada that had a huge tournament...it wasn't Crosby that won the gold it was CANADA. Stupid articles like this should get you fired. Put something thinking into your posts pal.

Posted by: velo_matt | March 2, 2010 4:01 PM
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Saw the Caps beat the Pens Jan. 21. The Caps have good players - big, strong, talented - if they can play as a team they could be unstoppable, even this year. Ovechkin MUST play defense for his fellow players to respect him and sacrifice themselves for the team. I watched him cruise the blue line while his four line-mates played D, just waiting for a breakaway opportunity. As long as he does this, the Caps won't go anywhere.
What the Pens have is a young leader in Crosby, who plays D, goes into the corners for the puck taking a beating - his team-mates see this and respond likewise. Same with Lemieux when he played - he actually played on the penalty kill at times. You would never see Ovechkin on the penalty kill. Pittsburgh teams (Steelers & Penguins) look at a prospective player's character as well as their talent before they acquire them. Save's a lot of trouble in the long run. Wilbon did his job, stirring up the readers, sparking talk.

Posted by: joethepipesalesman | March 2, 2010 4:00 PM
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aprilglaspie: Ovechkin is a cheap-shot artist? Watch the tape of the gold medal game and count the Canadian cross-checks and high elbows. On second thought, they are too numerous to count.

True, Ovie has thrown a knee or two, but most of his hits are with his shoulder......clean.

Posted by: rangersmith1997 | March 2, 2010 3:54 PM
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Wilbon is an ignorant ass who knows nothing about the game. Why don't you try going on NHL.com and look at the stat leaders, Ove beats Crosby in every one. He's also the reigning two-time MVP. You need to do your research and stop spouting out pointless drivel. I wish you'd move back to Chicago and get off your high horse Wilbon, you are a jackass.

Posted by: RiggoisDrunk | March 2, 2010 3:54 PM
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Oh, and another point. Contrary to what Wilbon says, Crosby did not win a World Championship (he's won a the World Juniors). And he beat OV in that tournament as well. Here's a pic of OV crying after that game in 2005.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_jcFwXlyQy9g/SXqwjUKoH3I/AAAAAAAAA30/V2shMwQRk-8/world_jnr_malkin_jan5_05_Lyle_Stafford.jpg

Posted by: mpdman | March 2, 2010 3:53 PM
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aprilglaspie: Ovechkin is a cheap-shot artist? What about Crosby?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 3:45 PM
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Dear Wilbon,
Unbelieveably (predictably?), you used an article about hockey to apologize even further for Tiger Woods. Oh, and last I checked, Tiger (much bigger star than Ovechkin) did this exact kind of thing at every single tournament (through henchman Stevie Williams). Also, good thing you're a real journalist and didn't rush to judgment about an incident you know almost nothing about, except from a Russian youtube posting. Oops. Also, perhaps you need to look up "churlish," or reexamine the link you posted, as Ovechkin was clearly calm and politic throughout the exchange you linked. And of course, Canada > Russia must mean Crosby > Ovechkin... even though Sidney had no points in that game, and Canada 2010 (even without Crosby) was the consensus greatest olympic hockey team ever assembled. Maybe you should stick to topics you can discuss intelligently -- hockey clearly is not one of them.

(Oh, and only two typos! Nice job!)

Posted by: cday1 | March 2, 2010 3:45 PM
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I always hate these generalized sports guys invading the sanctum of hockey writing. Wilbon's problem is that he's applying basketball analysis to hockey. In hoops, stars like Lebron and Kobe carry their teams, and the success of a team is 90 percent dependant on their star. Hockey is totally different, in hockey you are not on the ice for the whole game and you depend on a supporting cast to help. In hockey, the stars like Gretsky get the credit, but hockey minds know that it's the Kurris, Messiers, Tikkanens, Lowes and Fuhrs of the world who put those stars in a position to become great. (as a side note I think football is more like hockey, but QB's seem to get all the credit for wins, like basketball stars, for reasons I don't totally understand)

The Penguins barely beat the Caps last year because Crosby had Malkin and a superior goal tender. Ovechkin couldn't solve all three of those problems by himself and despite improved performance this year, Semin, Backstrom and Green were not in good form last playoffs. End of story.

The Russian olympic team was simply out of shape, when compared to Canada. The Canadians had four lines of all stars to their three. The Canadians were all fired up on home ice and playing like madmen because we beat them. Russia, with their fitness issues, just didn't see the train coming. Put Crosby on team Russia and Ovechkin on team Canada and the result would have been the same, or worse for the Russians.

Crosby was held to limited scoring in the Olympics and was able to take advantage of a lot of open ice in the 4 v. 4 overtime v. USA to cement his place in Olympic lore. I would still take 4 Ovechkins over 4 Cindys any day, but Ovie didn't get the same chance as the ugliest pretty-boy ever to play hockey.

Wilbon's a putz. He should stick to talking about the camera smashing (fair game) and stop waxing hyperbole for the on-ice performance, which he doesn't understand.

As for the camera incidents, which I haven't seen, I would note that the press asked such awful questions of him after his last game that he probably had no desire to be photographed or interviewed. Not excusing the torts, just sayin'

Posted by: rangersmith1997 | March 2, 2010 3:45 PM
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One point Wilbon is too blind to make, but should matter to the average Cap's fan:

Why is OV so upset about doing poorly in the Olympics, and already committing to Sochi 2014?
I don't remember him breaking any cameras after the Cup playoff loss last year.

One point Wilbon makes is painfully obvious.
Crosby = championship winner.
OV = individual trophy winner.

Posted by: mpdman | March 2, 2010 3:44 PM
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I dont even know if Crosby is the best player on his team. For those who watched the Olympics, the answer is clear. He scored a shootout goal (against the Swiss on his second shot) and the gold medal winning goal, but was largely invisible the rest of the tournament. He played horribly in the first game against the US and was on the ice for most of the US scoring plays.
As far as the NHL, it isnt even close. Crosby up until now has been on a far better team than Ovechkin with a well rounded scoring attack, more experienced defensive unit, and supported by stronger goaltending. The caps surely lack depth on the defensive blue line and Crosby (being a good player) exploits it. However, you dont have to look far to see Crosby's numbers when playing against a strong defensive team. The Red Wings limited Crosby to 3 points (one goal, two assists) in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins won despite Crosby's performance, not because of it. Hockey is a sport that requires 15 people contributing to win anything. There are times when an individual takes over games, but it clearly has not been Crosby when faced with a well rounded defensive team.
People need to stop talking about Syd the Kid like he is the next Gretzky. He is a good, hard working player that scores some big goals. He isnt the best player of his generation, and he may not even be the best player on his team.

Posted by: mb_mikebronson | March 2, 2010 3:42 PM
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Ovechkin is a chep-shot artist, basically Ulf Samuelson with transcendent talent. Wilbon and other commentators unanimously claimed the skilled Russian thug's hit on Jagr in Vancouver was a clean hit. Learn the rules, boys. Blindside,both hands wide on the stick, leading with the butt end left hand to the helmet, on a player who had given up possession? Sorry, that's a cross-check, with malice aforethought.

The sheer volume of hockey ignorance displayed in these comments, particularly regarding the value of stats in judging quality of play in a game where everyone has to play D as swell as offense, is stunning. Anyway, check the actual stats. Ovechkin certainly has Sid beat for hogging the puck and cherry-picking:

http://www.csnwashington.com/pages/landing_capitals/?blockID=166808&feedID=2995

Posted by: aprilglaspie | March 2, 2010 3:40 PM
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Every point. Ovechkin a non leader? How many games did the Caps win after Ovechkin was named Captain? What about his "Captain moments" like after Theodore's gaffe in Pittsburgh where he went over to him told him to not get so down about it. In what way does Crosby show he's a leader when he punches guys in the crotch? A cry baby? Come on, we all know that's Crosby. NHL players voted him the whiniest player by more than 50% of the votes. He doesn't make his teammates better? Then why does he have more assists than Crosby when Crosby is the center, and centers generally have more assists than wingers? And on top of that he's got more points than Crosby when he's missed 8 games.

I would like to hear how he came up with all of his points because he doesn't back any of it up. He just blantantly states it. It seems to me like he's watched one hockey game in his entire life, which was the gold medal game on Sunday. He clearly has never watched a Capitals game before.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 3:37 PM
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I've never seen so many intelligent people completely miss what this article was about.
Maybe if they reread it they'll get what you're trying to say and I agree with you. if that even matters. To boil it down to one sentence. Somebody better get Ovie under control.

Posted by: ease99 | March 2, 2010 3:31 PM
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The real problem is that these "comment" blogs provide free space for idiots to publicly spew their half baked notions.

The man's a commentator, he can say what he likes - it's only his opinion.

Sorry sports fans - most of your heroes were always thugs, or had their nascent thug potential ignored in the rush to put them on a pedestal for their mere physical prowess. Let's not forget, they're getting paid millions to play what are, essentially, children's games. Do you expect them to develop into proper adults in that environment ? Stop funding this idle nonsense with your patronage and the bad behavior will end.

Posted by: lemp | March 2, 2010 3:31 PM
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Put Ovechkin in a Chicago jersey and Wilbon would consider him God.

Posted by: wcasey1 | March 2, 2010 3:30 PM
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Ovie, I hate to admit it, is Charles Barkley to Crosby's MJ. Its truly sad to see, but we (Washington) definitely got the short end of this straw. I just hope we aren't down to being Cleveland to Crosby's Chicago.

Posted by: agupta1 | March 2, 2010 3:30 PM
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FINALLY!!!! Wilbon I didnt think you had it in you. I guess you finally decided to use a even hand. And that was not a race card that was simply asking that WE as americans judge all people by the same measuring stick.

Posted by: davefromdc1 | March 2, 2010 3:26 PM
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Hahahaha Nice to see soooo many people calling out Mikey Wilbon. I am patiently waiting for Mikey to write about another topic he knows to next to nothing about... like, say, how to talk authoritatively about something you know next to nothing about. Opps, you got that one covered too. Good thing you have a tenured position with the post. Dude reminds me of one of those guys who just because they talk a lot, you assume they know what they are saying... but once you take time to listen to them you ask yourself, "do people actually take you seriously'?

Posted by: samiismoni14 | March 2, 2010 3:26 PM
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I think the goal was pretty clear here - Wilbon was trying to get people riled up. Obviously there are so many ridiculous inaccurate and unfair conclusions that this needs to be ignored.

With Kornheiser out, someone has to leave the reservation...

Posted by: jesstyr | March 2, 2010 3:26 PM
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The sad thing is that, unlike most hockey players, OV is fun, and passionate, and interesting. Crosby is one squeaky clean guy, and a great hockey player, but I'd sure rather have a beer with OV.

Articles like this are going to make the OV's of the world crawl back under a shell, and become the cliche machines Wilbon will be happy with.

Posted by: mpdman | March 2, 2010 3:26 PM
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No love no love... thats OK, Nasty Nate over at www.theCAPSlock.wordpress.com lets Wilbon have it... and represents the majority I'm sure of it.

Posted by: iccarey | March 2, 2010 3:25 PM
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I had a lot of respect for Wilbon and quite shocked after reading this article. I officially boycott all media. They SUCK! From Costas and his instigating comments to Wilbon and his race card antics....the media flat out sucks! Costas loved turning the olympics into a spectacle and pitted athlete vs athlete. How lame. I don't care whether it's FOX, NBC, BBC, ESPN, or Telemundo...all you media persons suck

Posted by: shalshah | March 2, 2010 3:25 PM
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@Rachel

Where's Ryder wrong exactly?

Posted by: CanadasBest | March 2, 2010 3:24 PM
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LeBron James is widely considered the best overall player in the NBA, and most dominant player. But he doesn't have a championship. Why do people still say he's the best player?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 3:24 PM
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The die-hard hockey fans have already made one of the points I was going to make: Crosby's goal came on a great shot but before that, he had done very little to help Canada win the gold. Whenever he took the ice and they mentioned his name, it jolted me because he had been so invisible in the game.

But this was my favorite part of the column: "Seriously, when is the last time an athlete of that stature, in any sport, was involved in such an incident?"

It seems Wilbon forgot somebody: Charles Barkley. You know the guy who punched a man in a bar and broke his nose. The guy who threw another guy through the glass window of a bar. The guy who spit on a little girl when he took aim at a heckler and missed.

The guy WILBON WROTE TWO BOOKS WITH!!!

Posted by: baltova1 | March 2, 2010 3:23 PM
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"Ovechkin is damn lucky he's not black and playing basketball; my brethren in the national (and local) media would have put on their Sunday church robes and preached him to death by now. We'd have read about "those thug basketball players"

If he was Wilbon, you would apologize for him just like you do for ALL OF YOUR NBA THUGS....your just mad that Ovie does NOT KISS YOUR BUTT and COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR COLUMN..

Go back to defending the rapists, cheaters, thugs, drug addicts, and miscreatns that comprise 90 percent of the NBA. Its what you do best.

Posted by: nowhine | March 2, 2010 3:23 PM
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Why is anyone surprised that in cultures where athletes are "over-revered" (in terms of paycheck, celebrity status, etc.), young people who make goo gobs of money and who typically don't have very much formal education behave badly? Whether it's Tiger Woods or Evgeni Plushenko - or Ovechkin - no one should be surprised that the atmosphere of entitlement breeds and leads to bad behavior. Agents aren't your Mama. They don't care about your manners (until if or when they interfere with endorsement deals). Coaches are not your Mama. They don't care about your manners (until if or when you get penalized in a game causing your team - or yourself if it's an individual sport - to lose). Your Mama may be a "stage Mama" who is more concerned about her own paycheck than your behavior. So let's reserve our "surprise" for athletes who behave well and are gentlemanly or lady-like - and stop being surprised by those who are boors, or worse.

Posted by: jqw3827 | March 2, 2010 3:22 PM
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Leave Mike alone. He’s right. Crosby is better than Ovi. This Caps, Penguins thing goes all the way back to the early nineties, and the Penguins’ have owned the Capitals from the begging. So it’s understandable that Caps fans are a little jealous of Pittsburgh, and want to vent on Mike. But, hey-- don’t kill the messenger.
It’s just like the Skins and Cowboys. They own us. You hate to admit it, but you’re not being true to yourself if you can stand up reality.
And also, what’s wrong with saying when referring to Ovi’s actions that at times, we all need to take a step back to re-examine ourselves and how we are perceived, and the images we present to others.

Posted by: gregbedrosian | March 2, 2010 3:21 PM
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My 3 year old nephew is more qualified to talk about hockey. You, like that sorry excuse for a sports network have become a rag-tag bunch of access hollywood talking-heads following the next celebutard of the minute. Good luck finding NHL highlights or English Premier Football on BSpn. That network's human interest story after human interest story bores me to tears. Please do the Washington Post readers a favor, stay the hell away from subjects you have no clue about. As for Bosewell, you're a great baseball writer but no Shirley Povich. Don't attempt to write about hockey either. Mike please follow your buddy TK's lead and stay in Bristol where you belong.

Posted by: gerse | March 2, 2010 3:20 PM
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Mike: I've always admired your work - but I think it's time for you to stop playing the race card - it's quite annoying. Please, just stick to the facts.

Posted by: robertshriner | March 2, 2010 3:18 PM
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Wilbon, perhaps it's idiots like you who constantly compare Crosby to Ovechkin that pisses him off. Way to support a local sports talent, who by the way has fought tooth-and-nail as a Capital to WIN, you chode.

Posted by: bigpapa_z | March 2, 2010 3:17 PM
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Hey Wilbon do the DC area a favor and move back to Chicago where you belong. You rarely have anything positive to say about area teams, and you have a pretty glaring track record in that respect. Having you report on local sports is a joke. If you need any packing crates let me know. Oh by the way hockey is a physical sport last time I checked. There isn't a team in the NHL that wouldn't want Ovechkin to play on their side.

Posted by: vidpop_2000 | March 2, 2010 3:16 PM
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Well, I think I am going to stop reading Wilbon. Not only is he inaccurate, he's not fair. I've thought so for some time. Now, this column is the closing argument against him.

Ovechkin, one of the most competitive athletes in any sport, who works harder than most -- witness his being on the Caps ice less then 24 hours after attending the closing ceremonies in Vancouver -- gets clobbered by Canada, and some Russian reporter puts a camera IN HIS FACE -- because it's at less than arm's length -- and he pushes it down. Notice, that the camera keeps shooting ... down for a bit ... then back up. There's no physical injury to this intrusive camera person -- except in the offended sensibilities of the constantly intrusive media, who don't know when to give a guy a little slack and a break, THEN come to him. In all the interviews I saw, Ovechkin was quite civil, took his licking, and acted like a man.

Wilbon is a whining ninny....

Posted by: JPMcC | March 2, 2010 3:16 PM
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Try watching a Caps game before you post, rryder1.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 3:16 PM
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Congratulations Wilbon, you accomplished your goal of writing a controversial article. I've never seen a longer list of reader comments.

Now that that's done, why don't you go back to writing about what you know -- whatever that is? Because you don't know hockey, and I seriously doubt that you've ever said more than three words to Alex Ovechkin in your whole life.

As for whether OV or Crosby is better, if we were talking about tennis you could make the comparison based on championships won. Since were talking about a team sport, let me put this in terms you can understand: if NBA titles-won is the standard then Joe Pace was a better player than Charles Barkley.

Idiot!


Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | March 2, 2010 3:11 PM
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@Ryder

But, but, but, I thought Ovechkin was an indestructible Russian Cyborg that plays with passion and hits anything in his path?

I love how EVERYONE went nuts when he ran over a 50 year old Jagr, but ignore how he got manhandled by Doughty and Weber and then refused to go down the middle the rest of the game.

Posted by: CanadasBest | March 2, 2010 3:08 PM
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I think Wilbon should stop trying to make the video into the Zapruder film fer crying out loud. I've never seen Ovy as a Capital be anything but respectful with media and fans, and he's often sat and answered endless questions after a tough loss without turning into Sean Penn. :) It's a shame MW felt obligated to turn his Monday chatroom anti-Ovy tirade into a separate column, esp. on the same day that Tarik wrote such a touching piece on Jose Theodore.

Posted by: blackjack65 | March 2, 2010 3:07 PM
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Everyone (except apparently the editors at the Washington Post) knows that Wilbon's a clown. So I guess Joe DiMaggio was a better player than Ted Williams since Dimaggio's team won all those World Series championships. Had the Pens been without Crosby last year they still would have been a pretty good team, although probably would not have won the Cup. Without Ovechkin last year, the Caps would have been horrible. Had Crosby not played for Canada they still may have won the gold during the Olympics. Hey Wilbon: you are embarrassing!

Posted by: c_e_daniel | March 2, 2010 3:05 PM
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All these people here have made the same point I've wanted to make. Winning championships are huge but it's not a sufficient way to tell who the better player is. You should only use what they've done in the NHL as a comparison, so you're right in that Sidney has a Cup and Ovechkin doesn't. Throw away this Olympic tournament because it's like comparing apples and oranges. You cannot judge the two players based on the Olympic tournament even though Crosby scored the winning goal. It's like saying Eli Manning is better than Dan Marino because Marino never won a Super Bowl. Ovechkin will most likely win his third straight MVP this year. Ask anyone who they would start a franchise with, Crosby or Ovechkin?

Also, you are trying to make an argument that Crosby is better than Ovechkin as a player. So what is the point of you adding in the part about him shoving a fan's camera or that Ovechkin feels like he's "above the law" which is NOT TRUE. Does that have anything to do with which player is better? NO. Tell me in your own words how you believe Ovechkin thinks he's "above the law."

"Is he so distraught about Crosby kicking his butt repeatedly that he has to take out his frustration by smashing people's cameras?"

That was after the Canada vs. Russia game when Russia was eliminated. Remind me how in that game "Crosby kicked his butt?" Did Crosby do anything in that game? NO. 7 goals and no points for Sidney Crosby. Stop saying he kicked Ovechkin's butt. Team Canada beat Team Russia on that night. Crosby did not beat Ovechkin.

Stick to what you know and let the people who know what they're talking about talk.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 3:05 PM
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Everyone except apparently the editors at the Washington Post knows that Wilbon's a clown. So I guess Joe DiMaggio was a better player than Ted Williams since Dimaggio's team won all those World Series championships. Had the Pens been without Crosby last year they still would have been a pretty good team, although probably would not have won the Cup. Without Ovechkin last year, the Caps would have been horrible. Had Crosby not played for Canada they still may have won the gold during the Olympics. Hey Wilbon: you are embarrassing!

Posted by: c_e_daniel | March 2, 2010 3:04 PM
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Let's see. Ovechkin has played better since he returned from his suspension but was a total no show during the Olympics. This is contrary to what he promised. So, what's the problem? Ovechkin is another Wilt Chamberlain, a tremendous talent but a non leader and a cry baby, of sorts. What I saw during the Olympics was an Ovechkin who was unable to sacrifice himself for his team, basically because he never does that. It's not in him to make others look better or equal, the way Gretzky did, or Crosby does. Others are there to serve him. The other players on the Russian Olympics Team, however, did not quite see it that way, it appears. Hardly was the Russian team, though, inadequate to the task of winning the "Gold." Ovechkin likes to line people up and hit them, but he showed that he shies away from bodily contact without team protection. The rest of the NHL teams will surely take note of that, now that it has become obvious. He is another Lindross. The deal with him was to hit him before he got over the line, but if you watch Ovechkin, he tries not to handle the puck in that situation. Consequently, he is difficult to defend against. There is no question that he is a great player, but as team play goes, he is not a great team player. It is just a matter of time before the Ovechkin trap is developed, and we watch him slammed on a regular basis, and the team degenerates to where it probably belongs, near the bottom.

Posted by: rryder1 | March 2, 2010 3:03 PM
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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Posted by: tcs1999 | March 2, 2010 3:02 PM
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While no one would ever mistake me for a Claps fan (Flyerssuck - real good moniker -I'll bet you thought up in your mommas basement where you live and breath Stars Wars) I think this article shows Wilbony at his Stephen A. Smith "don't no nothin' about Hockey" worst. BTW Ovechkin is terrific but Crosby is a better player - no doubt - and I hate the Pens. But really, is this comment necessary? "- Ovechkin is damn lucky he's not black and playing basketball; my brethren in the national (and local) media would have put on their Sunday church robes and preached him to death by now. We'd have read about "those thug basketball players" and such.." How dumb is this?? There's nothing racial about this - Vonn and Mancuso both got crucified by you guys - they're white I believe. No, stupid, insipid article - getting tired of your act Wilbon and please no Kobe-rapist comparisons. Oh I forgot he's OK.

Posted by: billm32 | March 2, 2010 3:01 PM
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Ovechkin is simply a thug. Anyone who has wathced him play--and knows hockey--knows this. If he wasn't on the ice, he'd be robbing folks in Moscow. I think Wilbon is right in sounding the alarm bell. Caps fans, don't be surprised when he does somehting very foolish or criminal and spends a lot of time off the ice if he isn't reigned in. It will happen. But, if you were starting a team today, don't tell me, Wilbon, that you'd take Crosby over Ovechkin.

Posted by: thadude33 | March 2, 2010 3:00 PM
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While no one would ever mistake me for a Claps fan (Flyerssuck - real good moniker -I'll bet you thought up in your mommas basement where you live and breath Stars Wars) I think this article shows Wilbony at his Stephen A. Smith "don't no nothin' about Hockey" worst. BTW Ovechkin is terrific but Crosby is a better player - no doubt - and I hate the Pens. But really, is this comment necessary? "- Ovechkin is damn lucky he's not black and playing basketball; my brethren in the national (and local) media would have put on their Sunday church robes and preached him to death by now. We'd have read about "those thug basketball players" and such.." How dumb is this?? There's nothing racial about this - Vonn and Mancuso both got crucified by you guys - they're white I believe. No, stupid, insipid article - getting tired of your act Wilbon and please no Kobe-rapist comparisons. Oh I forgot he's OK.

Posted by: billm32 | March 2, 2010 2:59 PM
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Only one comment...

How can you possibly equate pushing one camera out of the way with the grand statement that Ovechkin "thinks he is above the law?" That is just one of the greatest overstatements I have ever heard. Even more ridiculous is you defend Jordan in the same breath. Please don't tell me that "Mr. Gamble on anything I want" doesn't think he is above the law.

Posted by: happydad3 | March 2, 2010 2:59 PM
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This trash belongs either on Canada Hockey Tonight or in Canadian print media. Or NBC, for that matter. Shame on you Wilbon.

Posted by: wcc118 | March 2, 2010 2:58 PM
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Stupid article comparing who's better. Unless they went one on one, how do you know Mikey? It's a team game, dummy.

Posted by: hogwash1 | March 2, 2010 2:57 PM
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Wilbon,

Why do you always make it a black/white issue? I'm getting really tired of that gig.

I am a fan of PTI, but geez, you've gotten too big for your britches. From now on I'm only going to read your stories about black football and basketball players because those are the only ones that reflect even the slightest bit of fan perspective. You're a sports writer. You're not an investigative reporter. You're not always the smartest guy in the room. If you're always going to be a local sports buh-humbug, go back to Chicago!

Posted by: bermudml | March 2, 2010 2:57 PM
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Somebody needs to get Wilbon under control -- the pompous, self-righteous, didactic ass, and bury him under his pulpit!

Posted by: JPMcC | March 2, 2010 2:56 PM
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so I guess it is ok for Jordan to ask a cab driver to run over a photographer?

http://www.tmz.com/2008/10/10/michael-jordan-mess-with-bull-get-the-horn/

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | March 2, 2010 2:55 PM
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Using this logic, Luc Longely was a better player than Karl Malone.

Posted by: themantoyou | March 2, 2010 2:53 PM
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I know you're a columnist but a minumus degree of journalistic integrity should nevertheless be ingrained. Two-time MVP to Crosby's 0? Currently leading a team that is well ahead of Crosby's Penguins? LEading in all major statiscal catrgories... How can he "need a telescope"!? The Penguins were simply a better overall team last year. Oh and nice turtle necks douche bag.

Posted by: atrain1 | March 2, 2010 2:53 PM
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Apparently, Ovechkin has not asked Wilbon to write his bio. I wonder if Wilbon would have been more objective about other sports figures if he had not had personal/professional relationships with them.

Posted by: familynet | March 2, 2010 2:52 PM
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Yes, Michael, I can imagine Jordan doing the same thing. Jordan's attitude is no different than Tiger, Ovechkin, Owens, et al. Basketball players are the worst.


Posted by: mortified469 | March 2, 2010 2:51 PM
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The comments in the column are much more interesting than the actual article, but two points can be mad here:

1. Crosby IS miles ahead of Ovechkin. I hate it as much as anyone, but it is true.

2. Ovechkin has to get under control or he’ll just be another DC burnout.

As for the comments, I really am worried that there are too many Ovechkin apologists in the DC metro area. I also think that this city hasn’t seen a major sports champion in almost twenty years with the performances being subpar at best for the past ten, excluding last year. This city is desperate for a superstar and team that can actually perform at the championship level which is why they will rally behind Ovechkin even when he acts like a child. Facts are facts though. He has to play better and act better if he wants to get to Crosby’s level.

Posted by: silby654 | March 2, 2010 2:51 PM
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So, if I'm reading these responses correctly, the majority of posters are suggesting that it's okay for Ovechkin to physically push people out of the way in public including pushing cameras back into the faces of those people?

Posted by: pippsk | March 2, 2010 2:49 PM
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So, if I'm reading these posts correctly the majority of poster's feel that it is okay for Ovechkin to break someone's camera?

Posted by: pippsk | March 2, 2010 2:47 PM
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Just like Wapo used to be a good newspaper, Wilbon used to be a good sportswriter. Now with each passing day we get to see what a hack he's become. And OMG is it possible for Wilbon to write anything anymore without pulling the race card out?? Had Ovie been a black brutha the column would have been written totally in Ovie's defense and everyone knows it. Wilbon it truly is a shame to see how far you have fallen, I used to really like what you wrote back before TV cameras knew who you were .......

Posted by: franklinone | March 2, 2010 2:47 PM
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Based on this logic, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are "miles ahead of Ovechkin" too...both have Gold medals and Stanley Cups (Anaheim, 2007). I guess your teammates mean more than your talent.

Posted by: jbuchoff | March 2, 2010 2:44 PM
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Ok who woke Wilbon up and asked him for his 2 cents worth? Why anyone reads him in this area as we should all know anything Washington Wilbon will bash...never have cared for him or his articles (would this be considered black on black crime Wilbon)??? Why can't we get some homegrown reports not homers and haters. Between the so called sports writers and sports talk talking heads they have this impression they know sports better than we do hmmmm similar to politicians think they know what's best for us but always making the wrong choices...

Posted by: papaskynz | March 2, 2010 2:43 PM
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Wilbon--don't even draw a comparsion between Arenas and Ovechkin. Gilbert was a solid player but no where in the same startosphere as The Great Eight. The Crosby/Ovie thing will probably never be "settled." They are both the best players in the NHL. Ovie is so effective on the ice because of who he is--change that and you will change the player. Do you think a toned-down version of Lawrence Taylor would have been as effective on the football field?

Posted by: olneyguy | March 2, 2010 2:42 PM
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Jock worshippers think they deserve to be treated with contempt , even physical abuse . It makes them feel even greater adoration for these titan sportsmen .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | March 2, 2010 2:41 PM
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What is worse, pushing an obnoxious reporters camera out of your face after telling them to get out of your way, or threaten to take someones life like Tiger did:
""The next time a photographer shoots a f****** picture on my backswing I'm going to break his f****** neck," fumed the American."
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/sport/Woods-launches-swearing-outburst-at.3912862.jp

Posted by: SkinsForever22044 | March 2, 2010 2:39 PM
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Hey Wilbon, remember when you were completely wrong about the circumstances of Sean Taylor's death, assuming he was living the thug life and totally deserved being shot by a bunch of teenagers? Then, because you are an arrogant a-hole, you refused to apologize for it afterward?

Posted by: bogardp | March 2, 2010 2:37 PM
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Also Mike, come talk to us in 4 years when Ovie and the Caps have won two cups and he has a gold medal around his neck. Then add on 3 more MVP trophies and 4 more scoring titles and then we can truly have a debate about who is better!

Posted by: rockinthered1 | March 2, 2010 2:35 PM
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Wilbon is right, had this been Jarome Iginla, they'd have been all over him because he's black. Riiiiiiiight.....

Posted by: jstombau | March 2, 2010 2:32 PM
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Once again we have a columnist that doesn't know anything about hockey or the caps and writing something about it. Mr. Wilbon has always been in this category and anything that he has ever had to say about the caps has been negative. Please go write about what you know instead of what you don't know.

I guess this is part of the territory when a team gets good. "Everyone" has an opinion.

Posted by: rockinthered1 | March 2, 2010 2:26 PM
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Mike,

You're right. Ovie's frustration needs to be unleashed upon his opponents or - if necessary - his underachieving team mates. I would LOVE IT if our Captain got into Sasha's grill the next time Semin goes brain dead on the ice or fails to bring the requisite intensity to it. And I love that he's angry - the best thing for Caps' fans is for someone to make Alex angry as he gears up for the coming playoffs.

That said, no one is perfect. And given your prior man crush musings on all things Tiger, I don't recall - but may have forgotten - you calling the game's greatest golfer out for sending Stevie, his Luca Brazi, into the gallery after zealous fans or media types with a camera.

At least Ovie has not repeatedly demonstrated such bad behavior as other star athletes have. He should apologize for going after that camera, and Boudreau and McPhee both need to sit him down and set him straight. He's the Captain now - he can't be a knucklehead, no matter how frustrated he is or how annoying those prying fans / reporters can be.

Posted by: knk4jack | March 2, 2010 2:19 PM
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Mike,

You're right. Ovie's frustration needs to be unleashed upon his opponents or - if necessary - his underachieving team mates. I would LOVE IT if our Captain got into Sasha's grill the next time Semin goes brain dead on the ice or fails to bring the requisite intensity to it. And I love that he's angry - the best thing for Caps' fans is for someone to make Alex angry as he gears up for the coming playoffs.

That said, no one is perfect. And given your prior man crush musings on all things Tiger, I don't recall - but may have forgotten - you calling the game's greatest golfer out for sending Stevie, his Luca Brazi, into the gallery after zealous fans or media types with a camera.

At least Ovie has not repeatedly demonstrated such bad behavior as other star athletes have. He should apologize for going after that camera, and Boudreau and McPhee both need to sit him down and set him straight. He's the Captain now - he can't be a knucklehead, now matter how frustrated he is or how annoying those prying fans / reporters can be.

Posted by: knk4jack | March 2, 2010 2:17 PM
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I guess most of you missed the point of the argument -- Ovie needs to be reigned in before he ends up like Arenas. Wilbon made the connection between Tiger's feelings of entitlement as well. So why are you whiners talking about stats and Crosby? That was just the lead in to the behavioral issues that Ovie is showing. Wilbon didn't state it as fact that he has to have someone collar him, he just pointed to the signs. What are you people reading? The rants about evidence and facts are ridiculous in light of the article's purpose. Try the critical thinking cap on before you put on the judgment cap. And by the way, a sports opinion piece doesn't need deep research.

Posted by: bkhoward1 | March 2, 2010 2:10 PM
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Wow, Wilbon, talk about trying to drum up interest (and readers) with a huge non-topic. All he did was push a camera out of his face. Big whoop.

Next you'll be telling us it was Sean Taylor's own fault that he was killed. Oh wait......

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 2, 2010 2:04 PM
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is there any way to apply the "report offensive comment button" to 99% of the comments here in one stroke?

Posted by: kowtow | March 2, 2010 2:03 PM
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Wilbon, I use to have more respect for you. This article is pointless.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | March 2, 2010 2:03 PM
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Sorry Wilbon, You're wrong. Canada is Better than Russia. Oviv is better than Crosby. PERIOD END OF STORY.

Posted by: ryan_conaway | March 2, 2010 2:01 PM
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@KPaige1 go back to the Pensblog and get your facts straight. Just because someone said something on YouTube doesn't make it right. There were no bruises--the woman was not a fan. Why would a fan keep filming after Ovi took his hand off the camera if she was so hurt or if he shoved her or broke her camera.

Man, the lies that you and Wilbon are telling are ridiculous. Get a life.

Posted by: dfe1 | March 2, 2010 2:00 PM
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I don't get the vitriol at Crosby. Why do you have to constantly compare your guy with Pittsburgh's? What did he do to Caps fans? His team won a playoff series last year, but they'll play many times in the future, and my guess is it'll all come out about even.

I'm just curious because I find it kind of strange that so much hatred is leveled at a guy who's done nothing specific to warrant it. He never tried to take out a Capitals d-man in the playoffs with a knee-to-knee hit, either (couldn't resist that one, sorry).

Really, as a Penguins fan I appreciate Ovechkin's skill. It's terrific to have him in the NHL. I don't hate him, and I won't hate him if the Caps beat the Pens in the playoffs this year. It's great for hockey.

I think the hatred can be traced to what I call the nouveau Caps fans, the ones who wouldn't know Dennis Maruk from Dino Ciccerelli but who now are rabid fans because the team's winning (although the second the Caps were eliminated from the playoffs last year, they stopped watching because they're not hockey fans, they're fans of winners). Those fans exist in all cities, but the ones who are blindly following only the Caps know nothing about hockey at all. Crosby's one of the best players in the world, a great leader, and an embassador for the game off the ice.

Did he whine when he was an 18-year-old rookie? Yep. Does he now? Nope. Simple as that. He was a young kid who learned a hard lesson. But this constant "Cindy Crybaby" stuff is ludicrous, and it comes from those ignorant of the game. I don't think I've ever seen more idiotic hatred of one athlete who doesn't deserve it than I do from Washington fans toward Crosby. Nothing wrong with booing him every time he touches the puck; nothing wrong with not liking him. But to constantly - um, whine - about him being a whiner is really tiring. Maybe the Capitals were right when they handed out those pacifiers to their fans a couple of years ago. Maybe they addressed the real crybabies.

Posted by: ahawk9 | March 2, 2010 1:59 PM
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I used to think highly of Michael Wilbon's writing. Unfortunately, the PTI shoot from the hip style has infected it. I rarely find anyting he says worthwhile now, and this is another example of that.

Posted by: dp3328 | March 2, 2010 1:58 PM
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@KPaige1: Classy "winners" don't go around touting their sole win. No offense, you sick sack, but I think you'll find any reason to declare your pin-up boy the ruler of the world. No offense, but go back to your ice-fishing and curling. We have better things to do than read your crap.

Hey, Wilbon, congrats on reminding everyone what a racist you are. Thanks, for once again, playing the victim. How do you sleep at night? Don't procreate. You just set back the equal rights movement about a 50 years with your "Poor me" articles. No offense, Arenas doesn't deserve to earn the amount of money he earns. Stupid people just shouldn't. As for Tiger Woods, what a complete letdown. Trust you, Wilbon, to sympathize and go ghetto on the Washington Post and be all "Don't hate the playah. Hate the game." The Post needs to do something about this loser.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 2, 2010 1:48 PM
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In every championship Crosby has won, he has had the better team.

This isn't the NBA, where the superstar player is on the floor for 95-100% of the total game. The current leader in ice time per game in the NHL, FraDion Phaneuf , is on the ice for just under 26 minutes, less than 45% of the entire game.

Superstars do not win championships in hockey. Teams do. Crosby, a generational talent, has been fortunate enough to be a part of some very good teams.

Ovechkin's behavior in Vancouver is inexusible, I agree. He should be held accountable for this.

And the whole Crosby/Ovechkin comparison is a construct of the media. It just happens to rile up an overly-sensitive Washington fanbase.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 2, 2010 1:45 PM
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Last I checked, hockey was a team sport. In the Ovechkin vs. Crosby debate, there are two separate questions: 1) Who is the better individual player and 2) Who is the better team player/leader. Crosby's gold medal and championship wins help prove he is a better team player, but it's still up in the air whether who is a bettter individual player. On a side note, why are 4 of 6 paragraphs of an article stating that Crosby is better than Ovechkin devoted to Ovechkin shoving some woman's camera??

Posted by: carbon916 | March 2, 2010 1:44 PM
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Anyone who says anything negative about Wilbon is obviously a racist. Haven't you read his articles before? Sheesh.

Posted by: Jenners | March 2, 2010 1:40 PM
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Thanks for the article, Mr. Wilbon. I'd rather you make your stupid comments here safely behind a computer. I agree with everyone's posts that you're an ignorant fool, making your comments the way you do, with no regard for research. You "calls them as you see them". Gotcha'. You must be a Republican.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 2, 2010 1:40 PM
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Mike, what is the purpose of this article? Just feeling like stoking some fires? Pissing off fans? (Or fueling anti-fans?) Jeezus, spend your time more constructively, wouldja?
Do some good for once.

The media really makes me sick sometimes. Quite often, actually.

Posted by: fargincorksucker | March 2, 2010 1:35 PM
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Tundey must have missed the 2nd game of the single elimination round... =)

Posted by: wolffae | March 2, 2010 1:31 PM
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Ovie has been torn apart by every hockey writer and analyst over his olymipic performance...about basically everything but the camera shoving incidents. But how would you know that, right? Silly and ill-informed statement about no negative analysis of Ovie over the olympics.

Posted by: Milburysadouche | March 2, 2010 1:30 PM
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Bunch of X-Box fans who've never suited up in their lives..

"He scores from further away and jumping on the glass in game 20 of the regular season against Nashville makes him the bestest player in the woooooooooooooooorld"

He shoved...a WOMAN!!! Do people really excuse this stuff? Your servers would be melting down if Crosby did the same thing.

Ovechkin got abused in '05, and got abused again against Canada. Two hits from Weber and Doughty were enough to put "THE RUSSIAN MACHINE" in the garage.

It's cute listening to you people talk about hockey. It's like listening to a 7 year old discussing women and politics. You smile and nod, and then pat them on the head while they eat paste.

Posted by: CanadasBest | March 2, 2010 1:25 PM
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You are truly an idiot, wilbon. You are the most hypocritical piece of journalist scum I have ever encountered in my young life. Stop writing rubbish in my city paper and move back to chicago and drop off all the peasants from pissburgh on your way back.

Regards,
Bill Rodriguez
Head of Fan Development
Washington Capitals

Posted by: willyr65 | March 2, 2010 1:24 PM
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Maybe it's time Wilbon stopped writing opinion pieces and worked full-time on ESPN as announcer. It's a bit of conflict since he's become buddies with many of the athletes of today. His articles just don't seem to have any zip or sense of discovery written from an unbiased point-of-view.

Posted by: richs91 | March 2, 2010 1:23 PM
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I'm a Washington homer, except for the Orioles. And I love the Caps and Ovie. I quess there is room for debate when it comes to Sid and Ovie, but Ovie stirs my blood and makes me yearn to see the Caps play. I like Korn and Wilbon. The arguments are great. And in this case, I think Wilbon wrote a column just to hear us cry. I thought Cindy Crysby was the baby?

Posted by: coastallp74 | March 2, 2010 1:18 PM
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Hmm, a couple years ago Lindy Ruff (one of the most respected coaches in the league today) said that Ovechkin is the best player in the world hands down. Do I take his word or do I take the word of someone who RARELY writes about hockey (Wilbon)? I'll take Ruff's word anyday of the week against this joke of an article. Next thing I know I'll probably be seeing Wilbon defend Tiger Woods after he cheated on his wife with several women....oh wait, he already wrote about that last week.

Posted by: ArashM927 | March 2, 2010 1:14 PM
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Terpintino,

Great Post!

Posted by: 1Roadwarrior | March 2, 2010 1:14 PM
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This is exactly why I don't watch that stupid show or read your columns. A friend sent this one to me. You admit to being ignorant of sports like hockey and MMA yet you try to feign interest when the fruit is ripe. Your like a child with a stick repeatedly poking the stupid kid in order to get a reaction. Shut up already you moron. It is shameful that you make money this way.

Posted by: thiefalwyz | March 2, 2010 1:11 PM
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Unbelieveable, another example of irresponsible journalism, I hope that you get an ear full from Ted Leonsis if you run into him, if he doesn't just clock you!
You should take everyone's suggestion and stick to something in your comfort zone.

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Posted by: jolinvasile | March 2, 2010 1:10 PM
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Both the article and comments lack objectivity on the whole. My thoughts in no particular order or organization.

Crosby earned that goal. Period.

Crosby is clutch in the spotlight. That does not make him a better player then Ovie.

Ovie better learn to be more than big hits on D. He needs to backcheck and forcheck on a consistent basis. I think Crosby has him here (NOT BIG HITS, CONSISTENT HITTING).

Ovie is a better passer and scorer. That is easy.

A TEAM'S success does not mean that any given player on a successful team are better than a player on a less successful team. That is a stupid argument. Dan Marino than would be worse than a lot of QB's, including Trent Dilfer.

Wilbon's credibility goes out the window when he brings up race. Only someone making a weak argument needs to do that.

Ovie needs to always be a fun loving nice guy. He acted like a brat at the Olympics, and this is critique from a fan with a mancrush. Dude needs to also step up in big games, NO EXCUSES.

Even if Ovie and Sid end their career, and Ovie was the better player, if Sid continues to win and Ovie does not, then it will be VIEWED like Joe Montana and Dan Marino. The guy who nevers wins a championship always will have an asterix next to their name, and will always have the label of a choker.

I hope the CAPS win the next five Stanley Cups and Russia wins in SOCCI. I will buy billboard space all over Canada and Pittsburgh if they do, showing Ovie as Sid's Daddy.

Posted by: jackstraaw | March 2, 2010 1:02 PM
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Can somebody please tell me how Wilbon is busy attacking Ovechkin while defending Tiger. Makes no sense!!

Posted by: chevychase5 | March 2, 2010 1:02 PM
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This is possibly the worst piece of trash I've ever read. This is the kind of thing I'd expect to see from a Penguins fan on a message board, not from a professional sports analyst with supposedly no stake in the issue. If this is what we can expect from you when you write about hockey, please just refrain from writing about hockey altogether. Thanks.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | March 2, 2010 12:57 PM
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this blog is offensive to hockey fans and reasonable thinking sports fan all around. this is purely a sensational piece designed to garner attention.

Seriously, this is a terrible piece of writing, regardless of everyone's entitlement to an opinion. The discussion of best hockey player incorporate talent, physical ability, individual and team accomplisments...to say that Crosby has left OV in the rear view is absurd on so many levels as before the Olympics, most people opined that Ovi was the better overall player.

And let's not get too high and mighty with the media victim bit, the media has been less than stellar covering the games.

Posted by: minhle1 | March 2, 2010 12:55 PM
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If Crosby had done something like shove someone with a camera, every single person on this comment board would be armed with torches and pitchforks saying Crosby was a jerk and hated the fans, etc. The fact that Ovechkin did it strikes a nerve with Caps fans. Ever since this Ovechkin-Crosby rivalry has come into the limelight, the stance of Caps fans has been "Well we can't knock on his skills, so let's point out every minor personality flaw (i.e. "whining and diving")." They claimed Ovechkin was a better player due to his skill and passion for the game. Now that Ovechkin has shown a personality flaw on the biggest stage, Caps fans are quick to denounce it as a "fluke" and "not a big deal." I think Caps fans need to look at their own players before they try to make Crosby out to be whatever insult that's in vogue at the time. The chink in Ovechkin's "armor" has been revealed, and Washington is on the defensive.

Posted by: Terpintino | March 2, 2010 12:54 PM
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Many people here have stated that Ovechkin plays with worse players than Crosby, that he is surrounded by a worse cast-of-characters, and thus he has to work harder. Nothing could be further from the truth -- the Penguins have some of the WEAKEST first line wingers in the NHL (Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin) to complement Sidney Crosby. Who does Alex Ovechkin have? Just the brilliant Nicklas Backstrom and the impressive Mike Knuble. On the PP and in other situations, he also gets to play with the brilliant Alexander Semin. There's a reason that Crosby is shooting the puck more this year, and it's because HE HAS to, he doesn't have the luxury of being flanked by All-World/All-Star talent on his even-strength line. Malkin is All-World, but he's the 2nd line center, so they are usually only together on the PP and for the rare 4-on-4 situation.

Also some people were trashing his Russian teammates, as though players like Malkin, Semin and Datsyuk were somehow bringing Ovechkin's game down, as though they're clearly weaker than Nash, Staal and Iginla.

So while Ovechkin's supporting cast in Washington (Backstrom, Knuble or sometimes Semin) is far better than Crosby's (Kunitz, Guerin), why are people acting like Ovechkin is playing worse than Crosby? Ovechkin is having an amazing year (so is Backstrom), and I just don't understand why some Caps fans feel the need to defend a guy who's probably going to win the Art Ross Trophy again. Ovechkin's problems don't come from a lack of talent -- he's at least tied for best in that department -- it comes from a lack of level-headedness.

Posted by: DoktorZaius | March 2, 2010 12:51 PM
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hey everybody just remember you dont need facts if your not a report ..Columnist just write opinions

Posted by: heathdog1119 | March 2, 2010 12:47 PM
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Will Bone, everytime I start feeling the effects of winter, one of you idiotic columns pops up and lifts my spirits. You have to be one of the most hypocritical people I have ever read. You don't know squat about hockey; your opening two paragraphs prove that. This is a team game; you can be the best palyer on the ice, but if the team stinks you don't have a chance. Ask Dennis Maruk.

Posted by: nosuchluck | March 2, 2010 12:44 PM
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Oh my...the High and Mighty Wilbon hath spoketh....

You see,..it's when you try to actually write a column on a sport that you sneeringly look down your nose at, that people do not grant you credibility.

You do not understand the sport, the personalities, the underlying soap opera of it all...But you will condescend anyway.

Posted by: arioch666 | March 2, 2010 12:40 PM
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Mike,

Stick to articles sucking up to Tiger and MJ. When you go off the path, you write junk like this.

Posted by: jyshim | March 2, 2010 12:38 PM
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Come on Mike, I thought you were better than this. First, as a written piece this falls short. Your original argument about Crosby being better than Ovechkin somehow morphs into a rank about Ovechkin as a person.

Second, hockey is more than about a single player. It's a team. Last year Pittsburgh made moves that set them up to make their run. The Caps did not. The Pens were the better team...more seasoned come playoff time, and with all the pieces thanks to their management.

Team Canada was touted as one of the strongest teams EVER in the olympics. EVER. Crosby was a no-show until his last shot (which you sort of mentioned). Team Russia was old and played a lackluster, no pressure style of European hockey. OV and Sidney were merely pieces....not leaders (not even the captains of their respective squads unlike in the NHL).

If you want to argue who is the best PLAYER in hockey - it's Ovechkin. I'm not even saying this because I am a Caps fan. He plays with heart. He plays the game the way it was meant to be played before Sidney's godfather Mario Lemieux started crying about the physicality of the game. He deaks defensemen out of their jocks, celebrates like a kid, and follows up every check as if it were the stanley cup finals. Sidney can beat you bad when he gets within 3 feet of the goal, but when was the last time anyone saw him use the D as a screen the way OV does, rocket one into the net on a one-timer when the goalie has a clear line of sight, or drop an opponent to the deck? Sidney would have bounced off Jagr like a racket ball and skated, tail between his legs, back to the bench had he tried to take him on.

Ask anyone in the league who they would rather have on their team and it's OV.

Posted by: Rainier1 | March 2, 2010 12:38 PM
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99% of the posters already said what I wanted to say. Hold on to that TV gig Mike, and keep TK in check, cuz you are going to need it. Oh, and say hi to your gun toting thug buddies, pathological gamblers, and home wreckers on your way down.

Posted by: yampaco | March 2, 2010 12:38 PM
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The comments here pretty much speak for themselves. First off, Wilbon didn't even check the facts here, which is nothing new for him. Second, what two weeks ago he was calling Ovie's rage "irresistable" and now he's condemning it? Hmmm.

Third of all, you really have to wonder if Wilbon is venting some rage here at the beatings he took over his boys Arenas and Woods. Sure, when a black athlete acts like a complete jerk it's ok...and they'll get sympathetic columns from Wilbon...even though their actions were a thousand times worse than anything Ovechkin did.

Arenas was blatantly dangerous and his immature, "gangsta" idiocy ruined what weak semblance of a season the Wizards had left. Woods disgraced himself, his family, and and his sport with his arrogance and sickening behavior. But both get sympathetic words from Wilbon the great hypocrite. Not suprising.

Ovechkin, and many of his teammates on the Caps, are some of the few good athletes and sports figures this city has. But leave it to Wilbon to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Don't get me wrong Crosby is a great player, but he was almost a no-show in the Finals last year and also in the Olympics, until the last shot. His teams have been extraordinarily talented, and lucky at times. If Slovakia doesn't miss a wide open net at the end of the semi-final game with Canada, things are much different today.

Sorry but Wilbon is a loser. Who happens to have a venue to spew his hatred. Really who cares...the fact that he doesn't even do his research shows his laziness and arrogance, typical of guys like him.

Posted by: southside721 | March 2, 2010 12:36 PM
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LOL Mike, don't be a hypocrite, you are the biggest apologist out there!!

Posted by: Reality09 | March 2, 2010 12:36 PM
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Michael Wilbon has still never seen this capitals team play live. Mind-boggling.

Posted by: kilpatricka | March 2, 2010 12:34 PM
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Got a problem with Wilbon, complain to the Post..He's terrible, he writes about hockey when the Olympics come every 4 years, and then he writes a few articles during the playoffs. He jumps at the chance to write when hockey's popular at the moment with the media. He knows absolutely ZERO about hockey..Teams are made up of 20 players, not one player versus one player (Ovie/Crosby) They all need the rest of the team to play well too-- Get off the comparisons they are both tremendous players..
Now please go back to B-Ball.

Posted by: topshelf | March 2, 2010 12:33 PM
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World Wide Wilbon needs to stick with sports he knows ie. NBA NFL golf. it has been awhile since you have played hockey Wilbon so pay attention Crosby's TEAM has beaten Ovi's TEAM .Alex Ovechkin is not the GM or coach of the Capitals or Team Russia last year Crosby GM went out and got the players the Pens need to win ..did Crosby win the playoff MVP for leading his team to win the Stanley Cup? NO ..was Team Canada with all NHL players a better team in the Olympics than team Russia of coarse they were. Russia was 1/2 KHL players and there is a reason why they are in the KHL.the player with better team has been Crosby ..HAS BEEN Crosby ...let me put it in term you are more comfortable with and with Wilbon logic.... Dwayne Wade is better that LeBron James because Lebron hasnt won anything so how good is he really

Posted by: heathdog1119 | March 2, 2010 12:33 PM
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Ovechkin above the law?!? Funny, I recall that is was Ovi that was suspended this year, then named team captain, and maturely stated "Canada deserves to win the gold". How then can you say that he is so out of control and have churlish behaviors? It is inane writers like Wilbon that continues to put things out in the public and abusing their powers without researching at all the facts. By the way, how long did it take before Michael Jordan won his first Championship? I believe at that time Isiah Thomas was "Light Years" ahead of MJ. Gee, I wonder who ended up being voted the greatest all time NBA player in history later? What a stupid comment to say that Crosby is light years ahead of Ovechkin just because Crosby has been blessed with great supporting casts both in Pittsburgh and on Team Canada. Wilbon apparently forgot about the setback that Glen Hanlon inflicted on the development of this team prior to Bruce Boudreau becoming coach. Despite the varied coaching styles, Ovechkin was still able to post his incredible numbers and keep his team competitive. Ovechkin did not win the Hart and the MVP 2 years in a row for no reason. Players, Coaches and "Other" sports writers recognize that the team would be nothing without Ovechkin. I am not sure the same thing could of been said for Pittsburgh (2008) and Team Canada if Crosby was on neither team because they were already so loaded.

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 2, 2010 12:32 PM
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So....Rick Fox > LBJ?

Canada outscored their opponents 35-16 in
their 7 games yet Crosby ended 14/20 in +/- on his team. His team won the Stanley Cup yet he wasn't named the MVP. He's never had higher than a +/- of 18 and that's the only time it's been above 10. To give you some perspective, Ovechkin's is +43. When you're on a winning team and theyre scoring/giving up goals at the same rate when you're on/off the ice, that seems to imply your team isn't really missing too much without you. That's obviously not the case. Crosby is a great player but it's pretty clear the teams around him have been far superior to the teams OV has had. The Penguins won 23 games the year before Crosby arrived. In Crosby's rookie year they won 22 games. The next year Malkin came and they won 47 games. Crosby alone = POS loser. Crosby + immense talent in every facet of the game = Championships.

Posted by: yrozmaryn | March 2, 2010 12:30 PM
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Great article Mr. Wilbon. I feel sorry for all the passionate (insert bandwagon here) Capitals fans that are criticizing you.

Posted by: wpost67 | March 2, 2010 12:27 PM
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I think Wilbon should just stick to basketball....yet he fails at covering that well too...maybe the Bears? Wait he sucks at that too.

Posted by: gr8t | March 2, 2010 12:20 PM
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this is why nobody in Washington cares for you or your columns any more, MIKE....blah...why don't you continue on and write a nice glowing piece about Tony $omo while your at it...go back to Chicago

oh and I am a camera man and that was not a hard shove by any means...please. It's not like he brought lethal weapons to work with him like the folks you alluded to above.

Posted by: lang77 | March 2, 2010 12:12 PM
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Matt, I guess you're something of a new Caps fan otherwise you'd remember this from back in 2004:

Capitals' Owner Clashes With Fan at Game

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 27, 2004; Page A01

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was involved in a physical altercation with a season ticket holder at MCI Center on Sunday night after being taunted and jeered by fans during the team's loss to Philadelphia, the Capitals' first home game since Leonsis traded all-star winger Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers.

The fan, Jason Hammer, 20, a resident of the District, said Leonsis grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground after he had led a mocking chant of Leonsis during the game and hoisted a sign chiding him. Some witnesses explained the confrontation differently, offering varying accounts of the severity of the clash.

You can read the full article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A50620-2004Jan26

Posted by: LionelMandrake | March 2, 2010 12:12 PM
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Who'd have thought one could make a career by being a 'race baiter'? Wilbon is a one trick pony --- take an issue where you don't know most of the facts; do no research; come up with some harebrained, sorry analysis; mix in some 'whites hate blacks' into it; and you have success. Only in America.

Last I checked Crosby's supporting cast on the heavy favorites, Canada, and on the Pens last year, were MUCH BETTER than Ovi's. This article is sheer stupidity - just a cloak for what he wanted to write - BLACKS ARE CONSTANTLY VICTIMS OF RACISM.

Wilbon comes from Chicago. Last I checked, Chicago has it's fair share of racist blacks as well.

This guy is a disgrace - please send him packing.

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | March 2, 2010 12:10 PM
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If this was tennis (or any individual sport), then Crosby would have a slight advantage. Slight because OV has also played on Championship teams (not the Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold medal-yet) as well.
Hockey is a TEAM sport Mr. Wilbon. Crosby is a great hockey player (a bit too much of a whiner/crybaby in my book, but thats just my opinion) and so is OV. Pittsburgh had a better TEAM and the Canadian team was flat our LOADED.
But hey, Mike, why let these little facts get in the way?

Posted by: TimDz | March 2, 2010 12:08 PM
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If this was tennis (or any individual sport), then Crosby would have a slight advantage. Slight because OV has also played on Championship teams (not the Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold medal-yet) as well.
Hockey is a TEAM sport Mr. Wilbon. Crosby is a great hockey player (a bit too much of a whiner/crybaby in my book, but thats just my opinion) and so is OV. Pittsburgh had a better TEAM and the Canadian team was flat our LOADED.
But hey, Mike, why let these little facts get in the way?

Posted by: TimDz | March 2, 2010 12:07 PM
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You folks everywhere are becoming aware of what we New Englanders have known for some time. This guy is a hates all New England teams, makes race related comments all the time and gets away with it, is blinded by stars (particularly African American ones) in his eyes, defends the undefendable, makes the most sophomoric and sexist comments imaginable and gets away with it,

Posted by: oldson50 | March 2, 2010 12:07 PM
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If this was tennis (or any individual sport), then Crosby would have a slight advantage. Slight because OV has also played on Championship teams (not the Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold medal-yet) as well.
Hockey is a TEAM sport Mr. Wilbon. Crosby is a great hockey player (a bit too much of a whiner/crybaby in my book, but thats just my opinion) and so is OV. Pittsburgh had a better TEAM and the Canadian team was flat our LOADED.
But hey, Mike, why let these little facts get in the way?

Posted by: TimDz | March 2, 2010 12:06 PM
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It was a fan's camera. The video is on YouTube and a Russian reporter notes that what's his face apologizes for hurting her. Can't stand that you're guy is an a-hole, can you?

Posted by: KPaige1 | March 2, 2010 12:05 PM
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If this was tennis (or any individual sport), then Crosby would have a slight advantage. Slight because OV has also played on Championship teams (not the Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold medal-yet) as well.
Hockey is a TEAM sport Mr. Wilbon. Crosby is a great hockey player (a bit too much of a whiner/crybaby in my book, but thats just my opinion) and so is OV. Pittsburgh had a better TEAM and the Canadian team was flat our LOADED.
But hey, Mike, why let these little facts get in the way?

Posted by: TimDz | March 2, 2010 12:04 PM
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LionelMandrake: When did the incident to which you refer take place? Give all the facts and details concerning it.

Mr. Wilbon, read through this and you will see all of the Ovechkin/Cap haters clinging to you as fact. You can retract, you can apologize, but the fact is -- your words are now out there and will be used to support some awful positions.

Put more simply, your irresponsible fact checking has done more than undermine your credibility, it has forever tarnished it.

An apology is simply not enough, but an article on the dangers of the new media, citing to yourself as an exammple, is in order. In this article, discuss the differences between the old style of fact checking, editing, and contemplating before publication and the ability to shoot off anything into cyberspace and have it taken as fact.

As well, another discussion on reverse racism is probably in order. It was repulsive that you pulled the race card on this one. There *are* times when race is a factor, this isn't one. By playing the race card willy nilly you completely undermine the times when race is a factor. You cried wolf here; what is going to happen when there is a wolf?

Posted by: Matt23185 | March 2, 2010 12:03 PM
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It's not an excuse, but he was completely devastated after the loss when the woman tried to shoot him. At first he tried to move around her, but she continued to follow him with the camera and he put his hand on the lenses. There's no evidence of the bruises, it's all made up.

NOT TRUE - Look at the YouTube Video - he walks right up to her and puts his hand out. He doesn't try to walk around her. He later apologized because he knew he did something WRONG. Don't make excuses for BAD behavior - I'm sure if it was someone in your family you'd be all okay with it. NOT

Ovechkin is a dirty player and it is my wish that Washington will NEVER win the Stanley Cup with him a part of it. I remember a time when hockey players were people of quality - Howe, Orr, Beliveau, Gretzy, Crosby - yes, Crosby is a gentleman not some showboater who is obviously a prima donna in a TEAM sport.

All of you are so desperate to have a win of any kind that you'll tolerate a dirty player. Sad. Not the tradition in hockey and it's just so sad.

Posted by: KPaige1 | March 2, 2010 12:02 PM
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Wilbon,

You are one to talk about a sense of entitlement because you are just plain arrogant. And so is your boy Kornheiser. I was covering a Terps game a few years back for a small weekly newspaper. All the reporters were in the media room in Comcast Center and a bunch of people were standing around talking about the team.

I was standing there and dared to offer a comment and since I was a nobody in your world, your and Kornheiser both told me what I could go do with myself. So before you start ragging on some athlete, take a look in the mirror.

Posted by: SportsReporter | March 2, 2010 11:59 AM
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The only part of Mr. Wilbon's article that rings true is the fact that Crosby has won two significant major championships. Otherwise, it's a laughable excuse for a column; approaching the depths of Tracee Hamilton's attempt to write about soccer last year. Which was perhaps the worst newspaper column I've read in my life.

Posted by: mgilham | March 2, 2010 11:58 AM
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Let's not forget that Wilbon also called Sean Taylor a gangsta thug, dying a thug's death, before he knew the details of the murder.

Posted by: emcdona1 | March 2, 2010 11:57 AM
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I think you should do a little more research before you write a column...did you SEE the bruises on the reporter Ovechkin shoved? Do you have access to medical reports that support your claim? Why don't you learn a little about hockey and the players you're commenting on before you jump to your assinine conclusions, instead of reading other biased reports and writing a column. making yourself sound more in the loop than you really are.

Posted by: R617 | March 2, 2010 11:56 AM
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First of all, Wilbon doesn't know anything about hockey. Clearly. Never talks about it. Never writes about it. Second of all, this is a guy who blamed Sean Taylor for his own murder and never had the character to apologize. All anyone needs to know.

Posted by: poguesmahone | March 2, 2010 11:54 AM
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The truth hurts Washington dosn't it !
Face it. Ovie is the Payton Manning of hockey and Sid is the Tom Brady. Winners WIN.....

P.S. Wilbon golfs with Tiger & M.J. do you really think real friends talk about each other like that.

Posted by: RAM5 | March 2, 2010 11:53 AM
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Wilbon,

You have a problem with making somewhat valid points without coming across as a DC hater. You don't need to be a jerk and make huge sweeping generalizations about the Top sports star in DC in order to make a point. Perhaps you will consider making your point in the future as a potential warning as opposed to seemingly attacking people like Ovie. It never looks good when I guy (who has a history of disliking the sports teams from the city he works for) acts like the judge and jury in editorial. I get that you are paid to give your opinion, but you show your PREJUDICE (from the word PRE-JUDGE) when you don't allow the facts to come out prior to passing your judgment on Ovechkin.

I thought you were smarter than that-- guess not.

Posted by: jlarranaga | March 2, 2010 11:48 AM
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mike i love ya man but get facts rihght Ovie has a 2 world title , 2 hart trphies world junior champion. reason Crosby has the stanley cup gold medal not because of crosby is because look at the teams he is on Canada was loaded. Pittsburgh is mre then just Crosby to have Malkin and Staal all better movre well round then Ovie group was ti'll this year

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 2, 2010 11:47 AM
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Wilbon right crosby has alot of hardware but to say he needs a telescope cmon. Crosby has been put in acouple fortune situation that any great player would take advantage of . 1st pittsburgh penguins are the washington capitals just 3 years older due to the fact they have mixed a team with young stars and veterans who have played through te grind. saw game 7 they won without crosby. 2nd kidding me okay crosby had the game winner but throughout the olympics where was he. He did miss a break away chance would have beat usa striaght up> crosby is not miles away because 4 months from now things could be different. lets not forget ove has to do alot more then crosby for his team be successful

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 2, 2010 11:41 AM
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You know, I just took a look back at some of Wilbon's other recent postings and I noted the following comments he made on February 10:

"Ovechkin is the best player in the NHL right now. He's sixth in assists and we don't think of him as a playmaker, really. The rage he plays with is irresistible. Goodness. The one thing I wonder about is whether the Caps can sustain this into a through the playoffs. They're hot so early. Are they unbelievably hot or this good? Thing about the NBA and NHL is you want to see the best players in the playoffs, and I can't wait to see Ovechkin in April/May and presumably June."

Now, I have no doubt that if pressed on the issue Wilbon would probably now try to backtrack and say that Ovechkin was "playing like the best player in the NHL" during the Caps' recent winning streak. I also agree with Wilbon's point about it being an open question whether the Caps can sustain the pace into the playoffs, as any long-time fan will remember the years back in the 1980s where the Caps peaked too soon and crashed in the postseason.

But none of that explains Wilbon's inconsistency about Ovechkin's play on the ice. First he says his "rage" is "irresistible." Now he suddenly does an about-face and complains about Ovechkin's play, even though there has been nothing in the past three weeks to warrant a change of opinion.

Bottom line, Wilbon's a troll.

Posted by: 1995hoo | March 2, 2010 11:34 AM
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Dear Washington Post editor. You got rid of Tony to keep Wilbon? I don't know who the bigger idiot is. Wilbon is a racist who gets away with it because he's black. He slammed Phelps and gives a pass to Tiger/Jordan? Is he trying to get another book deal? What a joke, joke, joke! Serve him his buyout and get over this already.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | March 2, 2010 11:31 AM
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Let's all take a deep breath. Relax. For full disclosure I am a long time Caps fan. Watched Langway in the minors. Not an expert, but I know a little about hockey. I love Ovie's game; his intensity on the ice. But face it. His behavior off-ice in Vancouver was churlish and his team's play on ice was lacking. In the biggest games, in the ones that decide whether or not you win or advance in championship play, he has been out played by Crosby. Don't like it but it's a fact.

Ovie is certainly, at this point in his career, in the conversation regarding the all-time greats (Howe, Hull, Richard) but until he adds some team hardware to his resume, he is not up in the penthouse with Crosby and his like. He's young, extremely talented, and I think he'll get there.

Now, about the "race card". If you pay attention at all, you would have to believe that if the camera incidences, bruises or not, involved a black player, in any sport, ther would have been more of an uproar in the American press (there was in the Canadian press). This is not playing the "race card". It is playing the reality card.

Posted by: prestoj | March 2, 2010 11:28 AM
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Go back to PTI please and hang with your boy Kornhole.

Posted by: magnetic54 | March 2, 2010 11:18 AM
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Mr. Wilbon,
You shold stick to what you know, basketball maybe.

But you are so far off the charts on this one, it isn't even fair for me to bash you....please explain to me where in hockey or sprots (like your lovable basketball) where 1 player does it all - it is not even humanly possible! So, please, did MJ win the NBA championship alone - NOPE - yep he might have scored over 60pts in the Boston Garden during a playoff game, but he didn't win anything scoring out of his mind - he won when a better group of players was assembled around him - SO, I ask you how was Ovie to win last year when his Defense was as full of holes as a noodle strainer! PLEASE, Mr. Wilbon, get your facts straight, didn't you hear the Canadian team had like 15+ All-Stars from the NHL on their team for the Olympics (and there were only 23 players selected), so please the Canadian team was as close to a Hockey "Dream Team" as you can get, most of their players are also the Captain of their respective NHL team, too. So, please don't compare Ovie and Crosby because there is NO comparison....if Ovie doesn't score he does other things that are required in hockey, bang on the boards to cycle a puck, get assists (which Ovie has more assists in the NHL than Sidney), so understand the game before you become writer of Ovie isn't close to Crosby....your comment is like saying Larry Bird isn't close to MJ - please!

Stick to your PTI show, because over the past few years, with racial rants on a High School in DC and your 1 sided support of them - blaming everyone else was wrong - YET don't look atthe High School Coach and how he handled it or what those High School players said themselves (your postiion read like they were the most church going group ever of a hgih school football team - again from Washington DC for god sake) to your other views....just plain wrong and out of touch!

Posted by: talbottj | March 2, 2010 11:17 AM
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I'm so sick of Wilbon. Could he please move back to Chicago. It's a team game Wilbon and Crosby's teams have gotten the better of Ovie's. As of now, wait until this upcoming playoffs.

Plus, there is a reason they give out a MVP award to the best player in hockey every year. By the way Wilbon, Ovie has won that two years in a row and is about to win a 3rd.

Posted by: fullertom | March 2, 2010 11:17 AM
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The most laughable thing about this post is Wilbon scolding us for being Ovi's apologists. Hello, pot? This is the kettle; you're (the presence of all colors, pigmentally speaking - mustn't be racist!) How can anyone who has made a career of blindly fluffing disgraced athletes like Jordan and Tiger accuse ANYONE of being an apologist? Jeebus, all you have to do is read his ludicrous post about the Tiger dog-n-pony show to see that he has zero credibility on this front. Seriously Mike, how can you look in the mirror?

Posted by: jburksva | March 2, 2010 11:11 AM
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When did you become TMZ or Perez Hilton? You're reporting on speculation about him bruising a girl in that shuffle. Give me a break. Additionally, get a fact checker.

I'm not saying Ovie is innocent or stands up to Crosby's accomplishments yet but this is a plain stupid argument. I used to respect you. You've gone down hill.

Posted by: mbm1 | March 2, 2010 11:11 AM
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Mike: You're flat-out wrong. And then when you think about it a little more, you're wrong again. First of all Crosby was not that good in the Olympics. He was a bad fit on that team-- sort of a European-style finesse player on a team that otherwise was able to transition to become grinders. Frankly he was largely lost. As for Ovie, you can't fault him for having to make up for the deficiencies of KHL players who are just not as good as even your average NHL player. The Russians, from the get-go, were not as good as Canada or Sweden although Ovie tried his heart out to make up for it. Mike, why don't you stir up trouble in sports you know something about?

Posted by: JoeTink | March 2, 2010 11:11 AM
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Wilbon wrote: "Seriously, when is the last time an athlete of that stature, in any sport, was involved in such an incident?"

It wasn't an athlete, but the owner of the Caps who was last involved in such an incident. So of course it's not a big deal to Caps fans who tend to look the other way when one of their heroes misbehaves. As they say a fish stinks from the head on down, and with Mr. Leonsis in charge that's certainly the way it's been.

I am glad to see Wilbon write about this, someone in this town has to be critical of the Caps when they act up.

Posted by: LionelMandrake | March 2, 2010 11:10 AM
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Being a Washingtonian and die-hard sportsfan, I agree with Mr. Wilbon's assessment of Ovie and Crosby. Both players are undeniably talented and at the top of their games in their respective sports. However, Ovie is not untouchable in terms of being criticized for his poor behavior lately. None of us were there to witness the camera incidents if in fact they are factual. However, it appears that in Ovie's quest to prove that he is in fact a better player that Crosby, he seems to have lost some control. I too agree that if Ovie's actions were committed in say the NBA or NFL? There is a LARGE majority of bloggers as well as media who would have gone to no end to label his actions as just an example of 'thuggish' behavior. Ovie is NOT above criticism and I am one of his biggest fans. Constructive criticism can be helpful and in this case, it is well-deserved. Great article Mr. Wilbon and keep up the great work! While I do NOT always agree with your articles, you were spot on with this one!

Posted by: Thunderclap | March 2, 2010 11:09 AM
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Ovie should never had done what he did to the woman with the camera. That said, Wilbon seems to be a lot harder on Ovie for that than for Tiger's behavior. Why? I guess because he views Tiger as a "friend" he doesn't want to offend.

Ovie and Crosby are both great players. Hockey is a team sport, and it is unfair to read too much into one winning a championship and the other not, especially this early in their careers. The Caps are lining up to be hockey's next dynasty. Great GM, great coach, and a superstar.

Posted by: InTheMiddle | March 2, 2010 11:08 AM
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Wow. Mr. Wilbon, you've managed to alienate probably tens of thousands of your (former) supporters in one fell swoop. And of course you've incensed a few thousand who already had misgivings about you, as they think you too often throw a racially-charged comment into your posts - I'm not one of those BTW, but I know of quite a few who do feel that way. I'm anxious to see how you respond to this backlash, if at all, and am wondering if this could have a lasting effect on your image here...

Posted by: skinsfan11 | March 2, 2010 11:03 AM
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Mr. Wilbon,

Your blog entry seems way over-the-top and almost personal in its attack on Alexander Ovechkin. While he played very poorly at the Olympics, many NHL players are on record saying he is not out to injure, and plays with a passion for the game. Mr. Steinberg rightly noted that many of your scathing comments were without merit or taken out of context.

I was sincerely disappointed by your rant and wrongly expected more of you.

Posted by: privacy3 | March 2, 2010 11:01 AM
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Wilbon is well known for his disdain of all Washington sports other than Georgetown. Its a shame that he has an abject inability to present an objective viewpoint. I used to enjoy reading his columns even when I didn't agree with him but now he has just lost a lot of respect. He should apologize.

Posted by: rock-o | March 2, 2010 10:57 AM
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Wow, Wilbon is a complete moron to say the least and this column only proves it. This only proves that Wilbon knows nothing about hockey yet chooses to write about it to kiss the a** of Cindy.

"Right now, Ovechkin would need a telescope to see Crosby, who's that far ahead in this race."

Really Mr. Hockey? I think if you look at the stats over the past several years you will see differently. Ovechkin is a more exciting player, scores more goals and is a huge physical presence.

Ovechkin and Crosby are young stars and there will be many playoffs ahead, so one series or one game does not decide this. Cindy is so over-hyped and so beloved by the Canadian media it is ridiculous. Coming from a columnist who knows zero about hockey and even less about Ovechkin and the Caps, I had to laugh.

As for all the garbage about the camera incident and all that cr**, how is it I never heard about it? I guess it must have been such a huge story that it wasn't even mentioned in the Post or by the real hockey columnists.

Wilbon...go back to Chicago, or better yet, go to Pittsburgh and worship Cindy. Show up at Verizon Center for a Caps game soon so we can boo you out of the arena!Q

Posted by: EricinMD | March 2, 2010 10:56 AM
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Mr. Wilbon - Your years of commentary and work at the Post have earned you a great deal of leeway and goodwill from readers. However, I think yesterday's Chathouse followed by this posting demonstrate to all of us what makes you a good writer and why, hopefully, this is a lesson to you regarding the internet. When you write an article, you go through a writing process -- draft, review, submit to editor, publish. This process allows you to have things fact checked and allows the heat of the moment to cool off. In other words, it builds perspective into your work. With easy access to a chat and blog, the "review, submit to editor, publish" portion is removed. Thus, emotions that are removed from your writing via the process are not removed when you write and publish directly to the internet. This is a situation where, had you had to go through the entire writing process, many of the factual inaccuracies which are so troubling would have been removed and your opinion would stand on it's own. The factual inaccuracies which are prevalent in your piece need have cost you a great deal of the goodwill earned over the years. As a reader, how can we trust that, in pieces where we do not have the same knowledge as you, you are giving us all the actual facts (not those you perceive)? It takes a big person to admit when they've made mistakes. But, in order to gain back some of the trust and good will you spent via this article through impulsiveness, you must find a way of retracting and apologizing.

As well, the playing of the race card was out of bounds here; completely out of bounds. Simply because Ovechkin is white and those to whom you cite are not does not mean this is a race situation. As a reader, I found your use of those examples to be your way of saying, "If you disagree with me, you're a racist." That's repugnant on so many levels. Perhaps, we disagree with you because the facts on which you base your conclusion are flawed. This is not to excuse Ovechkin's behavior, but to explain our position.

Simply sign me, a tremendously disappointed former fan of your's.

Posted by: Matt23185 | March 2, 2010 10:48 AM
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"Stick to basketball, Wilbon." Yeah, because it takes such a lifetime of hockey knowledge to observe a hundred-million-dollar man swaying a touch out of control. I'm the first to rip Wilbon for silly columns like the time he scolded Michael Phelps for smoking marijuana in private -- and I consider Crosby to be the Duke basketball (not a good thing) of hockey -- but he's dead on here.

The best line: "The worst thing Ovechkin can have around town is too many apologists."

And yet here you all are, so blinded by the creepy jingoism that is sports allegiance that you can't dare read a criticism of Ovechkin.

I love watching Ovie; even rooted for Russia behind the U.S. in the Olympics. At the same time, I am concerned about his superstardom.

Posted by: scrappledog | March 2, 2010 10:42 AM
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I knew this was a bad article when I read that Crosby had won a World Championship. See, I was curious to see if Crosby was already triple gold (Stanley Cup, Olympics, WC), which would def be come kind of record at his young age. Thing is, he had won World Junior Championships.

So either WIlbon doesn't know the difference, or he just saw that Canada won the WC in the last 5 years and therefore Crosby was on the team (even worse).

We can't really fault Wilbon for this. Black players get passes for things like this, Russians don't. Basketball teams are about individuals, hockey ones aren't. Wilbon says he grew up watching the Blackhawks, I simply don't believe that, there is no way you can be so ignorant about a sport you grew up watching.

I don't mind when wlibon writes about the effect of ovie on dc sports, with that he can give some insight. but otherwise, let's all stand up and say in one really clear voice:

WILBON STOP WRITING ABOUT HOCKEY!!!!!!

Posted by: salparadise661 | March 2, 2010 10:32 AM
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Trent Dilfer was a better than Dan Marino too, cause ole Trent has a super bowl ring. Ovie out of control ?...gimmie a break. Stick to Round ball...you know nothing about hockey.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | March 2, 2010 10:27 AM
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I don't think the main point of the column by Mr. Wilbon was really about Ovechkin vs. Crosby and who is better, instead it was more to try and make a point about black athletes being held accountable vs. white athletes. He just used Ovechkin-Crosby to get attention.

That being said, I think it was stupid of Mr. Wilbon to include both of these subjects in one column. If he wants to make a point about black athletes and accountability vs. white athletes, then write a column about only that subject and leave Sydney Crosby out of it. Instead, what could have been a valid point about a lack of accountability for Ovechkin and the camera incident (although the evidence is far too circumstantial to make any conclusions yet) is lost with his ridiculous claims that the league MVP the last two seasons running is miles behind his main rival.

I agree with the opinion that ESPN has really forced some of the best sportswriters of the last decade to make far out and biased claims to get attention. It sucks that the ESPN culture has eroded the kind of deep thinking, unbiased and objective journalism that might actually be worth printing.

Posted by: rademaar | March 2, 2010 10:19 AM
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What an absolute tird of a column. Race card? Check!! Unsubstantiated junk? Check!! Lack of fact checking? Check!!

Honestly, Mike. Just get on with it and change your name to Michael Trollbon.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | March 2, 2010 10:18 AM
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McPhee said what was obvious, that many teams including Russia just didn't have any coaching prior to or at the Olympic Games.

Russia had talent but played undisciplined, individual style hockey and that was fine until they met up with Slovakia and Canada, teams with NHL caliber talent to compete with.

The Slovakia loss in retrospect was a sign of deep trouble for Russia and how their team was constituted.

They were simply outworked and outplayed.

As far as the Caps go, the team does have coaching and that's why Ovechkin and Semin play a more disciplined style of hockey here than they did in the Olympics.

Ovechkin is 24 years old. He was named a team captain just this year.

Funny, people forget that Mario Lemieux came into the NHL in 1985 and didn't win a Cup until 1991-1992.

Why? Because the team surrounding him simply wasn't good enough.

It wasn't until the club added defensemen and an all-star goalie that the team won.

Ditto for Denis Potvin, another Hall of Famer. He came into the league in 1974 but didn't win a Cup until 1980-81, when the Islanders mini-dynasty began.

That's 6 years for Lemieux and 6 years for Potvin.

But Ovechkin, coming to a team that won 20 games is supposed to have already won how many championships at age 24?

The impatience to judge Ovechkin and evaluate his career when it has barely started to me is very strange.

Everyone wants to see a guy come in and win right away but what Magic Johnson did in 1980, coming to a team built to win with him on it is something that comes along very rarely.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 2, 2010 10:17 AM
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Dear Wilbon

Your an idiot. Thanks for coming on and pointing out the obvious. Crosby is ahead of Ovechkin.
Then you go on to say that Ovie is above the law and needs to be brought back in. Well I dont expect you to understand that Ovie had the weight of a country on his shoulders. I mean you cant even carry that stupid two man show "PTI".
Guys---obviously basketball is going to go on strike her soon and no one will miss it. So Wilbon is trying to transform over to hockey or he'll be completely useless to espn and the post.

Posted by: cptjack70 | March 2, 2010 10:03 AM
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Wilbon, you compared somewhere OV to Jordan. You said Jordan would never shove a reporter's camera out of his face. OV did so OV is a more reprehensible person. Really? Really? You really wanna go there? You wanna compare what Jordan has done off court to OV's actions? People think Tiger is such a dick for cheating on his wife? He is nothing compared to Jordan's indiscretions. Tiger's an amateur. Please stop already Wilbon. Yes we know you love Chicago. You wouldn't shut up about it ever since you got here.

Posted by: Andoy | March 2, 2010 10:02 AM
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Stop making excuses for Ovie before we have another Gilbert situation...

Wilbon is 100% correct, Cindy Crosby, love him or hate him is at this point a proven winner & has taken both his professional team & countrymen to the promised land. Until OV wins Stanley Cup, all the comparisons should stop regarding their teams. OV has won individual awards but all the MVP's don't mean a thing if your team isn't winning Championships!

Posted by: tony325 | March 2, 2010 9:52 AM
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Final point--Ovechkin was HAMMERED by the press up in Canada. He was criticized from the very first day. Did you even WATCH any of the Olympics or read the daily diatribes about Ovechkin. Oh maybe you were watching the ice dancing since you don't have time for hockey anymore. And certainly not for Caps hockey!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 2, 2010 9:52 AM
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Oh my bad, you *did* play the race card here. I should have finished reading but it was really hard to get through this nonsense.

You're a joke.

Posted by: JillC | March 2, 2010 9:49 AM
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Wow. You people get touchy.

First: Despite what the media say, Team Canada wasn't Crosby's team. I sincerely doubt that a team that has Scott Neidermeyer, Chris Pronger, Jerome Iginla, etc were following Crosby's lead. Crosby was merely a cog in the machine of Team Canada. Maybe it'll be his team to lead in 2014, but not in 2010.

Same goes for Ovechkin. Heck, looking at how the team lost their way against Canada, you can say they didn't have a coach. Maybe it would have been a time for Ovechkin to step up and just take the mantle. But he didn't.

While the marketers would have liked this to have been "Crosby's Team vs. Ovechkin's Team" it wasn't. That's just the way hockey is.

But Wilbon's right in that the chip on Ovechkin's shoulder that fans love has gotten a little too big. And with the Caps, where he's captain, he can't behave like that.

Posted by: kolbkl | March 2, 2010 9:49 AM
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I'm sure others will comment regarding the Ovechkin topics in your artice. I want to comment on you bringing up race when it was uncalled for. Why a person in your position would choose to be part of the problem instead of part of the solution is beyond me. I'm very disappointed.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 2, 2010 9:49 AM
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To think I wasted 3 minutes of my time to read Wilbon's drivel. I should have known better, since he has become a shill for ESPN and an apologist for all things NBA. Good-bye Michael your soul is now the property of the Disney Corp.

Posted by: redsoxnation | March 2, 2010 9:48 AM
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Alex Ovechkin "undecorated?" How do you explain this? http://nbcsportsmedia.msnbc.com/j/ap/798cd1b6-a995-401e-88ee-cf76f3ad5522.h2.jpg

This is the first (and last) time I've read Wilbon's World. Clearly, it exists as a forum for you to state inaccuracies as fact. The only thing missing in this post is the race card you so absurdly played in your chat. I'm embarrassed for you, dude. You're ruining any remaining shreds of your own credibility, and you come across like a misinformed blowhard. Shame on the Post for allowing this.

Posted by: JillC | March 2, 2010 9:48 AM
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I'm sure others will comment concerning the Ovechkin topics in your article. What I want to address is you bringing up race when it was uncalled for. Why a person in your position would choose to be part of the problem instead of part of the solution is beyond me. I'm very disappointed.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 2, 2010 9:44 AM
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As for your worthless Ovi vs Crosby debate--honestly don't you think it's been done to death. Other posters here have already pointed out your factual mistakes, but again bad research on your part.

What is so stupid about this debate is that

1) Both Ovechkin and Crosby are great on their own merits. They are both once-in-a-generation types of players, but they play different positions with different responsibilities on their respective teams. It's the media and the fans who get obsessed with who is number one.

2) Crosby came to a team that had nearly finished it rebuilding whereas Ovi has had the team rebuilt around him. In other words our star franchise player came first.

3) It takes a team to win championships. Ovechkin nor Crosby nor anyone else can win it alone. That is the beauty of hockey: one person no matter how gifted simply cannot do it alone.

4) You have conveniently ignored just how brilliantly and responsibly this team and its new Captain Ovi have performed so far in the season. The Capitals are first in the league, ahead of the Sharks by one point and are in a great position to set themselves up for the playoff run. And I won't even go into the personal stats for Ovi--well maybe I will--1st in overall points by 9, tied for 1st in goals, 1st in plus/minus, and 6th in assists. Yeah I'll take Ovi for the Caps.

This season is perhaps the first of many years in which the Caps have a great chance to win the Cup. But as a TEAM--a team with a leader of amazing skills--but a team nonetheless.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 2, 2010 9:40 AM
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Wow. You've really become an armchair reporter who doesn't check his facts. Guess you're no better these days than any quack blogger out there. NOTE: I grew up on you and Kornheiser and have been a huge fan, but I think you've gotten a little full of yourself and should check your ego (super-ego) a little bit and start doing some reporting for once. This posting of yours is a little daffy and suspect. Get back to reality.

Posted by: illiad1 | March 2, 2010 9:29 AM
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Michael, I'm not sure why you felt inclined to use the camera "incident" as evidence of an apparent flaw in Ovie's character that makes Crosby a better man in comparison. The so-called "disturbing behavior" you describe doesn't rise to the level you'll find in the NFL or NBA. As I recall, some NBA players recently brought loaded weapons into their locker room, disposed of them in order to hide evidence, then joked about the incident on-camera. I've never heard a story like this in the NHL, nor any involving the fathering of who-knows-how-many illegitimate children, drugs, murder, DUIs and general thuggery like you find in the NFL and NBA. Stick to the sports you know and leave hockey to the experts.

And by the way, it's not unprededented for a celebrity or athlete to push away a camera that's been suddenly and rudely shoved in their face. I'd like to see your reaction in the same situation.

Posted by: AmyS1 | March 2, 2010 9:20 AM
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I love it. You admit that Ovechkin is a bigger points producer and is more entertaining, yet you still praise Crosby as a better player because his teams do better.

Individually Ovie has FAR more accolades than Crosby. More MVP's (voted by fellow players), more Richard trophies, and more scoring titles. He is far and away the more physical player, which is a huge deal in hockey (just look at the game changing hit he laid on Jagr of all people), and he is also a much more energetic player.

True, Crosby has a stanley cup won the gold this year (though his Canada finished 4 spots behind Ovie and the Russians and lost the head to head game in 06), but last time I checked no individual won the stanley cup.

So until they only engrave one name on the cup or only give away one medal, lets compare individuals based on individual performance. In this case Ovie is far ahead.

Posted by: johnqpublic1 | March 2, 2010 9:18 AM
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I'm not sure why I'm taking this buffoon Wilbon's comments seriously. He's proven over many years that he's just another professional agitator, a black Rush Limbaugh if you will, who's out to gain himself an audience by stirring up controversy.

With that said, I saw the following comment made on a Caps-related forum recently and it struck me as rather perceptive (I've edited the punctuation a bit):

"In 1980 the then-Washington Bullets used their first-round pick on Wes Matthews, a guard from Wisconsin. He was known for being incredibly quick but a terrible shooter, and he also had some other issues which led to his being kicked off the Badger team just before the NIT. Nonetheless the Bullets picked him--and at mid-season traded him to the Atlanta Hawks for Don Collins in a deal that the Hawks coach described as 'trading one headache for another.'

"Matthews stayed at Atlanta for a couple of seasons then knocked around several other clubs--the Sixers, the Spurs, the pre-MJ Bulls--then finally ended up on the front doorstep of the Los Angeles Lakers, near the end of their Magic-led 'Showtime' era...just in time to pick up two championship rings in 1987 and 1988.

"Therefore, using Wilbon's reasoning, Wes Matthews was a better basketball player than Karl Malone or John Stockton because Matthews has two rings while Malone and Stockton have none. In fact Matthews was a better player than Wes Unseld because Unseld played on only one title winner."


To analogize to another sport, who would you rather have as your NFL team's quarterback? Dan Marino, who won but a single AFC championship and never a Super Bowl but had a long and storied career, or Mark Rypien, who shot across the NFL sky like a comet and won Super Bowl XXVI but then vanished?

There are several things I'd like to say about Wilbon's race-baiting, but I have a feeling the moderators would delete my comments if I did.

Posted by: 1995hoo | March 2, 2010 9:14 AM
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But Wilbon followed the Blackhawks growing up!!!!11!1!!

Posted by: CletusVanDamme | March 2, 2010 9:09 AM
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You should also read the fine blogger Peerless Prognosticator who brilliantly takes apart your self-serving, out-of-context, and misleading statements made by Ovechkin's coach Boudreau regarding the knee-on-knee collision with Gleason.

Now those statements I CAN verify and you have willfully mischaracterized what Boudreau said. He did not say or mean what you said he did in your piece. Perhaps you should do some basic research and actually listen to the full interview with Boudreau and characterize his comments correctly.

Moreover, on the ice Ovi has done exactly what McPhee and Boudreau hoped he would do--be more careful on the ice when he is choosing his check. Injury was and is the greatest concern, both to himself and the opposing players. But checks and hits are part of the game. I thought you said that you use to watch hockey. Perhaps you should start watching our most current and exciting Caps team, which is of a post-lockout style, and not just recall the hockey of your youth.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 2, 2010 8:57 AM
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So....if the Blackhawks win the Cup this year I guess JONATHAN TOEWS would be superior to Ovie by everyones logic. He will have a cup and a medal.

I love the hatred for Ovie, it makes me love him that much more. When he wins his 1st cup people will either SHUT UP or just find something to complain about in him winning.

Wilbon, stick to your garbage NBA coverage. The league is a joke and so are you, atleast you know it inside and out which is fitting.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | March 2, 2010 8:45 AM
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Mike, as a journalist you couldn't be any better. I have actually become a journalist because of you. However, one thing I've learned in my short career is to stay in my lane. If I'm not educated on a specific topic, I wouldn't write about it. And in this case, you clearly aren't.
But you aren't the only journalist doing this and it seems to be an ongoing trend started by Colin Cowherd.

Listen, Crosby is great in his own way, but to say he's far and away better than OV is absurd.

When did you and the rest of the sports journalist begin paying attention to hockey? If you have been paying attention for a while, you'd know that Pittsburgh began rebuilding a year or two before the Caps did. You'd also know that they, as well as Canada have had far more start power than OV's had to work with so far in his career.

If what you're saying is true, than isn't Wade better than Lebron? He's got a ring and Lebron doesn't right?
Stay in your lane Mike.

Posted by: bselby12 | March 2, 2010 8:44 AM
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Whoa Wilbon--too much of a rant based on misleading and false information! As a journalist you have a responsibility to stay objective here.

You are not using facts but repeating self-serving bits of gossip as well as using unverified accusations put out there by youtube and parties with differing agendas, such as the Canadian The Hockey News piece by Fraser, which opened with the fact that he didn't know all of the facts yet but......! He is the one who spread the unsubstantiated bit about bruises.

And other accounts conflict from the one so-called "bruises" one. I have also read that the person doing the videotaping said that he didn't touch her. So who do we believe--a Canadian blogger Fraser calling for his head who is reporting unverified gossip or the secondhand account of the person doing the videotaping who said that accusations of bruising was false.

Since the various accounts I read are just unverifiable by me, I watched the video. No physical contact that I could see. Just with the camera lense itself. So what about afterwards.

Well I found another account that said that the the person raised the camera and continued to tape them as they walked down the hall after the incident. But that section of the tape wasn't included in the youtube version. So clearly the tape was edited for maximum effect.

So now we have opposing accounts. Which is true? We don't know. But we do have a responsibility to question everything that we read--to use our critical judgement--and not rush to judgement.

And I would argue that you as a journalist, albeit as a columnist who's goal is to inflame rather than inform, still have a responsibility to get the facts and not just report second hand information that supports your rant and ignore second hand information that counters it.

I am very disappointed in you. I expected better journalistic integrity. And at the very least to be a better, more understanding person about the situation and the athlete involved. I expected you to be at least as fair as you were with Gilbert Arenas regarding his gun incident in the Wizard's locker room. Your primary point in many of your pieces was to show compassion for the Wizard's young franchise's star.

You have lost all credibility as a journalist and as an ethical human being with this reader.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 2, 2010 8:40 AM
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Wilbon --

Stick to basketball buddy. You clearly have no clue what you are talking about. Make sure to watch more than game 7s and gold medal games before you get all holier than thou on everyone.

Posted by: DCinNYC | March 2, 2010 8:25 AM
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Yes, Mr. Wilbon, if only Ovie could handle criticism as well as you do (say, for example, when Junior Feinstein calls you out for sucking up to athletes like Tiger, Chuck and MJ and you react like a 7th grade girl and curse him out). Yes, that is the model of behavior we should all hold ourselves to. Typical thin-skinned coward....you can dish it out, but you can't take it.

So let's see...by your logic, Trevor Ariza is "miles ahead" of LeBron as a basketball player because he has an NBA title and LeBron does not.

You do realize that Malkin plays for the Penguins too, right? He is better than anyone the Caps have with the exception of Ovie.

I'll end with a question....if your life was on the line and you were choosing up sides for a hockey game to decide it all, first pick who ya got? Crosby or Ovie? Yeah....that's what I thought.

Posted by: FlyPelican | March 2, 2010 8:11 AM
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There are so many inaccurate points in this blog, where does one begin? So Crosby won gold on home soil, big freaking deal. Not like Canada beat Russia to win it. So how's that indicate of Crosby being miles ahead of Ovie? And last time they played, the caps beat the penguins.

And to mention Tiger's marital infidelities in the same blog post as Ovechkin is just inappropriate. How does being churlish after losing in the olympics rise to the level of being compared to a rabid hound dog like Tiger? Give me a break dude! You can say Crosby has won more than Ovechkin but you can't invent your own facts and besmirch Ovechkin's name just to prove your point. It's unfair and if Ovie were black, you would be the first to cry racism.

Posted by: tundey | March 2, 2010 8:08 AM
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Um, wasn't OV and his team called "eurotrash" on NBC? If Kobe and LeBron were to lose a game (badly) in the Olympics and be called out for bringing their "ghetto game" to the Olympics, what would Wilbon's reaction be? I ask because Wilbon amazingly played the race card by mentioning black basketball players and Tiger but excludes "eurotrash"? Mike... don't you think if Kobe or LeBron was called "ghetto" you'd have factored it into your thinking here?

Posted by: caps1974 | March 2, 2010 7:52 AM
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A little perspective on the TV ratings of the hockey game Sunday afternoon from the NY Times:

"The Canada-U.S.A. gold medal hockey game was seen by a huge audience of 27.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched hockey game on American television since two games in the 1980 games from Lake Placid, headed by the famous U.S. upset over the Soviet Union.

The 27.6 million viewers put the game ahead of such recent high-profile sports contests as the Masters golf tournament (14.3 million), the Daytona 500 (16 million viewers), the top game from last year’s N.B.A. Finals (16 million), the N.C.A.A. basketball final (17.6 million), Game 4 (the most watched) of the 2009 World Series (22.8 million) and the 2010 Rose Bowl (24 million).

And most of those games were played in prime time. The hockey game went on at 3 p.m. Eastern time — noon Pacific. The audience reached a high point of 34.8 million viewers from 5:30 to 6 p.m. when the game was sent into overtime by the U.S. team."

Posted by: croftonpost | March 2, 2010 7:18 AM
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Ah, well.. Sidney Crosby has a gold medal and a Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin has only a World Championship. Therefore, Crosby is "miles ahead of Ovechkin," who would "need a telescope to see Crosby."

Let's not pollute this narrative with the fact that in the latter, Crosby was not on the ice for almost the last ten minutes of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final against the Red Wings (and held without a point in his ten minutes of ice time), and I'm not recalling that it was him denying a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom in the dying seconds to preserve the win.

And as to the latter, let's just forget that Crosby wasn't the top forward on his team in the tournament (Jonathan Toews was that) and might not have been among the top three (one could make a case for Jarome Iginla or Ryan Getzlaf, to name two, having more of an impact on Canada's performance for the tournament).

Yes, Crosby scored the winning goal in Vancouver, which speaks to his impeccable timing and his ability to rise to the occasion. But what his experience in Pittsburgh and in Vancouver suggests is that perhaps it is merely a case of the teams on which he played being simply better than those on which Alex Ovechkin played.

Posted by: fjc33 | March 2, 2010 7:16 AM
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Wow. Last I knew in this country, it was innocent until proven guilty.

Except maybe the basketball writers of America think they can rewrite the Constitution.

To the Washington Post editor: Wise up and just let this guy be on television. He is no better than Don Cherry or Mike Milbury, just another sensationalist. Then maybe you can promote Tarik, who really is exceptional.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 2, 2010 6:52 AM
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Funny how you slam Ovechkin and paint Crosby as such a class act... anyone remember when he punched two guys in the crotch during a game??

I have nothing to say to this post except I have some nice advice for you: Just stick to the NBA please.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 2, 2010 6:42 AM
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Wilbon,

Stick to things you know about and leave hockey and hockey players alone. Your better suited for the NFL and NBA.
As for not hearing about OV and the camera incident equal to that if it was an NBA or NFL player it is NOT a race issue tho you will try your best to make it one, how about it's that how often do you hear anything negitive about NHL players as opposed to NFL or God knows NBA players?

As for Crosby being better than OV last time I looked Crosbys awards ie Cup and Gold are TEAM sports and in both cases ie gold and cup he was a non factor ( ok he got lucky and scored the game winner in OT on a shot anyone on that team could have made ) he was not the MVP of the cup or of the Olympics. All of OV's awards are based on single player talent. So is it that Crosby is better than OV or just lucky to have been on better teams? I think it is the latter.
People that know hockey pretty much have to agree that OV is the better player.

And for the sake of all that is holy and good please stop comparing OV to that loser Tiger Woods. No Tiger wouldn't have shoved the women with the camera he would have just bedded her. And if you fall for that sob story Tiger gave the other day then your losing more than I thought.
Stop talking hockey becuase every time you do you just show us all how little you really know.

Posted by: jotay131 | March 2, 2010 6:40 AM
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Mr. Wilbon,

I've been a fan of yours for many years, and while I cheer on the Caps & Ovie as a DC resident of 30+ years I'm not a big hockey fan.

That said, you blew it on this column. I read and saw on TV criticism of Ovechkin, and you have cherry-picked facts to make your point and you far-too-casually introduced race into the discussion.

You can do better.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 2, 2010 3:04 AM
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My bad. That should be 1979-80 not 1980-81.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 2, 2010 12:24 AM
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"Crosby didn't exactly light it up, in terms of scoring; he'd have gone three straight games without a point had he not scored the game winner in OT against the U.S. But he did. And before that, Crosby's team trashed Ovechkin's Russian team, just as Crosby's team went on the road to beat Oveckin's team in a Game 7 during last year's Stanley Cup playoffs."

Thanks for that expansive analysis of why Crosby is "miles ahead" of Ovechkin. So if Ovechkin did nothing, and his team trashed Crosby's, it would be totally different? You're graspeeng to be controversial as usual.

Posted by: avpandit76 | March 1, 2010 11:38 PM
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Mike,

Talk to me when both of them are in their late thirties. After the 1980-81 NBA season the same argument could have been made about Larry Bird (Alex Ovechkin) when compared to Magic Johnson (Sidney Crosby). Magic had just won the NBA Finals one year after winning the NCAA Championship. Larry Bird went on to have a respectable career, didn't he? In addition, find me one knowledgeable hockey man that thought the Russian roster was the equivalent or even close to the equivalent of the Canadian roster. You will not find one. It was common knowledge that the Russians used way too many KHL players which watered down their Olympic talent pool. Lastly, Crosby is a great player but he did not have a great tournament. At least half a dozen players on the Canadian team were more valuable in the Olympic tournament than Crosby was.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 1, 2010 11:36 PM
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Mr. Wilbon:

It has been reported that you ridiculed Hannah Storm immediately after the Kornheiser tirade last week. You are complicit with sexual discrimination and harassment by your association with Tony and your ESPN show with him. I believe you deserve a suspension, without pay, and possible criminal prosecution for your churlish behavior.

Oh wait-you aren't the only one who can spin unsubstantiated rumor and analyze several seconds of videos and concoct a judgement of somebody else. Stick to basketball Mike because you have never shown any real interest in hockey, barely give it any consideration in your work, and somehow feel qualified to write this article? Mike, you don't know jack about hockey! Go away.

Posted by: AADCDERM | March 1, 2010 11:33 PM
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Mr. Wilbon,

You're taking the stuff out of the context. Ovechkin's team just lost to a bitter rival, here's what he said about it:

Q.:Alexander, do you have an explanation of the catastrophe that occurred with the national team of Russia in Vancouver?
Ovechkin: The catastrophe? You probably right, it was the catastrophe. I am well aware that in the game against the Canadians at the Olympics we destroyed all the good and even memorable that has been achieved by the national team of Russia in recent years. I think we just got burned before the quarterfinals. We wanted to win, of course, no less than an opponent. Believe me, we did everything we could. But we lost. It's a pity and all is left is bitterness. You just feel disgusted at heart.

It's not an excuse, but he was completely devastated after the loss when the woman tried to shoot him. At first he tried to move around her, but she continued to follow him with the camera and he put his hand on the lenses. There's no evidence of the bruises, it's all made up.

Second, the cameraman who works for main Russian agency completely ignored Ovechkin's request not to shoot, the video evidence shows it. He was stalking Ovechkin and there was no request for an interview beforehand.

From "Alex Ovetjkin":
It starts with Ovechkin looking directly at the camera of RIA Novosti Eugene Fatkin, shaking his head from side to side and saying "Don't shoot" ("Не снимай"). The guy ignores him and continues to shoot. Ovi comes to him and says "Why are you shooting [I asked you not to]" ("Ты че снимаешь?") and Fatkin asks him to record the interview.

I think Fatkin deserved it. No respect for privacy. He was asked not to shoot. If someone would do it to you, and you don't want to be filmed, what would you do? Personally I would punch that guy in the face and break his camera, would you?

I also agree with the reader who left the link to the video:
It is very clear Ovi doesn't want to be filmed. If this guy wanted an interview then why is he being a total creep stalker about it???? He is just lurking and stalking Ovi.

I think Ovi should sue RIA Novosti. That's not the way how major Russian News agency should conduct the interviews.

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 1, 2010 10:59 PM
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Ah, yes. Crosby has that rare dignity befitting a true champion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqR17KrLKw

Posted by: redlineblue | March 1, 2010 10:34 PM
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Mr. Wilbon,
If you've not "seen a word of criticism" directed at Ovechkin throughout this Olympiad, you're willfully ignorant.
If you want to compare individuals, feel free to look up the Pearson Award, and cite it along with Richard, Ross, and Calder trophies. BTW, far more players vote on the Pearson than ever called Ovechkin a dirty player.
Now I have to take some guns to work, sexually assault someone, shoot myself with an unlicensed gun in a nightclub, bang 13 cocktail waitresses, kill some dogs, and--oh yeah--push a camera out of my face (not even *stopping* it, much less breaking it) after 10 days of incessant self-entitled media Whining. Cause those things are roughly equal, y'know?
Hack on!

Posted by: redlineblue | March 1, 2010 10:30 PM
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Yeah I agree that crosby is ahead of Ovechkin...In the punching players from behind in the nuts department. Congrats "kid"

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 1, 2010 10:15 PM
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Wow, can't believe you pulled out the race card. I can understand Ovie's frustrations with his team's poor performance. He shouldn't shove the camera but this isn't exactly unprecedented. It happens with famous people and they are called out for it (even though they are white.) Oh and in case you didn't know, hockey is a TEAM sport. It isn't just Ovie or Sid so please don't knock Ovie because the Caps haven't won the Cup yet. It's fairer to compare on their individual stats and Crosby can't compete. I always thought you were more objective than this but it is clear that you still see the world through a certain prism that no amount of reality checks will break through your preconceived notions. I am disappointed and sad for you. The world has changed; you need to catch up to it.

Posted by: lafilleverte | March 1, 2010 9:34 PM
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Sidney Crosby has never won a world championship (as ovie has) Perhaps you mean world junior championship, which ovechkin has won too. Crosby and Canada did beat Ovie and Russia on the finals in 2005 when Ovie was injured.

Beyond that, you opinions are your own but based upon some flimsy evidence and questionable sources. But really,saying you haven't read a word of critisicm of ovie at the olympics? Really? Check the hockey news, tsn.ca, espn.com for crying out loud. All of the brutilized Ovie for not talking to the press, just line his Russian teammates. Some idiot for the hockey news suggested Ovie should be suspended fir six games based upon what happened with the girl with the camera. That's one more game than a blues player got for a late high hit that injured a caps player.

By the way, while your pal tiger has never smashed a camera, it's only because he has a caddie to do it for him.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 1, 2010 8:56 PM
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Dear Mr Mike...native Dc'er....own part of a bar....also work for the city(where I live)in ,er "Public Safety".....don't always agree but just wanted to say you're great, keep up with it-TK too! And I usually disagree when I just WANT things to be otherwise.....
Thanks
jim

Posted by: zendo | March 1, 2010 7:49 PM
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It was a reporter's camera, not a fan's. Thank you for highlighting your factual inaccuracies so that everyone can see them.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | March 1, 2010 7:43 PM
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